Wednesday, May 22, 2024

New online register to help build supply chain resilience

Helping Australian manufacturers to quickly and easily connect with suppliers is the aim of a new industry capability register launched today by the Federal Government.

A six-month pilot of the free online register, known as Capability Connection, is now available for all businesses located in Greater Melbourne, South East Queensland and Townsville. 

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Christian Porter said the need for a detailed register was identified at the start of the pandemic when manufacturers who wanted to pivot to the production of items such as face masks and hand sanitiser had difficulties identifying suppliers of raw materials in their region.

“Capability Connection aims to fill this gap by improving supply chain visibility and fostering collaboration between local businesses, ensuring we can avoid the risk of shortages of essential items at critical times,” Minister Porter said.  

While primarily targeted at manufacturers, the free online register will also be open to all businesses that want to promote their capabilities, services and goods to other businesses and the public.

The register is expected to provide an important contribution to the Australian Government’s economic recovery plan. It complements the Government’s JobMaker plan and Modern Manufacturing Strategy, which is driving our economic recovery and building future resilience.

The register is being built and managed on the government’s behalf by Industry Capability Network Limited. Regular assessments of the effectiveness of the pilot register will be undertaken following the launch.

Business located within the pilot regions can register at www.capabilityconnection.com.au

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