Seeking expressions of interest for ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit

ALC Summit - Nov 16


The Australian Logistics Council is seeking expressions of interest to speak at the upcoming ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit, to be held in Sydney on 10 November.

The inaugural ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit, held in November 2015, saw ALC commit to taking a leadership role, with a series of strategies identified to encourage and retain more women in the logistics industry, to widen the recruitment pool and help bring a new perspective to the industry.

ALC’s publication, Diversity – Opportunity for Change, clearly outlines the task ahead and the work that needs to be done to build on the good work already underway by many leading logistics companies to develop greater diversity in the workplace.

In 2016, the Agenda for the ALC Diversity & Inclusion Summit will be expanded to include attracting youth to the industry and indigenous employment.

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about ALC’s People policy area.

Please send your expression of interest (up to 250 words) to by 30 June 2016.  

Please make the following details clear as part of your submission:

  • Full contact details
  • Position and organisation
  • Presentation title

All interest will be considered by the ALC People committee.

Abolition of RSRT – A Victory for Good Policy

The abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal last night was a victory for good policy on safety in Australian supply chains, Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council said today.

“The Senate vote vindicates ALC’s long held position that the Tribunal and its Orders would inevitably lead to regulatory overlap, confusion, inefficiencies and costs,” he said.

“From the time the so-called ‘safe-rates’ tribunal was proposed in 2010, ALC has highlighted that it is a flawed approach to dealing with heavy vehicle safety.

“In the ALC response to the Safe Rates Directions Paper in February 2011, ALC stated:

ALC believes that the establishment of a tribunal, as proposed in the Directions Paper, is a step against the positive momentum currently being experienced. Rather than improve safety outcomes, ALC believes the introduction of a new layer of regulation and another entity will generate duplication, confusion and cost, resulting in reduced viability of smaller operators and increased costs to consumers without achieving a commensurate improvement in safety outcomes.
“The ALC view has always been that the most effective way to drive safety in the heavy vehicle industry is through achieving greater compliance and enforcement of Chain of Responsibility in the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

“These views were outlined in the recent ALC publication Why the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Should Be Abolished.

“There are a number of proposed changes to Chain of Responsibility laws in 2016. This includes the introduction of a ‘primary duty of care’ into the current Chain of Responsibility that will be similar in nature to those contained in workplace health and safety legislation.

“Government and industry need to complement this stronger regulatory approach by progressing a number of additional key safety measures, including:

  • The mandatory use of technology in all heavy vehicles to record safety measures such as fatigue, speeding, location, dangerous driving etc.
  • Operator accreditation to ensure industry participants are competent to perform required tasks
  • A greater focus on heavy vehicle maintenance as part of chain of responsibility
  • Better alignment with work health safety laws.

“This policy work is often difficult, arduous and doesn’t get an easy headline in the major papers.

“ALC calls on those organisations that have invested time and resources in the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal to put their weight behind the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to develop and implement safety measures that are workable, effective and which drive heavy vehicle safety outcomes across Australia,” he said.

Further information, contact Duncan Sheppard on 0412 340 934 or

Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier

Friday, 29 April 2016 at the MCG

Join the Conversation at the MCG on 29th April where Jody Freestone, General Manager for Freestones Transport will be one of our inspirational speakers.

Jody Freestone with titleJody’s career was introduced to her at a very young age through the founders of the family business, which has been established for over 40 years.  Before Jody’s current position she has worked in auditing, compliance and operations within Freestones.  Jody has also working as a lawyer in commercial litigation and insurance and for regulatory authorities and the telematics sector

As General Manager of Freestones Transport, Jody Freestone is responsible for:

  • the development and execution of the company annual business plans and strategy
  • identifying new business opportunities
  • enhancing the Freestone brand
  • controlling all aspects of the business which includes finance, compliance, fleet management, operations and new business

Points that will be covered by Jody during her presentation include:

  • How to approach change in your business successfully;
  • Why the implementation of change fails; and
  • How our company approached change

For more information on ‘Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier’ and to register 


Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier. Join the Conversation!

Join the De-genderisation Conversation at the MCG on 29th April

Tracey Waring, Ernst & Young’s Oceania IFRS desk leader and Global IFRS leader – Mining & Metals, will be joining other inspirational speakers at this not-to-be-missed, ground breaking event.

Tracey Waring - 250pxTracey is a partner at EY and has worked there for over 23 years. She is their Oceania International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Desk leader and also the Global IFRS leader – Mining & Metals. She has over 23 years of experience in the provision of assurance and financial accounting advisory services to a wide range of clients and a large portion of these have been clients in the mining and metals sector. Two of these years were spent working at EY’s global headquarters in London.

In her global role, Tracey spends a significant amount of her time meeting with a wide range of Mining & Metals clients around the globe and has regular and close interactions with the International Accounting Standards Board. Tracey is a regular presenter at global EY forums, and other industry forums.

Tracey is also EY’s Oceania IFRS desk leader and leads a team of over 50 people from across the Oceania region.

Tracey is passionate about EY’s people and in particular the advancement of women.  She is a regular presenter at women’s forums facilitated by EY and externally where they explore the issues facing women. She is also a member of the advisory board of Women in Mining International which looks to implement initiatives that improve worldwide gender balance in the mining industry, and foster the professional development of women in mining. Tracey also mentors a large number of EY women across the globe.

She is a wife, a mother of two amazing teenage daughters, a sister and a daughter to two wonderful parents, and lives a busy, full but rewarding life.

For more information and to register, click here

LSC Solutions Pty Ltd Sponsors ‘Women in Logistics’

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Women in Logistics – The Final Frontier. Challenge gender diversity!

Women in Logistics  –  The Final Frontier

A ground breaking and inspiring event that challenges gender diversity and calls for an end to workplace bias by de-genderising industries and employment.

Many countries worldwide, including Australia, have worked hard over the years making significant progress with workplace equality.  Discussions abound for equal remuneration, employment opportunities and family friendly policies for men and women.  The aim of true gender workplace equality is achieve a level playing field.

“Gender should never be a part of the conversation in the first place.  Workplace equality, gender bias or de-genderisation of the workplace as I call it, is not about pitching men against women.  It’s time that the industry stopped treating and rewarding men and women in the same roles differently”, says Amanda O’Brien, National Director of SCLAA & CEO of Xtreme Freight.

“It’s about the best person for the job should get the job regardless of gender. Any de-genderised workplace attracts top talent when skills are respected and recognised, and not gender.  Considerable research shows that de-genderised businesses perform better by bringing together varied perspectives producing a holistic analysis of business issues spurring greater effort and improved decision making.”

This event, presented by the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) will change the think tanks of government and industry.  “This event highlights the needs for men and women by leading industry de-genderisation conversations.  Industry leaders, both men and women, are supporting this initiative and adding voice to these vital conversations”, says Mark Skipper, Chairman of SCLAA.

“It’s not about tokenism, it’s not women versus men, or another ‘Women’s Event’.  It’s time to de-genderise the industry and employment.  The SCLAA is proud to be leading the conversation.”

The event program features leading industry spokespeople from diverse industry sectors including the defence services, transport companies and the mining sector to discuss such topics as:

  • Confidence versus Competence
  • Authentic Leadership: What it truly means to be an authentic and influential leader and to lead an authentic life
  • Fearless Leadership: Change Leadership is about People not Organisations
  • Managing Change in a 40-Year Family Business

The evolution starts here. Come, participate and facilitate the de-genderisation conversations, ask the right questions, create change and take action.  This is just the beginning of a brave new world.

When:  Friday, 29 April 2016 – 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue:  MCG Members Dining Room and Percy Beames Bar, Richmond Vic
Cost:  SCLAA Members – $150.00 | Non-Members – $165.00
Registrations close:  Monday, 18 April 2016

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For further information contact:
Amanda O’Brien
M:  0408 129 705

Introducing SCLAA’s New National Partner – WiseTech Global

The SCLAA is a not-for-profit Industry Association, run by members for members. Our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners, one of which we newly welcome is WiseTech Global. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.


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WiseTech Global is an innovative global developer of cloud-based software solutions for the domestic and international logistics industries, with a strong focus on 3PL Contract Warehousing and Transport operators. Their leading product, CargoWise One, provides the most integrated and comprehensive end-to-end logistics solution in the world, and forms an integral link in the global supply chain.

From single-office businesses to large multinational companies worldwide, WiseTech Global’s customers use this next-generation technology to improve their visibility, efficiency, quality of service, productivity and profitability.

CargoWise One Warehouse Manager provides a comprehensive management system for effective 3PL and 4PL operations, with visibility and inventory control to optimize warehouse processes.

Integration with your transportation and forwarding operations reduces data-entry volume. CargoWise One links your warehouse operations to your partners, providers, and the global supply chain to streamline workflow.

Whether door-to-port or port-to-door, trucks or tracks, refrigerated, point to point, bulk or line haul, CargoWise One Transport Manager is the comprehensive solution that seamlessly manages your consignments. CargoWise One’s mobile application enables visibility and real time management from your handheld device.

With over 6,000 customers in more than 115 countries, WiseTech Global’s breakthrough software solutions are renowned for their powerful productivity, extensive functionality, comprehensive integration, deep compliance capabilities, and their truly global reach.

For more information on WiseTech Global, visit

Contact WTG:
WiseTech Global Sydney Office
Unit 3a, 72 O’Riordan Street
Alexandria NSW 2015
Australia       |      +61 (2) 8001 2200

ALC Statement on Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

The Australian Logistics Council supports an announcement today by Employment Minister Senator Michaelia Cash that the Government will be introducing legislation in the week commencing 18 April 2016 to ensure that orders setting mandatory remuneration rates for truck drivers cannot commence before 1 January 2017.

“This is a common sense approach by the Government and ALC commits to working with the Department of Employment on the review of the Road Safety Remuneration System as announced by the Minister last week,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director.

“The position that ALC will take to this review will be consistent with our position over the last four years – that the abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal is the best option to avoid the duplication, confusion and costs that would inevitably result from the Tribunal

“Our position on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal was backed by a Review of the Road Safety Remuneration System by Price Waterhouse Coopers and an independent review by Jaguar Consulting, both released last Friday.

“ALC believes the best way to achieve safety improvements in the heavy vehicle industry is through achieving greater compliance and enforcement of Chain of Responsibility (part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law),” he concluded.



New Report on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Highlights its True Cost to the Community – 1 April 2016
Abolition of Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Still the Best Option – 24 March 2016

Dematic Acquires NDC Automation

Dematic, a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, today announced the acquisition of NDC Automation, a leading provider of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and software in Australia and New Zealand. NDC Automation will operate under the trade name NDC Automation for a transition period locally, and globally as Dematic, and will continue to deliver the highest quality AGV solutions for Dematic customers.

Ulf Henriksson, Dematic President and CEO stated, “We are pleased to announce the acquisition of NDC Automation, which enhances our ability to design, deliver and deploy global AGV solutions that move, store and/or retrieve goods.”  Henriksson continued, “The NDC portfolio expands upon an existing portfolio that will dynamically optimise the movement of raw materials or finished goods as they move throughout a facility, including software that provides real-time information addressing material flow metrics.”

Headquartered in Australia, NDC Automation has been providing AGV solutions for companies located in Australia and New Zealand for more than 40 years. The company has pioneered major advances in the areas of safety and vehicle navigation for its customers.

Glen Borg, Dematic CEO ANZ/ASEAN commented, “This acquisition further enhances our offerings to the global marketplace, complementing our storage equipment and logistics IT technologies and providing our customers with expanded flexible, scalable and modular solutions.”

“The NDC Automation team is excited to join the Dematic organisation and leverage our technology, deep breadth of experience and provoking thought leadership in the area of goods transportation,” stated Tommy Eklof, NDC Automation CEO. “We look forward to offering our combined technology solutions to create competitive advantage for the Dematic and NDC customer base.”

Women in Logistics The Final Frontier – Friday, 29 April 2016

Don’t Miss This Ground Breaking Event! Join the Conversation at the MCG on 29th April where the Inspirational Director General Supply Chain, Air Commodore from the Australian Defence Force Christine Tolson is Leading and mentoring logistics professionals of the future.

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Born in Bunbury, Western Australia, Air Commodore Christine Tolson joined the Air Force as a ‘Supply Officer Cadet’ on 15 January 1985. Throughout her career she has performed in a number of capacities and has capital acquisition and sustainment logistics experience and qualification. Of note, Air Commodore Tolson has held four separate Command appointments during her career: Commanding Officer Maritime Patrol Systems Program Office (SPO) Commanding Officer Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems Program Office, Officer Commanding Munitions Branch as well as her current Command as Director General Supply Chain. As Director General Supply Chain, Air Commodore Tolson is responsible for wholesale warehousing and distribution, maintenance and operational supply chain functions for the Australian Defence Force.

Air Commodore Tolson has spent much of her career driving change and reform and her current posting, in which she is charged with realizing the reform started by the Defence Logistics Transformation Program, is no different. She has extensive contract development, negotiation and management and supply chain design experience. A firm believer in strategic planning and that ‘the data will set you free’, her career has also seen her invest significantly in instilling planning and performance management ethos and frameworks within the various organisations that she has led.

Her great passion lay in leadership and in mentoring the logistics officers and female leaders of the future.

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