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Jun 26, 2024

Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter

June newsletter

In this month’s newsletter

  • Industry Skills Australia establishes its Industry Advisory Council (IAC)  
  • Expression of interest – Omnichannel Logistics Skills Gap Analysis  
  • Project updates 
  • Industry feature: Young Guns Container Crew – A community approach to attract talent 
  • Have your say: Transport and Infrastructure Net Zero Consultation Roadmap 
  • Austroads seeks input on managing overseas licensed heavy vehicle drivers 
  • New committee to drive University Accord response 
  • Danny Broad steps down as Chair of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA)


Industry Skills Australia establishes its Industry Advisory Council (IAC) 

Supply chain operations right across our economy are being radically transformed through digitalisation, big data, robotics, and automation. These factors, combined with the increasing dominance of omnichannel logistics and the move to a low carbon economy, are revolutionising business models, redesigning jobs, and demanding new skills. 

The impact is far reaching. While the Australian transport and logistics workforce comprises over 730,000, that number rises to over one million when including those employed in industries such as mining, manufacturing, retail, and agriculture. Importantly, it’s companies in these industries that often pioneer new ways of working and new technologies that subsequently flow through to transport and logistics, for example, Rio Tinto’s remote train operations or Amazon’s warehouse robotics.

To drive genuine cross-industry collaboration, and prepare the supply chain workforce for the future, Industry Skills Australia (ISA) has established its Industry Advisory Council, a high-level tripartite mechanism comprising industry leaders from across the economy. The Council will provide strategic advice on cutting-edge trends in technology adoption, emerging workforce development priorities of the supply chain workforce, opportunities for cross-industry collaboration, and the responses needed from the national system, industry, and governments.

The Industry Advisory Council Chair, Mark McKenzie, CEO of the Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACAPMA), noted he was “really looking forward to working with industry leaders from across the many sectors represented on the Council to explore opportunities for building a world class supply chain workforce.” 

Held at the headquarters of Team Global Express on 17 June, the Council’s Inaugural Meeting discussed the technologies transforming Australian supply chains, workforce shortages, and potential solutions. The Council’s insights and diverse perspectives, in collaboration with our Strategic Workforce Planning Committees, will be invaluable to increasing business productivity, building a resilient economy, and growing sovereign capability. 

Paul Walsh, CEO of ISA, commented that "The Council’s future focus acts as an ‘early warning’ on the likely impact of supply chain transformation. Its advice means that the national skills system will have time to prepare to help upskill and reskill the workforce, and help to ensure that no worker is left behind or held back as the transition occurs.”


Expression of interest - Omnichannel Logistics Skills Gap Analysis 

Are you passionate about shaping the future of your industry? 

ISA is looking to identify and bridge skills gaps in the rapidly evolving omnichannel logistics industry. We are seeking enthusiastic participants to help us capture the core skills and knowledge required in the roles within this exciting industry.   

Register your interest here by the close of business AEST 5 July 2024. 

Please visit our project page for more information. 

Project updates


Draft Training Package products for this project have been approved by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) Assurance Body for endorsement by Skills Ministers. 

To read more about this project, please view the Chain of Responsibility Project Page.

Current Projects 

Training product development work is continuing in the following projects. To find out more, please click on the links: 




project updates


Marine Order 505 & Vessel Traffic Services Update Webinar Series 

ISA held the second of three webinars about this project on 23 May to support stakeholders in understanding the reason for the changes and how implementation will affect them. 

Watch the webinar here.

Industry feature: Young Guns Container Crew – A community approach to attracting talent  

Camilla Elmes, ISA’s Industry Engagement Manager, recently caught up with Trent Young, the co-founder of Young Guns Container Crew to hear about their unique approaches to attract, train, and support their workforce.  

Founded in 2004 with his brother Scott, Young Guns Container Crew started from humble beginnings. While pursuing dreams of professional rugby league careers, while managing engineering studies, the brothers stumbled upon a business opportunity. "We realised early on that there was a bigger opportunity before us, one that could transform the industry with our approach," says Trent Young. The business specialises in loading and unloading shipping containers for some of the world’s leading retailers and 3PLs (third-party Logistics Providers). 

The core values of Young Guns are rooted in community, innovation, and excellence. "Our vision is to build a community that works for everyone, providing good-paying jobs and support services that help our team members bust through barriers to employment," Trent explains. Attracting talent in the logistics industry has its challenges. "It’s an aging workforce, and many people don't see the appeal of transport and logistics," Trent points out. "It doesn't have the cool factor, and few are exposed to what it’s all about." 

Young Guns success is built on investing in people through skills development, engaging with a wider community and focusing on creating a more gender-diverse workforce. “This sets us apart from other businesses by emphasising our unique community environment.”  

It's about making a meaningful impact on the community, not just business. The company has provided employment and training opportunities, particularly for young people and for those from Indigenous communities. 

"We are proud to be an Aboriginal business that embraces the community and helps people to grow," says Trent. "Our mission is to be a force for good, delivering more by igniting unseen talent to master the tough stuff." 

"We are committed to providing training opportunities to help our team members develop their skills," says Trent. "Our goal is to create a workforce that is both highly skilled and highly motivated." The company plans to establish an academy to train their people as leaders in the logistics industry, focusing on building technical skills and leadership qualities. 

Creating a sense of belonging is also crucial to their success. "We work hard to foster a supportive community where everyone feels valued and part of something bigger," Trent explains. This sense of belonging helps support and retain workers, making Young Guns a desirable place to work. 

