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Tasmanian Freight Survey

The 2016-17 Freight Survey Update is underway

The Department of State Growth has commenced work on the Tasmanian Freight Survey Update, looking to better align the survey with Commonwealth and State budgetary and funding cycles.

State Growth will contact relevant freight generating companies to request information including the volume, origin and destination of inputs and outputs, freight movements and the type of vehicles used. This information is used in the planning for Tasmania’s future freight transport system so that we can ensure investment in transport and infrastructure is strategic, targeted and supports State wide industry growth. Company information will not be identifiable, only information in the form of statistical aggregates will be released.

If you have any queries, please contact State Growth at:

Email: info@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

Phone: 1800 030 688

2014-15 Survey

The most recent survey was based on data from 2014-15.

The Tasmanian Freight Survey Data Summary Report 2014-15 (PDF)

What is the aim of the survey?

At a State wide level to provide reliable and robust data about Tasmania's heavy freight land transport task to support description, analysis and modelling of the land transport freight task for policy development and planning purposes.

What does the survey cover?

The survey collects information about commodities moved by heavy vehicles and rail for Tasmania's major companies providing a summary of large freight movements across the major parts of Tasmania's land transport network.

The Survey includes information on:

The location of freight trips, including:

  • movements between and through major sea and air ports
  • between industrial areas and across network segments (road and rail)
  • freight tonnage
  • commodity type, and
  • mode and vehicle type

How is the information from the survey used?

Data from the Survey is used for a number of different purposes, including:

  • Planning the Tasmanian Transport System, including highways, roads, rail, access to ports, airports and intermodal facilities
  • Developing the State Road Hierarchy (PDF 2.5MB)
  • Developing regional integrated transport plans
  • Allowing detailed freight movement analysis and modelling for projects
  • Assessing the potential impact of road development proposals
  • To inform the development of an integrated freight strategy

Key Findings

The key findings from the 2014-15 Freight Survey include:

  • In 2014-15, Tasmania’s total estimated freight task was 23.7 million tonnes.  
  • 21.0 million tonnes (89%) of freight were transported on the road network, with 2.7 million tonnes (11%) transported on rail.  
  • Of Tasmania’s publically owned ports, Burnie Port had the highest throughput (4.3 million tonnes), followed by Devonport (3.6 million tonnes), Bell Bay (3.2 million tonnes) and Hobart (1.5 million tonnes).  
  • The majority of freight in Tasmania is moved intra-regionally at 18.3 million tonnes, or 77%, compared to an inter-regional task of 5.4 million tonnes or 23%.  
  • The north-west is Tasmania’s largest freight producing region, with 10.5 million tonnes of freight originating in the region, compared to 7.6 million tonnes in the north and 5.6 million tonnes in the south.  
  • Construction inputs accounted for the largest freight task by volume (5.6 million tonnes, or 24%), followed by forestry (5.3 million tonnes, or 22%) and agriculture (4.9 million tonnes, or 21%).

Previous Report

Tasmanian Freight Survey Report 2011-12 (PDF)