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Toll cost cutting success sees profits soar

22/08/2014

Toll Group’s savings and efficiency effort have paid off, its annual results show.

The company reported a sharp rise in net profit after tax attributable to shareholders, which leapt 239 per cent and more than $200 million to $286 million, despite sales revenue barely rising more than 1 per cent to $8.8 billion.

"Restructuring and cost improvement initiatives together with new contract wins more than offset the generally challenging market conditions experienced during the year," the company says.

Given the continuing challenging business environment and the success of its moves so far, the company pledges to continue down the same path with a view to an additional $40-$50 million in savings.

"Cost reduction programs across the Group started to deliver a lower cost base," managing director Brian Kruger states.

"Our ability to implement these types of programs has been facilitated by a realignment of our core operating divisions, improved labour productivity, lower handling and linehaul costs and a Group focus on driving continuous improvement and innovation.

"While we have seen the benefits of recent investments in our core Australian businesses in improving our cost base, we recognise that a continued focus on productivity and efficiency is necessary in the current environment to drive earnings growth.

"A highlight of this result was the strong free cash flow of $355.1 million generated by the Group, a $126.1 million increase on the prior year.

"The balance sheet remains strong, with gearing (net debt to net debt plus equity) at 31 per cent ensuring sufficient balance sheet capacity to fund a range of growth initiatives."

Kruger highlighted recent investment is fleet and depots with a view to what Toll expects  to be  "a strong demand for logistics services in Australia in the medium and long term".

Amongst the divisions, Toll Global Logistics performed well, with revenues up nearly 7 per cent, the company noting that Nationwide Transport Logistics buy had strengthened the Contact Logistics Australia arm’s position in over dimensional and heavy haulage services "over multiple industry sectors".

Also on the road, Toll Ipec took a hit from Victorian retail softness and a decline in resources-related Western Australian time-sensitive freight, while Melbourne and Sydney depots suffered capacity issues.

While the domestic forwarding arm was in the black, it was also busy with contract gains, including Big W, Fisher & Paykel, Best & Less and Mars Petcare, along with the Linfox Trans Bass acquisition, and losses such as Coles far north Queensland.

Specialised and domestic freight revenues were down marginally as it looks for gains from new fleet, the expanded Sydney depot and new work for Compass in Queensland and Westrac in NSW.

Meanwhile, Toll Liquids had the new Shell national contract and the Origin Energy gas contract to crow about.

On its energy use, the company says it is "increasing the use of alternative fuels, such as natural gas electricity and biofuel, across our operations, where possible" and "assessing vehicle aerodynamics fluid dynamics, lightweight materials for our fleet" along with the application of environmentally sustainable designs in existing and new facilities.

Despite that, fuel, oil and electricity costs continue to rinse, from $375 million to $392 million.

Article from www.fullyloaded.com.au

Synnex opens $45m Logistics Centre in Sydney

18/08/2014

Synnex has unveiled its $45 million logistics centre which utilises the distributor’s own automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) for accelerated and more accurate decision making for itself, vendors, and resellers.

The 10,600 sqm facility was opened on Wednesday by visiting Synnex and Mitac Group chairman, Dr Matthew Miau, and Federal Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull. It is located in Lidcombe, a growing commercial and industrial hub in Western Sydney.

Also in attendance was Synnex Australia CEO, Kee Ong, Auburn City Mayor, Hicham Zraika, NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet, and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia representative, Katharine Chang, alongside more than 200 vendors and business partners.

The centre is fully-automated, meaning every item is registered, analysed, and shipped by the ASRS, which is backed by custom enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence (BI) software.

Turnbull branded Synnex’s presence in Lidcombe as “the future of distribution and logistics.”

He said, “We fail to remember that the progress in logistics, in the actual handling and delivering of materials, is just as revolutionary… as the digital revolution.”

Speaking with ARN at the launch, Dr Miau said, “In distribution we value three things: visibility, velocity, and value. The three V philosophy is very important, but it all boils down to an understanding of a lot of data.”

