The Transport network provides the means for moving people, goods and freight, and other services from one location to another. In countries as remote and relatively sparsely populated such as Australia, having effective transport systems is crucial for maintaining competitive and sustainable trade, business and recreation activities.

Theme Purpose

The transport network is the means by which people, goods and freight, and many services are moved from one location to another. In countries as remote and relatively sparsely populated as Australia and New Zealand, having effective transport systems are crucial to maintaining competitive and sustainable trade, business and recreation activities. The transport network is also critical for border security and community safety.


Theme Current Status 
In each jurisdiction, the land management or mapping agency creates and manages datasets representing the location of a road. This may be integrated from data held by transport authorities or derived from GPS data, roads defined in the cadastre, or interpreted from satellite or airborne imagery. New roads derived from subdivisions are included in state and territory datasets within 2 weeks of being lodged. Until 2006, data captured under Commonwealth mapping programs was not integrated with state and territory datasets. Since 2006, data captured in collaboration with the Commonwealth under the National Topographic Information Coordination Initiative will also be incorporated into state/territory datasets – these are mostly roads in rural and remote areas which have not been revised for up to 20 years. As these are significant updates to a large number of roads over large areas, these will take some time to be integrated into state and territory roads datasets. Roads datasets are released as products by the states and territories, or supplied to PSMA Australia Pty Ltd (PSMA) for aggregation into a national information product and distributed through value-added reseller networks. There is currently no single vertical integration of all eight transport datasets, as listed, for a national coverage.
Theme Future Status 
Provide a nationally consistent suite of transport datasets which support and deliver transport information. This will allow linking of location of these features across all themes. Short-term Objectives (2014) Fully aggregate all jurisdictional data into a national dataset which provides a complete, consistent representation of the Transport theme. Establish governance structure between ANZLIC and supply chain (sponsor, custodian, aggregator and distributor) Compliance to relevant ISO 19100 series, Australian and International spatial standards Engage Industry on validation of use cases for this dataset Medium-term objectives Crossings information included in national topographic mapping products will be derived from the datasets in states and territories Data held by transport authorities which is categorised as part of the foundation will be integrated with the foundation datasets. Crossings will be captured no greater than 1m in urban areas and between 2m and 10m in remote areas if captured from imagery. Long-term objectives National information products will have near real-time currency – crossings recently gazetted or proposed will be made available in the national product overnight. All national information products will be available under open access arrangements (for example, by CCBY) at zero cost.

Theme Coverage

Complete, current and continuous coverage of agreed Transport Theme datasets for all of Australia.