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Action area 3

Action Area 3

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
3.1 214 Norfolk Island Freight Planning Cth 2018 - 2020 The Australian Government supports air freight to Norfolk Island by continuing to subsidise air freight to and from, which is essential due to the very thin sea freight supply chain and the current COVID-19 pandemic climate, to ensure supply chains are maintained. The Ports Management Strategy continues to be developed and has broadened in scope to examine all options that may deliver a sustained supply chain for freight. In the last 12 months the sea freight supply chain has been further eroded by the decommissioning of another break bulk supply vessel. Ports are vital infrastructure for the Norfolk Island community as the remote nature of the island means that it is heavily reliant on sea and air freight.
3.1 215 Launceston City Deal Cth; Tas; Local Government 2017 - 2027 Originally a five-year plan between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the City of Launceston, the Launceston City Deal has now been extended to 10 years. An initiative of the Launceston City Deal is the Regional Economic Development Strategy for Northern Tasmania. Priorities identified within the draft document include better integration of regional transport and land use planning to ensure efficient supply chain connections, and leveraging road, rail and air infrastructure investment to grow freight and warehousing related businesses. The Greater Launceston Transformation Project is a nation-leading $10.3 million collaborative smart cities project, focused on initiatives to improve service delivery and increase innovation across Greater Launceston. The Project includes the Launceston Traffic Signal Upgrade Project, involving the installation of a traffic management system and use of live data from a traffic monitoring network (travel-time sensors and CCTV cameras). The traffic management system will optimise traffic flows and minimise congestion. The Launceston Smart City Mobility Project, which began in March 2020, uses data from the sensors installed for the Launceston Traffic Signal Upgrade Project as well as the installation of additional sensors and trials of smart mobility technology. The project will support the development of a strategic multi modal transport model for Greater Launceston, which will inform the development of a transport plan and supporting transport strategies for the city.
3.1 216 Albury Wodonga Regional Deal Cth; Vic; NSW; Local Government TBD A formal commitment by the Australian, Victorian and NSW Governments and the Albury City and City of Wodonga Councils to develop the deal was announced on 10th July 2020. The Australian Government has provided funding of $3.2m to support councils in developing the deal.
3.1 217 South East Queensland (SEQ) City Deal Cth; Qld; Local Government TBD Negotiations on the Deal have been extended to 2021.
3.1 218 Hinkler Regional Deal Cth; Qld; Local Government TBD On 30 January 2020, the Hinkler Regional Deal Implementation Plan was signed by the Australian Government along with Fraser Coast and Bundaberg Regional Councils. The Australian Government is working with deal partners and the Queensland Government to progress the land transport infrastructure projects tied to the Hinkler Deal. A business case for new port infrastructure is underway which will inform the design of the multi-use conveyor. A transport strategy is underway to inform the Quay St upgrade.
3.1 219 Inland Rail corridor preservation Cth; Qld 2017 - 2023 Queensland is negotiating the finalisation of a Land Acquisition Deed to enable the acquisition of the Inland Rail corridor with all costs funded by the Australian Rail Track Corporation. Investigation and planning are underway to enable extensive resumptions to commence in 2020–21, but this is subject to agreements and the Environmental Impact Statement approval. Since execution of an Inland Rail Acquisition Protocol Deed in 2019, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and Transport for NSW have been working together on the resumption of land required on multiple sections of the Inland Rail project. The substantive corridor for the Inland Rail project via the North East Rail Line in Victoria already has sufficient protections in place. Small amounts of additional land may be required outside the existing corridor in order to deliver Inland Rail. These additional parcels will be considered on an as-needs basis as the project is delivered. The Victorian and Australian Governments are also jointly developing business cases for the Interstate Freight Precinct and Outer Metropolitan Ring corridor.
3.1 220 Highway Corridor Strategies - $5 million Cth 2018 - 2019 The Princes Highway Corridor Strategy was published in October 2019. The Strategy examined the full length of the Highway corridor and identified opportunities for informed investment in the short, medium and long term that align to the shared priorities of the Australian and state governments. The Corridor Strategy is informing future investment decisions by the Australian and Victorian Governments. In August 2018, the Australian Government committed up to $2 million to develop a Newell Highway Corridor Strategy. The Australian Government fully funded the Strategy and it was published on 19 August 2019. The Strategy is informing future investment on the Newell Highway between the Queensland and Victorian borders to maximise productivity gains for freight users on the corridor. To date, the following projects identified in the Strategy are in planning or delivery phase:
  • Bypasses and heavy vehicle alternate routes (Parkes Bypass — in planning — Australian Government (committed $100 million) — NSW, Dubbo Bridge/Bypass — in planning — NSW, Coonabarabran heavy vehicle alternate route – in planning – NSW)
  • Heavy duty pavement (North Moree — in planning — NSW, Narrabri to Moree — in planning — NSW)
  • East-west connection upgrades (Mitchell Highway — construction underway — NSW, Kamilaroi Highway — construction underway — NSW)
  • Flooding mitigation (Forbes to West Wyalong — in planning — NSW (committed $200 million))
3.1 221 Townsville City Deal Cth; Qld; Local Government 2016 - 2031 On 21 February 2020, the Deal’s third annual progress report was released. A formal review of the first three years of the Deal is also currently underway. Work on City Deal projects including widening the approach channel to the Port of Townsville and the preservation of the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor is underway. The Townsville Industrial Development Board was established in 2019 and meets quarterly to identify opportunities for industrial development in Townsville, including in the State Development Area southeast of the city.
3.1 222 Western Sydney City Deal Cth; NSW; Local Government 2018 - 2038 Planning for the Aerotropolis, including an agribusiness precinct and other relevant land uses is continuing. It is anticipated that the Western Aerotropolis Planning Package, along with the precinct plans, will be in place by the end of 2020.
3.1 223 Hobart City Deal Cth; Tas; Local Government 2019 - 2029 The Hobart City Deal is a 10-year plan between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the Clarence, Hobart, Glenorchy and Kingborough councils. Key freight-related initiatives include:
  • $82.3 million for border services that enhance Hobart Airport’s role as a direct international gateway;
  • $576 million to replace the Bridgewater Bridge, a key part of the Hobart to Burnie freight corridor;
  • A range of projects to reduce traffic congestion around Greater Hobart; and
  • Ongoing strategic collaboration and governance between the Tasmanian Government and four councils through the Greater Hobart Act 2019, including enhanced integration of transport and land use planning.

Projects to reduce road congestion on the southern, northern and eastern inlets are progressing in line with the Hobart City Deal Implementation Plan. Work continues on the commencement of international flights from Hobart Airport, which will include significant freight between Tasmania and overseas markets.

3.1 224 National Airports Safeguarding Framework All Ongoing The Australian Government continues to work with jurisdictions to influence issues through the National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group. This work has been continuing with lower than normal resources to enable redeployment in support of the response to COVID-19. The WA Government is undertaking a policy review to holistically address all matters in relation to land use planning and development in the vicinity of airports throughout Western Australia, including matters of noise and safety. This work will have regard to the National Airports Safeguarding Framework and its application to regional airports. Queensland’s State Planning Policy requires key transport corridors and precincts, including ports and airports, to be identified and protected in planning instruments. The State Planning Policy is Queensland’s primary mechanism for implementing the National Airports Safeguarding Framework and is generally regarded as national best practice. The Victorian Minister for Planning appointed the Melbourne Airport Environs Safe guarding Standing Advisory Committee in December 2019. The Committee’s Terms of Reference include advice to the Minister on further implementation of National Airports Safeguarding Framework through the Victoria Planning Provisions and Planning Scheme.
3.1 225 Geelong City Deal Cth; Vic; Local Government 2019 - 2029 A Geelong City Deal Implementation Plan has been developed and published. The Australian Government, Victorian Government and City of Geelong have collectively committed $370 million of funding to deliver actions under the Plan to revitalise Geelong and unlock the potential of the Great Ocean Road visitor economy. The Geelong City Deal is piloting new technologies across central Geelong to optimise public safety and reduce congestion.
3.1 226 Adelaide City Deal Cth; SA; Local Government 2019 - 2029 The Adelaide City Deal partners are implementing planning reforms and strategies so that the growing population is supported by accessible housing, infrastructure and services. The Infrastructure South Australia 20 Year State Infrastructure Strategy was released in March 2020.
3.1 227 Perth City Deal Cth; SA; Local Government TBD Negotiation on the Perth City Deal is now focused on the CBD, not the METRONET investment. WA is in ongoing discussions with the Commonwealth Government regarding a City Deal for Perth. Transport elements are being considered as part of this deal, but nothing has been finalised as yet.
3.1 228 Darwin City Deal Cth; NT; Local Government 2018 - 2028 The Darwin City Deal is progressing well and recently released its first annual report on 9 July 2020.
3.1 229 Deliver initiatives to improve the efficiency of urban freight NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is working on a set of guidelines and a toolkit to assist local councils to understand the impact of new developments on the movement of freight, to understand best practice in designing delivery vehicle access, parking and loading space, freight and parcel storage, and waste removal facilities. The NSW Government is working with local councils to identify the potential of lifting delivery curfews in highly congested areas, where noise impacts can be appropriately addressed. This item ties in with initiative 204.
3.1 230 Support local councils to improve the amenity of key urban centres through good planning for freight and servicing in new developments NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is working on a set of guidelines and a toolkit to assist local councils to understand the impact of new developments on the movement of freight, to understand best practice in designing delivery vehicle access, parking and loading space, freight and parcel storage, and waste removal facilities. Transport for NSW has also reviewed and commented on freight considerations for more than 100 Local Council Local Strategic Planning Statements in NSW in both Sydney and regional locations.
3.1 231 Ensure that freight and logistics land and corridors are identified and protected from sensitive land uses NSW Ongoing This initiative is ongoing as Transport for NSW will continue to ensure that freight and logistics are considered in land use discussions, particularly around important trade gateways such as Port Botany, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Airport, the Western Sydney Airport and Newcastle Port.
  • The rezoning of the Mamre Road precinct was recently announced, protecting the Intermodal Terminal in Western Sydney.
  • Further integrated freight planning is being undertaken with the Western Parkland City Authority.
  • The Western Sydney Freight Line has been partially protected and further protection work is to be undertaken on the line and the Outer Sydney Orbital.
3.1 232 Review and update State planning policies to address issues around freight and port noise NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is currently investigating how best to address noise issues from ports and intermodal terminals and are working with key agencies involved like the Environment Protection Authority’s Noise Management Working Group.
3.1 233 Investigate options to amend the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013 NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is currently considering amendments to the Three Ports State Environmental Planning Policy. Further consultation with key agencies will be undertaken in 2020/21.
3.1 234 Review and update the Development Near Rail Corridors and Busy Roads - Interim Guideline to ensure it reflects the latest evidence and practices NSW Ongoing The NSW Government will do further consultation with key agencies in 2020/21.
3.1 235 Amplification of the Southern Sydney Freight Line NSW 0 - 2 years This initiative is in progress and is subject to a final business case. Project will be delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation and is funded through the Australian Government.
3.1 236 Victorian Ports Strategy Vic 2020 - 2021 The Victorian Department of Transport has an independent review underway to examine the function and performance of Victoria’s port system and make recommendations to ensure Victoria’s ports are best positioned to meet future needs. The Review of the Victorian Ports Sector is a crucial early step in the development of a Victorian Ports Strategy. The review will make recommendations to Government for consideration and response. A discussion paper has been released as part of the consultation process to help inform the review, which is expected be finalised late-2020. Following the consideration of review recommendations, it is expected that the Victorian Port Strategy will be developed to coordinate a response.
3.1 237 Identify and reserve sites for new freight terminals and precincts Vic; Local Government Ongoing The Victorian Department of Transport has partnered with the Municipal Association of Victoria on a two-year program to assist with engagement of local councils to deliver or contribute to a range of freight projects. This project may be included in the two-year program of work. The Municipal Association of Victoria has commenced early scoping and consultation with local councils to understand local freight issues and establish a Freight Policy Reference Group.
3.1 238 Green Triangle Freight Action Plan Vic; SA 2009 - Present A steering committee has been established and meets regularly to progress the actions under the updated Green Triangle Freight Action Plan. $4 million of funding has been previously committed, and a further $80 million has been committed by the Australian Government under the Roads of Strategic Importance program. This funding will be invested in asset renewal of road corridors critical for the Green Triangle freight task, including bridge strengthening for high productivity freight vehicles, and further planning work to cater for future renewable energy freight activities.
3.1 239 Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor Qld Ongoing In 2018–19, the Queensland government completed a review of land requirements for the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor to determine the extent of required land acquisitions. In 2019–20, stakeholder engagement with impacted landowners commenced and will be ongoing during the land acquisitions. Planning for environmental-approval requirements of the infrastructure corridor is in progress. $10 million has been committed to preserve the corridor, with the Australian and Queensland Governments each committing $5 million. The Queensland Government has expended $0.6 million to date.
3.1 240 Port of Brisbane Rail Access Corridor Preservation Qld; Cth 2022 A Preliminary Evaluation has been completed and two potential corridors have been identified. The findings of the Preliminary Evaluation will be released publicly. Initial planning and the Preliminary Evaluation cost $1.5 million. The Australian Government has committed $20 million to do further planning to refine the findings of the Preliminary Evaluation and to progress towards a Business Case. The further planning will include market sounding. Scoping and Procurement documentation is being prepared in anticipation of approval for the project to commence in August 2020. The market sounding report and draft further planning report are scheduled for the end of 2021 with the final report and project completion by mid-2022.
3.1 241 Supply Chain Strategy for the North West Minerals Province Qld 2019 - 2023 To support key enabling infrastructure for the North West Minerals Province, the Queensland Government is providing through the Mount Isa Line Incentive Scheme $80 million over four years ($20 million each year) to incentivise more freight on rail on the Mount Isa Line and encourage a shift from road to rail.
3.1 242 National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy National Action Plan implementation arrangements Qld 2020 The Queensland Freight Action Plan is being developed to implement the Queensland Freight Strategy and forms Queensland’s plan for the implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy National Action Plan. Queensland’s commitments to the national freight agenda expressed in the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy National Action Plan are elements of the Queensland Freight Action Plan.
3.1 243 Regional Transport Plans Qld; Local Government Ongoing The Queensland Government is working with state and local government and other key stakeholders throughout Queensland to develop a suite of Regional Transport Plans (RTP). These plans will guide the planning of an efficient and responsive transport system in Queensland over the next 15 years. The delivery of the plans is a requirement of the Transport Planning and Coordination Act (1994). The plans provide a bridge between local, Queensland and Australian Government planning, drawing from and supporting the region’s goals. RTP are developed with key stakeholders, including representatives from state and local government, business and industry to prioritise and manage the transport system so that it effectively supports regional communities, growth and productivity. RTP have been published for nine regions in Queensland and a draft RTP for South East Queensland. Every RTP includes an action to develop a Regional Freight Plan.
3.1 244 Ensure existing and future freight corridors and intermodal terminals are identified and protected during land use planning decision making processes Qld Ongoing As part of the Transport System Planning Program under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program, Queensland undertakes a range of transport planning for freight. Completed transport planning that is endorsed for protection under the Queensland Government’s Approved Planning Policy is then mapped and made publicly available via the State Planning Program and development assessment mapping system. This mapping informs plan making and development assessment, including which applications are referred to the state for assessment. Approved planning is also used to inform the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Property Search Service results.
3.1 245 Identify and protect freight and logistics land, corridors and precincts WA Short term The WA Government is committed to participating in national forums and assisting in the identification and protection of WA freight and logistics, land, corridors and precincts. The WA Department of Transport continues to advocate for the protection of freight and logistics land, corridors and precincts through participation in various working groups and forums.
3.1 246 Reviews Strategies (Roads 2030) WA; Local Government Short term In September 2019, Main Roads WA commenced its review of ROADS 2030. The aim of the review is to create new documents for each Regional Road Group (or Sub-Group) for identifying regional strategies for Regionally Significant Local Government Roads. Main Roads WA has partnered with the Western Australian Local Government Authority to deliver the review and it is expected to be completed in 2021.
3.1 247 Implement State Planning Policy 5.4 (road and rail noise) WA Short term State Planning Policy 5.4 has been implemented since September 2019. It is supported by road and rail noise guidelines and state-wide mapping of strategic freight routes, significant freight/traffic routes, and proposed strategic freight routes.
3.1 248 Review Perth and Peel @3.5 million frameworks WA Short term The WA Government is currently reviewing planning investigation areas identified in the Perth and Peel @3.5 million frameworks. The current review will feed into a broader review of the frameworks, scheduled to commence in 2021.
3.1 249 Publication of research investment decision making report WA Short term iMOVE Project 2.001, Planning intermodal and general logistics infrastructure for the future needs of Perth, has been completed.
3.1 250 Outback Way - Upgrade and Seal WA Medium term The Outback Way project is underway. In May 2020, funding and a contract were awarded for progressing sealing (41 kilometres) of the Great Central Road (Outback Way).
3.1 251 Planning Reform - (Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016) SA Ongoing The Planning and Design Code came into effect in the outback regions of South Australia in July 2019, rural areas from April 2020 and urban areas from July 2020. A process has been established to work with councils and stakeholders to identify areas for improvement. All issues are logged within a register and a governance structure is in place to recommend changes to the State Planning Commission.
3.1 252 Green Triangle Freight Action Plan SA; Vic Ongoing The Planning and Design Code came into effect in the outback regions of South Australia in July 2019, rural areas from April 2020 and urban areas from July 2020. A process has been established to work with councils and stakeholders to identify areas for improvement. All issues are logged within a register and a governance structure is in place to recommend changes to the State Planning Commission.
3.1 253 ACT Planning Strategy ACT Short term In accordance with the ACT Planning Strategy 2018, decisions regarding the strategic location of growth continue to have regard to existing freight networks and requirements. Through the Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, the ACT Government has also engaged across jurisdictional boundaries by providing input to the NSW Government and surrounding local councils on strategic planning matters concerning freight. For example, the Directorate provided detailed input to the Local Strategic Planning Statements prepared by the Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council during 2020.
3.1 254 Progressing a planning and statutory environmental approval process ACT Short term The ACT Government continues to progress a statutory strategic assessment approval processes under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the Eastern Broadacre area. This process will determine the locations for future rezonings of land for new industrial and employment precincts on the eastern side of Canberra, near Canberra Airport and along national freight routes. Freight requirements and opportunities will be a key consideration in the future as will more detailed planning of precincts in Eastern Broadacre. Due to COVID-19, public notification of the draft strategic assessment documentation is on-hold.
3.2 255 National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework - Freight Resilience Pilot Project Cth Completed See initiative 1 under Action 1.1.
3.2 256 Liquid Fuel Security Review Cth 2018 - Present On 15 June 2020, the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction announced a package for enhancing Australia’s Fuel Security, which included:
  • Purchasing Australia’s first government-owned stock to store in the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve;
  • Working with interested parties to increase Australia’s domestic fuel storage capacity; and,
  • Working with the refining sector to secure Australia’s future refining capability.

