Queensland award winners

The winners of the inaugural T&L Industry Development Awards have been announced at the 2008 Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference.

The T&L Future Leaders Award, sponsored by Queensland Transport, was jointly won by professional heavy vehicle operator Athol Carder, and Desmond Roche, commercial analyst at Powerlink.

The award was designed to provide incentive for young individuals working or planning a career path in the transport, supply chain and logistics industries.

Judges said Mr Carter set a high benchmark in heavy vehicle safety, load restraint, industry knowledge and presentation. Mr Roche has been recognised for his contribution to the community wellbeing by participating in business projects, along with his professional development focusing on procurement.

Louise Perram-Fisk, director of Queensland Transport Industry Capability said the judging panel was

ALC to governments: do not repeat the same mistakes

The Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has said increased infrastructure investment should be on the top of the priority list in the exacerbating economic conditions.

ALC chief executive Hal Morris said while the Australian Transport Council’s latest meeting showed some progress on the transport reform agenda, the need for continued momentum still remained.

“In uncertain times, commitment to strategic transport infrastructure investment and real reform should be a priority for federal and state governments as the only way to underpin Australia’s long-term global competitiveness,” Mr Morris said.

“While responsible economic management is crucial with the predicted lower budget surplus, infrastructure investment should be both a short- and long-term priority.”

He said despite the importance of transport infrastructure, governments had repeatedly failed to make a proactive approach to maintain and expand the lynchpin of future economic growth and productivity.

“In recent decades governments have had a tendency to overlook Australia’s infrastructure needs, leading to the backlogs and blockages now requiring urgent attention as identified in the ALC’s recent supply chain blockages report,” he said

“We urge governments not to make the same mistakes again.”

Transport ministers across Australia met in Adelaide to discuss progress towards a single national regulatory system for rail safety and investigation, maritime safety and heavy vehicles reform.

Mr Morris stressed the impetus of the reform must be maintained.

“Nationally consistent regulatory reform is particularly important.

“Consistent and effective national regulation allows the transport and logistics industry to operate efficiently and to make the most of the available infrastructure and is therefore just as essential as infrastructure investment,” he said.

Women wanted to work in logistics

attendants at ALC's women mentoring program

With Australia’s skills shortage hitting hard the transport sector, the Queensland division of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has launched a mentoring program for women to attract female employees to the industry once typified as male-dominant. 
 
Industry leaders are raising their concerns over the ageing workforce of the transport and logistics sector, saying meeting future freight demands will become impossible without injecting new employees.
 
The program, My mentor: challenging women to step up, is to be piloted by the ALC and 22 women from various T&L organisations, aiming to foster a partnership with females already in the industry and pave the way for more to follow.
 
Principal consultant to the Australian Diversity Council Maureen Frank, who created the program, said there is proof of the connection between business performance and companies that recruit, develop and advance women.
 
“Companies who break down gender barriers and embrace diversity go on to be more successful because of increased corporate culture and improved employee performance,” she said.
 
“The key is not to turn around overnight and start hiring women, but rather to start by creating an inclusive and supportive work environment that is focussed on developing and leveraging diversity.”
 
ALC program director Melinda Buker said the women in the pilot represent a diverse range of organisations and show women can fill any role in the transport and logistics sector.
 
“The enthusiasm these organisations are demonstrating by encouraging their female staff to develop their skills and excel will benefit women, not just in their own companies, but the T&L industry as a whole,” Ms Buker said.

“Women may be the missing link that could save the T&L industry.”

 
Following the Queensland-based trial, the ALC will examine the opportunity to roll out the program nationwide.

The program consists of a DVD, CD and comprehensive workbook.

For more information on the program, visit www.emberin.com.

 

Chain of responsibility claims big scalps

A leading exporter has been fined almost $50,000 and a carrier has been fined more than $300,000 for mass and load restraint breaches under Chain of Responsibility laws in NSW.
 
The exporter involved in the $50,000 breach was fined despite the fact they had engaged an agent (supplier) to provide goods and transport for delivery to the consignee and the breaches occurred while the supplier was acting as an agent for the exporter.
 
The exporter was deemed a consignor and therefore bound by the Road Transport (General) Act, despite not being directly involved in carrying the cargo.
 
This fine clearly demonstrated companies cannot contract away their responsibility to safety.  All parties in the supply chain must take reasonable steps to ensure mass, dimension and load restraint requirements are not breached.
 
