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Transport for NSW, abbreviated as TfNSW and pronounced as Transport for New South Wales, 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. It is the leading transport agency of the state. The authority is a separate entity from the New South Wales Department of Transport, the ultimate parent entity of Transport for NSW[1]

The chief executive officer, called Secretary, for the agency is Rodd Staples.[2] 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 Paul Toole.[3] Ultimately the ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.


Prior to the 2011 New South Wales election, the main transport department in New South Wales had multiple names during term of the Labor government.[4][5]

After winning the 2011 election, the new Liberal government renamed the department to Department of Transport.[6] In November that year, Transport for NSW was formed. It subsumed the Transport Construction Authority and the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority, and was given the plannning and coordination functions of RailCorp, the State Transit Authority and Roads & Maritime Services (a merger of the previous Roads and Traffic Authority and NSW Maritime).[7] The Department of Transport continues to exist as the ultimate parent entity of Transport for NSW.[8][9]

The New South Wales Government purchased Metro Transport Sydney, the owner of the Sydney Light Rail and the Sydney Monorail, on 23 March 2012 for $19.8 million. The company was placed under the control of Transport for NSW.[10][11] The purchase removed the contractual restrictions on expanding the light rail network and allowed the government to dismantle the monorail, assisting its plans to redevelop the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.[12][13] The Sydney Monorail was closed down on 1 July 2013.[14]


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 $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

The authority was created as an integrated transport authority with six divisions, each headed by a deputy director general:[15]

  • 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 policies and laws pertaining to transport across the state


The NSW Department of Transport comprises all the following entities:[16]

  • Transport Service of New South Wales
  • Transport for NSW and its divisions

Transport Service of NSW is an agency created in November 2011, in charge of employing staff for Transport for NSW, which cannot directly employ staff, to undertake its functions. The Transport Service also directly employs staff for Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), State Transit Authority (STA), as well as senior executives of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains.[17]

The divisions of Transport for NSW (as of July 2018) are:[9]

Out of these, RMS, STA, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains are also government transport agencies.[19]

Departmental leadership

There have been four 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) Template:Age in years and days [20][21]
Dave Stewart 17 October 2013 (2013-10-17) 16 February 2015 (2015-02-16) Template:Age in years and days [22][23]
Tim Reardon Secretary 1 July 2015 (2015-07-01) 10 November 2017 (2017-11-10) Template:Age in years and days [24][25]
Rodd Staples 18 November 2017 (2017-11-18) incumbent Template:Age in years and days [26][25][27]

Public transport services

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.[28] Operation of the services is contracted out to a mixture of other government-owned organisations and private enterprise.[29]

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.[30] 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.[31][32]

Transport Info

Transport for NSW provides a trip planner and transport service information on its customer service website,, and via its 24-hour information line, 131 500.[28] These services have been outsourced since July 2010.[33] A parallel Teletype service for hearing and speech impaired passengers is available on 1800 637 500.


Current projects

Project Mode Completion Date
CBD and South East Light Rail Light rail 2020
Parramatta Light Rail Light rail 2023 (stage 1)
Sydney Metro City & Southwest Rapid transit 2024
Sydney Metro West Rapid transit Second half of the 2020s
Sydney Metro Greater West (stage 1) Rapid transit Western Sydney Airport opening (2026)
Automatic Train Protection Systems / Digital Train Radio Systems Commuter rail (ongoing)
Transport Access Program Public transport interchange (ongoing)

Completed projects

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[34]
Newcastle Light Rail Light rail February 2019[35]
Sydney Metro Northwest Rapid transit May 2019


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  21. Saulwick, Jacob (26 June 2013). "Les Wielinga retires as head of state transport". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
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  29. "The Transport Cluster". Transport for NSW. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
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  32. "Annual Report (NSW Trains)". Transport for New South Wales. 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
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  35. Light rail in Newcastle opening from Monday 18 February Transport for NSW 3 February 2019


This article incorporates text from the following revision of the English Wikipedia article "Transport for NSW":

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