Link up to help determine Australia’s future supply chain

Media Release

DC139/2017

26 May 2017

  • National Freight and Supply Chain Inquiry discussion paper released.
  • Australian Government seeking comment from stakeholders with submissions closing 28 July 2017.
  • The Inquiry will examine how the nation can remain competitive and meet the demands of markets into the 21st century.

The Turnbull-Joyce government is ensuring the nation is equipped to take advantage of future freight opportunities, which will be a boost for Australian jobs.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester has called for submissions on the discussion paper for the Inquiry into National Freight and Supply Chain Priorities.

“The Australian Government has announced a record $75 billion infrastructure investment programme, which comprises a range of freight initiatives including the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail and the Western Sydney Airport,” Mr Chester said.

“Feedback on the discussion paper will help the inquiry examine how our investment in the freight network can boost the nation’s prosperity and meet community expectations for safety, security and environmental amenity.

“It will also further our understanding of what challenges and opportunities lie ahead, and how we can take advantage of them.

“One of the best ways to do that is to hear directly from our key freight stakeholders such as carriers, shippers, forwarders, primary producers, land developers, and consumers, who are at the heart of our national supply chains.

“Everybody is part of the national supply chain, whether you are a consumer, business owner, producer, farmer or freight operator.

“We expect that our population will grow to approximately 30 million people by 2030, which will result in increased business and consumer demand for locally produced goods.

“In addition, the growth in demand from markets in Asia and abroad will place strain on our current supply chain networks, which will inevitably require additional reform and investment to ensure we remain globally competitive and can access the goods we require at the lowest cost.

“What this Inquiry will do is examine how to meet these challenges, allowing us to remain prosperous well into the 21st century.

“With submissions closing on 28 July 2017, I would encourage all interested parties to consider their needs and contribute to the conversation,” Mr Chester said.

For more details on how to make a submission, visit infrastructure.gov.au/transport/freight/national-strategy.aspx