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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2014
31 fUTUre freiGHT neTWorKS 2014 ALC ADVOCACY AND POLICY SUBMISSIONS which is set out in the ‘Pooled Equipment Best Practice Guide’. The Guide can conflict with commercial agreements between parties. Those agreements take precedence over the guidelines. To further support the ‘Pooled Equipment Best Practice Guide’, a ’Disputes Resolution’ Procedure has been prepared. The final drafts have now been distributed to the full Working Group, and will then be submitted to the Board of the ALC for approval and subsequent listing on the ALC website. SUPPLy CHAIN STANDARDS WORKING GROUP The Supply Chain Standards Working Group has been established with the aim of improving supply-chain efficiency and productivity for the transport and logistics sector. The Group comprises industry experts from across the supply chain, and is focusing on better aligning the transport and logistics sector with Australian industry in the adoption of global standards for identification, information capture and sharing across supply chains. The ALC Supply Chain Standards Work Group has formed two subgroups: • The Logistics Labelling Work Group has reviewed transport provider labelling requirements, and is currently planning a proof of concept to extend existing retailer logistics labels to ascertain if a single label may be developed to reduce unnecessary freight relabelling efforts, and improve interoperability across multiple supply chain parties. Should the trial be successful, this will be supported by a communications and training campaign. • The Intermodal Interoperability Work Group is focused on the flow of information to support the transport process, particularly in the movement of freight between operators. Its focus is the road-to-rail-to-road process in moving freight from the eastern seaboard to Perth, in which shippers currently believe there is a lack of real-time information being fed back from transport providers. The Group wishes to understand the benefits that improved data flows will bring to freight management for all stakeholders. The University of Melbourne has offered to conduct an analysis that will help draw out the relative advantages of the ‘Intermodal Interoperability’ Proof of Concept. Results are expected later in the year, and will be shared when they become available. ICT WORKING GROUP The ICT Working Group has focused on responding to a discussion paper prepared by the National Transport Commission, ’Developing a Compliance Framework for Heavy Vehicle Telematics’. The objective of the paper is to provide certainty in national policy on the use of telematics data, in order to encourage the heavy-vehicle industry to take up telematics, and hence provide for improved safety, environmental and productivity outcomes. ALC’s response to the discussion paper focused on the need to ensure that the principles underpinning any proposed reforms recognise the important safety, productivity and efficiency benefits of a mandatory telematics framework for long-haul operations. This provides the most convenient mechanism through which operators can maintain the safe operation of the fleet, and ensure that Chain of Responsibility obligations are being discharged. POLICY CORRESPONDENCE During the year, ALC engaged in some strategic, targeted policy correspondence with key players on specific important matters. Among the most important were those to: • Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss on additional road and rail infrastructure that warrants inclusion on the National Land Transport Network • former Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese on requested amendments to the Airports Act to better incorporate freight in long-term planning • COAG on ALC’s budget submission, which encourages government to implement and fund policies and programs that will improve supply-chain efficiency across all modes of transport, including road, rail, sea and air • Employment Minister Bill Shorten on the Stevedoring Code of Practice, which encouraged amendments to the Code to ensure that it does not conflict with current workplace health and safety legislation, and international maritime safety legislation • COAG on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, which expressed ALC’s concern that the draft orders proposed by the Transport Workers Union would have a direct negative impact on the productivity, efficiency and safety of the Australian freight transport and logistics industry • COAG and the Standing Committee on Transport and Infrastructure on the National Land Freight Strategy to encourage delivery on the Strategy’s actions and objectives • The National Transport Commission on telematics to progress ALC’s policy to mandate the use of telematics for long-haul operations to assist companies in meeting their various compliance obligations • New South Wales Planning Minister Brad Hazzard on Planning Law Amendments; specifically, reflecting ALC’s concerns that the draft laws do not adequately take into account the New South Wales Freight and Ports Strategy • Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Heavy Vehicle National Law to request an extension to the Intergovernmental Agreement. During the year, ALC did three mailouts to MPs and Senators. The first was Future Freight Networks, which was sent to all MPs, Senators and business leaders around the country. The