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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
32 ALC MILESTONES What We Said We Would Achieve in 2016 What We Delivered in 2016 + Advocacy on the national reform agenda being driven by the Council of Australian Governments and the Transport & Infrastructure Council (TIC). ✓ALC attended all meetings of the Transport and Infrastructure Council and engaged with Ministers and senior officials throughout the year on a range of policy matters, most notably: • Infrastructure Reform • Heavy Vehicle and Rail Regulation • Supply Chain Safety Other key advocacy activities included: • Lobbying for the abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, which was agreed to by the Parliament and subsequently abolished in April 2016 • Advocacy on ALC’s 2016 election priorities document, Getting the Supply Chain Right, which was provided to all MPs and Senators to highlight key policy issues at the federal and state/territory level. + Structured engagement with all levels of Government: Regular structured meetings with: • Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development • key state departments of transport • National Transport Commission • Infrastructure Australia • National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and National Rail Safety Regulator • other freight related entities to achieve outcomes at the national and state level. Annual Dialogue with Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. ✓ Following the release of the Australian Infrastructure Plan, ALC directly and frequently engaged with Infrastructure Australia and the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development to inform the response by the Prime Minister on 24 November in the Government's Annual Infrastructure Statement. Separately, ALC held its sixth annual Dialogue with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development to provide industry feedback on the Department’s proposed future reform agenda. ALC was also active at the state level, engaging with transport and infrastructure departments to ensure their investment and policy decisions took into account the needs of the freight industry. + Advocacy on the implementation of the Infrastructure Australia 15 Year Infrastructure Plan. ✓ A feature of ALC’s advocacy in this area was strong industry support for the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy – which was agreed to by Government in November 2016 in the annual Infrastructure Statement by the Prime Minister. In 2017, ALC will play a lead role on behalf of the logistics industry to inform the Strategy’s contents. + Coordinate Annual Forum to highlight and debate significant national supply chain issues on the ALC policy agenda. ✓ 270 leading figures from industry and government attended the 2016 ALC Forum to discuss the critical infrastructure policy issues on the national agenda. Business leaders used the opportunity to call on governments to deliver on much needed logistics reforms to improve the efficiency of our national supply chains, including: • heavy vehicle road reform • key infrastructure projects such as inland rail • improving corridor protection measures