CSCL is a leading centre in Australia focusing specifically on freight logistics and value-added supply chains. We are involved in:
Key areas of research focus include supply chain strategy, agrifood supply chains, supply chain traceability, urban logistics, talent and capability and disruptive technologies. Our projects extend beyond Australia, with special emphasis on the Asia Pacific region.
We seek to better understand supply chain and logistics challenges faced by industry. CSCL actively engages with an industry advisory board, made up of prominent figures from Australia’s private and government sectors, who help determine the centre’s strategic agenda. CSCL also maintains a wider network of industry partners from diverse sectors, including several strategic partners that bring areas of interest and particular problems to the attention of the centre, which then become the subject of future research projects.
We offer a doctoral program in supply chain and logistics, and are currently developing a Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain for 2019. In 2018, Adjunct Professor Michael Byrne, Managing Director of the Toll Group, announced the Toll Group’s inaugural sponsorship of CSCL’s first industry-funded PhD in supply chain
Wayfinder: Supply Chain Careers for Women
This three-year initiative aims to increase the number of women in supply chain education, training, jobs and careers. In conjunction with industry sponsors, the program hosts a number of initiatives including a national series of ‘industry meets community’ luncheons and the development of a comprehensive career map.
Central to our mission, education allows us to improve the capabilities of existing and new supply chain professionals, who will then go back to the community, industry and government to help them make better supply chain and logistics decisions. CSCL currently offers a doctoral education program.
CSCL is involved in a number of projects linked to industry and government. Through our laboratories and expert staff, we provide impartial and practical advice and assessment.
Inquiry into Australia’s Freight and Supply Chain Priorities: Scenario Planning
In partnership with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
July 2017–November 2017
CSCL was engaged to deliver and conduct interviews and workshops with experts from industry and government towards the development of a set of four scenarios for strategic planning. The project will provide:
- summaries of the most prominent drivers of change identified in the literature and interviews
- the proposed underlying logic for the scenarios and the text for the central narratives and the vignettes for the finished scenarios
- a summary of the main findings of the workshops, with the final report including the scenario implications.
A second container port for Melbourne? Build it in the west for 2036
In partnership with Avalon Airport Australia
February 2017–May 2017
CSCL was engaged by Avalon Airport Australia to develop an independent technical report regarding Victoria’s second alternative container port for submission to Infrastructure Victoria. The report evaluated the need, timing and location of the second port.
Peer review of assessment methodology for Melbourne’s second port
In partnership with Infrastructure Victoria
CSCL was engaged by Infrastructure Victoria to conduct a peer review of the assessment methodology for the second container port advice in February 2017. We provided our expertise to improve IV decision framework and criteria so that important review findings could be implemented by IV given the scope of CSCLs strategic assessment.
Australian Pallet Survey 2017
The pallet is viewed as a necessary piece of equipment with little intrinsic value in relation to the product supply chain. Despite the indication that companies have incurred significant costs through their inability to control and manage pallet usage, they view the device as “a necessary evil” rather than part of the value chain of the product. This view may be challenged if the trends in pallets identified in this report continue.
Read the completed report
Our team of researchers have successfully submitted work in many industry leading publications.
Bridging the energy and meteorology information gap
Gunaskera, D 2018, ‘Bridging the energy and meteorology information gap’, in A Troccoli (ed), Weather & climate services for the energy industry, Palgrave McMillan, doi: org/10.1007/978-3-319-68418-5_1
Post-harvest loss reduction in Asia-Pacific developing economies
Gunasekera, D, Parsons, H & Smith, M 2017, ‘Post-harvest loss reduction in Asia-Pacific developing economies’, Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, vol. 7, no. 3, <https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/JADEE-12-2015-0058>
Fight fake reagents with digital tools
Gunasekera, D 2017, ‘Fight fake reagents with digital tools’, Nature, vol. 546, p. 474, retrieved 22 June 2017, <https://www.nature.com/articles/546474c>
Freight transport and logistics services: emerging issues
Gunasekera, D & Parsons, H 2017, ‘Freight transport and logistics services: emerging issues’, Improving Service Sector Productivity: The Economic Imperative, Committee for Economic Development, <www.ceda.com.au/CEDA/media/ResearchCatalogueDocuments/PDFs/35108~Version_for_flipsnack.pdf>
Study on the Application of Global Data Standards to APEC Supply Chain Connectivity (Phase 1)
Elphick-Darling, R & Gunasekera, D 2017, Study on the Application of Global Data Standards to APEC Supply Chain Connectivity (Phase 1), Austroads, <http://publications.apec.org/publication-detail.php?pub_id=1811>
Investigating the potential benefits of enhanced end to end supply chain visibility
Elphick-Darling, R, Gunasekera, D & Ghalebeigi, A 2017, Investigating the potential benefits of enhanced end to end supply chain visibility, AgriFutures Australia, <https://www.onlinepublications.austroads.com.au/items/AP-R538-17>
Diversity in decision-making in rural industries
Elphick-Darling, R, Gunasekera, D & Ghalebeigi, A 2017, Diversity in decision-making in rural industries, Canberra, ACT, Australia: Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation <https://www.agrifutures.com.au/product/diversity-decision-making-rural-industries>
Cold chain distribution capability assessment for selected markets in China
Elphick-Darling, R, Gunasekera, D & Ghalebeigi, A 2017, Cold chain distribution capability assessment for selected markets in China, Meat and Livestock Australia,
Projected Changes in Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature under Alternative Climate Scenarios
Newth, D. & Gunasekera, D 2018. Projected Changes in Wet-Bulb Globe Temperature under Alternative Climate Scenarios, Atmosphere, vol. 9, no. 5, pp.187. Available at: doi.org/10.3390/atmos9050187.
Industry Advisory Board
Our high-profile Industry Advisory Board (IAB) is made up of members with a strong local, regional and international business presence. It provides ongoing support and guidance to our research programs and strategic direction of the centre.
Featured team members
Meet just a few members of our professional team producing world-class outcomes.
Dr Hermione Parsons