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ALC releases ‘Laying the Foundation’ discussion paper

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) used the occasion of its annual Parliamentary Function in Canberra to release a discussion paper that identifies nine priority actions for the Commonwealth Government to pursue immediately to facilitate a more effective implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which is due to be finalised around May next year.

Included in the recommendations are that a dedicated Freight and Supply Chain Unit be established within the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities. Also high on the list of recommendations is the ALC’s call for the commissioning of an independent review of the rules affecting over size and over mass (OSOM) vehicle movements and the need to identify and act upon opportunities to streamline route approvals and establish a national consistency.

The ALC also called for the Commonwealth Government to immediately request the Productivity Commission’s review of rail and road operating standards be brought forward to this year and requested that mandatory use of telematics and national operating Standards be examined as part of this review.

Speaking at the event the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher, commended the ALC on the work being done to increase the profile of the transport and logistics industry.

“Logistics is a sector which has historically not been visible in the community,” said Fletcher.

“With the explosion of e-commerce one of the consequences is logistics has become much more visible to every Australian.

“Almost everybody has had the experience of ordering something online and having it delivered to their homes. One thing that does do is make the supply chain more visible to the end customer.

“The work being done by the ALC is about making sure the logistics sector of the supply chain is visible to policy makers and is understood by the broader community.

“I congratulate the Australian Logistics Council for the advocacy work that you do, all of your members for the terrific services you provide to your customers on a day to day basis,” he said.

(Image L-R: ALC CEO Michael Kilgariff and Minister Paul Fletcher.)

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