From the Managing Director

Federal & State
  • Federal Ministerial Reshuffle
  • Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  • Commonwealth Budget Submission 2018-19
Member News
  • ALC Welcomes Port of Melbourne to Corporate Membership
  • Teletrac Navman Joins ALC as Associate Member
Industry News
  • EWD Policy Framework and EWD Standards
  • NSW Regional Automated Vehicle Trial
  • Transport – A Critical Link in the Foodbank Chain
  • Register Now For ALC Forum 2018
  • Supply Chain Technology Summit
Media releases

Media mentions

From the Managing Director

ALC is committed to its role as an industry leader on national supply chain efficiency and safety.

As 2018 begins in earnest, recent tragic incidents involving heavy vehicles in NSW have drawn public and media attention to the vital issue of heavy vehicle safety.

No one is more keenly aware of the need to strive for continuous improvement in supply chain safety than the freight logistics industry itself. All of us are committed to reducing the human and financial cost of accidents, and to ensuring a safer environment for all those using our freight transport networks.

ALC has consistently said that the mandatory use of telematics and tools such as Electronic Work Diaries (EWDs) are essential to enhancing safety. This is why late last year, ALC called for the review of regulatory telematics being undertaken by the National Transport Commission (NTC) to actively consider the benefits of using telematics to improve multiple aspects of heavy vehicle safety.

It’s also interesting to note that in December 2017, the United States mandated the use of EWDs by truck drivers. This will produce more accurate data for operators and regulators, while making it far less onerous for drivers to comply with safety regulations. Australia would do well to follow the United States’ lead in this area.

Similarly, ALC supports the development and implementation of national operator standards for heavy vehicles. This will help make certain that Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet is operated by competent professionals who adopt and follow proper safety management systems, and who can retain sufficient capital to invest in transport safety.

The need for mandatory telematics and operator standards were vigorously advocated by ALC during a meeting between industry representatives and NSW Government officials in Sydney last week, convened by the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Hon. Melinda Pavey MP.

No doubt these issues will also feature prominently when the Minister delivers the keynote opening address at ALC Forum 2018 in March.

However, as ALC stressed in comments reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, what industry really requires is a single set of nationally-consistent safety rules. This theme has been reinforced by Toll Group Managing Director Michael Byrne in his recent open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, which ALC has strongly endorsed.

As we await the release of the Draft Report of the Inquiry that will underpin the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, this is the ideal time to be reinforcing to governments at all levels that supply chain efficiency is inextricably linked to supply chain safety. We cannot have one without the other.

That point will remain at the core of ALC’s advocacy and leadership over the year to come.

Preparations are now well underway for ALC Forum 2018, and with less than five weeks remaining the event commences, I strongly encourage you to register now to make certain your voice is part of the conversations that will undoubtedly shape the future of the freight logistics industry.

Further details about the agenda for this year’s Forum can be found in the events section of this this edition of ALC Update

Michael Kilgariff
Managing Director

Federal & State

Federal Ministerial Reshuffle

Just prior to Christmas, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced a significant Cabinet reshuffle, including changes to portfolios that directly affect ALC members.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, has become the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, which will see him assume responsibility for the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and the construction of Inland Rail.

ALC has written to the Deputy Prime Minister to congratulate him on his new portfolio responsibilities, and also issued a media release to welcome him to the portfolio and thank the outgoing Minister, Hon. Darren Chester MP.

Early in January, ALC met with the Deputy Prime Minister’s senior staff to brief them on ALC’s policy priorities and underscore the importance of developing a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy that is relevant to the needs of the industry.

ALC similarly met with the office of the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, and the newly-appointed Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, Hon. John McVeigh MP, to discuss the industry’s policy priorities for 2018.

Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight

ALC attended a high-level meeting of industry representatives and government officials convened by Minister Pavey in Sydney last week to explore strategies to improve heavy vehicle safety.

The discussions were productive, and reflected a genuine commitment on the part of industry to do everything possible to deliver better safety outcomes.

However, as ALC has noted, a continuing source of frustration is the lack of nationally-consistent laws relating to heavy vehicle safety, and the fact that too little progress has been made in moving to the mandatory use of telematics in heavy vehicles.

Accordingly, ALC will be encouraging the NSW Government to play a leading role in persuading the next meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) to recommend the immediate development of national laws mandating the use of telematics in heavy vehicles, as well as the development of a national operator licencing system.

Commonwealth Budget Submission 2018-19

ALC has provided a Commonwealth Budget Submission 2018-19 to the Federal Government which sets out a clear pathway to making the right investments to drive greater supply chain efficiency and safety in Australia.

