National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy—Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need a national Freight and Supply Chain Strategy?

A National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy is needed to position Australia's freight infrastructure for significant growth in the freight task, both from a growing Australian population and increasing demand for Australian resources and produce, especially in Asian markets.

Analysis conducted for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities DOCX: 5370 KB PDF: 2730 KB ReadSpeaker suggests while the freight task is projected to significantly increase in the next 20 years, even with extra investment, Australian transport infrastructure will be hard pressed to meet this demand.

A national approach is essential to ensure freight systems and infrastructure work across state and territory borders to enable the efficient delivery of goods wherever they are required across Australia.

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What connection will the Strategy have to the existing 2012 National Land Freight Strategy and the 2013 National Ports Strategy?

The Strategy will build on current achievements including the 2012 National Land Freight Strategy and the 2013 National Ports Strategy. These strategies particularly focused on integrated planning between governments with regard to road and rail transport.

They delivered the national key freight routes map, state and territory-based freight strategies and plans, long-term masterplans for nationally significant ports, improved freight data, performance and planning assessment and implementation tools.

This information will now be used to develop broader a broader Strategy that encompasses the entire supply chain.

What is the difference between the Inquiry and the Strategy?

Commissioned by the Australian Government, the inquiry report was prepared by an Expert Panel to inform the development of a National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy through the COAG Transport and Infrastructure Council.

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When was it decided Australia needs a national Freight Strategy?

Infrastructure Australia identified the need for a national freight and supply chain strategy in 2015. In November 2016 the Australian Government responded to Infrastructure Australia’s Australian Infrastructure Plan by agreeing to develop a national freight and supply chain strategy. The COAG Transport and Infrastructure Council agreed in its Strategic Directions Work Programme to consider the Strategy. In December 2017, Council confirmed the need for a national freight strategy and more collaborative action to improve national freight performance. On 18 May 2018 the Council agreed a framework and governance arrangements for developing a Strategy. A national approach is essential to ensure freight systems and infrastructure work across state and territory borders to enable the efficient delivery of goods wherever they are required across Australia.

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How will the Strategy be developed?

The Strategy is being developed through working groups of relevant agencies of the Australian, state and territory governments and local government. Industry will continue to be engaged in the development of the Strategy.

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What are the Strategy's key deliverables?

While the Inquiry will provide a strong evidence base and recommendations for the Strategy, the final form and content of the Strategy will be as agreed by the Commonwealth, state, territory and local governments through the Council of Australian Governments' Transport and Infrastructure Council.

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What is the timeline for the development of the Strategy?

The Commonwealth, state, territory and local governments are working together to develop the Strategy for implementation from 2019.

How will industry and other key stakeholders be involved with the development of the Strategy?

Consultation with industry will be an important part of developing the Strategy. A series of roundtables and other forums are likely to be held throughout the year as the draft Strategy takes shape.

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Last Updated: 18 May, 2018