Logistics News

Australian Logistics Council to hold diversity summit

Melbourne will host a transport, warehouse and logistics summit next week to outline gender diversity strategies


The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) is holding a diversity event in Melbourne next week, focusing on gender equality across the whole supply chain.

ALC managing director Michael Kilgariff says the inaugural ALC Diversity and Inclusion Summit, to be held at Pullman on the Park on Wednesday November 25, will represent the beginning of an industry shift.

“As an industry, we need to make a greater effort to attract, retain and support talented women in our workforce, and ALC is committed to taking a leadership role to address this challenge,” Kilgariff says.

“At the Summit, ALC will map a series of actions we will take forward to encourage more women into the industry and to develop their leadership skills to equip them for future managerial roles.”

The industry body says the transport, logistics and warehousing sectors lag behind other industries, with women making up 21.9 per cent of the workforce and 9.2 per cent of the CEO roles in 2013.

Further, the ALC says 12 per cent of transport company board positions were held by women in 2014, 5.6 per cent below the average of ASX200 companies.  

Kilgariff says these numbers “show women are seriously underrepresented” across the workforce, and as “an industry we need to do better.”

“In a report released last week by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency acknowledging Australia’s top employers of choice for gender equality, the logistics industry was barely represented, with only two ALC members making the list,” he says.

“This figure is all the more concerning when you consider the logistics industry employs some 1.2 million Australians across thousands of businesses.

“I want to discuss what some of our forward thinking logistics companies are doing to address this issue, where there are gaps, and what practical measures can be put in place to tackle these challenges collectively as an industry.”

The ALC says tickets to the summit are available from this link.



When: Wednesday, November 25

Where: Pullman on the Park, Melbourne

Summit sessions include:

  • Showcase of Change, which will feature case studies on organisations which are already promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace and industry;
  • Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, who will give an overview of their organisation, which is focused on achieving a more equitable gender balance across the heavy vehicle driver workforce;
  • The role of Government, Education and Regulation, with panellists discussing what government and education institutions need to do for industry to progress improved diversity and inclusion in our industry.

Appearing at the summit will be:

  • Kathryn Fagg, Board Member, Reserve Bank of Australia
  • Nicola Wakefield Evans, Non-Executive Director, Toll Holdings, BUPA, Lend Lease, Macquarie Group
  • Paul Scurrah, CEO & Managing Director, DP World
  • Brian Kruger, Managing Director, Toll
  • Alex Badenoch, Director Human Resources, Corporate Affairs & Customer, Asciano


Previous ArticleNext Article
  1. Australian Truck Radio Listen Live
Send this to a friend