ALC’s submission makes 12 recommendations to the Federal Government for funding priorities. Among the key items are:
  • Supporting duplication of the freight rail line at Port Botany;
  • Providing incentive payments to state and local government to ensure appropriate planning and environmental outcomes are met;
  • Investing in dedicated Inland Rail connections to the Port of Brisbane and the Port of Melbourne;
  • Funding a National Corridor Protection Strategy;
  • Making recurrent funding available to maintain an Industry Code of Practice under the Heavy Vehicle National Law;
  • Making freight rail projects eligible to receive support under the National Rail Program; and
  • Making funding available to further integrate technology and data advances within the freight logistics industry.
Member news

ALC Welcomes Port of Melbourne to Corporate Membership

The Port of Melbourne has chosen to step-up its involvement in ALC’s industry leadership activities by becoming a Corporate Member of ALC for 2018.

The Port of Melbourne’s objective is to deliver world class safe, responsible and reliable port facilities and services and play its part in delivering an efficient freight supply chain to support Victoria’s growing economy, including the efficient movement of goods within Melbourne and regional Victoria, together with a workable metro rail freight solution.

ALC has worked closely with the Port of Melbourne throughout the organisation’s years as an Associate Member. Their decision to become a Corporate Member of ALC is especially timely, as the Victorian Government finalises the new Victorian Freight Plan, and the Federal Government develops the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

You can learn more about the Port of Melbourne at its website.
Teletrac Navman Joins ALC as Associate Member

ALC is delighted to welcome Teletrac Navman as an Associate Member.

Teletrac Navman is Australasia’s leading fleet management solutions provider leveraging location-based technology and services for managing fleets of all sizes, from owner-driver through to national and trans-Tasman operations. 

With specialised products that deliver greater visibility into real-time insights and analytics, Teletrac Navman helps transport companies make better business decisions that enhance productivity and profitability. Its fleet and asset management technology uncovers information that would otherwise go unseen, helping customers reduce risk and confidently move their business forward with certainty. 

Teletrac Navman tracks and manages more than 100,000 vehicles and assets for companies across Australia and New Zealand, and has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, along with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Mexico. 

You can learn more by visiting the Teletrac Navman website.

Industry News

EWD Policy Framework and EWD Standards

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has extended the consultation period on their proposed EWD Policy Framework and EWD Standards.

The proposed EWD Policy Framework and Standards establish the coregulatory framework for administering the EWD provisions in the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

Consultation will now close on Friday, 9 February 2018, and ALC will be making a submission.

Further information regarding EWD’s and the NHVR consultation can be found here.

NSW Regional Automated Vehicle Trial

Transport for NSW is seeking industry and local partners to bring automated vehicle trials to Regional NSW, and looking to provide seed funding and enable a number of trials from the second half of 2018.

A series of Collaboration Events are being held to allow potential participants to find out more, as follows:
The Smart Innovation Centre website contains videos, an Industry Briefing presentation and more links to useful information.

For more information, contact
Transport – A Critical Link in the Foodbank Chain

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, distributing more than 35 million kilograms of much needed food and groceries each year. To provide food relief on this scale and to reach the 652,000 Australians seeking food relief every month from Foodbank agencies, transport is by far the organisation’s biggest hurdle.

On any given day of the week Foodbank has vital food relief in transit from farms, manufacturers and the retailers, as well as between our national state operations.

Currently, Foodbank has a number of very generous transport partners who assist with ambient, chilled and frozen freight requirements by offering spare capacity, facilitating interstate cross docking between their sites, offering bro-bono or discounted space.

Nationally these generous partners include Toll, Metcash, Scott’s Refrigerated Transport and Linfox.

Foodbank endeavours to make every interaction as simple as possible, and the organisation is always looking for additional transport support and opportunities to help move much needed product to where it’s needed. If transport is your area of expertise in any capacity please get in touch to discuss how your business could be a missing link.

To find out more, please visit or contact Michael Davidson at


Register Now For ALC Forum 2018

ALC Forum 2018 will be held at Royal Randwick in Sydney on 6-8 March 2018.

In 2017, ALC Forum was pivotal to providing the Federal Government with a clear view of industry’s expectations for the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, leading to the publication ALC’s major submission, Freight Doesn’t Vote.

In 2018, Forum will progress these issues further, not merely looking at what needs to be done, but more importantly examining how we can do it.

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, getting more freight onto rail, better use of data and new technology; and the development of a forward-looking approach to road funding.

Further information, including a full preliminary program, is available as part of the Forum registration brochure.

Supply Chain Technology Summit

ALC will host its inaugural Supply Chain Technology Summit in Melbourne on Thursday, 10 May 2018.

Technology is already a major component of the logistics supply chain and will play an important role in the supply chains of the future.

Sessions will focus on the role of technology in road, rail, sea and air transport, as well ports, intermodal terminals and warehousing.

There are limited spots available for presenters. If you are interested in presenting, please send your expression of interest (up to 250 words) to by 30 March 2018. Please make the following details clear as part of your submission:
  • Full contact details
  • Position and organisation
  • Presentation title
Further registration and program details will be available in the coming months.

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