Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities released
May 29, 2018
The Australian Government has released the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities Report, identifying 54 priority actions.
The actions will inform the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy through the Council of Australian Governments Transport and Infrastructure Council to ensure our freight transport system meet the needs of a growing Australia.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the report paves the way for the development of a strategy that improves the competitiveness of Australian businesses and delivers for consumers by making it faster, easier, and less expensive to move goods.
“We know the national freight task will almost double over the next 20 years, which presents a challenge and opportunity to work with industry to maximise the benefit from the sector which already contributes around 10 per cent of our productivity,” Mr McCormack said.
“From farmers to small businesses and consumers, everyone has an interest in the ongoing success of our freight and logistics industry.
“Freight systems and infrastructure have to work together across state and territory borders so goods can be delivered efficiently to urban and regional areas across Australia.
“I am looking forward to partnering with all levels of government, industry, and the broader community on delivering the strategy to ensure we meet the freight needs of the future.”
The Independent Expert Panel developed the report with significant industry input, including drawing on 127 submissions and one-on-one meetings with more than 200 individuals from 28 peak industry bodies and 90 businesses. It concluded strong support exists within industry for an overarching national strategy.