In 2009, the Australian Government announced that Infrastructure Australia and the National Transport Commission would develop a National Ports Strategy (NPS) for consideration by the Council of Australian Governments. Infrastructure Australia required expert consultancy support to assist them in finalizing the development of the NPS and to begin its implementation.
WHAT NOETIC DID
Noetic was well-placed to provide Infrastructure Australia with expert advice and assist with finalizing and implementing the NPS. We applied our global ports and freight transport experience to engage key public and private port and supply chain stakeholders across Australia to achieve this. Key actions undertaken by Noetic included:
- reviews and assessments of existing port operations (container and bulk) and master plans
- supply chain assessments to identify present base standards of supply chain cohesion and scalability in the context of the National Port and Land Freight Strategies
- development of regional supply chain plans and port master planning frameworks, including benchmarking international best practice in planning for future port developments
- development and facilitation of expert panels to support the NPS process
The NPS was ratified by the Council of Australian Governments. Ports in Australia had too often been planned in isolation – this issue was addressed as a result of extensive stakeholder engagement carried out for this project, which brought a clearer focus to the importance of master planning and landside integration within ports. As a result, future port and supply chain infrastructure investment strategies continue to be drawn up through these processes.