As the nation’s largest exporter of agricultural commodities and the engine room of manufacturing, Victoria is the freight and logistics capital of Australia. Yet moving freight in Victoria is a complex task.
Unlike in other states, Victoria's freight is generated by a multitude of different sources. Our reliance on food-and-fibre and manufacturing means exports aren't simply dug out of the ground and railed to a port, but collected from thousands of farms and factory gates right across the state.
That's why better freight connections are essential to the success of Victorian businesses and primary producers and – ultimately – to job creation across all parts of our economy.
And it's why projects are underway across Victoria to move freight more efficiently – projects like the Murray Basin Rail Project, the Freight-Passenger Rail Separation Project, the M80 Upgrade, the West Gate Tunnel, the Port Rail Shuttle network, bridge strengthening and regional freight route upgrades, and planning for a second container port.
Victoria’s freight advantage is reinforced by two curfew-free airports that carry a third of the nation’s air freight. While only about 1 per cent of freight by volume is moved through Melbourne and Avalon airports, it represents 20 per cent by value.
An increase in Victoria’s gross product by $40 billion over the next three decades will see freight volumes triple. To build on our advantage as the freight and logistics capital of Australia, more will need to be done to safeguard freight networks for the future.
Read the Victorian freight plan Delivering the Goods.