Dates have been set for 17th annual Supply Chain & Logistics Conference

More than 5500 delegates from across Australasia have attended the Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference in its 17-year history. Will you be among the delegates in 2016?

This conference is a recognised national event designed for Supply Chain, Logistics, Transport and Procurement professionals and practitioners. It aims for professional and personal development in a unique and relaxed networking-based environment. To be held on the 1st and 2nd of September at the SOFITEL Brisbane Central hotel and with a theme of Supply Chain Unity this is a not-too-be-missed national event.

To find out more about the conference email or phone 1300 920 439.

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SCLAA helps pack 1250 hampers for Foodbank

Over 160 members of the SCLAA, QSCLC, AIP and APPMA spent their annual Christmas party for the sixth consecutive year with a twist. The members spent the day packing a record 1250 hampers, for Foodbank to distribute to those in need at Christmas; many of whom are without employment, families with young children and living on the poverty line.

The 1250 Foodbank Hampers project is a culmination of twelve months of work, over $140,000 worth of goods raised to go inside the hampers and generous support from many companies across the country who assisted with the goods collection. The 2015 hampers were worth over $120 each and were made up of food and personal hygiene products. This year 350 ladies packs were added with a value of $30,000 and 100 x homeware/kitchen packs which were donated by Sizzler. In six years the SCLAA, in conjunction with the QSCLC, the AIP and APPMA have packed 4450 hampers to the value of over $541,000.

A special acknowledgement must go to the APPMA, Blackmores, Collins Food Group, Kimberly Clark, Colgate, OfficeMax, Sizzlers, BDO, Stanwell Corporation, TAE, All Purpose Transport, Linde, Department of Public Housing & Works for going above and beyond this year to help provide goods and funds for the hampers. Without the industry supporting this project it would not be as successful year-on-year. If you would like to assist with the 2016 project please email

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Forkliftaction announces in-depth report about Safety

Respected materials handling platform Forkliftaction has announced that their independent news team will publish an in-depth feature article on ‘safety’ on November 19th.

Established and recognized, Forkliftaction News has built a strong reputation within the materials handling and related industries over its 15 year history. Forkliftaction News feature articles have become a valuable forum for key members of the industry to contribute knowledge on industry trends and challenges, new technologies and applications.

Although journalists are still refining the focus of the November, ‘Safety Plans’ feature, the report is anticipated to touch on key observations about the main issues in operational safety today including operator training and changing legislations, as well as insights into the most valuable safety innovations over the past few years.

If you would like a valuable insight into what’s happening in materials handling including dealer developments, corporate moves, policy changes, industry initiatives, innovative technologies, interesting applications and of course safety, keep informed with Forkliftaction’s  weekly news edition, subscribe now: before November 12th and we will make sure you get the ‘Safety Plans’ report direct to your inbox.

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For a range of safety tools to support a stronger culture of safety at your workplace consult Forkliftaction’s many industry resources from safety blogs to industry discussion forums, directory of safety trainers, industry events and more.

A future leader in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry – Nathan Barrett

Future Leader - picEarlier this month, the Australian Supply Chain and Logistics (ASCL) Awards were held in Sydney. The oldest and most prestigious awards program in the industry, the ASCL Awards represent the most recognised and esteemed awards for an individual or a company to be awarded. As a proud sponsor of this yearly event, LMA is always eager to hear about how each nominee is taking strides to lead and develop the industry into the future.

Particularly coveted during the Awards proceedings is the Future Leaders Award. The purpose of the Future Leaders Award is to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport Industry. As part of their win, each Future Leader is awarded with an enrolment into LMA’s ‘The Performance Edge’ 10-week development program.

LMA will soon be welcoming High Commendation Future Leader recipient Nathan Barrett, National Health and Safety Manager from Young Guns Container Crew in Brisbane into ‘The Performance Edge’ program. Industrious, intelligent and team orientated, Nathan is representative of what the Future Leaders Awards are all about, developing professional and personal skills and encouraging the leaders of tomorrow to step up into their future roles.

“The greatest attribute I see in effective leaders is empathy… Knowing when to push for higher expectations, yet also identifying when assistance is needed,” Nathan says.

