ALC beats path towards national freight strategy

Industry body launches new working paper at Canberra parliamentary function

ALC beats path towards national freight strategy
The cover of the second working paper


The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) is seeking to concentrate national political minds on a holistic view of freight transport efficiency as it launches a new ‘working paper’ in Canberra.

Charting The Course For A National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy is the second such paper and follows last month’s Possible Contents of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

It runs to more than 50 pages, with half devoted to reminding readers of Infrastructure Australia’s February Infrastructure Priority List.

The new publication aims to set out the freight logistics industry’s priorities and expectations for the types of investment and policy reform required to enhance national supply chain safety and efficiency, that ALC states.

"The ALC Parliamentary Function is a valuable opportunity for leading representatives from the nation’s freight logistics industry to meet directly with parliamentarians and other senior decision makers," ALC MD Michael Kilgariff says.

"With our industry representing 8.6 per cent of Australia’s GDP, employing 1.2 million Australians and adding more than $130 billion to the economy each year, it is vitally important for political representatives to understand the contribution this sector makes to the economy."

"Research commissioned by ALC has previously established that for every 1 per cent increase in supply chain efficiency, GDP will be boosted by $2 billion.

"In an economic climate where securing stronger growth and boosting employment opportunities is paramount, this fact underscores the importance of ensuring the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy drives the reform to achieve those objectives

"In particular, the Working Paper focuses on the need for freight movement to be given much greater consideration in planning policy, the preservation of freight transport corridors and employment lands so they are protected from urban encroachment, more freight on rail, making better use of data and new technology to improve supply chain visibility and efficiency, and continuing the development of a forward-looking approach to road funding."

The report expands on four key priorities:

  • Planning and encroachment issues
  • Technology
  • Rail and intermodal issues
  • Road pricing.

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