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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
• 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
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
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
• 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
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