To All AISF Members and Industry Stakeholders,

It looks like 2022 is not shaping up to the COVID-free start we were all hoping for. With the new “son of COVID” variant now starting to veer its ugly head it appears we are continuing on with this ground hog day, and some times feeling apocalyptic existence. “Supply chain disruptions”, “PCR ” & “Rapid Antigen Tests” have now joined the growing number of once unknown terms now commonly used.

But it is not all doom and gloom for our market. Many of our members have told us that they have never been busier, with the timber shortage in the building industry, more people are opting for aluminium framed window systems along with making conscious choices to support “Australian made” products. With the states now opening up and trying to get back to business as usual, and us learning to live with COVID, we will continue to experience supply chain disruptions along all facets of our industry with staff members having to take time to isolate when needed.

Another noteworthy positive of COVID is the ability of businesses to realise the importance of utilising available technology.
The AISF have been no exception to this impact and late last year we held our first Working safely with Cyanide online training course, which was attended virtually and presented via Microsoft teams. The feedback from the course was an overall success. Following on from that success, we are now in the process of adapting our Principles of Professional Powder Coating
intensive training course to become available in a module based online learning program. We are planning on launching our new online training in the next few weeks, so watch this space.

With a new year, we are planning another growth year for 2022, by growing our membership base, improved Australian Standards, and a nationally available training scheme.

As always, contact our Secretariat offices if we can help you through these uncertain times.