From the Managing Director

Federal & State
  • New Federal Minister
  • Application of Heavy Vehicle National Law in WA & NT
  • Tasmanian State Election
  • West Gate Tunnel Project
  • Electronic Work Diary (EWD) Policy Framework and Standards
  • Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods
Member News
  • ALC Welcomes Linfox to Corporate Membership
Industry News
  • Help shape the NSW Draft Freight and Ports Plan
  • Last Chance To Register For ALC Forum 2018 
  • Supply Chain Technology Summit
  • Inland Rail Conference
Media releases

Media mentions


From the Managing Director

It is now less than one week until the commencement of ALC Forum 2018, the most significant annual event for professionals engaged in Australia’s freight logistics industry. 

The agenda for this year’s Forum has been constructed around the major themes contained in the Draft Report of the Inquiry that will underpin the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

Although that Draft Report has not been released publicly, ALC’s recent engagement with those closely involved in its development has confirmed that the industry priorities identified at ALC Forum last year, which provided the basis for ALC’s submission Freight Doesn’t Vote, are central to many of the recommendations that the Expert Panel intends to make to the Federal Government.

This is a powerful demonstration of what can occur when we work together for the benefit of our entire industry. 

It also underscores the importance of the discussions that will occur at ALC Forum 2018, as we move beyond examining what needs to be included in the Strategy, and deal with the more complex question of how we can achieve our objectives.

The line-up of speakers and panellists at Forum will provide industry with a sound starting point for these important policy discussions. 

The first panel session will provide many attendees with an invaluable opportunity to hear directly from members of the Expert Panel about how the report came together, the key issues it identified and what industry needs to do next to make certain that the Strategy effectively addresses our priorities.

This discussion will be further informed by contributions from senior political decision-makers who will share their perspectives, and help attendees better understand some of the political and policy challenges that will need to be overcome if we are to obtain the policy reforms this industry needs to thrive into the future.

Another key Forum session will focus on what various State Governments are doing to enhance supply chain efficiency and safety, with several jurisdictions currently updating their own freight plans. 

ALC recently attended the NSW Draft Freight and Ports Plan Roundtable hosted by the NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Hon. Melinda Pavey. The details of that plan will undoubtedly be an important element of the Minister’s address at Forum next week.

ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff at the NSW Draft Freight and Ports Plan Roundtable with Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Clare Gardiner Barnes, Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning – Transport for NSW and Damian Colclough, Executive Director, Freight Industry – Transport for NSW.

ALC Forum promises to be a fascinating two days of policy discussion and debate, and Forum’s outcomes will be central to determining ALC’s advocacy activities over the months leading to the expected release of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy in November.

If you have not already registered to attend Forum, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible.

I hope to see you at Sydney’s Royal Randwick next week for what promises to be stimulating and productive event for our industry.

Michael Kilgariff
Managing Director

Federal & State

New Federal Minister
The new Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Michael McCormack MP, has also become Minister for Infrastructure and Transport this week, following the resignation of Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP.

ALC has written to the new Deputy Prime Minister to congratulate him on his new positions, and also issued a media release noting he comes to the portfolio at an especially critical time for our industry.

Application of Heavy Vehicle National Law in WA & NT

The issue of heavy vehicle safety has remained prominent in public policy debates over the past month.

ALC has been a strong supporter of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) over many years, and believes that it should be applied in all jurisdictions, to provide certainty for industry and deliver better safety outcomes.

At present, the HVNL operates in all States and Territories, except for Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The continuing operation of different and inconsistent rules for heavy vehicles in those two jurisdictions imposes additional compliance costs on national freight companies, and creates confusion for industry participants.

In mid-February, ALC wrote to all Federal MPs and Senators from WA and the NT, as well as all members of the Western Australian and Northern Territory parliaments, asking them to support industry efforts to have WA and the NT adopt the HVNL.

The letters to Federal parliamentarians were hand-delivered to their Parliament House offices during the most recent parliamentary sitting week, which provided an opportunity to discuss the benefits of the HVNL with a number of MPs and their staff.

ALC has also been contacted by several State MPs from Western Australia interested in further discussions on this issue, and will be engaging with them further over the weeks to come.

Tasmanian State Election

ALC has written to Tasmania’s Premier and Opposition Leader ahead of this weekend’s state election, asking them to set out their respective priorities and commitments on critical freight logistics issues in Tasmania.

In particular, ALC sought assurances from both leaders that they will cooperate with the Federal Government on the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, and that they will commit to a second tranche of funding for the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program (TFRRP).

As ALC noted in our media release, Premier the Hon. Will Hodgman MP has replied and confirmed his Government is committed to continued funding for the TFRRP, as well as to working with the Federal Government on the Strategy. 

