Enable improved supply chain efficiency

Action area 2

Action Area 2

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
2.1 143 Modernising agricultural trade - $32.4 million Cth 2018 - 2022 The Australian Government is progressing a second pass business case to modernise our export supply chain, digitising government assurance and verification systems to better align with current industry capabilities, needs and expectations. These enhancements will streamline regulatory interfaces, improve access to information and provide digital infrastructure to support Australia’s agricultural trade.
2.1 144 National Rail Action Plan Work Program - Interoperability Standards All 2019 - 2021 Infrastructure and Transport Ministers endorsed the National Rail Action Plan in November 2019. The National Transport Commission is leading work on the National Rail Action Plan and has established three working groups of government and industry representatives to deliver on the key themes of interoperability, commons standards/harmonisation, and skills and labour. A priority of the Interoperability working group is to deliver network business cases for the implementation of interoperable systems. The Common Standards working group is working in the first instance to develop six standards for rolling stock components and a plan for developing standards for other key components. The Common Standards and Harmonisation Steering Committee is preparing its first report to Infrastructure and Transport Ministers, which will include details of an industry survey undertaken by the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board. The Committee is prioritising areas for development of common standards, along with developing a three-year plan to progress standardisation. Work on the skills and labour stream is reported under Action 2.2.
2.1 145 Ongoing harmonisation of national vehicle safety standards for freight vehicles All; Industry Ongoing The Australian Government continues to review, maintain, deregulate, and harmonise national road vehicle standards to align with Australia’s commitments outlined in United Nations arrangements relating to international vehicle standards. The Government continues to balance these harmonisation commitments against outcomes listed in the National Road Safety Strategy and the need for unique local vehicle standards. The Government is currently progressing the simplification of vehicle lighting requirements to realign with United Nations regulations, reduce regulatory costs and provide the safest freight vehicles to the Australian market at the lowest practicable cost to businesses and consumers. Jurisdictions participate at a national level with the Australian Government's actions to harmonise and where possible adopt international regulations.
2.1 146 Implementation of IMO mandate on electronic exchange of international maritime traffic information Cth 2019 - TBD The Australian Government continues to engage in International Maritime Organization (IMO) negotiations on the Facilitation (FAL) Convention, including through participation in the correspondence group on the review and update of the Annex to the FAL Convention. The inclusion of the single window concept in the Annex will result in improved efficiency of international maritime traffic, simplifying through minimising the formalities, documentary requirements and procedures associated with the arrival, stay and departure of ships engaged in international voyages.

The 43rd meeting of the FAL Convention (FAL 43) approved the revised guidelines for setting up a maritime single window including internationally recognised standards that are available for use. FAL 44, scheduled for April 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, will consider this work for inclusion in the Annex to the FAL Convention and will review and revise the IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business, including additional e-business solutions. The Australian Government is working to ensure Australian trade related information frameworks will be interoperable with international maritime single window standards.

2.1 147 M4 Smart Motorway Project NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is investing $600 million to build the M4 Smart Motorway project, which will introduce intelligent technology to the M4 Motorway between Pitt Street, Mays Hill and Mulgoa Road, Penrith. Stage 1 of this initiative has been completed with Stages 2 and 3 currently underway with the target to be completed by 2020.
2.1 148 Optimise freight train cycle times NSW 0 - 2 years This initiative is ongoing as Transport for NSW continues to work with rail network owners and rail freight operators to optimise freight train cycle times, as the freight rail timetable on the shared Sydney network is continuously evolving and NSW seeks to implement a regional rail corridor strategy.
2.1 149 Voluntary Port Performance Model Vic 2020 - 2022 The Victorian Department of Transport hosted a Ports Roundtable in January 2020 as part of the Port Pricing and Access Review. As outlined at that time, the Victorian Government does not intend to regulate stevedore terminal charges at this time. However, the Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight announced her intention to introduce a Voluntary Port Performance Model to improve pricing transparency and access coordination. The first stage of implementing the Voluntary Port Performance Model involves development of a Voluntary Pricing Protocol, providing guidelines for stevedores to notify the department and industry of impending landside access price increases or introduction of new access charges, and provide suitable transparency and rationale for such changes. A final Protocol has been presented to the stevedores and will be published more widely in August 2020. The second stage involves development of a Voluntary Performance Monitoring Framework to monitor performance of the container landside supply chain at the Port of Melbourne. A set of indicators which both industry and government agree are consistent, measurable and meaningful will be developed. Work has commenced on the scoping of a 12-month trial starting in early 2021.
2.1 150 Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan Qld 2019 - 2021 See initiative 98.
2.1 151 Trade Community System WA; NSW; Qld Medium term Following a successful Proof of Concept phase conducted by the Port of Brisbane, significant progress has been made with Australian and New Zealand ports, including the Fremantle Port Authority, to progress a Trade Community System (TCS) pilot. This is intended to validate the commercial proposition in support of a TCS. However, the Australian port-led initiative has been placed on hold due to a failure to secure required funding, which was exacerbated by the COVID-19 emergency. Instead, Transport for New South Wales has progressed the concept through a consultancy.
2.1 152 ACT Transport Strategy (Moving Canberra) ACT Medium term The ACT Government is developing a long-term Strategy for the Future of Transport in the ACT and the Capital Region (the ACT Transport Strategy), building on community feedback on the draft Transport Strategy (Moving Canberra) and acknowledging the impact of COVID-19 on transport and travel in the ACT going forward. The Transport Strategy carries forward the vision of the ACT Freight Strategy 2016 to deliver an efficient, safe and sustainable freight network and services for a growing ACT and regional economy while protecting urban amenity. It will further implement the ACT Freight Strategy 2016 by providing a plan for freight movement to be prioritised on key orbital routes connecting the Canberra region, NSW and Victoria to industrial areas. Additionally, it recognises that freight hubs will provide an opportunity for the city to capitalise on the potential for freight in the Canberra region, opened by Canberra Airport as an international gateway. It also further explores the uptake of zero-emissions freight in the ACT as a way to reduce carbon emissions from transport.
2.1 153 Exploring how telematics and other intelligence transport systems can be used to optimise operations and planning ACT Ongoing The ACT continues to work with Transport Certification Australia and participate in the National Telematics Framework working group to explore how telematics and other intelligence transport system can be utilised for freight operations and planning.
2.2 154 Engage, inform and attract potential new workforce entrants (e.g. retrenched workers and other job seekers to the freight and logistics industry Cth 2019 - 2021 Work is under way to develop content for a dedicated freight and supply chain page on the recently created Department of Education, Skills and Employment Jobs Hub . It will include tailored job search and employment planning information to build understanding of and connections to employment opportunities in the sector. The Australian Government has commenced working with relevant stakeholders to inform the development of resources for a wide range of job seekers looking for entry-level work.
2.2 155 Work with freight and logistics industry employers to establish new recruitment and pre-employment pathways that place retrenched workers and other job seekers into jobs in the sector Cth Ongoing The Australian Government has made connections with NatRoads, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia, the Australasian Railway Association and the Australian Logistics Council to promote the opportunities available for employers to work with the Commonwealth to establish recruitment and pre-employment pathways for entry-level workers into the supply chain and logistics industry. Work is currently underway with an organisation in the trucking industry to deliver a pre-employment project, which creates an entry pathway for women committed to taking on a career as a truck driver. The Australian Government will continue to work with employers with the aim of rolling out more of these opportunities.
2.2 156 Boosting aviation training through increased VET loans Cth 2020 Implemented — students undertaking eligible aviation courses, with census dates after 1 January 2020, that lead to a commercial pilot license qualification will be able to access an increased Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loan limit of $152,700. Currently, the HELP loan limit for students studying medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and eligible aviation courses is $152,700 and $106,319 for all other students. The eligible aviation courses are listed in the FEE-HELP Guidelines 2017. The initiative was announced in the 2019-20 Federal Budget and legislation received passage through parliament on 14 November 2019.
2.2 157 jobactive Cth 2018 - 2022 jobactive is the Australian Government’s initiative to get more Australians into work. Providers connect job seekers with employers, including the placement of job seekers into roles in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry. jobactive providers can use the Employment Fund to assist job seekers into work by providing financial support for employer-required accredited training, work clothing, safety equipment, work-related licensing and transport. The Commonwealth will continue to develop the capability of providers in placing job seekers into supply chain and logistics roles, through the development of tailored job search and employment planning information for the industry.
2.2 158 Employment Facilitators Cth Ongoing Employment Facilitators provide a local presence for the Australian Government in identified regions. There are currently Employment Facilitators operating across 11 regions. They help to facilitate government initiatives such as the Regional Employment Trials program. They also work directly with companies retrenching workers, retrenched workers and other job seekers to connect them with training, job opportunities and other existing support. The Employment Facilitators activities complement jobactive services. The Employment Facilitators’ work alongside a range of stakeholders in their regions – this can include freight and supply chain stakeholders.
2.2 159 Development of competency standards for vocational education All Ongoing The Australian Industry Skills Committee provides advice to governments on the skill standards and competencies needed by all Australian industries, now and into the future. The Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee has responsibility for the Transport and Logistics Training Package for Road Transport, Logistics, Warehousing and Ports. A number of projects (including Fuel Storage Dangerous Goods Contractor, Logistics and Warehousing Operations, Naval Shipbuilding Integrated Logistics Support, Rail Infrastructure Skills, Rail Network Fault Support, Rail Passenger Train Guard and Rail Train and Network Control Operations Review) are currently underway to improve the quality of qualifications and competency standards within the Training Package. Further Transport and Logistics Industry projects are also scheduled to commence in late July and August 2020.
2.2 160 National Rail Plan Work Program - Skills Cth TBC In late 2020, Infrastructure and Transport Ministers will consider analysis on skills shortages across the rail industry and potential skills pathways to address critical skill gaps. See initiative 144 for more information.
2.2 161 Attracting women into aviation careers Cth 2019 - 2022 The program encourages women to pursue careers across all aspects of the aviation sector. Activities contracted under the program include seminars and events, mentoring and a range of careers events.
2.2 162 Women in Transport Program Vic 2017 - 2020 The Women in Transport program aims to increase the number of women working in the public transport sector from 16 to 25 per cent by the end of 2020. As at the end of December 2019, the representation of women within the public transport operators has increased by 5 per cent, from 16 to 21 per cent. Investment in the Women in Transport program now totals $3.2 million; an increase of $2.1 million since its launch in March 2017. The program is now being reviewed and new initiatives being developed to continue to improve gender equality in the transport sector.
2.2 163 Victorian Heavy Vehicle Licensing and Employment Pathways Review Vic TBD The Victorian Heavy Vehicle Licensing and Employment Pathways Review has been conducted to investigate:
  • The extent to which the current heavy vehicle licensing system is producing safe and competent drivers
  • Employment pathways into professional heavy vehicle driving in Victoria.

