The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has released a list of 39 priority actions for the incoming Federal Government to pursue in order to address challenges and opportunities relevant to the freight transport industry.
ALC CEO Kirk Coningham said priorities were identified by industry participants as crucial to improving the efficiency and safety of Australia’s supply chains.
“With our industry having received a bipartisan commitment to finalise the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, 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,” Mr. Coningham said.
“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.”
According to Mr. Coningham, for Australia to meet the challenges of a growing population and changing consumer expectations around rapid delivery, it will be necessary to implement reform.
“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,” Mr. Coningham said.
“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 wider community understanding of the industry and enhancing its ability to interact safely with freight vehicles.”
Mr. Coningham said ALC would seek to work closely with all political parties to secure policy reform and implement the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.
“Although this reform agenda must be led by whichever party forms government, success will ultimately depend on cooperation and collaboration with all members of the 46th Parliament,” Mr. Coningham said.
“While many of these reforms will be challenging, they are absolutely essential to securing Australia’s continued economic success and creating more liveable communities.”