Transport costs are a significant expense for Australian businesses. The price and availability of freight transport can be a deciding factor in both market growth and the sustainability and resilience of supply chains.
To better understand the supply chain impacts and benefits of Inland Rail, the Department partnered with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to map supply chains and model the transport cost savings available to businesses using Inland Rail. Results of the pilot study projected significant transport costs savings from the use of Inland Rail and now the first phase of the supply chain mapping study is underway.
Collaborating with CSIRO: Inland Rail Supply Chain Mapping Study Phase 1
Work on the first phase of the Inland Rail supply chain mapping study commenced in July 2019. Data and local input from councils, farmers, and industry along the Inland Rail alignment between Narromine and Seymour is being collected through workshops and meetings facilitated by the CSIRO. This data provides valuable evidence to further the study and will support a detailed examination of the supply chains traversing and located in Inland Rail's southern corridor.
Supply chain mapping will be conducted along the Inland Rail alignment in phases:
- Phase 1 runs from June 2019 to July 2020 and looks at the study area between Narromine in New South Wales and Seymour in Victoria.
- Phase 2 commences July 2020 and looks at the study area between Narromine in New South Wales and Toowoomba in Queensland.