Freight and Logistics Council of WA - Work Program
Supply Chain Resilience
Supply Chain resilience is important for WA which was clearly demonstrated with the east-west rail line disruption in January 2022. In 2023, the FLCWA will be undertaking research into the resilience of supply chains into and out of WA as well as within the state. Whilst the integrity of road and rail supply chains is important, other factors that have the potential to impact on supply chains will also be examined.
In this context, the FLCWA has also been engaging with the Commonwealth in providing a submission to its 'Road and Rail Supply Chain Resilience Review' which was initiated after the east-west rail line disruption and the subsequent floods on the east coast later in 2022. It is also involved in the State Government’s WA Shipping and Supply Chain Taskforce examining the role of coastal shipping in utilising this mode for freight transport.
Supply Chain Resilience
Workforce Skills and Shortages
Workforce skills and shortages is challenging the freight and logistics industry nationally and in the state. It is part of a wider shortage across many sectors. A great deal of work is being undertaken at the national and state levels to address these issues.
The FLCWA has been working with government agencies and the freight and logistics sector to:
- identify key issues and the risk to the freight and logistics industry
- provide advice and assist in the development of strategies to address the shortages challenges
- support to implement strategies.
It will continue to add value where necessary during 2023.
DECARBONISATION OF THE FREIGHT SECTOR
The FLCWA has been involved in the State Government’s Sectorial Emissions Reduction Strategy (SERS). The objectives of the SERS are to identify low-cost abatement options and “provide robust and credible emissions reduction pathways for Western Australia with tangible actions for reducing emissions consistent with the government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050”.
A workshop of cross industry sectors was held recently that the FLCWA attended. The focus was on engagement around two key questions.
- What industry targets are in place and what planning is underway to reduce emissions?
- What are the barriers to reducing emissions and what action is needed by government?
The SERS initiative is working with large and small corporations and industry associations across all sectors. The recent Commonwealth Government target for emission reductions has provided this initiative with a greater focus.
Within SERS there is a Transport (TSERS) component led by the Department of Transport (DoT). In 2023, the FLCWA will be working closely with DoT to ensure information about TSERS is provided to the freight sector and in turn, feedback provided from industry to government.
SECTORIAL EMISSIONS REDUCTION STRATEGY
Actively seeking to understand what is happening with technology developments in freight and logistics and keeping members and the broader industry informed on these new developments.
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The Westport program is planning for a new port in Kwinana to act as the principle container port for WA.
The FLCWA is providing meaningful industry input into the Westport project to ensure that optimal outcomes are achieved for the freight and logistics sector.
The objective is to ensure land based links to the proposed port have the capacity to meet projected freight moving into and out of the new port. This includes optimisation of freight movement to achieve the efficient flow of freight with volumes of containers.
Providing strategic input on freight and logistics infrastructure needs, including into the Infrastructure WA (IWA) process, and encouraging the development and introduction of policies that best deliver those needs.
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