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FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2013
ALC ADVOCACY AND POLICY SUBMISSIONS
ALC made submissions on the Heavy Vehicle National Law Bill to
the Transport, Housing and Local Government Committee of the
Queensland Parliament in August, urging for the Bill to pass as
soon as possible so that a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator could
be established by 1 July 2013, clearing the way for $12.4 billion
worth of bene ts.
ALC urged that the regulator have 'teeth' and be properly
resourced to deal as a one-stop shop for heavy-vehicle operators.
A further submission in December drew attention to a number of
important details that need work in the national law.
In February, ALC made a submission to the House of
Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure and
Communications on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, and
in October, ALC Managing Director Michael Kilgariff appeared
before the committee. He advised that the proposed Road
Safety Remuneration Bill would not improve safety or increase
productivity in the heavy-vehicle sector, and would only add
another layer of unnecessary regulation. He urged that the
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator should be given responsibility
for the safety matters proposed under the bill.
ALC wrote to all state and territory police, transport and safety
ministers to outline how ALC and members of Australia's retail
logistics supply chain are working to improve safety in the heavy-
The letter pointed out the signi cant reductions in heavy-vehicle
accidents in the past ve years, but also that more needs to be
done. This is one of the reasons why ALC is working to have the
RLSC registered under the Heavy Vehicle National Law. Once
the law is in place, it will, for the rst time, deliver a national
approach to chain of responsibility obligations.
During the year, ALC wrote to all state and territory transport
ministers, urging changes to privacy laws to enable greater
employer access to driving records, so they can be made aware
of breaches that might affect safety.
Victoria has responded positively. ALC has also written to the
Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal requesting that this issue be
included in the Tribunal's Annual Work Program.
During the year, ALC attended the inaugural meeting of the
HVCI Transport Consultative Forum. The Forum membership
includes 25 representatives from national and state transport
associations, primary industries, transport companies and local
ALC has reaf rmed its support for compulsory telematics to
drive improved safety outcomes in the heavy vehicle industry.
ALC contributed to the public debate on this issue after a
special investigation by A Current Affair, featuring Lindsay
Fox, who supports more widespread use of black boxes and
On rail, ALC made a submission to the 'National Transport
Commission on Fatigue Risk Management -- Hours of Work
and Rest' draft regulatory impact statement. The submission
supported a non-prescriptive, performance-based approach.
This would reduce compliance costs and help develop a national
In August, ALC made a submission to the National Transport
Commission urging a uniform law on the transport of
dangerous goods, using the UN model as a base. ALC argued
that, at present, having different rules among the jurisdictions
was not helping safety.
On maritime safety, an ALC submission on the Maritime Safety
(Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Bill argued for a
strong national approach. ALC expressed concern that under
the delegated agency model in the bill, state entities would be
able to develop their own enforcement priorities and interpret
the national law in their own way, and the bene ts of a
single national law would be lost. ALC urged that all service
agreements between the national regulator and individual
jurisdictions be made public on the national regulator's website.
On stevedoring, ALC met with Safe Work Australia in September
to discuss concerns over the draft Stevedoring Code of Practice.
ALC argued that the code should be performance- and risk-
based, and in line with the WHS legislative framework.
As a result, the draft code was referred back to the Stevedoring
Temporary Advisory Group for further industry collaboration.
ALC looks forward to a more workable outcome.
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