ALC sets out election priorities mega-list

Document identifies 39 areas of action for incoming government

ALC sets out election priorities mega-list
ALC's Freight: Delivering Opportunity For Australia document cover


The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has released a list of 39 priority actions for Australia’s freight logistics industry ahead of the federal election.

Freight: Delivering Opportunity For Australia sets out areas for an incoming federal government to pursue that address challenges and opportunities relevant to all modes of freight transport.

"The priorities ALC is releasing today have been identified by industry participants as critical to improving the efficiency and safety of Australia’s supply chains, and meeting a growing freight task," ALC CEO Kirk Coningham says.

"With our industry having received a bipartisan commitment to finalise the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy [NFSCS], the first priority for whichever party wins on 18 May must be to work with state and territory governments to finalise and implement action plans that will ensure the Strategy delivers for industry.

"In that context, the priorities ALC is now putting forward will help to bolster the effectiveness of that strategy by addressing some of the long-term infrastructure, investment and regulatory issues that act as an impediment to a seamless national freight network."

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Enhanced supply chain performance is not a niche issue, Coningham adds.

"Every individual Australian relies on freight every day, no matter where they live.

"If we are going to meet the challenges that arise from a growing population and changing consumer expectations around rapid delivery, it will be necessary to implement the sorts of reforms ALC has set out.

"The priorities that ALC has identified touch on a range of issues, including a more consistent national approach to planning and investing in freight infrastructure, enhancing the productivity of our road and rail networks through regulatory reform and strengthening our export performance through enhanced freight infrastructure in Northern Australia."

"There are also suggestions for improving the industry’s environmental performance by encouraging uptake of electric freight vehicles, ensuring the industry is able to access data that will allow more effective monitoring and measurement of supply chain performance, improving the wider community’s understanding of this industry and enhancing its ability to interact safely with freight vehicles."

The reforms "will be challenging" but are absolutely essential to securing Australia’s continued economic success and creating more liveable communities, ALC says.

"ALC will seek to work closely with all political parties in the next Parliament to secure these policy reforms, and implement a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy that allows this industry to keep delivering for all Australians."


1. Quickly finalise and implement the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. This includes working with all state and territory governments to finalise action plans and put them into effect.

2. Use constitutional powers and financial leverage to ensure that any funding provided to state, territory or local government is conditional on delivering freight transport infrastructure free of operational restrictions, including curfews.

3. Require all jurisdictions to incorporate ‘freight and logistics lands’ as a distinct category in their planning instruments. To help achieve this outcome, the Australian Government should require the inclusion of such a category in planning instruments as a precondition for investing in transport infrastructure projects.

4. Only provide funding for transport infrastructure projects to jurisdictions that develop and adhere to land separation policies that appropriately zone freight, commercial, industrial and residential lands and implement policies to protect lands identified as suitable for freight purposes.

5. Adopt the ALC National Planning Principles as an example of best practice in planning and use incentive payments and other constitutional powers to secure their adoption by all jurisdictions.

6. Ensure the Freight and Supply Chain Unit at the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities has sufficient personnel resources.

7. Prioritise the development, funding and execution of a comprehensive National Corridor Protection Strategy.

8. In regard to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF): – Extend the NAIF to June 30, 2026, and provide NAIF with a further $5 billion to invest. – Allow NAIF to re-invest revenue from previous investments in Northern Australia economic infrastructure; and – Not allow NAIF to have its funds quarantined for any particular purpose, such as tourism.

9. Develop a timetable for the construction of road projects funded under the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.

10. Protect the rail corridor between Tennant Creek and Mount Isa.

11. Reconstitute the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia and have the Standing Committee conduct an inquiry into the freight needs of Northern Australia.

12. Work with industry to develop and launch a communications strategy aimed at building community understanding of freight.

13. Develop freight related curricula for inclusion in relevant tertiary courses including, in particular, planning.

14. Establish a High Productivity Vehicle Infrastructure and Education Fund.

15. Ensure that the development phase of Heavy Vehicle Road Reform is finalised, and implementation commenced, by the end of the 46th Parliament.

16. Provide funding that allows industry to maintain the Master Code for heavy vehicle safety.

17. Amend the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) so that: – It is mandatory for heavy vehicles to carry telematic equipment capable of recording safety and other data as required by law; and – Heavy vehicle operators are required to meet a National Operating Standard.

18. Include industry representatives on the National Road Safety Governance Review Panel.

19. Prioritise funding from the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative to support community understanding of how to drive safely around trucks.

20. Engage with industry to ensure that any independent bodies or panels empowered to make decisions that affect heavy safety and the economic viability of freight operators include industry representatives.

21. Look to promote logistics as a career of choice for all school leavers, and provide assistance for young Australians seeking a career as a truck driver.

22. Establish a Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund and provide the Contestable Fund with $20 million per annum.

23. Establish a Zero Carbon Freight Offset for electric vehicles. 24.Extend the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

25. Work with other governments and industry to assess national electric vehicle fast charging network options.

26. Work with industry to design a Biosecurity Imports Levy that is properly based on biosecurity risks, ensures the burden of the Levy is shared commensurately with those risks, and makes certain that all revenue raised is directly expended on biosecurity measures.

27. Continue to design and construct Inland Rail. Specific attention should also be paid to: – Developing design, funding and financing proposals for the development of a link from Acacia Ridge to the Port of Brisbane. – Upgrading freight rail connections to the Port of Melbourne; and – Working with the NSW Government to improve rail connections linking Inland Rail to key NSW ports and intermodal terminals.

28. Complete the National Rail Plan.

29. Support the continued upgrade of rail infrastructure connecting ports to intermodal terminals and the wider freight network.

30. Expand the remit of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to include a productivity mandate.

31. Continue to invest in and support the development of the Advanced Track Management System.

32. Amend the Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995 (Cth) so that an objective noise standard is used to determine what freight only flights can take-off and land at Sydney Airport during the curfew period.

33. Conduct a cost-benefit analysis on Australia’s coastal shipping – particularly whether changes made by the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012 delivered the desired outcomes.

34. Partner with a state, territory or local government to trial a freight consolidation centre in a major city.

35. Establish a fund to help local governments develop co-ordinated urban freight plans.

36. Establish the Freight Data Hub and provide sufficient funding to develop, aggregate and publish data for effective use by industry and government.

37. Take leadership in the design of a common data set for the transport and logistics industry.

38. Continue to support the Road Freight Telematics Data Project and, through this project, publish the top 10 most underserved routes for heavy vehicle rest areas.

39. Ensure the Australian Bureau of Statistics continues to develop and publish the Australian Transport Economic Account as a regular feature in the Australian National Accounts.


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