ALRTA News – 6 April 2018


The Australian Trucking Association has announced the finalists for the 2018 National Trucking Awards which will be presented at Trucking Australia 2018 in Canberra 18-20 April.

The ALRTA congratulates all finalists and would like to highlight three of our own members:

Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry

David Smith, D & S Smith Haulage
David is Managing Director of D&S Smith Haulage and has worked in the transport industry for more than 40 years as a driver, business owner, and industry leader through his involvement in various associations and committees. David is President of the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of South Australia, a member of the Australian Trucking Association board, and former President of the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association. David is passionate about encouraging young people in the transport industry and strives to ensure the sustainability of the industry long term.

Ross Fraser OAM, Frasers Livestock Transport
Ross is Managing Director of Frasers Livestock Transport, a member of TruckSafe since 1999 and winner of a 2014 Safe Work Australia Award. Involved in the transport industry for more than 50 years, Ross has played a significant role in the industry as a founding member of the ALRTA and LTAQ, former chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), and director and member of the ATA Council. He has gained wide respect serving on many organisation and advisory committees at community as well as local, state and Australian Government levels. In 2009, Ross was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the livestock transport industry and the community of Warwick.

National Training Excellence Award

Hopkins Transport Australia
Hopkins Transport Australia employs 20 drivers transporting delicate livestock. The company introduced the driver training program ‘Enhanced Driving Skills’ in October 2016 and has had a 100 percent participation rate from all staff members, including company owners. The program covers recruitment, up skilling/licence upgrades, ongoing review and annual workshop days, which take employees through work diary compliance, fatigue management and safe driving techniques. Focused on developing the safest drivers in the industry, Hopkins Transport Australia uses the program to develop the skills of new drivers, and retrain others to ensure consistent high standards.



JBS Australia has issued new guidelines outlining their ‘Livestock Transport Requirements’.

The requirements are based on National Animal Welfare Standards for Livestock Processing Establishments Preparing Meat for Human Consumption which are a condition of licence for all export and domestic slaughter premises.

Download a copy here.



AustRoads has recently conducted a webinar which outlines a report on Local Road Access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles.

The report concludes that, more often than not, the barriers to access approval have no basis in infrastructure capacity.  Greater understanding of the real reasons is essential to improving access outcomes.

You can catch up on the webinar at any time here.



The Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has launched a new community-focussed biosecurity webpage and series of short animated videos which aim to engage the public on what biosecurity is, why it matters and what their role is in the system.

The videos follow the story of a well-intentioned but hapless character, Jeff, in scenarios that compromise biosecurity.

You can check out the webpage and videos here.




The 2018 LRTAQ Annual Conference will be held 1-3 June in Charters Towers.

A Preliminary Conference Program and Registration Booklet will be posted here soon.

The 2018 LRTASA Annual Conference will be held 15-16 June at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

The Preliminary Conference Program and Registration Booklet is now available here.