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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Harnessing data to better plan our transport networks

Media Release


18 June 2018

A blueprint for gathering, processing and using data to plan major national infrastructure projects is set to better inform decision making across the sector and provide insight into our future infrastructure needs.

The National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan (Data Plan) project is part of the Turnbull Government's agenda for providing the infrastructure Australia needs to continue competing effectively in an ever changing, complex and demanding world.

The Data Plan sets out how we can more selectively gather and use data to guide better decision making by governments, industry and individuals.

For example, we are currently involved in a project which uses GPS data shared by freight operators to better understand where congestion is impacting freight movements.

The plan identifies infrastructure data and information gaps and outlines priority projects aimed at better utilising data to help with infrastructure investment decision making and monitoring the performance of Australia's infrastructure networks.

Projects that are part of the Data Plan involve the collection and use of new and innovative infrastructure data generated by public and private transport and logistics industry enterprises.

An interactive online Infrastructure Performance Dashboard that summarises transport, telecommunications, water and energy data is also being implemented to provide infrastructure users and decision makers with a better understanding of how these infrastructure networks are performing.

We are also developing new freight performance indicators as part of the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, and have published a freight performance dashboard.

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) developed the Data Plan with assistance from an expert Steering Group made up of infrastructure and transport experts from the public sector, industry and academia.

The Data Plan and further details on the project are available at: