Timetables of major government operated (or commissioned) national-level public transport services (specifically bus and train). The focus here is on national level services (not those which operate only at a municipal or city level and which are not controlled or regulated by the national government). A 'yes' in any question will refer to both types of transport. However, if there is no national level service operated or regulated by the government for a given type of transport (for instance busses), then this type is ignored in this data category. Data submitted in this category should meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Time of operating
  • Time of leaving first station and arriving to the last station
  • Updated at least once a year

Data Location



Australia is limited in the presence of national public transport as most public transport operates at the city or state level. State level data can be found via Australia's Regional Open Data Census. Much national transport is privately provided - for example buses via Greyhound Australia.

Looking at rail where there is an interstate system, similar to the UK, Australia has a nationally supported rail system in which the actual service is provided by private operators (but track is publicly owned and maintained). Similar to the UK, there are therefore good public interest grounds for the government to require provision of timetable data.

There is no consolidated database of rail timetable information. From Rail Australia you are directed off to each rail companies website where you must do your own lookup using a classic HTML interface.

As such it is clear that:

  • the data exists
  • is online
  • is not machine-readable
  • not available in bulk
  • and is not openly licensed (e.g. Transwa's copyright notice).

Reviewer comments

  • Links are broken, therefore I've put "no" to timely.
  • A good next step for Australia would be to "oblige" the different companies to publish e.g., a GTFS file, and link these files from this aggregator website as well.

Data Availability

  • N Openly licensed
  • Y Is the data available for free
  • N Is the data machine readable
  • N Available in bulk
  • N Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • Y Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • Y Is the data available online
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data


Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   HTML
Reviewer   Pieter Colpaert
Submitters   Stephen Gates
Last modified   Fri Sep 18 2015 21:28:17 GMT+0000 (UTC)