The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Rebecca White MP, has also replied and noted that the Opposition is committed to the development of an Integrated Freight Strategy for Tasmania.

West Gate Tunnel Project

ALC recently joined with a number of other prominent industry organisations in signing an open letter calling on the Victorian Parliament not to stop the West Gate Tunnel Project. 

ALC was a consistent supporter of building the East West Link in Melbourne when it was proposed by the previous State Government – and believes that abandoning the West Gate Tunnel project now would be similarly harmful to the interests of the freight logistics industry, and the Victorian economy.

The open letter was published in the Herald Sun and The Age newspapers.

Electronic Work Diary (EWD) Policy Framework and Standards

ALC has provided a brief submission to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) on its proposed EWD Policy Framework and Standards.

The submission says that the EWD Policy Framework and Standards should be developed to be consistent with (or incorporated within) the National Telematics Framework, and recommends that EWD standards be aligned with the Telematics Data Dictionary.

This will prevent additional costs for operators who might purchase an EWD complying with lower standards, only to discover they must subsequently purchase another unit complying with a different, higher standard.

Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods

ALC has provided a submission to the National Transport Commission’s Consultation Draft of the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail.

This submission:
  • reinforced the ALC view that the Code needs to be consistent with international placarding, marking and labelling standards, but not necessarily with regard to transport within Australia (given vast differences between the Australian transport model and the model in other nations); and
  • supported an 'applied legislation model' in which one jurisdiction makes the Code, with the other jurisdictions then subsequently 'applying' the first jurisdiction’s legislation.
Member news

ALC Welcomes Linfox to Corporate Membership
ALC is delighted to confirm that Linfox Logistics has returned to ALC as a Corporate Member.

Linfox is Australia’s largest privately owned logistics company that is rapidly expanding throughout Asia and New Zealand.

Today, Linfox has more than 24,000 people in 12 countries working across five industry sectors: Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Retail, Resources & Industrial, Intermodal and Government & Defence.

Linfox is owned by an iconic Australian family - however more than two-thirds of its growing team is based in Asia. The company works with the world’s largest natural resources company, the world’s two largest consumer goods companies and one of the world’s largest retailers.

Wherever it operates in the world, the Linfox team shares a common vision to deliver service excellence and adaptable supply chain solutions across the Asia Pacific region.

You can learn more on the Linfox website.

Port of Newcastle are the gold sponsor of ALC Forum 2018

Industry News

Help shape the NSW Draft Freight and Ports Plan
Transport for NSW has announced plans to reach out to the freight industry to discuss the NSW Draft Freight and Ports Plan (the Plan) through a number of metro and regional roundtables, starting with Western Sydney on Thursday 22 February.  

The Plan, a sub-plan of Future Transport 2056, was published on 6 December 2017, and consultation will close on 25 March 2018. It is a strategy for moving goods in an efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable manner, providing successful outcomes for communities and industry.

The feedback gathered from each roundtable will be used to shape the direction of the final Freight and Ports Plan, and formulate clear actions and outcomes for the future of freight in NSW.

You can register for one of the following roundtables by clicking on the relevant link:
  • Queanbeyan: 3.30pm – 6pm, Thursday 1 March
  • Newcastle: 11.30am – 2pm, Tuesday 6 March
  • Eden: 11.30am – 2pm Thursday 8 March
  • Wollongong: 11.30am – 2pm, Tuesday 13 March
  • Sydney CBD: 9.30am – 12pm, Wednesday 14 March
  • Leeton: 12pm – 2.30pm, Thursday 15 March
  • Taree: 11.30am – 2pm, Monday 19 March
  • Yamba: 9.30am – 12pm, Tuesday 20 March
  • Grafton: 2pm – 4.30pm, Tuesday 20 March
Invitations are open to all freight industry stakeholders and you are encouraged to attend any session that works for you. Just make sure you RSVP. Places are limited and registration is essential.
For more information, or to register, please click on the location link or email


Last Chance To Register For ALC Forum 2018

ALC Forum 2018 is now less than one week away. The event 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 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.

Inland Rail Conference

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) invite you to save 18 & 19 July 2018 in your diaries for the 2018 Inland Rail Conference in Parkes NSW.

2018 is a year of delivery for Inland Rail with construction due to commence on the Parkes to Narromine section of the track, making this inaugural industry-led conference a must-attend event.

The two-day Conference will bring together key players involved in the Inland Rail project to discuss how this nationally significant infrastructure project will transform the movement of freight in Australia, what it means for the Australian freight industry and the benefits it will deliver for national freight customers.

Save the date now to ensure you don’t miss this important industry event at Parkes - the centre of the historic Inland Rail line.

Media mentions

  • Presentation to Transport Certification Australia Board Workshop, 21 February 2018

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