The licensing stream has considered areas for improvement in the Victorian heavy vehicle licensing system, heavy vehicle licence progression and the adequacy of current training and assessment. The employment pathways component has considered barriers and opportunities to attracting drivers to the industry and retaining them. Both streams of work align with national and Victorian strategic priorities and transport and logistics industry concerns with heavy vehicle driver licensing and employment pathways. The draft report is currently under review by Freight Victoria.

2.2 164 Queensland Transport and Logistics Workforce Strategy and Action Plan Qld 2018 - 2023 Queensland is supporting industry to undertake initiatives as identified under nine strategies in the action plan to build the industry brand, attract new talent, and strengthen the skills of the existing workforce to meet the emerging needs of the transport and logistics sector.
2.2 165 Development of future-skills standards for the transport and logistics, aviation and maritime sectors Qld Ongoing The Queensland Government continues ongoing engagement with the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee and broader industry to identify emerging skills and required changes to training and qualification needs.
2.2 166 Development of future-skills standards for the transport and logistics, aviation and maritime sectors WA Short term Research has been undertaken by the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development and Logistics Training Council into suitable skills pathways, including mentoring and cadetships, in industries such as logistics. However, the advent of COVID-19 has put on hold all work in this area while industries re-define their future skill needs. WA is participating in a national working group set up through the National Transport Commission to develop an Action Plan aimed at addressing rail industry skill shortages. Specific to WA, a Metronet rail skills academy is being established, led by North Metropolitan TAFE with support from the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Public Transport Authority and the WA rail industry.
2.2 167 State Aviation Training Strategy WA Short term A draft training strategy was prepared at the beginning of 2020, following extensive consultation with key stakeholders by the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development and Logistics Training Council. However, due to COVID-19, the project has been suspended until further notice.
2.2 168 Heavy Vehicle Driver Training Programs and Facilities WA Short term The WA Premier launched the pilot Heavy Vehicle Advanced Skills Driver Training Program to operate from the South Regional TAFE Collie Campus commencing in July 2020.
2.2 169 Tasmanian Transport and Logistics Workforce Action Group Tas Ongoing Through Skills Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government works with the Tasmanian Transport and Logistics Workforce Action Group. Projects have included developing resources to support recruitment to top occupations in the sector, attracting women to work in the sector, and workforce planning through development of the Tasmanian Transport and Logistics Workforce Plans 2015-2018 and 2020-2023.
2.2 170 Industry Training Hub Cth; Tas Ongoing $58 million has been allocated across Australia for Industry Training Hubs and scholarships to deliver future pathways for young Australians for jobs of the future. Burnie in North West Tasmania has been identified as a location for one of the Industry Training Hubs. Young people aged 15-24 in training hub areas will also be eligible to apply for a scholarship to undertake an eligible VET Program of study.
2.2 171 Participation in the truck driver skills and shortage working group ACT   The ACT participated in the working group looking at truck driver skills and shortage when it was established in June 2019. Following a break arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACT will continue to participate when the working group reconvenes. Hosted by NatRoad, the working group also focuses on consistency of driver competencies and licensing conditions across jurisdictions to underpin a solid road transport network system that supports the freight supply chain.
2.3 172 Smart Truck Rating Pilot Cth 2019 - 2020 The Smart Truck Rating Pilot, which developed and tested an energy performance rating system for heavy vehicles, has been completed. The project succeeded in demonstrating the practicality and effectiveness of the rating system to quickly and accurately identify the energy performance level of difficult truck configurations and duty cycles. The Australian Government is considering the future of the rating system beyond the Pilot.
2.3 173 Development and implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy All 2019 - 2030 he National Hydrogen Strategy was agreed by Australian Governments in November 2019. The Strategy outlined nationally coordinated government actions for the development of an Australian hydrogen industry. One action is the completion of National Hydrogen Infrastructure Assessments. The national assessments will take a country-wide approach to mapping and understanding infrastructure needs for an Australian hydrogen industry, and will help the government and investors in their decision-making on hydrogen industry investment and development.

The first assessment is expected to commence in 2020, with completion by the end of 2021. In early 2020, the WA Renewable Hydrogen Unit was formally established at the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. The Unit regularly liaises with the National Hydrogen Project Team on a range of topics and themes to ensure continued alignment and information sharing on transport related matters. The Unit is facilitating proposals for hydrogen refuelling stations. Rounds have now closed for WA's Renewable Hydrogen Fund. The WA Government has announced funding for two hydrogen transport feasibility projects, with more announcements to come.

The Queensland Government continues to monitor hydrogen developments, including transport trials underway and to understand how these can integrate into freight. Examples include the Sun Metals Group in Townsville, who received $5 million from the Queensland Government to build Queensland's first renewable hydrogen facility and monitoring developments in Gladstone, including how hydrogen production can be used in the transport sector. Gladstone's initial focus is on using hydrogen as an energy source to export.

