Special Offer from BP and ALRTA

From 1 July until 31 August, BP are offering new members and existing members who sign up for a BP Plus card account 6cpl off all Diesel & ULP products for 6 months from sign up across the whole of the network.

This means you can receive a 6cpl discount at sites where a 4.05cpl discount for Diesel and 2cpl discount for ULP would ordinarily apply.

There are also no fees for 6 months and you will receive a $100 BP Gift Card if you have transacted 3 times in the first 30 days.

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ALRTA News – 13 July 2018


The ALRTA has lodged a submission in response to the NTC Discussion Paper on Load Restraint and Effluent.   The NTC developed the discussion paper after ALRTA representatives convinced a Queensland Parliamentary Committee that the application of chain of responsibility to effluent related load restraint was severely deficient and required clarification.

The NTC discussion paper proposed to:

  • Clarify the application of chain of responsibility duties for parties in the livestock supply chain; and
  • Allow for minor, incidental and unavoidable (in any practical sense) spills that do not compromise the overriding safety objectives of the load restraint options.

ALRTA has made the following recommendations in response:

  • Recommendation 1: Ministers should support NTC Option 2 – Amend section 111 to specifically include other chain of responsibility parties. If this is not supported, NTC Option 1 should be implemented instead.
  • Recommendation 2: An infringement notice regime should be implemented to support either Option 1 or Option 2.
  • Recommendation 3: Ministers should support NTC Option 3 – Allow for a minor, incidental or unavoidable loss of part of a load.
  • Recommendation 4: If Ministers do not support the application of CoR to effluent related load restraint offences, a new category of exemption should be created specifying that any effluent loss from a heavy vehicle loaded with livestock does not constitute a load restraint offence.

Our first preference is for clear and effective chain of responsibility that will compel persons preparing livestock for road transport to consider the impact of their practices on effluent generation and consequential load restraint risk.  If agreed, this will help to reduce the amount of effluent that must be managed by transport operators after entering road corridors.

This must also be supported by recognising in the HVNL that some effluent generation and loss is unavoidable due to the nature of live animals and the need for ventilated crates.  If agreed, minor loss with no impact on safety would no longer be an offence.  Importantly, this concept would also apply to other types of loads such as hay, cotton, grain, wet gravel etc.

We expect that livestock producers will resist any attempt to apply CoR to animal preparation.  It would be blatantly unfair to leave the current situation unchanged wherein drivers are held solely responsible for effluent loss.  If Ministers will not agree to properly apply CoR as intended by the HVNL, we have recommended that the NZ regulatory model be adopted in Australia instead.

Under the NZ model, the definition of ‘load’ specifically exempts wastes generated by animals being carried on a heavy vehicle.  While this approach will not help encourage curfews, it would at least reduce the driver’s exposure to prosecution while loaded.

The NTC is expected to make recommendations for consideration at the November 2018 meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Ministerial Council.



The Victorian Minister for Industrial Relations, the Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, has announced several reforms to the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act.

LRTAV and ALRTA made submissions to the review of the Act and subsequently met with the independent reviewer and the Minister’s Office.  Owner drivers are defined as owning and operating between one and three trucks.

The reforms so far announced:

  • 30 day payment terms for undisputed amounts (unless both parties agree to a different schedule);
  • A low cost, confidential and binding dispute resolution service;
  • A greater focus on education, compliance and enforcement for existing requirements (e.g. providing copies of rate schedules);
  • Recognition of digital freight brokers (e.g. Uber); and
  • $5.5m in funding for enforcement via the newly established Victorian Wage Inspectorate.

Our associations have spoken with the Minister’s Office this week and we can advise that there are several other reforms still to be announced.  While confidential at this stage, the additional reforms do NOT establish mandatory minimum rates and exclude rural carriers in some instances as per our request.

Stay tuned for more information.



Nominations are now open for the 2018 Craig Roseneder Award, which recognises technical and maintenance excellence in the trucking industry.

