A Study on the Enablers and Outcomes of Logistics Cluster Benefits

AFIF has been approached by a PhD Candidate, Mr Shanta Hollock, at RMIT University in Melbourne, seeking assistance from AFIF Members to participate in a survey.

Mr Hollock’s PhD involves investigating the relationship of logistics clusters to business benefits.

Mr Hollock’s interest in this area arises from his current consulting practice across multiple jurisdictions covering funding of large transport infrastructure investment evaluation and procurement

The project will involve contact with firms in supply chain, logistics, transport, distribution, storage activities as well as educators, insurers and others providing services to these sectors.

The aim of Mr Hollock’s research is to understand, what enables the creation of logistics clusters benefits and the consequences to firms of such logistics cluster benefits being created.   There has been little or no research conducted in this field in Australia, making this ground-breaking.

“The benefit to you in participating in the survey is that I will be able to share the results of this research once it is completed. At a more specific level I anticipate this research will further the knowledge base of logistics and industry clustering in Australia.

I would therefore like to invite you to share your experience and knowledge in this ground breaking initiative.”

RMIT has a strict policy of confidentiality and I am happy to share with you the draft statements that will go out to participants. All research in Australia involving humans is reviewed by an independent group of people called a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), this project being approved by the RMIT University HREC. This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007). This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies. I attach an ethics document (PICF) that should go out with this invitation.

My research benefits from the guidance of two leading RMIT specialist academics on the supervisory team, Dr. Vinh Thai and Dr. Konrad Peszynski.

If you want any further information concerning this project, you can contact me on 0438878661 or the following person:


Assoc. Professor Dr. Vinh Thai


Chief investigator / Senior supervisor


61 3 9925 5014





This research has obtained Ethics approval in RMIT.

Your participation and support is highly appreciated. You can go to the URL and commence the survey which takes about 17 mins to complete."


Participant Information Sheet/Consent Form

Shanta Hallock


AFIF thanks you for your participation.