From the Managing Director

Federal & State
  • Dialogue helps lay the foundation for optimal outcomes
  • Anthony Albanese Speaks To ALC Members
  • ALC Boardroom Lunch with the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, WA Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR)
  • Victorian Ministerial Freight Reference Group
Industry News
  • Master Code Now Available for Public Consultation
  • OSOM Review a Win For Industry
  • ALC Forms Electric Vehicles Working Group
  • Congratulations to Parkes Shire Council’s Kent Boyd
Events
  • 2018 Inland Rail Conference
  • 2018 ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit
Media releases

Media mentions

From the Managing Director

Hard as it is to believe, this will be my final edition of ALC Update, after more than 9 years as ALC’s Managing Director.

As many of you will be aware, last week the ALC board announced the appointment of Lachlan Benson as Interim CEO.

Lachlan is already working with ALC, and will formally take the chair upon my departure on Friday, 27 July. He will be responsible for managing ALC’s policy, advocacy and industry event activities until the recruitment and commencement of a new permanent CEO.

Reaching a decision to move on from an organisation is never easy, especially after such a significant period of time. However, I leave ALC in an enormously strong position to continue its industry leadership and policy advocacy on behalf of the freight logistics industry.

When first I joined ALC, it was a particularly challenging time. The organisation was in the midst of a difficult transition to Canberra, while moving from being a government-funded industry advisory council to developing a sustainable business and membership model which would allow it to operate as an effective and independent advocacy organisation.

It was clear that in order to thrive in a fast-paced policy environment, ALC had to quickly establish its policy credentials and build a profile with key political decision-makers, in Canberra and at state and territory level. I’m enormously proud that with the ongoing support of our membership, we are achieving that objective.

ALC’s enhanced profile has allowed us to secure major policy victories on behalf of Australia’s freight logistics industry. 

These include the abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) in 2016, the Federal Government’s agreement to develop Australia’s first-ever comprehensive National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy (which is now in progress), and the development of the industry-wide Master Code for heavy vehicle safety.

ALC has also been at the forefront in developing policy events that bring industry participants together with leading decision-makers to ensure the needs of the freight logistics sector are given appropriate consideration in the policy development process. 

In particular, ALC Forum, ALC Technology Summit, and the ALC Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit are now recognised as must-attend events on the industry calendar each year – and their outcomes each year are critical to shaping ALC’s advocacy activities.

I am enormously thankful for the support I have received in my role over the last 9 years from ALC’s Board, members and the wider industry. 

You can be confident that ALC is firmly on-track to continue its effective industry leadership role, and secure the policy reforms that this industry and the Australian economy need to meet a growing freight task.

I take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for your support of ALC and your engagement with me during my time as Managing Director. 

I wish ALC all the best for its future activities, and look forward to the freight logistics industry continuing to prosper and making its important contribution to ongoing national prosperity.

Michael Kilgariff
ALC Managing Director

Federal & State

Dialogue helps lay the foundation for optimal outcomes

Last week witnessed one of the most important days on ALC’s events calendar, as ALC Members and representatives from allied industry associations joined in in Canberra for the 8th annual Dialogue between ALC and the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (DIRDC).

Over almost four hours, leading industry figures were able to engage directly with some of the most senior figures within the Department that has primary responsibility for developing the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.


This year’s Dialogue was the largest ALC has held to date, which promoted vigorous discussion and debate about the most pressing issues facing the freight logistics industry. 

Agenda items included heavy vehicle road reform, the scope of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, the collection and use of data to enhance supply chain management and infrastructure development, as well as land use planning that promotes compatibility between the needs of freight transport and sustainable land use.

Many of these matters are also examined in ALC’s new Discussion Paper, Laying The Foundation, which addresses actions the Commonwealth Government can pursue immediately, promoting a smoother implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy once it is finalised in May 2019.

Laying The Foundation and its accompanying video were officially launched during ALC’s Parliamentary Function at Parliament House last Wednesday evening. You can read the media release that accompanied the release of the Discussion Paper here.

The Parliamentary Function was addressed by the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Hon Paul Fletcher MP, and was well-attended by parliamentarians from across the political spectrum, including frontbenchers from both major parties.

Anthony Albanese Speaks To ALC Members

Representatives from ALC Member companies had the opportunity to put their questions directly to the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Hon Anthony Albanese MP at Parliament House last Wednesday.
 
The Shadow Minister set out the Opposition’s policy priorities and plans for freight logistics infrastructure should they form government after the next election.

