In Australia’s largest cities, an estimated 42 percent of items used in households arrive via shipping container. The impact of COVID-19 has affected supply chains in Australia and around the world.
“COVID-19 is shifting the way industries work. As borders closed, we faced challenges with global supply chains that have been in place for decades,” says Daniel Chidgey, head of stakeholder engagement at Standards Australia.
“We heard the concerns around global and national shortages of consumer goods to critical personal protective equipment. Now is an opportunity to reshape Australia’s supply chains to build resilience and through focusing on the right areas, accelerate our economic recovery,” continues Chidgey.
As the national standards body with stakeholders across government, industry, and academia, Standards Australia has the unique ability to be able to bring together viewpoints from the many different sectors.
To pave a way forward for Australian industry, Standards Australia has published a Discussion Paper calling for feedback on how standards might shift in response. Standards Australia looks forward to discussions with industry and government as this process commences.
“Our aim following these discussions is to build a set of actionable outcomes. As a next step in supporting the industry through this unprecedented time, we look forward to discussions with our stakeholders,” concludes Chidgey.