Size of logistics task

    We can help NSW freight transport keep pace with increasing demand by showing forecasts of freight volumes by industry.

    It’s important that the NSW freight transport infrastructure can keep pace with increasing demand.

    We can help by modelling the need for freight transport, called the ‘freight task’, and the call for goods and services. Our ultimate aim is for this information to support sustainable growth for long term prosperity.

    Size of NSW logistics freight tasks in 2011

    The NSW transport network moved 409 million tonnes of freight in 2011.

    Mining made up 38 per cent of this volume. Coal was the largest contributor from the mining industry, generating 170 million tonnes.

    Manufacturing products like steel and wine were next, making up 33 per cent of the volume.

    The remaining volume was made up of agriculture, forestry and fishing, wholesale trade, retail, and other industries.

    Share of the freight task by sector and volume 2011

    Size of NSW logistics freight tasks in 2031

    By 2031 we expect a total volume of 794 million tonnes will be moved on the NSW transport network.

    Mining will retain the largest percentage share of this volume. Coal is forecast to grow four per cent each year and reach 370 million tonnes by 2031.

    Manufacturing is projected to keep a similar percentage share of the volume, at 31 per cent.

    Manufacturing, forestry and fishing, wholesale trade, retail and other industries are expected to grow by three per cent each year.

    Agricultural freight movement is forecast to grow at one per cent each year.

    Share of the freight task by sector and volume 2031

    Size of NSW containerised freight task

    Containerised freight through Port Botany has grown at over seven per cent for the past 10 years. A record 2.29 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) moved through the port in 2015.

    By 2040, container throughput at Port Botany is set to triple to 7 million TEUs.