Following the Victorian government announcement of circuit breaker restrictions, the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) encourages all Australian governments to adhere to the Domestic Border Control Freight Movement Protocol.
The protocol explicitly states that state and territory authorities “…should consult with other relevant governments, regulators and with industry in relation to border controls at shared borders to ensure that requirements are communicated and understood.”
With the rapidly evolving situation arising in Victoria, ALC has implored state governments to adhere to the National Freight Protocol guidelines.
The continuous movement of freight is essential during these challenging times and these protocols ensure supermarket shelves are stocked and essential goods reach communities.
“The removal of restrictions on freight movements has enabled significant community amenity during this time, ensuring essential goods including groceries and medical supplies have reached and continue to reach those who need it most,” said ALC Interim CEO Rachel Smith.
“ALC continues to work with governments to permanently remove these restrictions, as the supply chain has proved to be integral to the evolving needs to the communities they serve,” she said.
Smith said Australia’s supply chain remained the unsung heroes of the pandemic.
“Our thoughts are with the Victorian community as they prepare for the week ahead and our hope is they stay safe and well during this time,” she said.