National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy

Release of Discussion Paper for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities

On 26 May 2017 the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development released the Discussion Paper for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities marking the commencement of the public consultation period.

Make a submission

The Inquiry team is interested in hearing from people from across the freight network, and critically, freight consumers and suppliers to find out what they require now and into the future from our national freight supply chains.

Formal submissions may be made by email (preferred) or by post.

By email:

freightstrategy@infrastructure.gov.au

By post:

Freight and Supply Chain Inquiry
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
GPO Box 594
CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601

Submissions close 28 July 2017. They will be published on the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development website unless marked “In Confidence”. Stakeholders wishing to make “In Confidence” submissions will not be identified in the Report or on the Inquiry website.

In responding to any or all of the questions set out in the paper it would be appreciated if, where relevant, respondents location in their supply chains could be identified, views on the urgency of the issue under discussion could be given (i.e. is this a problem now, in 10 years or 20 years time) and priority of issues identified if more than one issue is identified in response to a question.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development for the purpose of recording information in submissions, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).

The Department will use this information to record your submission and may use it to contact you further in relation to it, including to seek further information, clarification or advise of outcomes.

Your personal information will be stored securely by the Department. It may be used by the Department to make further contact with you about the consultation process. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the Department's website or in the Government’s response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia; or
  • where required by law.

The Department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

The Department’s privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495.

Release of working papers to assist with formulating your submission on the Discussion Paper for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has prepared two working papers that may assist stakeholders with their submission on the Discussion Paper for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities PDF: 558 KB ReadSpeaker .  The Inquiry team also 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: 1329 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.

National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy

 On 24 November 2016 the Australian Government announced it will develop a national freight and supply chain 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, and will be informed by the findings of an independent inquiry. The inquiry will determine how to best lift the productivity and efficiency of Australia's freight supply chain.

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

The Inquiry, to be assisted by a four member Expert Panel, will examine regulatory and investment barriers as well as opportunities to improve freight capacity and reduce business costs. The inquiry will provide a final report to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport by March 2018.

The Inquiry will include a public consultation period and an opportunity for interested parties to make submissions.

To assist you a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed.

For further information, please contact the strategy team by e-mail FreightStrategy@infrastructure.gov.au

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Last Updated: 23 June, 2017