The Australian Logistics Council is calling for a greater focus on Australia’s supply chain in the lead up to the Federal election.

“Supply chain performance and safety affects every Australian, in every community, every day. Yet, with a little over a week to go before Australians make their choice, genuine policy proposals on freight are disturbingly absent,” ALC chief executive officer Kirk Coningham said.

“Two weeks ago, ALC released Freight: Delivering Opportunity For Australia which sets out 39 priority actions for the incoming Federal Government that address challenges and opportunities relevant to all modes of freight transport.

“While both major parties have made some campaign announcements that tangentially relate to freight movement, there has been little in the way of freight-specific commitments that will secure the policy and regulatory reforms needed to allow Australia to meet its growing freight task.”

He said the industry had secured 
a bipartisan commitment to finalise the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and this was the chance for both sides to set out clear plans to address the issues ALC members have identified as industry priorities.

“These include a consistent national approach to planning and investing in freight infrastructure, increasing road and rail productivity through regulatory reform, enhancing freight infrastructure in Northern Australia to boost exports and using data and new technology (including on-board telematics) to drive greater efficiency and safety across the end-to-end supply chain,” he said.

Call to address freight priorities