Tackling the big issues – together

It’s time. It’s time for you to join us and stand up for trucking.

It’s time for you to join us and get serious about safety. It’s time for you to join us as we tackle the big issues – together.

Tackling the big issues together is what Trucking Australia 2019 is all about.

This is the chance for all members of the trucking industry to come together, have positive discussion, collaborate and develop real solutions for the key issues that our operators and drivers are dealing with every day.

With a federal election looming ahead of us, we need to highlight the importance of the Australian trucking industry and get the issues that matter on the agenda and into the spotlight.

We have interesting and critical times ahead. Trucking Australia is an opportunity for everyone in the industry whether they be a driver, manager, operator or supplier to put their point forward and have their voice heard.

Regardless of which party forms government, the ATA will stand up and hold either party to account on behalf of Australia’s 50,000 trucking businesses and 211,500 people.

We will work with our national leaders to ensure the decisions they make result in viable, genuine benefits for the entire industry.

We have engaged Deloitte Access Economics to provide an overview of the industry and its important role in the national economy as well as taking a deep-dive into why fixing truck regulation matters.

In 2011 the Australian Government estimated that improving truck regulation would deliver $11 billion in national economic benefits.

It is time to quantify exactly how much of an impact these benefits have had.

At Trucking Australia, Deloitte will review those estimates and how things have worked out, identify the policies that would cut red tape and improve industry performance, and assess the economic benefits of those policies with new economic modelling.

The trucking industry is a vital contributor to the Australian economy and it’s crucial it remains viable and sustainable.

Trucking Australia is about collaborating with grassroots operators to develop practical solutions to a range of key issues.

We’ll pick the brains of professional drivers and work with delegates to design the perfect rest area, with the results to form a strong foundation for ATA lobbying activities.

We’ll also discuss how to upgrade driver licensing and training, hear ideas for better fatigue systems and focus on the truck law review.

Following strong lobbying by the ATA and our members, the National Transport Commission is reviewing the eastern state truck laws.

It will start from scratch and aim to improve safety and slash red tape.

Our delegates will have their say on what the laws should look like and what can be learnt from Western Australia. We will have a robust discussion about what works, what doesn’t, and develop a strong proposal that we can take forward to the regulator.

To get serious about mental health and wellbeing, we need to stop talking about it and start taking real action.

For years we have talked about the issues, looked at resources and demonstrated how to run ‘toolbox talks’, but no more talk… we need to do something.

The ATA’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee has put out a call to action, inviting you to join the conversation and offer input as to what the trucking community can do to shape a mentally healthy industry.

We want you to walk away from the discussion knowing exactly what practical measures you can use in your workplace.

While Trucking Australia is a time for robust discussion, it’s also a time to celebrate what makes our industry great and build positive relationships.
Each year we recognise industry excellence during the Foundation Sponsors Gala Awards Dinner where we reveal the winners of the prestigious National Trucking Industry Awards.

Each award finalist and the well-deserving winners have gone above and beyond to improve the trucking industry and it’s important to recognise their achievements.

The conference will also see the industry come together to recognise the incredible achievements of Australia’s Kenworth Legends. The Legends have put in the hard yards, building their businesses from the ground up.

For them trucking is not just a job. It’s a way of life and something to be admired.
Don’t miss this opportunity. This is your chance to tackle the big issues and make your voice heard. 

Trucking Australia 2019 will be held in Perth from 3-5 April.
View the conference program and register now at www.truckingaustralia.com.au

Geoff Crouch,
Australian Trucking Association

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