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The objective of the Australian School is to increase sustainability knowledge and competency among supply chain participants in the Australian construction and infrastructure sector, with a particular focus on small to medium enterprises (SMEs). This is being achieved by providing an e-learning platform and face-to-face training for construction suppliers, contractors and service providers. This  gives supply chain participants the knowledge and tools needed to meet increasing sustainability demands and performance benchmarks in a cost-effective manner.

The resources of the Australian School are FREE to all supply chain members.  These free resources complement existing construction sector standards, rating schemes and frameworks developed by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia, the Green Building Council of Australia and Federal and State Government Departments.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School provides targeted learning and support addressing all the main sustainability issues, including materials, carbon, environmental management, waste, water, biodiversity, ethics, community, and procurement.

Benefits of the Australian School

The School provides:
  • A comprehensive virtual learning environment that helps construction and infrastructure suppliers and sub-contractors develop their sustainability knowledge and competence
  • A means to address learning and competence efficiently across tiers of supply chain
  • A wide range of e-learning modules, plus unique management system to track progress
  • Opportunities for involvement at supplier development days and sustainability workshops
  • Access and input to other groups and initiatives within the wider Supply Chain Sustainability School network (including groups focused on construction, infrastructure, and research).
Based on the impacts and results from the UK School, supporting the Australian School will benefit Government, industry, asset owners and SMEs in the following ways:
  • Competitiveness - enhancing the construction sectors’ supply chain competitiveness through building its understanding and competency in best practice construction sustainability
  • Resource efficiency - enhancing the achievement of construction and infrastructure sustainability outcomes on time and within budget
  • De-risking - enhancing contractor and supplier awareness of sustainability risks and mitigation options during project delivery
  • Knowledge - building a common understanding across construction supply chain participants regarding key sustainability specifications, opportunities and solutions
  • Competency - providing assessment and benchmarking tools and building internal sustainability capabilities, particularly with SMEs who find it difficult to access traditional sustainability training and resources.