In addition to being one of Australia’s fastest-growing states, Western Australia shares a business time zone with 60 per cent of the world’s population, making it an ideal location to serve overseas exporters eager to penetrate one of the developed world’s strongest economies.
Western Australia is in the midst of a large infrastructure program to transform its international airport into one of the best in the Asia-Pacific region and to further expand its extensive road, rail and logistics networks.
Sophisticated transport and logistics grids with access to major airports and ports are essential to the freight industry, which moves more than 60 million tonnes of freight through the Perth metropolitan area each year.
Rail is the backbone of the freight transport network and Western Australia already has the highest number of privately owned rail systems in the world that service mining operations in remote parts of the State.
All international, regional and domestic airlines operating at Perth Airport carry air freight, which is a significant component of Western Australia’s air service sector. The $750 million redevelopment of Perth Airport and upgrade of the transport network are driven by the expected doubling of passenger air travel and freight, with Perth's population expected to increase to 3.27 million in 2026.
Trade through Western Australia’s ports is projected to increase by 140 per cent by 2030 from 457 million tonnes per annum in 2012 to more than one billion tonnes per annum in 2030.
The ports of Dampier and Port Hedland are the world’s largest bulk export ports. They achieved a record annual throughput of 620 million tonnes in 2014-2015, with more than 24,000 vessels movement, representing approximately 45 per cent of the world’s sea-borne iron ore exports and approximately 8 per cent of the world’s LNG exports.
The Freight and Logistics Council of Western Australia
is an important forum for freight users and providers, who can access information on and have input into the State’s freight and logistics plans.