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  • 8 Jun 2020 4:53 PM | Laynie Kelly

    Superstars of STEM is a Government funded program run by Science & Technology Australia, the peak body in science and technology which represents more than 75,000 Australian scientists and technologists working across all scientific disciplines.

    Superstars of STEM program aims to elevate the profiles of women working in as many STEM fields as possible, with a particular focus on those in which women are under-represented. ASCI Members have been invited to join the program to encourage greater representation in industry.

    This is either a paid program valued at $2,500 or a scholarship program. Applications for 2021 are open in June!

    The first year of the program will focus on professional development through a series of five workshops and the second year will focus on providing participants opportunities to practice their new skills through media and speaking opportunities in schools and on high profile stages.

    Applicants must identify as women and be employed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) roles at any career stage in any sector.

    Applicants must be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents and meet one of the following criteria:

    Hold a PhD or higher (Associate Professor, Professor etc.) or;

    • Indigenous Australian with an undergraduate STEM degree and at least 7 years
    • STEM industry experience or:
    • Person with an undergraduate STEM degree and at least 7 years experience working in technology, engineering, mathematics, agriculture, environmental science or geological sciences.


    • A commitment to the two-year Superstars of STEM Program, including the training, practice, networking and mentoring components; and a commitment to participate where possible in opportunities provided to alumni participants throughout the life of the Superstars program
    • A natural aptitude for oral and written communication
    • An interest in building a public and professional profile and in communicating with public audiences through speaking engagements, the media, social media and written material
    • A commitment to being mentored
    • A commitment to becoming a long-term role model for girls and young women in and thinking of entering the STEM sector
    • Willing to organise to speak at least three and up to five high schools, with support from the program

    Participants will be selected to ensure geographic and discipline diversity in the program as well as representation from all career stages and a range of sectors, including public, private, and academic.

    ASCI's vision for this partnership is that ASCI Members will advocate for the supply chain management profession and bring an increased number of women for future generations.

    Click here to receive more information about the application process.

    This program runs concurrently with ASCI's partnered program with Four PL which involves working with Year 13 to create a career pathway into Supply Chain Management for the next generation. This website, which receives 1.5 million students each year, will become the go-to destination for the Superstars of STEM advocates when they visit schools under the two year program.


  • 3 Jun 2020 4:21 PM | Laynie Kelly

    Over 400 Defence & Industry personnel across the Trans-Tasman border participated in an inaugural Defence-led Hackathon which generated an ANZAC spirit like no other.

    ANZDF Hack was a two day online design sprint-style event (May 15 - May 17) that tapped into the creativity of the Defence, Industry (supply chain, logistics and manufacturing), Science and Academic communities to create solutions to Industry supply chain challenges that impact Defence.

    Based on the recent collaborative efforts announced between Australia and New Zealand Defence Departments earlier this month, the hackathon was designed to establish pathways for investment and development for shortlisted submissions and winning teams in Industry, Defence and start-up programs.

    The ASCI Community was invited to participate and the ASCI National Office and Committee Chairs represented in each area as mentors; participants; and as submission evaluators. Teams of up to eight were formed within the first four hours of the event to compete under one of the following five challenges:

    • Enabling policies
    • Manufacturing revival
    • Supply chain management and logistics optimisation
    • People, culture and wellness
    • Cyber resilience

    Hosted by Australian Computer Society via Slack allowed for teams to collaborate, mentors to be assigned, announcements to be delivered with excitement using emojis feedback options, tips and resources to be shared and webinars to be held to provide vital best practice information from some of the leaders in their fields.

    Encouragement to succeed for all was evident throughout the 48 hours which created an exciting atmosphere for all competing. There was plenty of reference to recent events (Bushfire and COVID-19) to stimulate discussion on supply chain disruption.

    The reliance on overseas manufacturers/suppliers and disruptions to Defence was also highlighted. As the hours clocked closer to the deadline, participants were earnestly hacking away to completed their three minute video and word document submission on time and on point.


    1st Prize : IBM sponsored $7000 awarded to Gaia Pod
    Supply chain and Logistics optimisation focused solution using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

    2nd Prize : IBM sponsored $2000 awarded to FVEX
    Enabling Policies and Supply chain and Logistics optimisation focused solution.

    3rd Prize : IBM sponsored $1000 awarded to Team White Hat
    Cyber resilience focused solution

    4th prize : ANSTO's Nandin Innovation Centre 3+ months membership awarded to Help from HeroesPeople Culture and Wellness focused solution

    5th prize: DELL sponsored technology awarded to Zirkata
    Supply chain and Logistics optimisation focused solution.

