About the Council

The strength of the Western Australian economy depends strongly on its external trade, and  the majority of trading partners are globally distant. The size of the State, its heavily concentrated coastal population and the remoteness of its key export industries, make the need for efficient supply chains based on strong supportive Government policy obvious.

This is the context in which Hon Simon O’Brien, the then Minister for Transport, established the Freight and Logistics Council of Western Australia in March 2009. Today, the Council continues to provide independent policy advice directly to the present Minister, Hon Rita Saffioti.

The objective of the Council is to be a forum for industry decision-makers to talk with Government policy-makers at a senior level about supply chain efficiency. This dialogue allows a useful exchange of views during policy formulation and encourages industry ownership of subsequent Government positions.

From the Government’s viewpoint, the opportunity to enrich its policy deliberations with independent industry input is invaluable. This is the reason for the strong support the Council enjoys from Government at both State and national levels.

Supply chain efficiency issues for Council consideration arise from a broad cross-section of industry and Government, from the Council’s membership and from the Minister herself, in pursuit of policy advice independent of normal agency channels.

When issues are raised with the Council, they are progressed through a process of research and discussion. The research being progressed through the resources of its membership and the discussion through its broad network of contacts in industry and government at both State and national levels.

Information sharing is an equally valuable contribution that the Council makes to policy outcomes. It does this through discussion between key freight and logistics leaders in industry and Government, within and beyond the Council itself, and through regular regional visits and through this web-site.

The Council formally meets bi-monthly, with numerous discussions occurring to progress issues between meetings.