The Australian Government has committed $8.5 million to settle the design of a National Freight Data Hub, which will help business and governments plan and make better operational and investment decisions. This commitment includes:

  • $5.2 million to settle the design of a national freight data hub, including arrangements for data collection, protection, dissemination and hosting
  • $3.3 million for the establishment of a freight data exchange pilot to allow industry to access freight data in real time and a survey of road usage for freight purposes

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities, and Regional Development (the Department) is seeking input from potential users of the Freight Data Hub to help settle the design.

The discussion paper asks a series of questions to seek views on the data hub design. The questions focus on the purposes of the Hub, priority datasets for inclusion, sharing principles and priority outputs. Issues around hosting and funding of the Hub will be covered in a future discussion paper.

Submissions for the discussion paper are due by 6 December 2019 and should be emailed to

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