9223.0 - Road Freight Movements, Australia, 12 months ended 31 October 2014 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/10/2015  First Issue
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MEDIA RELEASE
29 October 2015
Embargo: 11:30 am (Canberra Time)
120/2015
New road freight figures to inform road planning

Policy makers will have access to better data on road freight movements to inform future road planning, with a joint Federal and State funded report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing the first snapshot of road freight movements in 13 years.

The study, funded by government transport agencies, addresses a major gap in information about the movement of Freight within Australia via road.

The report showed articulated and rigid trucks in Australia moved over 2 billion tonnes of freight over a distance of 17 billion kilometres in the 12 months to October 2014, with just under three quarters (71.2 per cent) of the total tonnes originating in either New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland.

Amanda Clark from the ABS said road freight originating from New South Wales represents one quarter (25.3 per cent) of all road freight transported in Australia. This was followed by Queensland at 23.4 per cent.

Over 95 per cent of the total tonnes carried by road were carried within the same state of origin and destination.

“Sand, stone and gravel was the most common commodity moved across all states and territories, making up about 23 per cent of the total tonnes moved across Australia,” Ms Clark said.

More details are available in Road Freight Movements, Australia, 2014 (cat. no 9223.0) available for free download from the ABS website, www.abs.gov.au

Media note:

    • In 2002, the ABS released results from the Freight Movement Survey to meet a data gap in information about the movements and subsequent impact of freight on Australian infrastructure covering Road, Air, Sea and Rail modes of Freight. Freight Movements, Australia, Summary (Cat. No. 9220.0)
    • Please ensure when reporting on ABS data that you attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
    • Media requests and interviews - contact the ABS Communications Section on 1300 175 070.