Proudly sponsored by Castrol Vecton, the award celebrates the professionalism of the men and women who work behind the scenes in the trucking industry’s workshops.

“The Craig Roseneder award recognises the exceptional skill and dedication of Australia’s professional workshop personnel, with particular focus on innovation, mentoring and industry involvement,” Australian Trucking Association Chair, Geoff Crouch, said today.

“Each year, this award highlights the amazing calibre of people who work behind the scenes to keep our trucks safe on the road.”

“The award winner will not only receive national recognition for their outstanding achievement: they will also receive an amazing prize thanks to our friends at Castrol Vecton,” he said.

The winner will receive a fully paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to attend the US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition including:

  • Return airfares to the United States of America
  • Full registration to attend the 2019 US Technology and Maintenance Council’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition
  • 5 nights premium conference accommodation
  • Partners’ program registration if applicable
  • AUD $1,500 spending money
  • Complimentary registration to the 2019 ATA Technology and Maintenance Conference

“There are so many amazing men and women in the trucking industry, and I’m sure we all know someone who would be deserving of this award,” Mr Crouch said.

“I urge everyone in the trucking industry to nominate someone great,” he said.

The award winner will be announced at the ATA’s 2018 Technology and Maintenance Conference, to be held 15-17 October at the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence.

Nominations for the 2018 Craig Roseneder Award close on 14 September.

View the selection criteria and nominate someone great



In anticipation of new truck safety laws coming into effect on 1 October, the draft Registered Industry Code of Practice (Master Code) is now open for public consultation.

Developed by the Australian Logistics Council and the Australian Trucking Association, the Master Code was created by the industry for the industry, and will allow those with CoR obligations to put into place systems that will assist in the management of risks relating to speed, fatigue, mass, dimension and loading, and vehicle standards requirements under the HVNL.

The public consultation period on the Master Code runs until 31 July. Once approved and registered by the NHVR, the Master Code will be freely available to all heavy vehicle operators and supply chain parties via the NHVR website.

It is anticipated that the Master Code will be formally launched as part of the 2018 Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit, being held in Melbourne from 5-6 September.

Have your say



Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting and AGM on Thursday, 16 August 2018 at the Best Western, Airport Motel and Convention Centre, 33 Ardlie St, Victoria.

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.



LRTAWA Conference
The LRTAWA Annual State Conference will be held 20-21 July 2018 at the Quality Light House Hotel in Bunbury.

The program and registration forms are now available.

Click here for more information.

LRTAV Conference
The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 17-18 August 2018 at All Seasons Resort in Bendigo.

Click here for a Delegate Brochure.

Click here for a Delegate Registration Form.

ATA & ALC Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit
The ATA & ALC will hold the 2018 Supply Chain Safety & Compliance Summit, 5-6 September 2018, in Melbourne.

The Summit will be the last major industry event before the commencement of expanded chain of responsibility laws and the new Registered Industry Master Code of Practice.

Click here for more information.

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ALRTA News 6 July 2018


The National Farmers Federation, Sheep Producers Australia and WAFarmers have jointly launched a new web resource Live Export Facts which tells the stories of the people behind the industry.

Stories like that of Bindi Murray, a third generation sheep farmer from Woodanilling in Western Australia.  Bindi’s business is built on breeding healthy, content livestock.  Bindi is committed to working with Government and industry to ensure the animal welfare standards she deploys on-farm are guaranteed across the supply chain.

And the story of Andy Jacob, a Western Australian livestock carrier and LRTAWA committee member.  Eight five per cent of Andy’s business is generated through servicing the livestock export market.  He recently invested $400,000 in upgrading his fleet.  A ban on the industry would see his business model collapse and he believes, that of many other of the State’s carriers.

Photo: Andy Jacob – LRTAWA Committee Member 

While the uncertainty about the future of live exports continues we are seeing exporters like LSS voluntarily suspend Australian operations.  There have been no exports of sheep from WA for a month, animals are stranded near port, farmers income is reduced, work is drying up for carriers, new crates sets are being cancelled and there is sure to be broader ripple effects for rural communities.

