Training and education have always been hot button issues for the freight and logistics industry, with the safety of our workforces and workplaces, along with that of the communities we service, often in the spotlight because of the dangerous nature of transport work.
What a difference a month can make in a pandemic.
It was only early last December that we were in the tail end of the Delta variant, with falling case numbers and cautious optimism about returning to some sort of normalcy in 2022. Fast forward six weeks and Omicron has taken hold to exacerbate already fragile supply chains, setting the scene for a roller coaster start to the year. Read more
It’s terrific to be back writing in these pages and I hope you enjoyed a well-earned rest with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year break.
The Australian road freight industry is one of the most regulated sectors in the world, with three tiers of government applying various levels of oversight to how operators go about their business. Regulation is for the most part well-intentioned, with the industry understanding some degree of oversight is required to maintain high standards in areas such as safety, emissions, and community amenity.
In the lead-up to the COP 26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, and as the Commonwealth Government gears up for a federal election, likely in May 2022, public attention has turned to emissions policy and what steps will be taken by the government to support and achieve its new net zero emissions by 2050 objectives.
As our larger jurisdictions in Sydney and Melbourne re-open their economies after months of lockdown, it is vital that civic leaders do as much as possible to attract people back to the cities for work and recreation to support and rejuvenate crippled businesses.
The onslaught of Covid-19 restrictions has placed financial, economic and social pressures upon our communities that has not been seen in many decades. Persistent lockdowns, closures and hibernation of business and trade sectors has seen many businesses collapse or withdraw and not invest in their futures.
Recently, the Port of Melbourne (PoM) launched its Container Logistics Supply Chain Study (CLCS), mapping out container movements to and from the port.
The aim of CoR provisions in the HVNL (and equivalent laws in WA and NT) is to ensure that everyone in the supply chain actively prevents safety breaches and aligns transport safety law, with the concept of “duty of care” underpinning Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) law.
The transport industry was awash with speculation about jurisdictions mandating Covid vaccinations for interstate truck drivers, with Queensland and New South Wales setting notional deadlines for freight workers to get a first jab as condition of entry.