2.3 174 A National Strategy for Electric Vehicles Cth 2019 - 2020 The National Strategy for Electric Vehicles is on track for completion by the end of 2020.
2.3 175 Advanced Train Management System - $70 million Cth 2014 - 2022 The Australian Government is providing $50 million in funding to the Australian Rail Track Corporation for the implementation of the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS). ATMS is an advanced train communication and signalling system that will improve the safety of rail operations as well as delivering reliability and network resilience. In July 2020, the ATMS was fully commissioned and became the primary signalling system between Port Augusta to Whyalla (Stage One). Stage Two is currently underway and is progressing to build capacity for a large-scale deployment on the Tarcoola to Kalgoorlie rail corridor. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2022.
2.3 176 Driver fatigue monitoring technology trials - $250,000 Cth; Industry; National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) 2018 - TBD The NHVR commenced a trial of fatigue safety related technologies to gain a greater understanding of how they work and are used. The trial was to be conducted in five phases between January 2019 and June 2020. Based on the research findings from Phase 2 of the trial and further interviews with industry the NHVR is transitioning the trial into a pilot program of work. An industry user working group has been established to work with the NHVR to deliver the pilot commencing in late 2020. Other fatigue initiatives:
  • The NHVR has established a Fatigue and Distraction Technology Detection program to proactively work with industry and the police to realise the safety and productivity benefits offered by consistent use of the technology.
  • The NHVR is soon to commence a Fatigue Safety Strategy, which will set out how the NHVR will partner with industry, governments and the police to identify and support innovative safety practices that will help relieve driver fatigue as a cause of heavy vehicle crashes in Australia.
  • The NHVR commenced a Fatigue Choices campaign in March 2020 as a multifaceted approach to increase the uptake of formal fatigue risk management systems in the industry (predominately moving from Basic Fatigue Management to Advanced Fatigue Management).
2.3 177 Advanced Safe Truck Concept - $6.5 million Cth Completed Seeing Machines was awarded $2.25 million over three years under the first round of the Australian Government’s Co-operative Research Centre Projects Program (a stream of the CRC Program) for the Advanced Safe Truck Concept. The Advanced Safe Truck Concept has been completed and a report has been provided to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.
2.3 178 Austroads' Connected and Automated Vehicle Program - Note: Program has been renamed to 'Future Vehicles and Technology Program Austroads Ongoing The Australian Government participates in Austroads’ Future Vehicles and Technology Program. The work of the program is focused around four key themes: connected and automated vehicles; low and zero emission vehicles; digital and physical infrastructure; and capability building. The program recently published research on infrastructure readiness and changes needed to support automated vehicles on rural and metropolitan highways and freeways. Main Roads WA holds membership on Austroads Future Vehicles and Technology Taskforce and actively participates in the existing program of works which includes the following projects:
  • FCA6239 - Vehicles and technology further state 2030 project;
  • FDI6216 – Road authority data for connected and automated vehicles; and
  • FPI6119 - Automated steering functions.

Queensland is commencing a capability gap analysis of internal technology governance capabilities that are likely to be invested in to enable a potential “no regrets” Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems deployment in Queensland. The gap analysis will inform an action plan in order to seek to align Queensland’s internal near-term business investments in such corporate capabilities. The Victorian Government has been an active participant in the Connected and Automated Vehicle Program, which has been re-established recently as the Future Vehicles and Technologies Program. The Victorian Department of Transport provided technical endorsement and guidance to the program of work, and linkages to jurisdiction projects and initiatives. Five projects have been approved in the 2020-21 work program.

