Road Data

This project builds on Ministerial commitments under the Heavy Vehicle Road Reform for road agencies to annually share harmonised road condition and expenditure data to a central repository. Allowing the performance monitoring and benchmarking of Australia's road network, understanding its bottlenecks, and plan and prioritise investments.

An important part of this reform will be systematically collecting and publishing data on the level of service road users are receiving on different road types throughout Australia, in preparation for reporting against the National Service Level Standards (NSLS) for Roads. The Framework establishes nationally consistent road categories, customer focused levels of service and the performance metrics to be measured in reporting on the level of service of roads.

In 2022, this project will work closely with states and territories to collect, store, and publish an initial priority sub-set of metrics data focused on heavy vehicle road user needs. Rougher roads cost truck operators more because of higher fuel consumption, tyre wear and maintenance costs. Understanding the impacts of road condition, along with the number and types of vehicles using a road, and vehicle operating cost models, to assist in the prioritisation of road investment projects.

This project will continue to develop and automate road data collection and harmonisation processes which began as pilot projects to support several visualisations on the prototype website.

This knowledge will help address enduring questions 2, 3, 5 and 10.

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Nationally consistent, harmonised, and secure data to enable efficient national benchmarking through the National Service Level Standards (NSLS).

Initial Planned Outputs

  1. Detailed data stocktake and gap analysis, then data collection to support National Service Level Standards framework for roads.
  2. Work with the states and territories to progress the National Service Level Standards framework for roads and settle and implement a pilot platform for ingesting, curating, and sharing that data.
  3. Work with state and territory governments to harmonise and automate:
    • rest area data: National Location Registry data standards may be introduced for rest area locations.
    • traffic count data: open data reporting of traffic count
    • roadworks and road closures data: reporting of roadworks and road closures data begun for the prototype website.

Related Data Projects

  • Asset Registers and Expenditure Plans
  • Austroads Road Data Standard
  • 'Interactive Project and Mapping Service' (IPAMS)
  • Infrastructure Performance Dashboard
  • National Service Level Standards for roads
  • ITSOC National Transport Data Priorities
  • Truck Movement Data
  • National Location Registry
  • Austroads: Supporting a future heavy vehicle cost recovery and investment process
  • Austroads: Road Asset Data Standard
  • Road Safety Data Hub
  • iMove: Key freight routes mapping; Urban freight shifts
  • Geoscience Australia Digital Atlas; PSMA/Geoscape
  • ABS Survey of Motor Vehicle Use


See About Page for detail on the current data limitations of this project.
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