Why do we need a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy?


With a national freight task that is predicted to grow by nearly 90% between 2011 and 20311, Australia’s future economic prosperity relies on our ability to move goods around the country efficiently and safely.
To do this, we need to ensure we are on the right track, and industry and governments are working together effectively.
In a new video from the Australian Logistics Council, five leaders from Australia’s logistics industry talk about the need for a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy to guide future decision making by industry and government, and to improve planning and investment in key logistics infrastructure.  They are:
  • Marika Calfas, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Ports
  • Maurice James, Managing Director, Qube Holdings
  • David Irwin, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific National
  • John Fullerton, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Rail Track Corporation
  • Ian Murray AM, Chairman, Australian Logistics Council
The development of a national strategy, which has been proposed by Infrastructure Australia in its 15-Year Infrastructure Plan, was the centrepiece of ALC’s 2016 election priorities document, Getting the Supply Chain Right
With the Federal Government expected to finalise shortly its response to Infrastructure Australia’s 15-Year Plan, the Logistics Industry is encouraging the Government to allocate appropriate resources to develop a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, which needs to build upon the work undertaken by the previous Governments under the Port and Land Freight Strategies.
For Australia to prosper in the future, we need to get our supply chains right.  And to do this, Australia needs a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

ALC Forum 2017, to be held on 7-9 March 2017 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, will therefore identify the issues that need to be addressed in the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

Forum registration and program details will be available in the coming weeks – click here to save the Forum dates in your Outlook calendar today.

Michael Kilgariff

ALC Managing Director

1Australian Infrastructure Plan, Infrastructure Australia, February 2016

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