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Departmental research engagement priorities

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Research need Details
Detailed data on origin and destination of road freight by commodity More detailed data on current road freight movements and freight vehicle network use would help us forecast future network use. Potential projects could involve exploring existing data sources or undertaking surveys to fill any data gaps. This would help the department to identify freight network bottlenecks, inform infrastructure investment priorities, and inform freight regulatory and policy advice.
Improved data on freight to, from, and between Australian ports More detailed data on commodities carried through Australian ports, including data on domestic freight being moved on foreign vessels, would help the Department inform shipping policy and infrastructure investment decisions.
Detailed analysis of the make-up of the Australian logistics industry Research into the makeup and metrics of the logistics industry—including road, rail, shipping, the air freight industry, and warehousing—would be useful. It is difficult to get a clear picture of the entire industry, and work done to date has been of limited scope. This would aid with understanding the potential impacts of policies such as carbon pricing and heavy vehicle reforms on the industry. It would also help the implementation of new security measures for the handling of cargo.
Detailed analysis of industrial geography, and its influence on freight flows A more detailed understanding of industrial geography—including how it has changed, and how it is likely to change in the future—would help to understand changes in the freight task.
Australian urban modelling capability. The Department would like improved modelling capability for Australian urban areas. This would be particularly useful in relation to the potential impacts of Commonwealth infrastructure investments on urban transport networks and urban form.
Analysis of the airport industry and ‘last mile’ impediments Research is desired to help understand the operations of airports, including business structures, financial structures, and the quality of service at airports. While some information of this sort is gathered by airport operators, it is often not accessed by government.
Analysis of the carbon footprint of Australian aviation Detailed quantitative analysis of Australia's carbon footprint from aircraft operations would be useful. The carbon footprinting needs are evolving as discussions mature. The Department has developed a carbon counting tool for aircraft operations, with ongoing work required to further develop the embodied concepts and metrics. This would help the government meet its commitment (in the National Aviation Policy White Paper) to establish a regime to facilitate the computation and transparent reporting of aviation carbon emissions. It would also feed into a National Aviation Climate Change Action Plan.
Estimating the costs and benefits from transport security measures Research is desired into society's benefits from safe and secure transport systems, including a range of intangibles which a full willingness to pay analysis would be able to better identify. This would support benefit cost analyses of transport security measures.

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