Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Public comment sought on harnessing big data for national infrastructure

Media Release

PF047/2017

15 September 2017

There are big opportunities to use data to deliver better infrastructure services to Australians, Paul Fletcher Minister for Urban Infrastructure said today, releasing the Draft National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan (Data Plan) for public comment.

“The Data Plan project is part of the Turnbull Government's reform agenda in infrastructure, with the aim of having better data to guide decision making”, Mr Fletcher said.

Opportunities discussed in the draft Data Plan include collecting road freight data for determining and addressing points of congestion for freight vehicles, and using telecommunications data to better understand large scale patterns in the movement of people.

“Today's cars and trucks generate large volumes of data, and there are rich opportunities use this data to build better roads”, Mr Fletcher said.

“For example, we can use the data to see whether the roads trucks actually use are the ones we think they use—helping us target where new road investment should go.

“The draft Data Plan identifies infrastructure data and information gaps, and highlights opportunities to use data better to monitor the performance of Australia's infrastructure networks and make more informed investment decisions as a result.

“We are asking for feedback by 1 November and I encourage everybody with an interest in this topic to have their say.”

The draft Data Plan was developed by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) with infrastructure and transport experts from across the public sector, industry and academia.

Submission details, the draft Data Plan and further details on the project are available at: bitre.gov.au/data_dissemination/index.aspx