Sovereign Capability and Supply Chains

"Australian sovereign industrial capability’’ – is this a renewed term for protecting our manufacturing sector or key to managing vulnerable supply chain risks in the national interest?

The last two years of the pandemic (together with earlier bushfires) has highlighted our vulnerability to supply chain disruptions. This has brought about much commentary on improving self-sufficiency in some areas, diversifying our supply chains and managing risks presented from security—including cyber and defence—health emergencies, trade disruptions, environmental and infrastructure related shocks and geo-political instability, to name a few. It's likely we will experience ongoing disruptions in the future. 

This session will explore the renewed focus on sovereign capability. As a case study, we will look at the defence area of restarting shipbuilding in the context of “the recent Government decisions for investment in carbon neutral technologies and nuclear submarines construction and support requires a strategic rethink on technology and manufacturing in Australia”. We will also examine experience in handling supply chain disruptions in the context of the pandemic, and what it took to ensure we had adequate supplies of personal protective equipment in the early days of COVID-19.

From this we’ll explore areas to focus on, in terms of our national interest, to manage these types of disruptions, including risks, costs, competitiveness of our industries, and consider what we need to be aware of and think about in procuring goods and services.

Session Presenters

Glenys Beauchamp PSM (Speaker)
Principal Advisor

Warren King (Speaker)
Expert Advisor

Kristen Tilley (Speaker)
First Assistant Secretary
Office of Supply Chain Resilience

Michael Brennan (Speaker)
Productivity Commission

Greg Divall (Facilitator)
Expert Advisor

Justine Greig (Host)
Deputy Secretary, Defence People
Department of Defence

This event is being held at Proximity. It is a requirement of entry to Proximity's office, that all guests must provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19. 

This event is fully booked and registrations are now closed. 

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Event Details

Event Date Wednesday 18 May 2022
Arrival Time 5:00 PM AEST
Formalities 5:45 PM to 7:00 PM AEST
Networking 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM AEST
Members Price $0
Non Members Price $75
Venue Proximity, Level 2, Boeing Building, 55 Blackall Street, Barton
All prices are in Australian Dollars and GST inclusive


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