2022-23 has been a successful year for the Australian Steel Institute (ASI), with continued progress in growing steel intensity and creating opportunities for local participation through our advocacy, education, marketing, sustainability and technical leadership.
Professional membership grew by 11%, and manufacturers by 24% in the financial year.
The ASI now has 5,557 total members; and 554 corporate members, with almost half of those fabricator businesses (245).
ASI continued to promote AS/NZS 5131 Structural Steelwork – Fabrication and Erection and the National Structural Steelwork Compliance Scheme (NSSCS) as the quality benchmark for steelwork.
ASI lobbied government on a range of issues including seeking a ban on the export of unprocessed scrap steel; increased offerings for vocational training; improved skilled labour availability; and promoted career prospects within the supply chain.
ASI launched new webcast and eLearning courses; a new Steel Sustainability Australia (SSA) program to certify steel fabricators, roll formers, and reinforcing processors and verify upstream steel producers against best practice environmental, social and governance (ESG) indicators; and a new media relations strategy designed to raise the profile of local steel in the government and public eye.
The ASI has elevated four areas for particular focus in the coming 12 months: