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New industry-led data sharing scheme responds to needs of industry associations and their members

1 July 2024

Industry associations can now gain national insights into sector-wide vehicle movements, thanks to the introduction of a new industry-led data-sharing scheme announced by Transport Certification Australia (TCA).

The scheme allows industry associations and their members to gain valuable insights into the patterns of vehicle activities within their sectors, providing the groundwork for evidence-based advocacy for their members, or helping to improve safety or operational efficiency within their sector.

“This scheme is a potential game-changer,” said John Gordon, Austroads Manager of Strategic Engagement. “For many industries, this is the first time they’ll have access to aggregated, de-identified reports and analysis from vehicles in their own sector.” 

The scheme uses the Road Infrastructure Management (RIM) application of the National Telematics Framework for collecting movement and location data, via TCA’s recognised service providers.

Uniquely, the arrangements allow authorised users from industry associations to access data analytics and visualisations from vehicles within their own sector through the Telematics Analytics Platform (TAP).

Two associations and their members, the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA) and Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia (CCAA) are early adopters of the new industry-led data-sharing scheme, which builds on earlier work.

“TCA worked with the NBTA and the CCAA on voluntary studies which saw members share telematics data with TCA” said Claire Caldwell, Innovation Manager at Austroads.

“A key foundation of the industry-led data-sharing scheme is TCA’s management of transparent consent arrangements, which disclose the purpose for collecting data from participating transport operators, how the data will be used, and importantly, how it will not be used.”

CEO of the CCAA, Michael Kilgariff said, “This initiative provides us with a single source of truth to support evidence-based discussions between the transport industry, road managers and other government authorities. For the first time, industry representatives can gain insights on their sector’s footprint across the national road network.”

As a peak industry association, the NBTA is encouraging its members to reach out to TCA about enrolment in the new scheme.

“Having more data will enrich our view of our industry, which can in turn provide evidence for our conversations with road authorities,” said Anthony Germanchev, Executive Director of the National Bulk Tanker Association.

TCA encourages other interested industry associations to contact TCA to explore the use of the new industry-led data-sharing scheme with their members and to discuss the potential benefits for their sector.

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