Scenario planning to shape national freight strategy

Deakin University’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics (CSCL) is currently running workshops with senior executives from across the supply chain and freight sectors to help inform the development of the National Supply Chain and Freight Logistics Strategy (NSCFLS), which was announced in late 2016 by the Hon Darren Chester, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

At the ‘Scenario Planning Workshops to Inform the National Inquiry into Freight and Supply Chain Priorities’, a select group of logistics experts will be invited to consider the implications of several future scenarios, from debilitating climate change to overcrowding and urban encroachment, then work together to decide upon a series of risk management strategies and priorities that will be presented to the Australian Government in November to help inform its Strategy.

The scenarios have been prepared by CSCL through rigorous industry and the support of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD), the expert panel selected to support the NSCFLS, in-depth interviews of industry experts and a major survey campaign.

CSCL Director, Hermione Parsons, told Logistics & Materials Handling that, while the first workshop took place on Tuesday 17 October in Perth, spaces still remain for Sydney workshop on 1 November. A fully subscribed Melbourne workshop will take place on 27 October.

The CSCL is looking for senior logistics experts with extensive experience to help support the planning effort.

Please note: the workshops have now taken place.