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 SWOT Analysis Chapter
The industry is currently in a growth life cycle phase. Industry value added, which measures the industry's contribution to the overall economy, is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 4.8% over the 10 years through 2018-19. This is a higher rate than GDP growth in Australia over the same period, which is projected to rise at a compound annual rate of 2.6%. This means the Rail Freight Transport industry will contribute a larger share of the overall economy in 2018-19 than it did in 2008-09.
The separation of rail-track infrastructure (below rail) and the provision of rail services (above rail) has opened the industry up to increased competition and encouraged growth. This has helped the industry transition from a mature phase to a growth phase of its life cycle... purchase to read more