Reframing smart supply chains in Northern Australia

Strategic policy development
Supply chain development
Reference number
CRCNA funding
Total project value
Project length
1 year
Finish date
Project Status
Project Manager
Carla Keith


  • James Cook University
  • Charles Darwin University


Supply chains are fundamental to the improvement of competitiveness, prosperity, productivity and sustainability of northern Australia.

This project aims for a renewed examination and re-framing of agricultural supply chains in northern Australia, with a view to develop alternative models of supply chain management which are efficient, effective, smart and agile. It will also identify key policy and budgetary directions to support effective supply chains across the region and identify potential partnerships for collaborative planning and implementation of supply chain initiatives and value add to supply chain thinking and analysis.

Expected outcomes

  • A comprehensive report which will provide an overview of supply chain issues in northern Australia and how to re-frame options for effective market access and economic development.
  • The report will:
    • Support and inform decision making in relation to future investments e.g. infrastructure, technology and investment attraction.
    • Support re-framing of supply chain implementation for domestic and export market growth and efficiency.
    • Inform the government about the renewed policy frameworks as well as budgetary initiatives to ensure effective supply chain management in northern Australia.
    • Build and develop capacity and capability for supply chain research and management across sectors (industry, government and researchers).
    • Determine future-focused research and further build the evidence base and supply chain thinking and analysis by researchers.
    • Outline recommendations for on-ground short-term and long-term action relevant for industry, government and others.