Designed to facilitate the aggregation and sharing of accurate and up-to-date information about locations, the National Location Registry is an initiative by the Commonwealth Government with support from industry.
The Registry is a key element of the Australian Government’s broader National Freight Data Hub project, a $16.5 million investment to make a range of data available to support the freight industry. This includes the recently launched Supply Chain Benchmarking Dashboard, which is providing detailed and interactive modelling of Australian transport and logistics supply chains across 130 commodities.
Access to location data will be able to support improved freight pick-up and delivery processes, more informed policymaking and a range of Healthcare specific applications.
The National Location Registry is managed by GS1 Australia with support from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications and the Department of Health and is based on GS1 global data standards to support interoperability across the supply chain.
A central database that allows ‘Location Owners’ to load validated location information online, via excel file upload or an API. Authorised users, such as freight and logistics providers or suppliers can access location data from all their customers and trading partners via a central place.
Organisations wanting to provide or receive location data subscribe to the service for access via a simple online process and can opt to subscribe to the the Freight module.
The type of location information that can be provided and accessed varies between the subscription option. Some data attributes that can be provided for each location record include:
- Up to date information about pick up and delivery locations
- Precision on correct delivery points
- Details of equipment, PUD parameters, restrictions, curfews, other site conditions
- Supports Chain of Responsibility and driver well being
- Efficient synchronisation of data with carriers
- Trading or operating hours for peak periods
- Safety constraints at a site
- Driver amenities
- Weight/height restrictions
“Every Australian, everywhere, every day relies on freight,” said Barnaby Joyce , Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. “The National Location Registry will benefit us all by backing a more efficient supply chain for our businesses and truckies.
“For farmers, manufacturers and distributors, the Registry will reduce some of the hassle and time it takes to get their products to where they need to go.
“Right across the country the collection and exchange of information about physical locations is all too often a manual process, which is costly to maintain and can lead to errors.