Developing a supply chain training program
FTMA AUSTRALIA has been working with Bryan Moroney and his team in AusIndustry Entrepreneur Development which is a Federal Government initiative within the Department of Industry Business.
In early August Bryan and his colleague Emily Morton joined Adam Mumford and I for a tour of Dahlsens Craigieburn frame and truss plant to ensure a better understanding of the manufacturing undertaken by the frame and truss industry.
FTMA Australia will be working with AusIndustry to develop a supply chain training program which will target key business skills within the industry as well as explore the collaboration across the supply chain as our industry moves further down the advanced manufacturing pathway.
In the meantime, however, the AusIndustry Entrepreneur Development program offers a wide range of services and programs for small to medium enterprises in Australia.
This is the former ‘Enterprise Connect’ program and even though FTMA’s focus is on fabricators the program is available to a wide range of businesses across the whole supply chain of the timber industry.
The best place to start is with the Business Evaluation Service where an AusIndustry Business Adviser will work with you to assess your business, research the environment you work in and create a plan of action you endorse and are ready to implement. The Business Advisers guide you at your own pace to implement the plan, providing you with access to the wealth of information, networks and resources at their disposal.
The Business Advisers are drawn from industry sources who will spend quality time on-site with you to gather information for your Business Evaluation. The Business Adviser will use their industry experience combined with diagnostic tools to investigate key areas of your business and will work with people throughout your business to develop practical advice specific to the needs of your business.
Their guidance is designed to help you build skills into your business, identify new business opportunities and to ensure you have everything you need to continue to do so long after the service ends.
AusIndustry Entrepreneur Development strives to build your business opportunities through insight and skills on a foundation of independent industry advice and best of all the service comes at no cost to your business.
Once this business evaluation is done, your business can access dollar-for-dollar funding up to $20,000 to implement opportunities identified in the plan.
There are key criteria’s that your business will need to meet including but not limited to: • Have an annual turnover or operating expenditure within the following thresholds: • between $1.5 million and $100 million;
or • between $750,000 and $100 million for applicants from Remote Australia or Northern Australia. • Be solvent. • Have operated in Australia and filed business activity statements showing ongoing trading in at least three consecutive years. I encourage FTMA Members who are interested in having a fresh set of eyes look over your business and identify ways to increase efficiency to give me a call and I will connect you directly with the right person. For others interested in this program please visit http://www.business. gov.au/advice-and-support/EIP/Pages/ default.aspx
New Timber Standard
The new AS 1720.5:2015 Timber structures – Nailplated timber roof trusses, prepared by the TM-010 Timber Structures and Framing committee, has now been published and is available for purchase via the SAI Global website at the following link: http:// infostore.saiglobal.com/store/Details. aspx?ProductID=1816623
Boris Iskra the National Manager of Codes and Standards for FWPA, explained that the need for this Standard arose with a request from Standards Australia following the release of the South Australian Coroner’s report (2005) into the Riverside Golf Club roof truss collapse with one of the recommendations being the need for a timber truss design standard.
The development of the AS 1720.5 was coordinated by FWPA and jointly funded and developed by Pryda, MiTek, Multinail, and Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association with support from Standards Australia.
Peter Juniper of Juniper Consulting was engaged to assist and work through proprietary ‘technical differences’ and develop a collaborative draft which was then submitted to the responsible Standards Australia committee (TM-010) to undergo the formal Standards Australia consensus processes.
In summing up Boris expressed that this has been a milestone project that demonstrated the broader industry’s ability to work collaboratively in areas of common interest and public good and he formally thanked all the collaborators for their valuable contribution to the development of this important design standard.
FTMA Australia would like to give a special thank you to Boris Iskra, Peter Juniper, Robert Tan (MiTek), Matthew Smith (Multinail), Afzal Laphir (Pryda) and Nick Livanes (FTMA Standards Representative) for their excellent work on this standard and also recognise the work of the Australian Standards TM010 Committee.
Tour at Dahlsens Craigieburn: Adam Mumford, Dahslens (orange jacket) and AusIndustry representatives Bryan Moroney and Emily Morton.