National Location Registry in

Freight & Logistics


Digital and accurate location data

Store and share attribute information about physical pickup and delivery locations.

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NLR - Digital and accurate location data

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A digital registry where attribute information about physical pickup and delivery locations is digitally stored and accessible to authorised users.

The National Location Registry offers:

  • Standardised communication method
  • Standardised communication format
  • Consistent capture and sharing of accurate location data
  • Digitalisation of the storage, management, retrieval, and sharing of location data

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Benefits for all stakeholders

✓ Reduced data errors and ambiguity
✓ Reduced administration burden
✓ Efficient synchronisation of data with carriers
✓ Improved data management
✓ One single source of digitalised location data
✓ Efficiency, create information once, share with many
✓ Reduced delivery errors
✓ Carriers have improved information about PUD parameters, restrictions, curfews, other site conditions
✓ Supports CoR and driver well being 
✓ Reduced duplication of records
✓ Push/Pull notifications of changes
✓ Provides the “where” dimension for visibility or traceability solutions

How it works

Location Data Providers: 

  • Owners/custodians of their locations provide data to the registry
  • Control access to their data based on data recipient requests or can elect to make it public

Location Data Recipients: 

  • Request access to location data or can search publicly available data 
  • All users of the registry must be registered

Location master data has been identified as a critical gap to achieving increased supply chain visibility. Location master data today is non-existent in any digitalised framework.

Established in August 2019 at industry’s request; the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications understood the potential and provided pilot funding. The pilot helped demonstrate the publication, storage, retrieval and exchange of location master data. It provided a precursor to establishing a National Location Registry for the Australian Freight & Logistics industry.

The Steering Committee accepted pilot findings and recommendation to proceed to build the registry.

Understanding the specific parameters of a location where physical transport processes take place has been identified as a critical component to achieving effective supply chain visibility. In keeping with the supply chain efficiency pillar of the National Freight & Supply Chain strategy, the registry provides essential data to drive productivity improvements in the Transport & Logistics industry.
  • Central database containing accurate location information and extended attributes for effective management of:
    • Trading or operating hours for peak periods
    • Safety constraints at a site
    • Driver amenities available
    • Weight/height restrictions
    • Dedicated truck entry points
    • Other site requirements, such as the wearing of hard hats
  • Accessed via web or API
  • Subscription model to link to internal systems and maintain currency via updates
  • Data provided directly from source
  • Leveraging global data standards