ALC Technology Summit poised to be the industry event of the year

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) invites you to attend its long-awaited Technology Summit in Melbourne, Victoria, on Wednesday 30th June 2021.

The 2021 Technology Summit has an impressive line-up of speakers, as well as key policy issues facing industry now and defining its future. Join more than 100 industry and supply chain leaders, operators, customers, and Governments.

Rachel Smith, Director – Policy & Advocacy says, “This is a really important event. Due to COVID last year we couldn’t have these important conversations. It makes this year all the more important for industry. Some of the biggest supply chain policies to affect change within our industry have been identified at past ALC Tech Summit events. They are a key forum to drive the futures agenda that is critical in keeping Australia as a global supply chain leader.”

A full day and evening event with an outstanding program and speaker line-up, you won’t want to miss out on are taking part in this important gathering of industry leaders. Key program highlights include:

A Single Freight Data Standard For Australia Launch

Commonality of data language is key to advancing the traceability of goods down the Australian supply chain.

The Standard answers a need recognised by both industry and government. At a meeting held on 7 December, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack MP said, “The Australian Government acknowledges the need for a single data standard to enable governments and industry to make data driven decisions.”

The Data Standard is designed to provide the framework for the interoperable sharing of information about the movement of freight and vehicles as they travel the supply chain.

The Single Freight Data Standard will be one of the industry’s biggest opportunities for productivity and efficiency growth for the year.

National Freight Data Hub

The Australian Government has committed $8.5 million to improve national freight data. Access to robust freight data will help industry and governments plan, make better operational and investment decisions and be more resilient and responsive.

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has been working closely with industry, governments and other stakeholders on the Hub prototype, and is now ready to unveil its progress to the Tech Summit audience.

Critical Infrastructure Bill

With recent amendments to the Critical Infrastructure Act now passed by parliament, impacted industry sectors are racing to get ready. Representatives from Home Affairs, the cybersecurity sector and industry will discuss the impact of the changes and answer your questions.

The Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill seeks to expand the scope of the Critical Infrastructure Act to cover critical infrastructure entities in a wider range of sectors, including health, financial and education services. The Bill further seeks to introduce mandatory cyber incident reporting requirements and enhanced cybersecurity obligations.

Future of Fuels

Electric and hydrogen vehicles are the future of Australia’s supply chain economy. However, the fledging product technology is currently climbing the apex of what must be considered Australia’s Mt Everest of legislative hurdles to get a foothold in the Australian freight and logistics market.

Australia is a single national economy. Yet so much of the regulatory framework that impacts on businesses is designed and enforced at a State or local level.

For those operating businesses in the freight logistics sector, this means daily confrontation with a hodgepodge of legislative and regulatory hurdles that variously confound and complicate the process of transporting freight safely and efficiently.

States have rushed to the finish line determined not to be left behind to establish their own state specific sets of road user pricing. The result is that they are strangling an infant commercial market with excessive unit cost increases before it has even managed to establish its first breaths.
Uptake of alternatively powered vehicles is the future of Australia’s commercial and consumer economies. Consistent taxation mechanisms for road access is key to supporting Australia to remain competitive in the global market.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our partners Telstra and MTData.

Don’t miss out on this key event for the year, spaces are limited and filling up fast.
Registrations are now open – go to https://www.austlogistics.com.au/events/ to secure your place.

Kirk Coningham
CEO, ALC