The Government Policy Statement on land transport (GPS) 2021 introduces a new coastal shipping activity class. Investment through this activity class is intended to provide greater choice for moving freight, enabling the coastal shipping sector to be more competitive with other operators.
Our investment of $30 million during this National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period will focus on investments in infrastructure, research and programme business cases, and projects that can support the objectives of the activity class.
Coastal shipping is recognised as one of the essential transport options to support economic growth. It provides a safe, sustainable way to transport freight, such as cement, refined petroleum products and shipping containers.
Investment during this NLTP will help provide producers and exporters with greater choice in how they move goods to market and offshore. Over time, moving more freight by coastal shipping will help reduce carbon emissions.
We are developing an approach to determine the types of activities that will be funded from the coastal shipping activity class. This will allow us to identify specific actions and projects for building a more resilient, sustainable, and competitive domestic coastal shipping sector, and enable coastal shipping to play a greater role in shifting freight.