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Feedback sought on Freight Policy Reform

The NSW Government’s Freight Policy Reform Program is now underway, with the release of a consultation paper giving industry a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide valuable feedback on the rapidly evolving freight sector and supply chain.

The reform will identify short, medium and long-term actions for government to support a resilient freight sector that will enable us to develop our local manufacturing capabilities and improve road safety.

Freight has seen major changes since a sector plan was last developed more than 2 decades ago, including the leasing of NSW’s 3 key ports, privatisation of rail services, changes to vehicle technology and new emission reduction targets.

Transport Minister Jo Haylen explained the importance of the consultation.

“The release of the Freight Policy Reform Program Consultation Paper is a critical step in formulating the blueprint for improving freight efficiency,” he said.

“We encourage industry to get involved and provide feedback on how we can support a resilient freight sector, which will mean cheaper goods, delivered more quickly and efficiently, for the people of NSW.”

The consultation paper outlines the guiding principles, scope and purpose of the reform. It identifies the key issues across the freight and logistics sector that would benefit from government and industry attention.

The Freight Reform Program will be overseen by an independent advisory panel, led by Dr Kerry Schott AO, and including Mr Lucio Di Bartolomeo and Dr Hermione Parsons.

The consultation paper and dates of information sessions can be accessed by visiting the Transport for NSW Freight Policy Reform website, with online submissions open until 31 May 2024.

The reform will also include further consultation on the draft NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy (HVAP) and recommendations made in the Review of the Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy (PBLIS).