2.3 179 Road Safety Innovation Fund Cth 2019 - TBD Round 1 (2020-21 financial year) identified two heavy vehicle road safety innovative projects:
  • Testing automated thermographic tools and their effectiveness in assisting on road heavy vehicle inspections, and
  • Development of a virtual rail concept to reduce corner cutting by semi-trailers in order to protect vulnerable road users.
2.3 180 iMove Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Cth 2017 - 2027 The Australian Government continues to partner with a range of universities, researchers and industry experts on projects coordinated through the iMove Cooperative Research Centre. Following the completion of the Freight Data Requirements study in 2018, the Government has initiated a Freight Consignment Data Aggregation pilot through iMove that is assessing the feasibility and utility of aggregating freight consignment event/message data to produce outputs that help inform infrastructure planning and freight policy. Other projects the Australian Government has collaborated on recently include a research project to accelerate uptake of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (known as C-ITS), which will be completed in the second half of 2020. The Government is continuing to consider a number of potential future projects, in consultation with iMove and potential research partners.
2.3 181 Establishment of the Office of Future Transport Technologies Cth Complete The Office of Future Transport Technology was established in 2018 to coordinate the Australian Government’s work to prepare for emerging transport technology, such as connected and automated vehicles. The Office works closely with state and territory road agencies to position Australia for the early and safe deployment of transport technology, to enable Australians to experience safety, productivity and accessibility benefits. A key piece of work the Office is involved in is developing vehicle safety standards to set safety arrangements that automated vehicles must meet when they are first supplied to the Australian market.
2.3 182 Implement Key Priority 5.1 (Identify and facilitate emerging technologies that improve freight outcomes) of the National Land Transport Technology Action Plan 2020 — 2023 All 2020 - 2023 An updated National Land Transport Technology Action Plan (2020-23) under the National Land Transport Technology Policy Framework was agreed by Australian Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in August 2019. Priority 5.1 is related to the National Freight Strategy. Further detail on progress of this action and others will be progressing and will be included in future annual reporting cycles on the National Land Transport Technology Action Plan, commencing in November 2020. The Australian, State and Territory Governments continue to collaborate to develop more projects to meet the Action Plan’s priorities over the next three years.
2.3 183 Heavy vehicle platooning on major freight corridors NSW Ongoing Transport for New South Wales is currently engaging with industry and technology suppliers looking at what technology is available for heavy vehicle platooning on major freight corridors.
2.3 184 Intelligent Congestion Management Program NSW Ongoing The Intelligent Congestion Management Program was re-planned and a revised schedule agreed in January 2020. Release one was delivered on 20 July 2020 and is now in use. Release two is scheduled for March 2021 and release three in November 2021.
2.3 185 Support electric vehicles in high density areas NSW 3 - 5 years Electric vehicle trials are currently on hold to allow for further consultation with all stakeholders.
2.3 186 Strategies to enable wider deployment of low emission vehicles Qld Ongoing The Queensland Government is making progress towards developing a Net Zero Transport Emission Road Map. Consultation across Queensland Government agencies occurred throughout June 2020. Actions to identify emissions reduction in the freight sector are being considered as part of the final Roadmap. Queensland completed an internal desktop review of its climate risk management approach as part of a broader whole-of-government project to improve climate resilience. Further work to improve the Queensland’s management of climate risk on the transport system to improve climate resilience is underway including evaluation of the XDI (cross dependency initiative) platform to identify, rate and plan for increase natural hazard impacts to Queensland’s assets.
2.3 187 Drone Network Impact Analysis Qld Ongoing Queensland has conducted modelling to identify plausible situations in which delivery drones could provide a service to the community and business that replaces existing small freight transport services. These did not include emergency response or monitoring functions for drones, although it is recognised that these could be important roles for drone technology. Use cases identified are:
  • Local courier services.
  • Local food takeaway delivery.
  • Shopping centre delivery to customers.
  • Direct distribution from warehouse to customer.
  • Internal business supply-chain logistics.
  • Supply-chain logistics between businesses.
  • Health industry service between hospitals and clinics.
2.3 188 Undertake kick-start projects to scope the potential for building hydrogen refuelling stations in every state and territory Qld Ongoing The Queensland Government has committed to trial five Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in the government fleet. This commitment is supporting the establishment of a Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS) at the Queensland University of Technology Kelvin Grove campus, Brisbane. The HRS is expected to be operational in early 2021. The Queensland Government has conditionally offered financial assistance to the University of Queensland to support a project which will see installation of a HRS at the university’s Gatton campus and the purchase of two Fuel Cell Electric Buses for the St Lucia to Gatton inter-campus service. The project is aiming to have the buses operating in early 2022.
2.3 189 Implement the National Land Transport Technology Action Plan Qld 2020 - 2021 Queensland continues to liaise with and participate in activities facilitated by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator around the introduction and deployment of technologies and initiatives, and to work closely with Transport Certification Australia (TCA) and other jurisdictions to provide input into the development of new telematics schemes and applications for heavy vehicles. The TCA has recently established a national working group to facilitate discussions and input into the National Telematics Framework of which Queensland is a member. Queensland is currently working in partnership with TCA on a proof of concept that aims to deliver greater visibility of Oversized and Overmass vehicle movements on the Queensland road network.
2.3 190 Performance-Based Standards Policy for Restricted Access Vehicles WA Short term WA has established and implemented a Performance Based Standards policy that is supported by a suite of guidelines relating to the application process, assessment process, access arrangements and auditing regime.
2.3 191 Contribute to the national low and zero emission vehicle action plan WA Medium term The WA Public Sector is participating in the Low and Zero Emission Vehicle (LZEV) Working Group. The University of Western Australia was commissioned to undertake research to understand the need for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure across Western Australia and the report Electric Vehicle Strategic Planning has since been released, recommending a state-wide grid of EV charging stations. A pilot trial of an EV quota for major construction projects is being implemented. If successful, a policy for an EV quota for all major projects will be developed.
2.3 192 Investigate low emissions policy levers WA Medium term Through the Western Australian Electric Vehicle Strategy, the Renewable Hydrogen Unit and the Department of Transport are collaborating on the most suitable way to include hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles into strategies to increase the use of low emission vehicles. The Department of Transport has consulted with transport industry stakeholders on potential policy options to increase the use of low and zero emission vehicles, including specific consideration for freight vehicles. Policy recommendations have been made through the Electric Vehicle Working Group and will be considered by the WA Government later in 2020.
2.3 193 Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy WA Long term The WA Hydrogen Strategy has been developed and released. An Interagency Working Group comprising of key agencies including the Department of Transport is implementing the WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy.
2.3 194 Real Time Traffic Congestion Management System Tas Ongoing As part of the Greater Hobart Traffic Solution and measures to combat traffic congestion, the Tasmanian Government is delivering a new information management system to provide better information for traffic managers and road users through the use of traffic monitoring technology. The system will support improved monitoring and analysis of urban traffic movements.
2.3 195 Participation in intergovernmental working groups - energy savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions ACT; Qld   The ACT continues to co-lead with Queensland and participate in the national work program to accelerate the uptake of low and zero emissions vehicles.
2.3 196 Work with Wing's World-First-Urban-Based drone delivery services Cth; ACT; Wing Short term Wing has been operating a drone delivery service in the ACT since April 2019 and has delivered thousands of packages on behalf of 15 local ACT businesses to residents in the Gungahlin area of north Canberra. The facility Wing is operating from in Mitchell is the first of its kind in the world. Deliveries from that facility are ongoing.
2.4 197 Integrating community engagement as a part of freight related projects Cth 2017 - TBD Community engagement is a key part of multiple freight related projects. The Heavy Vehicle National Law Review, which will impact all people involved in the movement of road freight, has involved significant public consultation. The National Transport Commission has released seven issues papers and a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement as part of the community engagement of this project.
2.4 198 Safety Truck Campaign - $400,000 Cth; Industry 2018 - TBD In 2018-19, the Australian Government provided $400,000 in funding as a one-off grant to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) to support the ATA Safety Truck’s redesign and refit. The ATA Safety Truck specifically targets 16 to 25-year-old drivers and vulnerable road users to develop awareness of how to safely share the road with heavy vehicles. The ATA Safety Truck attends career expos, high schools, TAFE and universities across Australia. The NHVR provides $5,000 per year over four years to support the Safety Truck directly engaging with schools across the country and educating students about sharing the road safely with trucks.
2.4 199 Inland Rail Regional Liaison Offices Cth 2018 - TBD The Australian Government established three regional offices in March 2018 in Wodonga, Dubbo and Toowoomba. A further office was opened in Moree in December 2019, prior to the commencement of construction on the Inland Rail Narrabri to North Star section. Building and maintaining a presence in regional areas has enhanced the Government’s connections with local communities, businesses, industry and local and state governments. This increased connection has been, and will continue to be, pivotal to building community awareness and acceptance of freight operations. Regional Officers have worked within their respective regions to:
  • Maximise community and industry understanding of the benefits and long-term opportunities of Inland Rail.
  • Provide on the ground support to the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) as sections of Inland Rail transition from reference design to construction.
  • Communicate business and employment opportunities to local government, industry and community.
  • Provide a locally based point of contact for local government, state government, businesses and industry to respond to enquires improving connectivity and building key relationships.
  • Support social licence approaches to better understand and engage with communities along the Inland Rail alignment.
2.4 200 Establishment of the Office of Road Safety Cth Ongoing The Office of Road Safety was established on 1 July 2019 to provide leadership and national coordination on road safety. Development of the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 is underway with policies to reduce fatal and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles under consideration.
2.4 201 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative - $22.1 million Cth; Industry Ongoing The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program has provided $17.3 million to fund 62 grants over the past four years. In 2020-21, the Australian Government is providing $5.484 million to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for round five of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program. Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative funding for Rounds 1-4 has been delivered and funding for Round 5 (2020-21) was recently announced.
2.4 202 Research into noise impacts of freight operations and effectiveness of mitigation measures to inform future initiatives NSW 3 - 5 years Consultation with key government agencies will be undertaken in 2020.
2.4 203 Ensure planning accomodates the growth of the freight task and protects community amenity NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is working across a number of initiatives that are investigating how best to address noise issues from ports and intermodal terminals, as well as considering amendments to the Three Ports State Environmental Planning Policy. Further consultation is required with key government agencies for later in 2020-21.
2.4 204 Improve planning for last mile deliveries 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 guidelines will also promote the inclusion of logistics facilities in mixed use developments and work with local councils to identify the potential of lifting delivery curfews in highly congested areas, where noise impacts can be appropriately addressed.
2.4 205 Working with councils on access for after-hours freight deliveries Vic 2020 - 2023 The Victorian Government 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. Freight access issues will be considered as part of this 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.
2.4 206 Cleaner Freight Initiative Vic   This initiative has been superseded with other Inner West Land Use Planning initiatives with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
2.4 207 Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan Qld 2019 - 2021 The Queensland Government updates and circulates road rule, driver distraction education and awareness and road safety messaging via social media, truckie toolbox talks, variable message signage and websites. It promotes and supports heavy vehicle safety initiatives led by industry such as trialling SmartCap fatigue monitoring technology. See also initiative 98 under Action 1.2.
2.4 208 Integrating community engagement as a part of freight related projects Qld 2017 - TBD Queensland continues to work with government and industry stakeholders to promote the importance of freight through government and industry councils and forums including the Queensland Ministerial Freight Council and the Queensland Transport and Logistic Council. Broad consultation was undertaken during development of the Queensland Freight Strategy under the guidance of the Queensland Ministerial Freight Council. Consultation was also undertaken with representatives from the industry, unions and wider community. Queensland facilitated nine regional industry and government Queensland Freight Action Plan (QFAP) workshops during August to November 2019. The QFAP, once developed, will outline a range of actions to deliver on Queensland Freight Strategy commitments. Regular extraordinary Queensland Ministerial Freight Council teleconferences, which included the membership, other key freight stakeholders and union representatives, have been held and are an important part of Queensland’s response and recovery efforts to COVID-19.
2.4 209 Improve the social license of freight WA Short term Research and campaign development into the social license for freight was undertaken in 2019. The Campaign was reviewed by industry in March 2020 and is currently being updated as a result of COVID-19. A campaign launch is anticipated before the end of 2020.
2.4 210 Research travel demand management programs WA Medium term The WA Government continues to implement a range of travel demand management measures, including development of the long-term cycle network for Perth and Peel, conducting travel behaviour programs in various parts of Perth and Peel to optimise active and public transport, and administering the Perth Parking Policy to reduce car use in the Perth CBD. Further policy levers and initiatives will be considered in consultation with stakeholders to continue to influence travel choices and reduce congestion, where possible, through decreasing private vehicle use in Perth and Peel regions.
2.4 211 Community engagement on issues of freight WA Ongoing The Freight and Logistics Council of WA’s Freight Rail Working Group continues to implement the freight rail communication and engagement plan to assist with noise mitigation and provide information relating to rail noise.
2.4 212 Tasmanian Planning System Tas Ongoing The Tasmanian Planning System provides an integrated framework to manage land use and development across Tasmania, at both a strategic and statutory level. The importance of Tasmania’s freight system, together with provisions to protect its operation, is recognised at a number of levels, including:
  • Regional land use strategies, which identify key regional freight networks and assets.
  • Planning schemes, which provide for the protection of key freight corridors and assets from encroachment.
  • Tasmanian Planning Policies, which will provide whole-of-state principles to recognise and protect the State’s key freight networks and assets.
2.4 213 ACT Freight Strategy ACT Ongoing The ACT Freight Strategy promotes strategic road freight routes within the ACT and, in accordance with the ACT’s Performance Based Standards, certain heavy vehicles are only authorised to drive on particular Canberra roads. The ACT actively engages the community through community consultations during the planning and delivery of all road infrastructure projects. Roads ACT also works closely with road freight operators and the affected community to ensure trucks are operating safely in urban areas and to address any necessary noise, parking or amenity mitigation measures on a case-by-case basis.

