Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2020


Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to  Workplace Safety 2020

The Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution industry employs thousands of workers who all make up the smooth running of storing and distributing goods across the country. It is critical for all employees that make up each part of the supply chain process to work together to the best of their ability in completing processes in a timely and safe manner.

Operating in the Warehouse and Supply Chain industry in Australia means it is vital for employees to know their obligations and to ensure they are being fulfilled. Under the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws, legal obligations are placed on multiple parties including (but not limited to) employers, consignors (senders) and consignees (receivers of goods), workers responsible for loading/unloading of goods and the loading managers who supervise this.

It is critical for each party of the supply chain to ensure they take responsibility for how goods are delivered or received as well as their Work Health and Safety (WHS) obligations. This is especially critical during the current COVID-19 pandemic. This holds especially true for those who are involved in the supply chain process of delivering essential items including food, medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) for example, to the respected businesses (consignees).

Each employee that makes up the supply chain needs to ensure that breaches to the law do not occur and the smooth running of delivery from start to finish along with implementing and abiding by correct and safe working procedures. During a pandemic like COVID-19 the CoR is crucial in ensuring businesses and end-users are receiving goods safely, efficiently and effectively.

Further to this the recently released Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2020 by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the Supply Chain, Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and the Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI) contains further information regarding CoR as well as other key safety issues pertinent to the industry. With digital interactivity using Augmented Reality (AR) further resources can also be accessed such as videos, animations and weblinks.


For further information, or to obtain additional copies of the Guide, please call (02) 8272 2611, email or visit

For media enquiries or images please contact Deanna Davenport at Pro-Visual Publishing on (02) 8272 2611 or

SCLAA 2020 National Mentoring Program


Looking to make a difference in the career of a
supply chain professional?

Be part of an award nominated mentoring program.


We are very excited to announce the launch of the SCLAA National Mentoring Program.

Building on the success of the award nominated SCLAA VIC/TAS Mentoring Program last year and in this unprecedented time, we have kept the best parts of our existing State program and have taken it National.

If you are looking to take the next step in your Supply Chain & Logistics career or ready to lead and inspire the next generation of future leaders, look no further than to build your career or enhance your network with SCLAA’s mentoring program. There is a minimal time outlay for a big reward.

This year we will roll out in different format compare to past years, due to COVID-19 restrictions this year it will be a VIRTUAL mentoring program; matching experienced Supply Chain & Logistics professionals (Mentors) with upcoming Supply Chain & Logistics practitioners and students (Mentees).

Registrations for the 2020 SCLAA National Mentoring Program are open to 5 June 2020.

Please note that the VIC/TAS Mentoring Program registrations close on 22 May 2020.

Benefits of Mentoring for the MENTOR:

  • Enhances skills in coaching, counselling, listening & modelling.
  • Develops & practices a more personal style of leadership.
  • Demonstrates expertise and shares knowledge.
  • Builds long term relationships and widens networks.
  • Certificate upon completion.

Benefits of Mentoring for the MENTEES:

  • One on one coaching from an experienced mentor.
  • Gains sharper focus on what is needed to grow professionally.
  • Complements on going formal study and/or training & development activities.
  • Gets assistance with ideas & honest feedback.
  • Increases career networks.

Applications for the Mentors and Mentees are now open for intake and close on 6 June 2020.

Cost of the program:

  • SCLAA Members (no charge)
  • Non-member students $100 (mentees)
  • Non-member other $200 (mentees)
  • Mentors (no charge)

For more information and to apply, please click on the flyer below or visit the 2020 National Mentoring Program registration page of the SCLAA website.

“The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people” – John C. Maxwell.

To download a copy of the flyer below to access links, click here.

MHD Supply Chain Solutions – May 2020

 May 2020 issue of MHD Supply Chain Solutions

now available to SCLAA members.


Click here and log in to view the Members Only page.


Valē Louise Perram-Fisk

Valē Louise Perram-Fisk

On the 31st of March we lost a really strong supporter of the Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain family, in Louise Perram-Fisk.

