National Land Transport Productivity Framework (policy work complete)
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Productivity growth – improvements in the efficiency of turning inputs into outputs – is essential to improving Australian’s standard of living. Transport is often thought of as an input when measuring productivity across a range of industries. However as our population grows, the Australian passenger and freight task also continues to grow, therefore it is becoming increasingly important that we can monitor productivity within the land transport industry itself to assist with transport and transport related policy decisions.
All Australians benefit from transport productivity improvements through shorter travel times, cheaper goods, higher incomes, and reduced fuel use. We are looking at how we can help decision makers understand the impact their decisions have on land transport productivity by developing a productivity framework. One of the objectives of the proposed framework is to create a common a language and shared understanding of transport productivity.
This was a two year project which commenced in November 2015 and was completed in November 2017. We released an issues paper in August 2016 to capture our research and stakeholder discussions and seek the views of industry and government. We then worked with HoustonKemp Economists to develop a National Land Transport Productivity Framework which measures land transport productivity in Australia. It includes all parts of the economy that use substantive amounts of transport including mining, agriculture, construction and retail.
During September 2017, the Transport and Infrastructure Standing Officials Committee (TISOC) noted that the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) will develop land transport productivity estimates as part of the National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan using the Framework. The Australian Bureau of Statistics will also produce an experimental Transport Satellite Account to establish the contribution of transport to Australia’s gross domestic product. This data will significantly enhance the national Framework. The Transport and Infrastructure Council endorsed the project outcomes report at its November 2017 meeting.