Industry to help lift freight strategy ambition

The Australian Government has announced the membership of a new Freight Industry Reference Panel on behalf of the Transport and Infrastructure Council.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the recent combination of natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important our supply chains are to maintaining our way of life for Australians.

“The National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, developed by all Australian Governments with extensive input from industry, lays out a 20-year plan showing how Governments and industry will work together to lift our freight networks’ performance,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“The new Panel will provide industry a clear line of sight on implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy and annually report to Transport and Infrastructure Ministers its independent view on progress made.

“Considering the importance of the Panel in ratcheting up ambition on the Strategy, I am pleased the Panel has attracted individuals highly respected by government, industry and the community alike.”


Panel membership is comprised of:

  • Mr John Fullerton, Chair
  • Ms Nicole Lockwood
  • Ms Sophie Finemore
  • Mr Peter Garske
  • Mr Brett Charlton


“Mr Charlton has been involved in international logistics for over quarter of a century. He has vast experience in advocacy on freight and logistics policy matters both at home and abroad and is the current Chairman of the Tasmanian Logistics Committee.

“As an island nation, maritime freight will always be front and centre in our trade environment. Mr Charlton’s experience with ports, shipping lines, logistics consulting and freight forwarding will be an invaluable contribution to the Panel.

“The panel will act as a lever to elicit more actions from all levels of government and industry to ensure best practice and better outcomes for all.

“I welcome the Panel members and wish them the best as they embark on their important task of working closely with industry on the implementation of the Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.”

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