Australian wool industry gets go-ahead to re-start sales

Terry Sim, March 3, 2020

WOOL sales will re-commence across Australia tomorrow, after a break in auctions since last week due to a cyber attack on major industry software provider Talman.

The Australian Wool Exchange’s National Auction Selling Committee this morning issued a general notice that Week 36 sales will proceed as scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday.

The attack last Tuesday shut down Talman’s OZDE EDI and NZDE EDI networks which are crucial to the exchange of ownership of wool within the Australian and New Zealand industry. Talman’s Application Service Provider (ASP) hosting service was also crippled. It is used by most buyers and some brokers. Talman has been working to create a new IT infrastructure for its back-up data to renew industry services.

Auctions will now be held in Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle over the next two days.

NASC secretary David Cother said in the notice that buyers and sellers were keen to re-establish sales.

Mr Cother said the committee recognised that some ASP clients are experiencing some technical issues; however, feedback from clients indicated they were prepared to work around these and that Talman was continuing to work on them.

“In terms of data exchange, the committee was concerned about technical issues relating to post sale delivery order transmissions between some parties and urged both service providers to work with affected parties as a matter of high priority.”


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