There has been positive progress in recent years by all governments to improve logistics planning and to progress a number of reforms. For example, the development of Infrastructure Australia’s 15-Year Infrastructure Plan has provided a solid blueprint for improved infrastructure investment and reform outcomes. However, there is still a range of areas where greater government focus is required to ‘get the supply chain right’. In particular, the Australian Government must:
- Get the Structure Right
- Get Planning Right
- Get Road Pricing Right
- Get Road Safety Right
- Get Technology Right
ALC has published ‘Getting the Supply Chain Right’ which contains 29 recommendations aimed at improving the safety and efficiency of Australia’s supply chains. Chief amongst these is encouraging the Government to provide Infrastructure Australia with resources to develop a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy. The development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy should be viewed as the next step of the economic reform agenda and in the same way as the white papers that have transformed many other sectors of the economy. Specifically, this Strategy should:
- map nationally significant supply chains and their access to supporting infrastructure and gateways;
- evaluate the adequacy of the institutional framework supporting freight networks and recommend reforms and investments that will move the efficient movement of freight;
- facilitate the mapping of nationally significant supply chains and their connections across ports, airports, roads, rail and coastal shipping;
- identify the key bodies overseeing their efficient operation; and
- recommend a series of reforms and investments to enable the more efficient movement of freight.
Other key recommendations in ‘Getting the Supply Chain Right’ are:
- Delivering on the inland rail project to link Brisbane and Melbourne.
- Prioritising short haul rail linking ports to intermodal terminals.
- Avoiding re-establishment of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal
- Ensuring our major freight facilities remain curfew-free, for example, at Badgerys Creek Airport; and
- Progressing heavy vehicle investment and reform, to ensure road funds are being spent according to network demand.