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Shipping to Cast Off Red Tape & Set Sail for Productivity Boost


The Australian Government is inviting input on reforms to revitalise
coastal shipping in Australia, with the release of its Regulation
of Coastal Shipping Options Paper.

The Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Warren Truss told the 2014 International Association of Ports
and Harbors Mid-Term Conference in Sydney that removing
unnecessary regulatory burdens will boost competitiveness.

"Right now our domestic shipping industry is treading water,
bound in red tape and unable to be competitive both domestically
and internationally, Mr Truss said.

"As an island nation, Australia's competitiveness, to an evergrowing
extent, depends on local industries exporting our
world-class products overseas in the most cost-effective way

"Our domestic freight task is growing rapidly and shipping
should be carrying a larger share of the load.
"We will take a measured and careful approach to this process
and I am determined to ensure we rebalance the system to
support Australia's shipping needs."

The shipping industry currently handles 99% of Australia's
international trade and volume is expected to double by 2029-
30. Like our international trade, coastal shipping is an important
part of Australia's domestic freight task, comprising
20% of movements.

"Too often we hear that it is cheaper to freight goods from
overseas than ship them from one Australian port to another.
"A viable, vibrant shipping industry is essential to our national
prosperity and it is critical that our transport links are working
at optimal capacity and efficiently."

The review will seek input on all areas of regulation of coastal

Air Freight in Cautious Recovery


The IATA reports that growth in air freight markets moderated in February, rising 2.9% compared to a year ago, down on the 4.3% increase in January. But combining the first two months of the year shows there has been a solid 3.6% gain in 2014 compared to the year ago period – well above the growth in 2013 overall (1.4%).

The growth trend in air freight volumes showed a 2.8% slip in February compared to January. While this could be interpreted as a reversal in the recent acceleration of the growth trend, fundamental drivers of air freight remain broadly positive, which suggests the contraction in February is likely due to temporary factors leading to volatility in volumes.

The IATA freight model shows that recent increases in world trade growth contributed about 2.0% pts to the 2.9% year-on-year rise in FTK in February. The model also indicates that a slight rise in inventory-to-sales ratios had about a 1.2% point dampening effect on the February year-on-year growth rate. The rise in inventories, however, is likely reflecting improvements in business conditions which point to stronger output and sales ahead.

Regional performance was mixed in February. Middle Eastern airlines continue to record the strongest increases, up 11.9%, with regional carriers continuing to expand capacity and network reach. European carriers have experienced steady increases in air freight demand since mid-2013, consistent with the region’s emergence from recession, and have continued on this path with a 5.5% rise in FTK in February. By contrast, Asia Pacific carriers, which have seen improvement in air freight demand over recent months due to acceleration in regional trade growth, recorded almost no change in FTK volumes in February (0.1%) compared to a year ago.

Load factors slipped slightly in February compared to January, as the fall in volumes exceeded the contraction in capacity. Nonetheless, air freight load factors are currently in line with levels a year ago, with only Asia Pacific and Africa seeing a fall, in both cases as a result of weak demand.

The outlook for air freight remains broadly positive, consistent with the cyclical pick-up in global economic growth. But current growth in trade is slower than expected at this point in the economic cycle, largely due to on-shoring trends which have equalized the relationship between world trade and domestic production growth. Moreover, while the US and Europe gain economic momentum, China is entering a steeper downturn. These factors will likely keep future growth in air freight demand contained, but still stronger than performance in 2013.


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DB Schenker to Employ 40 Local Youth in New Queensland Site


The Mayor of Ipswich Paul Pisasale says DB Schenker's pledge to employ 40 local trainees is a major step in addressing youth unemployment.

DB Schenker is a global logistics service provider employing more than 94,600 staff across 2000 sites in about 130 countries.

Last October, it was announced as the anchor tenant of the $350 million 62ha Redbank Motorway Estate developed by Goodman Group.

DB Schenker's $56 million 31,400sq m facility is scheduled to be built by June.

"This is the most significant thing, not just for Ipswich but Australia," Mayor Pisasale said.

