Transport for New South Wales

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Transport for New South Wales
Transport for NSW logo.svg
Statutory authority overview
Formed 1 November 2011
Preceding agencies
Type Statutory authority
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Ministers responsible
Statutory authority executive
Parent Statutory authority Government of New South Wales
Key document
  • Transport Administration Act 1988

Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) is a statutory authority of the New South Wales Government that was created on 1 November 2011 to manage the transport services in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The authority is a separate entity from the New South Wales Department of Transport.[1]

The authority subsumed the Transport Construction Authority and the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority, and plans and coordinates the functions of RailCorp, the State Transit Authority and Roads & Maritime Services.[2] It also owned Metro Transport Sydney until the shut down of the company in July 2013, after the decommissioning of the Sydney Monorail and the Sydney light rail becoming under direct ownership of Transport for NSW.[3][4][5]

The chief executive officer, called Secretary, for the agency is Tim Reardon.[6] The authority reports to the New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, presently Andrew Constance and the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, presently Melinda Pavey.[7] Ultimately the ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.


The authority develops regulations, policies and legislation to ensure that transport is delivered to a high standard, meets community needs, protects assets and public money, minimises environmental impact, and ensures the community is safe. The authority manages an annual multibillion-dollar transport budget and in partnership with the transport operating agencies manages more than A$106 billion in property, plant and equipment assets. Funding is provided for bus, rail, light rail, roads, ferry and community transport services and related infrastructure. The authority also funds concession schemes such as the School Student Transport Scheme, the Private Vehicle Conveyance Scheme and the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme.[1]

Organisational structure[edit]

The authority was created as an integrated transport authority with six divisions, each headed by a deputy director general:[8]

  • Customer experience – to ensure journeys are as simple and seamless as possible;
  • Planning and programs – to consolidate planning for all modes and develop a comprehensive transport masterplan;
  • Transport services – to ensure transport services cost-effectively meet the current and future needs of customers;
  • Transport projects – to manage major projects;
  • Freight and regional development – to coordinate freight services and facilities, with particular focus on regional NSW; and
  • Policy and regulation – to develop and oversight polices and laws pertaining to transport across the state

Departmental leadership[edit]

There have been three departmental leaders of Transport for New South Wales since 2011:

Name Title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Les Wielinga Director-General 20 April 2011 (2011-04-20) 24 September 2013 (2013-09-24) 2 years, 157 days [9][10]
Dave Stewart 17 October 2013 (2013-10-17) 16 February 2015 (2015-02-16) 1 year, 122 days [11][12]
Tim Reardon Secretary 1 July 2015 (2015-07-01) incumbent 2 years, 136 days [13]

Public transport services[edit]

The logo for public transport in NSW, dubbed 'The Hop'.
Transport for NSW is introducing unified signage and wayfinding across its network. These T (train) and L (light rail) signs identify the transport modes available from Central station.

Transport for NSW directly manages most train, bus, ferry and light rail services in New South Wales. The authority manages the route design, timetabling and branding of these services and also provides passenger information via printed material, a telephone service and a website.[14] Operation of the services is contracted out to a mixture of other government-owned organisations and private enterprise.[15]

Transport for NSW public transport services are simply branded Transport. The following sub-brands are used depending on the type of service:

Passengers made 676 million public transport journeys in the 2015-16 financial year.[16] Patronage on the Sydney rail network increased during this period–customer patronage grew by 10.5 per cent, while intercity patronage grew by 11 per cent.[17][18]

Transport Info[edit]

Transport for NSW provides a trip planner and transport service information on its customer service website,, and via its 24-hour information line, 131500.[14] These services, outsourced to Serco since July 2010, were previously known as the Transport InfoLine or simply 131500.[19] A parallel Teletype service for hearing and speech impaired passengers is available on 1800 637 500.


Current projects[edit]

Project Mode Completion Date
Sydney Metro Northwest Rapid transit 2019
CBD and South East Light Rail Light rail 2019
Newcastle Light Rail Light rail 2018
Parramatta Light Rail Light rail
Sydney Metro City & Southwest Rapid transit 2024
Sydney Metro West Rapid transit Second half of the 2020s
Automatic Train Protection Systems / Digital Train Radio Systems Commuter rail (ongoing)
Transport Access Program Public transport interchange (ongoing)

Completed projects[edit]

Project Mode Completed
Kingsgrove to Revesby quadruplication (Rail Clearways Program) Suburban rail April 2013
Liverpool Turnback (Rail Clearways Program) Suburban rail January 2014
Lilyfield - Dulwich Hill Light Rail Extension Light Rail March 2014
Monorail Removal Project Monorail April 2014
Auburn stabling sidings Suburban rail September 2014
Opal Card rollout Electronic Ticketing December 2014
South West Rail Link Suburban rail February 2015
Gosford passing loops (Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program) Freight rail February 2015
North Strathfield underpass (Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program) Freight rail June 2015
Epping to Thornleigh triplication (Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Program) Freight rail June 2016
Wynyard Walk Pedestrian September 2016[20]


  1. ^ a b "Annual Report for the Department of Transport" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Saulwick, J. (16 July 2011). "Synchronised timetables for travellers-but not yet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  3. ^ Cosgriff, Stuart; Griffiths, Emily (5 July 2012). "Light rail strategy for Sydney". Clayton Utz Insights. Clayton Utz. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 Parliament of New South Wales 13 September 2011
  5. ^ "Notice of Proposed Deregistration - Voluntary". ASIC. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Officials Committee". 
  7. ^ "The Cabinet". Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Berejiklian, Gladys; Gay, Duncan (15 July 2011). "RTA abolished as Transport for NSW takes shape" (PDF) (Press release). Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Saulwick, Jacob; Smith, Alexandra (20 April 2011). "Transport shake-up aims to give service back to the people". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  10. ^ Saulwick, Jacob (26 June 2013). "Les Wielinga retires as head of state transport". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  11. ^ O'Farrell, Barry (17 October 2013). "Premier announces David Stewart as new Transport for NSW Director General" (Press release). Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  12. ^ Saulwick, Jacob (16 February 2015). "Transport for NSW director-general Dave Stewart quits after a year in the job". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  13. ^ Bajkowski, Julian (30 June 2015). "Baird plunders Canberra's digital talent". Government News. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "About". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Transport Cluster". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  16. ^ "Transport for NSW 2015-16 Annual Report Volume 1" (PDF). Transport for NSW. p. 17. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  17. ^ "Annual Report (Sydney Trains)" (PDF). Transport for New South Wales. 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "Annual Report (NSW Trains)" (PDF). Transport for New South Wales. 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  19. ^ Integrated Transport and Information Services Serco Asia Pacific
  20. ^ "Wynyard Walk is the ultimate shortcut to Barangaroo" (Press release). Barangaroo Delivery Authority. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 

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