Louise, as only Louise could do, fought hard for a number of years after being diagnosed with cancer.  In true Louise fashion, she did it all with true grit, determination, a you “won’t beat me attitude”, always with a smile on her face and ensuring that her focus was on others and not herself.

Louise became involved formally in our industry/profession some 15 years ago and her contribution was enormous.  For example:

  • She was on the National Board of the SCLAA;
  • Various committee positions on the QLD SCLAA;
  • Leader and designer of the highly successful Qld mentoring program;
  • Member of the organising committee of the Qld Supply Chain Conference;
  • Director of Industry Engagement through the Transport and Main Roads Department;
  • Leader of the Transport and Logistics Working Advisory Group (TLWAG);
  • Strong advocate and coach of Women in Transport and Logistics;
  • A passionate public speaker on all things related to the industry; and
  • Developer of the Qld SCLAA social media platform.

While the above is a formal list of her involvement, which is significant and more than most involved in the industry/profession. What really stood out was Louise’s “love of people”, empathy, warmth, strategic thinking, engaging personality and her desire to see both females and males succeed, not just in the industry but in life.  Louise was an amazing organiser, had “boundless” energy and despite how busy she was, would always find time to help, mentor, coach and “hug a tree” with anyone at any time, who needed it.

We in Queensland, as well as across the national industry/profession, were extremely fortunate and honoured, to have meet, worked beside and laughed with Louise.  She will be sorely missed by all of those whose heart she “touched” during her time with us.

SCLAA Newsletter – April 2020

SCLAA April 2020 Newsletter now available.

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Warehouse Modernisation

How does your warehouse compare to others on the path to modernisation?

Find out with a quick four-question quiz

In today’s on-demand economy, all warehouse managers must ask themselves this question: Are complex warehouse processes and dated technology preventing your staff from reaching their maximum productivity levels?

Take this quiz to uncover how you compare to IT and operational decision-makers across the world, and whether your current strategy is hindering or helping you on your path to warehouse modernisation.

As you complete each question, you’ll get instant results and access to helpful whitepapers and case studies.

Click here to take the quiz

New SCLAA National Partner – Vanderlande

New SCLAA National Partner – Vanderlande

The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, Vanderlande. As a not for profit Industry Association, run by members for members, our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

Message from Vanderlande

Dear SCLAA Members and Supporters,

It is with great honour that Vanderlande Industries has become a National Partner of the SCLAA and we look forward to working closely to provide help, advice and solutions within your Supply Chain. Vanderlande Australia established a little over 6 years ago has built a strong team during that time. This has allowed us to deliver projects ranging from small to large, as well as from simple to some of the most technically advance solutions supplied globally. With offices in both Sydney and Melbourne and site based teams around the country Vanderlande is positioned to provide the highest level of service to new and existing clients.

At Vanderlande our mantra is to provide solutions that will not only enhance your business directly but will exceed the requirements of your clients.

Please feel free at any time to reach out to our team.

Stay Safe and Stay Well.

Best Regards
Michael Jee

Vanderlande Overview

Vanderlande is the global market leader for value-added logistic process automation at airports, and in the parcel market. The company is also a leading supplier of process automation solutions for warehouses.

Vanderlande’s baggage handling systems move 4.2 billion pieces of luggage around the world per year, in other words 11.5 million per day. Our  systems are active in over 600 airports including Sydney International Airport. More than 45 million parcels are sorted by its systems every day, which have been installed for the world’s leading parcel companies including Australia Post and TNT Australia. In addition, many of the largest global e-commerce players and distribution firms have confidence in Vanderlande’s efficient and reliable solutions.

The company focuses on the optimisation of its customers’ business processes and competitive positions. Through close cooperation, it strives for the improvement of their operational activities and the expansion of their logistical achievements. Vanderlande’s extensive portfolio of integrated solutions – innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services – results in the realisation of fast, reliable and efficient automation technology.

