Uni degree for Aussie freight forwarding industry

The Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) has received what it described as “considerable” funding for the development of a specific degree in International Freight Forwarding and Logistics by the University of Tasmania – a first for the Australian forwarding industry. Upon receiving authorisation of the grant from the Cargo Automation Development Fund (CADF) – […]


The Australian Federation of International Forwarders (AFIF) has received what it described as “considerable” funding for the development of a specific degree in International Freight Forwarding and Logistics by the University of Tasmania – a first for the Australian forwarding industry. Upon receiving authorisation of the grant from the Cargo Automation Development Fund (CADF) – a trust managed by Tradegate Australia Ltd – the AFIF began immediately working towards formalising the agreement between itself and the university to offer the degree. The Degree will, for the first time in Australia, offer a definitive career pathway for school leavers and new entrants to the industry and will also give those already in the industry an opportunity to join the program by recognition of prior learning through TAFE and other institutions offering relevant Certificate and Diploma level courses. “The International Forwarding Industry is an essential part of the Australian economy. This specific degree will give this industry the long awaited recognition, professionalism and accreditation it deserves. It has taken two years of research and scoping to get to this point and we are delighted,” said Brian Lovell, AFIF’s CEO. The funding will enable writing of primarily the third year level degree subjects by industry experts. These people will work closely with AFIF and the AMC to ensure the content is relevant to the Australian international forwarding industry. With the partnership agreement in place, AFIF will be working to coordinate the linkage between industry and the AMC and will source the appropriate level of expertise within both the local and international forwarding industry. “It is envisaged that the degree course will be offered in 2011 and students will be enrolled from that time, prior to the completion of the writing of the final year subjects”, said Jim Merrigan, AFIF director for Education and Training. The course will be available by distance learning methods and also on campus and through lectures at selected Universities around the country.