Supply Chain Resilience Initiative
This $107.2 million initiative of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy is aimed at building a comprehensive understanding of Australia’s critical goods and services, supply chain vulnerabilities and potential options to address them
The government will work with industry to identify critical products, and map capabilities and vulnerabilities for normal times and periods of surge, continuing the close partnership on supply chains it developed throughout COVID-19
Early focus of the Initiative will be on medicines and medical equipment, followed by products such as food, chemicals and plastics
Funding will be available for businesses to establish or scale a capability that addresses an identified supply chain vulnerability and must result in a measurable strengthening of the supply chain
The government also will consider options to strengthen international supply chains and work with like-minded partners.
Funding is expected to be available from July 1, 2021, once the capability mapping is complete
Understanding supply chains
To build a comprehensive understanding of critical supply chains, the government will work with industry to:
- identify the essential goods and services critical to Australians at times of crisis
- map industry supply chains and Australia’s manufacturing capabilities
- evaluate supply chain resilience under normal circumstances and in possible crisis situations
We will work with industry to identify supply options to address vulnerabilities in domestic and international supply chains for identified critical products. The outcomes of this work will be published in Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plans.
Domestic and international supply vulnerabilities
The government will work with industry to identify supply options for critical products to address vulnerabilities in domestic and international supply chains.
This could mean:
- long-term international supply contracting
- domestic manufacturing
- broader activities to promote better information sharing and collaboration between industry and governments
From 1 July 2021, businesses can access support to establish or scale a capability that addresses a supply chain vulnerability.
To be eligible for funding, projects will need to:
- demonstrate they address a supply chain vulnerability for a critical product or input identified in a Sovereign Manufacturing Capability Plan
- result in measurable strengthening of the supply chain
Guidelines outlining eligibility and merit criteria will be made available in the first half of 2021.
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