ALC amplifies logistics strategy and vaccination calls

States urged to move on national goals and Covid shot sought for transport workers

ALC amplifies logistics strategy and vaccination calls
The Scorecard cover


The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) wants state movement on the national logistics strategy and for industry workers to be amongst the first to get Covid-19 vaccinations.

The peak body has passed to federal transport minister Michael McCormack its Australian Logistics Council Scorecard on implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy (NFSCS), which appears to have been well received.

"The Australian Logistics Council has worked hard for the transport and logistics industry, particularly over the past 12 months," it quotes McCormack as saying.

"The Scorecard is a powerful tool that will encourage all levels of government to deliver their commitments to implement the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy."

The first review of the Scorecard jurisdictional progress will be published in June 2021, and annually thereafter.

"Real progress on implementing the national freight and supply chain cannot be achieved without commitment to timelines for the completion of initiatives," ALC CEO Kirk Coningham says.

"To achieve improvements in productivity, progress towards finishing a project must form a key performance indicator of NFSCS progress."

The organisation regards as "heartening" that many jurisdictions are committing to data driven planning decisions and integrated freight planning.

However, it emphasises long-held disappointment over the lack of real deadlines contained in implementation plans and remains disappointed over progress on many, although not all, of the initiatives for each jurisdiction in the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Annual Report 2019-20.

The Scorecard can be found here.

Read about the ALC’s continued call for regulatory harmonisation, here

The ALC also adds it weight to Ports Australia and Australian Airports Association calls for all supply chain workers to be prioritised to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, given their role in supporting one of Australia’s largest essential industries.

"Australian supply chain workers have done an amazing job in limiting the spread of the disease. Prioritising vaccine delivery will help ensure the natural vector of the supply chain remains disease free." Coningham says.

"Australians consumers have not forgotten the shock of empty supermarkets shelves and the panic buying that disrupted most of 2020.

"Australian supply chain workers are among the unsung Covid heroes during 2020. They play a critical role in supporting our communities and prioritising their safety to ensure they can continue to deliver is a must once the vaccine is available."

Ports Australia CEO Mike Gallacher reinforces the message.

"Working on the front line – whether it be on a port, airport, ship, truck or train – means you’re coming into contact with high volumes of people and essential freight," Gallacher says.

"Prioritising the health of supply chain workers helps prioritise the security of the supply chain and safety of Australian communities."

The ALC says it also supports calls for the Government to consult with industry to ensure that a fair and considered approach to roll out the vaccine nationwide for the supply chain industry is implemented.


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