Terms of Reference released for freight inquiry

Media Release


09 March 2017

  • Terms of Reference for the Inquiry into Freight and Supply Chain Productivity have been released.
  • The Inquiry will support the development of the national freight and supply chain strategy.
  • The Inquiry is expected to be finalised by early 2018.

A panel of transport industry experts has been appointed to help the Federal government to develop a blueprint for Infrastructure investment in the 21st century.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today released the terms of reference for the Inquiry into Freight and Supply Chain Productivity.

Mr Chester said the Inquiry would support the delivery of the National Freight and Supply Chain strategy by outlining how existing infrastructure can be best utilised and guide future investment.

“The Turnbull Joyce government has a record $50 billion infrastructure program rolling out across Australia and this strategy will assist in making long term infrastructure decisions that will reduce congestion, improve productivity, and create jobs,” Mr Chester said.

“The Terms of Reference will provide the scope of this Inquiry for the expert panel to ensure we develop the evidence-base we need to deliver a suitable national strategy.

“During my address to the Australian Logistics Council dinner I was pleased to announce the expert panel members to advise on the development of the strategy.

The senior industry panel experts are:

  • Maurice James—Managing Director of Qube
  • Nicole Lockwood—Principal of Lockwood Advisory, Board of Infrastructure Australia
  • Marika Calfas—CEO of NSW Ports

Mr Chester said the national freight and supply chain strategy was a key recommendation by Infrastructure Australia in the recently launched Australian Infrastructure Plan.

"The effective movement of freight goes hand-in-hand with our national prosperity and opportunity for job growth," Mr Chester said.

"The Inquiry will draw on a significant amount of work completed already, including the National Ports Strategy, National Land Freight Strategy, and current state and territory freight/port strategies and plans".

“The draft inquiry will be shared with industry and government for comment in late 2017, with the final report due by early 2018.

For more information on the national freight and supply chain strategy visit: https://infrastructure.gov.au/transport/freight/national-strategy.aspx