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Transport for New South Wales
Transport for NSW logo.svg
Statutory authority overview
Formed 1 November 2011
Preceding agencies
  • Transport Construction Authority Country Rail Infrastructure Authority
  • Roads and Traffic Authority
Type Statutory authority
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Ministers responsible
  • Hon. Andrew Constance MP,
    Minister for Transport and Infrastructure
  • Hon. Melinda Pavey MP,
    Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
Statutory authority executive
  • Tim Reardon,
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 in Australia. The authority is a separate entity from the New South Wales Department of Transport.

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. 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.

The chief executive officer, called Secretary, for the agency is Tim Reardon. 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. 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.

Organisational structure

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

  • 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

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) &&&&&&&&&&&&&&02.&&&&&02 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0157.&&&&&0157 days
Dave Stewart 17 October 2013 (2013-10-17) 16 February 2015 (2015-02-16) &&&&&&&&&&&&&&01.&&&&&01 year, &&&&&&&&&&&&0122.&&&&&0122 days
Tim Reardon Secretary 1 July 2015 (2015-07-01) incumbent &&&&&&&&&&&&&&06.&&&&&06 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&025.&&&&&025 days

Public transport services

The Hop Transport logo
The logo for public transport in NSW, dubbed 'The Hop'.
Transport for NSW Wayfinding 2015 Railway Square
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. Operation of the services is contracted out to a mixture of other government-owned organisations and private enterprise.

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

  • Sydney Trains - suburban train services in Sydney
  • Sydney Metro - forthcoming rapid transit services in Sydney
  • Sydney Ferries - ferry services in Sydney
  • NSW TrainLink - medium and long distance train and coach services throughout the state and extending into neighbouring states and territories
  • "Buses" - bus services in Greater Sydney
  • "Light Rail" - light rail services in Sydney and forthcoming services in Newcastle

Passengers made 676 million public transport journeys in the 2015-16 financial year. 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.

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, 131500. These services, outsourced to Serco since July 2010, were previously known as the Transport InfoLine or simply 131500. A parallel Teletype service for hearing and speech impaired passengers is available on 1800 637 500.

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