Established in 1949, Vanderlande has more than 7,200 employees, all committed to moving its customers’ businesses forward at diverse locations on every continent. With a consistently increasing turnover of 1.5 billion euros, it has established a global reputation over the past seven decades as a highly reliable partner for value-added logistic process automation.

Vanderlande was acquired in 2017 by Toyota Industries Corporation, which will help it to continue its sustainable profitable growth. The two companies have a strong strategic match, and the synergies include cross-selling, product innovations, and research and development.

New SCLAA National Partner – CouriersPlease

New SCLAA National Partner



The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, CouriersPlease. As a not for profit Industry Association, run by members for members, our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

Couriers Please

CouriersPlease (CP) is a leading parcel delivery service, with a courier network of more than 750 franchisees and contractors that covers 95 per cent of Australia. It was founded in 1983 as a specialised metropolitan parcel delivery business in Melbourne, and was acquired by Singapore Post (SingPost), a leader in eCommerce logistics in 2015.

CP’s core domestic and international services connect customers across town, intrastate, interstate and all around the world. In 2019 alone, CP delivered more than 19 million parcels – over 20%  which were for first-time delivery.

In response to the exponential growth in online shopping, CP offers a suite of alternative delivery choices to provide greater flexibility for customers who are unable to collect their parcels at home. These choices include authority to leave in a safe place, nominate a neighbour within three houses in either direction to deliver parcels to, delivery to an alternative address, rescheduling to another date, and delivery to a ‘green’ collection point.

CP’s collection network offers consumers secure, local 24/7 parcel access points through its Australian network comprising of more than 3500 parcel lockers in 45 locations and 2000+ retail outlets, in partnership with parcel delivery network Hubbed.

CP has invested in world-class information systems and technology to provide the best practice technology to its 3500+ eCommerce clients. CP’s automated sortation system in its Rosehill, Sydney, depot has boosted efficiency for CP’s franchisees – 8500 parcels once took seven hours of manual handling, and now takes one hour. The sortation system comprises automatic parcel weight and measurement, a cross-belt and five-sided camera scan, which negates the need for manual handling by staff.

In 2019, CP also launched Boomerang, a self-serve, low-cost returns portal which enables e-tailers to focus their resources on selling products instead of allocating resources to handle the challenge of reverse logistics. It also allows customers to return their unsuitable online purchases to a conveniently located drop-off point, which is collected by a CP driver and returned to the retailer’s warehouse for processing.

After 37 years in the industry, CP has evolved from a local metropolitan business into a leading Australian logistics business that is enabled by advanced technology. It provides innovative mail and logistics solutions to provide a truly rewarding consumer experience.

2020 Tax Time Toolkit

2020 Tax Time Toolkit

Transport and Logistics

Helpful occupation guides and information for tax time.

This document contains practical and tailored information to help anyone in the transport and logistics industries understand what they can and can’t claim in their tax return.

You’ll find tips for IT professionals and truck drivers as well as ‘ready to use’ messages you can adapt for your own communication channels.

To view 2020 Tax Time Toolkit, click here

Exemption for Maritime Operators

A message from Transport for NSW

Exemption for Maritime Operators

Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime) Quarantine Order 2020

Dear Maritime operators

Today the Minister for Health and Medical Research granted an exemption to the Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order 2020 to ensure a number of essential tasks can be undertaken by crew members and landside workers on and in the immediate vicinity of vessels in NSW ports.

The exemption to the Order is attached to this email.

Click here to read a copy of the Exemption

Operators seeking to undertake other activities not listed in the Order or in this exemption will still need to seek a specific exemption from the Port Authority of NSW at and including the following details:

  • Name of vessel
  • Location of vessel
  • Date/time exemption requested for and duration of request
  • Activity to be undertaken
  • Name and contact details of applicant.

For further information about exemptions to the Order, please contact the Port Authority of NSW at the email address above.

Further updates will be available on the Transport for NSW Freight Coronavirus page.

For any other questions, please contact

Kind regards

Tasha Prabhakar
Freight Policy and Government Relations
Transport for NSW