The Australian Fuel Security package has been informed by the work done under the Liquid Fuel Security Review. The review is being updated in light of the bushfire and COVID-19 crises of this year.

3.2 257 Development of Australian Transport Assessment and Planning Urban Freight Modelling Guidelines All 2020 - 2021 The development of the urban freight modelling guidelines had been delayed but is now underway. The project is being led by Queensland on behalf of the ATAP Steering Committee. All states and territories will contribute to the project through the ATAP Steering Committee. The guidelines will be finalised by March 2021.
3.2 258 National Urban Freight Planning Principles (formerly National Urban Planning Forum) Cth TBD The Australian Government has drafted proposed National Urban Freight Planning Principles in consultation with state counterparts. Ongoing consultation on the principles with industry and related stakeholders will culminate in public forums to be held in late 2020 to early 2021, before endorsement is sought from the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in late 2021. States and territories are assisting in the development of national planning principles through the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Jurisdictional Working Group.
3.2 259 Assist local councils to plan for freight needs NSW Ongoing See initiative 91 under Action 1.2.
3.2 260 Bay West Container Port Vic 2021 - TBD The Victorian Government is progressing with the development of a Victorian Ports Strategy. The development of the Victorian Port Strategy will incorporate next steps for planning and securing Bay West as Victoria’s second container port. A business case will be developed for funding Bay West planning and will be coordinated with the Victorian Port Strategy business case development (see initiative 236 under Action 3.1).
3.2 261 Review and enhance protection of Principal Freight Network Vic TBD The Victorian Government has progressed work on the Principal Freight Network review, conducting a detailed assessment to recommend changes to the Principal Freight Network. Preparations are being made to conduct external stakeholder consultation to enable finalisation of the changes to the updated network maps. The Government is currently reviewing options for how best to integrate proposed strengthened planning protections for the Principal Freight Network into the Victoria Planning Provisions, as part of a wider review of the provisions.
3.2 262 Dynon Freight Precinct Master Planning Vic TBD A program of work to establish a strategic policy position on the long-term use of the Dynon precinct is underway. The Victorian Planning Authority has developed a Dynon Framework Plan, which is a land use strategy that helps integrate and coordinate the precincts various port, freight, transport and urban renewal opportunities. The Framework is an internal Victorian Government document which confirms governments’ intentions for the area and will guide the next phase of detailed precinct planning and investment. In late 2019, VicTrack undertook an Expression of Interest market process for the lease of land at Melbourne Market/South Dynon rail precinct between Dynon Road and Footscray Road. The Expression of Interest sought proposals regarding the use of the site in the short-, medium- and long-term. Further strategic planning work is underway to inform the next stage Request for Proposal.
3.2 263 Reviewing and upgrading state and territory planning policies relating to freight Qld Short term Queensland has commenced development of integrated multi-modal Regional Freight Plans to identify and prioritise freight network improvements to support supply chain efficiency across the region. The plans will consider current and emerging freight demands including future resource and agricultural sector freight requirements; access and movement requirements for oversize over-mass and high productivity vehicles; first and last mile links; and the role of the of the regional ports, airports, rail terminals, and key freight routes. Development of the North Queensland Regional Freight Plan commenced in late July 2020 as an action for the North Queensland Regional Transport Plan.
3.2 264 Protecting land for freight and logistics in metropolitan areas Qld   See Master Planning for Priority Ports (initiative 275, Action Area 3.2), Bundaberg State Development Area (initiative 276, Action Area 3.2), Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (initiative 239, Action Area 3.1), Port of Brisbane Rail Access Corridor Preservation (initiative 240, Action Area 3.1) and Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (initiative 33, Action Area 1.1).
3.2 265 Master Planning for Priority Ports Qld Ongoing Priority port master planning will support the sustainable development of critical economic infrastructure, the state’s priority ports, in a way that will balance growth, job creation, environmental values and community interests. A final master plan for the Port of Gladstone was released on 5 November 2018 and a final master plan for the Port of Townsville was released on 4 November 2019. On 4 November 2019, draft port overlays for the Ports of Gladstone and Townsville were released for public consultation until 16 December 2019. The draft port overlays clearly define the regulatory and developmental considerations in the master planned areas for those two ports. The next steps in the master planning process is the consideration of submissions and the preparation of final port overlays.
3.2 266 Bundaberg State Development Area Development Scheme Qld Ongoing The Bundaberg State Development Area (SDA) was declared in February 2017 to provide land for port-related and industrial activities around the Port of Bundaberg. A development scheme for the Bundaberg SDA was approved in December 2017. The SDA is intended to provide a location for regionally significant industrial development, support the continued growth of the port, and coordinate the provision of freight, energy and other critical infrastructure to these areas.
3.2 267 Development of Australian Transport Assessment and Planning urban frieght guidelines Qld Ongoing Queensland is an active member of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Jurisdictional Working Group and is engaged in the development processes for the Australian Transport Assessment and Planning urban freight guidelines. Priority port master planning will support the sustainable development of critical economic infrastructure, the state’s priority ports, in a way that will balance growth, job creation, environmental values and community interests.
3.2 268 Reviewing and upgrading state and territory planning policies relating to freight WA Short term The WA Government is committed to participating in national forums and assisting in reviewing and upgrading planning policies. State Planning Policy 5.4 - Road and Rail Noise has been implemented from September 2019, and has objectives that include:
  • Protecting strategic and other significant freight transport corridors from incompatible urban encroachment; and
  • Ensuring that transport infrastructure and land-use can mutually exist within urban corridors.
3.2 269 Protecting land for freight and logistics in metropolitan areas WA Short term The WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is committed to participating in national forums and assisting in protecting freight corridors. The Perth and Peel @3.5m Frameworks that identify industrial land and transport corridors are scheduled for review in 2021.
3.2 270 Ports Master Plan WA Short term Six port master plans have been completed, one is in progress, two are about to be developed, and one is on hold. Of the six that are complete, three are very current (2020), two are dated 2017, and one is dated 2014. The following Port Master Plans are in place:
  • Port of Geraldton Master Plan – endorsed by the Minister for Ports in 2020.
  • Port of Port Hedland (Land Use) Master Plan 2030 – completed and approved for internal use. Currently awaiting corporate approvals to release externally. It will replace the Port of Port Hedland Port Development Plan 2012-16.
  • Port of Dampier (Land Use) Master Plan 2030 – Completed and available for internal use. Awaiting corporate approvals to release externally (replaces Port of Dampier Port Development Plan 2010-20 & Port of Dampier Land Use and Infrastructure Plan published in 2014).
  • Port of Broome Master Plan – current Master Plan was prepared in 2017. The plan will not be updated until 2022 and will include other Kimberley Ports (Derby, Yampi Sound and Wyndham).
  • Port of Ashburton Port Master Plan 2050 – current Master Plan was prepared in 2017. The plan is scheduled for an update and review in late 2020, following recent commissioning of the port.
  • Proposed Port of Anketell Port Master Plan – latest Master Plan was prepared in 2014. The Pilbara Ports Authority will review and update the master plan following the port and infrastructure corridor being transferred to Pilbara Ports Authority and the port proclamation.

The Port of Esperance Master Plan is currently in progress. Work is expected to commence sometime in August, following award of the project to a consultant. Development of the Port of Bunbury and Port of Albany Master Plans has not yet commenced. The scope of work for both the master plans are currently being prepared, with work on both scheduled to commence in 2020-21. The Port of Fremantle Master Plan is on hold, awaiting completion of the Westport: Ports and Environs Strategy.

3.2 271 Westport: Ports and Environs Strategy WA Long term The Westport Taskforce has completed Stage 2 Outcomes Report which is currently being considered by the WA Government.
3.2 272 Review of Perth inner city freight movements WA Medium term Completion of the Perth CBD Transport plan has been split into two phases. Phase 1 is due for completion around mid-2020, with Phase 2 in December 2020. Work has been conducted to produce the draft Perth CBD Transport Plan, which included an examination of inner-city freight movements including a study and survey conducted by the City of Perth. Based on these findings, several projects to support freight movements have been identified. These include: a project looking to improve deliveries to the mall super block; a study of kerbside access (including loading zones); and the exploration of technological efficiencies which could assist in optimising movement of freight vehicles.
3.2 273 Tasmanian Planning Policies Tas 2019 - 2021 Tasmanian Planning Policies will provide an integrated and coherent suite of land use planning policies, principles and strategies, organised under key themes (e.g. transport, housing, extractive industries). The Tasmanian Planning Policies will articulate the importance of protecting the capacity, safety and efficiency of Tasmania’s major freight transport networks and assets.
3.2 274 Updated 10 Year Tasmanian Infrastructure Pipeline Tas; Cth 2019 - 2029 The pipeline maps out planned infrastructure development for the next decade, with projects totalling an estimated $15.2 billion. This includes a 2019-20 Federal Budget investment of $3.6 billion and $300 million investment in roads and bridges for 2019-20 alone. A 2020 pipeline update is under development.
3.2 275 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy Tas; Cth 2019 - 2049 As part of the Tasmanian Government’s long term planning for Tasmania’s future, a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy will establish a framework to inform the Government’s infrastructure investment decisions, given their large cost and long-term nature. The Strategy will help unlock further economic development in Tasmania. A draft Strategy was released late in 2019.
3.2 276 Review of Regional Land Use Strategies Tas 2021 - TBD Regional land use strategies set the medium to longer-term strategic directions for each of Tasmania’s three regions. The existing strategies identify key regional freight networks and assets, and outline principles to protect their operation. The existing regional strategies will be reviewed once the Tasmanian Planning Policies now under development are finalised.
3.2 277 Tasmanian Planning Scheme Tas Ongoing The State Planning Provisions provide consistent planning rules for use and development under the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. The Provisions were developed in consultation with key industry stakeholders to ensure appropriate consideration was afforded to industry and the transport sector’s interests. Key protections such as appropriate attenuation and buffer areas along major freight transport corridors and assets are provided for under the State Planning Provisions. The implementation of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme across the State over the coming years will deliver greater consistency of decision-making and protection of key freight infrastructure.
3.2 278 ACT-NSW Memorandum of Understanding for Regional Collaboration ACT; NSW Ongoing The ACT-NSW Memorandum of Understanding for Regional Collaboration was re-signed in 2020 by the ACT and NSW. It includes in its priority work areas a commitment to work together and with the Canberra Region Joint Organisation to develop a Canberra Region Economic Development Strategy. This Strategy is expected to include joint priorities to strengthen the consideration of freight in government planning and decision-making as it relates to the Canberra Region. The Memorandum of Understanding also commits to the development of a regional infrastructure priority list. Freight considerations will be a key input into this work.
3.2 279 Canberra Region Joint Organisation's Transport and Freight Infrastructure Prospectus ACT Ongoing The ACT continues to participate as an Associate Member in the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO). Through the CRJO, the ACT has supported the development of the CRJO Transport and Freight Infrastructure Prospectus. The ACT will continue to work with the CRJO to identify and promote the key regional infrastructure needs to support the growth of the region
3.3 280 Grant funding to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to undertake road access improvements for heavy vehicles - $8 million Cth 2019 - 2021 The 2019-20 Budget allocated $8 million over two years to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to fund engineering assessments for local government owned road network infrastructure, and to build an asset collection database. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project team has now been established and is progressing with the initial phases of work. There are two phases in the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project:
  • Phase 1 - the Pilot Phase tests the assessment principles with pilot councils and jurisdictions (in progress).
  • Phase 2 - the Delivery Phase will roll out the Project to a larger number of councils (commencing soon).
3.3 281 Encourage the use of the Restricted Access Vehicle Route Assessment Tool All; NHVR Ongoing The Restricted Access Vehicle Route Assessment Tool is a cutting edge online tool capable of performing route assessments for restricted access vehicles. The tool provides local governments with a consistent assessment methodology, providing a defensible position when responding to access requests. The tool is now free for local governments from participating jurisdictions through the support of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and local government associations. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and local government associations partnered to deliver the tool. Funding is ongoing until 2022 and will be reviewed at that time. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has worked with ARRB to further enhance the tool with new assessment modules (e.g. implementation of a swept path tool as requested by local governments). New developers at ARRB have been on-boarded to progress development of the tool.
3.3 282 Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme Cth Ongoing On 23 August 2020, the Australian Government announced improvements to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme to modernise its operation and enhance its efficiency and effectiveness. The first three elements were implemented on 1 October 2019:
  • to increase assistance for high-density goods to 100 per cent;
  • reduce the claim processing time from 35 to 30 days; and
  • introduce interest on late payments beyond the 30 days.

