A note from the ALC Board - resignation of Michael Kilgariff

Federal & State
  • Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) Meeting
  • Federal Budget Delivers Important Industry Wins
  • Industry Joins Forces To Challenge New Levy
  • Ministerial Breakfast – MegaTrans 2018
  • ALC Policy Submissions
    - Protection of Western Sydney Transport Corridors – NSW Government
    - Territory-wide Logistics Master Plan – NT Government
    - ALC Advocacy on the Australian Dangerous Goods Code
New Member News
  • DHL
Industry News
  • ALC Supply Chain Technology Summit
  • Fatal Heavy Vehicle Crashes Australia
  • Closure of Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS)
  • LINX Cargo Care Steps Up Help Kids
  • Port of Brisbane Launches Trade Community System
  • Accessing Supply Chain Opportunities in Logan
  • 2018 Inland Rail Conference
  • 2018 ALC Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit
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A note from the ALC Board - resignation of Michael Kilgariff

The Australian Logistics Council Board advises that our Managing Director, Mr Michael Kilgariff, gave notice in mid-April that he would be leaving ALC at end July 2018.

Michael has accepted a role at another major industry association, which he will commence in September this year.

Since his appointment as Managing Director in 2009, Michael’s organisational leadership has been at the forefront of ALC’s efforts to secure enhanced supply chain efficiency and safety.

The ALC Board has expressed its gratitude to Michael for his efforts in building ALC’s capacity as an industry leader and an effective advocate for securing policy reforms that are in the interests of the Australian economy and the industry.

Michael leaves ALC in a strong reputational and financial position. This will underpin the continuing success of ALC in the future.

The Board also recognises that 9 years as leader of an industry association is a substantial contribution, and wishes Michael well in his new position.

The ALC Board has established a process that will facilitate the recruitment of a successor to Michael, so that the achievements of recent years can be built upon, and ALC can retain its position as the leading advocate for the nation’s freight logistics industry.

Federal & State

Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) Meeting

ALC attended the meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) in Darwin on 18 May, which dealt with a number of items of significance for the freight logistics industry.

The release of the Final Report of the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities should provide our industry with confidence that the Federal Government clearly understands the industry’s priorities, given the high degree of alignment between the Report’s recommendations and may of those contained in ALC’s major submission to the Inquiry, Freight Doesn’t Vote.

ALC welcomed the release of the report, and will maintain its active role as an industry leader in the development of the Strategy itself, which the Federal Government now expects to release around May 2019.

The TIC meeting also agreed to progress a nationally consistent approach to heavy vehicle safety, following representations made by the NSW Government at the urging of industry leaders including ALC.

However, ALC will maintain its policy position that reform must include the adoption of both mandatory telematics and a National Operating Standard for heavy vehicles, consistent with the view put forward in ALC’s recent Position Paper.

Federal Budget Delivers Important Industry Wins

The Federal Budget handed down on 8 May contained several positive initiatives for the freight logistics industry.

In addition to a $5 million allocation to support the delivery of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, there was also funding provided for specific infrastructure projects that will promote greater efficiency in our national supply chains.

Chief among these was the investment of $400 million to duplicate the freight rail line at Port Botany – a project which ALC had advocated as an urgent national priority for several years and which featured prominently in ALC’s pre-Budget submission.

ALC issued a Budget night media release.

Industry Joins Forces To Challenge New Levy 

One concerning aspect of the Federal Budget was its plan to impose a Biosecurity Import Levy of $10.02 per incoming container, and $1 per tonne of non-containerised cargo.

ALC is concerned that this levy had been imposed with very little industry consultation, very little detail available as to how it will operate, and even less detail available about how the revenue it collects will be spent.

This leaves open the possibility that what has actually been introduced is a broad import tax, proceeds from which will be used to cross-subsidise other parts of the Budget, or other industries.

ALC joined with Ports Australia, the Australasian Railway Association and Shipping Australia to publicly express these concerns, and seek further engagement and clarification from the Federal Government.

ALC’s comments on the issue were featured in the Herald Sun and the Daily Telegraph.

Ministerial Breakfast – MegaTrans 2018

ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff addressed the MegaTrans 2018 Ministerial Breakfast in Melbourne on 10 May, which featured the Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Hon. Luke Donnellan MP.

The speech focused on opportunities for Victoria’s economy that would result from enhanced use of short-haul rail at the Port of Melbourne, the advantages Inland Rail would bring to both the nation and to Victoria, and the importance of providing certainty for industry and investors by releasing the updated Victorian Freight Plan as soon as possible.

ALC Policy Submissions

Protection of Western Sydney Transport Corridors – NSW Government

ALC recently made a submission to the NSW Government’s plan to protect four corridors in Western Sydney for future infrastructure development.

You can read the submission here.

ALC has consistently held the view that Australian governments should implement appropriate corridor protection plans.

It is especially pleasing to see the NSW Government work to secure the corridors on two vital projects – the Western Sydney Freight Line and the Outer Sydney Orbital - identified by Infrastructure Australia in its report Corridor protection: planning and investing for the long term last year.

To this end, ALC supports the NSW Government’s plan to protect these four corridors in Western Sydney.

Territory-wide Logistics Master Plan – NT Government

ALC also provided a submission to the Northern Territory Government on its Territory-Wide Logistics Master Plan.

You can find the submission here.