Defence arguments that the exporter was entitled to expect their agent to act according to loading requirements were rejected despite the fact that there was no evidence that either party deliberately broke the law. 
 
“The defendant as the consignor was obliged to ensure that the overloads did not occur and could not…turn a blind eye to whether the trucks delivering the goods were overloaded or not,” the judge ruled.
 
Likewise the carrier fined $300,000 was found guilty of 47 width and loading offences and the court ordered through supervisory intervention orders, to overhaul its management practices and train and supervise staff to reduce the risk of future breaches.  They are also required to accurately weigh all heavy vehicles before starting a journey
 
NSW passed chain of responsibility measures for mass, dimension and loading restraints in 2005 in order to hold the supply chain accountable for the delivery of goods.
 
The laws are similar to new fatigue laws introduced on September 29, which will require all parties in the supply chain to take reasonable steps to manage driver fatigue.
 
These finding once again show the importance of ensuring your systems are fully compliant with safety regulations. The Retail Logistics Supply Chain Code (RLSC Code), soon to become the National Logistics Safety Code, is designed to ensure that all participants are aware of their responsibilities in the supply chain when they control or influence the safe and legal carriage of freight and comply.
 
For more detail on the RLSC Code or the coming National Logistics Safety Code, visit the Australian Logistics Council website at www.austlogistics.com.au.
 
 

Moving women forward

Women in T&L will receive a boost with the launch of Moving Women Forward, a pilot mentoring program, launched this week by the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), announced Melinda Buker, ALC program director.

“The ALC is excited twenty two women, and their organisations, are involved in this pilot to foster greater involvement of women in Transport & Logistics” Ms Buker said.

“For many years it has been identified there is a real need for more participation of women in Transport and Logistics industries.  This is a practical program to foster a partnership with females already in the industry and to pave the way for more to follow. The ALC is proud to have sponsored this important pilot program.

“The women in the pilot program represent a diverse range of organisations both big and small and show women can, and are, filling any role T&L, from Network Controllers to Commercial Managers. 

“The enthusiasm these organisations are demonstrating by encouraging their female staff to develop their skills and excel will benefit women, not just in their own companies, but the T&L industry as a whole. 

 “Over ten weeks these T&L professionals will take part in the My Mentor – Challenging Women To Step-up program to advance their skills and knowledge,” said Ms Buker.

Following the pilot, which is based in SE Queensland the ALC will examine the opportunity to rollout Moving Women Forward to the rest of the nation.

“In particular, I would like to thank Queensland Transport for their continued and on-going support of the program in partnering ALC to deliver Moving Women Forward,” Ms Buker said.

Shown in the photo are some of the pilot group of participants:

Ashley McNamara – Veolia, Candice Croft – BlueScope Steel Logistics, Kate Loughlin –Kagan, Julia Baker and Victoria O’Rourke- Port of Brisbane Corporation, Chelsea Black – OBM, Merry Manton – SIMON National Carriers, Tracey Thompson – Green Bins, Lei-lani Horner – Patrick Port Services, Donna Stacey -Aviation Australia, Susan Byrne – Distinctive Business Solutions, Muriel Pronk – Dangerous Goods Logistics, Miranda Blogg – QLD Uni, Jan Pattison – QLD Trucking Association, Fiona Lu and Jenny Allsop – Queensland Rail, Paula Harrison – EnviroCom Australia, Clare Little, Lois Barker, and Karinne Logan – Boeing Services Australia. Caroline Chudasko of Mannway Logistics (not pictured) is completing the pilot program remotely. Front of picture is Maureen Frank, creator of My Mentor.

 

Truck queues to be slashed

In a move to optimise the time management of truck drivers, the first phase to slash truck queues is being unfolded, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) has announced.

ALC chief executive Hal Morris said following the expansion of its retail logistics supply chain (RLSC) code of conduct, the organisation has incorporated time slot and queuing principles and standards into the code of conduct audit process

The initiative aims to improve on-time delivery, truck turnaround times (TTT) and compliance with chain of responsibility and safety requirements.

“Retailers, along with transport and logistics providers, have been working proactively together to address these problems,” Mr Morris said.

“The transport industry has long run up against long queues of trucks at dispatch and receipt locations, and this will bite even harder with the soon-to-be-introduced national fatigue laws that will class the time in the queues as driving time.”

According to Mr Morris, inconsistent time slotting and queuing practices has resulted in drivers waiting “unacceptable time” before loading or unloading, leading to drivers exceeding their operating hours and unnecessary additional emissions.

“This hits drivers particularly hard when they are paid by kilometre, not by the time spent at the wheel, thereby encourage unsafe driving practices.”

He said incorporating time slotting and queuing principles into the RLSC audit framework, which has been endorsed by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC), would ensure a level of consistency across the supply chain.

“The RLSC code of conduct is proven to improve safety, performance and reliability, delivering benefits for business and workers,” Mr Morris said.

The RLSC code and the time slot and queuing principles and standards can be found on the ALC website www.austlogistics.com.au.

T&L Industry Development Awards closing soon

Submissions for this year’s T&L Industry Development Awards close on 13 June 2008.

The awards, Queensland T&L Industry Future Award and T&L Future Leaders Award, have been developed by the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia in conjunction with the Australian Logistics Council, APICS, CIPSA and the Queensland Transport Industry Capability Unit.

Queensland T&L Industry Futures Award

The Queensland T&L Industry Futures Award, sponsored by EsSCO, will be awarded to the company, institution or organisation with the best proven record in providing people with an entry to, and pathway in, the transport, supply chain & logistics industries.

The T&L Industry Futures Award includes education or training, implementing flexible work practices, workforce development and support in career progression.

EsSCO managing director Liam Stitt said: “By identifying leading organisations that are going above and beyond the norm to engage people in our industry is an ideal way to help others understand how to deal with this issue.

“The younger generation must be encouraged and supported as they take over for the future, and what better way to do this than by supporting such a wonderful initiative as the T&L Awards program.”

To be eligible for the award, companies must be Queensland-based and should provide the details of the project implemented in the past 12 months, results and prospects of the initiative.

T&L Future Leaders Award

The T&L Future Leaders Award, sponsored by Queensland Transport, will provide incentive and recognition for individuals working in transport, supply chain & logistics industries that are planning a career path within the Industry.

Nominees must reside and work in Queensland and be under 30 years of age to be eligible for the award.

For further information and to obtain the submission form,

please email qld@sclaa.com.au.

 

Truck drivers taken off 457 visa

Some road transport driver categories are to be removed from the list of eligible occupations for the temporary business subclass 457 visa program as changes come into effect from July 1 this year.

The changes follow the final report to government of the Trucking Industry Working Group, endorsed by immigration minister Chris Evans.

Based on submissions from interested and relevant parties, the report found that while slight growth was expected for the occupation of truck driver over the next five years, the program is insufficient to provide the industry with a permanent solution to workforce issues.

Also among the findings was the lack of uniformity across Australia in licensing requirements for heavy vehicle drivers, which is causing confusion among employers.

The report recommended that the immigration minister agrees to remove access to the subclass 457 visa for the occupation of driver and to explore options for the permanent entry of overseas truck drivers.

To mitigate workplace issues, the report also said Austroads needs to expedite the implementation of policy, which requires overseas visitors who intend to drive a vehicle for commercial purpose to obtain an Australian-issued licence prior to commencing employment.

The 457 visa program has previously entailed eight areas of employment including driving, logistic management, warehousing, automotive computer control systems and trailer construction and repair.

The working group consists of representatives from organisations including the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Employment and Workplace Relations, Transport Workers Union, Linfox, Australian Logistics Council and Monash University.

24 blocked freight arteries that are killing the industry

The top 24 supply chain blockages – and how to fix them – have been identified by the freight industry, Ivan Backman chairman of the Australian Logistics Council said.

“Fixing these top two dozen blockages is vital.  Without action our freight arteries will clot,” Mr Backman said.

“Industry is looking for real progress on these supply chain blockages as we cater for growing pressures including record mineral prices and, hopefully, a bumper crop.

“When transport ministers meet tomorrow they must act not just talk.

“There has never been a better time for action than with the current political alignment.

“The real willingness for change endorsed by Ministers must now be backed up with real action.  It is critical for the health of our nation we clear on these Top 24 blockages.” 

The ALC has worked with the broad spectrum of industry to identify these priorities, covering every aspect of the supply chain.  They fall within three broad categories of infrastructure upgrades, regulatory reforms or improved planning processes. 

