The Australian Government has today released the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities Report and commenced discussions with State Governments on priority actions.
54 priority actions have been identified by the independent Expert Panel, which undertook the inquiry in consultation with industry.
The actions will inform the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy through the Council of Australian Governments Transport and Infrastructure Council to ensure our freight transport system meet the needs of a growing Australia.
Deputy Prime Minister and Michael McCormack said the report paves the way for the development of a strategy which improves the competitiveness of Australian businesses and delivers for consumers by making it faster, easier, and less expensive to move goods.
“We know the national freight task will almost double over the next 20 years, which presents a challenge and opportunity to work with industry to maximise the benefit from the sector which already contributes around 10 per cent of our productivity,” Mr McCormack said.
“I thank the Panel for its report, which provides a platform for Government to look at opportunities to drive efficient and sustainable freight logistics while balancing the freight needs of a growing economy and ensuring the sector and the community share the benefits too.
“From farmers to small businesses and consumers, everyone has an interest in the ongoing success of our freight and logistics industry. It is fundamental to our national prosperity.
“Freight systems and infrastructure have to work together across state and territory borders so goods can be delivered efficiently to urban and regional areas across Australia.
“I am looking forward to partnering with all levels of government, industry, and the broader community on delivering the strategy to ensure we meet the freight needs of the future.”
The Independent Expert Panel developed the report with significant industry input, including drawing on 127 submissions and one-on-one meetings with more than 200 individuals from 28 peak industry bodies and 90 businesses. It concluded strong support exists within industry for an overarching national strategy.
For a copy of the report, visit: infrastructure.gov.au/transport/freight/index.aspx