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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
34 ALC MILESTONES 11 Advocacy on the national reform agenda being driven by the Council of Australian Governments and the Transport & Infrastructure Council. In particular on: » Infrastructure and Transport » Seamless National Economy ALC has been highly active in all facets of the transport policy and regulatory reform agenda. We have been a leader in the national debate on critical issues affecting the Australian logistics industry, including: » The Privatisation or lease of state assets and their subsequent regulation » Potential changes to Chain of Responsibility laws » Development of Infrastructure Australia’s 15-year National Infrastructure Plan » Changes to how Australia’s infrastructure is funded and financed. ALC also made 19 major submissions to public and industry inquiries and directly targeted key players in advocating key messages. Structured engagement with all levels of Government: » Annual Dialogue with Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. » Regular structured meetings with key state Departments of Transport, National Transport Commission, Infrastructure Australia and freight related entities to achieve outcomes at the national and state level. ALC held its fifth annual dialogue with the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development where industry stressed the need for action on a number of key areas, including: » Improving information sharing and cooperation on the issue of heavy vehicle access and permits » Ensuring government’s policy settings are focussed on achieving integrated supply chains to encourage more freight on to rail » Commencing trials of High Productivity Vehicles on the Hume Highway » Improving connectivity between land use planning and transport planning ALC held a number of formal and informal meetings with state and federal bodies, including Infrastructure Australia, the National Transport Commission and the freight divisions of state government departments, to encourage greater recognition of the logistics sector in their investment and policy decisions. ALC to produce a report on the key factors driving investment in logistics infrastructure. The report will also analyse the key policy issues that should be addressed to ensure investment in efficient and productive supply chains. ALC continued to advocate the outcomes and findings of The Economic Significance of the Logistics Industry to draw attention to the true size, scope and breadth of the logistics industry. Key findings were the Australian Logistics Industry represents 8.6% of GDP, adds more than $130 billion to the Australian economy and a 1% improvement in efficiency in the sector will boost GDP by $2 billion. What We Said We Would Achieve in 2015 What We Delivered in 2015 19 major submissions 5th annual dialogue