From the CEO
In the past two months we have been busy collecting intelligence from our stakeholders to inform our 2015 E-Scan. We have received valuable, in-depth input that will be a critical asset in ensuring that we provide the highest quality advice on behalf of the Transport and Logistics Industry. Thank you to all of you who contributed – your contribution makes a difference. I would also like to congratulate the winners of the 10 Amazon gift vouchers drawn from those that responded to our online surveys. Details appear later in this newsletter.
As we previously announced, TLISC has been selected by the Commonwealth Department of Industry to manage an APEC project that will benchmark qualifications in the logistics sector and develop occupational standards. Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming senior delegates from the participating governments of China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam in Canberra and Melbourne for the first meeting of the project’s working group. I am delighted to say the meeting was successful and productive.
The sharing of information, anecdotes and vision between participants was enriching and inspiring. Significant progress was made on carving out regional occupational standards for a set of five agreed upon occupations: storeperson, logistics officer, logistics supervisor, freight forwarder and supply chain manager. This is a very positive start for this important APEC project, which will be completed at the end of 2015.
The project has been specifically referenced here in the APEC Connectivity Blueprint 2015-2025 (paragraph 37) The Blueprint was endorsed by APEC Leaders in Beijing last week. You can read more about last week’s meeting here.
Earlier this month, TLISC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Logistics Skills Council (LSC) of India, as part of the India-Australia Skills Conference in Mumbai and with the support of Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane. This MOU follows a series of engagements between Australian and Indian Skills Councils, under the auspices of the bi-national Australia-India Education Council (AIEC), established four years ago. I am very much looking forward to collaborating with our Indian counterpart to deliver benefits for our Industry in each of our countries. Click here for full media release.
Finally, I would like to offer my congratulations to Chris Melham for his recent appointment as the next Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA). We will be looking forward to working with Chris as he steps into his new role in March next year.