ALC’s submission makes seven recommendations, including that the NT Government should adopt the Heavy Vehicle National Law and that the Territory-wide Logistics Master Plan should complement the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

ALC Advocacy on the Australian Dangerous Goods Code
The Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADGC) is maintained by the National Transport Commission (NTC) and is designed to set out the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road and rail in Australia. 
Ahead of the next scheduled review of the ADGC in 2020, ALC has joined with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) to request that the next review consider:
  1. Whether the ADGC should be adopted into Australian law using the 'applied legislation’ model. This is the same model used by jurisdictions to adopt amendments to the Heavy Vehicle National Law made by the Queensland Parliament; and
  2. Whether a common operations manual should be developed to be adopted by all jurisdictions to encourage a more uniform interpretation of the ADGC.
You can view a template of the joint ALC/ATA letter sent to Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC) Ministers here
This is consistent with ALC’s longstanding practice of advocating greater harmonisation and consistency across the Australian supply chain. The letter also supports ALC’s submission to the review of the ADGC earlier this year.

An added SwiftWindow

New Member News


ALC is very pleased to welcome DHL as an Associate Member.

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Its divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. 

DHL Express Australia began operations in 1973 and has expanded to employ over 2000 people committed to helping Australian businesses grow and expand their markets internationally, and import into Australia from anywhere in the world.

With a head office based at Mascot, DHL has a dedicated fleet of 400+ vehicles which operate out of all major Australian cities. Further information is available here.

Industry News

ALC Supply Chain Technology Summit

The inaugural ALC Supply Chain Technology Summit in Melbourne on 10 May was a highlight of the past month, adding an exciting new focus to ALC’s existing advocacy and policy work program.

Over a very full day of debate and discussion, over 120 Summit participants had the opportunity to learn from and put questions to leading Australian and international technology researchers, regulatory and policy-making bodies, designers and providers of technology systems and industry participants representing all parts of the supply chain.

Among the most important outcomes of the Summit was its heavy reinforcement of the issue discussed at ALC Forum 2018: data is the ‘new oil’, and that the biggest impediment to achieving greater supply chain efficiency and safety in Australia is a lack of meaningful, reliable and useable data about its current performance. 

If we cannot measure our performance, we cannot manage our performance. Until that fundamental weakness is overcome, it will be difficult to deliver the kind of targeted measures needed to secure better outcomes.

An additional perspective on the Summit’s discussions is available from ALC’s Strategic Partner, iMove CRC.  
Fatal Heavy Vehicle Crashes Australia

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has released its report on fatal heavy vehicle crashes in Australia for the January-March 2018 quarter.

You can find the report and statistics here.

The report finds that:
  • During the 12 months to the end of March 2018, 184 people died from 163 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks. These included 101 deaths from 88 crashes involving articulated trucks, 91 deaths from 82 crashes involving heavy rigid trucks and 8 deaths from 7 crashes involving both a heavy rigid truck and an articulated truck.
  • Fatal crashes involving heavy trucks decreased by 1.8 per cent compared with the corresponding period one year earlier (from 166 to 163 crashes) and decreased by an average of 1.4 per cent per year over the three years to March 2018.
Closure of Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS)
On 10 May 2018, the Federal Parliament passed the Interstate Road Transport Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2018 which will close the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) to new entrants from 1 July 2018.

Operators who have vehicles (including trailers) currently registered under FIRS will no longer be able to renew their registrations after 1 July 2018.

Operators who register or renew their registration under FIRS before 1 July 2018 will be able to keep their FIRS registration rights and obligations until expiry.

After 30 June 2019, no FIRS registrations will be valid.

Further information on the closure of FIRS can be found here.

LINX Cargo Care Steps Up Help Kids

On Friday 25 May, LINX Cargo Care Group staff took part in the Very Special Kids 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge.

This event raises money to support the Very Special Kids Hospice, which supports children with complex medical needs by offering families access to planned and emergency respite care.

The LINX team had treadmills going at the following sites:
  • VSK hospice 
  • North Sydney Head Office
  • Warners Bay
  • Autocare Brisbane
  • Autocare WA
  • Port Kembla – LINX and Autocare joined forces at the Port Kembla site.
Through their combined efforts, the LINX team raised more than $30,000 in support of this worthy cause.

Port of Brisbane Launches Trade Community System

In May ALC had the opportunity to attend the launch of a Trade Community System designed by the Port of Brisbane.

Disappointingly, Australia currently ranks in 95th place on The World Bank’s ‘Trading across borders’ index.

This prototype is designed to provide a platform where everyone involved in international trade can securely share information to provide end-to-end supply chain visibility and improve productivity.

More information on the Trade Community System can be found here.


Accessing Supply Chain Opportunities in Logan

ALC National Sponsor, the Logan Office of Economic Development, is hosting an event on 21 June 2018 to explore supply chain opportunities for the region’s business community. 

The event is free, but RSVP’s are required. Further details are available here.
2018 Inland Rail Conference

The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) have released the Preliminary Program for the 2018 Inland Rail Conference in Parkes NSW on 18-19 July 2018. 

This two-day event is your chance to hear directly from the most senior decision-makers involved in this nationally-significant infrastructure project, which will benefit Australia’s freight industry, consumers, exporters and regional communities. 

You’ll get the inside word from high-profile political representatives, respected industry figures and community leaders about just what Inland Rail means for Australian businesses and producers – and what you need to do now to take advantage of the opportunities it presents. 

Don’t miss out on this historic event – register today.

2018 ALC Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit

The 2018 ALC Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit will be held on 5-6 September 2018 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre, and will feature both policy discussions and workshops. 

This year’s Summit will be the last major industry event before the commencement of the expanded Chain of Responsibility (CoR) obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Hon. Michael McCormack MP, will use the occasion to officially launch the new Registered Industry Code of Practice (Master Code) for heavy vehicle safety, jointly developed by ALC and the Australian Trucking Association. 

Registrations for the ALC Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit will open very soon. Save the date for this must-attend event!

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