HVRR phase one

Improve transparency around expenditure, investment and service delivery

The first phase of the Heavy Vehicle Road Reforms (HVRR) is focused on improving transparency around:

Fundamentally, properly functioning markets require informed users and road providers. The measures outlined below, aim to establish a baseline of information required to transition to the provision of heavy vehicle infrastructure as an economic service over the longer term:

Combined with better information about what trucks are travelling where, more open information about roads is a key foundation of the reforms.

Progress

Substantial progress has been made on phase one of the reform.

Work since 2015 to create nationally consistent, annually updated road Expenditure Plans, Asset Registers, and Heavy Vehicle Infrastructure Ratings (HVIR), has delivered successful ‘proof of concepts’ and an early framework for sharing more open information about road assets, the level of service, and spending across jurisdictions.

It has also begun to show more clearly where the important data gaps and inconsistencies exist.

Next steps

Maintaining and supporting projects focused on continuous improvement in road data quality, openness, and sharing arrangements will be critical to support future reform goals and improved road transport outcomes generally.

Through the officials' groups supporting the Transport and Infrastructure Council, governments are working together to continue annual updates and ongoing improvements to the road Asset Registers, HVIR and Expenditure Plans. This will be achieved through improved data accessibility and transparency, increased breadth and quality of data, and data harmonisation across the states and territories. Priorities for 2018–2020 include:

Expenditure Plans

Road Expenditure Plans provide detailed information on the expenditure and investments governments plan to make over the next four years to ensure roads that connect Australia's most significant places for freight, meet the needs of users. They include planned road maintenance and renewal spending, as well as road upgrades (capital expenditure).

NOTE: The Expenditure Plans are provided by each state and territory, and while every effort has been made to provide accurate and up to date information, it should be noted that variations exist in the methodologies employed by states and territories to record and account for planned road expenditure. As such, caution should be exercised in comparing data between jurisdictions. Governments are working together to harmonise road expenditure and asset reporting data across jurisdictions and the outcomes of this work will inform future refinements of road Expenditure Plans.

2015–2019 Expenditure Plans2016–2020 Expenditure Plans2017–2021 Expenditure Plans2018–2022 Expenditure Plans
ACT PDF: 897 KB PDF: 613 KB PDF: 653 KB Planned release March 2019
NT PDF: 1883 KB PDF: 1394 KB PDF: 1440 KB
NSW N/A PDF: 2528 KB PDF: 2529 KB
QLD PDF: 2294 KB PDF: 2326 KB PDF: 2356 KB
SA PDF: 2618 KB PDF: 2127 KB PDF: 1853 KB
TAS PDF: 1176 KB PDF: 856 KB PDF: 871 KB
VIC PDF: 3442 KB PDF: 3042 KB coming soon
WA PDF: 4288 KB PDF: 2995 KB PDF: 2742 KB

Asset Registers and Heavy Vehicle Infrastructure Ratings (HVIR)

The road Asset Registers and Heavy Vehicle Infrastructure Ratings (HVIR) provide detailed information on the dimensions, construction and condition of significant roads, and information on the service provided to heavy vehicle operators across various road categories.

Each year the goal is to include more roads in the Asset Registers and HVIR. This table summarises the amount of data at each annual update (as of August 2018).

Road agencyJanuary 2016 KFP Asset Register Version 1.0 and 1.1 (km)January 2017 State Freight Network Assett Register Version 1.2 (km)January 2018 State Freight Network Asset Register Version 2.0 (km)
ACT 43 28 Underway: Planned release October 2018
NSW 4213 17721
NT - -
Qld 7450 34466
SA 5150 5807
Tas 471 3774
Vic 4472 9569
WA 12998 18198

The information is provided in both data tables and map files (.kml), which can be opened in Google Earth or a similar mapping application.

HVIR ratings are provided for each 100m segment of road. A segment that is above the expected level for a particular road category is coloured blue; within the expected range is coloured green; while those with a rating below the expected range are coloured red. Roads without a data overlay appear yellow.

The guide below provides more detail on how roads were categorised and how the ratings were developed.

NOTE: While every effort has been made to provide accurate and up to date information, it should be noted that variations exist in the methodologies employed by states and territories to collect and report road asset data. As such, caution should be exercised in comparing data between jurisdictions. Governments are working together to harmonise road expenditure and asset reporting data across jurisdictions and the outcomes of this work will inform future refinements of the Asset Registers and Heavy Vehicle Infrastructure Ratings.

Heavy Vehicle Infrastructure Ratings (HVIR)—map files (.kml)

2016201720182019
NT N/A N/A Underway: Planned release October 2018 Planned release March 2019
ACT ZIP: 17 KB N/A
NSW ZIP: 1313 KB ZIP: 5136 KB
QLD ZIP: 1870 KB ZIP: 12104 KB
SA ZIP: 2180 KB ZIP: 2301 KB
TAS ZIP: 247 KB ZIP: 1054 KB
VIC ZIP: 1199 KB ZIP: 2718 KB
WA ZIP: 3389 KB ZIP: 3426 KB

Asset Registers and Heavy Vehicle Infrastructure Ratings (HVIR) —spreadsheets/data files

2016201720182019
ACT ZIP: 2211 KB ZIP: 19114 KB Underway: Planned release October 2018 Planned release March 2019
NT N/A N/A
NSW ZIP: 13117 KB ZIP: 58317 KB
QLD ZIP: 17547 KB ZIP: 105757 KB
SA ZIP: 12020 KB ZIP: 30112 KB
TAS ZIP: 4715 KB ZIP: 26496 KB
VIC ZIP: 10729 KB ZIP: 39463 KB
WA ZIP: 35639 KB ZIP: 44571 KB

Practical ways for industry to pay for improved access

In November 2015, the Transport and Infrastructure Council agreed that the Austroads Framework for Guiding Private Sector Participation be adopted by road managers. The framework aims to provide more certainty of process for all parties in negotiations on paying for improved high productivity vehicle access on public roads.

The framework provides a generic guide for private investment in public road infrastructure to improve heavy vehicle access and was developed to guide interactions between road owners (including local councils) and the heavy vehicle industry.

The framework is intended to be used for one-off, smaller-scale, high productivity vehicle access enhancements, including first/last mile, farm gate access and pinch points (e.g. bridges). The framework ensures that heavy vehicle operators consider the benefits that they expect to receive from smaller-scale road enhancements in light of the costs to road owners of such enhancements.

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Last Updated: 29 November, 2018