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Freight

Queensland has an abundance of globally in-demand natural resources, a thriving agricultural industry, a vibrant manufacturing base, and a major import and export industry. Each contributes significant value to the Queensland and national economies. From a transport infrastructure and access perspective, these industries represent a diverse and often competing array of supply chains within the state.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads recognises that supply chains are all-inclusive and often extend beyond the state’s borders. The department also recognises that a holistic view of transport and social infrastructure planning and development is crucial to the future of the state. This includes recognition of the freight and logistics task as a complete end to end process.

Planning for socially-unobtrusive and self-sustaining transport infrastructure that supports the needs of the community and state, while providing opportunities for optimal movement of freight, using the most energy and cost efficient mode(s) of transport is essential.

Industry and government need to work closely together if the overall system is to achieve optimum performance. Government has a relatively limited influence over the supply and demand for goods, related production and consumption, and the consequent strategies for managing inventory. Its major scope for influence is in the movement of freight, and the freight-related impact on supply chains.  

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is focussed on ensuring that Queensland is well-positioned to capitalise on growth opportunities with a strategy to ensure the safe, efficient and sustainable movement of freight. This strategy includes:

  • developing a truly integrated, multi-modal approach to the transport task to ensure we get the best transport solution every time
  • creating a cohesive, integrated approach to managing key aspects of freight transport (for example, road safety, transport infrastructure planning, and strategic policy and so on)
  • managing key transport priorities, such as congestion management, climate change and the future security of energy supplies
  • pursuing the integration and connectivity of the state’s freight task with the broader strategic national transport network, associated national investment, and the various policy agendas for standardisation and simplification.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads recognises that different modes of transport are more suited to certain freight tasks and aims to optimise the mode or combination of modes used for each task.

Last updated
20 September 2016