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Vulnerable Supply Chains

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What is a study?

  • Why the study?
  • Interim report
  • Final report

What we’ve been asked to look at

The Australian Government has asked the Productivity Commission to examine the nature and source of risks to global supply chains. The Commission will develop a framework for identifying supply chains that are vulnerable to disruption, identify imports of goods that might be vulnerable, and identify possible strategies to manage supply chains risks.

Read the Terms of Reference Media release

Submissions and comments

Submissions and comments were invited to inform the final report. The interim report, which was released in late March, focussed on supply chain vulnerabilities from Australia's role as an importer. Participants were invited to examine the report and comment on it by written submission by 30 April 2021.

The Commission is also looking to examine supply chain vulnerabilities from Australia's role as an exporter. The Commission is particularly interested in understanding:

  • how firms manage and respond to disruptions in export market conditions and access
  • the impact that these disruptions can have, including in regional areas.

Comments and submissions on these issues were also invited by 30 April 2021.

Interim report

An interim report was be handed to the Australian Government in March 2021 for Australia's role as an importer. It was publicly released on 26 March 2021.

The Commission has developed a framework to identify supply chains that are vulnerable to disruption, and applied it to Australian imports. The Commission has also identified strategies to manage supply chain risks and the circumstances under which government might intervene.

Read the interim report

Submissions and comments

Submissions and comments were invited to inform the final report. The interim report, which was released in late March, focussed on supply chain vulnerabilities from Australia's role as an importer. Participants were invited to examine the report and comment on it by written submission by 30 April 2021.

The Commission is also looking to examine supply chain vulnerabilities from Australia's role as an exporter. The Commission is particularly interested in understanding:

  • how firms manage and respond to disruptions in export market conditions and access
  • the impact that these disruptions can have, including in regional areas.

Comments and submissions on these issues were also invited by 30 April 2021.

Final study report to Government and release

The final study report, including Australia's role as an exporter, is to be handed to the Australian Government in July 2021, and will be publicly released shortly after.

Next milestone

Final report to government by July 2021

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Who are the Commissioners?

Jonathan Coppel
Commissioner

Who to contact

Yvette Goss
Ph: 03 9653 2253

Email: supplychains@pc.gov.au

Free call: 1800 020 083

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