Founded in Brisbane and now with a nationwide presence, Young Guns Container Crew has a reputation for the high quality service and professionalism it has injected into the industry. Ten years old and now with over 400 team members, the business is committed to providing opportunities for the people it employs and for their customers.
Traditionally, ‘The Performance Edge’ program is only awarded to the Future Leaders winner but Nathan’s dedication to his own development and interest in progressing to become an industry leader has seen him recognised by his peers and mentors as someone unquestionably deserving of this high level of training.

“I want to take away some specific techniques and tips on dealing with our customers and becoming leaders within the industry, as opposed to a leader in our business. I’m excited to learn from the outstanding people I have met from LMA and look forward to developing my personal skillset.”

The future looks bright for both Young Guns Container Crew and the Supply Chain, Logistics and Transport Industry with both recognising that their power and progression is in their people and how they are developed in the years to come.

To view the original LMA article, please click here…

Young Guns Container Crew’s Scott Young named Young Business Person of the Year

Scott YoungScott Young from Young Guns Container Crew has been named Singapore Airlines’ Young Business Person of the Year at the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the annual Lord Mayor’s Business Awards celebrated local businesses and individuals who contributed to Brisbane’s $146 billion economy.

“Just over a decade ago Scott and his brother founded Young Guns Container Crew, a start-up company that has now grown to be Australia’s largest shipping container devanning company,” Cr Quirk said.

“Scott engenders fantastic leadership qualities such as persistence, self-awareness, conscientiousness and optimism that he has not only used to build a successful business, but to empower his team and those around him.

“The judges believe that Scott is a leading figure in entrepreneurship and is a fantastic role model for an upcoming tribe of future leaders in Brisbane.”

Mr Young thanked his team and family for all their support.

“Winning this award is recognition for my great team who have all worked so hard to build a successful business,” he said.

“From when my brother and I started the business in 2004, when I was 22 years old, and to reflect on how the business has developed into something truly special – it is a great feeling. I hope this will inspire other young people to get out there and give it a go.”

Cr Quirk said that this year marked a significant milestone for the Lord Mayor’s Business Awards as they celebrated their 10th anniversary.

“Over the past decade we have witnessed exciting growth and transformation in Brisbane as it has become the city of choice for business, investment, study, conventions and leisure in the Asia Pacific,” he said.

“As Australia’s new world city, Brisbane is home to a dynamic and entrepreneurial business community, whose members we are proud to recognise at the awards tonight.

“A huge thank-you also goes to our sponsors including Optus, ANZ, Singapore Airlines, HSBC, Channel 7, Brisbane Times, Australia TradeCoast, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, Clayton Utz, Energex, RemServ, Sirromet, BDO, 4BC, Brisbane City Council and Chameleon.”

For a full list of winners in the 2015 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards, click here …



WHSQ Supply Chain Survey

The supply chain can impact on work health and safety in the transport industry, for example when drivers are working at customer sites.  Workplace Health and Safety Qld (WHSQ) is investigating how the supply chain effects manual handling and work-related stress in the road freight industry.  In the transport industry, injuries that can arise from manual handling activities account for approximately 60% of injuries with the average cost being $26,000 while work-related stress claims are the most expensive type of claim as they often involve lengthy absences from work.

This project is looking at key factors in the supply chain which create or contribute to these risks, and also the barriers, enablers and assistance that is needed to improve the management of these hazards.

Two surveys have been developed to gather industry views and experiences of these issues.  One survey is for employers/owners of road freight transport companies and the other is for drivers.  The surveys are designed to capture the different experiences and perceptions of each group.  Surveys can be completed either online or in hardcopy.  Once the survey data is collected, focus groups will be conducted to further discuss the issues that arise and how WHSQ can assist the industry.

It would be appreciated if your relevant staff and drivers could compete the survey so your experiences can be included in the project.  Surveys will remain open until 30 October.

For further information please contact Pam Knobel either on 0417 747 418 or

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Winners announced for 2015 Queensland SCL Awards


Winners announced for 2015 Queensland SCL Awards

The winners of the 2015 Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Awards, which have been developed by the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia in conjunction with All Purpose Transport, Energex Limited, Leadership Management Australia (LMA), Strategix Training Group, Telstra and UQ Business School, were announced in front of over 300 people during the annual charity dinner at the 16th Queensland Supply Chain and Logistics Conference which was held at the SOFITEL Brisbane Central.

