Freight Task Force and projects

Freight Task Force

New Zealand and Australia face significant growth in the freight task in coming years. This growth will require better management of freight and more optimal use of all transport modes.

Freight efficiency has real impacts on households. The harder it is to move freight around the higher the costs we pay for goods and services, and the more expensive and less competitive our products are on global markets.

The freight task in Australia quadrupled over the past 40 years, and will almost double again in the next 20 years. Freight accounts for an estimated 9 per cent of GDP and supports employment in around a quarter of a million Australian businesses.

The significance of freight to Australia’s national economy was recognised in Australia’s first National Land Freight Strategy released in 2013.  The Freight Task Force will provide research and advice that will be critical to delivering on the objectives of the Strategy.

The Freight Task Force has representatives from state and territory road agencies, the National Transport Commission, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and the Australian Local Government Association.

In developing projects and research, the Freight Task Force focuses on key areas such as:

  • Community attitudes
  • Network utilisation
  • Infrastructure investment
  • Data and forecasting
  • Contributing to a national approach to regulation and compliance.

The Task Force coordinates research that is working towards delivering:

  • improved freight access, including through safe and effective utilisation of road, bridge and intermodal facilities for freight purposes
  • technical input and analysis to support the heavy vehicle charging and investment reform
  • innovative means of enabling road transport networks to contribute to meeting the expected growth in the national freight task
  • solutions to heavy vehicle access and local government issues.

Freight Task Force Projects

Project NumberProject NameProgramSub-programStatus
NEF6133Investigation and development of bridge formulae for inclusion in the performance-based standards network classification guidelinesNetworkFreight Task ForceActive
NEF6116Exploration of heavy freight vehicle dimensions: productivity, safety and other considerationsNetworkFreight Task ForceActive
NEF6113Harmonisation of measurement and mass assessment procedures for special purpose vehicles (SPVs) in AustralasiaNetworkFreight Task ForceActive
NEF6184Identification of best practice for sustainable road transport operations in Australia and New ZealandNetworkFreight Task ForceActive
NEF6188Review of mass limits for Class 1 load carrying and special purpose restricted access vehiclesNetworkFreight Task ForceActive
NEF6209Decision making framework and tools for road freight access decisionsNetworkFreight Task ForceActive
NEF6210Best practice approaches to road freight and communitiesNetworkFreight Task ForceActive
NEF6237Investigation of pavement assessment methodologies for PBS accessNetworkFreight Task ForceActive


The Freight Task Force is part of the Austroads Network Program.

Program Manager: Richard Delplace

Program Coordinator: Judi Jarvis
Austroads | Level 9, 287 Elizabeth Street | Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 8265 3334