Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The national freight task and demand for rail freight have grown strongly in the five years through 2012-13, as Australia has exported increasing volumes of coal, iron and other resources. Ongoing demand for mining, manufacturing and agriculture is expected to cause this freight task to double by 2020, according to estimates from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. Over the past five years, the areas of the Rail Freight Transport industry active in the transport of bulk mining goods have prospered. Overall, rail freight transport revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.4% over the five years through 2012-13... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Access to rail infrastructure is opened up and with the creation of a national rail track operator, state and territory boundaries are less meaningful. The spread of establishments is governed by the various activities of the rail companies and it is not uncommon for rail companies to be represented in a number of states. As a result no companies competing in the industry are based in either the Northern Territory or the Australian Capital Territory due to the extremely limited rail networks (one line) within the territories.
Victoria and New South Wales have the highest number of establishments due to general interstate traffic and grain freight. In Queensland a large network of rail lines serves the sugar and mining industries... purchase to read more