Unprecedented Container Congestion – Seeking Your Input

Unprecedented Container Congestion – Seeking Your Input

NSW has faced a perfect storm of unprecedented container congestion in recent months. With COVID-19, MUA industrial action faced by all Stevedores at Port Botany at various times and adverse weather causing further delays of vessel berthing, the current status is at least 2 weeks of vessels off port that require servicing., The result has been supply delays of imported goods and increased congestion at all Sydney Container depots as empty container evacuations have slowed.

In addition, Sydney has experienced a loss of empty storage capacity of approx 8000 teu as a result of the permanent closure of a major Empty Container depot in St Peters in October. This is due to the commencement of the long awaited Sydney Gateway Construction project.

SCLAA is working with government and the industry to advocate for its members involved in the sector of physical supply of goods and services. We seek  input on how your business has been affected, what issues you have been able to mitigate and any additional costs/inefficiencies your business has incurred as a result.

Given that additional large areas of land in and around Port Botany for empty container storage is unlikely, we welcome industry feedback on current issues and alternative solutions recommended by the Study. In particular, the utilisation of Western Sydney depots, closer to mass scale warehouse Distribution Centres, for container storage overflow.

Transport for NSW have undertaken a study of Empty park congestion, the results can be viewed here.

Recommendations have been identified and can be viewed here.

All information received will be held in the strictest confidence.

Please send your input to the SCLAA National Secretariat by 9th November – secretary@sclaa.com.au

Budget 2020 – $1.2 billion investment for 100,000 new apprentices

Budget 2020 – $1.2 billion investment for 100,000 new apprentices


The Morrison Government is committed to getting people into jobs and ensuring that Australians have the right skills for the jobs of the future. We have prioritised skills development as part of our Jobmaker Plan.

The Government recognises that apprenticeships are a key pathway into the workforce.

We have already put in place the $2.8 billion Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy to ensure apprentices and trainees in work remain engaged and are able to support the economic recovery. This is expected to support 90,000 employers to keep up to 180,000 apprentices and trainees in employment and training.

I am pleased to advise that to invest further in Australia’s training system and skills pipeline, the Government has committed an additional $1.2 billion through our Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Wage Subsidy, to boost the number of new apprenticeships and traineeships.

This will support up to 100,000 new apprentices and trainees by paying a 50 per cent wage subsidy for commencing apprentices and trainees at businesses of all sizes, in all industries, and in all locations.

Businesses will receive the 50% wage subsidy, up to a cap of $7,000 per quarter, for commencing apprentices and trainees, including those employed by Group Training Organisations, for the period up to 30 September 2021.

Existing workers embarking on a new apprenticeship will be included in this scheme to support upskilling and reskilling.

I strongly encourage you or your members to explore taking up the apprenticeship wage subsidy, to drive employment and growth and get Australians back into jobs.

For more information or help to find and recruit an apprentice or trainee, visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au/employers. The website contains contact details for your local Australian Apprenticeship Network Provider, who can advise you about the full range of apprenticeship incentives for which your business may be eligible.

Yours sincerely

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash



Simplifying Access to Credit for Consumers and Small Businesses

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia



25 September 2020


The Morrison Government has today announced that we are simplifying Australia’s credit framework to ensure consumers and small businesses can get timely access to credit.

Now more than ever as we recover from COVID-19, it is critical that unnecessary barriers to accessing credit are removed so that consumers can continue to spend and businesses can invest and create jobs.

Through a suite of changes to Australian credit laws, the Morrison Government will enable the more efficient flow of credit to consumers and small businesses while maintaining strong consumer protections.

Improving the flow of credit is a key element of the Morrison Government’s JobMaker plan, supporting business investment and creating jobs to build a stronger, more resilient and more competitive economy.

Key elements of the reforms include:

  • Allowing lenders to rely on the information provided by borrowers, replacing the current practice of ‘lender beware’ with a ‘borrower responsibility’ principle
  • Protecting consumers from the predatory practices of debt management firms by requiring them to hold an Australian Credit Licence when they are paid to represent consumers in disputes with financial institutions
  • Removing the excessive responsible lending obligations from the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009, with the exception of small amount credit contracts and consumer leases where heightened obligations will be introduced;
  • Ensuring that authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) will continue to comply with APRA’s lending standards requiring sound credit assessment and approval criteria
  • Adopting key elements of APRA’s ADI lending standards and applying them to non-ADIs
  • Removing the ambiguity regarding the application of consumer lending laws to small business lending.

These changes will make it easier for the majority of Australians and small businesses to access credit, reduce red tape, improve competition, and ensure that the strongest consumer protections are targeted at the most vulnerable Australians.


The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has a range of information available to help the community understand the JobKeeper Payment and the new extension.

Please see the links below to the latest information on JobKeeper.