“While a number of these blockages for urgent attention are infrastructure upgrades requiring government investment, many are relatively inexpensive regulatory or planning solutions, such as better planning for access to intermodal terminals and significant ports.” said Mr Backman.

Urgent infrastructure improvements to rail systems throughout Australia is given a high priority, however reform of rail regulation is equally as important. 

“The current system of nine rail regulators and no single communications system is leading to delays and significant additional cost, impacting on rail’s competitiveness in carrying the growing freight task,” Mr Backman said.

Also identified as a top priority, governments must provide significantly more rest areas on major highways, allowing truckers to comply with fatigue regulations and, importantly, arrive safely. 

“Just as important is harmonisation of this fatigue regulation and greater appropriate access for higher productivity vehicles, reducing the growth of trucks on our roads.”

“I call on all governments to urgently act on these jams, clearing the way for industry to cater for the predicted doubling of our freight task over the next 15 years,” Mr Backman said.

TOP 24  SUPPLY CHAIN BLOCKAGES – ALC REPORT

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

1. Resources Rail Network – Develop the rail network that is needed to serve a rapidly growing resources sector

 

2. North-South Rail Network – Improve the service standards on the main North-South rail corridor to permit rail to a level at which rail will become the predominant mode for Melbourne–Brisbane traffic

 

3. East–West Rail Network – Expand the capacity of the East–West rail network to ensure that future growth can be accommodated without a deterioration of service standards.

 

4. Grain Networks – Clearly define the role of rail in the future carriage of grain exports and upgrade grain networks to ensure that this role can be performed efficiently.

 

5. Shipping Channels – Ensure that shipping channels serving all major ports are capable of serving the vessels of the size needed to carry our international trade efficiently

 

6. Short Haul Rail – Develop short haul rail routes linking urban IMTs and container ports to allow efficient rail operation, including where possible freight only tracks and provision for double-stacking.

 

7. Rest Areas – Provide sufficient rest areas on all major highways to allow effective fatigue management while minimising any impact on the productivity of road haulage operations.

 

8. B-Double & B-Triple Networks – Accelerate the definition and implementation of a national B-Triple network and ensure that the B-Double network is extended to allow access from all significant production facilities to major freight routes.

 

REGULATION

 

1. Concessional Limits – Implement a programme of concessional limits for heavy road vehicles serving intermodal terminals to encourage the complementary use of road and rail modes.

 

2. Open Access Regimes – Ensure that, wherever practical, all significant new transport infrastructure is subject to an open access regime, and develop improved regulatory processes to reduce the delays and costs to both access seekers and access providers.

 

3. Streamline PPP Approvals – Develop streamlined PPP approval processes to facilitate private investment in transport infrastructure.

 

4. Uniform Rail Standards – Implement nationally uniform technical and safety standards for rail operations.

 

5. Road Pricing – Reform road pricing to facilitate the efficient use of road vehicles and appropriate allocation of the freight task between road and rail.

 

6. High Productivity Vehicles – Reduce the regulatory barriers to the introduction of innovative high productivity vehicles.

 

7. Over-dimension Vehicles – Adopt nationally consistent and less burdensome regulation to reduce the costs associated with the movement of over-dimension vehicles.

 

8. Harmonise Fatigue Management – Harmonise legislative processes and regulatory arrangements associated with the implementation of the national fatigue management system.

PLANNING

 

1. Identify IMT Sites – Identify the sites for strategic IMT development in all major cities and ensure that these sites are protected for future development.

 

2. Protect Access Corridors – Define and protect the road and rail access corridors to all significant ports and strategic IMTs.

 

3. Transport Plan – Build on and integrate the AusLink corridor strategies to provide a clear and comprehensive plan for transport infrastructure of national importance, including port access links.

 

4. Develop Comprehensive Strategies – Develop comprehensive freight and logistics strategies covering both rural and urban freight movements in all states.

 

5. Fast Track Planning – Effectively implement in each State fast-track planning processes for transport infrastructure of strategic economic significance.

 

6. Climate Change – Undertake a comprehensive national assessment of the effect of climate change on transport infrastructure and develop strategies for managing this effect to minimise the impact on infrastructure cost and reliability.

 

7. Coastal Shipping– Develop coastal shipping plans to accommodate growth and efficiency

 

8. Real-time Information – Capture accurate real time information for infrastructure and planning use

 

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