As at 3 July 2020, the fourth element - to implement assistance for the shipment from the mainland to Tasmania of eligible imported goods that do not have an Australian equivalent - is under consideration by the Australian Government.

3.3 283 A national framework for high productivity vehicles Cth Ongoing On 1 August 2020, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator issued the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020 (No. 2). This Notice expands the road network available to road trains, including:
  • a new Victorian road network for 36.5m A-doubles;
  • access for the first time (under notice) in South Australia for 30m A-doubles, 36.5m B-triples and AB-triples, and rigid trucks towing two dog trailers; and
  • simplified and more nationally consistent conditions for road trains supporting more seamless cross-border access.

Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025
The NHVR has developed a Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025, with two key goals to improve Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles access and the PBS scheme. The Plan and actions related to PBS were developed through extensive consultation with governments at all levels and industry and include:

  • provide greater access certainty for PBS vehicles, and
  • deliver PBS 2.0 – a modern approach to the PBS scheme.
3.3 284 National Harmonisation Program Cth Ongoing The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is leading the National Harmonisation Program to improve heavy vehicle regulation consistency.The key objectives of this program are to minimise the compliance burden on the heavy vehicle transport industry, reducing duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has delivered significant national access reforms including the:
  • National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice
  • The National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice
  • The National Class 2 Road Train Notice

The NHVR is continuing the National Harmonisation Program and has commenced a review of:

  • National Grain Harvest Management Schemes
  • National Livestock Loading Schemes

National Notice Advisory GroupThe NHVR established a National Heavy Vehicle Notice Advisory Group in 2020 to provide a forum in which the NHVR and state and territory government members may discuss notice development – ensuring that national outcomes are supported as much as possible with input accounting for local needs and knowledge.

3.3 285 Delegations project Cth; Industry Ongoing On 1 June 2020, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator began processing Class 1 Oversize Overmass permit applications within New South Wales, marking the official completion of the Return of Delegations Project. The processing of Class 1 Oversize Overmass permit applications within Queensland also transferred to the Regulator during the year, with effect from 16 December 2019. Since April 2017, a total of 12 delegated approval responsibilities have returned to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, and it now issues heavy vehicle access permits in all Heavy Vehicle National Law-participating states and territories. Heavy vehicle operators requiring an access permit to travel on roads in participating jurisdictions have a single point of contact through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Portal for the entire route, including all state, territory and local council roads. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Return of Delegations Project officially concluded on 30 June 2020 and the Regulator now processes all heavy vehicle road access applications and issues permits in all participating states and territories.
3.3 286 Reforming the Performance-Based Standards scheme Cth 2018 - TBD The National Transport Commission is reviewing the Heavy Vehicle National Law, including the provisions dealing with Performance Based Standards design approvals. Separately, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is progressively reviewing specific standards contained in the Performance Based Standards scheme, such as frontal swing requirements to ensure the PBS scheme reflects the highest standards of safety and provides further opportunities to improve productivity.
3.3 287 Inland Rail intermodal terminals planning Cth; Qld; Vic 2019 - 2022 The Australian Government and the Queensland Government are currently progressing an intermodal terminal business case that will look at intermodal needs to support Inland rail within South East Queensland. The Australian and Victorian governments are currently undertaking a business case considering intermodal terminal requirements in Melbourne including to support Inland Rail. See further updates at Development of Inland Rail terminals in Melbourne and Brisbane (initiative 6) at Action 1.1 and Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program (initiative 78) at Action 1.2.
3.3 288 Build local government road netowrk asset management and maintenance capability Cth TBD In the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government provided $2.6 million funding to the Australian Road Research Board to work with local governments to improve road asset management and maintenance to support improved road safety and enhanced productivity outcomes for freight. In addition, the 2019–20 Budget allocated $8.0 million over two years to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to fund engineering assessments for local government owned road network infrastructure, and to build an asset collection database.
3.3 289 Streamline the heavy vehicle road access approval process All Ongoing On 9 November 2018, Infrastructure and Transport Ministers agreed to the release of the Oversize Overmass Vehicle Access Arrangements Review Report. The Australian Government has been progressing the recommendations from the review. This includes streamlining the access approval process by encouraging the development of pre-approvals and notices to replace permits, where possible. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and jurisdictions will continue to develop pre-approvals and notices to reduce permit volumes as opportunities arise, noting that volumes will be driven by outside factors such as economic conditions.

Expansion of pre-approved and gazetted networks
Expansion of pre-approved and gazetted networks provides industry with greater efficiency and certainty, through reducing permit issue timeframes or removing permit requirements respectively. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has enhanced its data-sharing capabilities, and consulted with jurisdictions to develop reporting and heat mapping capabilities of data collected from historic access permit applications through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Portal. This is currently undergoing further consultation, testing and refinement, with estimated release to road managers at the end of 2020. This will greatly improve transparency, and provide the evidence base to further expand pre-approved and gazetted networks, including identifying network opportunities not previously considered.

Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has developed a Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025, in partnership with governments at all levels and industry. The process included workshops with all local government associations in participating jurisdictions, and consultation with over 50 local government road managers in participating jurisdictions. The Plan has ‘Partner with local government to build capability’ as one of its three objectives. Goals under this objective include:

  • Develop an education and support program on heavy vehicle performance and route assessments
  • Equip road managers with route assessment products
  • Deliver digital and data solutions to enable improved government and industry decision-making

Approved Guidelines for Granting Access
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator published the revised Approved Guidelines for Granting Access in November 2019. It contains guidance and clarity on aspects of heavy vehicle access decision making under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

3.3 290 Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation Cth 2019 - TBD Applications for testing facility approvals under the Road Vehicle Standards legislation went live from 6 May 2020. This will allow sufficient time for applicants for component type approvals, which are relied upon by the heavy vehicle industry, to ensure that any test results submitted in support of their application are from an approved testing facility. Applications for component type approvals are expected to be made available from late September. All applications made under the Road Vehicle Standards legislation can be made online via a new IT system, ROVER, which will streamline the application process for industry. The Road Vehicle Standards legislation, which strengthens the regulatory framework and reduces regulatory burden on industry, is expected to be fully implemented by 1 July 2021.
3.3 291 Road Domestic Border Controls - Freight Movements Protocol and Code All 2020 National Cabinet agreed to the Freight Movements Protocol on 24 July 2020, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure freight continues to flow across borders in a COVIDSafe manner. National Cabinet agreed to the Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls—Freight Movement Protocol on 7 August 2020. The enforceable measures in the Freight Movement Code will deliver greater consistency between states and territories when implementing their border controls.
3.3 292 Fund infrastructure assessment and upgrades to increase heavy vehicle road access NSW Short term See initiative 87 under Action 1.2.
3.3 293 Progressing freight and export opportunities identified in the economic analysis of direct international air-freight options and Future Transport 2056. ACT; NSW   The NSW Government commissioned an independent, pre-feasibility study to improve international air freight connectivity in regional NSW and identify ways to get NSW’s perishable produce to international markets sooner. The study assessed:
  • Key international markets for export
  • High-value perishable export commodities (such as beef, lamp, summerfruits, aquaculture, pork and dairy)
  • Production regions in NSW
  • 60 potential regional airport locations
  • Supply chain including existing infrastructure and operational requirements

Initial findings from the report show that investments in improving regional air freight supply chains may be feasible, but further investigation is needed to ensure public money is committed to the areas that will produce the best results for NSW producers. The NSW Government will now focus on the next phase of investigation, which involves in-depth analysis of market demand and the supply chain, industry engagement and an economic, commercial and financial evaluation of the opportunity. This work is expected to be completed in 2020. See also ACT’s update at initiative 320, below.

3.3 294 Port of Melbourne Infrastructure pricing and access review Vic Completed See initiative 142 under Action 1.4.
3.3 295 Independent review of Oversize Overmass Access Arrangements Recommendations Qld 2020 - 2021 Queensland will continue to engage with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, other state jurisdictions and the Australian Government to progress the remaining recommendations. Nineteen of the 38 recommendations from the National Oversize Overmass Review have been completed, with a further five currently in the process of being implemented. Queensland continues to work collaboratively with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to transition permitted access to nationally harmonised National Notices. Key examples of success with this initiative include:
  • National B-double Notice,
  • National Road Train Notice,
  • National Agricultural Vehicle Notice,
  • National Performance Based Standards Notice (underway).
3.3 296 Investigate scheduling and operating procedures to improve rail freight access and flows Qld Short term The Rail Network Strategy has been completed and is awaiting government consideration to determine funding for implementation. This 10-year network-wide rail strategy has focused to date on the south-east Queensland region’s passenger requirements. A 30-year strategy underpinning the Rail Planning Program is also being prepared to inform future pre-investment rail planning and coordination, in addition to sequencing of network improvements over the long-term. Freight is a critical component of the rail network with the freight strategy for the south-east Queensland region to be undertaken during the 2020–21 financial year. A further state-wide freight strategy will be undertaken in the second half of 2021.
3.3 297 South East Queensland Urban Freight Strategy Qld Ongoing This will be addressed as part of the draft South East Queensland Regional Transport Plan and Regional Freight Plan.
3.3 298 Improve management and use of loading zones in key urban centres Qld Short term The draft South East Queensland Regional Transport Plan recognises urban freight and goods delivery within the region and requires adequate physical space for loading and deliveries.
3.3 299 Fund infrastructure assessment and upgrades to increase heavy vehicle road access Qld Short term See initiative 96 under Action 1.2.
3.3 300 Improve training and education programs for local road managers regarding restricted access vehicle permit processes All Short term Queensland is actively conducting on-going technical training programs across the state to improve consistency in heavy vehicle access decision making and associated competence for local government engineers. A recent session was conducted in Roma in mid-July 2020.
3.3 301 Independent review of Oversize Overmass Access Arrangements Recommendations WA 2020 - 2021 Of the remaining Oversize Overmass review recommendations, three packages of work have been defined:
  • Implementing harmonised national standards, accreditation, and processes to remove layers of red tape for pilot and escort vehicle arrangements, as part of the Medlock review outcomes;
  • Introducing a Heavy Vehicle Accreditation module; and
  • Considering policy or regulations to boost the uptake of telematics in Oversize Overmass vehicles.

The WA Government continues to retain its membership on the national working group and adopt recommendations where appropriate and relevant to the WA environment.

3.3 302 Improve management and use of loading zones in key urban centres WA Short term Consultation and research conducted as part of the development of the Perth CBD Transport Plan identified that growing demand and increasing competition for access to limited kerbside space made guidance a priority. The Plan proposes that a framework be developed to present potential solutions for management and prioritisation of kerbside space, including loading zones.
3.3 303 Investigate scheduling and operating procedures to improve rail freight access and flows WA Short term The Public Transport Authority has recast maintenance requirements in the Fremantle area to provide additional pathways for one of the train operators. It will continue to review requests for additional or ad-hoc pathways which are actioned as capacity permits. Arc Infrastructure is implementing the Enhanced Network Control Program. This will transform how the rail freight network is managed and operated, as it moves from a conventional signal and voice authority-based train control system to a communication based train management system. The program is based on a phased implementation model to minimise risk, provide flexibility, and ensure interoperability as technology develops throughout the phases. Phase 1 of the program is currently being executed and will provide the platform for all future phases.
3.3 304 Fund infrastructure assessment and upgrades to increase heavy vehicle road access WA Short term The WA Government continues to participate in national forums and undertake infrastructure assessments to upgrade access for restricted access vehicles.
3.3 305 Improve training and education programs for local road managers regarding restricted access vehicle permit processes All Short term The WA Government continues to participate in national training and education forums for local road managers.
3.3 306 Growth State SA Ongoing Nine priority sectors have been identified as focus areas because of their strong potential to meet increasing interstate and global demand, attract investors and leverage comparative advantages. These include Food, Wine and Agribusiness and Energy and Mining. Relevant state agencies are working with industry to develop sector plans.
3.3 307 Le Fevre Peninsula Master Plan SA Ongoing A complementary transport study was completed in 2019, focussing on the impacts of development of the Osborne Naval Shipyard.
3.3 308 Time Sensitive Freight - Understanding Tasmania's Market Tas Ongoing This study will determine the size and value of Tasmania’s time sensitive freight market to assist in the identification of reliable data sources by commodity and better understand potential future growth.
3.3 309 Maintaining National Freight Routes ACT; NHVR Ongoing Planning and maintaining nationally significant freight routes in the ACT is ongoing, as it endeavours to enhance both freight capacity and network resilience (bushfire hazard and natural disaster) in the ACT region. As this also closely relates to the adjoining cross border transport infrastructure priorities, this means that future policy and planning must increasingly be a shared responsibility between the ACT, adjoining jurisdictions, transport operators, freight bodies and other organisations advocating for these freight needs and anticipated growth. The ACT continues to maintain up-to-date national freight maps, through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, for existing approved routes for all restricted access vehicle networks (B-double, Higher Mass Limits, PBS Level 1 and PBS Level 2, 14.5 tonne buses, over dimension vehicles).
3.3 310 Progressing freight and export opportunities identified in the economic analysis of direct international air-freight options and the NSW Future Transport 2056 ACT; NSW   Canberra Airport released their 2020 Master Plan earlier this year, with a focus on freight and air freight opportunities including more direct international flights, a new runway and an increased freight capacity. PAK Fresh Handling, a specialist air freight export business, has established accredited handling capacity at Canberra Airport to support freight of a broad range of commodities including dairy, meat, seafood, premium packaged goods and fresh cut flowers to export out of Canberra Airport to Asia and the Middle East. COVID-19 has limited implementation during 2020. See also NSW’s update, above.
3.3 311 Work with Canberra Airport, Qatar Airways, local businesses and councils ACT   The ACT Government continues to work closely with the NSW, the Canberra Region Joint Organisation and the Canberra Airport to promote and deliver the growing capability and capacity of moving regional produce to international markets through Canberra. COVID-19 has limited implementation during 2020.
3.4 312 Priorities for Australia's Biosecurity System - $313 milliion Cth 2018 - 2023 Measures under this investment are being implemented. Much of this investment is ongoing and measures have been embedded into the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s enhanced biosecurity capability.
3.4 313 Trade Modernisation Agenda Cth Ongoing The Australian Border Force is modernising trade processes to more efficiently manage cross-border trade, including by simplifying trade requirements and harnessing data and technologies. The Single Window Taskforce is streamlining trade-related regulation to underpin the development of a single window for international trade. A trade single window will capture enhanced supply chain information for customs risk management, which could also be made publicly available to increase visibility of supply chains. Together with the National Freight Data Hub and convergence in data standards, this will support new approaches to coordinating supply chains and managing cargo and logistics.
3.4 314 Air Cargo Security Reforms Cth 2017 - 2021 From 1 July 2017, Australia’s air cargo security regulatory framework has undergone a series of reforms to ensure that the air cargo supply chain is secure from acts of unlawful interference and is able to respond to an evolving threat environment. The program of work to reform air cargo security includes:
  • 1 July 2017 – piece-level examination of all outbound air cargo destined for the United States of America. Introduction of the Known Consignor scheme as an alternative to piece-level examination by assuring secure origination of air cargo.
  • 1 March 2019 – piece-level examination of all outbound international air cargo or secure origination from a Known Consignor.
  • 1 June 2020 – domestic air cargo originating from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide requires piece-level examination prior to uplift or secure origination from a Known Consignor.
  • 1 June 2021 – domestic air cargo originating from any Australian airport requires examination prior to uplift or secure origination from a Known Consignor.
3.4 315 Streamlining environmental assessments All Ongoing Digital Environment Assessment Program
The Digital Environmental Assessment Program is a key initiative to transform the Australian Government’s environmental assessment and approval process to a user-focused digital platform that integrates systems and data across jurisdictions. The program is part of the Australian Government’s deregulation agenda and includes three distinct outputs:
  • Establishing a single online portal for proponents to interact with the environmental assessment process making the pathway clearer and simpler.
  • Developing a digital environment assessment system to deliver a streamlined, digital process for proponents and assessors that reduces the complexity and makes it faster and easier to compete the assessment process.
  • Building a biodiversity data repository to store and share information collected by proponents (e.g. wildlife surveys) to enable reuse of data and reduce costs.

