ALC Codes

“making the supply chain safe and compliant under the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) concept”

The National Logistic Safety Code (NLSC) has been developed by the member companies of ALC by harmonising the Retail Logistics Supply Chain Code of Conduct with the Steel Code of Practice. The NLSC is the platform from which all industries can develop their own industry solution to best suit their needs whilst maintaining levels of consistency for all parties whatever supply chain.

There are currently three NLSC Codes of Practice in the Transport & Logistics industry – one for the steel industry, one for the retail sector i.e. fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and one for the coal seam gas industry .

The Australian Logistics Council is now inviting other industry sectors to become part of the NLSC with their industry specific module.


The Code is aimed at establishing practicable and enforceable guidelines covering logistical interaction across the entire supply chain to ensure all parties understand their role and obligations in making the supply chain safe and compliant under the Chain of Responsibilities (CoR) laws. The Code is not intended to be anti-competitive in any way.

The Code is voluntary and prescribes minimum levels of operational behavior to assist those in the code to manage their obligations under the relevant road transport laws and occupational health and safety legislation. The Code will not remove the obligation to comply with relevant laws and regulations.


The Code applies to the following activities within the supply chain and the regulation and standards that apply to them.

  • Legal Compliance and CoR
  • OH&S Risk Assessment & Compliance
  • Fatigue Management
  • Scheduling, queuing and time slotting
  • Safe Loads
  • Speed Management
  • Equipment
  • Driver Health / Drug & Alcohol free workplace
  • Subcontractor Assessment
  • Operational Infrastructure

In addition to the specific freight carriage requirements covered under the relevant road transport laws, participants in the National Logistics Safety Code (NLSC) are expected to abide by all relevant regulation concerning driver fitness.

Signatories will be required to ensure that their actions, in actions or demands do not result in pressures being brought to bear on persons preforming the transport task that may result in a breach of the legislative requirements of the States or Territories through which the goods are transported.

All parties in Australia’s logistics supply chain must take responsibility to ensure safety is given the highest priority.

ALC supply chain safety and compliance summit