  1. The JobKeeper key dates page provides a useful summary of the what actions businesses should take and when they need to do them.
  2. The JobKeeper extension page provides a summary of the recent changes. The page also contains a useful fact sheet covering the changes.
  3. The JobKeeper guides page shows the steps on how to enrol, continue receiving JobKeeper extension payments or stop receiving payments. The page also contains a useful fact sheet that covers this information.
  4. The JobKeeper home page includes a video outlining the basics of the scheme and also links to a wide range of information for the community.
  5. Finally our JobKeeper Payment – information in other languages page may be of assistance to a range of people in your community.
  6. Information specific to COVID-19 support measures for businesses and employers and for individuals and employees as part of the Government’s economic support package is also available.


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia

Insolvency Support

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia



24 September 2020


Today, the Morrison Government announced the most significant reforms to Australia’s insolvency framework in 30 years.

The Government is making changes to our insolvency framework as part our economic recovery plan to keep businesses in business and Australians in jobs.

The changes will introduce new processes suitable for small businesses from 1 January 2021, reducing complexity, time and costs for small businesses.

The reforms, will help more small businesses restructure and survive the economic impact of COVID-19. As the economy continues to recover, it will be critical that businesses who are distressed have the necessary flexibility to either restructure or to wind down their operations in an orderly manner.

The key elements of the reforms include;

  • The introduction of a new debt restructuring process for incorporated businesses with liabilities of less than $1 million, drawing on some key features of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy model in the United States;
  • Moving from a rigid one-size-fits-all “creditor in possession” model to a more flexible “debtor in possession” model. This will allow eligible small businesses to restructure their existing debts while remaining in control of their business;
  • A rapid 20 business day period for the development of a restructuring plan by a Small Business Restructuring Practitioner, followed by 15 business days for creditors to vote on the plan;
  • A new, simplified liquidation pathway for small businesses to allow faster and lower cost liquidation; and
  • Complementary measures to ensure the insolvency sector can respond effectively both in the short and long term to increased demand and to meet the needs of small business.

The reforms will cover around 76 per cent of businesses subject to insolvencies today, 98 per cent of whom who have less than 20 employees.

Together, these measures will reposition our insolvency system to reduce costs for small businesses, reduce the time they spend during the insolvency process, ensure greater economic dynamism, and ultimately help more small businesses get to the other side of the crisis.

For more information on the Treasurer’s media release and fact sheet, click here.


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia

Infection prevention and control fee-free training

Infection prevention and control fee-free training

Training Services NSW

We understand that there are challenges to running and operating COVID-safe businesses.

The NSW and Commonwealth Governments have committed a combined $25.5 million to fund fee-free nationally accredited infection prevention and control training. The training will provide workers with the skills they need to better identify and respond to COVID-19 risks in the workplace. It will support implementation of your business’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) recently approved a unit of competence HLTINFCOV001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures.

This unit of competence will support the transport and logistics industry in the current coronavirus environment, to upskill workers and manage infection risks within the workplace.

Participants will learn a range of skills, including:

  • Hand hygiene practices
  • Effective surface cleaning
  • Use of personal protective equipment
  • Disposal of contaminated waste
  • Hazard identification, control and reporting
  • Appropriate protocols and responses in the event of an incident
  • Knowledge regarding the basis of infection and transmission

Training is available across NSW and is delivered by approved Smart and Skilled training providers. Click here to find a provider in your region. Visit the Training Services NSW website for more information on infection prevention and control training.

MHD Supply Chain Solutions – August 2020

The August 2020 issue of

MHD Supply Chain Solutions

is now available online for

SCLAA members.

Members click here to view online.

SCLAA Newsletter – August 2020

SCLAA August 2020 Newsletter

Now Available

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New SCLAA National Partner

New SCLAA National Partner

The SCLAA welcomes our newest National Partner, Cornerstone. 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.

Cornerstone Overview

Cornerstone Announces the Beginning of a New Era in Connected Planning for Supply Chain

Cornerstone and Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) today announced a new partnership to increase availability of an integrated and more streamlined Supply Chain Management process to assist members to stay abreast of newly available planning and forecasting technology.

The direct connection between Cornerstone’s experience in Demand and Supply Management, Forecasting and Planning, and the SCLAA industry reach and interests, is the perfect blend for the current forecasting and planning challenges.

Many of the SCLAA membership will know how difficult it was to pivot quickly to accommodate major changes to trade and the economy when Australia and the rest of the world entered Lockdown due to the pandemic crisis. As procurement teams struggled to cope with the global pandemic, supply chain personnel have been trying to keep up with the news about global response measures, and have been working diligently to secure raw materials and components and to protect supply lines.

However, vital information is often not available or accessible across teams and rapid scenario modelling can be complex and cumbersome. As a result, their response to the disruption has been largely reactive and uncoordinated and the impact of the crisis hitting many of their companies full force.