The benefits of being a Young Gun go beyond just getting paid to get fit. "You get to work with your mates and have fun while doing it," Trent shares. "No matter your role or location, we are committed to supporting you on your journey to unleash your full potential." 

Young Guns uses the term "best version" to describe the professional and personal capabilities they want to develop in their team members. For the company, the benefit is a safer and more productive workforce. "We want our team members to deeply understand themselves and improve their emotional intelligence and leadership qualities," Trent adds. 

Family values underpin the business, and the lessons learned growing up in rural Queensland have been crucial to their success. "When you grow up on a farm, you learn to improvise and innovate solutions. That skill has been crucial in our business, from organising the mechanics of a fledgling business to dealing with daily challenges," Trent explains. 

Young Guns Container Crew exemplifies how a community-driven approach to business can lead to remarkable success and profound societal impact. By prioritising people, fostering innovation, and maintaining strong family values, Scott and Trent Young have built a legacy that extends far beyond the confines of shipping containers. Their commitment to providing opportunities, supporting their community, and driving improvements in the supply chain industry sets them apart as leaders and innovators in their field. "We are more than just a container company," says Trent. "We offer our team the chance to grow their career opportunities and skills while giving back to their community.” 

Young Guns Container Crew stands as a testament to the power of community, innovation, and a relentless commitment to making a difference. 

The visit showed some great insights into how businesses can invest in their people, building their skills and careers, and becoming an employer of choice. At ISA, we love sharing the stories of transport supply chain businesses overcoming skills challenges, to create great jobs and in turn better businesses.  

If you have a story about your workplace you’d like us to share, contact us at

Have your say: Transport and Infrastructure Net Zero Consultation Roadmap 

The Australian Government has recently released the Transport and Infrastructure Net Zero Consultation Roadmap (Consultation Roadmap), which sets out the potential pathways to net zero by 2050 for the transport and infrastructure sectors. The Consultation Roadmap examines these pathways across all transport modes (light vehicles, heavy vehicles, aviation, maritime and rail), freight and supply chains, active transport planning, and supporting infrastructure. 

The government invites feedback from communities, industry, experts and unions on these potential pathways, as well as the actions or policies that the government must take to support the pathways.  

To submit feedback, please complete the Have Your Say form or provide a written submission.  

The consultation process will run through to Friday, 26 July 2024.  

During the consultation, there will be an online information session on the Roadmap on Thursday, 18 July, 2:15-3:15 pm. 

This session will provide an overview of the potential decarbonisation pathways examined in the Roadmap and answer questions about the Roadmap and consultation process. 

Register to attend.

Austroads seeks input on managing overseas licensed heavy vehicle drivers

The heavy vehicle industry and community are invited to share their views on the management of overseas licensed heavy vehicle drivers. Overseas licensed heavy vehicle drivers are generally welcomed in Australia as they provide valuable skills and help address current industry shortages. 

Austroads, on behalf of its eight state and territory member agencies, is seeking to understand whether changes should be made to the management of overseas licensed heavy vehicle drivers. It is inviting heavy vehicle drivers, heavy vehicle operators, individuals and businesses who rely on heavy vehicles to undertake a short survey to share their insights and experiences.

The anonymous survey will take a few minutes to complete and will provide Austroads with valuable information about community and industry views to inform policy review and decision-making.

Complete the survey by the end of Friday, 12 July 2024.

New committee to drive University Accord response 

Secretary of the Department of Education, Tony Cook PSM, will lead a newly established committee to implement the reforms recommended by the Universities Accord. This Accord is the most comprehensive review of the higher education sector in the past 15 years and sets out a blueprint for reforms in higher education for the next decade and beyond. 

The 10-member Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC), announced alongside the federal Budget in May, comprises representatives from higher education, vocational education and training (VET), and policy experts. The IAC will facilitate ongoing engagement between the government and the tertiary education sector as the reforms are implemented. The committee will also seek input from the sector on the design of the new Tertiary Education Commission and the new Managed Growth Funding System, which includes Needs-Based funding for public universities. 

The members of the committee include: 

  • Professor David Lloyd, Vice-Chancellor, University of South Australia 
  • Professor the Hon Verity Firth AM, Vice-President Societal Impact, Equity and Engagement, University of New South Wales 
  • Professor Stephen Duckett AM, Honorary Enterprise Professor, University of Melbourne 
  • Professor Julia Horne, University of Sydney 
  • Professor Tom Calma AO, Kungarakan Elder and 2023 Senior Australian of the Year 
  • Professor Barney Glover AO, Commissioner of Jobs and Skills Australia 
  • Ms. Jenny Dodd, CEO, TAFE Directors Australia 
  • Ms. Natalie James, Secretary of the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations, Ex-Officio Member 
  • Mr. Ben Rimmer, Deputy Secretary, Department of Education, Ex-Officio Member 

For more details, you can view the minister's media release here. 

Industry Skills Australia congratulates all appointees and looks forward to collaborating with the IAC. 

Danny Broad steps down as Chair of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA)  

Danny Broad, who has served as Chair for nearly five years, will step down at the ARA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November.  

His tenure with the ARA has been extensive, beginning as a Board Director at Downer, then serving as CEO, and most recently as Chair. Highlights of his leadership include significant industry reforms, supporting the ARA team through COVID-19 challenges, increasing membership, and enhancing the ARA’s research, policy development, and advocacy efforts. 

Danny Broad

"Danny has made a great contribution to the rail industry during his time at the ARA," said ISA CEO Paul Walsh. We look forward to continuing our great relationship with Danny during this transition period and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.” 

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