    6th prize : Australian Defence Magazine conference tickets awarded to Team DA-SH
    Manufacturing Revival focused solution

    ALL FINALISTS - AMDA sponsored Avalon air show entry tickets + NZ Defence Industry Association 12 months ecosystem membership

    Good luck to all who participated that you might be selected to drive your concept into a pathway!

    A big thank you to Australia’s Department of Defence for inviting the Australasian Supply Chain Institute’s supply chain and logistics community to participate. This was an ASCI Endorsed event which awarded six continuous professional development points towards global certification or Practitioner Registration maintenance

  • 1 Jun 2020 4:03 PM | Laynie Kelly

    Welcome to our newest volunteer, Michael Milnes, Principal, Supplied Legal, who has joined the ASCI Ethics Committee.

    Before establishing Supplied Legal, Michael spent more than 15 years working at leading law firms and as a senior in-house lawyer in the FMCG supply chain sector.

    He works with clients in the Supply Chain, E-Commerce and Consumer Goods sectors, providing legal support to help them build fast, reliable and ethical supply chains.

    His career spans working in Australia, the UK and Europe. He is certified as an Agile project manager and holds an MBA from a leading UK business school. His research included the future impact of automation and robotics on supply chain strategy and operations.

    Michael is a previous member of the New South Wales Law Society’s Legal Technology Committee and he regularly writes for trade publications, academic journals and publishes a regular blog on how new legal issues will affect the supply chain sector.

  • 1 Jun 2020 3:43 PM | Laynie Kelly

    The ASCI Board is committed to creating a recognised Supply Chain Profession. The significant challenges to global supply chains provide a momentous opportunity to reinforce this commitment and to further develop a strategic plan, referred to as ASCI2025 – A Strategic Roadmap.

    Recently Alexandra Riha, ASCI President and Board Chair, released the following statement.

    The ASCI board reiterated its continuing commitment to promote and contribute to professionalising Supply Chain Management at its meeting on 22 April 2020. ASCI becoming a premier accreditation body for supply chain domain was initially approved by the Board at the ASCI Annual General Meeting on 15 November 2017. ASCI professional accreditation framework is designed to meet the requirements of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which oversees the legislation of professional accreditation bodies in Australia. Our core goal of developing a Supply Chain Profession is talent and continuous professional development; thereby enabling individuals and businesses to build sustainable and profitable supply chains.

    As a Professional Accreditation Body, ASCI has two key areas of responsibility towards the broader supply chain domain:

    • The Professional Accreditation Scheme: This Scheme provides recognition and acknowledgement of individuals’ qualifications and career achievements against globally accepted bodies of knowledge and professional standards. It offers a Practitioner Registration in Procurement, Operations, Logistics and Integrated Logistics Support (ILS), which can progress to full registration as Professional Supply Chain Managers (PrSCM). ASCI continues to refine and further develop the Professional Accreditation Scheme. This scheme is supported by a robust Continued Professional Development (CPD) Program for practitioners and professionals to maintain their registration status. The registrants are supported by ASCI’s Ethics Management Program, Risk Mitigation Guidance and its Supply Chain Management Knowledgebase.
    • Industry Advocacy: As a Professional Accreditation Body in the supply chain domain, ASCI aims to contribute to public policy decisions within political, economic, social and environmental contexts that may impact the industry. ASCI actively works towards enhancing the profile and status of supply chain management, maintaining a set of professional standards to enhance capability, building public trust and confidence. For example, in early 2020, in its capacity as Supply Chain Industry Advocate, ASCI has responded to 2020-2021 Pre-budget Submission, participated on the Australian Government Supply Chain Roundtable and the NSW Government’s committee for COVID-19 Impacts and Challenges for Supply Chains, and secured engagement with Standards Australia on a Technical Committee, in the development of probity standards for the supply chains.

    We abide by the following operating principles in our interactions and service offerings:

    1. We will act ethically, with integrity and be trustworthy 
    2. We will promote innovation and excellence
    3. We will work as a team
    4. We will be customer-centric 
    5. We will collaborate inclusively.

    ASCI, as the Professional Accreditation Body for Supply Chain Management, is committed to supporting the advancement of Supply Chain Management through thought leadership, industry advocacy, professional practice, body of knowledge and capability development. We will partner with leading service providers to deliver industry research and professional development offerings including mentoring and global certifications programs. ASCI will work collaboratively with the Industry participants to promote the best practices to build a stronger, more resilient and sustainable supply chains.

  • 31 May 2020 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to the new ASCI homepage.

    Whilst the site is in early access until the end of June, we are extremely excited to bring it to you.  Not only does it have a new look, but the whole back end has been replace bringing with it a new Member Portal, eStore and additional functionality we will announce over time.

    The site should work perfectly on any device and you should find it easier and faster to get the information you need.

    Take a look around, there is still much work to be done, but we hope you like what you see.

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