Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Structural reform and infrastructure investment have fuelled the Rail Freight Transport industry as demand for bulk transport has grown. Industry revenue is expected to increase by an annualised 5.2% over the five years through 2013-14. Increased downstream demand from mining has driven this growth as exports of coal and iron ore rose. While revenue growth has been generally solid, a decrease in intermodal traffic over 2008-09 and flooding of coalmines in Queensland during 2010-11 affected the industry's performance during the period. In 2013-14, revenue is forecast to grow by 4.5% to $7.5 billion.
Historically, state governments have run the industry, with a primary focus on transporting resources to ports for export... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Industry concentration is most pronounced within the bulk freight markets. Many Australian railways were built to transport export commodities such as mineral ores or grain to port, not to facilitate interstate trade. As a result, the industry is concentrated in states with mature mining industries or large agricultural crops. In Queensland, rail networks serve the sugar and mining industries within the state. In Western Australia, most establishments are involved in transporting minerals from mines to ports for export. New South Wales represents a smaller portion of intermodal transport, with the rail industry support by heavy demand from bulk coal transport in the Hunter Valley... purchase to read more