Infrastructure on the moveThe Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook 2013 features the latest figures on infrastructure spending and usage in Australia.
Launched recently, the Yearbook reveals a 10 per cent growth in transport's share of infrastructure expenditure in the decade since 2001-02. The 10-year snapshot has seen huge growth in the movement of freight and people.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss said the freight task was enormous, with 208 billion tonne-kilometres of freight moved by road and 259 billion tonne-kilometres of freight moved by rail.
More than 6.6 million shipping containers were moved through the nation's five main container ports, and 100 billion tonne-kilometres of freight were moved around the coast,” Mr Truss said.
“But infrastructure also connects people and communities. In 2011-12, 175 billion passenger kilometres were travelled on capital city roads and 12 billion passenger kilometres on urban rail networks.”
He said the Yearbook also reported on energy, communications and water infrastructure.
“Infrastructure construction has more than doubled over the decade, with much of the growth in private sector-owned projects dominated by mining-related investments. Current expenditure has declined from that peak but remains at historically high levels,” Mr Truss said.
The statistics are published by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
The Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook 2013 and accompanying summary booklet, Key Australian Infrastructure Statistics, are available at www.bitre.gov.au
Edition 384, 22 October 2013