These projects will see a transition from unstructured reports and non-reusable data to data collected in standard formatted for sharing and reuse. The portal and assessment system will be co-designed with the Western Australian Government as a pilot, with a vision of national rollout if it is successful. The biodiversity repository will look at seeking a national approach to some biodiversity data standards and enable the different state or territory repositories to be linked, so data can be shared. The Australian Government allocated $26.8 million over three years from 2019-20 for the program. The program is on track and projects commenced in April 2020. Project teams have been created and planning documents have been completed. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is commencing needs analyses involving consultation across a range of stakeholder groups (e.g. states, territories, research entities, etc.).

Congestion Busting
In November 2019, the Australian Government committed $25 million (to June 2021) to reduce unnecessary delays in environmental approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The focus of this effort has been on improving service delivery, recruiting extra assessment officers, reducing the backlog of decisions and progressing assessment of major projects. Since the start of ‘congestion busting’ funding, performance has increased from 19 per cent of key decisions being made on time in the December 2019 quarter to 98 per cent on time in the June 2020 quarter. The backlog of decisions has reduced from 78 key decisions across 57 projects to 26 decisions across 22 projects (at 30 June 2020). These improvements have supported strong economic development while ensuring the protection of Australia’s unique heritage and environment. In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on 15 June 2020, 15 major projects will be fast tracked in partnership with states and territories. This includes transport infrastructure projects such as Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane, and rail and road projects in Western Australia. The assessment of major projects will occur under existing legislative frameworks.

Queensland
The Queensland State Infrastructure Plan identifies reforms to improve the service performance through an amendment of existing institutions and laws as the preferred approach to regulatory change, safety and environmental standards, land use planning controls, access regimes and licensing. Queensland has also developed dredging management plans for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area Ports.

Western Australia
The WA Government is progressing amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to improve regulatory efficiency and to facilitate the implementation of bilateral agreements under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Negotiations with the Australian Government to update the assessment bilateral agreement are currently underway. The WA Government’s $28 million commitment to establish Environment Online, a digital ‘one-stop shop’ for environmental assessments, approvals and compliance, will improve regulatory efficiency, including reducing assessment timeframes for major projects

3.4 316 Reviewing the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Cth 2020 The independent statutory review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is on track and is due to be completed by 30 October 2020. The independent reviewer, Professor Graeme Samuel, will make recommendations to the Australian Government on how the Act can be modernised to help meet Australia’s current and future challenges. The Interim Report was released on 20 July 2020. The Australian Government has announced that it will commit to the following priority areas on the basis of the interim report:
  • Lead development of national environmental standards which will underpin new bilateral agreements with states.
  • Commence discussions with willing states to enter agreements for single touch approvals (removing duplication by accrediting states to carry out environmental assessments and approvals on the Australian Government’s behalf).
  • Commence a national engagement process for modernising the protection of indigenous cultural heritage, commencing with a round table meeting of state indigenous and environment ministers. This will be jointly chaired by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, and the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP.
  • Explore market based solutions for better habitat restoration that will significantly improve environmental outcomes while providing greater certainty for business. The Minister for the Environment will establish an environmental markets expert advisory group.
3.4 317 Review of National Transport Reforms Cth 2019 - 2020 The Productivity Commission delivered its final report to the Australian Government in April 2020. The Productivity Commission considered the impacts of transport regulatory reforms to heavy vehicle, rail and maritime safety and productivity as agreed by the Council of Australian Governments in 2008-09, and identified opportunities for further reform. The Australian Government will consult with jurisdictions and regulators, in consideration of the report’s recommendations, to further improve safety, efficiency and productivity outcomes in transport regulation (the report is under embargo until tabled by the Australian Government).
3.4 318 Heavy Vehicle National Law All 2018 - 2020 The National Transport Commission is leading the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review, and released a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement in June 2020. In preparing the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement, the Commission was advised by a Jurisdictional Strategic Oversight Panel, chaired by Queensland and with representatives from the Commonwealth and all states and territories. Following the consultation period, the Commission will develop a Decision Regulation Impact Statement to be presented to Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in May 2021.

Queensland
Queensland is actively engaged with the review of the HVNL, in conjunction with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and industry. Queensland's input to the review of the HVNL will emphasise providing opportunities to maximise the safe application new heavy vehicle technologies, such as for automated vehicles.

Australian Capital Territory
The ACT applied all chapters of the HVNL without derogation on 1 July 2019 and transitioned services to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator at the same time. The ACT has also applied all HVNL and regulation amendments scheduled for commencement. The ACT continues to engage in the review of the HVNL through the Jurisdiction Strategic Oversight Panel and is currently considering the National Transport Commission’s Consultation Regulation Impact Statement and supports the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator through the National Policy and Strategy Group and the National Policy and Operational Forum.

3.4 319 Review of regulatory telematics Cth Ongoing The National Transport Commission prepared a Review of Regulatory Telematics Report in March 2018. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is progressing the Services Transition Assurance Review, at the direction of Infrastructure and Transport Ministers, endorsed in 2018. An element of this Review includes current and future compliance and enforcement activities by the NHVR, including data-led policies and operations. Significant work already undertaken by the NHVR in the development of the Safety and Compliance Regulatory Platform and NHVR intelligence capabilities and data analytics. A draft NHVR Data Science Strategy has been completed in response to the Services Transition Assurance Review, with movement data (e.g. through telematics) included in future targeted data acquisition activities, to assist decision-making relevant to compliance and enforcement and other NHVR regulatory activities. Since the 2018 completion and approval of NHVR’s Electronic Work Diary standards, six technology companies have formally submitted applications regarding their devices. The NHVR continues to actively work with all technology providers who have submitted applications to ensure there are no regulatory barriers to their device development programs.
3.4 320 Regulating the maritime industry Cth Ongoing Part X of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) ensures that Australian shippers have continued access to adequate, frequent and reliable shipping services at internationally competitive freight rates while providing container shipping operators with exemptions from certain anti-competitive provisions of the Act. The Australian Government has responsibility for administering Part X of the Act. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is developing a shipping class exemption in consultation with the Australian Government and the shipping industry to provide more efficient and effective competition controls for container shipping. The ACCC released the discussion paper ‘Proposed Class Exemption for Ocean Liner Shipping’ in December 2019, which the Australian Government made a submission to in March 2020. The ACCC will now consider submissions and consult on a draft class exemption instrument once available. In 2019-20, the Australian Government also repealed the ANL Act 1956 and the ANL Guarantee Act 1994 to remove restrictions on Australian maritime businesses against the use of ‘protected names’ relating to the former Commonwealth-owned shipping line ANL Limited, as well as to remove outdated and unnecessary legislation.
3.4 321 Coastal trading reform Cth 2017 - TBD Consultation on coastal trading reform is currently underway. The Australian Government wrote to maritime industry members seeking input on coastal trading reform and approximately 50 submissions were received from a broad range of stakeholders. Further consultation is planned in the latter half of 2020. The form and timing of reforms will depend on the outcome of consultations.
3.4 322 Road vehicle standards reform Cth 2019 - 2021 See initiative 290 under Action 3.3.
3.4 323 Audit of existing freight and supply chain regulation and reviews to identify areas of focus for future regulatory reform Cth TBD The Australian Government compiled an initial list of freight and supply chain related reviews completed over recent years. The next stage, which would involve industry consultation and regulation gap analysis, has been put on hold due to the need to respond to immediate freight industry concerns arising from COVID-19.
3.4 324 National regulatory framework for maritime regulation and service delivery - $10 million Cth 2018 - 2028 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority continues to deliver Australia’s single national system for the safe design, construction, equipping, operation and crewing of domestic commercial vessels, which is supporting operators, seafarers and vessels to move safely and seamlessly around Australia. The Australian Government continues to deliver its funding commitments for the national system.
3.4 325 Regulatory activity regarding drones Cth TBD The Australian Government is developing a whole-of-government drones policy framework. An emerging aviation technologies issues paper has been prepared and will shortly be released to begin a process of industry and community consultation on the development of the policy framework.
3.4 326 Development and implementation of maritime safety and marine environment protection regulation Cth Ongoing This item gives effect to Australia’s obligations under various international treaties and conventions on maritime safety and marine environment protection, which will directly affect the maritime freight sector. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority continues to deliver its program of work reviewing, consulting on, and updating Marine Orders and national standards to improve maritime safety and environmental outcomes, which directly affect the maritime freight sector. In 2019-20, the Australian Government, through amendments to the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1989, implemented the International Maritime Organization’s fuel Sulphur limit (0.5 per cent) that came into force on 1 January 2020. This included a ban on the carriage of non-compliant fuel from 1 March 2020. The Government also continued leading Australia’s engagement in negotiations at the International Maritime Organization on measures under the initial shipping greenhouse gas reduction strategy.
3.4 327 Review regulations relating to airports Cth   The Australian Government is continuing the sunset review of the 10 instruments under the Airports Act 1996, Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 and Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995. The review has been expanded to encompass the broader aviation and airports reform agenda for the industry in context of the aviation COVID-19 response.
3.4 328 Regulatory reforms to prepare for deployment of automated vehicles All Medium term In 2019-20, Infrastructure and Transport Ministers agreed to establish an automated vehicles national safety law and a single national regulator, and apply a general safety duty on Automated Driving System Entities. The WA Government has also contributed to the discussion papers on a review of the automated vehicles trials framework, compliance and enforcement, in-service safety for automated vehicles, and government access to vehicle-generated data. Queensland's input to the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law will emphasise providing opportunities to maximise the safe application new heavy vehicle technologies, such as for automated vehicles.
3.4 329 Review dangerous goods transport NSW 0 - 2 years Development of a dangerous goods network policy is in progress, including consultation with industry to identify and preserve fit-for-purpose transport networks for the movement of dangerous goods.
3.4 330 Support the transfer of regulatory functions under the Heavy Vehicle National Law from Roads and Maritime and other state-based agencies to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator NSW 3 - 5 years The proposal to transfer heavy vehicle regulatory services to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is currently in progress.
3.4 331 Support reforms to transport laws and regulatory bodies NSW 3 - 5 years This initiative is in progress to support Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in reforming the Heavy Vehicle National Law through initiatives such as developing a national system for heavy vehicle registration and undertaking a national vehicle standards review relating to vehicle height and mass requirements.
3.4 332 Implement the NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy Framework NSW 0 - 2 years Completed. The NSW Government released the “NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy Framework” in September 2018 with an implementation plan completed.
3.4 333 Review of WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme WA Short term WA completed its review of the WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme in 2019. A Stakeholder Reference Group has been established to assist in the exploration and delivery of the recommendations.
3.4 334 Legislative reform to ensure national harmonisation of laws All Medium term The WA Government has an ongoing commitment to collaborate on the development of national transport law and implement laws that enable national consistency in cases where the benefit to WA is clear.
3.4 335 Participation in national regulatory initiatives Tas Ongoing Tasmania will continue to support and participate in development and adoption of national standards and nationally consistent regulation, through existing legislative maintenance processes (road, rail, heavy vehicle and maritime), in order to enhance the safety and efficiency of freight task.

