The Australian Government recognises the importance of the freight logistics industry and the impact it has both domestically and internationally.
Freight Councils operate within each State of Australia. These Councils are jointly funded by Australian and State Governments with support from the Australian Logistics Industry.
These Councils provide a unique, industry driven forum bringing together all players within Australia's freight logistics chains. Collectively, the Councils are known as the Australian Freight Councils Network (AFCN).
The AFCN plays a significant role in improving Australia's regional and urban logistics-chain performance and in implementing the new National Strategy for the Transport and Logistics Freight Industry - Enhancing Australia's Supply Chains 2008-15.
On 15 June 2011, Minister Albanese agreed to extend funding of the AFCNs for a further three years until 2013-14, at a maximum cost of $1.2 million (GST exclusive) per year.