National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy

On 24 November 2016, the Australian Government announced it will develop a national freight and supply chain strategy (the strategy) to increase the productivity and efficiency of Australia's freight supply chain. The strategy is in response to Infrastructure Australia's Australian Infrastructure Plan.

On 9 March 2017, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, released Terms of Reference PDF: 219 KB ReadSpeaker for an inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities (the inquiry).

The Inquiry will inform the development of the strategy and determine how to best lift the productivity and efficiency of Australia's freight supply chain. The inquiry is being led by the Department assisted by Infrastructure Australia and a four member Expert Panel appointed by Minister Chester. On 26 May 2017, the Department released the Discussion Paper for the inquiry, marking the commencement of the public consultation period. Submissions closed on 28 July 2017 and the Department is now analysing the responses, together with comments received from meetings with key stakeholders.

A draft report will be made available for industry and government for comment by December, and the final report provided to the Government by March 2018.

A series of frequently asked questions about the inquiry and the strategy have been prepared to assist you.

The Discussion Paper, working papers prepared for the Inquiry and the submissions (except for those marked ‘in-confidence’) can be accessed below.

Working papers for the Inquiry

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has published three working papers to accompany the Discussion Paper for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities PDF: 558 KB ReadSpeaker. The Inquiry team welcomes submissions on these working papers, which include:

  • Recent policy reviews of relevance to the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities PDF: 663 KB ReadSpeaker DOCX: 1328 KB

The terms of reference for the Inquiry require it to give regard to recent policy reviews conducted by Australian governments relevant to the performance of the freight and supply chain network and infrastructure. This paper summarises the key points of such recent reviews over the past five to six years.

This paper provides an overview of existing freight performance indicators, and an indicative proposal for potential additional indicators, particularly focussed on supply chains.

This paper provides information about the Australian Government's Infrastructure Investment Program aimed at improving the productivity of Australia's land transport networks.

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Last Updated: 23 August, 2017