Who we are

Our mandate

The Transport and Logistics Centre was established in 2000. It acts as a "think tank" for new ideas in capability building in transport and logistics. It also provides advice to the transport and logistics industry in matters of workforce planning and skills development - especially industrial mediation, mentoring, innovation and knowledge sharing. As a not-for-profit company TALC provides its services on a cost recovery basis. It is here to serve the industry. Our work is independent and driven by our values - collaboration, empowerment and innovation in all things.

Our Philosophy

Our view is that building industry capability is like the ancient game of "go"chess - played with white and black pieces or "stones" on a large board comprised of intersecting lines - you develop the game one small move at time within a long term strategy. Unlike traditional chess, there are no dramatic leaps and jumps across the board to secure the game. "Go" is a seemingly simple occupation of empty spaces by these stones, one space at a time, until the game is won. TALC likewise does not deal in dramatic moves and sweeping gestures. Complex problems require simple strategies, played out over a long period and with an eye to the ultimate outcome. The strategies become more complex as the game progresses, but the basic principles stay the same. Stick to one move at a time, keep it simple, and make each move link to the overall goal. That is TALC's approach to work.


TALC has worked with industrial stakeholders in the transport and logistics industry, with the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport, Infrastructure Australia, several industry Associations including the State based Freight Councils, AFIF, LAA, CILTA, SCLAA, ARTIO, VTA, APICS and AITPM; and with State agencies including NSW RTA (now RMS). TALC supported the Research Forum at the national SMART Conference. We also have a close working relationship in terms of research and field work with the Australian School of Business at the University of NSW, and the Workforce Futures Centre at Macquarie University.

We advise, assist and facilitate projects, programmes and ideas. The primary focus of our work is capability building in transport and logistics. TALC was initially established in 2000 in NSW, and then funded in part by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments in 2004. We have enjoyed bipartisan support since that time. We have also worked closely with private companies, industry associations and trade unions on industry related projects within our mandate. In 2007 TALC became an independent not-for-profit research and consulting group. In early 2013 TALC widened its reach to include industrial mediation activities; including facilitation of enterprise agreements, mentoring for senior executives and conflict resolution in the workplace.

TALC has provided long term advice and support to the Australian Transport Council (now SCOTI) and the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport on a national Strategic Action Plan in the area of workforce planning and skills that was endorsed by the Council in 2009. A network of local industry based advisory groups was established in every State and the Northern Territory. TALC facilitated this network in conjunction with the Department. Local initiatives and progressive national ideas to build workforce capability emerged from this network. In 2012 TALC worked with various agencies in the Commonwealth Government to transition this extensive network into a new arrangement in the education and training portfolio.

TALC also assisted the Commonwealth Government in the training aspects of the national Shipping Reform Strategy. TALC's Managing Director, Professor Daryll Hull PhD FAICD FCILT, Chaired an Industry Reference Group in 2011 at the invitation of the Commonwealth Minister for Infrastructure and Transport which examined ways and means to improve training delivery in maritime occupations. This included work on a workforce planning model, national coordination of delivery systems and related matters. He was made a Member of the ongoing Maritime Workforce Development Forum established through that process.

Further, TALC has project managed a range of industry led special initiatives in continuing professional development, fuel efficient road transport operations, further education for freight forwarders, and work for Infrastructure Australia in the area of improving productivity via more collaborative operations in infrastructure projects.

In particular, in 2006 TALC established and supported five national industry Associations to set up a Transport and Logistics Certification Council to award industry based accreditation for professionals working in transport and logistics. The CPL (Certified Professional Logistician) and the CTP (Certified Transport Planner) are the first ever attempt in Australia to offer a combined industry accreditation across the key national professional Associations.

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