Tom Frost is an economist who has been consulting to industry and government for almost 20 years.  He has extensive experience in the provision of regulatory and economic advice to clients operating in the transport sector. Tom has a BA in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England and has spent the majority of his career working in the transport sector.  Prior to establishing NineSquared Tom worked primarily for Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte

Tom has provided advice to a range of clients across Australia and internationally in both the private and public sectors in relation to regulatory issues such as access and pricing, negotiation support, tariff development and arbitration and dispute assistance.  He has also developed bankable patronage and revenue studies for major public transport projects and airports in a range of countries including, Australia, China, India, South Korea, Hong Kong, USA, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.

Selected project experience

  • Assisting Qantas prepare their submission to the Productivity Commission on airport pricing
  • An assessment of port options for potential mine developments in Queensland on the basis of the total cost of transport (rail, port and sea)
  • A review of the bus fare zone structure of regional towns in Queensland
  • Assisting Qcoal prepare their case for the proposed port pricing arbitration at Adani’s Abbot Point coal terminal
  • The bottom up costing of below rail maintenance for the central Queensland coal network
  • The development of the pricing model for central Queensland coal network for both UT2 and UT3
  • Developing patronage and revenue forecasts for proposed airport developments in Australia, China and India
  • Developing patronage and revenue forecasts for the Sydney Light Rail extension and the proposed Melbourne airport rail link
Recent Engagements from Tom Frost
Transport Infrastructure Government

Economic Analysis and Input into the Inland Freight Route Link Flood Study

Transport Economics Economics Research & Analysis

Opportunities and Associated Value in Carbon Neutral Certification & Environmental Accounts for the Australian Oyster Industry

Feasibility Studies Strategy Development & Review

Analysis of rail access charges for a private rail freight operator

Infrastructure Pricing Regulatory Economics
Water Infrastructure

Economic and financial feasibility assessment of the Hughenden Irrigation Project

Cost-Benefit Analysis Feasibility Studies Business Case Development

Cost benefit analysis of the Centenary Bridge Project

Cost-Benefit Analysis Business Case Development

North Coast Line Action Plan

Cost-Benefit Analysis Transport Economics

Review of Regulatory Processes

Regulatory Economics

Operational Cost Forecasting Model Development

Regulatory Economics
Government Transport

State Infrastructure Plan Initiative Development

Strategy Development & Review
Government Transport

Regional Rail Freight Commercial Options Analysis

Economics Research & Analysis
Resources & Mining

Economic assessment for Queensland mine project

Economics Research & Analysis