Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Coalition government's Freight and Supply chain strategy for Australia

Media Release


24 November 2016

The Turnbull-Joyce Government today announced it will develop a freight and supply chain strategy for Australia's future, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

“Australia's freight demands are expected to grow by nearly 50 per cent between 2015 and 2030, and this strategy will assess the increasing demand for improved infrastructure networks as demand for products increase domestically and internationally,” Mr Chester said.

“The Australian Government has built a powerful network of free trade agreements with our major export and import partners.

“It is critical that Australian businesses are able to maximise the economic benefits of these agreements in terms of trade in goods and services.

“The Australian community relies on safe and efficient transport services and the building of infrastructure capacity for the future to fully capture the benefits of trade and to sustain Australia's prosperity.

“The Turnbull-Joyce Government is focussed on increasing freight and supply chain productivity and investing in the growth of the Australian economy through projects such as the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.

“We want to set the right environment for investment to occur, for businesses to remain competitive as they seek to minimise costs, and to create new jobs and a better transport network for decades to come.

“This strategy is in response to Infrastructure Australia's Australian Infrastructure Plan, and will be informed by the establishment of a comprehensive, independent inquiry to determine how we can best lift the productivity and efficiency of Australia's freight supply chain.

“The inquiry will examine regulatory and investment barriers as well as opportunities to improve freight capacity and reduce business costs. Once complete in December 2017, the inquiry will allow us to develop a comprehensive national freight and supply chain strategy that articulates areas of reform and investment in Australia,” Mr Chester said.

The inquiry will draw on data generated through government agencies such as the ABS, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, and our $75 million investment in CSIRO's Data61, as well as the work of the Transport and Infrastructure Council's Heavy Vehicle Road Reform work program.

The national freight and supply chain strategy is a key recommendation of Infrastructure Australia, and will build on the existing work of COAG, including the National Land Freight Strategy agreed to in 2013, and the 2012 National Port Strategy.