Mr Albanese gave a very clear indication that the Opposition plans to revive the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) in some form, spoke with concern about a lack of progress on some key infrastructure projects, and emphasised the central role that Infrastructure Australia would play under a Labor Government as an independent arbiter in determining the nation’s infrastructure priorities.

ALC Boardroom Lunch with the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, WA Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands

ALC was pleased to hold a Boardroom Lunch in Perth today featuring the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, WA’s Minister for Transport, Planning; and Lands.

The focus of the conversation was on the Westport Strategy and Western Australia's infrastructure, freight, and logistics policy issues and initiatives, as well as the WA State Government’s participation and cooperation in the development of an effective National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR)

ALC attended a briefing hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) on Friday 15 June 2018 to discuss the Commonwealth Government’s plan to introduce a Biosecurity Imports Levy.

In the 2018-19 Commonwealth Budget, the Government decided to implement a new Biosecurity Imports Levy (the Levy). 

ALC has been concerned about the lack of detail forthcoming as to how the Levy will operate, and how the revenue it raises will be spent. These concerns were set out in a joint media release from ALC and allied industry associations.

Given the briefing with DAWR did not allay any of these concerns, ALC has now written to the Minister for Agriculture, Hon David Littleproud MP and the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, to express industry’s continued opposition and seeking an opportunity to discuss the proposal’s weaknesses in person.

Victorian Ministerial Freight Reference Group

ALC attended a meeting of Victoria’s Ministerial Freight Reference Group (MFRG) earlier this month, which was briefed on the updated Victorian Freight Plan, due for public release shortly.

ALC has attended all meetings of this Group, which was formed last yer to provide industry with the opportunity to have direct input into the shape of the updated Plan.

ALC will provide full comment upon the plan’s release – however, it is pleasing to note a high degree of symmetry between the Victorian Government’s approach and the priorities identified in the Final Report of the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.

Industry News

Master Code Now Available for Public Consultation

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has confirmed that that the draft Registered Industry Code of Practice (Master Code) developed by ALC and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is now available for public consultation.

This final period of public consultation will help to make certain the Master Code accurately captures all elements essential to the safe conduct of road transport operations, and can deliver the improved road safety outcomes that are a high priority for all those involved in this industry.

The public consultation period on the Master Code runs until 31 July. Once approved and registered by the NHVR, the Master Code will be freely available to all heavy vehicle operators and supply chain parties via the NHVR website.

It is anticipated that the Master Code will be formally launched as part of the 2018 ALC & ATA Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit, being held in Melbourne from 5-6 September.

OSOM Review a Win For Industry

Late last week, the Federal Government announced it has established an independent review of the regulatory framework around permits for Oversize Overmass (OSOM) vehicle movements on Australian roads.

This is a very positive announcement, particularly as it aligns with one of the nine recommendations in ALC’s new Discussion Paper, Laying the Foundation.

Addressing delays and finding a way to make the permit approvals system operate more effectively is an essential element of improving overall supply chain efficiency in Australia.

ALC issued a media release welcoming this development.

The independent review is being undertaken by Pascal Felix from WSP Australia and a former regulator in Western Australia. ALC Managing Director, Michael Kilgariff, meet Mr Felix in Perth this morning to discuss the review, and the wider implications that delays in the current system have for national supply chain efficiency. 

ALC Forms Electric Vehicles Working Group

Last week, the ALC Board approved the formation of an ALC Electric Vehicles Working Group.

The Working Group’s initial membership will include representatives from Linfox, Woolworths, DHL Australia, Australia Post and a number of other ALC Member companies.

The formation of this Electric Vehicles Working Group is part of ALC’s commitment as an industry leader to ensure the continuing efficiency and safety of this industry, as Australia begins the shift from internal combustion engines to newer technologies.

Congratulations to Parkes Shire Council’s Kent Boyd

ALC extends its warmest congratulations to the General Manager of the Parkes Shire Council, Kent Boyd, who was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June.

The Public Service Medal recognises outstanding service by employees of the Australian Government and state, territory and local governments.

The award recognises Kent’s 40 years of service to local communities, including 26 years of service with the Parkes Shire Council. 

Events

2018 Inland Rail Conference

With less than two weeks remaining until the opening of the 2018 Inland Rail Conference in Parkes NSW on 18-19 July 2018, excitement is building for this significant industry event.

This two-day Conference 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.

The Deputy Prime Minister, NSW Deputy Premier, the NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, and the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, are all confirmed speakers.

We also have a number of panel sessions that will explore all aspects of this nation-buidling project. Full details are available in the Conference Program.

Don’t miss your chance to take part – register today.
2018 Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit

The 2018 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 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. 

Registrations for this event will open very soon. Save the date to ensure you don’t miss out!


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