Live Export Facts also explains the many important reasons why we export sheep, including for religious and cultural reasons but also to encourage the self-sustainability of our trading nations.

The new resources provide objective information about what Australia is doing to ensure animal welfare across the value chain including through the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL).  Australia is the only exporting nation whereby the entire export process from paddock to slaughter, is regulated.

It is hoped that the facts and information provided, will provide Australians with a more informed understanding of livestock exports; why the industry exists; its value to farmers and regional communities and the farm sector’s commitment to improving its operation into the future.

The industry remains committed to ensuring a future for sheep exports.  A future, that puts the welfare of animals first and that continues to contribute to the sustainability and prosperity of our farmers and regional communities.


The Livestock Industry Operations Group met with NHVR Executive in Brisbane this week.  The industry group comprises the Presidents of all ALRTA member states and meets twice annually.

The topics of discussion included:

  • NHVR position on effluent and load restraint;
  • HVNL review terms of reference;
  • QLD livestock loading scheme review;
  • Drought relief access for hay movements;
  • Off-road fatigue;
  • Safety management systems;
  • Heavy vehicle registration; and
  • Review of industry engagement models.

Discussions were lively and wide ranging.  There are many actions to follow up and we believe that both ALRTA and NHVR have a better appreciation of the fundamental flaws in the HVNL that should be addressed by the review.


The ALRTA National Animal Welfare Committee met via teleconference this week to discuss issues including:

  • ALRTA submission on effluent and load restraint;
  • National ramp standards;
  • Live exports;
  • User-pay infrastructure; and
  • Fit-to-load review.

The committee endorsed the ALRTA submission to NTC on effluent and load restraint which will be lodged today.  More detail about the submission will be in our newsletter next week.


From 1 July 2018, heavy vehicle on-road compliance and enforcement services across Tasmania will be undertaken by the NHVR.

As is already the case in South Australia, the NHVR’s Safety and Compliance Officers in Tasmania will have the authority to stop and check heavy vehicles, drivers and compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

They will be easily recognisable by their distinctive uniforms, badges and vehicles.


A range of changes to regulations, fees and penalties came into effect on 1 July 2018.

Check out the NHVR On the Road Bulletin for details.


The trucking industry has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of a review into the process for issuing oversize/overmass (OSOM) truck permits.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack, announced the review last Friday.

The Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch, said the long delays in issuing OSOM permits were blocking growth and investment in the Australian economy, with trucks, goods and equipment tangled in red tape at the roadside.

“Trucking operators that move oversize and overmass loads – such as mining and construction equipment and material – need special permits to use the roads,” Mr Crouch said.

“But there are lengthy delays. We estimate that the trucking industry wastes 4.5 million days per year waiting for approvals.

“For example, it can take more than 80 days to get a permit to transport OSOM steel products on the Transurban tollways in Melbourne, because the Transurban and NHVR processes do not work in parallel.

“A company seeking to move OSOM mining equipment from the Pilbara to Weipa waited more than 100 days for a permit to move the equipment by road through Queensland. In the end, the company transported the equipment to Darwin by road and then barged it to Weipa.

“I want to thank Michael McCormack for recognising the importance of this issue and commissioning the review, which will be led by Pascal Felix, a former heavy vehicle regulator from Western Australia.

“It’s a great appointment. Pascal knows our industry and understands the government processes involved in issuing permits. He will be supported, as well, by an expert reference group that will include trucking industry representatives.”

Mr Crouch said the review showed the value of joining an ATA member association.

“The ATA and our associations, including the Western Roads Federation, NTRTAand the Tasmanian Transport Association, campaigned for this review because of the concerns raised by their member operators.

“If you want results, join an ATA association,” he said.


The Australian Trucking Association has welcomed the establishment of a new reporting line that allows truck drivers and operators to confidentially report safety breaches.

