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Australia’s supply chain skills give industry the edge – we want to hear from you now!

Supply chains are all around us and fundamental to how we live. The food we eat, clothes we wear, buildings we inhabit, transport and equipment we use are all examples of how we benefit from multiple supply chains each and every day.

But supply chains as we know them are changing. Rapidly. Blockchain technology, mass customisation, the demand for ethical practice and traceability are just some of the drivers redesigning how supply chains operate right around the world. As a consequence, the skills needed by workers are also evolving and whilst many are specific to a particular industry or process, many are recognised as being transferable between industries or common to several elements of a supply chain.

The Cross Sector Supply Chain Skills Project has been commissioned by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC). Its goal is to develop a series of Skill Sets and Units of Competency for those supply chain skills common to a range of industry sectors and in doing so, support the mobility of skilled labour and agility of the Australian workforce. It will enable the many individuals working along different parts of the supply chain to be skilled to the same world class standards and as a consequence, increase industry’s efficiency and productivity.

Ultimately, the cross sector Skill Sets and Units of Competency will be signed-off by the AISC and from that point on, form the basis for nationally recognised training throughout Australia in those skills.

Work is being led by a Project Reference Group comprising representatives from across a range of diverse industries, including the resources sector, manufacturing, amenity horticulture, printing and business services, forestry, textiles, petroleum and international development. Oversight is by the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee. Technical expertise and project management is by Australian Industry Standards.

How can you get involved?

It’s essential that industry make its voice heard on the skills needed by Australia’s supply chains. The 13 new draft Units on which we need your feedback are:

  • Establish blockchain in a supply chain
  • Enable traceability in a supply chain
  • Compliance in supply chains
  • Manage outsourced supply chain operations
  • Monitor ethical supply chain practices
  • Supply chains supporting mass customisation
  • Customer focussed supply chains
  • Monitor digital supply chain services
  • Build digital supply chain capability in the workforce
  • Lead digital supply chain implementation
  • Employ supply chain risk management practices
  • Stock control and receivals
  • Manage stock and inventory systems

Commenting on the draft Units is completed online through a quick and easy process. We’re using an interactive model whereby once registered, you simply read through the Unit/s you’re interested in, click on the word or sentence that you want to comment on and type your feedback in situ. It’s that easy.

To view the draft Units click here or if you’d like to read more about the work underway or register for Project Updates, go to the project-specific website at https://supplychainskills.org.au/. The draft Units will be available for comment until Monday, 7 January 2019.

Your contribution to this process is important – we want to hear from as many stakeholders as possible so please share this Project Update with your colleagues and your industry network.

To contact the project team directly or if have a general query about the project, please drop us a line at supplychain@australianindustrystandards.org.au or contact Australian Industry Standards on 03 9604 7200.