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To date the Australian food supply chain has demonstrated a high degree of resilience, but there are factors on both the demand and supply sides of the chain that are decreasing future resilience.

Some of the key elements of resilience in the Australian supply chain are not well understood, and therefore pose potential threats to the supply of food in Australia in the event of a severe emergency. Further work is needed to determine points of vulnerability and the strategies needed to address them.
Governments can help manage the growing risks to food supply through better coordination between different levels of government, encouraging greater understanding on the part of the food industry and government officials of their respective roles, and ensuring regulation does not impede the food industry’s capacity to respond.

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