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Role of NSW Government


Transport for NSW is working with other state agencies, industry, and local and federal government to implement the NSW Freight and Ports Strategy. The strategy is guiding decisions and investments in the freight and logistics network over the next 20 years. 

The Government’s role in the freight sector is to:

  • Create additional capacity for efficient supply chains 
  • Remove obstacles (legislative and infrastructure) to best practices
  • Provide greater efficiency for supply chains (including coordination, regulation and market restructuring).

The freight-related roles of agencies in the Transport cluster are explained below.

Transport for NSW

  • Leads development of road, port, and rail freight policy and implementation of the NSW Freight and Ports Strategy.
  • Manages a freight infrastructure-funding portfolio including grant programs to improve freight connectivity for road, rail and pipelines.
  • Oversees corridor protection for future freight capacity requirements.
  • Collects freight data, carries out custom research, undertakes modelling and provides evidence-based statistics on freight demand forecasting to inform infrastructure investment and development. 
  • Oversees mandatory standards for road operations at Port Botany, the development of operational performance measures for rail, and coordination across the landside cargo transport chain through the Cargo Movement Coordination Centre. 
  • Leads key national policy areas across transport modes to ensure regulatory best practice in national reform, including national infrastructure policy and national safety laws. 
  • Oversees the management of port safety, including dangerous goods and environment protection. 
  • Manages the delivery of rail infrastructure required to meet customer requirements.
  • Manages third party rail operators’ access and performance on the RailCorp network.

Roads and Maritime Services

  • Is the Road Manager for all state roads, managing regulated access to the NSW road network for heavy vehicles under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL). The network comprises more than 18,000 kilometres of state roads, 5,544 bridges and 26 road tunnels. 
  • Regulates heavy vehicles in NSW through registration, vehicle inspections, enforcement, investigations and the provision of education to improve compliance with all requirements of the HVNL. Vehicle inspections are undertaken by Roads and Maritime as well as through a network of Heavy Vehicle Authorised Inspection Stations. Roads and Maritime undertakes a number of these regulatory functions under a service delivery agreement with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
  • Supports the maintenance of the local road network, providing funding in the form of grants to local government for regional roads and for disaster recovery programs. 
  • Manages several schemes designed to improve road freight industry productivity including the Safety, Productivity and Environment Construction Transport Scheme; the Grain Harvest Management Scheme; and the Livestock Loading Scheme.

Port Authority of New South Wales

  • Manages the navigation, security and operational safety needs of commercial shipping on Sydney Harbour, Port Botany and Port Kembla and the ports of Newcastle, Eden and Yamba.
  • Hosts dry bulk facilities on Glebe Island in Sydney and provides emergency response and clean up in each port for maritime incidents such as oil and fuel spills.

Sydney Trains

  • Operates and maintains the metropolitan rail network that comprises around 697 kilometres of operational track extending south to Nowra and Macarthur, west to Lithgow and north to Broadmeadow. The network is shared infrastructure used predominantly for passenger rail services.
  • Manages applications from freight rail operators for access to the network.

NSW Freight Advisory Council 

The NSW Freight Advisory Council provides expert advice to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and Transport for NSW on strategic issues impacting transport efficiency and productivity in the freight industry. 

Council members are representatives of major commodity supply chains, freight transport operators and logistics providers.

The Council meets quarterly and its secretariat is provided by Transport for NSW