Federal Government Advocacy

September 23, 2020SEMMA Updates No Comments

Recently, SEMMA met with Tim Wilson MP to discuss investment proposals to assist Australian manufacturers. During that meeting, Mr Wilson agreed to refer on a submission from SEMMA to the Federal government. The submission covered several proposals including something along the lines of the dollar for dollar Manufacturing Modernisation Fund, however, with the added incentive to invest in… Read More →

CEO Update: SEMMA’s Recent Advocacy

September 21, 2020SEMMA Updates No Comments

On behalf of the SEMMA team, we wish to thank to our manufacturing members who made the time to respond to our recent “Covid Impact”, “Jobkeeper” and “SEMMA Snapshot” surveys. Your input is invaluable in our advocacy work on your behalf and we really appreciate the time taken to provide the information to us. Your… Read More →

Open letter to Premier Gladys Berejiklian & Andrew Constance MP

September 9, 2020Industry News, Media Releases, SEMMA Updates No Comments

  SEMMA’s open letter Premier of NSW Gladys Berejiklian & NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance   Dear Gladys and Andrew,   Our manufacturing members were very concerned to learn that NSW had purchased nearly a billion dollars of Chinese-made trains, presumably believing that there was no train building capability in NSW. While there may well… Read More →

SEMMA on ABC 774 “The Conversation Hour”

September 7, 2020Industry News, Media Releases, SEMMA Updates No Comments

On Monday 7 September 2020, SEMMA CEO Vonda Fenwick appeared on “The Conversation Hour” discussing manufacturing and decentralisation. Listen in or skip to time-frame 48:37. Also featuring Paul Kearsley from City of Greater Dandenong (42:07), highlighting Dandenong as the capital of South-East Melbourne.   Description from ABC website: “Governments have been saying for years that our reliance on Melbourne… Read More →

Dandenong Mask Shortage

August 6, 2020Industry News, SEMMA Updates No Comments

Does your organisation have surplus masks? Dandenong is facing an immediate shortage of disposable face masks. The most vulnerable members of the community are currently at risk, including the homeless, community boarding houses and residents isolating in caravans who currently have no access to PPE. Last week alone approx. 8,000 masks were distributed to the local community… Read More →

SEMMA joins forces with Australian Made

July 9, 2020Industry News, SEMMA Updates No Comments

  Announcing our new partnership!   SEMMA has joined forces with The Australian Made Campaign (AMCL) to support the continued growth of Australia’s manufacturing sector. We are excited to partner with Australian Made as we work to highlight our products and world-class capabilities. This alliance comes at a time where there has never been more… Read More →

SEMMA Industry Round-Table: Summary

June 9, 2020SEMMA Updates No Comments

  On Tuesday 19th May, SEMMA convened an online round-table discussion to gather input to our submission to the COVID 19 Review Senate Committee. Feedback from recent meetings with State Government MPs has been an increased need to hear from industry to provide input on their needs and help shape the roadmap to post COVID-19 recovery.… Read More →

Impact of Job Keeper

June 3, 2020Industry News, SEMMA Updates No Comments

  The SEMMA team wishes to thank our members who have taken the time to respond to our recent surveys.  It is only through your participation in our surveys and industry round-table discussions that we are able to accurately convey to our governments at both State and Federal level how the pandemic is impacting manufacturers… Read More →

Free same day COVID-19 testing for SEMMA Members

May 14, 2020General News, Member Benefits, SEMMA Updates No Comments

We would like to highlight an opportunity for members to obtain a same-day COVID-19 test. Member Atticus Health have been busy conducting COVID-19 car park testing in Hastings. Director & Founder Dr. Floyd Gomes is offering all fellow SEMMA Members the opportunity for a free bulk-billed same day COVID-19 test. The car-park testing service is reported to be operating efficiently and effectively.  How to… Read More →

The Onshore Manufacturing Equation: Price ≠ Total Cost

April 29, 2020Industry News, SEMMA Updates No Comments

Written by SEMMA CEO Vonda Fenwick vonda@semma.com.au   The COVID 19 pandemic has thrown into stark relief the risks associated with supply chains which extend beyond Australia’s borders. Those risks have now been recognized and  the need to on-shore manufacturing  for safety-critical items  – medical equipment and personal protective equipment – to make Australia self-sufficient… Read More →