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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2016
62 ALC POLICIES POLICIES In 2015, ALC continued policy development with three major statements: • a new policy on Diversity and Inclusion • an opinion piece on road pricing that relates ALC’s position with developments at COAG • a position paper on the leasing of the Port of Melbourne, which brings practical application to ALC’s position on the sale and leasing of government-owned assets. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ALC’s policy paper, ‘Diversity – Opportunity for Change’, outlines the relatively low levels of female representation in the logistics industry. It analyses statistics, trends and forecasts across four main areas: • Management • Employment • Training • Strategies The paper tells us that: • women make up a mere 21.9 per cent of the workforce in transport, postal and warehousing sectors • despite a 28 per cent growth in employment within the industry from 2002–2012, the number of women in the industry increased by only one per cent • only 9.2 per cent of CEOs in the transport, postal and warehousing industry are women • only 12 per cent of Board positions at transport companies were occupied by women. ROAD REFORM In the lead-up to the July COAG meeting, ALC reiterated its policy on roads. It broadly supported a position by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill to overhaul road funding in Australia. The Road Reform is similar to other calls for reform made by the Productivity Commission, Infrastructure Australia, the Harper Review and the National Commission of Audit. These and other reports also flagged extending the heavy vehicle reform to all vehicles, to send a more direct price signal and to help address congestion in our cities. At present, money raised through registration and fuel excise is smeared across the network, and is not returned to the key freight routes carrying high levels of traffic. Australia needs a funding system that raises money according to usage, and spends money according to need. The revenue must follow the freight, and not be lost to consolidated revenue. In April 2007, COAG set out a three-phase ‘COAG Road Reform Plan’ to consider alternative models of heavy vehicle road pricing and funding. The plan’s objective was to promote the more efficient, productive and sustainable provision and use of freight infrastructure. Now, more than eight years later, governments have taken only tentative steps to deliver on these worthy objectives. ALC is urging them to move more quickly. PORT OF MELBOURNE In July, ALC published its policy on the Port of Melbourne leasing legislation. The policy articulated general principles about the use, ownership and operation of critical national infrastructure, as well as policy directly related to the Port of Melbourne.