Cornerstone Performance Management partners with the world’s leading software businesses to provide companies a more strategic, planning, budgeting, forecasting, and analytics solution. Based in Sydney, our office locations span across Asia Pacific servicing hundreds of clients globally since 2007. Operating as Cornerstone in Australia, and PMsquare in the ASEAN region, the Group delivers business analytics and information management solutions to some of the worlds most recognised brands.

One of Cornerstone’s most progressive software partners is Anaplan, that enables organisations to connect data, people, plans and your network to make better-informed decisions and drive faster, more responsive supply chain planning. Connecting every aspect of your operations helps you shrink inventories, improve response times, and deliver products on time to customers, no matter what channel they use.

To celebrate partnering with SCLAA, Cornerstone would like to offer SCLAA members a 60 day free trial of the Anaplan connected planning platform and the Supply Chain Management App, a plug and play solution that will import Excel spreadsheets, and provide a more flexible, transparent and centralised view of supply and logistics data to reduce decision timelines from days and weeks, down to just a few minutes.

The team at Cornerstone looks forward to learning more about members needs, and are happy to provide guidance to SCLAA members whenever they have questions about technology and analytics solutions.


Weekly COVID-19 Wrap

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia

 21 August 2020

Weekly Wrap

The National Cabinet met today to discuss Australia’s COVID-19 response, the outbreak in Victoria, easing of restrictions, helping Australians prepare to go back to work in a COVID-safe environment and getting the economy moving again.


Today, National Cabinet noted discussions had commenced on an Agriculture Workers Code and agreed further work be undertaken by Agriculture Ministers so that a paper could be considered by National Cabinet at its next meeting. The Agriculture Workers Code, will provide for a nationally-consistent approach that would be enforced by relevant States and Territories. It would apply to individuals with occupations deemed critical to ensure the continuity of the agricultural sector.

National Cabinet also agreed that the Australian Health Principal Protection Committee develop a common understanding to define a hotspot and consider movement restrictions relating to a hotspot.



Under red-tape reduction reforms agreed to by Commonwealth, State and Territory treasurers, The Morrison Government are developing a framework for automatic recognition of occupational licenses with ambition to take effect from 1 January 2021.

Automatic recognition will address one of the impediments to labour mobility across jurisdictions by allowing a person who is licensed or registered in one jurisdiction to be already considered registered in another in an equivalent occupation.

CFFR will report back to National Cabinet in October 2020 on the progress in delivering a uniform scheme for automatic recognition of licensed occupations to take effect on 1 January 2021.



The Morrison Government has released its response to the Fairness in Franchising report, which identified significant weakness in parts of the franchising sector.

Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer, Hon. Michael Sukkar and I have announced a plan to help ensure fairness and accountability for both franchisees and franchisors.

These reforms will be achieved through changes including:

  • Doubling the penalties that apply for breaches of the Franchising Code
  • Strengthening dispute resolution options by introducing conciliation and voluntary binding arbitration
  • Improving disclosure relating to supply arrangements, marketing funds, exit arrangements and significant capital expenditure
  • Introducing a public register of franchisors to increase transparency in the sector
  • Developing a franchising website to make it easier for both franchisors and franchisees to access information and support
  • Prohibiting franchisors unilaterally imposing significant capital expenditure on franchisees during the term of an agreement

The Government is committed to striking the right balance between franchisees and franchisors to ensure the success of the sector. The Government will strengthen the regulatory framework and restore confidence in the sector

The Government is working to deliver reforms that are fair, effective and accountable in the interests of both franchisors and franchisees, while avoiding unnecessary red tape.


National Cabinet endorsed the Commonwealth, State and Territory Plan to Boost Aged Care Preparedness for a Rapid Emergency Response to COVID-19 Plan.

The Commonwealth Government will provide $171 million in additional support to the Aged Care Sector to increase national preparedness and respond to the State of Disaster in Victoria which brings the Commonwealth’s Aged Care COVID-19 response to over $1 billion in support.


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator for Western Australia

Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program

Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program

Expressions of Interest for the Australian Government’s Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program opened on 18 August 2020 and closes on 18 September 2020.

The Australian Government has committed $44 million to the Inland Rail Interface Improvement Program to assist in the development of project ideas that have the potential to boost the benefits that flow from Inland Rail. Individuals, businesses, organisations and governments with ideas on how to make the most of Inland Rail through improved connections or enhanced supply chain productivity are invited to submit their project proposals.

Through this program, eligible project proponents are matched with specialist business advisors to develop their ideas and assess costs and benefits through feasibility studies and strategic business cases. Advisors are appointed and paid by the program and work with proponents to build a case for investment, which follows best practice infrastructure investment planning processes.

An online information session, facilitated by the Infrastructure Department, was held on 19 August. For further information about the Interface Improvement Program and how to submit a proposal, interested members of the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia and potential proponents can visit https://www.InlandRail.gov.au/IIP