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NSW Freight and Ports Strategy

Current status

The NSW Freight and Ports Strategy is being reviewed and updated in 2016-17 to assess progress and ensure it reflects the current environment, issues and challenges. We will be engaging with a range of stakeholders as part of the NSW Freight and Ports Strategy review.

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Improving the freight transport network in NSW (short version)

Improving the freight transport network in NSW video transcript

The NSW Freight and Ports Strategy was developed to provide a framework to guide the decisions and investments in the freight and logistics network over 20 years, with the aim of delivering a transport network that allows the efficient flow of goods to their market. The strategy aligns with broader strategic plans for the State’s transport system detailed in the Long Term Transport Master Plan.

You can read the individual sections of the strategy below or download full copies.
NSW Freight and Ports Strategy - Full Strategy - High Resolution 
NSW Freight and Ports Strategy - Full Strategy - Low Resolution

Our objectives:

  • To deliver a freight network that supports the projected growth of the NSW economy
  • To balance freight needs with those of the broader community and the environment.

Find out more in the Introduction

Freight is worth nearly $60 billion a year to the NSW and national economies and employs almost half a million people, directly or indirectly. The scale of the transport task is already formidable and by 2031, freight volumes in NSW are forecast to almost double to 794 million tonnes.

For NSW to sustain healthy economic growth, the capacity and performance of our freight transport network must develop ahead of demand.

Find out more in Understanding the Current and Future Freight Task

We consulted extensively with NSW and Australian Government departments, local government organisations, NSW transport operating agencies, specialist transport entities and industry to develop this strategy. 

Find out more in Partnership between Government and Industry

The strategy is structured into three programs that target the specific challenges associated with the doubling of the NSW freight task by 2031.

Find out more in:

Strategic Action Program 1 - Network Efficiency
Strategic Action Program 2 - Network Capacity
Strategic Action Program 3 - Network Sustainability

The implementation and ongoing evolution of the strategy requires monitoring, measurement and reporting to ensure accountability and to provide visibility to Government and other stakeholders.

The prioritisation, funding and financing of projects is an ongoing task.

Find out more in Implementing the Strategy

View the accompanying Appendices