ALC Forum is the largest and most influential gathering of leaders and key policy makers in the Australian freight industry, debating and discussing the critical issues impacting the efficiency and safety of Australia’s supply chains.
After a hugely successful event in Melbourne earlier this year, ALC is pleased to announce that ALC Forum will return to Royal Randwick in Sydney next year on 6-8 March 2018.
TOWARDS A NATIONAL FREIGHT AND SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGY
In response to Infrastructure Australia’s Australian Infrastructure Plan, the Australian Government announced in November 2016 that it would develop a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy to increase the productivity and efficiency of Australia’s freight supply chain.
Throughout 2017, the Federal Government has been undertaking a National Freight and Supply Chain Inquiry, with a draft report to be released by December 2017 and a Final Report in March 2018. The National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy is expected to be released in May 2018.
This is significant because Australia’s supply chains do not stop at state borders. Our economy is national – and accordingly a national approach to freight infrastructure and regulation is required. ALC estimates that a 1% increase in supply chain efficiency would drive a $2 billion benefit to the national economy.
Developing a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy was a core aspect of ALC’s 2016 election priorities document, Getting The Supply Chain Right.
It was also the focus of ALC Forum 2017, held in Melbourne in March, and the discussions at that event helped shape the content of a Working Paper published by ALC in May 2017. This was followed by a second working paper, Charting The Course For A National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, and ALC’s final submission to the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities, Freight Doesn’t Vote.
ALC FORUM 2018
ALC Forum 2018 will progress the issues put forward by ALC Members in the final submission that focus on the freight logistics industry’s priorities and expectations for the types of infrastructure investment and policy reform required to enhance national supply chain efficiency and safety.
This will include discussion on issues such as CBD and urban freight delivery, the need for freight movement to be given greater consideration in planning policy, preservation of freight transport corridors and employment lands so that they are protected from urban encroachment, more freight onto rail, better use of data and new technology; and development of a forward-looking approach to road funding.
Registration and program details will be available in the coming weeks – click here to save the date in your Outlook calendar today!
Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities at ALC Forum 2018 will be available. Contact ALC to learn more.
Double stacked container freight train image courtesy of Aurizon.