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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
38 Richard Hancock Project Director, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Project Office January 2013 is also a key date for Richard Hancock, for this is when each state will begin to refer to the National Heavy Vehicle law that will define a single national system of laws for heavy vehicles. FREIGHT NETWORKS FOR THE FUTURE The end result will be that the NRSR will: Facilitate national safety • outcomes; Provide excellence in carrying • out regulatory functions; Promote safety; and • Promote greater efficiency. • The national office will be in the Adelaide headquarters, and rail transport organisations will be reporting to one authority rather than several. In the meantime, a huge amount of very detailed work is underway, and Hancock invited attendees to contact his office as part of an ongoing program of dialogue with the industry so that they could take into account as many viewpoints as possible. The task is to set up the platform (including not just the legislation but the staffing, IT systems, management protocols etc.) so that the national regulator can indeed start in January 2013. By way of example of the level of detail that needs to be attended to, he mentioned local area productivity variations, which refer to particular industries (e.g. agriculture or mining) or locations where variations are to apply – and these will be found from one end of the nation to the other. A series of public forums is also to be held to ensure that as much stakeholder comment as possible is taken into account. The benefits of this initiative may take some years to be fully realised, but it is an endeavour that will mean significant benefits for the industry and the nation. Attendees were directed to www.nhvr.gov.au to stay in touch with progress. Plenary Session Jim Marshall Executive General Manager, Postal Services, Australia Post Marshall delivered a fascinating overview of the many challenges and opportunities being faced by Australia Post, which he described as a group of businesses covering communications, parcel distribution, retail and financial services. While the volume of letter deliveries has been dropping by five per cent per annum, there is a new world of opportunities opened up by the digital revolution – while real items still need to be physically delivered. With some 4,400 post offices across the nation, Australia Post has a substantial retail network, which also presents a diversity of transport and logistics challenges. Accordingly, Australia Post very much supports the program of regulatory reform across the transport and logistics sector.