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Barossa Pathways to Employment Expo


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 and remember to check out SAFC's careers website for all

SA Skills for All Funded Training Place Update


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


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


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."


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Green Light Day


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.


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


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.


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Toll to cut 100 jobs


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.’’


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Vocational Training in South Australia hits 10-year low


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.

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LINC Launches new Educational Material


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

BeyondBlue Launches Mental Health Initiatives for the Transport and Logistics Sector


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


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


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


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, phone the SCLAA National Office on 1300 364 160, or visit 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.


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All Eyes on Today's Federal Budget


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.

Tasmanian Freight Logistics Committee calls for Transparency on new Shipping Provider


The Freight Logistics Committee is calling for an open and transparent tender process, for a new, international shipping service operator.

The Tasmanian Government is offering $11 million per year, for three years, to help get an international freight route up and running.

But while the Freight Logistics Council welcomes the move, Chair Steve Henty says the process must be open and transparent and whatever the outcome, it must meet the needs of all Tasmanian exporters.

"Anything that assists Tasmanian producers by reducing the cost of freight, therefore making them more competitive in a global market, is excellent," Mr Henty said.

"However, what we need is some information, so we can make sure that any such direct service from Tasmania is able to be utilised by as many producers as possible."

The subsidised re-establishment of an international shipping route, was an election promise and Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding, has written to several local and international providers.

Proposals must be submitted by June 30 and a preferred provider will be announced on July 16.

Mr Henty says once a preferred provider is announced, commercial, in confidence laws, will no longer be a hurdle, meaning the thorough investigation of the services the company would be able to provide will be possible.

"We need that open and transparent process, so that anybody that exports has the opportunity to have their say, on whether that is a service they can use," he said.

"Unless we know what type of services are being offered, it's very difficult for Tasmanian businesses to make that commitment.

"We want to make sure that whatever service is chosen, will help as many Tasmanian exporters as possible and it's specialised to only one, or two exporters in the state."


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New Victorian Terminal to create 200 jobs


Two hundred Victorian jobs will be created by the development of a new international container terminal at the Port of Melbourne, the state government says.

Ports Minister David Hodgett on Friday announced a contract had been awarded to a consortium to provide a third stevedoring option for port users in Victoria.

"The delivery of additional container capacity through this new terminal will greatly assist in meeting the demands of trade growth," Mr Hodgett said.

The new terminal at Webb Dock will handle more than one million standard containers each year.

Mr Hodgett said the operator, Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd, would concentrate on promoting off-peak truck movements to improve the efficiency of the state's transport logistics.

Work on the terminal is expected to start later this year for completion late in 2016.


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Northline opens new $24 million T&L Facility in Sydney


Northline’s new $24 million Sydney transport and logistics facility at Smithfield has opened and is now fully operational.

The 32,000 square metre facility, located at 15 Long Street, Smithfield in Sydney’s western suburbs, has been custom built to provide easy access to major transport links.

It provides more than 16,500 square metres of warehousing and freight operations space, including an all-weather loading and unloading breezeway and the company’s New South Wales state office.

The facility is part of an 11.79ha site controlled by a division of Charter Hall Funds Management Ltd (CH) and being developed and built by Commercial & Industrial Property Pty Ltd (CIP).

Northline chief executive officer Craige Whitton said the new Smithfield facility is fit for purpose.

“The improved efficiencies of the site will be of significant benefit to our customers who rely on Northline’s ability to move freight quickly and efficiently through our Facilities, said Mr Whitton.

Meanwhile, in Brisbane…

Northline has commenced construction on a new $21 million transport and logistics facility at Redbank in Brisbane’s south to expand its Queensland footprint, improve efficiencies for clients and provide better access to major transport links.

The new, 25,000 square metre Brisbane facility will replace the current Northline facility at Pinkenba.

It will be located within the Goodman Group’s $350 million Redbank Motorway Estate, a new 62 hectare industrial development site with direct access to the Ipswich Motorway via the new RedbankLinkBridge.

It will provide more than 12,500 square metres of warehousing and undercover freight operations space including an all-weather loading and unloading breezeway and the company’s Queensland state office.

Development approval for the new facility was granted in December 2013 and construction commenced in January.

The facility is expected to open mid-September 2014. It is located at Monash Road, Redbank, Queensland.

Incorporated in 1983, Northline is a privately owned and managed Australian company specialising in four major areas of service provision: road and rail freight management services, warehousing and distribution, global freight forwarding, and mining, construction, oil & gas logistics.

With 13 branches across the nation, the company employs over 400 staff.

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TLISC E-Scan 2014


The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) has released its 2014 Environmental Scan. The annual Environmental Scan is a key publication of TLISC’s which follows extensive consultations with key stakeholders across the transport and logistics industry. This year’s report identifies several new challenges emerging for the industry including the challenge of navigating the workforce needs demanded by new integrated intermodal hubs, the challenge of deploying new technology that continues to create demand for new skills among others.

To little surprise considering its growing importance to the industry the report emphasises the importance of training as a driver to productivity and profit. TLISC research has forecast that the proportion of the industry’s workforce requiring qualifications will increase substantially over the next five years if businesses are to remain competitive.

TLISC referencing Hays latest Quarterly Report states that continued investment in education and training that targets employee productivity and increases employee skill sets yields an estimated benefit of $20.4 billion. It therefore is important that businesses continue to develop the skills of their workforce especially considering TLISC estimating at minimum 55,800 new qualifications will be needed in the Logistics sector alone between 2013 – 2017. Within this timeframe it is estimated that there will be job openings of 151,000 on top of the already 797,000 employed in Transport and Logistics operations. The occupation with the largest expected increase is Truck Driver with an expected job creation of 42,200.

To emphasis the growing importance of training within the industry TLISC identifies the need to facilitate co-investment and collaboration between industry and government as one of its key priorities for the year especially considering a time of declining government subsidies and industry investment.

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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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