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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2012
Key findings and recommendations Key findings From our review of reports on infrastructure priorities and strategy documents prepared by Infrastructure Australia and submitted to government for consideration, it appears that some progress has been achieved against many of the initial set of 23 blockages identified by ALC Members, including areas of regulatory and institutional reform; however, many seemingly high-profile issues do not appear to have shown much progress over the term covered by Infrastructure Australia's reports to government. Recommendations Targeted action is required to ensure tangible progress to ease constraints to transport efficiency. The following recommendations are proposed to assist the ALC in guiding this process to address the blockages they have identified: While progress has been achieved, this does not suggest that all blockages have been eliminated to provide a fully integrated and efficient transport system. Further action will be required by all levels of government, with the cooperation of industry, to realise such an outcome over time. In undertaking the review, we arrived at a set of key recommendations. Recommendation 1: ALC should encourage IA and governments to: • undertake transparent and detailed public reporting of progress with implementation of the numerous national strategies and infrastructure proposals IA has recommended. This should also include reporting of projects that were deemed to be of low priority but were, nevertheless, funded at the expense of higher priorities. Recommendation 2: ALC should play a leading role in ensuring that IA and governments: • translate national strategies into implementation agendas that contain practical actions that jurisdictions will undertake to ensure that the freight and logistics sector can meet its major challenges into the future • develop implementation agendas that include specific actions, accountabilities and timeframes ('who does what by when') • endorse key actions at the highest possible level, preferably COAG, so they are seen as commitments. Recommendation 3: ALC should consult with IA to develop a report on outcomes for projects submitted to government as part of the 'Ready to Proceed' Priority List. This could assist industry and promote productivity gains by allowing industry to better plan their investment decisions. • This should include an implementation path for initiatives agreed by government and a timetable for completion. • The report should note where responsibility for implementation of an initiative rests and factors contributing to delays in progressing action on that initiative. • Projects that do not receive funding due to budget constraints should also be monitored as priorities for future action. Recommendation 4: ALC should promote the principle that access to Commonwealth infrastructure funding should be conditional on delivery of key reforms for the freight and logistics sector, and for this to happen: • actions to be delivered need to be practical and measurable • there needs to be regular public reporting of progress • IA should be requested to undertake such monitoring • ALC may also wish to monitor progress and report via its website. 70 ALC INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT