As we bid farewell to 2023, we reflect upon a year of tremendous activity and busyness here at Critical Input. It’s been a year of remarkable milestones, and we’re excited to share some highlights.

A milestone for Critical Input: This year, Critical Input celebrated a quiet but significant milestone – 17 years of steady growth and sustainability. We take pride in being a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated small business with 50 per cent Indigenous ownership. To all our dedicated resources, past and present, who have shown unwavering support and loyalty, we extend our appreciation. Your commitment has been pivotal to our success.

Team growth and expansion: In 2023, Critical Input continued its trajectory of growth and progress. Our team has expanded to include 35 dedicated professionals, spread across various corners of the country. This growth reflects the increasing demand for our services as businesses and organisations seek agile and results-oriented partners.

Focus on specialisation: At Critical Input, we follow a distinct philosophy that prioritises specialisation. Our team comprises of seasoned professionals deeply rooted in specific domains. Our unwavering dedication to excellence within our core domains—supply chain management, project management, and process optimisation—ensures superior outcomes while mitigating the risks of overreach. This year, we’ve worked on Materials Management Reviews (MMRs), Supply Chain Reviews (SCRs), change management, complex projects, and more.

Small the new big: The year 2023 has raised thought-provoking questions about the role and reputation of the “big four” consulting firms. In light of recent revelations, we are reminded of the importance of expertise, integrity, and a focused approach. Throughout 2023, we have continued to provide exceptional services to our clients. Our approach is anchored in three values: process, people, and principle.

Workforce shortages: One pressing concern that continues to loom large is the persistent workforce shortfall. In the construction industry alone, Australia faces a shortage of 229,000 full-time workers. Workforce deficits across industries has no doubt contributed to the demand for the agile and focussed service Critical Input provides.

Back at IMARC: One of our proudest moments this year was our participation in the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC). We were delighted to emerge as the highest bidder in a silent auction and are now the proud owners of a breathtaking piece of indigenous art, while also donating to the good cause that is Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA). IWIMRA is the external support mechanism to ensure mining companies have a culturally safe way to engage, develop and retain their Indigenous staff, particularly Indigenous women.

The Changing Landscape of Resources: The year 2023 has seen Australia’s resources sector continue to thrive, with record-high prices for iron ore, critical minerals, and metallurgical coal. However, we’re witnessing a significant shift in the industry’s focus. Renewable energy infrastructure is taking centre stage, and our resources are now instrumental in shaping this sustainable future. We are proud to be a part of this transition.

Supporting our farmers: This year, we continued our support for Drought Angels, a grassroots charity dedicated to helping farmers. We believe that food production is a critical aspect of our supply chain, and our ongoing support is a testament to our dedication to Australian agriculture.

As we approach 2024, we anticipate another year of growth, adaptation, and positive impact. Our commitment to excellence remains steadfast, and we are eager to continue our journey alongside our valued partners.

In closing, we extend our warmest wishes for a joyful and safe festive season. Enjoy special moments with loved ones and enter the new year with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Thank you for your continued trust and partnership. We look forward to achieving even greater heights together in 2023.


Tim Griffiths