Action 3.1

Ensure freight demand is integrated in transport and land use planning across and between jurisdiction boundaries and freight modes

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • All levels of government to have coordinated, long-term strategic freight plans, strategies and initiatives that link to the National Strategy and relevant land use and transport planning documents.
  • The identification and protection of current and future freight corridors and precincts from incompatible urban development.
  • Coordinated and integrated planning for freight across jurisdictional boundaries, particularly in regional areas.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
3.1 214 Norfolk Island Freight Planning Cth 2018 - 2020 The Australian Government supports air freight to Norfolk Island by continuing to subsidise air freight to and from, which is essential due to the very thin sea freight supply chain and the current COVID-19 pandemic climate, to ensure supply chains are maintained. The Ports Management Strategy continues to be developed and has broadened in scope to examine all options that may deliver a sustained supply chain for freight. In the last 12 months the sea freight supply chain has been further eroded by the decommissioning of another break bulk supply vessel. Ports are vital infrastructure for the Norfolk Island community as the remote nature of the island means that it is heavily reliant on sea and air freight.
3.1 215 Launceston City Deal Cth; Tas; Local Government 2017 - 2027 Originally a five-year plan between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the City of Launceston, the Launceston City Deal has now been extended to 10 years. An initiative of the Launceston City Deal is the Regional Economic Development Strategy for Northern Tasmania. Priorities identified within the draft document include better integration of regional transport and land use planning to ensure efficient supply chain connections, and leveraging road, rail and air infrastructure investment to grow freight and warehousing related businesses. The Greater Launceston Transformation Project is a nation-leading $10.3 million collaborative smart cities project, focused on initiatives to improve service delivery and increase innovation across Greater Launceston. The Project includes the Launceston Traffic Signal Upgrade Project, involving the installation of a traffic management system and use of live data from a traffic monitoring network (travel-time sensors and CCTV cameras). The traffic management system will optimise traffic flows and minimise congestion. The Launceston Smart City Mobility Project, which began in March 2020, uses data from the sensors installed for the Launceston Traffic Signal Upgrade Project as well as the installation of additional sensors and trials of smart mobility technology. The project will support the development of a strategic multi modal transport model for Greater Launceston, which will inform the development of a transport plan and supporting transport strategies for the city.
3.1 216 Albury Wodonga Regional Deal Cth; Vic; NSW; Local Government TBD A formal commitment by the Australian, Victorian and NSW Governments and the Albury City and City of Wodonga Councils to develop the deal was announced on 10th July 2020. The Australian Government has provided funding of $3.2m to support councils in developing the deal.
3.1 217 South East Queensland (SEQ) City Deal Cth; Qld; Local Government TBD Negotiations on the Deal have been extended to 2021.
3.1 218 Hinkler Regional Deal Cth; Qld; Local Government TBD On 30 January 2020, the Hinkler Regional Deal Implementation Plan was signed by the Australian Government along with Fraser Coast and Bundaberg Regional Councils. The Australian Government is working with deal partners and the Queensland Government to progress the land transport infrastructure projects tied to the Hinkler Deal. A business case for new port infrastructure is underway which will inform the design of the multi-use conveyor. A transport strategy is underway to inform the Quay St upgrade.
3.1 219 Inland Rail corridor preservation Cth; Qld 2017 - 2023 Queensland is negotiating the finalisation of a Land Acquisition Deed to enable the acquisition of the Inland Rail corridor with all costs funded by the Australian Rail Track Corporation. Investigation and planning are underway to enable extensive resumptions to commence in 2020–21, but this is subject to agreements and the Environmental Impact Statement approval. Since execution of an Inland Rail Acquisition Protocol Deed in 2019, the Australian Rail Track Corporation and Transport for NSW have been working together on the resumption of land required on multiple sections of the Inland Rail project. The substantive corridor for the Inland Rail project via the North East Rail Line in Victoria already has sufficient protections in place. Small amounts of additional land may be required outside the existing corridor in order to deliver Inland Rail. These additional parcels will be considered on an as-needs basis as the project is delivered. The Victorian and Australian Governments are also jointly developing business cases for the Interstate Freight Precinct and Outer Metropolitan Ring corridor.
3.1 220 Highway Corridor Strategies - $5 million Cth 2018 - 2019 The Princes Highway Corridor Strategy was published in October 2019. The Strategy examined the full length of the Highway corridor and identified opportunities for informed investment in the short, medium and long term that align to the shared priorities of the Australian and state governments. The Corridor Strategy is informing future investment decisions by the Australian and Victorian Governments. In August 2018, the Australian Government committed up to $2 million to develop a Newell Highway Corridor Strategy. The Australian Government fully funded the Strategy and it was published on 19 August 2019. The Strategy is informing future investment on the Newell Highway between the Queensland and Victorian borders to maximise productivity gains for freight users on the corridor. To date, the following projects identified in the Strategy are in planning or delivery phase:
  • Bypasses and heavy vehicle alternate routes (Parkes Bypass — in planning — Australian Government (committed $100 million) — NSW, Dubbo Bridge/Bypass — in planning — NSW, Coonabarabran heavy vehicle alternate route – in planning – NSW)
  • Heavy duty pavement (North Moree — in planning — NSW, Narrabri to Moree — in planning — NSW)
  • East-west connection upgrades (Mitchell Highway — construction underway — NSW, Kamilaroi Highway — construction underway — NSW)
  • Flooding mitigation (Forbes to West Wyalong — in planning — NSW (committed $200 million))
3.1 221 Townsville City Deal Cth; Qld; Local Government 2016 - 2031 On 21 February 2020, the Deal’s third annual progress report was released. A formal review of the first three years of the Deal is also currently underway. Work on City Deal projects including widening the approach channel to the Port of Townsville and the preservation of the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor is underway. The Townsville Industrial Development Board was established in 2019 and meets quarterly to identify opportunities for industrial development in Townsville, including in the State Development Area southeast of the city.
3.1 222 Western Sydney City Deal Cth; NSW; Local Government 2018 - 2038 Planning for the Aerotropolis, including an agribusiness precinct and other relevant land uses is continuing. It is anticipated that the Western Aerotropolis Planning Package, along with the precinct plans, will be in place by the end of 2020.
3.1 223 Hobart City Deal Cth; Tas; Local Government 2019 - 2029 The Hobart City Deal is a 10-year plan between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and the Clarence, Hobart, Glenorchy and Kingborough councils. Key freight-related initiatives include:
  • $82.3 million for border services that enhance Hobart Airport’s role as a direct international gateway;
  • $576 million to replace the Bridgewater Bridge, a key part of the Hobart to Burnie freight corridor;
  • A range of projects to reduce traffic congestion around Greater Hobart; and
  • Ongoing strategic collaboration and governance between the Tasmanian Government and four councils through the Greater Hobart Act 2019, including enhanced integration of transport and land use planning.

Projects to reduce road congestion on the southern, northern and eastern inlets are progressing in line with the Hobart City Deal Implementation Plan. Work continues on the commencement of international flights from Hobart Airport, which will include significant freight between Tasmania and overseas markets.

3.1 224 National Airports Safeguarding Framework All Ongoing The Australian Government continues to work with jurisdictions to influence issues through the National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group. This work has been continuing with lower than normal resources to enable redeployment in support of the response to COVID-19. The WA Government is undertaking a policy review to holistically address all matters in relation to land use planning and development in the vicinity of airports throughout Western Australia, including matters of noise and safety. This work will have regard to the National Airports Safeguarding Framework and its application to regional airports. Queensland’s State Planning Policy requires key transport corridors and precincts, including ports and airports, to be identified and protected in planning instruments. The State Planning Policy is Queensland’s primary mechanism for implementing the National Airports Safeguarding Framework and is generally regarded as national best practice. The Victorian Minister for Planning appointed the Melbourne Airport Environs Safe guarding Standing Advisory Committee in December 2019. The Committee’s Terms of Reference include advice to the Minister on further implementation of National Airports Safeguarding Framework through the Victoria Planning Provisions and Planning Scheme.
3.1 225 Geelong City Deal Cth; Vic; Local Government 2019 - 2029 A Geelong City Deal Implementation Plan has been developed and published. The Australian Government, Victorian Government and City of Geelong have collectively committed $370 million of funding to deliver actions under the Plan to revitalise Geelong and unlock the potential of the Great Ocean Road visitor economy. The Geelong City Deal is piloting new technologies across central Geelong to optimise public safety and reduce congestion.
3.1 226 Adelaide City Deal Cth; SA; Local Government 2019 - 2029 The Adelaide City Deal partners are implementing planning reforms and strategies so that the growing population is supported by accessible housing, infrastructure and services. The Infrastructure South Australia 20 Year State Infrastructure Strategy was released in March 2020.
3.1 227 Perth City Deal Cth; SA; Local Government TBD Negotiation on the Perth City Deal is now focused on the CBD, not the METRONET investment. WA is in ongoing discussions with the Commonwealth Government regarding a City Deal for Perth. Transport elements are being considered as part of this deal, but nothing has been finalised as yet.
3.1 228 Darwin City Deal Cth; NT; Local Government 2018 - 2028 The Darwin City Deal is progressing well and recently released its first annual report on 9 July 2020.
3.1 229 Deliver initiatives to improve the efficiency of urban freight NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is working on a set of guidelines and a toolkit to assist local councils to understand the impact of new developments on the movement of freight, to understand best practice in designing delivery vehicle access, parking and loading space, freight and parcel storage, and waste removal facilities. The NSW Government is working with local councils to identify the potential of lifting delivery curfews in highly congested areas, where noise impacts can be appropriately addressed. This item ties in with initiative 204.
3.1 230 Support local councils to improve the amenity of key urban centres through good planning for freight and servicing in new developments NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is working on a set of guidelines and a toolkit to assist local councils to understand the impact of new developments on the movement of freight, to understand best practice in designing delivery vehicle access, parking and loading space, freight and parcel storage, and waste removal facilities. Transport for NSW has also reviewed and commented on freight considerations for more than 100 Local Council Local Strategic Planning Statements in NSW in both Sydney and regional locations.
3.1 231 Ensure that freight and logistics land and corridors are identified and protected from sensitive land uses NSW Ongoing This initiative is ongoing as Transport for NSW will continue to ensure that freight and logistics are considered in land use discussions, particularly around important trade gateways such as Port Botany, Sydney Harbour, Sydney Airport, the Western Sydney Airport and Newcastle Port.
  • The rezoning of the Mamre Road precinct was recently announced, protecting the Intermodal Terminal in Western Sydney.
  • Further integrated freight planning is being undertaken with the Western Parkland City Authority.
  • The Western Sydney Freight Line has been partially protected and further protection work is to be undertaken on the line and the Outer Sydney Orbital.
3.1 232 Review and update State planning policies to address issues around freight and port noise NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is currently investigating how best to address noise issues from ports and intermodal terminals and are working with key agencies involved like the Environment Protection Authority’s Noise Management Working Group.
3.1 233 Investigate options to amend the State Environmental Planning Policy (Three Ports) 2013 NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is currently considering amendments to the Three Ports State Environmental Planning Policy. Further consultation with key agencies will be undertaken in 2020/21.
3.1 234 Review and update the Development Near Rail Corridors and Busy Roads - Interim Guideline to ensure it reflects the latest evidence and practices NSW Ongoing The NSW Government will do further consultation with key agencies in 2020/21.
3.1 235 Amplification of the Southern Sydney Freight Line NSW 0 - 2 years This initiative is in progress and is subject to a final business case. Project will be delivered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation and is funded through the Australian Government.
3.1 236 Victorian Ports Strategy Vic 2020 - 2021 The Victorian Department of Transport has an independent review underway to examine the function and performance of Victoria’s port system and make recommendations to ensure Victoria’s ports are best positioned to meet future needs. The Review of the Victorian Ports Sector is a crucial early step in the development of a Victorian Ports Strategy. The review will make recommendations to Government for consideration and response. A discussion paper has been released as part of the consultation process to help inform the review, which is expected be finalised late-2020. Following the consideration of review recommendations, it is expected that the Victorian Port Strategy will be developed to coordinate a response.
3.1 237 Identify and reserve sites for new freight terminals and precincts Vic; Local Government Ongoing The Victorian Department of Transport has partnered with the Municipal Association of Victoria on a two-year program to assist with engagement of local councils to deliver or contribute to a range of freight projects. This project may be included in the two-year program of work. The Municipal Association of Victoria has commenced early scoping and consultation with local councils to understand local freight issues and establish a Freight Policy Reference Group.
3.1 238 Green Triangle Freight Action Plan Vic; SA 2009 - Present A steering committee has been established and meets regularly to progress the actions under the updated Green Triangle Freight Action Plan. $4 million of funding has been previously committed, and a further $80 million has been committed by the Australian Government under the Roads of Strategic Importance program. This funding will be invested in asset renewal of road corridors critical for the Green Triangle freight task, including bridge strengthening for high productivity freight vehicles, and further planning work to cater for future renewable energy freight activities.
3.1 239 Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor Qld Ongoing In 2018–19, the Queensland government completed a review of land requirements for the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor to determine the extent of required land acquisitions. In 2019–20, stakeholder engagement with impacted landowners commenced and will be ongoing during the land acquisitions. Planning for environmental-approval requirements of the infrastructure corridor is in progress. $10 million has been committed to preserve the corridor, with the Australian and Queensland Governments each committing $5 million. The Queensland Government has expended $0.6 million to date.
3.1 240 Port of Brisbane Rail Access Corridor Preservation Qld; Cth 2022 A Preliminary Evaluation has been completed and two potential corridors have been identified. The findings of the Preliminary Evaluation will be released publicly. Initial planning and the Preliminary Evaluation cost $1.5 million. The Australian Government has committed $20 million to do further planning to refine the findings of the Preliminary Evaluation and to progress towards a Business Case. The further planning will include market sounding. Scoping and Procurement documentation is being prepared in anticipation of approval for the project to commence in August 2020. The market sounding report and draft further planning report are scheduled for the end of 2021 with the final report and project completion by mid-2022.
3.1 241 Supply Chain Strategy for the North West Minerals Province Qld 2019 - 2023 To support key enabling infrastructure for the North West Minerals Province, the Queensland Government is providing through the Mount Isa Line Incentive Scheme $80 million over four years ($20 million each year) to incentivise more freight on rail on the Mount Isa Line and encourage a shift from road to rail.
3.1 242 National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy National Action Plan implementation arrangements Qld 2020 The Queensland Freight Action Plan is being developed to implement the Queensland Freight Strategy and forms Queensland’s plan for the implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy National Action Plan. Queensland’s commitments to the national freight agenda expressed in the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy National Action Plan are elements of the Queensland Freight Action Plan.
3.1 243 Regional Transport Plans Qld; Local Government Ongoing The Queensland Government is working with state and local government and other key stakeholders throughout Queensland to develop a suite of Regional Transport Plans (RTP). These plans will guide the planning of an efficient and responsive transport system in Queensland over the next 15 years. The delivery of the plans is a requirement of the Transport Planning and Coordination Act (1994). The plans provide a bridge between local, Queensland and Australian Government planning, drawing from and supporting the region’s goals. RTP are developed with key stakeholders, including representatives from state and local government, business and industry to prioritise and manage the transport system so that it effectively supports regional communities, growth and productivity. RTP have been published for nine regions in Queensland and a draft RTP for South East Queensland. Every RTP includes an action to develop a Regional Freight Plan.
3.1 244 Ensure existing and future freight corridors and intermodal terminals are identified and protected during land use planning decision making processes Qld Ongoing As part of the Transport System Planning Program under the Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program, Queensland undertakes a range of transport planning for freight. Completed transport planning that is endorsed for protection under the Queensland Government’s Approved Planning Policy is then mapped and made publicly available via the State Planning Program and development assessment mapping system. This mapping informs plan making and development assessment, including which applications are referred to the state for assessment. Approved planning is also used to inform the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Property Search Service results.
3.1 245 Identify and protect freight and logistics land, corridors and precincts WA Short term The WA Government is committed to participating in national forums and assisting in the identification and protection of WA freight and logistics, land, corridors and precincts. The WA Department of Transport continues to advocate for the protection of freight and logistics land, corridors and precincts through participation in various working groups and forums.
3.1 246 Reviews Strategies (Roads 2030) WA; Local Government Short term In September 2019, Main Roads WA commenced its review of ROADS 2030. The aim of the review is to create new documents for each Regional Road Group (or Sub-Group) for identifying regional strategies for Regionally Significant Local Government Roads. Main Roads WA has partnered with the Western Australian Local Government Authority to deliver the review and it is expected to be completed in 2021.
3.1 247 Implement State Planning Policy 5.4 (road and rail noise) WA Short term State Planning Policy 5.4 has been implemented since September 2019. It is supported by road and rail noise guidelines and state-wide mapping of strategic freight routes, significant freight/traffic routes, and proposed strategic freight routes.
3.1 248 Review Perth and Peel @3.5 million frameworks WA Short term The WA Government is currently reviewing planning investigation areas identified in the Perth and Peel @3.5 million frameworks. The current review will feed into a broader review of the frameworks, scheduled to commence in 2021.
3.1 249 Publication of research investment decision making report WA Short term iMOVE Project 2.001, Planning intermodal and general logistics infrastructure for the future needs of Perth, has been completed.
3.1 250 Outback Way - Upgrade and Seal WA Medium term The Outback Way project is underway. In May 2020, funding and a contract were awarded for progressing sealing (41 kilometres) of the Great Central Road (Outback Way).
3.1 251 Planning Reform - (Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016) SA Ongoing The Planning and Design Code came into effect in the outback regions of South Australia in July 2019, rural areas from April 2020 and urban areas from July 2020. A process has been established to work with councils and stakeholders to identify areas for improvement. All issues are logged within a register and a governance structure is in place to recommend changes to the State Planning Commission.
3.1 252 Green Triangle Freight Action Plan SA; Vic Ongoing The Planning and Design Code came into effect in the outback regions of South Australia in July 2019, rural areas from April 2020 and urban areas from July 2020. A process has been established to work with councils and stakeholders to identify areas for improvement. All issues are logged within a register and a governance structure is in place to recommend changes to the State Planning Commission.
3.1 253 ACT Planning Strategy ACT Short term In accordance with the ACT Planning Strategy 2018, decisions regarding the strategic location of growth continue to have regard to existing freight networks and requirements. Through the Environment Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, the ACT Government has also engaged across jurisdictional boundaries by providing input to the NSW Government and surrounding local councils on strategic planning matters concerning freight. For example, the Directorate provided detailed input to the Local Strategic Planning Statements prepared by the Snowy Monaro Regional Council and Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council during 2020.
3.1 254 Progressing a planning and statutory environmental approval process ACT Short term The ACT Government continues to progress a statutory strategic assessment approval processes under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) for the Eastern Broadacre area. This process will determine the locations for future rezonings of land for new industrial and employment precincts on the eastern side of Canberra, near Canberra Airport and along national freight routes. Freight requirements and opportunities will be a key consideration in the future as will more detailed planning of precincts in Eastern Broadacre. Due to COVID-19, public notification of the draft strategic assessment documentation is on-hold.

Action 3.2

Strengthen the consideration of freight in all other government planning and decision-making

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • All levels of Australian government to become 'freight aware'.
  • Freight considerations to form part of all relevant government decision-making.
  • Australia's freight network operators and users to be aware of their vulnerabilities and be developing strategies to manage their climate and disaster risks.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
3.2 255 National Disaster Risk Reduction Framework - Freight Resilience Pilot Project Cth Completed See initiative 1 under Action 1.1.
3.2 256 Liquid Fuel Security Review Cth 2018 - Present On 15 June 2020, the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction announced a package for enhancing Australia’s Fuel Security, which included:
  • Purchasing Australia’s first government-owned stock to store in the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve;
  • Working with interested parties to increase Australia’s domestic fuel storage capacity; and,
  • Working with the refining sector to secure Australia’s future refining capability.

The Australian Fuel Security package has been informed by the work done under the Liquid Fuel Security Review. The review is being updated in light of the bushfire and COVID-19 crises of this year.

3.2 257 Development of Australian Transport Assessment and Planning Urban Freight Modelling Guidelines All 2020 - 2021 The development of the urban freight modelling guidelines had been delayed but is now underway. The project is being led by Queensland on behalf of the ATAP Steering Committee. All states and territories will contribute to the project through the ATAP Steering Committee. The guidelines will be finalised by March 2021.
3.2 258 National Urban Freight Planning Principles (formerly National Urban Planning Forum) Cth TBD The Australian Government has drafted proposed National Urban Freight Planning Principles in consultation with state counterparts. Ongoing consultation on the principles with industry and related stakeholders will culminate in public forums to be held in late 2020 to early 2021, before endorsement is sought from the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in late 2021. States and territories are assisting in the development of national planning principles through the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Jurisdictional Working Group.
3.2 259 Assist local councils to plan for freight needs NSW Ongoing See initiative 91 under Action 1.2.
3.2 260 Bay West Container Port Vic 2021 - TBD The Victorian Government is progressing with the development of a Victorian Ports Strategy. The development of the Victorian Port Strategy will incorporate next steps for planning and securing Bay West as Victoria’s second container port. A business case will be developed for funding Bay West planning and will be coordinated with the Victorian Port Strategy business case development (see initiative 236 under Action 3.1).
3.2 261 Review and enhance protection of Principal Freight Network Vic TBD The Victorian Government has progressed work on the Principal Freight Network review, conducting a detailed assessment to recommend changes to the Principal Freight Network. Preparations are being made to conduct external stakeholder consultation to enable finalisation of the changes to the updated network maps. The Government is currently reviewing options for how best to integrate proposed strengthened planning protections for the Principal Freight Network into the Victoria Planning Provisions, as part of a wider review of the provisions.
3.2 262 Dynon Freight Precinct Master Planning Vic TBD A program of work to establish a strategic policy position on the long-term use of the Dynon precinct is underway. The Victorian Planning Authority has developed a Dynon Framework Plan, which is a land use strategy that helps integrate and coordinate the precincts various port, freight, transport and urban renewal opportunities. The Framework is an internal Victorian Government document which confirms governments’ intentions for the area and will guide the next phase of detailed precinct planning and investment. In late 2019, VicTrack undertook an Expression of Interest market process for the lease of land at Melbourne Market/South Dynon rail precinct between Dynon Road and Footscray Road. The Expression of Interest sought proposals regarding the use of the site in the short-, medium- and long-term. Further strategic planning work is underway to inform the next stage Request for Proposal.
3.2 263 Reviewing and upgrading state and territory planning policies relating to freight Qld Short term Queensland has commenced development of integrated multi-modal Regional Freight Plans to identify and prioritise freight network improvements to support supply chain efficiency across the region. The plans will consider current and emerging freight demands including future resource and agricultural sector freight requirements; access and movement requirements for oversize over-mass and high productivity vehicles; first and last mile links; and the role of the of the regional ports, airports, rail terminals, and key freight routes. Development of the North Queensland Regional Freight Plan commenced in late July 2020 as an action for the North Queensland Regional Transport Plan.
3.2 264 Protecting land for freight and logistics in metropolitan areas Qld   See Master Planning for Priority Ports (initiative 275, Action Area 3.2), Bundaberg State Development Area (initiative 276, Action Area 3.2), Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (initiative 239, Action Area 3.1), Port of Brisbane Rail Access Corridor Preservation (initiative 240, Action Area 3.1) and Queensland Transport and Roads Investment Program (initiative 33, Action Area 1.1).
3.2 265 Master Planning for Priority Ports Qld Ongoing Priority port master planning will support the sustainable development of critical economic infrastructure, the state’s priority ports, in a way that will balance growth, job creation, environmental values and community interests. A final master plan for the Port of Gladstone was released on 5 November 2018 and a final master plan for the Port of Townsville was released on 4 November 2019. On 4 November 2019, draft port overlays for the Ports of Gladstone and Townsville were released for public consultation until 16 December 2019. The draft port overlays clearly define the regulatory and developmental considerations in the master planned areas for those two ports. The next steps in the master planning process is the consideration of submissions and the preparation of final port overlays.
3.2 266 Bundaberg State Development Area Development Scheme Qld Ongoing The Bundaberg State Development Area (SDA) was declared in February 2017 to provide land for port-related and industrial activities around the Port of Bundaberg. A development scheme for the Bundaberg SDA was approved in December 2017. The SDA is intended to provide a location for regionally significant industrial development, support the continued growth of the port, and coordinate the provision of freight, energy and other critical infrastructure to these areas.
3.2 267 Development of Australian Transport Assessment and Planning urban frieght guidelines Qld Ongoing Queensland is an active member of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Jurisdictional Working Group and is engaged in the development processes for the Australian Transport Assessment and Planning urban freight guidelines. Priority port master planning will support the sustainable development of critical economic infrastructure, the state’s priority ports, in a way that will balance growth, job creation, environmental values and community interests.
3.2 268 Reviewing and upgrading state and territory planning policies relating to freight WA Short term The WA Government is committed to participating in national forums and assisting in reviewing and upgrading planning policies. State Planning Policy 5.4 - Road and Rail Noise has been implemented from September 2019, and has objectives that include:
  • Protecting strategic and other significant freight transport corridors from incompatible urban encroachment; and
  • Ensuring that transport infrastructure and land-use can mutually exist within urban corridors.
3.2 269 Protecting land for freight and logistics in metropolitan areas WA Short term The WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage is committed to participating in national forums and assisting in protecting freight corridors. The Perth and Peel @3.5m Frameworks that identify industrial land and transport corridors are scheduled for review in 2021.
3.2 270 Ports Master Plan WA Short term Six port master plans have been completed, one is in progress, two are about to be developed, and one is on hold. Of the six that are complete, three are very current (2020), two are dated 2017, and one is dated 2014. The following Port Master Plans are in place:
  • Port of Geraldton Master Plan – endorsed by the Minister for Ports in 2020.
  • Port of Port Hedland (Land Use) Master Plan 2030 – completed and approved for internal use. Currently awaiting corporate approvals to release externally. It will replace the Port of Port Hedland Port Development Plan 2012-16.
  • Port of Dampier (Land Use) Master Plan 2030 – Completed and available for internal use. Awaiting corporate approvals to release externally (replaces Port of Dampier Port Development Plan 2010-20 & Port of Dampier Land Use and Infrastructure Plan published in 2014).
  • Port of Broome Master Plan – current Master Plan was prepared in 2017. The plan will not be updated until 2022 and will include other Kimberley Ports (Derby, Yampi Sound and Wyndham).
  • Port of Ashburton Port Master Plan 2050 – current Master Plan was prepared in 2017. The plan is scheduled for an update and review in late 2020, following recent commissioning of the port.
  • Proposed Port of Anketell Port Master Plan – latest Master Plan was prepared in 2014. The Pilbara Ports Authority will review and update the master plan following the port and infrastructure corridor being transferred to Pilbara Ports Authority and the port proclamation.

The Port of Esperance Master Plan is currently in progress. Work is expected to commence sometime in August, following award of the project to a consultant. Development of the Port of Bunbury and Port of Albany Master Plans has not yet commenced. The scope of work for both the master plans are currently being prepared, with work on both scheduled to commence in 2020-21. The Port of Fremantle Master Plan is on hold, awaiting completion of the Westport: Ports and Environs Strategy.

3.2 271 Westport: Ports and Environs Strategy WA Long term The Westport Taskforce has completed Stage 2 Outcomes Report which is currently being considered by the WA Government.
3.2 272 Review of Perth inner city freight movements WA Medium term Completion of the Perth CBD Transport plan has been split into two phases. Phase 1 is due for completion around mid-2020, with Phase 2 in December 2020. Work has been conducted to produce the draft Perth CBD Transport Plan, which included an examination of inner-city freight movements including a study and survey conducted by the City of Perth. Based on these findings, several projects to support freight movements have been identified. These include: a project looking to improve deliveries to the mall super block; a study of kerbside access (including loading zones); and the exploration of technological efficiencies which could assist in optimising movement of freight vehicles.
3.2 273 Tasmanian Planning Policies Tas 2019 - 2021 Tasmanian Planning Policies will provide an integrated and coherent suite of land use planning policies, principles and strategies, organised under key themes (e.g. transport, housing, extractive industries). The Tasmanian Planning Policies will articulate the importance of protecting the capacity, safety and efficiency of Tasmania’s major freight transport networks and assets.
3.2 274 Updated 10 Year Tasmanian Infrastructure Pipeline Tas; Cth 2019 - 2029 The pipeline maps out planned infrastructure development for the next decade, with projects totalling an estimated $15.2 billion. This includes a 2019-20 Federal Budget investment of $3.6 billion and $300 million investment in roads and bridges for 2019-20 alone. A 2020 pipeline update is under development.
3.2 275 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy Tas; Cth 2019 - 2049 As part of the Tasmanian Government’s long term planning for Tasmania’s future, a 30-year Infrastructure Strategy will establish a framework to inform the Government’s infrastructure investment decisions, given their large cost and long-term nature. The Strategy will help unlock further economic development in Tasmania. A draft Strategy was released late in 2019.
3.2 276 Review of Regional Land Use Strategies Tas 2021 - TBD Regional land use strategies set the medium to longer-term strategic directions for each of Tasmania’s three regions. The existing strategies identify key regional freight networks and assets, and outline principles to protect their operation. The existing regional strategies will be reviewed once the Tasmanian Planning Policies now under development are finalised.
3.2 277 Tasmanian Planning Scheme Tas Ongoing The State Planning Provisions provide consistent planning rules for use and development under the Tasmanian Planning Scheme. The Provisions were developed in consultation with key industry stakeholders to ensure appropriate consideration was afforded to industry and the transport sector’s interests. Key protections such as appropriate attenuation and buffer areas along major freight transport corridors and assets are provided for under the State Planning Provisions. The implementation of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme across the State over the coming years will deliver greater consistency of decision-making and protection of key freight infrastructure.
3.2 278 ACT-NSW Memorandum of Understanding for Regional Collaboration ACT; NSW Ongoing The ACT-NSW Memorandum of Understanding for Regional Collaboration was re-signed in 2020 by the ACT and NSW. It includes in its priority work areas a commitment to work together and with the Canberra Region Joint Organisation to develop a Canberra Region Economic Development Strategy. This Strategy is expected to include joint priorities to strengthen the consideration of freight in government planning and decision-making as it relates to the Canberra Region. The Memorandum of Understanding also commits to the development of a regional infrastructure priority list. Freight considerations will be a key input into this work.
3.2 279 Canberra Region Joint Organisation's Transport and Freight Infrastructure Prospectus ACT Ongoing The ACT continues to participate as an Associate Member in the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO). Through the CRJO, the ACT has supported the development of the CRJO Transport and Freight Infrastructure Prospectus. The ACT will continue to work with the CRJO to identify and promote the key regional infrastructure needs to support the growth of the region

Action 3.3

Investigate policy, planning and operational solutions to improve freight access and movement along domestic and international supply chains

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • The length of the national road network approved for access-by-notice or as-of-right access for restricted access vehicles to be increased as appropriate.
  • Pricing and access to infrastructure that encourages efficient movement of freight.
  • Increased consistency and predictability of access for supply chain operators, by reducing the administrative burden related to route approval processes.
  • More reliable rail freight movement on mixed use networks, particularly in metropolitan areas.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
3.3 280 Grant funding to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to undertake road access improvements for heavy vehicles - $8 million Cth 2019 - 2021 The 2019-20 Budget allocated $8 million over two years to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to fund engineering assessments for local government owned road network infrastructure, and to build an asset collection database. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project team has now been established and is progressing with the initial phases of work. There are two phases in the Strategic Local Government Asset Assessment Project:
  • Phase 1 - the Pilot Phase tests the assessment principles with pilot councils and jurisdictions (in progress).
  • Phase 2 - the Delivery Phase will roll out the Project to a larger number of councils (commencing soon).
3.3 281 Encourage the use of the Restricted Access Vehicle Route Assessment Tool All; NHVR Ongoing The Restricted Access Vehicle Route Assessment Tool is a cutting edge online tool capable of performing route assessments for restricted access vehicles. The tool provides local governments with a consistent assessment methodology, providing a defensible position when responding to access requests. The tool is now free for local governments from participating jurisdictions through the support of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and local government associations. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) and local government associations partnered to deliver the tool. Funding is ongoing until 2022 and will be reviewed at that time. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has worked with ARRB to further enhance the tool with new assessment modules (e.g. implementation of a swept path tool as requested by local governments). New developers at ARRB have been on-boarded to progress development of the tool.
3.3 282 Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme Cth Ongoing On 23 August 2020, the Australian Government announced improvements to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme to modernise its operation and enhance its efficiency and effectiveness. The first three elements were implemented on 1 October 2019:
  • to increase assistance for high-density goods to 100 per cent;
  • reduce the claim processing time from 35 to 30 days; and
  • introduce interest on late payments beyond the 30 days.

As at 3 July 2020, the fourth element - to implement assistance for the shipment from the mainland to Tasmania of eligible imported goods that do not have an Australian equivalent - is under consideration by the Australian Government.

3.3 283 A national framework for high productivity vehicles Cth Ongoing On 1 August 2020, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator issued the National Class 2 Road Train Authorisation Notice 2020 (No. 2). This Notice expands the road network available to road trains, including:
  • a new Victorian road network for 36.5m A-doubles;
  • access for the first time (under notice) in South Australia for 30m A-doubles, 36.5m B-triples and AB-triples, and rigid trucks towing two dog trailers; and
  • simplified and more nationally consistent conditions for road trains supporting more seamless cross-border access.

Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025
The NHVR has developed a Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025, with two key goals to improve Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles access and the PBS scheme. The Plan and actions related to PBS were developed through extensive consultation with governments at all levels and industry and include:

  • provide greater access certainty for PBS vehicles, and
  • deliver PBS 2.0 – a modern approach to the PBS scheme.
3.3 284 National Harmonisation Program Cth Ongoing The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is leading the National Harmonisation Program to improve heavy vehicle regulation consistency.The key objectives of this program are to minimise the compliance burden on the heavy vehicle transport industry, reducing duplication and inconsistencies across state and territory borders. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has delivered significant national access reforms including the:
  • National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice
  • The National Class 2 B-double Authorisation Notice
  • The National Class 2 Road Train Notice

The NHVR is continuing the National Harmonisation Program and has commenced a review of:

  • National Grain Harvest Management Schemes
  • National Livestock Loading Schemes

National Notice Advisory GroupThe NHVR established a National Heavy Vehicle Notice Advisory Group in 2020 to provide a forum in which the NHVR and state and territory government members may discuss notice development – ensuring that national outcomes are supported as much as possible with input accounting for local needs and knowledge.

3.3 285 Delegations project Cth; Industry Ongoing On 1 June 2020, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator began processing Class 1 Oversize Overmass permit applications within New South Wales, marking the official completion of the Return of Delegations Project. The processing of Class 1 Oversize Overmass permit applications within Queensland also transferred to the Regulator during the year, with effect from 16 December 2019. Since April 2017, a total of 12 delegated approval responsibilities have returned to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, and it now issues heavy vehicle access permits in all Heavy Vehicle National Law-participating states and territories. Heavy vehicle operators requiring an access permit to travel on roads in participating jurisdictions have a single point of contact through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Portal for the entire route, including all state, territory and local council roads. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Return of Delegations Project officially concluded on 30 June 2020 and the Regulator now processes all heavy vehicle road access applications and issues permits in all participating states and territories.
3.3 286 Reforming the Performance-Based Standards scheme Cth 2018 - TBD The National Transport Commission is reviewing the Heavy Vehicle National Law, including the provisions dealing with Performance Based Standards design approvals. Separately, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is progressively reviewing specific standards contained in the Performance Based Standards scheme, such as frontal swing requirements to ensure the PBS scheme reflects the highest standards of safety and provides further opportunities to improve productivity.
3.3 287 Inland Rail intermodal terminals planning Cth; Qld; Vic 2019 - 2022 The Australian Government and the Queensland Government are currently progressing an intermodal terminal business case that will look at intermodal needs to support Inland rail within South East Queensland. The Australian and Victorian governments are currently undertaking a business case considering intermodal terminal requirements in Melbourne including to support Inland Rail. See further updates at Development of Inland Rail terminals in Melbourne and Brisbane (initiative 6) at Action 1.1 and Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program (initiative 78) at Action 1.2.
3.3 288 Build local government road netowrk asset management and maintenance capability Cth TBD In the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government provided $2.6 million funding to the Australian Road Research Board to work with local governments to improve road asset management and maintenance to support improved road safety and enhanced productivity outcomes for freight. In addition, the 2019–20 Budget allocated $8.0 million over two years to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to fund engineering assessments for local government owned road network infrastructure, and to build an asset collection database.
3.3 289 Streamline the heavy vehicle road access approval process All Ongoing On 9 November 2018, Infrastructure and Transport Ministers agreed to the release of the Oversize Overmass Vehicle Access Arrangements Review Report. The Australian Government has been progressing the recommendations from the review. This includes streamlining the access approval process by encouraging the development of pre-approvals and notices to replace permits, where possible. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and jurisdictions will continue to develop pre-approvals and notices to reduce permit volumes as opportunities arise, noting that volumes will be driven by outside factors such as economic conditions.

Expansion of pre-approved and gazetted networks
Expansion of pre-approved and gazetted networks provides industry with greater efficiency and certainty, through reducing permit issue timeframes or removing permit requirements respectively. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has enhanced its data-sharing capabilities, and consulted with jurisdictions to develop reporting and heat mapping capabilities of data collected from historic access permit applications through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Portal. This is currently undergoing further consultation, testing and refinement, with estimated release to road managers at the end of 2020. This will greatly improve transparency, and provide the evidence base to further expand pre-approved and gazetted networks, including identifying network opportunities not previously considered.

Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has developed a Heavy Vehicle Productivity Plan 2020-2025, in partnership with governments at all levels and industry. The process included workshops with all local government associations in participating jurisdictions, and consultation with over 50 local government road managers in participating jurisdictions. The Plan has ‘Partner with local government to build capability’ as one of its three objectives. Goals under this objective include:

  • Develop an education and support program on heavy vehicle performance and route assessments
  • Equip road managers with route assessment products
  • Deliver digital and data solutions to enable improved government and industry decision-making

Approved Guidelines for Granting Access
The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator published the revised Approved Guidelines for Granting Access in November 2019. It contains guidance and clarity on aspects of heavy vehicle access decision making under the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

3.3 290 Road Vehicle Standards legislation implementation Cth 2019 - TBD Applications for testing facility approvals under the Road Vehicle Standards legislation went live from 6 May 2020. This will allow sufficient time for applicants for component type approvals, which are relied upon by the heavy vehicle industry, to ensure that any test results submitted in support of their application are from an approved testing facility. Applications for component type approvals are expected to be made available from late September. All applications made under the Road Vehicle Standards legislation can be made online via a new IT system, ROVER, which will streamline the application process for industry. The Road Vehicle Standards legislation, which strengthens the regulatory framework and reduces regulatory burden on industry, is expected to be fully implemented by 1 July 2021.
3.3 291 Road Domestic Border Controls - Freight Movements Protocol and Code All 2020 National Cabinet agreed to the Freight Movements Protocol on 24 July 2020, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure freight continues to flow across borders in a COVIDSafe manner. National Cabinet agreed to the Freight Movement Code for the Domestic Border Controls—Freight Movement Protocol on 7 August 2020. The enforceable measures in the Freight Movement Code will deliver greater consistency between states and territories when implementing their border controls.
3.3 292 Fund infrastructure assessment and upgrades to increase heavy vehicle road access NSW Short term See initiative 87 under Action 1.2.
3.3 293 Progressing freight and export opportunities identified in the economic analysis of direct international air-freight options and Future Transport 2056. ACT; NSW   The NSW Government commissioned an independent, pre-feasibility study to improve international air freight connectivity in regional NSW and identify ways to get NSW’s perishable produce to international markets sooner. The study assessed:
  • Key international markets for export
  • High-value perishable export commodities (such as beef, lamp, summerfruits, aquaculture, pork and dairy)
  • Production regions in NSW
  • 60 potential regional airport locations
  • Supply chain including existing infrastructure and operational requirements

Initial findings from the report show that investments in improving regional air freight supply chains may be feasible, but further investigation is needed to ensure public money is committed to the areas that will produce the best results for NSW producers. The NSW Government will now focus on the next phase of investigation, which involves in-depth analysis of market demand and the supply chain, industry engagement and an economic, commercial and financial evaluation of the opportunity. This work is expected to be completed in 2020. See also ACT’s update at initiative 320, below.

3.3 294 Port of Melbourne Infrastructure pricing and access review Vic Completed See initiative 142 under Action 1.4.
3.3 295 Independent review of Oversize Overmass Access Arrangements Recommendations Qld 2020 - 2021 Queensland will continue to engage with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, other state jurisdictions and the Australian Government to progress the remaining recommendations. Nineteen of the 38 recommendations from the National Oversize Overmass Review have been completed, with a further five currently in the process of being implemented. Queensland continues to work collaboratively with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to transition permitted access to nationally harmonised National Notices. Key examples of success with this initiative include:
  • National B-double Notice,
  • National Road Train Notice,
  • National Agricultural Vehicle Notice,
  • National Performance Based Standards Notice (underway).
3.3 296 Investigate scheduling and operating procedures to improve rail freight access and flows Qld Short term The Rail Network Strategy has been completed and is awaiting government consideration to determine funding for implementation. This 10-year network-wide rail strategy has focused to date on the south-east Queensland region’s passenger requirements. A 30-year strategy underpinning the Rail Planning Program is also being prepared to inform future pre-investment rail planning and coordination, in addition to sequencing of network improvements over the long-term. Freight is a critical component of the rail network with the freight strategy for the south-east Queensland region to be undertaken during the 2020–21 financial year. A further state-wide freight strategy will be undertaken in the second half of 2021.
3.3 297 South East Queensland Urban Freight Strategy Qld Ongoing This will be addressed as part of the draft South East Queensland Regional Transport Plan and Regional Freight Plan.
3.3 298 Improve management and use of loading zones in key urban centres Qld Short term The draft South East Queensland Regional Transport Plan recognises urban freight and goods delivery within the region and requires adequate physical space for loading and deliveries.
3.3 299 Fund infrastructure assessment and upgrades to increase heavy vehicle road access Qld Short term See initiative 96 under Action 1.2.
3.3 300 Improve training and education programs for local road managers regarding restricted access vehicle permit processes All Short term Queensland is actively conducting on-going technical training programs across the state to improve consistency in heavy vehicle access decision making and associated competence for local government engineers. A recent session was conducted in Roma in mid-July 2020.
3.3 301 Independent review of Oversize Overmass Access Arrangements Recommendations WA 2020 - 2021 Of the remaining Oversize Overmass review recommendations, three packages of work have been defined:
  • Implementing harmonised national standards, accreditation, and processes to remove layers of red tape for pilot and escort vehicle arrangements, as part of the Medlock review outcomes;
  • Introducing a Heavy Vehicle Accreditation module; and
  • Considering policy or regulations to boost the uptake of telematics in Oversize Overmass vehicles.

The WA Government continues to retain its membership on the national working group and adopt recommendations where appropriate and relevant to the WA environment.

3.3 302 Improve management and use of loading zones in key urban centres WA Short term Consultation and research conducted as part of the development of the Perth CBD Transport Plan identified that growing demand and increasing competition for access to limited kerbside space made guidance a priority. The Plan proposes that a framework be developed to present potential solutions for management and prioritisation of kerbside space, including loading zones.
3.3 303 Investigate scheduling and operating procedures to improve rail freight access and flows WA Short term The Public Transport Authority has recast maintenance requirements in the Fremantle area to provide additional pathways for one of the train operators. It will continue to review requests for additional or ad-hoc pathways which are actioned as capacity permits. Arc Infrastructure is implementing the Enhanced Network Control Program. This will transform how the rail freight network is managed and operated, as it moves from a conventional signal and voice authority-based train control system to a communication based train management system. The program is based on a phased implementation model to minimise risk, provide flexibility, and ensure interoperability as technology develops throughout the phases. Phase 1 of the program is currently being executed and will provide the platform for all future phases.
3.3 304 Fund infrastructure assessment and upgrades to increase heavy vehicle road access WA Short term The WA Government continues to participate in national forums and undertake infrastructure assessments to upgrade access for restricted access vehicles.
3.3 305 Improve training and education programs for local road managers regarding restricted access vehicle permit processes All Short term The WA Government continues to participate in national training and education forums for local road managers.
3.3 306 Growth State SA Ongoing Nine priority sectors have been identified as focus areas because of their strong potential to meet increasing interstate and global demand, attract investors and leverage comparative advantages. These include Food, Wine and Agribusiness and Energy and Mining. Relevant state agencies are working with industry to develop sector plans.
3.3 307 Le Fevre Peninsula Master Plan SA Ongoing A complementary transport study was completed in 2019, focussing on the impacts of development of the Osborne Naval Shipyard.
3.3 308 Time Sensitive Freight - Understanding Tasmania's Market Tas Ongoing This study will determine the size and value of Tasmania’s time sensitive freight market to assist in the identification of reliable data sources by commodity and better understand potential future growth.
3.3 309 Maintaining National Freight Routes ACT; NHVR Ongoing Planning and maintaining nationally significant freight routes in the ACT is ongoing, as it endeavours to enhance both freight capacity and network resilience (bushfire hazard and natural disaster) in the ACT region. As this also closely relates to the adjoining cross border transport infrastructure priorities, this means that future policy and planning must increasingly be a shared responsibility between the ACT, adjoining jurisdictions, transport operators, freight bodies and other organisations advocating for these freight needs and anticipated growth. The ACT continues to maintain up-to-date national freight maps, through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, for existing approved routes for all restricted access vehicle networks (B-double, Higher Mass Limits, PBS Level 1 and PBS Level 2, 14.5 tonne buses, over dimension vehicles).
3.3 310 Progressing freight and export opportunities identified in the economic analysis of direct international air-freight options and the NSW Future Transport 2056 ACT; NSW   Canberra Airport released their 2020 Master Plan earlier this year, with a focus on freight and air freight opportunities including more direct international flights, a new runway and an increased freight capacity. PAK Fresh Handling, a specialist air freight export business, has established accredited handling capacity at Canberra Airport to support freight of a broad range of commodities including dairy, meat, seafood, premium packaged goods and fresh cut flowers to export out of Canberra Airport to Asia and the Middle East. COVID-19 has limited implementation during 2020. See also NSW’s update, above.
3.3 311 Work with Canberra Airport, Qatar Airways, local businesses and councils ACT   The ACT Government continues to work closely with the NSW, the Canberra Region Joint Organisation and the Canberra Airport to promote and deliver the growing capability and capacity of moving regional produce to international markets through Canberra. COVID-19 has limited implementation during 2020.

Action 3.4

Improve regulation to be more outcomes focused and risk-based to support innovation and reduce regulatory burden whilst maintaining safety, security and sustainability

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • Inefficient regulations impacting on productivity to be amended to support efficient freight supply chains and facilitate the adoption of new technology.
  • A strengthened national laws approach for road and rail and its extension to dangerous goods.
  • Regulatory reform to improve the viability of coastal shipping.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
3.4 312 Priorities for Australia's Biosecurity System - $313 milliion Cth 2018 - 2023 Measures under this investment are being implemented. Much of this investment is ongoing and measures have been embedded into the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s enhanced biosecurity capability.
3.4 313 Trade Modernisation Agenda Cth Ongoing The Australian Border Force is modernising trade processes to more efficiently manage cross-border trade, including by simplifying trade requirements and harnessing data and technologies. The Single Window Taskforce is streamlining trade-related regulation to underpin the development of a single window for international trade. A trade single window will capture enhanced supply chain information for customs risk management, which could also be made publicly available to increase visibility of supply chains. Together with the National Freight Data Hub and convergence in data standards, this will support new approaches to coordinating supply chains and managing cargo and logistics.
3.4 314 Air Cargo Security Reforms Cth 2017 - 2021 From 1 July 2017, Australia’s air cargo security regulatory framework has undergone a series of reforms to ensure that the air cargo supply chain is secure from acts of unlawful interference and is able to respond to an evolving threat environment. The program of work to reform air cargo security includes:
  • 1 July 2017 – piece-level examination of all outbound air cargo destined for the United States of America. Introduction of the Known Consignor scheme as an alternative to piece-level examination by assuring secure origination of air cargo.
  • 1 March 2019 – piece-level examination of all outbound international air cargo or secure origination from a Known Consignor.
  • 1 June 2020 – domestic air cargo originating from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane or Adelaide requires piece-level examination prior to uplift or secure origination from a Known Consignor.
  • 1 June 2021 – domestic air cargo originating from any Australian airport requires examination prior to uplift or secure origination from a Known Consignor.
3.4 315 Streamlining environmental assessments All Ongoing Digital Environment Assessment Program
The Digital Environmental Assessment Program is a key initiative to transform the Australian Government’s environmental assessment and approval process to a user-focused digital platform that integrates systems and data across jurisdictions. The program is part of the Australian Government’s deregulation agenda and includes three distinct outputs:
  • Establishing a single online portal for proponents to interact with the environmental assessment process making the pathway clearer and simpler.
  • Developing a digital environment assessment system to deliver a streamlined, digital process for proponents and assessors that reduces the complexity and makes it faster and easier to compete the assessment process.
  • Building a biodiversity data repository to store and share information collected by proponents (e.g. wildlife surveys) to enable reuse of data and reduce costs.

These projects will see a transition from unstructured reports and non-reusable data to data collected in standard formatted for sharing and reuse. The portal and assessment system will be co-designed with the Western Australian Government as a pilot, with a vision of national rollout if it is successful. The biodiversity repository will look at seeking a national approach to some biodiversity data standards and enable the different state or territory repositories to be linked, so data can be shared. The Australian Government allocated $26.8 million over three years from 2019-20 for the program. The program is on track and projects commenced in April 2020. Project teams have been created and planning documents have been completed. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is commencing needs analyses involving consultation across a range of stakeholder groups (e.g. states, territories, research entities, etc.).

Congestion Busting
In November 2019, the Australian Government committed $25 million (to June 2021) to reduce unnecessary delays in environmental approvals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The focus of this effort has been on improving service delivery, recruiting extra assessment officers, reducing the backlog of decisions and progressing assessment of major projects. Since the start of ‘congestion busting’ funding, performance has increased from 19 per cent of key decisions being made on time in the December 2019 quarter to 98 per cent on time in the June 2020 quarter. The backlog of decisions has reduced from 78 key decisions across 57 projects to 26 decisions across 22 projects (at 30 June 2020). These improvements have supported strong economic development while ensuring the protection of Australia’s unique heritage and environment. In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on 15 June 2020, 15 major projects will be fast tracked in partnership with states and territories. This includes transport infrastructure projects such as Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane, and rail and road projects in Western Australia. The assessment of major projects will occur under existing legislative frameworks.

Queensland
The Queensland State Infrastructure Plan identifies reforms to improve the service performance through an amendment of existing institutions and laws as the preferred approach to regulatory change, safety and environmental standards, land use planning controls, access regimes and licensing. Queensland has also developed dredging management plans for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area Ports.

Western Australia
The WA Government is progressing amendments to the Environmental Protection Act 1986 to improve regulatory efficiency and to facilitate the implementation of bilateral agreements under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Negotiations with the Australian Government to update the assessment bilateral agreement are currently underway. The WA Government’s $28 million commitment to establish Environment Online, a digital ‘one-stop shop’ for environmental assessments, approvals and compliance, will improve regulatory efficiency, including reducing assessment timeframes for major projects

3.4 316 Reviewing the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Cth 2020 The independent statutory review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is on track and is due to be completed by 30 October 2020. The independent reviewer, Professor Graeme Samuel, will make recommendations to the Australian Government on how the Act can be modernised to help meet Australia’s current and future challenges. The Interim Report was released on 20 July 2020. The Australian Government has announced that it will commit to the following priority areas on the basis of the interim report:
  • Lead development of national environmental standards which will underpin new bilateral agreements with states.
  • Commence discussions with willing states to enter agreements for single touch approvals (removing duplication by accrediting states to carry out environmental assessments and approvals on the Australian Government’s behalf).
  • Commence a national engagement process for modernising the protection of indigenous cultural heritage, commencing with a round table meeting of state indigenous and environment ministers. This will be jointly chaired by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, and the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP.
  • Explore market based solutions for better habitat restoration that will significantly improve environmental outcomes while providing greater certainty for business. The Minister for the Environment will establish an environmental markets expert advisory group.
3.4 317 Review of National Transport Reforms Cth 2019 - 2020 The Productivity Commission delivered its final report to the Australian Government in April 2020. The Productivity Commission considered the impacts of transport regulatory reforms to heavy vehicle, rail and maritime safety and productivity as agreed by the Council of Australian Governments in 2008-09, and identified opportunities for further reform. The Australian Government will consult with jurisdictions and regulators, in consideration of the report’s recommendations, to further improve safety, efficiency and productivity outcomes in transport regulation (the report is under embargo until tabled by the Australian Government).
3.4 318 Heavy Vehicle National Law All 2018 - 2020 The National Transport Commission is leading the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review, and released a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement in June 2020. In preparing the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement, the Commission was advised by a Jurisdictional Strategic Oversight Panel, chaired by Queensland and with representatives from the Commonwealth and all states and territories. Following the consultation period, the Commission will develop a Decision Regulation Impact Statement to be presented to Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in May 2021.

Queensland
Queensland is actively engaged with the review of the HVNL, in conjunction with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and industry. Queensland's input to the review of the HVNL will emphasise providing opportunities to maximise the safe application new heavy vehicle technologies, such as for automated vehicles.

Australian Capital Territory
The ACT applied all chapters of the HVNL without derogation on 1 July 2019 and transitioned services to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator at the same time. The ACT has also applied all HVNL and regulation amendments scheduled for commencement. The ACT continues to engage in the review of the HVNL through the Jurisdiction Strategic Oversight Panel and is currently considering the National Transport Commission’s Consultation Regulation Impact Statement and supports the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator through the National Policy and Strategy Group and the National Policy and Operational Forum.

3.4 319 Review of regulatory telematics Cth Ongoing The National Transport Commission prepared a Review of Regulatory Telematics Report in March 2018. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is progressing the Services Transition Assurance Review, at the direction of Infrastructure and Transport Ministers, endorsed in 2018. An element of this Review includes current and future compliance and enforcement activities by the NHVR, including data-led policies and operations. Significant work already undertaken by the NHVR in the development of the Safety and Compliance Regulatory Platform and NHVR intelligence capabilities and data analytics. A draft NHVR Data Science Strategy has been completed in response to the Services Transition Assurance Review, with movement data (e.g. through telematics) included in future targeted data acquisition activities, to assist decision-making relevant to compliance and enforcement and other NHVR regulatory activities. Since the 2018 completion and approval of NHVR’s Electronic Work Diary standards, six technology companies have formally submitted applications regarding their devices. The NHVR continues to actively work with all technology providers who have submitted applications to ensure there are no regulatory barriers to their device development programs.
3.4 320 Regulating the maritime industry Cth Ongoing Part X of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) ensures that Australian shippers have continued access to adequate, frequent and reliable shipping services at internationally competitive freight rates while providing container shipping operators with exemptions from certain anti-competitive provisions of the Act. The Australian Government has responsibility for administering Part X of the Act. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is developing a shipping class exemption in consultation with the Australian Government and the shipping industry to provide more efficient and effective competition controls for container shipping. The ACCC released the discussion paper ‘Proposed Class Exemption for Ocean Liner Shipping’ in December 2019, which the Australian Government made a submission to in March 2020. The ACCC will now consider submissions and consult on a draft class exemption instrument once available. In 2019-20, the Australian Government also repealed the ANL Act 1956 and the ANL Guarantee Act 1994 to remove restrictions on Australian maritime businesses against the use of ‘protected names’ relating to the former Commonwealth-owned shipping line ANL Limited, as well as to remove outdated and unnecessary legislation.
3.4 321 Coastal trading reform Cth 2017 - TBD Consultation on coastal trading reform is currently underway. The Australian Government wrote to maritime industry members seeking input on coastal trading reform and approximately 50 submissions were received from a broad range of stakeholders. Further consultation is planned in the latter half of 2020. The form and timing of reforms will depend on the outcome of consultations.
3.4 322 Road vehicle standards reform Cth 2019 - 2021 See initiative 290 under Action 3.3.
3.4 323 Audit of existing freight and supply chain regulation and reviews to identify areas of focus for future regulatory reform Cth TBD The Australian Government compiled an initial list of freight and supply chain related reviews completed over recent years. The next stage, which would involve industry consultation and regulation gap analysis, has been put on hold due to the need to respond to immediate freight industry concerns arising from COVID-19.
3.4 324 National regulatory framework for maritime regulation and service delivery - $10 million Cth 2018 - 2028 The Australian Maritime Safety Authority continues to deliver Australia’s single national system for the safe design, construction, equipping, operation and crewing of domestic commercial vessels, which is supporting operators, seafarers and vessels to move safely and seamlessly around Australia. The Australian Government continues to deliver its funding commitments for the national system.
3.4 325 Regulatory activity regarding drones Cth TBD The Australian Government is developing a whole-of-government drones policy framework. An emerging aviation technologies issues paper has been prepared and will shortly be released to begin a process of industry and community consultation on the development of the policy framework.
3.4 326 Development and implementation of maritime safety and marine environment protection regulation Cth Ongoing This item gives effect to Australia’s obligations under various international treaties and conventions on maritime safety and marine environment protection, which will directly affect the maritime freight sector. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority continues to deliver its program of work reviewing, consulting on, and updating Marine Orders and national standards to improve maritime safety and environmental outcomes, which directly affect the maritime freight sector. In 2019-20, the Australian Government, through amendments to the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1989, implemented the International Maritime Organization’s fuel Sulphur limit (0.5 per cent) that came into force on 1 January 2020. This included a ban on the carriage of non-compliant fuel from 1 March 2020. The Government also continued leading Australia’s engagement in negotiations at the International Maritime Organization on measures under the initial shipping greenhouse gas reduction strategy.
3.4 327 Review regulations relating to airports Cth   The Australian Government is continuing the sunset review of the 10 instruments under the Airports Act 1996, Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997 and Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995. The review has been expanded to encompass the broader aviation and airports reform agenda for the industry in context of the aviation COVID-19 response.
3.4 328 Regulatory reforms to prepare for deployment of automated vehicles All Medium term In 2019-20, Infrastructure and Transport Ministers agreed to establish an automated vehicles national safety law and a single national regulator, and apply a general safety duty on Automated Driving System Entities. The WA Government has also contributed to the discussion papers on a review of the automated vehicles trials framework, compliance and enforcement, in-service safety for automated vehicles, and government access to vehicle-generated data. Queensland's input to the review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law will emphasise providing opportunities to maximise the safe application new heavy vehicle technologies, such as for automated vehicles.
3.4 329 Review dangerous goods transport NSW 0 - 2 years Development of a dangerous goods network policy is in progress, including consultation with industry to identify and preserve fit-for-purpose transport networks for the movement of dangerous goods.
3.4 330 Support the transfer of regulatory functions under the Heavy Vehicle National Law from Roads and Maritime and other state-based agencies to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator NSW 3 - 5 years The proposal to transfer heavy vehicle regulatory services to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is currently in progress.
3.4 331 Support reforms to transport laws and regulatory bodies NSW 3 - 5 years This initiative is in progress to support Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in reforming the Heavy Vehicle National Law through initiatives such as developing a national system for heavy vehicle registration and undertaking a national vehicle standards review relating to vehicle height and mass requirements.
3.4 332 Implement the NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy Framework NSW 0 - 2 years Completed. The NSW Government released the “NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy Framework” in September 2018 with an implementation plan completed.
3.4 333 Review of WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme WA Short term WA completed its review of the WA Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme in 2019. A Stakeholder Reference Group has been established to assist in the exploration and delivery of the recommendations.
3.4 334 Legislative reform to ensure national harmonisation of laws All Medium term The WA Government has an ongoing commitment to collaborate on the development of national transport law and implement laws that enable national consistency in cases where the benefit to WA is clear.
3.4 335 Participation in national regulatory initiatives Tas Ongoing Tasmania will continue to support and participate in development and adoption of national standards and nationally consistent regulation, through existing legislative maintenance processes (road, rail, heavy vehicle and maritime), in order to enhance the safety and efficiency of freight task.