CEO Update – October 2017

On Thursday 21 September our Chief Operating Officer, Paul Walsh, and I had the opportunity to meet with the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and report on our experience as a Skills Service Organisation (SSO) supporting 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRCs). We outlined how we have engaged with and supported our IRCs to undertake industry intelligence to identify the current and future skills priorities for their industry sectors.  In addition, we quantified the Training Package development activities we have completed and provided an update on the transition work we have been commissioned to complete. I was pleased to express my view that this model of industry leadership, informing training package priorities, will deliver long term benefits to the Australian VET system and economy.

The Project Reference Group for the Supply Chain Cross Sector Project successfully hosted an Industry Roundtable last month, which I was very pleased to attend. Mark McKenzie, Chair of the Supply Chain Skills Project Reference Group, facilitated the Industry Roundtable discussion which included input from a number of industry stakeholders who attended in person, and the many more who participated from across Australia through the interactive webcast. Keynote speaker Simon Rowe, Associate Director, Digital Supply Chain at KPMG, gave a thought provoking presentation on the wide-ranging implications of emerging technology and new systems on all touch points of the Supply Chain. I have received excellent feedback on the event and the relevance of the key discussion points. The issues discussed will now be considered by the Project Reference Group in their future work.

Last week I attended the 2017 Safeskies Conference in Canberra. The theme of Safeskies, which is held bi-annually, is aviation safety, and brings together key leaders from the Australian and International Aviation industry. The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester, officially opened the conference and a wide range of senior industry and defence leaders, academics and subject matter experts presented on a range of factors relating to making aviation safer and more sustainable.

The conference commenced with the Sir Reginald Ansett Memorial Lecture which this year was presented by Mr John Borghetti, CEO and Managing Director of Virgin Australia. In his address Mr Borghetti said it was time “to be bold” when facing up to the many challenges and opportunities that the aviation industry confronts. The Virgin boss also highlighted the development of a supersonic aircraft by US company Boom, which can halve current flying times, as an example of the opportunities for global aviation. I am very proud that Australian Industry Standards has been a long-term supporter of Safeskies.

A particular highlight for me was the awarding of the Oswald Watt Gold Air Medal to Mr Peter Lloyd, who turns 97 this December and is an icon of Australian aviation. This award is recognised as the most prestigious in the aviation industry and it is the second time Peter has been recognised with this award. Previous winners include Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, Bert Hinkler, Sir Patrick Gordon Taylor, Andy Thomas and Paul Scully-Power. Peter has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian Aviation Industry.

I recently accepted an invitation to join the National Transport Commission (NTC) Industry Advisory Group. The NTC has a strategic role in shaping the transport policy and regulatory environment in Australia and have been undertaking significant research into emerging issues which confront the industry. I look forward to attending the next meeting of the Industry Advisory Group in Melbourne on the 19th October, where we will have a strategic discussion on the evolving digital transport marketplaces and their impact on the transport and logistics industry and its workforce.