Action 2.1

Adopt and implement national and global standards, and support common platforms, to reduce transaction costs and support interoperability along supply chains

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • Stronger links between heavy vehicle road user charges and investments into road infrastructure services.
  • Increased transparency to road users regarding levels of service and investments.
  • Increased funding certainty for road managers, helping to deliver optional road maintenance.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
2.1 143 Modernising agricultural trade - $32.4 million Cth 2018 - 2022 The Australian Government is progressing a second pass business case to modernise our export supply chain, digitising government assurance and verification systems to better align with current industry capabilities, needs and expectations. These enhancements will streamline regulatory interfaces, improve access to information and provide digital infrastructure to support Australia’s agricultural trade.
2.1 144 National Rail Action Plan Work Program - Interoperability Standards All 2019 - 2021 Infrastructure and Transport Ministers endorsed the National Rail Action Plan in November 2019. The National Transport Commission is leading work on the National Rail Action Plan and has established three working groups of government and industry representatives to deliver on the key themes of interoperability, commons standards/harmonisation, and skills and labour. A priority of the Interoperability working group is to deliver network business cases for the implementation of interoperable systems. The Common Standards working group is working in the first instance to develop six standards for rolling stock components and a plan for developing standards for other key components. The Common Standards and Harmonisation Steering Committee is preparing its first report to Infrastructure and Transport Ministers, which will include details of an industry survey undertaken by the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board. The Committee is prioritising areas for development of common standards, along with developing a three-year plan to progress standardisation. Work on the skills and labour stream is reported under Action 2.2.
2.1 145 Ongoing harmonisation of national vehicle safety standards for freight vehicles All; Industry Ongoing The Australian Government continues to review, maintain, deregulate, and harmonise national road vehicle standards to align with Australia’s commitments outlined in United Nations arrangements relating to international vehicle standards. The Government continues to balance these harmonisation commitments against outcomes listed in the National Road Safety Strategy and the need for unique local vehicle standards. The Government is currently progressing the simplification of vehicle lighting requirements to realign with United Nations regulations, reduce regulatory costs and provide the safest freight vehicles to the Australian market at the lowest practicable cost to businesses and consumers. Jurisdictions participate at a national level with the Australian Government's actions to harmonise and where possible adopt international regulations.
2.1 146 Implementation of IMO mandate on electronic exchange of international maritime traffic information Cth 2019 - TBD The Australian Government continues to engage in International Maritime Organization (IMO) negotiations on the Facilitation (FAL) Convention, including through participation in the correspondence group on the review and update of the Annex to the FAL Convention. The inclusion of the single window concept in the Annex will result in improved efficiency of international maritime traffic, simplifying through minimising the formalities, documentary requirements and procedures associated with the arrival, stay and departure of ships engaged in international voyages.

The 43rd meeting of the FAL Convention (FAL 43) approved the revised guidelines for setting up a maritime single window including internationally recognised standards that are available for use. FAL 44, scheduled for April 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, will consider this work for inclusion in the Annex to the FAL Convention and will review and revise the IMO Compendium on Facilitation and Electronic Business, including additional e-business solutions. The Australian Government is working to ensure Australian trade related information frameworks will be interoperable with international maritime single window standards.

2.1 147 M4 Smart Motorway Project NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is investing $600 million to build the M4 Smart Motorway project, which will introduce intelligent technology to the M4 Motorway between Pitt Street, Mays Hill and Mulgoa Road, Penrith. Stage 1 of this initiative has been completed with Stages 2 and 3 currently underway with the target to be completed by 2020.
2.1 148 Optimise freight train cycle times NSW 0 - 2 years This initiative is ongoing as Transport for NSW continues to work with rail network owners and rail freight operators to optimise freight train cycle times, as the freight rail timetable on the shared Sydney network is continuously evolving and NSW seeks to implement a regional rail corridor strategy.
2.1 149 Voluntary Port Performance Model Vic 2020 - 2022 The Victorian Department of Transport hosted a Ports Roundtable in January 2020 as part of the Port Pricing and Access Review. As outlined at that time, the Victorian Government does not intend to regulate stevedore terminal charges at this time. However, the Victorian Minister for Ports and Freight announced her intention to introduce a Voluntary Port Performance Model to improve pricing transparency and access coordination. The first stage of implementing the Voluntary Port Performance Model involves development of a Voluntary Pricing Protocol, providing guidelines for stevedores to notify the department and industry of impending landside access price increases or introduction of new access charges, and provide suitable transparency and rationale for such changes. A final Protocol has been presented to the stevedores and will be published more widely in August 2020. The second stage involves development of a Voluntary Performance Monitoring Framework to monitor performance of the container landside supply chain at the Port of Melbourne. A set of indicators which both industry and government agree are consistent, measurable and meaningful will be developed. Work has commenced on the scoping of a 12-month trial starting in early 2021.
2.1 150 Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan Qld 2019 - 2021 See initiative 98.
2.1 151 Trade Community System WA; NSW; Qld Medium term Following a successful Proof of Concept phase conducted by the Port of Brisbane, significant progress has been made with Australian and New Zealand ports, including the Fremantle Port Authority, to progress a Trade Community System (TCS) pilot. This is intended to validate the commercial proposition in support of a TCS. However, the Australian port-led initiative has been placed on hold due to a failure to secure required funding, which was exacerbated by the COVID-19 emergency. Instead, Transport for New South Wales has progressed the concept through a consultancy.
2.1 152 ACT Transport Strategy (Moving Canberra) ACT Medium term The ACT Government is developing a long-term Strategy for the Future of Transport in the ACT and the Capital Region (the ACT Transport Strategy), building on community feedback on the draft Transport Strategy (Moving Canberra) and acknowledging the impact of COVID-19 on transport and travel in the ACT going forward. The Transport Strategy carries forward the vision of the ACT Freight Strategy 2016 to deliver an efficient, safe and sustainable freight network and services for a growing ACT and regional economy while protecting urban amenity. It will further implement the ACT Freight Strategy 2016 by providing a plan for freight movement to be prioritised on key orbital routes connecting the Canberra region, NSW and Victoria to industrial areas. Additionally, it recognises that freight hubs will provide an opportunity for the city to capitalise on the potential for freight in the Canberra region, opened by Canberra Airport as an international gateway. It also further explores the uptake of zero-emissions freight in the ACT as a way to reduce carbon emissions from transport.
2.1 153 Exploring how telematics and other intelligence transport systems can be used to optimise operations and planning ACT Ongoing The ACT continues to work with Transport Certification Australia and participate in the National Telematics Framework working group to explore how telematics and other intelligence transport system can be utilised for freight operations and planning.

Action 2.2

Promote training and re-skilling of industry and government workforces appropriate to current future needs

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • Freight industry education and training programs that deliver a freight workforce with the right skills and capabilities to meet current and future workforce needs.
  • Enhanced capability of government planners and decision makers to understand freight and supply chain benefits and needs and have the resources to make informed decisions related to freight.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
2.2 154 Engage, inform and attract potential new workforce entrants (e.g. retrenched workers and other job seekers to the freight and logistics industry Cth 2019 - 2021 Work is under way to develop content for a dedicated freight and supply chain page on the recently created Department of Education, Skills and Employment Jobs Hub . It will include tailored job search and employment planning information to build understanding of and connections to employment opportunities in the sector. The Australian Government has commenced working with relevant stakeholders to inform the development of resources for a wide range of job seekers looking for entry-level work.
2.2 155 Work with freight and logistics industry employers to establish new recruitment and pre-employment pathways that place retrenched workers and other job seekers into jobs in the sector Cth Ongoing The Australian Government has made connections with NatRoads, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia, the Australasian Railway Association and the Australian Logistics Council to promote the opportunities available for employers to work with the Commonwealth to establish recruitment and pre-employment pathways for entry-level workers into the supply chain and logistics industry. Work is currently underway with an organisation in the trucking industry to deliver a pre-employment project, which creates an entry pathway for women committed to taking on a career as a truck driver. The Australian Government will continue to work with employers with the aim of rolling out more of these opportunities.
2.2 156 Boosting aviation training through increased VET loans Cth 2020 Implemented — students undertaking eligible aviation courses, with census dates after 1 January 2020, that lead to a commercial pilot license qualification will be able to access an increased Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loan limit of $152,700. Currently, the HELP loan limit for students studying medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and eligible aviation courses is $152,700 and $106,319 for all other students. The eligible aviation courses are listed in the FEE-HELP Guidelines 2017. The initiative was announced in the 2019-20 Federal Budget and legislation received passage through parliament on 14 November 2019.
2.2 157 jobactive Cth 2018 - 2022 jobactive is the Australian Government’s initiative to get more Australians into work. Providers connect job seekers with employers, including the placement of job seekers into roles in the Transport, Postal and Warehousing industry. jobactive providers can use the Employment Fund to assist job seekers into work by providing financial support for employer-required accredited training, work clothing, safety equipment, work-related licensing and transport. The Commonwealth will continue to develop the capability of providers in placing job seekers into supply chain and logistics roles, through the development of tailored job search and employment planning information for the industry.
2.2 158 Employment Facilitators Cth Ongoing Employment Facilitators provide a local presence for the Australian Government in identified regions. There are currently Employment Facilitators operating across 11 regions. They help to facilitate government initiatives such as the Regional Employment Trials program. They also work directly with companies retrenching workers, retrenched workers and other job seekers to connect them with training, job opportunities and other existing support. The Employment Facilitators activities complement jobactive services. The Employment Facilitators’ work alongside a range of stakeholders in their regions – this can include freight and supply chain stakeholders.
2.2 159 Development of competency standards for vocational education All Ongoing The Australian Industry Skills Committee provides advice to governments on the skill standards and competencies needed by all Australian industries, now and into the future. The Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee has responsibility for the Transport and Logistics Training Package for Road Transport, Logistics, Warehousing and Ports. A number of projects (including Fuel Storage Dangerous Goods Contractor, Logistics and Warehousing Operations, Naval Shipbuilding Integrated Logistics Support, Rail Infrastructure Skills, Rail Network Fault Support, Rail Passenger Train Guard and Rail Train and Network Control Operations Review) are currently underway to improve the quality of qualifications and competency standards within the Training Package. Further Transport and Logistics Industry projects are also scheduled to commence in late July and August 2020.
2.2 160 National Rail Plan Work Program - Skills Cth TBC In late 2020, Infrastructure and Transport Ministers will consider analysis on skills shortages across the rail industry and potential skills pathways to address critical skill gaps. See initiative 144 for more information.
2.2 161 Attracting women into aviation careers Cth 2019 - 2022 The program encourages women to pursue careers across all aspects of the aviation sector. Activities contracted under the program include seminars and events, mentoring and a range of careers events.
2.2 162 Women in Transport Program Vic 2017 - 2020 The Women in Transport program aims to increase the number of women working in the public transport sector from 16 to 25 per cent by the end of 2020. As at the end of December 2019, the representation of women within the public transport operators has increased by 5 per cent, from 16 to 21 per cent. Investment in the Women in Transport program now totals $3.2 million; an increase of $2.1 million since its launch in March 2017. The program is now being reviewed and new initiatives being developed to continue to improve gender equality in the transport sector.
2.2 163 Victorian Heavy Vehicle Licensing and Employment Pathways Review Vic TBD The Victorian Heavy Vehicle Licensing and Employment Pathways Review has been conducted to investigate:
  • The extent to which the current heavy vehicle licensing system is producing safe and competent drivers
  • Employment pathways into professional heavy vehicle driving in Victoria.

The licensing stream has considered areas for improvement in the Victorian heavy vehicle licensing system, heavy vehicle licence progression and the adequacy of current training and assessment. The employment pathways component has considered barriers and opportunities to attracting drivers to the industry and retaining them. Both streams of work align with national and Victorian strategic priorities and transport and logistics industry concerns with heavy vehicle driver licensing and employment pathways. The draft report is currently under review by Freight Victoria.

2.2 164 Queensland Transport and Logistics Workforce Strategy and Action Plan Qld 2018 - 2023 Queensland is supporting industry to undertake initiatives as identified under nine strategies in the action plan to build the industry brand, attract new talent, and strengthen the skills of the existing workforce to meet the emerging needs of the transport and logistics sector.
2.2 165 Development of future-skills standards for the transport and logistics, aviation and maritime sectors Qld Ongoing The Queensland Government continues ongoing engagement with the Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee and broader industry to identify emerging skills and required changes to training and qualification needs.
2.2 166 Development of future-skills standards for the transport and logistics, aviation and maritime sectors WA Short term Research has been undertaken by the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development and Logistics Training Council into suitable skills pathways, including mentoring and cadetships, in industries such as logistics. However, the advent of COVID-19 has put on hold all work in this area while industries re-define their future skill needs. WA is participating in a national working group set up through the National Transport Commission to develop an Action Plan aimed at addressing rail industry skill shortages. Specific to WA, a Metronet rail skills academy is being established, led by North Metropolitan TAFE with support from the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Public Transport Authority and the WA rail industry.
2.2 167 State Aviation Training Strategy WA Short term A draft training strategy was prepared at the beginning of 2020, following extensive consultation with key stakeholders by the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development and Logistics Training Council. However, due to COVID-19, the project has been suspended until further notice.
2.2 168 Heavy Vehicle Driver Training Programs and Facilities WA Short term The WA Premier launched the pilot Heavy Vehicle Advanced Skills Driver Training Program to operate from the South Regional TAFE Collie Campus commencing in July 2020.
2.2 169 Tasmanian Transport and Logistics Workforce Action Group Tas Ongoing Through Skills Tasmania, the Tasmanian Government works with the Tasmanian Transport and Logistics Workforce Action Group. Projects have included developing resources to support recruitment to top occupations in the sector, attracting women to work in the sector, and workforce planning through development of the Tasmanian Transport and Logistics Workforce Plans 2015-2018 and 2020-2023.
2.2 170 Industry Training Hub Cth; Tas Ongoing $58 million has been allocated across Australia for Industry Training Hubs and scholarships to deliver future pathways for young Australians for jobs of the future. Burnie in North West Tasmania has been identified as a location for one of the Industry Training Hubs. Young people aged 15-24 in training hub areas will also be eligible to apply for a scholarship to undertake an eligible VET Program of study.
2.2 171 Participation in the truck driver skills and shortage working group ACT   The ACT participated in the working group looking at truck driver skills and shortage when it was established in June 2019. Following a break arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACT will continue to participate when the working group reconvenes. Hosted by NatRoad, the working group also focuses on consistency of driver competencies and licensing conditions across jurisdictions to underpin a solid road transport network system that supports the freight supply chain.

Action 2.3

Facilitate new and innovative technologies that improve freight outcomes and understand deployment, skills and workforce requirements for operators and infrastructure

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • A national coordinated approach between governments and industry to researching and trialling new freight technologies.
  • The right enabling regulatory environment, infrastructure, data streams and workforce skills to deploy emerging freight technologies.
  • Introduction of ready to deploy technologies to the Australian market in a manner that is technology neutral and maximises economic and social benefits while meeting community expectations of safety, security and privacy.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
2.3 173 Development and implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy All 2019 - 2030 he National Hydrogen Strategy was agreed by Australian Governments in November 2019. The Strategy outlined nationally coordinated government actions for the development of an Australian hydrogen industry. One action is the completion of National Hydrogen Infrastructure Assessments. The national assessments will take a country-wide approach to mapping and understanding infrastructure needs for an Australian hydrogen industry, and will help the government and investors in their decision-making on hydrogen industry investment and development.

The first assessment is expected to commence in 2020, with completion by the end of 2021. In early 2020, the WA Renewable Hydrogen Unit was formally established at the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation. The Unit regularly liaises with the National Hydrogen Project Team on a range of topics and themes to ensure continued alignment and information sharing on transport related matters. The Unit is facilitating proposals for hydrogen refuelling stations. Rounds have now closed for WA's Renewable Hydrogen Fund. The WA Government has announced funding for two hydrogen transport feasibility projects, with more announcements to come.

The Queensland Government continues to monitor hydrogen developments, including transport trials underway and to understand how these can integrate into freight. Examples include the Sun Metals Group in Townsville, who received $5 million from the Queensland Government to build Queensland's first renewable hydrogen facility and monitoring developments in Gladstone, including how hydrogen production can be used in the transport sector. Gladstone's initial focus is on using hydrogen as an energy source to export.