"It's a worldwide company who will be putting 40 young people straight into traineeships.

"You don't get a better result.

"Youth unemployment is a problem everywhere in the country and we're working to get it down.

"Governments and companies should be looking at ways to do what this company is doing.

"My thanks to Goodman's for starting the estate and we can look forward to more positive announcements in the near future."

Queensland regional operations manager for DB Schenker, Kip Sandercock, said the traineeship program had the full support of the company's CEO Ron Koehler and directors.

"Our aim is to conduct the training in Ipswich so we can attract local employees," Mr Sandercock said.

myfreightcareer general manager Tony Wenham said his company was appointed by DB Schenker as the group training company and registered organisation to run the program.

"We see our role as a specialist training provider for the global logistics industry and offer training in warehouse operations, computer skills and international freight forwarding across Australia," Mr Wenham said.

"Those completing the traineeships can expect to gain a Certificate 3 in Warehouse Operations and other valuable workplace skills.

"myfreightcareer see this venture as the beginning of our activities in Ipswich and our intention is to continue to offer similar training programs and traineeships to the Ipswich community."


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Acquisition of Scott’s Refrigerated Freightways


Headquartered in Sydney, SRF is a national cold logistics business providing refrigerated road and rail line haul, local refrigerated distribution and cold store warehousing. SRF was established in 1952 and has long established relationships with major customers on the east coast of Australia.

The managing director and major shareholder, Bruce Scott, and the existing SRF management team will continue to manage the SRF business. In conjunction with AHG’s acquisition of SRF, SRF will acquire the remaining interests in JAT Refrigerated Road Services (JAT) that it does not already own. JAT is a specialist chilled/frozen transport company based in Cairns, Queensland.

In combination with AHG’s existing Rand and Harris operations, the acquisition of SRF (including JAT) is said to consolidate AHG’s position as the largest provider of transport and cold storage operations in Australia with national route coverage and an integrated network of cold store facilities.

AHG says the acquisition will expand its customer base and product expertise and will diversify its exposure to seasonal peaks in fresh produce, allowing for more efficient use of infrastructure across the year. SRF (including JAT) is forecast to generate FY14 revenue of approximately $237 million and EBITDA of approximately $25 million.

In addition, cost synergies of approximately $4 million per annum are expected to be realised by the end of FY16 from the rationalisation of cold storage facilities in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, harmonising supply contracts and specific operating savings.

AHG managing director Bronte Howson said: “The acquisition of SRF and JAT will create the largest temperature controlled carrier in Australia. SRF and JAT are trusted service providers with strong relationships that will diversify our existing business and expand our customer service offering.”

The purchase price of approximately $116 million comprises:

$71 million of cash to be paid to the vendors;

4.3 million AHG shares to be issued to the vendors ($15 million in total);

the assumption of approximately $30 million of finance leases.


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SAFC launches their "Green Freight" document


Ships powered by skysails and solar, gas-powered locomotives and the use of biofuel are just some of the future technologies that could help to make the freight industry more sustainable, according to the South Australian Freight Council (SAFC).

SAFC believes that the freight industry has a responsibility to become more sustainable and reduce its impact on the environment.

The council has released a discussion paper, Green Freight, which is aimed at highlighting current industry efforts to become more sustainable, and discusses future initiatives that the industry could adopt.

SAFC CEO Neil Murphy said it was clear that the environment played an increasing role in transport and logistics and that action needed to be taken within the freight industry.

It is estimated that freight vehicles (excluding light commercial vehicles) are responsible for approximately 3.5 per cent of emissions in Australia.

“Green Freight involves the movement of goods in an efficient and effective way from paddock to plate, or from wharf to warehouse, in a sustainable manner that minimises our impact on the environment whilst maintaining economic growth,” Mr Murphy said.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean zero emissions, but rather, minimising our environmental impact and progressing towards more sustainable operations.

“Our Green Freight document not only serves to highlight some of the good work that is already being done, but also to demonstrate ways in which we can do better.

