Adaptive Strategies in a COVID World
I4AMF 2020 Conference

This year’s Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing conference will be held as a themed series of webinars conducted by I4AMF workstream leads. The program will include insights from thought leaders on manufacturing and industry 4.0, industry case studies, developments in Australian standards, navigating data law, Industry 4.0 Testlabs, Industry 4.0 Skills and Digital Trust.

To attend 1 or more of the events below, please click on the corresponding link which will take you to the registration page.

October 20, 2020

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The 2020-21 Budget includes an investment of $1.5 billion over four years for the Modern Manufacturing Strategy to allow Australian manufacturers to scale up, compete internationally and create more jobs.


Hon Karen Andrews MP,
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

Innes Willox, Convenor I4AMF and Ai Group Chief Executive


Vivienne Filling
Ai Group
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Andrew Liveris is one of Australia’s most successful international CEOs. He is former Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company and the former Executive Chairman of DowDuPont and has advised US Presidents on manufacturing.

Mr Liveris will discuss with Innes Willox, Ai Group CEO, and Convenor of the I4AMF, key insights into how to maximise the contribution of Australian manufacturing sector to economic recovery.

About Andrew Liveris


Andew Liveris


Vivienne Filling
Ai Group
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Stream: Research & Innovation

COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies. With traditional manufacturing value chains being disrupted and customer expectations constantly shifting, more businesses are exploring Industry 4.0 technologies and looking for smart, cost-effective ways to integrate these within their organisation. Yet, the gap between exploration, adoption and investment is still evident.

This webinar is designed for leaders of manufacturing businesses and will showcase the experiences of a selection of Australian manufacturing SMEs who are advancing and transforming their business models using Industry 4.0.

David Chuter will lead a discussion on accelerating the uptake of Industry 4.0 technologies and digital business models within Australian manufacturing. Building on last year’s conference outcomes, he will be joined by a panel of manufacturing experts who have embraced Industry 4.0 and invested in technology and digital business models to create value and drive their business forward. They will share their Industry 4.0 story, outlining which approach they have taken, what challenges they had to overcome and where they are now seeing the benefits.

Industry experts from a range of sectors including Whiteley Corporation, Air Radiators, SleepCorp and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Rapido will join David Chuter in the panel discussion.


David Chuter, IMCRC
Simon Dawson, IMCRC

Industry representatives
Dr Greg Whiteley, Whiteley Corporation
Jamie Baensch, Air Radiators
David Kaplan, Sleep Corp
Herve Harvard, UTS Rapido


Jana Kuthe
Communications, Marketing and Events Manager
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October 21, 2020

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Stream: Legal

The combination of technology in manufacturing and big data analytics has enabled efficiencies to be realised in manufacturing supply chains. This session will look at how legal data law frameworks align with the increasingly significant commercial justification for manufacturers to innovate using data.

The webinar will commence with a pre-recorded panel discussion followed by live question and answer session with panellists.


Dr Dimitrios Eliades: leakage of technical data - an intellectual property perspective.

Dr Adrian McCullagh: using zero trust networks to reduce and manage legal risks.

Anna Sharpe: legal frameworks for manufacturers’ data collection and access arrangements.


Anna Sharpe
Sharpe Ivo
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Stream: Standards & Guidelines

COVID-19 is shifting the way industries work, as the realities and challenges of complex global supply chains are brought into focus. Working in the national interest, to the net benefit of Australia, has never been more critical. Countless examples of the flexibility of Australian companies are on display. Standards Australia is a workstream lead on I4AMF, and it recognises the role we have in supporting consistency and the ability of businesses and organisations to scale into new areas as it has never done before.

Join us to hear about:

  • Adaptive strategies in a COVID-19 world
  • The importance of standards in the context of Australian manufacturing and sovereign capability
  • Panel session on Australian business success stories and post COVID-19 economic recovery

Here you can learn about:

  • How Australian businesses and organisations have changed since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis and building resilience to face the challenges ahead
  • Success stories of organisations faring well during the COVID-19 pandemic


Daniel Chidgey
Head of Stakeholder Engagement
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October 22, 2020

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Stream: Testlabs, Future of Work & Skills

Industry 4.0 TestLabs are innovative learning platforms and facilities that enable the research and education sector to work closely with the industry sector (in particular SMEs) in order to progress Industry 4.0 transformations. They provide supportive, non-competitive, cooperative environments that act as co-creation spaces for collective Industry 4.0 “learning-by-doing” initiatives.

Industry can immerse in Industry 4.0 concepts and experiment with advanced manufacturing processes, digitally integrated systems and new Industry 4.0 embedded business models. The stakeholders engaged with the network are focused on developing capabilities required to drive the adoption and deployment of Industry 4.0 across Australia coupled with workforce transformation.


Professor Aleksandar Subic,
Chair of Australian Industry 4.0 TestLabs Network

Presentations by TestLabs Leads
A/Prof Nico Adams,
Director, Factory of the Future Swinburne University of Technology

Prof. Nikki Stanford,
Director, Future Industries Institute University of South Australia

John Kirkman,
Managing Director, Enterprise Transformation Partners (ETP), ERDi TestLab, University of Western Australia Professor

Tapan Saha,
Leader - UQ Solar, Director- Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre, Lead of Energy TestLab, University of Queensland

Dr Lee Clemon,
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing, School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Technology Sydney

A/Prof Stephen Cahoon,
Director, Sense-T, Collage of Sciences and Engineering, University of Tasmania


Professor Aleksandar Subic
Chair of Australian Industry 4.0 TestLabs Network
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Stream: Testlabs, Future of Work & Skills

Digitalisation has become more important than ever before.

We need a level of flexibility and speed that hasn’t been required to date. New business models in Industry 4.0 have emerged at an accelerated rate – and along with that, the need for a skills transition has become much more accentuated.

The capabilities and skills required in an Industry 4.0 world, while critical for manufacturing of the future, are just as relevant to broader process industries, infrastructure and services – not just factories. A digitally skilled workforce was foreseen in the Industry 4.0 roadmap – but the pandemic has accelerated the urgency to establish these skills at scale.

What does the future hold, and how can we reimagine work in advanced manufacturing by harnessing digital skills?


Andrew Dettmer,
President of Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, AMWU

Mr Ian Curry,
Chair of the Manufacturing IRC

Dr Elliot Duff,
Principal Consultant, CSIRO Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies

Ms Samantha Murray,
CEO & VP, Siemens ANZ Digital Industries Software

Mr David Coltman,

Professor Aleksandar Subic,
Chair of Australian Industry 4.0 TestLabs Network, Future Work & Education DVC & VP, RMIT

Dr Claire Mason,
Principal Scientist, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO’s Data61. Member of AIS Digital Expert Panel


Andrew Dettmer, National President

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October 28, 2020

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Stream: Cybersecurity

AustCyber’s Australia’s Digital Trust Report 2020 modelled the economic impact of a four-week digital interruption to Australia’s economy, such as through a widespread cyber-attack. It estimated this would cost the Australian economy AU$30 billion, or 1.5 per cent of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product, which is equivalent to losing over 163,000 jobs.

To underline the importance of digital trust for keeping our digital activity secure and resilient, this exciting event will simulate a significant cyber-attack on Australia through a hypothetical facilitated by the Head of Information Warfare, Department of Defence, Major General Marcus Thompson. Drawing on his extensive experience in intense crisis situations, he will step through all the facets of the attack; the impacts on and responses of government, crucial parts of our society and how it could impact us all.

Through the eyes of Australia’s top cyber experts, the audience will hear how Australia would respond should a potentially devastating cyber incident occur and importantly, how ready we are.

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