2.3 174 A National Strategy for Electric Vehicles Cth 2019 - 2020 The National Strategy for Electric Vehicles is on track for completion by the end of 2020.
2.3 175 Advanced Train Management System - $70 million Cth 2014 - 2022 The Australian Government is providing $50 million in funding to the Australian Rail Track Corporation for the implementation of the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS). ATMS is an advanced train communication and signalling system that will improve the safety of rail operations as well as delivering reliability and network resilience. In July 2020, the ATMS was fully commissioned and became the primary signalling system between Port Augusta to Whyalla (Stage One). Stage Two is currently underway and is progressing to build capacity for a large-scale deployment on the Tarcoola to Kalgoorlie rail corridor. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2022.
2.3 176 Driver fatigue monitoring technology trials - $250,000 Cth; Industry; National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) 2018 - TBD The NHVR commenced a trial of fatigue safety related technologies to gain a greater understanding of how they work and are used. The trial was to be conducted in five phases between January 2019 and June 2020. Based on the research findings from Phase 2 of the trial and further interviews with industry the NHVR is transitioning the trial into a pilot program of work. An industry user working group has been established to work with the NHVR to deliver the pilot commencing in late 2020. Other fatigue initiatives:
  • The NHVR has established a Fatigue and Distraction Technology Detection program to proactively work with industry and the police to realise the safety and productivity benefits offered by consistent use of the technology.
  • The NHVR is soon to commence a Fatigue Safety Strategy, which will set out how the NHVR will partner with industry, governments and the police to identify and support innovative safety practices that will help relieve driver fatigue as a cause of heavy vehicle crashes in Australia.
  • The NHVR commenced a Fatigue Choices campaign in March 2020 as a multifaceted approach to increase the uptake of formal fatigue risk management systems in the industry (predominately moving from Basic Fatigue Management to Advanced Fatigue Management).
2.3 177 Advanced Safe Truck Concept - $6.5 million Cth Completed Seeing Machines was awarded $2.25 million over three years under the first round of the Australian Government’s Co-operative Research Centre Projects Program (a stream of the CRC Program) for the Advanced Safe Truck Concept. The Advanced Safe Truck Concept has been completed and a report has been provided to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.
2.3 178 Austroads' Connected and Automated Vehicle Program - Note: Program has been renamed to 'Future Vehicles and Technology Program Austroads Ongoing The Australian Government participates in Austroads’ Future Vehicles and Technology Program. The work of the program is focused around four key themes: connected and automated vehicles; low and zero emission vehicles; digital and physical infrastructure; and capability building. The program recently published research on infrastructure readiness and changes needed to support automated vehicles on rural and metropolitan highways and freeways. Main Roads WA holds membership on Austroads Future Vehicles and Technology Taskforce and actively participates in the existing program of works which includes the following projects:
  • FCA6239 - Vehicles and technology further state 2030 project;
  • FDI6216 – Road authority data for connected and automated vehicles; and
  • FPI6119 - Automated steering functions.

Queensland is commencing a capability gap analysis of internal technology governance capabilities that are likely to be invested in to enable a potential “no regrets” Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems deployment in Queensland. The gap analysis will inform an action plan in order to seek to align Queensland’s internal near-term business investments in such corporate capabilities. The Victorian Government has been an active participant in the Connected and Automated Vehicle Program, which has been re-established recently as the Future Vehicles and Technologies Program. The Victorian Department of Transport provided technical endorsement and guidance to the program of work, and linkages to jurisdiction projects and initiatives. Five projects have been approved in the 2020-21 work program.

2.3 179 Road Safety Innovation Fund Cth 2019 - TBD Round 1 (2020-21 financial year) identified two heavy vehicle road safety innovative projects:
  • Testing automated thermographic tools and their effectiveness in assisting on road heavy vehicle inspections, and
  • Development of a virtual rail concept to reduce corner cutting by semi-trailers in order to protect vulnerable road users.
2.3 180 iMove Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Cth 2017 - 2027 The Australian Government continues to partner with a range of universities, researchers and industry experts on projects coordinated through the iMove Cooperative Research Centre. Following the completion of the Freight Data Requirements study in 2018, the Government has initiated a Freight Consignment Data Aggregation pilot through iMove that is assessing the feasibility and utility of aggregating freight consignment event/message data to produce outputs that help inform infrastructure planning and freight policy. Other projects the Australian Government has collaborated on recently include a research project to accelerate uptake of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (known as C-ITS), which will be completed in the second half of 2020. The Government is continuing to consider a number of potential future projects, in consultation with iMove and potential research partners.
2.3 181 Establishment of the Office of Future Transport Technologies Cth Complete The Office of Future Transport Technology was established in 2018 to coordinate the Australian Government’s work to prepare for emerging transport technology, such as connected and automated vehicles. The Office works closely with state and territory road agencies to position Australia for the early and safe deployment of transport technology, to enable Australians to experience safety, productivity and accessibility benefits. A key piece of work the Office is involved in is developing vehicle safety standards to set safety arrangements that automated vehicles must meet when they are first supplied to the Australian market.
2.3 182 Implement Key Priority 5.1 (Identify and facilitate emerging technologies that improve freight outcomes) of the National Land Transport Technology Action Plan 2020 — 2023 All 2020 - 2023 An updated National Land Transport Technology Action Plan (2020-23) under the National Land Transport Technology Policy Framework was agreed by Australian Infrastructure and Transport Ministers in August 2019. Priority 5.1 is related to the National Freight Strategy. Further detail on progress of this action and others will be progressing and will be included in future annual reporting cycles on the National Land Transport Technology Action Plan, commencing in November 2020. The Australian, State and Territory Governments continue to collaborate to develop more projects to meet the Action Plan’s priorities over the next three years.
2.3 183 Heavy vehicle platooning on major freight corridors NSW Ongoing Transport for New South Wales is currently engaging with industry and technology suppliers looking at what technology is available for heavy vehicle platooning on major freight corridors.
2.3 184 Intelligent Congestion Management Program NSW Ongoing The Intelligent Congestion Management Program was re-planned and a revised schedule agreed in January 2020. Release one was delivered on 20 July 2020 and is now in use. Release two is scheduled for March 2021 and release three in November 2021.
2.3 185 Support electric vehicles in high density areas NSW 3 - 5 years Electric vehicle trials are currently on hold to allow for further consultation with all stakeholders.
2.3 186 Strategies to enable wider deployment of low emission vehicles Qld Ongoing The Queensland Government is making progress towards developing a Net Zero Transport Emission Road Map. Consultation across Queensland Government agencies occurred throughout June 2020. Actions to identify emissions reduction in the freight sector are being considered as part of the final Roadmap. Queensland completed an internal desktop review of its climate risk management approach as part of a broader whole-of-government project to improve climate resilience. Further work to improve the Queensland’s management of climate risk on the transport system to improve climate resilience is underway including evaluation of the XDI (cross dependency initiative) platform to identify, rate and plan for increase natural hazard impacts to Queensland’s assets.
2.3 187 Drone Network Impact Analysis Qld Ongoing Queensland has conducted modelling to identify plausible situations in which delivery drones could provide a service to the community and business that replaces existing small freight transport services. These did not include emergency response or monitoring functions for drones, although it is recognised that these could be important roles for drone technology. Use cases identified are:
  • Local courier services.
  • Local food takeaway delivery.
  • Shopping centre delivery to customers.
  • Direct distribution from warehouse to customer.
  • Internal business supply-chain logistics.
  • Supply-chain logistics between businesses.
  • Health industry service between hospitals and clinics.
2.3 188 Undertake kick-start projects to scope the potential for building hydrogen refuelling stations in every state and territory Qld Ongoing The Queensland Government has committed to trial five Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles in the government fleet. This commitment is supporting the establishment of a Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS) at the Queensland University of Technology Kelvin Grove campus, Brisbane. The HRS is expected to be operational in early 2021. The Queensland Government has conditionally offered financial assistance to the University of Queensland to support a project which will see installation of a HRS at the university’s Gatton campus and the purchase of two Fuel Cell Electric Buses for the St Lucia to Gatton inter-campus service. The project is aiming to have the buses operating in early 2022.
2.3 189 Implement the National Land Transport Technology Action Plan Qld 2020 - 2021 Queensland continues to liaise with and participate in activities facilitated by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator around the introduction and deployment of technologies and initiatives, and to work closely with Transport Certification Australia (TCA) and other jurisdictions to provide input into the development of new telematics schemes and applications for heavy vehicles. The TCA has recently established a national working group to facilitate discussions and input into the National Telematics Framework of which Queensland is a member. Queensland is currently working in partnership with TCA on a proof of concept that aims to deliver greater visibility of Oversized and Overmass vehicle movements on the Queensland road network.
2.3 190 Performance-Based Standards Policy for Restricted Access Vehicles WA Short term WA has established and implemented a Performance Based Standards policy that is supported by a suite of guidelines relating to the application process, assessment process, access arrangements and auditing regime.
2.3 191 Contribute to the national low and zero emission vehicle action plan WA Medium term The WA Public Sector is participating in the Low and Zero Emission Vehicle (LZEV) Working Group. The University of Western Australia was commissioned to undertake research to understand the need for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure across Western Australia and the report Electric Vehicle Strategic Planning has since been released, recommending a state-wide grid of EV charging stations. A pilot trial of an EV quota for major construction projects is being implemented. If successful, a policy for an EV quota for all major projects will be developed.
2.3 192 Investigate low emissions policy levers WA Medium term Through the Western Australian Electric Vehicle Strategy, the Renewable Hydrogen Unit and the Department of Transport are collaborating on the most suitable way to include hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles into strategies to increase the use of low emission vehicles. The Department of Transport has consulted with transport industry stakeholders on potential policy options to increase the use of low and zero emission vehicles, including specific consideration for freight vehicles. Policy recommendations have been made through the Electric Vehicle Working Group and will be considered by the WA Government later in 2020.
2.3 193 Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy WA Long term The WA Hydrogen Strategy has been developed and released. An Interagency Working Group comprising of key agencies including the Department of Transport is implementing the WA Renewable Hydrogen Strategy.
2.3 194 Real Time Traffic Congestion Management System Tas Ongoing As part of the Greater Hobart Traffic Solution and measures to combat traffic congestion, the Tasmanian Government is delivering a new information management system to provide better information for traffic managers and road users through the use of traffic monitoring technology. The system will support improved monitoring and analysis of urban traffic movements.
2.3 195 Participation in intergovernmental working groups - energy savings and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions ACT; Qld   The ACT continues to co-lead with Queensland and participate in the national work program to accelerate the uptake of low and zero emissions vehicles.
2.3 196 Work with Wing's World-First-Urban-Based drone delivery services Cth; ACT; Wing Short term Wing has been operating a drone delivery service in the ACT since April 2019 and has delivered thousands of packages on behalf of 15 local ACT businesses to residents in the Gungahlin area of north Canberra. The facility Wing is operating from in Mitchell is the first of its kind in the world. Deliveries from that facility are ongoing.

