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The Australian Government has 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.”
Mr McCormack said the Liberal and Nationals’ 2018–19 Budget included major steps to ensure freight productivity, including the establishment of a dedicated National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Unit.
“The Budget delivered a real focus on freight, including our new $3.5 billion Roads of Strategic Importance initiative and a targeted $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund which will address pinch points and last-mile access to ports, airports and freight hubs,” Mr McCormack said.
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.
This article first appeared on logisticsmagazine.com.au
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