“We think some of our members deserve more credit and recognition for the ways in which they’re tackling sustainability, but there are also areas in which we think the industry as a whole can be more proactive.

“It makes good sense to implement environmental initiatives – it can reduce costs and can appeal to the growing number of consumers who are looking to support environmentally sustainable products including the way those products are transported.”

Mr Murphy said SAFC also wanted to help educate people about those things that may not look, on the surface, to be a more sustainable approach, but are in fact making a difference.

“A good example is getting the message out about the environmental benefits of utilising bigger freight units,” he said.

“A longer heavy vehicle may be seen as having a bigger environmental impact – but in fact a 13-axle ‘AB-triple’ heavy vehicle produces on average just half the emissions per tonne of freight moved compared with that of a smaller 3-axle rigid truck.”

Green Freight also highlights how improved driver training can achieve appreciable outcomes in reduced fuel consumption. It says educating drivers on simple driving techniques to lower fuel consumption can improve productivity and reduce environmental impact.

Other current technologies being applied include better aerodynamic design of trucks, better tyre management and the introduction of hybrid vehicles.

New and emerging technologies that could lead to a more efficient and sustainable industry include use of biofuels and synthetic fuels, and more intelligent supply chain technology.

Green Freight also canvasses more innovative solutions for the shipping industry including the use of ‘skysails’, solar power and nuclear power.

“We are not saying that you will see technologies at the port tomorrow, but they are available and under development.”

SAFC has listed the key priorities for its members, the industry and Governments to consider, including:

  • Promoting the dissemination of Green Freight examples and case studies through its communications channels;
  • Investigating the feasibility of a ‘virtual’ internationally linked Freight Environmental Applications Centre (FEAC);
  • Supporting environmental and productivity gains that may arise through government plans, policies and regulations;
  • Better informing the community of the benefits of improved access for larger freight units, such as larger heavy vehicles or aircraft;
  • Considering industry incentives to retire old, less efficient equipment to be replaced by newer equipment that is more productive and offers better environmental performance; and
  • Looking at effective sustainable heavy vehicle driver training.

A copy of Green Freight is available on the SAFC website at


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New SA MInster for Transport and Infrastructure


Newly elected to State Parliment, Stephen Mullighan has been appointed Minister for Transport and Infrastructure in Premier Jay Weatherill's new look cabinet.

Stephen Mullighan, at 35 and the first new member of South Australia’s Parliament to go straight into a front bench ministerial role since Premier Jay Weatherill himself, has been given those portfolios.

Mullighan will share his major responsibility with being Minister assisting in Housing and Urban Development and Planning.

He was formerly Premier Jay Weatherill's deputy chief of staff and adviser to one-time Deputy Premier and Treasurer Kevin Foley and before that employed by economics advisory firm Deloitte Economics in Adelaide.

Former Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis has been appointed Treasurer, Minister for Finance, State Development, Mineral Resources and Energy, Automotive Transformation and Small Business.

Though Foley has been quoted describing Mullighan as a future treasurer, there is speculation that he might be destined for the leadership.

Koutsantonis held his previous position for just 14 months after long-term predecessor Pat Conlon stepped down.


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Michael Byrne CEO at Linfox Logistics to leave company


Linfox Chairman Peter Fox has announced that Linfox Logistics CEO Michael Byrne had decided to leave Linfox in December 2014, after nine years at the helm.

Peter Fox said: “Michael has led massive improvements in safety, established an industry leading sustainability program, a wide range of educational opportunities for our people, key advances in our IT capability and sharpened our focus on strategic partnerships with our customers across the Asia Pacific.

“He will focus his considerable knowledge and expertise on helping to develop Linfox Logistics’ new five-year strategy in the coming months to take advantage of the next phase of our growth. We wish Michael well for the next phase of his career.”

Peter Fox also announced the appointment of Gabrielle Costigan in the new role of Linfox Logistics CEO Asia.

“Forming the CEO Asia role is a key step in our strategy to strengthen Linfox’s position as a supply chain leader across the Asia Pacific.”

“Gabby joins Linfox with impressive logistics leadership roles in the aviation industry and in highly complex logistics environments for the Australian and US military. She will be responsible for efficiently managing our operations in Asia, developing our senior Country Manager team and expanding our Asia business footprint.”

Peter Fox said Linfox was in a strong position to formulate its new strategy for growth as a leading supply chain services provider across the Asia Pacific.

“The business has tripled in size over the last decade and our sophistication as a supply chain service provider has grown exponentially.”


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Is Logistics the Most Underrated Career Choice for Women?


Like Australia, the United Kingdom is having difficulty attracting women into Transport and Logistics postions. The following article describes attempts by one UK organisation to promote logistics as a career choice which can equally be applied to Australia.


The organisation, Women in Logistics UK (WiL) is calling for women and girls to seriously consider logistics as a career. The three and a half thousand strong organisation is pressing for a higher profile and, as part of this drive, WiL Vice Chair, Clare Bottle, will be spending the week visiting schools, highlighting the benefits of a career in logistics to students, with girls a particular target. A 2012 study showed an old fashioned preoccupation with traditional gender roles with seven year olds aspiring to careers in science, education, sports etc. with, for example, 9% of girls (and only 0.1% of boys) considering hairdressing as their future.

The simple fact however is that hair and beauty roles equate to a total of just 250,000 UK jobs, the industry is simply too small to satisfy the aspirations of 9% of schoolgirls. Yet the colossal 2.3 million jobs in logistics are largely being overlooked as a viable option for Britain’s young women. WiL UK is addressing the issue directly with a stark new campaign next week, ‘Hairdressing? There are ten times as many jobs in Logistics'. In a parliamentary debate last June MP’s acknowledged that careers advice in schools is too often obtained solely from parents and teachers. Consequently, children tend to aim for a limited range of careers which are readily visible to them.

Clare Bottle is admirably suited to get the message across to the UK’s youth having over twenty years’ experience in the industry with businesses including Transport for London, M&S and Lafarge Tarmac. She is also a former Director of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK and a Trustee of the transport and logistics charity Transaid. She commented on the latest campaign saying:

"We all depend on logistics every day, but when it comes to recruiting young people, the industry's fatal flaw is that you only notice it when it goes wrong."

In other gender relevant news WISTA-UK, the international organisation of women working in the shipping industry representing naval architects, ship engineers, brokers, lawyers and other maritime related professions, recently invited NYA International, a crisis prevention and response consultancy, to speak on the ever present threat of modern piracy. In a presentation held last week at London’s Tower Bridge House, Aleck Burrell, NYA International’s Maritime Operations Manager affirmed his opinion to the widely held view that piracy is with us for the foreseeable future.

The talk, chaired by Martin Brown, Senior Parliamentary Advisor (Africa) at audit and accounts firm Mazars, in whose offices the meeting was held, focused mostly on the differing threats of armed attacks on both the East and West African coasts, and concluded that the long term solution depended on economic and political support, not military intervention or armed security teams.

NYA produces solutions to ship owners such as MarTrack, which provides real-time vessel tracking and alerts offering a view of live vessel tracking, piracy and other essential information on a secure online portal. Both Martin Brown and Aleck Burrell were in agreement about the causes of piracy in the region citing favourable maritime geography, unstable political climates and safe havens ashore as prime reasons for its continuance, whilst political intervention, aid and support were vital in combating future piracy.

The event was the latest in a series conducted by WISTA to highlight some of the most important issues in shipping affecting not only women in the industry, but the industry as a whole.


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Steve Harper Launches Material Handling & Logistics Recruitment Division


Former Toyota Material Handling Australia President Steve Harper has joined Automotive Personnel specifically to encourage company growth through the introduction of a new division that will target material handling and logistics personnel recruitment. Automotive Personnel is a renowned Australia-based international recruitment company.

This appointment follows Mr Harper’s 35+ years with the Toyota family in Australia, which commenced in 1975 with Thiess Toyota, the then Toyota commercial vehicle importer/distributer. Mr Harper served 20 years with Toyota’s automotive company, which was then followed by 15 years overseeing Toyota’s Australian material handling operations, increasing growth at every available opportunity.

From 2003, Mr Harper was instrumental in the acquisition and consolidation of eight major independent dealer franchises, culminating in 2007 with the formation of a new company called Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA). Mr Harper became a director of all business acquisitions and also sat on the board of TMHA.

Mr Harper looks forward to the opportunities presented by the new logistics recruitment division, since human resource recruitment was always an integral part of management within his Toyota career.


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ARTC Launches Rail Freight Marketing Campaign


The Australian Rail Track Corporation launched its first ever marketing campaign promoting their investment made on the interstate network between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The campaign highlights the reliability and cost effectiveness of rail freight logistics and identifies the projects ARTC spend $3 billion on upgrading the east coast freight lines over the last five years and how this translates into benefits for their customers.

"The time is right for ARTC to actively engage with customers to promote the business and community benefits of rail in Austral-

True to his word, an interactive website ( dedicated to the promotion of rail in freight logistics and/or as part of the multi modal mix has been developed and asserts the business benefits of rail as better reliability, better performance and better value.

The environmental benefits of rail are also highlighted including reduced carbon emissions, reduced fuel consumption and a lower likelihood of accident.

To access the interactive website visit

2014 Salary Growth Estimates for Transport & Logistics Personal


A recent global salary survey undertaken by recruitment con-sultancy Robert Walters has anticipated just 1% growth in pay across Australia for 2014. New Zealand in comparison is ex-pected to notice growth of 3.58%.

Within Supply Chain and Logistics Robert Walters predicts wages to remain on average as they are. This has been at-tributed to the lack of job vacancies currently on offer, and the amount of people looking for transport and logistics positions.

While this is an overview of the entire industry, the specialist recruitment consultancy notes the likelihood of salary increas-es for those with category management skills, specialist cate-gory knowledge and stakeholder management experience, as related positions will be in demand.

The Managing Director of Robert Walters Australia on T&L noted that "with Australia no longer enjoying the constant in-flux of foreign labour it once enjoyed, companies will be fighting it out to find top-tier domestic employees."

Logistics company pledges to employ 40 local youth


IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale says DB Schenker's pledge to employ 40 local trainees is a major step in addressing youth unemployment.

DB Schenker is a global logistics service provider employing more than 94,600 staff across 2000 sites in about 130 countries.

Last October, it was announced as the anchor tenant of the $350 million 62ha Redbank Motorway Estate developed by Goodman Group.

DB Schenker's $56 million 31,400sq m facility is scheduled to be built by June.

"This is the most significant thing, not just for Ipswich but Australia," Mayor Pisasale said.

"It's a worldwide company who will be putting 40 young people straight into traineeships.

"You don't get a better result.

"Youth unemployment is a problem everywhere in the country and we're working to get it down.

"Governments and companies should be looking at ways to do what this company is doing.

"My thanks to Goodman's for starting the estate and we can look forward to more positive announcements in the near future."

Queensland regional operations manager for DB Schenker, Kip Sandercock, said the traineeship program had the full support of the company's CEO Ron Koehler and directors.

"Our aim is to conduct the training in Ipswich so we can attract local employees," Mr Sandercock said.

myfreightcareer general manager Tony Wenham said his company was appointed by DB Schenker as the group training company and registered organisation to run the program.

"We see our role as a specialist training provider for the global logistics industry and offer training in warehouse operations, computer skills and international freight forwarding across Australia," Mr Wenham said.

"Those completing the traineeships can expect to gain a Certificate 3 in Warehouse Operations and other valuable workplace skills.

"myfreightcareer see this venture as the beginning of our activities in Ipswich and our intention is to continue to offer similar training programs and traineeships to the Ipswich community."


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Survey reveals fears of Skills Shortage as Transport Sector prepares for Growth


Legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright's new 'The way ahead’ Transport survey – where next? (pdf) report identifies that 17% of respondents from a survey of the global transport sector believe a lack of suitably qualified people is the greatest challenge to the future efficiency of their business.

Despite this, just 6% of respondents from the aviation, rail and shipping sectors believe investment in the skills and size of their workforce would be the most beneficial investment for their business or sector.

The ability to recruit suitably skilled employees is a particular source of anxiety for respondents based in the Middle East, with 28% of the view that this will be the greatest challenge to the future efficiency of their business, followed by 21% of respondents based in Asia Pacific and 21% in North America.

The survey further reveals confidence is growing among the transport sector in line with improving economic sentiment. Three-quarters (75%) of respondents believe current conditions are positive for their business and 47% see new opportunities emerging.

More than four out of five (82%) respondents believe passenger numbers and freight volumes will rise and 66% expect fares and freights to increase. Forty per cent anticipate that a greater proportion of their funding will be allocated to investment as opposed to operating costs.

China is the most popular market for investment in the next two to five years, according to 30% of respondents, followed by Western Europe (27%) and North America (22%).

Investment in additional assets and in developing new markets are considered the most worthwhile investment opportunities for the aviation and shipping sectors, while rail views investment in infrastructure as most advantageous for their business. Investment in additional assets is particularly popular among respondents in the Middle East (32%) and in North America and Africa (22% respectively) and by 21% of respondents globally.

Almost a third (30%) of respondents based in Africa also favour investment in developing new markets, followed by 22% of respondents based in Europe and 21% based in the Asia Pacific region.

However, finance will be required to fund investment and a more beneficial view of asset values for risk weighting purposes is the most popular way of making funding more readily available for the transport sector, cited by 26% of all respondents.

Further consolidation is expected across the transport sector. A quarter (25%) of all respondents anticipate the most significant changes to the participants in their sector will be the increased dominance of the larger players and 23% expect increased joint venture, alliance and pooling activity. Twenty-two percent of shipping respondents believe also that new sources of funding for shipping will bring new participants into their sector.

Harry Theochari, global head of transport at Norton Rose Fulbright; commented: “The aviation, rail and shipping sectors are all putting in place plans to expand their business in line with an anticipated rise in passenger numbers and freight volumes.

“China is seen as a key market for the aviation and shipping sectors in particular. The development of new markets and investment in additional assets are likely to be key strategies for the transport sector as it looks for growth opportunities.

“While the majority of respondents believe funding will need to be more readily available if they are to grow their businesses, the risk of a skills shortage developing in the transport sector has also been highlighted. Ensuring a skilled workforce is in place will be fundamental to the future growth of the transport sector.”

The report detailed over 850 responses from a range of companies involved in transport including financiers, owner/operators, manufacturers, government entities and professional services firms.


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Tough Decisions ahead for Qantas


Qantas has come out swinging about what it says are “unsubstantiated rumours” about its intentions.

“There are a series of unsubstantiated and unsourced rumours swirling around ahead of our half year results, ranging from estimates on job losses to route changes,” a Qantas spokesman said.

“The facts are that Qantas has flagged the need to make tough decisions as part of strengthening our business, which we will outline next Thursday. For our customers, this won’t change our focus on being one of the world’s best airlines.”

On the specific rumour that Qantas is looking to reduce its services to London, this is inaccurate, Qantas said.

In December, Qantas flagged job cuts of at least 1,000 over the next 12 months in the face of unprecedented pressures in both domestic and international markets.

“We have also announced plans to cut $2 billion of costs from our business over the next three years, and will provide more detail on this at our half year results.”

TWU wants more info

Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon has called on Qantas to come clean on its plans for restructuring, after more reports of upcoming mass sackings and the sale of planes and terminals

“Another day, another rumour of massive job cuts and the sale of planes and terminals,” Mr Sheldon said.

“These sackings would affect workers in profitable arms of the airline – Qantas international and domestic.

“Each baggage handler, check-in staff and ramp worker generates a $205,000 return to Qantas above the cost of their employment.

“Sacking them is like a tradesman selling his tools to pay a one-off bill.

“If Qantas needs to make savings it should stop siphoning funds to the failing Jetstar Asia, and return those proceeds to Qantas International and Domestic here in Australia.”

Mr Sheldon said the Qantas CEO was pandering to Liberal prejudices with promises of industrial war through ‘IR reforms’ and further outsourcing of Australian jobs.

“What sort of Federal Government is this, that offers funding to companies only if they cut jobs and lower family incomes?” Mr Sheldon said.

“Qantas executive salaries have risen 82% since 2010. Yet the share price has fallen to its lowest point in 20 years.

“No Qantas Group dividends are being paid and in 2013 Qantas shares were downgraded to ‘junk’ status.

“Qantas has a poor management record for an airline with a 65% domestic market share and no losses prior to the current Board strategy.

“This airline does not need industrial warfare or more global shutdowns. It needs a management who put the health of the airline first.”

A 2012 survey of aviation staff found Qantas rated among the worst for job satisfaction, chances of improvement or communication with staff.

While proud of their professionalism and the company they work for, less than half of Qantas workers (45%) say they would currently recommend it as an employer.


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NHVR Experiences Teething Problems


The transition into force of the NHVL and carriage through the NHVR has not been with out its share of teething problems. The approval process for Oversize/Overmass (Class 1) (OSOM) and Special Performance Vehicles (SPV) permits has proven a difficult hurdle in the NHVR’s smooth transition to one regulator and one rule book.

In an open display of support for and collegiality with the NHVR, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria are actively working with the NHVR to address these early issues for industry. To avoid lengthy processing delays the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) will take back the processing and issue of OSOM and SPV permits for routes within South Australian borders on behalf of the NHVR.

The NHVR will continue to process all other permit applications including OSOM/SPV cross border permit applications.  These temporary arrangements will remain in place until the NHVR has the capacity and ability to handle the current permit volumes. 

The new arrangements took effect on Thursday 27 February 2014. Operators can now apply online for OSOM/SPV permit applications at

Where consent is being sought for permits from local government, the NHVR encourages operators who want to speed up the application process to seek consent directly from councils and provide copies of the consent (including any conditions imposed) with the permit application to the NHVR.


SAFC welcomes Black Spot Funding Commitment


The South Australian Freight Council has welcomed the Liberal Opposition's commitment to improve safety through increased Black Spot Program funding but has called on both major parties to focus more on transport issues during the election campaign.
The South Australian Freight Council (SAFC) says the major political parties need to urgently address road maintenance shortfalls, with the current average time taken to re-seal major South Australian roads now double the design life of the pavement.
Re-sealing of major roads is one of five major priorities listed by SAFC ahead of the March State Election. SAFC CEO Mr Neil Murphy said that currently only around 3 per cent of the State's 97,000km road network is sealed or rehabilitated annually. This means it would take on average 34 years to reseal the whole network - double the average design life of 15-20 years.

"A major concern for the industry is the maintenance of assets and we have been urging State and Federal governments to accelerate maintenance regimes for several years as lack of significant spending has seen networks deteriorate rapidly, among other things raising issues about safety of all road users," Mr Murphy said.

"In addition to serious safety concerns, poorly maintained roads also can lead to increased vehicle operating costs and travel times, increased noise and environmental emissions, and in the longer term, increased road maintenance expenditure when deterioration requires major works.

"Roads such as the Strzelecki Track leading to the Moomba Oil and Gas Fields, and the Copper Coast Highway on Yorke Peninsula are just a couple of examples of roads that are increasing the industry's operating costs."

Mr Murphy said South Australia needed a comprehensive and integrated Transport Planning Regime to guide investment decisions and plan for future freight and logistics systems and operations. He said both major political parties need to take a bipartisan approach to several urgent priorities outlined by the industry and to commit to the development of a funding plan within 12 months of the formation of Government.

"Industry and community need more certainty about how the transport network and system will develop in the future," he said.

"For its part, the Government has produced the Draft Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan (ITLUP) and the Opposition has stated that it will develop a Transport Plan when it gets into office.

"This is a welcome development as network and infrastructure investment is critical to supporting the State's mining sector, which will attract more attention following the imminent withdrawal of GMH."

Mr Murphy said announcements by GMH that it will pull out of South Australia and then Toyota closing its Victorian operations, had the potential to severely hamper the State's economy as a variety of businesses - automotive and non-automotive alike - could be faced with bleak future work opportunities.

"Like many industry sectors, the transport and logistics sector will be hit hard by this announcement as the economy in general struggles to cope with the loss of activity,'' he said.

"It is widely acknowledged that the mining sector offers an opportunity to diversify the economy and create employment opportunities. However, new and existing mines, big and small, will require significant infrastructure investment - in roads, rail and ports in particular, as well as in power and water networks - if they are going to be positioned to export minerals and import consumable items.

"The industry is currently faced with a chicken and egg situation - many mines cannot access development finance without a viable path to market, and the necessary infrastructure required to pave that path to market cannot be economically justified without
miners willing to guarantee throughput. This is a classic case of market failure that requires a kick-start from government to get things moving."


ARA Rail Industry Courses 2014


The Australian Railway Association (ARA) have recently announced their series of both one and two-day courses to be held in 2014. The Industry Courses provide Rail employees with opportunities for both professional development and networking.

The courses to be held in 2014 are designed to both offer an overview of the industry but also provide insight into specific technical areas. 2014 courses scheduled to be held throughout Australia include:

  • Understanding Rail
  • Insight into Rolling Stock Engineering
  • Insight into Track Engineering 

All courses are a great oppurtunity to learn directly from those who have been working in the rail industry for many years and gain from their wealth of knowledge and experience.

For anyone looking for more information or to register their interest in any of the courses, please contact Janet Cameron, ARA Events Coordinator, by email at

Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper


The Australian Government Department of Environment launched its Emission Reduction Fund Green Paper for comment in December. Chances to provide Submissions are soon to close on the 21st of February. The Green Paper includes an acknowledgement by the Australian Government of the science of climate change and provides support for national and global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The Government has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 5 per cent below 2000 levels by 2020 and to review Australia's position in 2015 consistent with global negotiations. The Government will introduce a mix of polices to promote the adoption of better practices and technology that will allow Australia to enjoy the benefits of economic growth without a rise in GHG's.

New Australian Design Rule—Antilock


Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs recently announcement the
new Australian Design Rule (ADR) requiring the installation of Antilock Braking Systems on new heavy vehicle trailers that will come into effect from 1 July 2014.

The new ADR will be complemented by a commensurate change to the safety standards for new heavy trucks and buses also effective from 1 July 2014. It is anticipated that the new ADR will save over 50 lives on Australian Roads and Highways over the next 30 years.

This resulted from Phase 1 of the National Heavy Vehicle Braking Strategy and in the future will look towards even more advanced braking technology.

Southern Expressway Enjoys Milestone


The Smith Creek Bridge at Reynella a significant piece of South Australian infrastructure is entering the final stages of completion.
The 28m high road bridge contains 36 pre-cast "lego bricks" weighing 12 tonnes, made by local SA company, SA Precast and each brick was used to construct the 8 columns of the bridge.

Other construction milestones reached on the Southern Express-way include:-

  • Extension and construction of 13 new and existing bridges
  • Construction of new ramps at Beach and Sheriffs Road interchanges from December 2013
  • Laying of 3 of the 5 layers of asphalt

Scheduled for completion mid 2014 the $407.5 million South Ex-pressway duplication will deliver an 18.5 kilometre multi-lane two way expressway between Bedford Park and Old Noarlunga.


In other news, SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Tom Koutsantonis has announced the upgrade of the South & Richmond Rd intersection. This is a significant intersection for freight vehicles particularly those delivering and collecting freight from Adelaide Airport and surrounding industry. The $9.5 million upgrade will reduce travel times through the western suburbs at one of the most congested intersections.