Transport can be described broadly as the movement of goods and people from an origin to a destination. It is one of the most fundamental aspects of an advanced economy. Transport provides a window to the wider world. Buildings cannot be constructed without transportation of materials and persons, food must be transported for distribution, and people must travel to get to and from work, and for recreation and to access facilities. Transport has enormous economic and social impact, generates substantial employment and contributes about 5% annually to Australia's Gross Domestic Product. The social cost of transport includes road accidents, traffic congestion, fuel emissions, aircraft noise pollution and shipping oil spills. Information about all aspects of transport and its support industries, ranging from automotive manufacturers to travel agencies, is vital to effective planning by governments and industry.
This directory contains comprehensive information on Australian sources of transport statistics in the public and private sectors. It lists the ABS collections where transport is involved, and includes many other sources of transport-related data. The directory provides a description of the collection and the data content.
Readers should refer to the contact detail in the entry for more information about the publications and the collection.
The ABS is not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied by non-ABS organisations and inclusion in this directory should not be taken as an endorsement by the ABS.
While every effort has been made to contact all likely sources of transport related-data we would be grateful if readers could provide details of any omissions. The directory will be released and continually updated on the ABS Internet StatSite and future hard copy editions will be produced as needed. If you have information or wish to comment on any other aspect please contact the ABS (Richard Scutter) on Canberra 02 6252 6011, facsimile 02 6252 8513 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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