2022 National Forum on Urban Freight Logistics Education

Friday 17 June 2022, 9am-1pm AEST

A recently completed iMOVE Australia project involving the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) surveyed urban freight stakeholders nationally about the need for a tertiary-level freight logistics curriculum, the skills and capabilities stakeholders would like to see in graduates, and what course design might best meet industry needs.

This half-day forum will present the findings of the survey, provide a comprehensive evaluation of the state of education on urban logistics in Australia, and give an overview of international best practice in freight logistics education, summarising alternative and sustainable freight logistic practices.

The ensuing breakout discussions will give attendees the chance to contribute to developing a new urban freight logistics curriculum for Australia.

The forum is based around the findings of the iMOVE Australia project, Developing an urban freight planning course: A scoping study

Forum hosts are DITRDC, QUT, iMOVE Australia, Wayfinder, and Future Food Systems CRC.

Forum agenda

8.30am: Networking and coffee

9.00am: Welcome to QUT

9.10am: Australian Government Executive Address

9.20am: Keynote Industry Address: Mr Michael Byrne, International Freight Coordinator General (AUSTRADE), former MD/CEO Toll Holdings, Linfox P/L and Coates Hire, Senate Member University of Western Australia

9.45am: National Industry Panel: Identifying the Business Need and the Challenges

  • Marika Calfas, CEO NSW Ports
  • James Dixon, Divisional GM South, E-commerce Deliveries, Australia Post
  • Sandra Corowa, Transport Manager (QLD), Woolworths
  • David Sanders, Group MD Bestrane.
  • Kareena May, MD SITE Planning + Design

10.45am: Morning tea

11.00am: Urban Logistics Planning and Transport Engineer Education research findings

  • Literature review: Professor Tan Yigitcanlar
  • National survey: Ms Sarah Briant
  • Delphi survey findings: Dr Paul Donehue
  • Education delivery models: Associate Dean Karen Whalen

12 noon: Breakout group discussions
12.40pm: Plenary and next steps
1.00pm: Forum close.

When and where?

The forum is scheduled to take place on Friday 17 June from 9am-1pm AEST.

If attending in person, the venue is QUT Gardens Point, S Block, OJW Room 1215, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. View on map.

Registration and further information

To register for the forum, click here

On the registration form, choose whether you’ll be attending virtually or in person and select which of the three breakout sessions you wish to attend.

For more information about the forum, contact Professor Douglas Baker on or the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications on