Policy & advocacy



ALC was present at the meeting of the COAG Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) in Adelaide on 2 August 2019 where Ministers representing all jurisdictions agreed to the release of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

A clear National Strategy to enhance the efficiency and safety of Australia’s supply chains has has been a long-term policy objective for ALC and was enthusiastically supported by industry participants since the Federal Government agreed to its development in November 2016.

ALC’s members made a substantial contribution to progressing the Strategy’s development, beginning with the industry-led Inquiry that comprehensively established the issues that needed to be addressed, participating in government-led consultation sessions around the country that helped to clarify priority action areas, and by supporting the development of ALC’s series of Discussion Papers that were used to help inform the development of the Strategy itself.

As a result, Australia now has a clear set of actions for improving supply chain efficiency which all governments nation-wide have committed to pursue.

The Strategy was accompanied by a National Action Plan which identifies four key focus areas, as follows:

  • Smarter and targeted infrastructure investment;
  • Enable improved supply chain efficiency;
  • Better planning, coordination and regulation; and
  • Better freight location and performance data.

ALC was especially pleased that the Strategy committed to the establishment of a National Freight Data Hub and to developing a set of National Planning Principles, both of which are initiatives that have been long-standing priorities for ALC members and for many in the industry.

The Commonwealth Government has also advised that as part of its implementation plan, there will be updated mapping of key freight routes and hubs.

The National Action Plan also contains commitments from the Commonwealth to several new notable actions, including:

  • Benchmarking performance of key import and export supply chains against international competitors;
  • Developing a national framework for High Productivity Vehicles (HPVs);
  • Convening a National Urban Freight Planning Forum; and
  • Developing a Transport Sector Skills Strategy.

All jurisdictions have agreed to provide reports to the Transport and Infrastructure Council meeting held towards the end of each year outlining the progress that has been made in implementing the agreed actions contained in the Strategy.

Ahead of this meeting in late 2020, ALC will be publishing its own scorecard that provides an independent industry assessment of how effectively each jurisdiction has fulfilled its undertakings and highlighting any areas of concern to industry.

You can view further details on the Strategy here.