16th Annual Supply Chain & Logistics Conference – 21 and 22 August 2015

If you haven’t booked your attendance at the up-coming 16th annual Supply Chain & Logistics Conference, of which the SCLAA is a host body, then don’t delay as the program is packed full of high-quality speakers. Two of the plenary sessions on Day One will be focused on Procurement and Disruptive Technology.

RECOGNISING PROCUREMENT AND SUPPLY MANAGEMENT AS STRATEGIC PARTNERS: This interactive panel session will pose a number of key questions to ‘c’ suits including: What the Procurement and Supply Management teams need to do to be considered business partners within an organisation? Have we made the process too difficult and inflexible? Is the perception of procurement and supply management teams viewed as transactional rather than being considered strategic and how can this perception change? How does procurement measure and report value-add commercial outcomes to operations, finance, information, marketing and sales that doesn’t just focus on cost savings? This session is facilitated by Craig Lardner, Principal, Procurement Advisory Services. The Panel will include: Paul Mulder, Former Chief Executive Officer of Hancock Coal, Peter Morichovitis, Chief Procurement Officer, Gold Coast City Council, Kurt Baumgart, Chief Operating Officer, – Open Cut East, Downer EDI Mining and Karl Arnold, Former Chief Financial Officer of Glencore Zinc Australia – Regional.

IMPACT OF DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY ON THE PROCUREMENT PROCESS (AND SUPPLY CHAINS): New technology is disrupting traditional business models, industries and relationships. Cloud computing, mobile applications, wearables, augmented reality, the Internet of Things (IoT) are examples of Disruptive Technology. This panel discussion is designed to get you thinking about the impact of disruptive technology on your procurement processes, vendor engagement, risk management, contracts, commercial agreements and your supply chain in general. This session is facilitated by David Doherty OAM, Founder and Explorer, Supply Chain and Logistics Observatory. The panel will include: Wayne Gerard, Chief Executive Officer, RedEye Apps, Brad Vinning, Senior Associate – Corporate & Commercial, ClarkeKann Lawyers and Paul Kraack, Senior Manager – Procurement, ElectraNet.

To access the program and register to attend simply visit www.qldscc.com or email info@qldscc.com

The SCLAA also encourages you to join the QSCLC Linked in Group so that you can receive regular updates on the event.


Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference Media Partner

We are pleased to advise that QSCLC media partner Forkliftaction News will be celebrating their 15th year of continuous publication. The respected business-to-business news resource reports weekly on a wide range of topics that cover the full spectrum of the materials handling industry. Subscription to the online news service has grown from just 50 to 62,000-plus recipients.

Forkliftaction News reports weekly on a wide range of topics that cover the full spectrum of the materials handling industry including dealer developments, corporate moves, policy changes, industry initiatives, innovative technologies and interesting applications. Each week, the independent newsletter is emailed to 62,000-plus recipients, a far cry from the mere 50 subscribers who received the first edition of Forkliftaction News on July 7, 2000.

General Manager Ann Hofmans says that 15 years of free independent news publishing is a significant achievement: “We have seen competitors come and go, but we have stuck to what we do well and built a credible news offering, augmented by special features, guest blogs and valuable columns – all offering independent information from around the globe.”

Like many initiatives, the Forkliftaction.com portal grew out of a specific need. At its time of inception, founder Michael Leu, a seasoned business owner within the forklift industry, was struck by his frequent need to quickly source a diverse range of industry information.

Readers can subscribe to receive Forkliftaction’s weekly independent news at https://www.forkliftaction.com/news/statlink.asp?statlinkid=22392. Subscription is free and immediate.

SCLAA Stand at the Online Retailer Conference & eCommerce Expo, Sydney – 22 and 23 July 2015

Visit the SCLAA stand at the Online Retailer Conference & eCommerce Expo, Dockside, Darling Harbour, Conference & Expo: 22-23 July 2015. Royal Hall Of Industries & Hordern Pavilion.



