Farm Gate Access
The Farm Gate Access Project has been designed to enable safe and legal access for higher productivity vehicles travelling on low volume council roads. This benefits local farmers, businesses, participating councils and the community.
About Farm Gate Access
Farm Gate Access is a joint NSW Government, local council and industry initiative designed to improve freight productivity by connecting first and last mile journeys to the farm gate.
Farm Gate Access introduces conditional area-wide access for Higher Productivity Vehicles (HPV) transporting grain and livestock on council roads in participating council areas.
The initiative includes the Farm Gate Network provision added to the existing NSW Livestock Loading Scheme (LLS) and the NSW Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) and a series of tools and services to support NSW council's making heavy vehicle access decisions.
The Farm Gate Network came into effect on 26 February 2021 and will continue as a pilot for six months in six participating council areas.
- Tamworth Regional Council
- Gunnedah Shire Council
- Narrandera Shire Council
- Coolamon Shire Council
- Temora Shire Council
- Junee Shire Council.
Following the six month pilot an evaluation will be completed and if successful, promoted as an effective way to support access-related decision making on low volume council roads and rolled out more broadly across NSW.
Farm Gate Access benefits
The key benefits of Farm Gate Access are:
- Enabling the use of more productive vehicles to safely transport grain and livestock from the farm gate to market, meaning fewer trips for the freight task.
- Reducing red-tape for farmers and transport operators by reducing the need for access permits.
- Increasing visibility for participating local councils of Higher Productivity Vehicle movements across their road network to support infrastructure planning, maintenance and funding applications.
- Providing resources for participating local councils to support decision-making about access for Higher Productivity Vehicles.
Farm Gate Network provisions
NSW Farm Gate was developed in collaboration with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and will be enforceable under the National Heavy Vehicle Law (NHVL).
The Farm Gate Network provides exemptions for eligible heavy vehicles to access low volume, low risk council roads within pilot council areas.
Heavy vehicles eligible to operate on the Farm Gate Network must be fitted with a telematics device and be enrolled in the Road Infrastructure Management (RIM) scheme.
Eligible vehicles operating under the Livestock Loading Scheme (LLS) and Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) can travel on the Farm Gate Network within participating councils. This includes road trains up to 36.5 metres long in some council areas.
There are global and local conditions for vehicles operating on the Farm Gate Network. Participating councils have authority to introduce additional operating conditions with these conditions outlined on NSW Farm Gate Network map layer which appears on the LLS, GHMS and RAV maps available online.
Decision making tools and assistance for road managers
To support local road managers, Transport for NSW has developed a range of tools and services to aid the decision-making process around heavy vehicle access. These include the Heavy Vehicle Intersection and Acceleration Risk Calculator, access to the Telematics Analytics Platform (TAP) and asset assessment services.
Heavy Vehicle Intersection and Acceleration Risk Calculator
Transport for NSW, in collaboration with Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and the NHVR developed the Heavy Vehicle Intersection and Acceleration Risk Calculator. The calculator compares the performance of different heavy vehicles types moving through an intersection and has been designed to better inform access decisions.
Telematics Analytics Platform (TAP)
As a condition of Farm Gate Access, all operators will be required to have a telematics device fitted to their vehicle and be participating in the Road Infrastructure Management (RIM) scheme. As a result, road managers will have access to core analysis and reporting through data analytics. De-identified and aggregated telematics data is accessed via the Transport Certification Australia (TCA) Telematics Analytics Platform (TAP), with licences made available by Transport for NSW until 2023.
Access to TAP supports councils to understand how their road infrastructure is used; better plan for infrastructure investment or maintenance activities; and prioritise future projects.
Understanding council assets
Transport will support participating councils to better understand council-owned assets. Transport will assist with data collection and provide access advice in accordance with the same resources used to assess state road infrastructure.