Source: TLI10 Transport and Logistics Training Package (Version 1.1), Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council, www.tlisc.org.au
Transport and Logistics is often referred to as the ‘backbone’ of the Australian economy. It directly affects every part of the economy and everyone’s standard of living – from what we buy, to the price we pay for goods, to how we get from place to place. The transport and logistics network comprises ports, roads, railways, freight terminals, airports, and distribution and materials handling centers. Because of its integration within the economy and the embedded nature of its functions, the relative ‘health’ of the Transport and Logistics Industry is often considered a barometer for the overall strength of the economy. The industry is characterised by diversity of mode, size, freight type, ownership, location, employees’ skills and infrastructure requirements. Transport and logistics involves almost every type of occupation, from crews of vehicles, trains, vessels and aircraft to staff involved in engineering, infrastructure, tourism, hospitality, security, retailing, warehousing, administration and IT.