THE NEW year is upon us and it is time to look forward to the myriad industry events that will provide opportunities to learn, exchange ideas and meet friends and colleagues.

The below list is far from exhaustive, but merely features some highlights of the coming year.

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International Women’s Day

First up, we have the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia’s International Women’s Day Industry Networking Breakfast, to be held in Sydney on 8 March.

SCLAA holds the event every year, and it is always well attended – it is open to all genders and SCLAA members and non-members.

The event always features keynote speakers who usually discuss issues of equity and equality in the industry.

When available, details will be on the SCLAA website.

SAL in the Gong

Next we have Shipping Australia’s Port Kembla Biennial Luncheon, to be held on 22 March in Wollongong, New South Wales.

SAL’s functions are always well attended by many from the maritime industry, and they always feature the best food of any industry event.

In addition to outstanding food, these events feature a keynote speaker discussing important topics.

Shipping Australia has more information about the event on its website.

Customs brokers and freight forwarders

Next is the International Forwarders & Customs Brokers Association of Australia’s 2024 National Conference to be held in Cairns, Queensland on 23 through 25 May.

The three-day event will feature senior industry speakers and presentations from regulatory bodies. IATA is partnering with IFCBAA to present special air cargo breakout sessions during one of the days.

More information on this event can be found on the IFCBAA website.

Logistics and supply chain

On 22 May, the Australian Logistics Council will convene its ALC Supply Chain Summit 2024 in Melbourne, Victoria.

The annual summit is an opportunity to hear from the movers and shakers of the Australian supply chain industry and learn from experts on key topics.

The 2024 summit theme will be “the productivity sustainability paradox”.

More information can be found on the ALC website.

Pilots in PNG

The Australasian Marine Pilots Institute will hold its Regional Pilotage Conference in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on the 25 through 27 June.

The event is sure to feature many discussions covering safety and technology in the ever-important profession of pilotage.

When more information is available, it will likely be found on the AMPI website.


And finally, the much-anticipated Ports Australia Biennial Conference will take place on 30 and 31 October in Hobart, Tasmania.

This will be the 48th conference put on by the ports body – these conferences traditionally feature addresses from politicians and discussions amongst industry leaders.

The Ports Australia Biennial Conference attracts attendees from many port agencies, as well as port-adjacent industries, such as stevedoring, maritime services, logistics, shipping, and consultants.

There will be plenty of networking opportunities – the event features a gala dinner as well as other functions around the conference.

Registration usually opens about six months before the event. Head to the Ports Australia website for more information.