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Transport for NSW provides the State Government and its agencies with the evidence base to support investment in freight transport infrastructure. We developed the NSW Strategic Freight Model to help establish a consistent and reliable freight data resource to improve decision making on infrastructure investments.

With the freight task in NSW set to double by 2031, it is critical that we have accurate knowledge of current and forecast freight volumes across the network.

Using data collected from industry as well as network and strategic modelling tools, we provide analysis and forecasting of demand for all modes and transhipment points on the freight transport network. Our modelling includes forecasting freight flows throughout NSW, the value of freight to the economy and the costs of congestion.

The Strategic Freight Model is currently being updated in preparation for a refresh of the NSW Freight and Ports Strategy in 2016-17.

Value of commodities to NSW

  • NSW coal exports were valued at over $16 billion in 2010-11 (NSW Mineral Council, 2011)
  • The NSW mineral industry, which includes non-coal minerals, such as gold and copper were valued at around $3 billion in 2010-11 (ibid)
  • The motor vehicle industry saw 314,594 new vehicle sales in NSW in 2011, representing 31.2 per cent of total new sales across Australia (ABS, 2012)
  • The construction materials industry generated some $7.21 billion in revenue, contributed $11.7 billion to GDP and employed over 18,000 people in 2008 (Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Australia, 2008)
  • The grain industry in NSW produced over 17 million tonnes of grain, of which nearly four million was exported through NSW ports in 2010-11 (ABS, 2011)
  • Horticulture is Australia's third largest agricultural industry with an estimated gross value of production of $7.1 billion in 2006-07 (Hyder Consulting, 2011a)
  • NSW is the second largest wine producing state accounting for over 30 per cent of the $5 billion Australian wine industry. The State grows 26 per cent of the industry's wine grapes and produces a third of its wine by volume (Hyder Consulting, 2011b)
  • Forestry and timber products contribute more than $2 billion each year to the NSW economy (Hyder Consulting, 2011c)
  • The Australian steel industry chain, from basic production through to fabricators and small manufacturers, generated almost $29 billion in turnover in 2005-06 (ABS, 2007)
  • NSW is the largest producer of wool in Australia with 577,000 bales produced in 2011 (Transport for NSW, 2011b)

Major commodity groups by volume in statistical division in regional NSW