On 1 October 2020 the Australian Government announced a new $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) to help position Australia to better respond to future crises such as COVID-19.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic government and industry have worked together to rapidly address critical supply needs. This experience taught us that we need to be on the front foot and the SCRI will help to ensure Australia has access to essential goods and services in the face of external shocks.
The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is now conducting a consultation as part of the implementation of the SCRI. The feedback obtained will help create an understanding of the real and potential vulnerabilities in our supply chains for critical products and ways of addressing them.
The Department is looking for feedback on the issues affecting Australian supply chains for essential goods and services and how to address them. The survey is open until 11 December 2020.