Accurate and transparent data is important for improving infrastructure and transport network investment decisions and enabling end-to-end performance evaluation of Australia’s freight system.
The Survey of Motor Vehicle Use (SMVU) has provided benchmark data on total road passenger and freight vehicle use in Australia approximately every two years since 1971.
Part of the funding for the National Freight Data Hub was to undertake a Survey of Motor Vehicle Use (SMVU) to be performed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to provide benchmark data on total road passenger and freight vehicle use in Australia in 2019-20.
The Survey of Motor Vehicle Use is intended to provide national and state estimates of:
Total Australian road freight task, 1971-2018
Source: ABS Survey of Motor Vehicle Use and BITRE estimates
SMVU estimates are used in:
The 2019-20 estimates were published on 21 December 2020, and provided outputs broken down into the three periods: