About the Council
The strength of the Western Australian economy depends strongly on its external trade, and the majority of trading partners are globally distant. The size of the State, its heavily concentrated coastal population and the remoteness of its key export industries, make the need for efficient supply chains based on strong supportive Government policy obvious.
This is the context in which Hon Simon O’Brien, the then Minister for Transport, established the Freight and Logistics Council of Western Australia in March 2009. The Council’s annual budget of $400,000, unchanged since 2009, comes equally from State and Federal Government.
The objective of the Council is to be a forum for industry decision-makers to talk with Government policy-makers at a senior level about supply chain efficiency. This dialogue allows a useful exchange of views during policy formulation and encourages industry ownership of subsequent Government positions.
From the Government’s viewpoint, the opportunity to enrich its policy deliberations with independent industry input is invaluable. This is the reason for the strong support the Council enjoys from Government at both State and national levels.
Supply chain efficiency issues for Council consideration arise from a broad cross-section of industry and Government, from the Council’s membership and from the Minister himself, in pursuit of policy advice independent of normal agency channels.
When issues are raised with the Council, they are progressed through a process of research and/or advocacy. The main use of the budget we receive from governments is to undertake a wide-ranging and independent research program, the results of which help the Council to identify and address supply chain inefficiency.
Information sharing is an equally valuable contribution that the Council makes to policy outcomes. It does this through discussion between key freight and logistics leaders in industry and Government, within and beyond the Council itself, and through regular regional visits and through this web-site.
The Council meets monthly, with permanent working groups progressing major issues between meetings. Our four working groups focus on land use and planning, transport operations, transport strategy and national developments. The business of the Council is handled with the support of the Department of Transport through the services of a full-time Executive Officer and assistant.