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The Future Leaders Award, which is sponsored by All Purpose Transport, is designed to provide incentive and recognition to young professionals who are both currently working in and wish to continue their career path within the Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Industry. The winner of the 2014 QLD Future Leaders Award has been awarded an enrolment into the Leadership Management Australia’s ‘The Performance Edge’ 10 week development program valued at $5000. The LMA program assists participants to improve their personal performance and productivity as well as that of their team.

The winner of the 2015 Queensland Future Leaders Award is Samantha Lowry, Senior Procurement Advisor, Department of Education & Training.

Samantha’s future in the Supply Chain industry is a bright one indeed. She is enrolled in Diploma of Government (Procurement and Contracting) and one of her current projects is the establishment of a Software-as-a-Service Community of Practice to connect key personnel in providing consistent advice and assistance to help schools to balance the benefits of new and accessible technologies with, the privacy and duty of care concerns of their students. Samantha’s career aspirations include not only becoming a chief procurement officer, but also to serve as a board member on a charity, and perhaps even establish her own charitable organisation to address the health, housing, social and legal issues facing homelessness.

Two High Commendations have been awarded to Danielle Brennan, Category Specialist, Stanwell Corporation and Sameer Latif, Director, Ozzilat – Supply Chain & Logistics.

Finalists were: Nathan Barrett, National Health and Safety Manager, Young Guns Container Crew, Danielle Brennan, Category Specialist, Stanwell Corporation, Jenna Hood, Senior Project Scheduler, Queensland Rail, Sameer Latif, Director, Ozzilat – Supply Chain & Logistics, Hannah Milford, Senior Advisor – People & Culture, Ostwald Bros, Laura Pearce, Senior Advisor- Organisational Development, Ostwald Bros, Matthew Peppin, Subcontracts Specialist, Boeing Defence Australia and Christopher Yabsley, Project Coordinator, Industrial Projects, Geodis Wilson.



The Industry Excellence Award, which is sponsored by ENERGEX Limited, recognises and acknowledges the outstanding achievements and contribution by an individual currently working within the Transport, Supply Chain and Logistics Industry. UQ Business School provided the winner the opportunity to choose from any one of their courses to the value of $4,000.

The winner of the 2015 Queensland Industry Excellence Award is Scott Young, Managing Director, Young Guns Container Crew.

Scott co-founded a business with his brother and built it from three guys working in containers in Brisbane to a national workforce. He has helped create a unique model for all young people as a stepping stone into a career path within the Supply Chain industry. Outside of his working day Scott works with the Department of Transport and Main Roads to support the GenR8 program in QLD. A goal is to assist the program to become a national one so more young people are inspired to enter the industry. Scott gets a large amount of enjoyment from seeing young people grow and develop both personally and professionally, and is a proud advocate of giving young people an opportunity to realise their potential.

A High Commendation has been awarded to Micheal Heard, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Education and Training.

Finalists were: Chubb Aldridge, Logistics Coordinator, Stanwell Corporation Limited, Micheal Heard, Chief Procurement Officer, Department of Education and Training, Kate Peppin, Contracts Analyst, Santos, Tivolee Spragg, Executive Director – Category Management, Department of Housing and Public Works, Brett Thompson, Assistant Director, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Russell Wilson, Warehouse Officer

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The Training, Education and Development Award, which is sponsored by Telstra, is presented to the company or institution that best demonstrates a significant achievement in aspects such as recruitment process, training, HR Systems, formal education and development programs which is both relevant to, and promotes the Supply Chain and Logistics Industry.

The winner of the 2015 Queensland Training, Education and Development Award is Ostwald Bros/QGC Partnership for the Plant Operator Training Program.

In recognition of Ostwald Bros commitment to provide long term support for Traditional Owner groups and providing real outcomes for their people, the Plant Operator Training Program (POTP) was established in partnership with QGC to engage and employ the local indigenous community. The POTP provides a unique and innovative training pathway to a career in the construction, resource and logistics industry. The project aims to deliver new skills and improve the job prospects of indigenous and under-represented groups by enabling participants to be ‘workplace ready’ as entry-level plant operators & drivers. Having a presence across more than 25 sites in Queensland and various others interstate, Ostwald Bros are in a strong position to promote the POTP into rural and remote communities and expansion of simulated experiences with other plant and transport equipment.

A High Commendation has been awarded to the Chain of Responsibility (COR) Australia for the COR Framework.

Finalists were: All Purpose Transport, Chain of Responsibility (COR) Australia, CNW Electrical Wholesale & Energy Solutions and Ostwald Bros/QGC Partnership.



The Supply Chain Management Award, which is sponsored by Strategix, is designed to encourage and acknowledge the outstanding achievement of an organisation that has demonstrated significant achievement in managing the integration of Supply Chains.

The winner of the 2015 Queensland Supply Chain Management Award is Young Guns Container Crew.

Young Guns Container Crew is a family-owned business that supplies labour to pack and unpack shipping containers around Australia. In 2004 Scott and Trent Young started Young Guns in QLD with 3 employees. The brothers grew up on a large cattle property and were raised on values focused on family, hard work, and respect. These values resonate strongly throughout their business today. Most recently Young Guns’ strategy has shifted to system development. Young Guns has moved from being a commoditised labour hire service to becoming an integral function within the members’ Supply Chains. The data that Young Guns systems are capturing are being utilised to drive efficiencies, improve safety and eliminate waste from the Supply Chain. Young Guns should also be acknowledged for the work they are doing with young people. They are helping to fight the challenge of an aging workforce in the Supply Chain & Logistics Industry and have provided job opportunities to around 400 young people around Australia; 80 of whom are based in Queensland.  The average of the Young Guns workforce is 24.

Finalists were: Stanwell Corporation, Prequalification & Contracts Unit – Department of Transport & Main Roads and Young Guns Container Crew.



The 2015 Information Management Award will go to the business that can best demonstrate it has made a significant achievement in the application of Information Technology within its Supply Chain.

The winner of the 2015 Queensland Information Management Award is Aurizon and SVS Australia.

SVS Australia (Safety Vision Systems), partnered with Aurizon to provide a solution to identify and improve risk management within their transportation. SVS Australia worked with Aurizon with a view to record video and data over a 90 hour period running on battery power only. This system had to be stand-alone and operate autonomously from any external power supply. The system was to be heavy duty as the environment was described as harsh and needed to record Video footage and G-Force data when the unit was in service. Aurizon also wanted a system that could pinpoint what was occurring within the transportation of the containers, so that the combined image and data approach would enable Aurizon to make alterations to manage risk and reduce damages to products within their care during transportation. SVS Australia were not only able to achieve what was requested, but provide additional features such as longer recording time, remote login for live data and streaming with more flexible camera options.

Finalists were: 4GM, Aurizon & SVS Australia, ICT Vendor Management Office, RACQ.

The Queensland SCL Awards are the state feeder program for the Australian Supply Chain and Logistics Awards which will be held on the 4th of November at the Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour. The ASCL Awards have been running for over 50 years and are the most prestigious in the industry.

2015 QSCLC annual charity dinner a huge success

Over 320 people attended the annual QLD Supply Chain & Logistics Conference dinner at the SOFITEL last week. $16,000 was raised for the 2015 Foodbank Hamper project and the best-of-the-best were recognised for the 2015 QLD SCL Awards. A fabulous night enjoyed by all!

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Soap donated at 2015 QSCLC for Foodbank Hampers

During the 2015 QLD Supply Chain & Logistics Conference attendees were asked to donate bars of soap towards the 2015 Foodbank Hamper project.

We can’t wait to count how many we have received.

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Are you attending the 2015 QLD Supply Chain & Logistics Conference?

Soap 300pxIf you are attending the 2015 QLD Supply Chain & Logistics Conference, or the dinner on Thursday the 20th don’t forget to bring some soap as you donation towards the Foodbank Hampers! You can buy an 8 pack of soap in Woolworths or Big W for less than $5.00. Help make a difference.