Launched today by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), the hotline will receive and assess truck safety concerns to determine what action is required.

“This reporting line is welcome news for the trucking industry, as safety is everyone’s responsibility,” ATA Chair Geoff Crouch said today.

“Many employees and operators, if pressed to act illegally, are worried about losing their contract so they are afraid to report breaches,” he said.

Information and breaches that can be reported include:

  • an incident or situation that affects the safety of a heavy vehicle or its operation
  • a procedure, practice or condition that endangers the safety of a heavy vehicle driver, their passengers, other road users or the community
  • a procedure, practice or condition that leads to non-compliance with the Heavy Vehicle National Law

The Heavy Vehicle Confidential Reporting line is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and operated by Crime Stoppers Queensland.

“The knowledge that all reports will remain confidential should encourage more people to speak out and stand up for safety, without the fear of being punished,” Mr Crouch said.

“We know it happens. In 2012, for example, 17 per cent of trucking companies reported that their customers were likely to impose a financial penalty for late arrivals – a clear breach of the law.

“The first step businesses need to take if they are pressured to break the law is to talk to their customers about its requirements. The ATA/ALC master code of practice will provide customers and industry will clear guidance on how to comply,” he said.

Calls to the reporting line are free from any landline in Australia and some mobile providers.

To report a safety breach, phone 1800 931 785


Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting and AGM on Thursday, 16 August 2018 at the Best Western, Airport Motel and Convention Centre, 33 Ardlie St, Victoria.

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.


LRTAWA Conference
The LRTAWA Annual State Conference will be held 20-21 July 2018 at the Quality Light House Hotel in Bunbury.

The program and registration forms are now available.

Click here for more information.

LRTAV Conference
The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 17-18 August 2018 at All Seasons Resort in Bendigo.

Click here for a Delegate Brochure.

Click here for a Delegate Registration Form.

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ALRTA News 29 June 2018


Comments on the NTC’s discussion paper on Effluent and Load Restraint close on Friday, 6 July 2018.

The paper proposes to:

  • Clarify the application of chain of responsibility duties for parties in the livestock supply chain; and
  • Allow for minor, incidental and unavoidable (in any practical sense) spills that do not compromise the overriding safety objectives of the load restraint options.

ALRTA is preparing a formal submission to the NTC and we also encourage members to write to the NTC in support of including off-road parties who prepare live animals for transport in the chain of responsibility and establishing a fairer enforcement environment for minor, incidental and unavoidable offences.

For more information click here.

Alternatively, just send a short email to NTC outlining your views to:  jthomas@ntc.gov.au


The Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has suspended the live export license of Australia’s largest live sheep exporter.

Last month, Emanuel Exports was served with a ‘show cause’ notice and responded with a 30 page statement.  The suspension was issued to Emanuel Exports pending a full review of the response and against the background of court action being undertaken against the Department by Animals Australia.

ALRTA understands that another large exporter has now also voluntarily discontinued operations due to the ongoing regulatory and legal uncertainties.

The immediate consequence is that 55,000 sheep that were due to be exported on 24 June have been left in limbo at Baldivis, WA.  The sheep are from more than 200 properties and cannot be returned due to biosecurity concerns.

A further 300,000 sheep that were expected to be exported over coming months may also be affected.

Other live export licence holders remain free to operate.


A joint ALRTA-Processor-Designer working party met via teleconference this week to consider an innovative new design for a user-pay unloading platform.  The new design aims to overcome technical challenges at the host site that prevented the platform from pivoting outwards from a fixed point at the end of the ramp.

Participants considered a proposal to fully retract the entire length of the frame more than 5.5m from the truck and trailer.  The design includes sensors to auto-correct so that the frame remains parallel to the vehicle in both extended and retracted positions.

Agreement was reached to proceed with the new design with a target installation date in early September.  Stay tuned for more news in coming weeks.