Business Consultant Notification – Modernising the Calculation of Works Related Car Expense Deductions

You are invited to comment on the draft exposure document on methods that could be used to modernise and simplify calculating work-related car expense deductions.


Transport, Logistics & Supply Chain Job Index Report – 07/15

Transport, Logistics & Supply Chain Job Index Report – 07/15

–  The Labourforce Impex Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Job Index rose 1.1% in June
–  The Index now sits at 109.60, 12.60% higher than a year ago

To download a copy of the full report, click here …

15-07 Job Index Report

Heavy vehicles / Rules & compliance / Chain of responsibility

A new public consultation was recently submitted to the Business Consultation website

You are invited to comment on the proposed chain of responsibility for operators, contractors and employees of businesses that use heavy vehicles.



SCLAA July 2015 Newsletter now available

For all the latest SCLAA news and information, click here …

Introducing SCLAA’s New National Partner – LSC Solutions


The SCLAA is a non 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, one of which we newly welcome is LSC Solutions. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.

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Since 2004, LSC Solutions has been providing logistics and supply chain consulting, training and coaching support to over 100 Clients from small to corporate, private and public, across many industries. LSC Solutions has a proven reputation for tailored, practical services that get results – building smarter and leaner supply chains from strategy to execution. Client projects to date have identified over $1 Billion in cost savings and revenue building opportunities by improving strategic planning, strategic supply chain alignment, supply chain strategy, supply chain planning, operational efficiency, cross functional process synchronisation and transparency, warehousing design, logistics management, inventory management, procurement, supply chain collaboration, and performance measurement, reporting and management.

LSC Solutions lead, coach and educate companies to become and remain globally competitive through the execution of world’s best practice strategic supply chain management. Consultancy services suit Clients seeking fast, comprehensive and immediate expertise. Support Programs suit Clients seeking greater independence and results-driven teams. LSC Solutions is the ideal partner for businesses wanting to perform at their peak.


Funding Grants for Transport and Logistics Industry

In 2015 The Australian School of Applied Management is administering a national initiative to support the development of Transport and Logistics sector employees across Australia. The initiative will provide staff members who work in the Transport and Logistics sector with grants for leadership development:


  1.   Mid to Senior Level Managers and Leaders can apply for $7,900 Individual Grants to
        undertake the Australian Applied Management Colloquium


  2.   Employees at all levels can apply for a limited allocation of subsidised seats to attend

        the Workplace Mental Health Program in the following locations


                              Brisbane             Melbourne             Perth             Sydney    


All applications for funding will be reviewed prior to July 31st 2015.


Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Shreya Aggarwal at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 1300 138 037 or via SAggarwal@asam.edu.au



Scholarships for employees in Transport and Logistics

Course Prospectus

SCLAA Announces Appointment of Independent Director

Amanda O'Brien - 190pxThe SCLAA is pleased to announce that Amanda O’Brien has been appointed as an Independent Director of the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA).

Amanda O’Brien is a Transport & Logistics Professional and the CEO and Managing Director of Australian Worldwide Logistics Pty Ltd trading as Xtreme Freight with head office based in Melbourne. Amanda’s particular expertise is in strategy and solving logistical challenges for Global Freight Forwarders and increasing efficiencies in the supply chain through strong partnerships and transparent analysis. Her belief is that developing people’s talents is fundamental to achieving great results and that flexibility and outside the box thinking is the greatest catalyst for change which is essential in keeping up with globalisation.

Past experience in diverse fields ranging from Telecommunications, Airlines and Retail holding both management and procurement roles has seen Amanda involved in projects that return investment to companies with people at the core. Changing the image, increasing the efficiencies and developing seamless logistical solutions for clients in the Transport & Logistics sector is fundamental to her philosophy.

Amanda joined the committee of the Victorian Division of the SCLAA in 2012 to contribute to the growth of female participation in the industry and believes that giving back to the community and awareness of social and political issues is cognisant with greater results.
The SCLAA welcomes Amanda’s expertise on the Board and we continue our growth and service to Members.