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SA Freight Council Calls for More Women in Transport Industry


More needs to be done to encourage women to work in the transport and logistics industry, according to a report into gender and equality released by SAFC.

The industry is looking to change the perception that it is a male-dominated area, but alarmingly the percentage of women in the sector has actually dropped significantly in recent years.

SAFC CEO, Neil Murphy, says that as an example, the percentage of women in the transport, postal and warehousing sector in SA had dropped by 15 per cent in the past 5 years alone, from 21.7 per cent to 18.7 per cent.

Mr Murphy says there is also a worrying trend in the pay gap between male and female workers, jumping from 5.2 per cent to 16.1 per cent since 2007.

“More must be done to ensure women are attracted to the transport and logistics industry, and once there, are retained by ensuring they are provided with the opportunities they merit, something they may not have received in the past,” Mr Murphy says.

“We need to get away from the ‘blokes in blue singlets’ stereotype and highlight the diverse range of job and training opportunities that will help encourage women to enter the industry.

“The gender and equality figures show we’re moving in the wrong direction, and we as an industry need to take responsibility in addressing this issue.

“Workforce surveys actually show that female transport and logistics employees have considerably higher education levels, so we know that they have the desire, skills and knowledge to play a key role in what is a changing and advancing industry.”

To highlight the issues and the steps that can be taken to address the challenges SAFC held a Breakfast Meeting with presentations by Leed Consulting’s Diarmid Lee and Katheryn Curnow.

Leed Consulting developed the report in collaboration with SAFC and discussed how the document’s outlined ‘Best Practice Principles’ can be utilised in putting the “theory into practice” in a transport and logistics environment.

The SAFC Gender and Equality Report highlights some of the tools available to make the industry more attractive to women. They include job role redesign, succession planning and clearer opportunities for promotion and training.

“We think there is a genuine lack of awareness regarding employment opportunities in the industry, or there is a concern about what training needs to be undertaken to meet key job criteria,” Mr Murphy says.

“The Transport and Logistics Council has developed a career information booklet that outlines career pathways to help raise awareness of the diverse employment opportunities across the industry.

“Our report highlights steps that businesses can undertake to address gender and equality. It also includes career profiles of women in the workforce to demonstrate the diversity of roles across the industry.

“From a training perspective, we should be starting at school level by encouraging female students to apply for work experience and we can offer apprenticeships to female candidates.  We should also be looking to partner with TAFE and universities, and including relevant information at career expos.”

A copy of the report can be downloaded from

SAFC has a number of free hard copies for distribution that can be requested by emailing

Eco-Driving helps DHL win Environmental Accolades


Reducing road transport emissions and training drivers to drive smarter in Singapore have earned DHL Supply Chain the green label stamp from Green Freight Asia (GFA), the global logistics firm announced last month.

GFA, an industry platform established in 2013 in Singapore, awarded DHL the ‘Two-Leaf’ GFA label for its fuel-efficient vehicles and eco-drivers, DHL said in a statement. The GFA label is a four-tier labelling scheme which identifies companies and organisations committed to adopting and supporting sustainable freight practices in the region.

To qualify for the ‘Two-Leaf’ label, DHL adopted at least two fuel-efficient or carbon dioxide emissions reduction technologies and more than half of its drivers have undergone training to become so-called “eco-drivers’. Carriers like DHL are also assessed based on its annual freight volume, distance travelled and fuel consumption. 

“DHL continuously seeks to improve fuel efficiency in operational activities by optimising transport routes, ensuring our fleets meet or exceed compliance and emissions regulations, and using energy-efficient warehouses,” said Sean Gillespie, vice president for Transport and Distribution at DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific.

Eco-driving, an emerging concept in the road transport industry, aims to educate drivers with driving skills and techniques, as well as using modern vehicle technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save on fuel cost and improve safety and comfort. 

Some of these activities include anticipating traffic flow to maintain a steady speed and shifting up gears earlier to improve fuel efficiency, ensuring tire pressures are at optimal levels to minimise safety risks and fuel wastage, and using in-vehicle air-conditioning and electrical equipment wisely, such as switching them off when not needed, explained Gillespie.

DHL, which is also an active and founding member of GFA, said it has been actively championing the formation of industry platforms such as GFA to help lower fuel consumption and reduce carbon emissions in the region. The Germany-based multinational is also a major supporter of similar industry group Green Freight Europe.

GFA evaluates carriers or transport providers based on their environmental sustainability initiatives such as adopting fuel-efficient vehicles and emissions reduction technologies and conducted by an independent certifications firm, the non-profit industry group said on its website. 

Shippers or users of logistics services such as manufacturing companies can also apply for the GFA accreditation.

The logistics firm first launched its GoGreen programme in 2008 by setting a quantifiable carbon efficiency target in its business operations and subcontracted transport by 30 per cent by 2020. 

DHL is still in the process of evaluating its 2014 perfomance, but 2013 results showed DHL has improved its overall carbon emissions reduction by 18 per cent, noted Gillespie. The firm did not, however, provide details when asked about its emissions reductions performance in Singapore.

He commented: “DHL recognises the importance of continuously driving business growth in a sustainable and environmentally-conscious way and we are constantly doing so not just in Asia but across the world.”

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TLISC Awards for Excellence


The TLISC Awards for Excellence, now in their third year, is to take place in the Crown Melbourne on the 9th April.

Calls for nominations looking to identify outstanding programs or people in the Transport and Logistics industry that deserve national recognition are to close today. Nine awards are up for grabs in total and include the TLISC Chairman’s Awards and the TLISC Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development awards across 6 individual transport sectors.

Last year Veolia Environmental Services won the Award for Innovation & Excellence in Workforce Development in the Road Transport category for their South Australian training initiative. The training program for 163 of their drivers across 7 regional sites in South Australia resulted in increased productivity in waste collection and safety related to vehicle incidents. Veolia, as a result of the training program, managed to reduce vehicle related incidents by 50% which was estimated to produce savings in the order of approximately $70,000. Let’s hope to see another SA winner this year!

To find out more about this year’s award ceremony click here.

Truck Fuel Efficieny Guide


Looking for some quick tips to increase the fuel efficiency of your truck (and reduce your carbon emissions) ... well Truck Locator Online has released a handy Truck Fuel Efficiency Guide and Infogram to help improve your fuel economy.

The Infogram can be seen below but for further informaiton on Improving your Driving Habits, Essential Daily Checks, Maintenance, Upgrading your Vehicle and using the Latest Technology in the attempts to reduce your fuel consumption see

SA Freight Council to host free Gender Equity in T&L Breakfast in Adelaide


The South Australian Freight Council is holding a FREE breakfast meeting for its Members and their guests on February 25th 2015 from 07:30am at the Adelaide Pavilion. There is a $25 subsidised fee for all non-members and their guests.

The breakfast will see the launch of SAFC’s Skills and Career Management Team’s “Gender Equality in Transport and Logistics: Best Practise Principles” document and involve discussion on strategies to support employers to bring about positive change to the gender balance issue in transport and logistics. Long term cultural changes don’t happen by mistake and with more evidence linking greater gender equality with improved business performance, it is important to understand the challenges specific to each company.

This hot Breakfast is FREE to all Members of SAFC and their guests and in addition to providing you with a copy of the reports and some interesting presentations, the breakfast also represents a great networking opportunity.

To launch the report and to inform our guests both Diarmid Lee and Katheryn Curnow of Leed Consulting, gender inclusion specialists, will be on hand to introduce the document and provide an overview of current best practice with regards to gender equality in the workplace and to explore how employers can use the document to support increasing gender equality in their workplace.

Why not take advantage of this opportunity to reward your key staff, colleagues and customers.

For further information please see thebrochure.

To confirm your attendance please complete the registration details and return to Michael McCarthy at before COB Thursday 19th February.