The Livestock Industry Operations Group will meet with NHVR Executive in Brisbane next week.  The industry group comprises the Presidents of all ALRTA member states and meets twice annually.

Key among the discussions will be the recently announced review of the HVNL.  We will be exploring changes sought by the regulator and areas of common ground.  In particular, we are interested in:

  • Fatigue;
  • Access;
  • Accreditation;
  • Use of technology for regulatory purposes;
  • Enforcement approaches;
  • Penalties; and
  • Overall structure of the law and the hierarchy of sub-ordinate instruments.

Do you have any burning issue that you would like raised with NHVR?  Let us know before 5 July so we can raise it on your behalf.


The ALRTA Executive met via teleconference this week to discuss sponsorship arrangements, TruckSafe Board positions, a proposed copyright agreement with Standards Australia and property management issues.

The next ALRTA Council meeting will be held in Melbourne on Thursday, 16 August 2018.  Please contact the ALRTA Secretariat for details.


The ACCC should not approve the sale of WestConnex to Sydney Transport Partners (STP), because in the long run it would push up truck tolls even further, the Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch said.

“Transurban is the majority interest holder in STP. It already holds, or has majority control of, 15 of the 19 toll road concessions in Australia,” Mr Crouch said.

In a submission to the ACCC, the ATA stated the proposed acquisition would reduce competition for the construction, ownership and operation of toll roads in NSW. The ATA said it would give Transurban an increased ability to secure new toll road concessions based on increasing the heavy vehicle multiplier on its existing toll road assets.

In Sydney, the NSW Government’s tolling principles require truck tolls to be at least three times higher than car tolls, and Transurban have demonstrated a willingness to use interstate truck toll multipliers as part of its case for increasing local multipliers.

“The 16,000 hardworking trucking businesses in New South Wales cannot afford the truck tolls they are charged now. The proposed sale would inevitably result in tolls becoming even higher,” Mr Crouch said.

“Motorists have the ability to hop on the train or catch the bus if they wish to avoid toll roads, but a freight transporter can’t strap their load to the back of a bicycle and hope for the best,” he said.

Mr Crouch dismissed the argument that high truck tolls simply reflected the increased road maintenance cost caused by heavy vehicle use.

“For a fully laden, six-axle articulated truck, the estimated marginal cost of road wear on an urban toll road is 16 cents per kilometre. On the M7, for example, the truck toll of $1.19 per kilometre is more than seven times the actual cost,” he said.


LRTAWA Conference
The LRTAWA Annual State Conference will be held 20-21 July 2018 at the Light House Beach Resort in Bunbury.

Click here for more information.

LRTAV Conference
The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 17-18 August 2018 in Bendigo.

Click here for more information.

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ALRTA News 22 June 2018


The Australian Parliament has passed the Turnbull Government’s tax package which will cut personal income taxes by $144b over the next seven years.  The bill bounced back and forth between the House of Representatives and the Senate this week but eventually passed in full with the support of Senate cross-benchers.

If you earn between $50,000 and $100,000 next financial year you will benefit by around $500.  All other taxpayers will benefit too but by a lower amount.

From 2024-25, another set of changes will kick in so that all taxpayers earning between $41,000 and $200,000 will pay the same 32.5 cent marginal tax rate.  This is the more controversial change (and the part that was once rejected by the Senate earlier this week) when higher income earners could benefit by as much as $7,225.  Labour have committed to repealing this part of the law if elected.


The focus on taxation this week has resulted in a further delay on the live export debate.  With only one more sitting week until the winter recess, and five by elections scheduled for 28 July 2018, it appears that debate on live exports will not resume until at least mid-August.

ALRTA has written to key Federal Parliamentarians about live exports this week.  If you have not done so already, now is a good time to have your say.

For more information click here.


The ALRTA Executive Director attended a Business Leaders Dinner in Canberra this week hosted by the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA).   The special guest speaker was the Hon Brendan O’Connor, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations.

Photo: The Hon Brendan O’Connor

During questions following the address, ALRTA asked why Mr O’Connor’s Office has been consulting with the TWU (employees) and TOLL / Linfox (large employers) about the options for re-establishing the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal when it is actually owner-drivers that would be regulated – not employees or employers.

Mr O’Connor conceded that consultations should include owner-driver representatives and the following day his office contacted ALRTA with an offer to get the process started.


The NHVR has released new EWD guidelines for drivers, operators, record keepers and technology providers.   Applications for technology providers to develop EWDs opened on 28 May 2018, but as yet there are no devices approved for use.

For more information and guidelines click here.


From 1 July 2018, new units of competence for fatigue under the National Heavy Vehicle Accreditation Scheme (NHVAS) will start.

In 2017, the NHVR worked with the heavy vehicle industry and Australian Industry Standards to develop new fatigue units of competency for NHVAS participants to effectively manage the risk of fatigue in road transport operations.

According to NHVR’s Fatigue Specialist Andreas Blahous, any previously recognised fatigue management course that was completed prior to 1 July 2018 will still be accepted.

“This means nominated drivers and schedulers who are currently operating under a BFM or AFM accreditation do not need to complete the new units.”

However after 1 July the NHVR will only accept statements of attainment for training in the new fatigue units of competency from Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) approved by the NHVR.

RTOs should apply for NHVR approval now so that their training in the new fatigue units of competency (TLIF0005 and TLIF0006) can be accepted for NHVAS accreditation purposes.

More information, including a list of approved RTOs is available on the NHVR website here.


Check out the Meat and Livestock Australia video on ‘Fit-to-Load’ here.


The ALRTA National President and Executive Director attended the LRTASA Annual Conference held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre over 15-16 June 2016.  Attendance levels were excellent with around 300 delegates at the Saturday gala dinner.

Photo: Minister Stephan Knoll Opens the 2018 LRTASA Annual Conference. 

The Conference was opened by South Australian Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon Stephan Knoll MP.  Minister Knoll is from regional SA (Barossa) and is committed to continuing the highly successful ‘90 day project’ that has delivered access improvements right around SA.   The Minister’s clear preference is for lower regulation wherever this can be delivered safely.

Photo: The Gala Dinner in Full Swing

There was much discussion about the HVNL review and access arrangements at local processors during the policy sessions.  It is clear that LRTASA members need improvements in access and fatigue arrangements both at the legislative and local facility levels.

Photo: Anyone for Golf?

As always it was an excellent event and ALRTA is already looking forward to working with LRTASA on next year’s combined State-National Conference.


The ALRTA congratulates the following office bearers re-elected at the LRTASA AGM on 16 June 2018:

  • President: David Smith
  • Vice President: Scott Quinn
  • Vice President: Adam Pengelly
  • Treasurer/Secretary: Hayley Masson


The ATA Industry Technical Council (ITC) is a working committee established to enhance the trucking industry’s safety, professionalism and viability by providing technical input and best practice advice to the ATA.

The ITC is seeking expressions of interest from members willing to participate on the ITC.

What does the ITC do?

  • Develop and recommend Technical Advisory Procedures
  • Develop safety alerts
  • Make technical recommendations to the ATA Council
  • Provide a forum for operators and suppliers to work together on technical issues
  • Provide industry representatives to serve on government and Standards Australia technical committees
  • Advance technical excellence in the trucking industry

What is involved?

  • 4 face-to-face or technology meetings each year
  • Developing the Technology and Maintenance Conference program
  • Provide independent advice to inform the development of Technical Advisory Procedures and Safety Alerts
  • Suggesting agenda items
  • Providing technical comment on draft ATA submissions for member approval

For more information click here


LRTAWA Conference
The LRTAWA Annual State Conference will be held 20-21 July 2018 at the Light House Beach Resort in Bunbury.

Click here for more information.

LRTAV Conference
The LRTAV Annual State Conference will be held 17-18 August 2018 in Bendigo.

Click here for more information.

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