Action 2.4

Build community acceptance of freight operations

Where do we want to be by 2024?

  • Implementation of communication and education programs for the importance of freight.
  • Forums that bring together representatives from the community, industry and governments for all key freight precincts, such as ports and intermodal terminals.
  • Implementation of programs to mitigate freight's physical impacts on community amenity through planning or practices.
  • Increasing community awareness of the importance and benefits of freight.

  No. Initiative Jurisdiction Timeframe Progress
2.4 197 Integrating community engagement as a part of freight related projects Cth 2017 - TBD Community engagement is a key part of multiple freight related projects. The Heavy Vehicle National Law Review, which will impact all people involved in the movement of road freight, has involved significant public consultation. The National Transport Commission has released seven issues papers and a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement as part of the community engagement of this project.
2.4 198 Safety Truck Campaign - $400,000 Cth; Industry 2018 - TBD In 2018-19, the Australian Government provided $400,000 in funding as a one-off grant to the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) to support the ATA Safety Truck’s redesign and refit. The ATA Safety Truck specifically targets 16 to 25-year-old drivers and vulnerable road users to develop awareness of how to safely share the road with heavy vehicles. The ATA Safety Truck attends career expos, high schools, TAFE and universities across Australia. The NHVR provides $5,000 per year over four years to support the Safety Truck directly engaging with schools across the country and educating students about sharing the road safely with trucks.
2.4 199 Inland Rail Regional Liaison Offices Cth 2018 - TBD The Australian Government established three regional offices in March 2018 in Wodonga, Dubbo and Toowoomba. A further office was opened in Moree in December 2019, prior to the commencement of construction on the Inland Rail Narrabri to North Star section. Building and maintaining a presence in regional areas has enhanced the Government’s connections with local communities, businesses, industry and local and state governments. This increased connection has been, and will continue to be, pivotal to building community awareness and acceptance of freight operations. Regional Officers have worked within their respective regions to:
  • Maximise community and industry understanding of the benefits and long-term opportunities of Inland Rail.
  • Provide on the ground support to the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) as sections of Inland Rail transition from reference design to construction.
  • Communicate business and employment opportunities to local government, industry and community.
  • Provide a locally based point of contact for local government, state government, businesses and industry to respond to enquires improving connectivity and building key relationships.
  • Support social licence approaches to better understand and engage with communities along the Inland Rail alignment.
2.4 200 Establishment of the Office of Road Safety Cth Ongoing The Office of Road Safety was established on 1 July 2019 to provide leadership and national coordination on road safety. Development of the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030 is underway with policies to reduce fatal and serious injuries involving heavy vehicles under consideration.
2.4 201 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative - $22.1 million Cth; Industry Ongoing The Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program has provided $17.3 million to fund 62 grants over the past four years. In 2020-21, the Australian Government is providing $5.484 million to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for round five of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program. Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative funding for Rounds 1-4 has been delivered and funding for Round 5 (2020-21) was recently announced.
2.4 202 Research into noise impacts of freight operations and effectiveness of mitigation measures to inform future initiatives NSW 3 - 5 years Consultation with key government agencies will be undertaken in 2020.
2.4 203 Ensure planning accomodates the growth of the freight task and protects community amenity NSW Ongoing The NSW Government is working across a number of initiatives that are investigating how best to address noise issues from ports and intermodal terminals, as well as considering amendments to the Three Ports State Environmental Planning Policy. Further consultation is required with key government agencies for later in 2020-21.
2.4 204 Improve planning for last mile deliveries 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 guidelines will also promote the inclusion of logistics facilities in mixed use developments and work with local councils to identify the potential of lifting delivery curfews in highly congested areas, where noise impacts can be appropriately addressed.
2.4 205 Working with councils on access for after-hours freight deliveries Vic 2020 - 2023 The Victorian Government 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. Freight access issues will be considered as part of this 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.
2.4 206 Cleaner Freight Initiative Vic   This initiative has been superseded with other Inner West Land Use Planning initiatives with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
2.4 207 Heavy Vehicle Safety Action Plan Qld 2019 - 2021 The Queensland Government updates and circulates road rule, driver distraction education and awareness and road safety messaging via social media, truckie toolbox talks, variable message signage and websites. It promotes and supports heavy vehicle safety initiatives led by industry such as trialling SmartCap fatigue monitoring technology. See also initiative 98 under Action 1.2.
2.4 208 Integrating community engagement as a part of freight related projects Qld 2017 - TBD Queensland continues to work with government and industry stakeholders to promote the importance of freight through government and industry councils and forums including the Queensland Ministerial Freight Council and the Queensland Transport and Logistic Council. Broad consultation was undertaken during development of the Queensland Freight Strategy under the guidance of the Queensland Ministerial Freight Council. Consultation was also undertaken with representatives from the industry, unions and wider community. Queensland facilitated nine regional industry and government Queensland Freight Action Plan (QFAP) workshops during August to November 2019. The QFAP, once developed, will outline a range of actions to deliver on Queensland Freight Strategy commitments. Regular extraordinary Queensland Ministerial Freight Council teleconferences, which included the membership, other key freight stakeholders and union representatives, have been held and are an important part of Queensland’s response and recovery efforts to COVID-19.
2.4 209 Improve the social license of freight WA Short term Research and campaign development into the social license for freight was undertaken in 2019. The Campaign was reviewed by industry in March 2020 and is currently being updated as a result of COVID-19. A campaign launch is anticipated before the end of 2020.
2.4 210 Research travel demand management programs WA Medium term The WA Government continues to implement a range of travel demand management measures, including development of the long-term cycle network for Perth and Peel, conducting travel behaviour programs in various parts of Perth and Peel to optimise active and public transport, and administering the Perth Parking Policy to reduce car use in the Perth CBD. Further policy levers and initiatives will be considered in consultation with stakeholders to continue to influence travel choices and reduce congestion, where possible, through decreasing private vehicle use in Perth and Peel regions.
2.4 211 Community engagement on issues of freight WA Ongoing The Freight and Logistics Council of WA’s Freight Rail Working Group continues to implement the freight rail communication and engagement plan to assist with noise mitigation and provide information relating to rail noise.
2.4 212 Tasmanian Planning System Tas Ongoing The Tasmanian Planning System provides an integrated framework to manage land use and development across Tasmania, at both a strategic and statutory level. The importance of Tasmania’s freight system, together with provisions to protect its operation, is recognised at a number of levels, including:
  • Regional land use strategies, which identify key regional freight networks and assets.
  • Planning schemes, which provide for the protection of key freight corridors and assets from encroachment.
  • Tasmanian Planning Policies, which will provide whole-of-state principles to recognise and protect the State’s key freight networks and assets.
2.4 213 ACT Freight Strategy ACT Ongoing The ACT Freight Strategy promotes strategic road freight routes within the ACT and, in accordance with the ACT’s Performance Based Standards, certain heavy vehicles are only authorised to drive on particular Canberra roads. The ACT actively engages the community through community consultations during the planning and delivery of all road infrastructure projects. Roads ACT also works closely with road freight operators and the affected community to ensure trucks are operating safely in urban areas and to address any necessary noise, parking or amenity mitigation measures on a case-by-case basis.