From the Managing Director
  • Industry Leadership on Heavy Vehicle Safety
Federal & State
  • IPA Report Boosts Case for More Data in Supply Chains
  • RSRT Should Remain in the Rear-view Mirror
  • ALC Launches Improving Heavy Vehicle Safety the Australian Way
  • Getting Freight Movement Right in NSW
Industry News
  • Supercars Partner with Linx Cargo Care Group for 2018
  • Building the right foundations for effective equipment control
  • 2018 Mercury Awards Finalists Revealed
  • ALC Supply Chain Technology Summit 2018 – Last chance to register
  • 2018 Inland Rail Conference
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From the Managing Director

Industry Leadership on Heavy Vehicle Safety

Three weeks ago, ALC was invited to appear before the NSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety, which is currently conducting an inquiry into the use of technology to improve road safety.

ALC used the occasion to table a new Position Paper – Improving Heavy Vehicle Safety the Australian Way.

The document advocates two significant policy reforms which ALC Members have long advocated as central to delivering real improvements in heavy vehicle safety, thereby establishing a safer environment for all road users.

The first of these is the introduction of National Operating Standards, as exist in other comparable jurisdictions including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

These would require operators of heavy vehicles to clearly demonstrate they have the ongoing financial capacity to operate a business, maintain vehicles to a prescribed standard, and adopt a uniform safety management system.

The second major reform outlined is to amend the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) to make it mandatory for heavy vehicles to carry on-board telemetry capable of reporting key information regarding a vehicle’s longitude, latitude, speed, date and time of circumstances of speeding events, as well as engine on/off data.

Both of these measures are consistent with long-standing ALC policy, and both are clearly directed at improving safety outcomes in the heavy vehicle sector. Their introduction would complement other safety initiatives being developed by the industry, including the registered industry Master Code for heavy vehicle safety, which is being jointly developed by ALC and the Australian Trucking Association and is now nearing its completion.

The community clearly expects action to be taken on heavy vehicle safety. However, it is essential that the industry, governments and regulators keep their focus on actions that directly address safety issues, and not become distracted by noisy campaigns from some interest groups that have a broader industrial agenda, and are fully prepared to exploit tragedies in order to advance it.

Recent suggestions that the Federal Opposition may consider re-establishing the discredited Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal are of enormous concern, because experience and independent evidence shows that such a body would not improve safety, but simply divert resources and attention away from this industry’s safety goals.

The Master Code itself is a case in point. This vital industry tool is being developed with funding support from the Federal Government – using money which was saved as a result of the RSRT’s abolition. Re-establishing the RSRT would place the development of similar industry initiatives at risk - all in pursuit of a misguided belief that safety challenges can be satisfactorily addressed by an industrial body.

ALC will continue to publicly oppose any effort to re-establish the RSRT, and pursue policy solutions that directly deal with safety issues by taking advantage of technological solutions, and ensure the nation’s heavy vehicle fleet is operated and maintained by those capable of meeting appropriate professional standards. 

Michael Kilgariff
Managing Director

Federal & State

IPA Report Boosts Case for More Data in Supply Chains

ALC has welcomed last week’s report from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA), which clearly aligns with ALC’s long-held view that Australia must do more to capture data about the operation and performance of our supply chains.

This was a consistent theme that emerged during many of the panel discussions throughout ALC Forum 2018 – and it is clear a lack of data is hampering Australia’s international competitiveness.

The IPA report adds further weight to industry calls for a more effective, national approach to gathering key performance data about the operation of our supply chains, to identify pinch-points and help plan infrastructure more effectively.

RSRT Should Remain in the Rear-view Mirror

ALC has responded to suggestions from the Federal Opposition that the former Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) could potentially be reconstituted as a special division within the Fair Work Commission.

ALC reiterated its continued opposition to the RSRT, highlighting that two independent reviews established it was an ineffective approach to enhancing road safety, and noted that continuing industrial campaigns should not be conflated with genuine industry efforts to address the safety challenge.

ALC Launches Improving Heavy Vehicle Safety the Australian Way

On 9 April, ALC released Improving Heavy Vehicle Safety the Australian Way – A Position Paper, setting out a blueprint for enhancing heavy vehicle safety.

The Position Paper sets out a clear, realistic pathway to achieve the necessary policy and regulatory reforms that will both improve safety and ensure greater national consistency in our approach to heavy vehicle safety.

The media release is available here.

Getting Freight Movement Right in NSW

ALC convened a Senior Executive Boardroom Lunch in Sydney in mid-April, which featured the CEO of Infrastructure NSW, Mr. Jim Betts, along with senior representatives from the office of the NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Hon. Melinda Pavey MP.

The event came, as the NSW Government continues work to update the NSW Freight & Ports Plan. The period for public comments on the draft of this plan recently closed – you can read ALC’s submission here.

Attendees particularly emphasised the continuing need for industry to be given clarity around the Sydney Gateway project (connecting Port Botany to the WestConnex project), as well as the urgent importance of duplicating the freight rail line at Port Botany.

Industry News

Supercars Partner with Linx Cargo Care Group for 2018

Supercars has announced a new partnership with Autocare, part of the LINX Cargo Care Group, that will help transport the Vodafone Safety, Medical and Course Cars right across Australia for the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. 
Anthony Jones, LINX Cargo Care Group CEO, said his team is incredibly excited to partner with Supercars and bring a shared passion for safety and high performance to the 2018 season. 

“Ensuring these vehicles are delivered in perfect condition for each race is exactly what we do for our thousands of Autocare customers every day across Australia,” Jones said.

“As with Supercars, what we do is about so much more than the people who drive the vehicles; it’s about looking out for each other and working together to keep everyone safe.”

Further information is available here.

Building the right foundations for effective equipment control

Two new best practice resources developed by CHEP Australia in collaboration with its supply chain partners are now available to help organisations build the right foundations for effective equipment control.

These resources are designed as guides for organisations to adapt to meet their business circumstances and support best practice in the Australian share and reuse community.

The first resource is a job description example for Equipment Controllers. This highlights what to look for when finding the right equipment controller for your team including key responsibilities and tasks, skills and attributes.

The second resource looks at the processes / actions to support an Equipment Controller to ensure effective equipment control is achieved.

This material builds on additional best practice resources, including the ALC Guideline on Pooled Equipment Management.

Further information is available here.

2018 Mercury Awards Finalists Revealed

The 2018 Mercury Awards will recognise the outstanding achievements and successes of companies across Australia’s supply chain sector. The Awards are sponsored by the Victorian Government, Port of Melbourne, SICK and SEW-EURODRIVE.

The list of finalists in each category has now been made available by Logistics & Materials Handling magazine, and the winners will be announced in Melbourne on 12 May.


ALC Supply Chain Technology Summit 2018 – Last chance to register

Places are rapidly filling for the inaugural ALC Supply Chain Technology Summit in Melbourne next Thursday, 10 May 2018, so don’t miss your opportunity to attend.

Program details and registrations are available here.

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

Summit sessions will include discussions on Blockchain, the role of big data, collecting better data on freight movements, port community systems, the potential for Artificial Intelligence and augmented/virtual reality to enhance workforce productivity, adapting to automation, global data standards, and driving better safety outcomes through heavy vehicle telematics.

2018 Inland Rail Conference

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) have now opened registrations 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.

There has already been an overwhelming response for this conference, so register early to ensure you don’t miss this important industry event.

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