“The heart of a business operation is the ERP system, but to understand all that data, you need good BI,” he said.

“With our system we have on-time, correct data in front of us to make good business decisions and judgements, and then we add a lot of value to this analysis. That’s what keeps us ahead of competitors.”

“We can share this information with resellers; they will be moving faster and making wiser decisions.”

Dr Miau said that the processing will increase throughput; the facility will ship more than 10,000 items each day.

Growing distribution by growing economy

The logistics centre is expected to have a profound impact on Synnex’s Australian business which was valued at $1.6 billion, prior to the facility’s launch.

While the potential impact cannot yet be quantified, Synnex is supporting the centre by increasing headcount by more than 100, adding to its 400 existing employees in Australia. New staff will be spread across the full spectrum of roles, from logistics management to sales and marketing.

 

Article from www.arnnet.com.au

 

 

Overcome Supply Chain Sustainability Challenges

15/08/2014

Operating within a sustainable supply chain means that the life cycle of your business will be considerably strengthened. Without it, it won’t.

Sustainability is all about operating a business that is enduring, productive, safe, environmentally friendly and socially responsible. Join leading companies at the 2014 Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions Conference, who will share their experiences on meeting challenges and finding solutions to issues that enable them to be sustainable.

  • New and emerging issues affecting Australia’s trade future
  • South Australian freight and infrastructure strategies
  • Future reforms for Australian infrastructure
  • Port privatisation
  • Global safety issues
  • An international perspective on cargo handling
  • Meeting the challenges of a global campaign against port development
  • Environmental regulation of freight in Australia – the future
  • Future energy systems, logistics and supply chains
  • Reducing environmental impacts and increasing productivity in the aerospace and aviation industry
  • Sustainable shipping – now and for the future
  • Sustainable port development – planning for the future
  • Innovative approaches to major rail transport projects
  • Applying a new way of thinking to sustainable supply chain planning and design – Iron Road
  • Adding value to oil, gas and mining supply chains through Northern Australia’s gateway port
  • Growing export markets by transhipping through shallow ports
  • Developing a new common user deep water port for bulk mineral exports

Full Conference Program available here.

Don’t forget to register for the Flinders Port Holdings Gala Dinner and Cocktails on the 29th October, half day Industry Tour on Friday 31st October and The Day at the Races on 1st of November.

Take a look at the topics and quality speakers presenting at the conference. Register now.

Visit www.safreightcouncil.com.au/safc_ichca.asp for more information.

Support from speakers and sponsors is terrific so if you are interested in joining them please contact Ian Lovell, Conference Coordinator on 0400 708 182 or Send Ian an email

2014 Transport & Logistics Green Light Day

11/08/2014

Almost everything that we purchase has at some stage been transported by air, sea, rail or road and stored before or after its distribution. The supply chain is best described as the different steps and methods through which products and services are delivered from suppliers to consumers in the most efficient manner possible. This involves the interaction of producers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, transporters, storage facilities and suppliers that are involved in the sale, delivery and production of goods or services.

The Australian transport and logistics (T&L) industry is responsible for the way Australia moves products, services and people, and covers nine broad areas: aviation, freight forwarding, maritime, ports and stevedoring, postal, rail transport, road transport, warehousing and logistics, and wholesale. The supply chain includes ports, roads, railways, freight terminals, airports, and material handling centres.

The traditional image of the transport and logistics industry has been one of physically demanding jobs and heavily industrialised workplaces. Today’s scene is different. The T&L industry is a technologically advanced, dynamic and vibrant industry with a diverse range of career opportunities and a highly skilled and professional workforce. The T & L industry workforce is expected to grow significantly, with a forecast of job openings of 151,100 for the period 2013-17. This is on top of an existing workforce of 797,000 across 165,000 businesses.

The first ever ‘Green Light’ Transport and Logistics Day was held on Friday, 26 August 2011. The event aimed to raise awareness of the transport and logistics industry and promote the benefits of choosing transport and logistics as a career. This annual event is now in its fourth year and each year, school students have the opportunity to discover the many diverse opportunities that a career in the T & L industry can provide.

Transport for NSW, on behalf of the NSW Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Group (TLWAG) will be holding the next ‘Green Light’ Transport and Logistics Day on 22 August 2014. Green Light Day will consist of open day events at:

  • The RAAF Base, at Richmond.
  • Fighterworld and RAAF base, Williamtown.
  • National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA) and the Transport Management Centre, Eveleigh.
  • Trainworks Rail Heritage, Thirlmere.

 

Article from www.tandlnews.com.au

Barossa Pathway to Employment Expo

08/08/2014

The 9th Barossa Pathways to Employment Expo took place on the 6th of August at TAFE's campus in Nuriootpa. Over 1,000 participants attended on the day looking to gather all the infor-mation they could get on pathways to employment from repre-sentatives of about 30 industries.


The SA Freight Council was on hand to deliver a presentation on the Rail industry and the many exciting positions that com-bine to ensure the continued efficiency, maintenance and de-velopment of the industry.


It is the ability to obtain accurate information on such a large variety of career options in the one location that contributes to the continuing success of the Expo.


Year 10 students that outlined an interest in an industry were given an opportunity to sit down in a small group for a 20 mi-nute information session and hear firsthand the opportunities available as well as ask any questions they had on the indus-try. There were 6 such presentations throughout the day.


This gave the an opportunity to students to gain a comprehen-sive understanding on different career opportunities as well as making connections with local employers.


SAFC's presentation on career pathways into rail at the Expo has been made public and can be accessed through our Ca-reer's Information website The LINC (click here).

New T&L Board Game looks to transform Supply Chain Learning

28/07/2014

Business on the Move, an innovative new board game designed to teach young people of all ages about the importance of today’s supply chain in global commerce has been officially launched in the UK market.

Designed to inspire, excite and educate young people from the age of 9 to 19, and even beyond, the game requires players to move different products from China to their UK customers by land, sea and air, quickly, profitably and responsibly. Playing the game takes them through various scenarios common in real life where they are faced with the prospect of taking important and timely decisions.

Devised by two former Business Studies teachers, Andy Page and Pat Smedley, Business on the Move is a versatile supply chain game that could be used by teachers across age groups, school subjects and ability levels to impart important lessons. Business on the Move has already won an award under the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative and from the UnLtd charity, which supports social entrepreneurs.

The game has been extensively trialled in more than 30 schools as well as businesses, proving its relevance to today’s commercial world as well as the classroom. To date, nearly 600 young people, teachers and supply chain professionals have played Business on the Move, with another 15,000 young people projected to play over the next 12 months. Andy and Pat’s vision is to have over 100,000 people play the game by 2020.

The supply chain game has the backing of 50 sponsors from across the business spectrum, including banks, major retailers and logistics service providers, allowing over 1,800 of the 2,800 games produced to be distributed free-of-charge and with training to some 500 schools across the UK.

Maureen Barwell, HR Director from one of the Platinum-level sponsors CHEP UK & Ireland, comments that they are impressed by the way Business on the Move manages to combine the sophistication of the supply chain with the simplicity and fun any game needs to work.

Sue Green, Programme Manager at Skills for Logistics describes Business on the Move as an excellent learning tool that, through real world examples and game play, raises awareness of the global supply chain and helps inspire and attract young people to the exciting career opportunities available in the modern logistics sector.

The national launch of Business on the Move at the headquarters of the National Union of Teachers in central London, featured pupils from Ashmead Primary School in Lewisham, students from Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls in Islington and apprentices from Norbert Dentressangle playing the game, and demonstrating to more than 100 invited guests from across the supply chain just how to run a successful business.

The launch event also featured a guest panel chaired by Derrick Potter, Executive Chairman of Potter Logistics, discussing questions about the game, its potential and the roll-out to schools and training providers from September across the UK. Members of the Panel included Steve Agg (CEO of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport), Max Hyde (President of the National Union of Teachers), Grace Breen (Policy Adviser at the Confederation of British Industry) and Robert Cooper (Stakeholder Manager at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills).

The positive response of companies has resulted in two thirds of the production run already pledged to go into sponsors’ nominated schools free-of-charge, leaving only 950 games left for sale when the first production run of the game arrives in mid-August.

Paul Downey, Chief Executive of TIR Training, a leading logistics training provider in the UK sees Business on the Move as an exciting way of engaging with young people and promoting careers within the logistics sector.

Article from www.ferret.com.au

 

Barossa Pathways to Employment Expo

24/07/2014

The 9th Barossa Pathways to Employment Expo is to take place on Wednesday 6th August 2014. The always popular Expo, developed in conjunction with Regional Development Australia Barossa and Barossa Lower North Futures, will be held at Nuriootpa TAFE SA and will cover a wide range of industry pathways with spe-cialised speakers covering Transport, Heavy Equipment, Mining Industry and Rail.


The Expo is divided into two community sessions, one at 10:00 am and one over lunchtime. This is where community members, unemployed, underemployed, people looking for a career change, parents, school teachers, workplace practise students and Year 12's attend to "roam the expo." These ses-sions enable participants to source information from the induttry specialists and ask questions specific to their pathways.

The Expo also has two school sessions throughout the day. Each session consists of 3 targeted presentations. Students pre-register for the expo with their top three options and are timetabled into sessions according to their interests.
For those interested in Transport and Logistics careers the topic of presentations will cover "Did you know that the Transport Industry involves much more than driving trucks?" & "Rail: Getting your product to market cheaper, greener & the roles required."

As well as the presentations there will also be an interactive workshop where students can participate in hands on practicable experiences with working models including a forklift.

More information on the expo can be found at www.blnfutures.com and remember to check out SAFC's careers website www.the-linc.com.au for all

SA Skills for All Funded Training Place Update

18/07/2014

DFEEST recently held an industry forum to update participants on their Skills for All program. The forum was scheduled to update attendees on changes to Skills for All’s Funded Training Place Allocations system due to budget cuts.

Just prior to the forum the Department released a Skills for All discussion paper on the possible directions and available options for funded training places allocation system going for-ward which directed the forum.

The discussion paper looked for industry and stakeholder views on measures to improve the overall transparency of the funded training places allocation system. To determine the training profile and number of funded training places six key principals will be utilised by DFEEST to ensure public funds are allocated to greatest effect.

The publication of the training profile and the number of new funded training places is intended to deliver a level of certainty to the market by providing detailed information, up front, about the volume of training to be funded by Government in a given period e.g. a year, six months or a semester.

In an attempt to best apply DFEEST’s six Key Principles to deliver on State priorities and strategic industry requirements, the discussion papers proposed three individual models that could be applied to the Funded Training Place Allocations process; A Global Model, a Training Package Model and a Course Level Model.

Each model has strengths and challenges that need to be considered and the Department is examining the response to their survey following the discussion paper to determine their model going forward. A consultation outcomes report is to follow.

New Australian Dangerous Goods Codes Released

14/07/2014

In June the National Transport Commission (NTC) released the latest version of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, providing an updated technical resource designed to keep the transport industry and the public safe.

NTC CEO Paul Retter said the latest edition of the code (7.3) would be of particular interest to heavy vehicle drivers, com-panies that use and transport dangerous goods and those who provide training on how to move dangerous goods safely.

“Everyone who uses Austral-ia’s roads and other transport networks has a responsibility to keep themselves and the travelling public safe,” Mr Ret-ter said.

Mr Retter said it was very important that people reading the code read it in conjunction with the specific dangerous goods legislation that applies to their state or territory.

Mr Retter said that the code had been updated to reflect the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations (17th edition). New amendments include:

Better clarifying the description of a dangerous good

  • Adding new materials to the list of dangerous goods
  • Requiring minimum sized markings on large packages of dangerous goods
  • Providing clearer requirements on how and where transport documents are kept on a vehicle transporting dangerous goods
  • And many others.

He said the new amendments also better aligned Australia’s dangerous good requirements with those in place overseas.

“This edition is good news for Australia’s importers and ex-porters as Australia’s dangerous goods requirements are now much more in line with those overseas. This cuts red tape and gives them much greater certainty,” Mr Retter said.

To download a copy of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code edition 7.3 click here.

 

Hays sees Logistics Recruitment Demand in SA

11/07/2014

Some may fail to see South Australia as a logistics recruitment demand focus but the analysts at Hays say the market there has opened up somewhat.

Firms are looking to fill lower-to- middle-manager roles, such as logistics, shift operation and inventory managers and import/export coordinators, but there are some for shop floor roles, mostly reach stackers.

"In South Australia, many manufacturers and defence firms have been forced to reassess their contracts in response to increases passed on by transport companies," the authors of the Hays Quarterly Report of hiring hotspots and recruitment trends say.

"This has led to some key movements in the industry, which in turn has generated job opportunities as smaller firms grow rapidly to deliver their service.

"Employers continue to focus on temporary assignments when they recruit, although positions at the supervisor and above level are usually offered on a permanent basis. Most vacancies are reactive and are the result of contract wins.

"It is also becoming common to engage a candidate in a three to six month temporary assignment before offering them a permanent role.

"Overall, the quality of available candidates is decreasing as the top talent secures roles."

 More broadly, in the procurement space, there is demand for particular skills but prospective employers are approaching the task conservatively.

"Even when they intend to create a permanent role, employers will often recruit initially on a temporary basis while they wait for headcount approval," Hays says.

"In most cases, the temporary candidate will be offered the permanent role, provided they have proven to be the correct fit."

Purchasing and contracts experience is valued here, while employers in Western Australia’s mining and oil and gas industries are looking for candidates with SAP, Pronto or Oracle skills.

"Indirect category managers are sought to assist in strategic development for new projects. We are also seeing demand for category management expertise in the financial services industry in response to transformations," Hays says.

"Both generalists and specialists are sought, with the key requirement being demonstrated true end-to-end category management methodology and experience."

Meanwhile, looking at recruitment as a whole, Hays regional managing director Nick Deligiannis believes that while the jobs market demand is growing somewhat, employers can still afford to be choosy.

"Given the release of new financial year budgets, vacancy activity will increase further as employers recruit the skills they need to drive their department forward," Deligiannis says.

"But the days of employers recruiting people just because they have the right technical skills are over.

"If you want a new job this financial year you need to match all the requirements on an employer’s wish list. Anything less and you won’t get an interview.

"For jobseekers, this means you need to highlight how your skills match the job description and be able to demonstrate your suitability in an interview through examples. Researching the organisation and speaking to your recruiter about the role will help you prepare for this."

 

Article from www.fullyloaded.com.au

Green Light Day

24/06/2014

The Green Light Day event is a NSW-based industry and government supported awareness day to highlight the wide range of opportunities and experiences the transport and logistics industry can offer. This year it is scheduled for Friday 22 August 2014.

Green Light Day is an initiative consistent with raising the awareness of the diverse career opportunities in the transport and logistics industry sectors with young people facing their first career choice. TLISC actively supports the event through its involvement with the NSW Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Group.

The day generally consists of a site visit with guest speakers from a range of industry sectors. Invited schools participate in the day at nominated sites – this year venues at Newcastle, Richmond, Sydney and Thirlmere will be hosting students from neighbouring schools.

The day was positively received by participating schools in 2012 and 2013. Highlights have included the guest speakers who not only describe a role in transport and logistics sectors but share their personal career journey and subtly reassure the students that there are many paths to a rewarding career.

 

Article from TLISC's June 2014 newsletter

UK Logistics Body Suggests New Initiative to Raise Maths Standards for Students

11/06/2014

Skills for Logistics (SfL), the skills sector council for the freight and supply chain industry in the UK, a sector employing 8% of the British work force, has supported the development of a scheme it says could be used nationally to raise mathematics standards among students in an engaging way, according to John Redmond, Assistant Principal at Lutterworth College. The college will be running a Numeracy Day on Friday 20 June, with 48 Year 10, grade C-D borderline GCSE students. The day will be based on the successful SfL ‘Made in China’ logistics days, which were previously supported and delivered by SfL’s team. However, math’s teacher Cath Stephenson and careers teachers within the college will now run future events.

In addition to delivering two Made in China enterprise days, SfL has been working closely with Lutterworth College by attending careers events and open evenings. The first employer group meeting for SfL’s Lutterworth LLCN (Local Logistics Community Network), hosted by Lutterworth College in February of this year, was attended by a bevy of freight community heavyweights and logistics employers: Office Depot, Norbert Dentressangle, DHL, Unipart Logistics, Caterpillar, George/Asda and CML Logistics.

SfL is also is a strategic partner of Lutterworth College’s new Sir Frank Whittle Studio School. Opening in a brand new state-of-the-art building in September 2014, the studio school will provide 14-19 year-olds students with a distinctive academic and vocational education. Every student will benefit from a personal coach and high quality work experience with the school’s business partners.

Studio schools are a government initiative designed to focus on teaching workplace skills as well as academic studies, with the help of local business partners. Logistics will be offered at Lutterworth along with other business studies including engineering, retail and leisure.

Made in China is a curriculum resource aimed at 14-16 year olds. It supports mathematics, communication, problem-solving and enterprise in the curriculum and brings alive some important logistics concepts within a ‘real world’ setting.

 

Article from www.handyshippingguide.com

Toll to cut 100 jobs

10/06/2014

TOLL Holdings has flagged further cost savings initiatives at its upcoming annual results after revealing plans to save up to $12 million a year by merging some of its businesses and abolishing a division.

From July 1, Toll will have five divisions instead of six to reduce crossover and increase collaboration, which will lead to the loss of 100 jobs from the head office of the company’s Domestic Forwarding business and Toll Intermodal.

The majority of the positions will go from the Intermodal business as the specialised contract-driven parts of the operation will merge into the Toll Global Logistics division.

Long-serving directors Paul Ebsworth and Wayne Hunt will leave as part of the restructure.

“We have strong businesses, particularly in Australia, but it is critical that in the current challenging market we reduce complexity and costs, improve our productivity and build on our strengths,’’ Toll chief executive Brian Kruger said.

“This restructure will help mitigate near-term ongoing margin pressures as well as ensuring that we maximise the leverage that our company has to any improvements in the external environment.’’

But Toll flagged that other cost-saving initiatives would come with the annual results in August. Toll’s costs fell by $30m in the first half.

While analysts such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch said it did not expect further material cost reductions, “we think these measures will be taken positively”.

“Toll as been criticised for not being vigilant enough on costs given the weak economy, so this should assuage some concerns,’’ the broker said yesterday.

Toll reiterated previous guidance that underlying earnings before interest, taxation and amortisation for fiscal 2014 was expected to be in line with 2013, while EBIT would be ahead of the prior year.

Toll shares rose more than 4 per cent in the wake of the announcement, having fallen more than 7 per cent so far this year.

“The reiteration of guidance is positive in that it demonstrates Toll has been able to offset a challenging operating environment with some contract wins and cost,’’ Goldman Sachs said. But it added: “While this is encouraging, the backdrop for Toll remains one of subdued activity levels, margin pressure, and risk relating to the retender of Singapore government contracts.’’

 

Article by Damien Kitney

From www.theaustralian.com.au

 

 

Vocational Training in South Australia hits 10-year low

30/05/2014

THE number of trainees and apprentices commencing vocational training in South Australia has hit a 10-year low, prompting calls for more investment.

New figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research show 3400 people began training in the last December quarter, a figure lower than any quarter since 2003 and half the 6700 from the December quarter of 2011.

The 2500 people who completed their training in the December 2013 quarter was the lowest since 2006.

However, the number of trainees cancelling or withdrawing from their courses was at a decade low in the December quarter, at 1100.

Minister for Education Gago said the NCVER report also had good news for SA, including the highest number of completions on record for a full year in qualifications of Certificate IV or above (3900).

“In 2013 alone, Skills for All funded 134,900 course enrolments — a 60 per cent increase on 2012. South Australia currently leads the nation in course enrolment growth,” she said.

Abstract from Article by Tim Williams, The Advertiser, May 29th

Available at www.perthnow.com.au

 

LINC Launches new Educational Material

29/05/2014

The purpose of the Educational Material page is to share training material suitable for those with an interest in Transport and Logistics in the later years of high school.

The material incorporates everything from The Logistics of an Xbox Presentation, Science Lesson Plans, Work Health and Safety Handouts to Numeracy Challenges, all contained within a Transport and Logistics frameweork.

 

The Educational Material page can be found at http://www.the-linc.com.au/careers/educational_material

BeyondBlue Launches Mental Health Initiatives for the Transport and Logistics Sector

28/05/2014

Mental health advocacy group beyondblue has launched a campaign focused on the transport, warehousing and postal sector.

In conjunction with the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, the effort aims to encourage sector business leaders to take action on mental health under the slogan: "If you’re not investing in mental health you’re losing money."

The initiative notes that a new PwC report, Creating a mentally health workplace: Return on investment analysis, finds transport, postal and warehousing businesses will receive an average return of $2.80 for every $1 they invest in effective workplace mental health strategies.

"Any positive ROI is something business should strive for," PwC Partner Jeremy Thorpesays.

"This is why I would urge all employers, regardless of what industry you’re in or your business size, to read this report and learn what economic benefits you can gain from investing in mental health."

The research, which looked at the impact of employees’ mental health conditions on productivity, participation and compensation claims, also found these conditions cost employers nationally at least $10.9 billion a year.

The Chairman of beyondblue, Jeff Kennett, says the report provides a compelling case for businesses to back Heads Up, a campaign to give big and small transport, postal and warehousing businesses practical advice about the importance of addressing mental health in the workplace.

"More than one in five Australian transport, postal and warehousing industry workers (23.0 per cent) has experienced mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety in the past 12 months, but sadly too many workplaces still do not realise the importance of their employees’ mental health," Kennett states.

"This report shows that employers have a responsibility not only to their workers, but also to their businesses’ profitability, to tackle these conditions at work.

"Heads Upwill provide them with a tailor-made Action Plan to do this and will help ensure that Australia’s 11.5 million workers across all industries receive the support they need to be mentally healthy and productive."

Heads Upwill target leaders across small, medium and large Australian businesses through advertising and social media campaigns, and already it has the backing of some major companies.

Funded by the Department of Health, it has been launched as a growing body of evidence points to the urgent need for Australian businesses to start treating the mental health of their employees as seriously as they treat physical health and safety.

The report can be found here.

The Heads Up website can be found here.

Latest from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

23/05/2014

The Transport and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 was introduced to the Queensland Parliament in April to reduce the paperwork burden affecting drivers and operators of accredited heavy vehicles.

Once passed into law, drivers will no longer need to carry documents that prove their employers enrolment in the Mass or Maintenance Management accreditation schemes, or that the driver is operating under those schemes.

Nor will employers be liable for a driver’s failure to carry and produce these documents on demand or return the documents to their employer if they change jobs.

Until such time as this legislation is passed, The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has authorised officers not to re-quest, nor to require the production of these documents or to issue any sanctions for failure to carry or produce these documents.

For more information you can access the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator via this link.

Ocean View College’s Leading Logistics Launch

22/05/2014

Ocean View College recently celebrated the launch of their exciting new curriculum pathway in Logistics.

The new pathway will focus on how industry can be directly involved in shaping the direction of the curriculum for young people in Western Adelaide pursuing career pathways in Transport and Logistics.

For Ocean View College establishing strategic partnerships is vital in delivering a curriculum that is aligned, recognised and responds to the needs of the Transport and Logistics Industry.

During the launch Principal Peter McLaren and Deputy Principal Donna Mason spoke about the development of the curriculum and the enhancement of their students career prospects.

The college now offers students the opportunity to gain the Certificate II in Logistics. As well as the Certificate the school focuses in areas such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, innovation and personal initiative, the core skills all employees across industries seek to offer their students as a well rounded education.

The school has followed up with the creation of an Industry Advisoty Group that is to meet within the next month.

Submissions open for the 2014 Supply Chain & Logistics Awards

16/05/2014

The Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia, New South Wales and Victorian Divisions have opened submissions for their respective SCL Awards programs ((NSW, ACT, VIC and TAS), which are feeders into the prestigious Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards each year. Following the recent launch in Queensland, there will be five award categories for nominations for each state.

Future Leaders Award

The purpose of the 2014 Future Leaders Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the transport, supply chain and logistics industry. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase young professionals within our great industry.

Industry Excellence Award

The 2014 Industry Excellence Award recognises and acknowledges the outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently working within the transport, supply chain and logistics industry. The judges will be looking for individuals who have demonstrated vision and leadership, shows innovation and not afraid to take risks.

Supply Chain Management Award

The aim of the 2014 Supply Chain Management Award is to encourage and acknowledge the outstanding achievement of an organisation that has demonstrated significant achievement in managing the integration of supply chains. This could be functional integration within an organisational supply chain or more widely across supply chains involving several organisations that have formed trading partnerships or alliances. Collaboration and added value across the supply chain, achievements gained through outsourcing and the development of new business models could also be demonstrated.

Training, Education & Development Award

The 2014 Training, Education and Development Award is to be presented to the company or institution that best demonstrates a significant achievement in aspects such as recruitment process, training, HR Systems, formal education and development programs which is both relevant to and promotes the supply chain and logistics industry.

Environmental Excellence Award

The Environmental Excellence Award is designed to recognise corporate leadership contributing to the solution of environmental sustainability within our industry through performance and action.

To access a copy of the 2014 NSW, VIC or QLD SCL Award criteria and submission forms, contact secretary@sclaa.com.au, phone the SCLAA National Office on 1300 364 160, or visit www.sclaa.com.au. Nominees do not have to be members of the SCLAA to be eligible for entry. Submissions are due no later than Friday 11 July.

The NSW and VIC SCL Awards are the divisional feeder programs for the 2014 Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards, which will be held on the 27th of November at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and is the oldest and largest awards program in the industry.

 

Article from http://www.tandlnews.com.au

All Eyes on Today's Federal Budget

13/05/2014

The Coalition government will present their first Federal Budget on May 13th following their victory in September’s national election. With public discourse centred around the realities of the Coalition’s insistence on a “Debt Crisis” the transport and logistics industry has reason to be very interested in the budget.

The recently released National Commission of Audit has issued a number of recommendations that are likely to be adopted by the government, who commissioned the report, in the budget although Treasurer Joe Hockey was careful to point out it is “not the budget”.

Among the Transport and Logistics significant recommendations highlighted in the over 900 page report include the abolishment of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and a review into the NTC to determine if and when this body should cease operations, recognising that significant progress has been made with the establishment of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

The Commission further recommends that the Commonwealth work with the States to develop mass-distance-location charging reforms. Over time, these reforms the commission argues should  be extended to universal road user charging for all vehicles to the maximum extent possible.

In South Australian related recommendations the Commission of Audit calls for the privatisation of Adelaide based and Federal Government owned Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) currently estimated to be worth more than $4 billion.    

Treasurer Hockey is hoping to stimulate a new wave of infrastructure spending fuelled by a similar $10 billion in State owned asset sales. With seemingly incompatible calls for increased Infrastructure spending coupled with actions to lower national debt, the T&L Industry will look to May 13th with keen interest.