ALRTA News – 16 August 2019

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Members are advised of the election results of the ALRTA AGM on 15 August 2019. 
The National Executive for 2019-20 is:

  • National President: Stephen Marley (LRTAWA)
  • Vice President: Scott McDonald (LBRCA)
  • Vice President: Mick Debenham (LRTAV)
  • Treasurer: Fiona Wild (LRTAQ)
  • Secretary: Grant Robins (LRTAWA)
  • ATA Representative: David Smith (LRTASA)
  • Immediate Past President: Kevin Keenan (LRTAV)
ALRTA Vice President Elect, Mick Debenham. 

 As per the ALRTA Constitution, the one-year term of each elected representative will commence on 1 October 2019.

ALRTA acknowledges the excellent service of outgoing Vice President John Beer and welcomes Mick Debenham to the position. Mick will also take on the Chair role for the ALRTA National Animal Welfare Committee.


ALRTA State Association and Member Chapter representatives and observers attend National Council Meeting on 15 August 2019.  

ALRTA state association and Member Chapter representatives and observers attended the ALRTA National Council meeting in Melbourne, Victoria on 15 August 2019.  

Some of the topics discussed included:

  • HVNL Review: Council considered key issues to be addressed in the ALRTA submission to NTC that is currently being drafted on behalf of our members.
  • Heavy Vehicle Charging: Council considered the small-scale mass-distance-location trial currently underway and implications for reform options.
  • Effluent:  Council considered progress on a code of practice and road side disposal sites.
  • Transport Industry Standards Forum: Council considered the implications of a Senate Inquiry into heavy vehicle road transport.
  • Other issues Council also considered partnership proposals, ALRTA review, building management and ALRTA priorities for 2019-20.

The ALRTA National Council will next meet in Canberra on 25 October 2019.


The ALRTA Large and National Operators Chapter met via teleconference on 11 August 2019 to discuss the papers for the ALRTA National Council Meeting.  The Chapter was represented at the ALRTA Council Meeting by Gavin O’Sullivan and Robert Cavanagh.


The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has announced the key industry priorities for 2019-20.  The priorities were determined at a meeting of the ALRTA National Council in Melbourne Victoria on 15 August 2019. 
The priority issues are:

  • Heavy Vehicle National Law Review;
  • Heavy Vehicle Charging Reform;
  • Animal Welfare;
  • Effluent; and
  • Chain of Responsibility in the Livestock Supply Chain.

ALRTA National President, Stephen Marley, said that while progress has been made on many fronts, there is still plenty of work to do.
“In partnership with government, industry and community stakeholders we have enabled a more flexible approach to the personal use of a heavy vehicle, brought forward the HVNL review by two years, influenced the sequencing of heavy vehicle charging reform, started drafting and effluent code of practice, built a user-pay unloading platform and secured funding for a pilot roadside effluent disposal facility,” said President Marley.
“The ALRTA will build upon this solid foundation during 2019-20,” he said.


The Australian Government has announced that the ban on live sheep exports will be extended by three weeks to 21 September 2019.  Live exporters had argued that the trade should recommence on 1 September as originally planned.  Exporters are able to demonstrate that mortality statistics have dramatically improved since new oversight and loading density arrangements came into effect.


Governments must take action to boost trucking productivity by cutting red tape, improving access and addressing road bottlenecks, Chair of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), Geoff Crouch, has said. 

The Australian Trucking Association and its member associations collectively represent the 50,000 business and 200,000 people in the Australian trucking industry. Together, we are committed to safety, professionalism and viability. 

The release of the 2019 Infrastructure Australia Audit has identified increasing challenges for agricultural, regional, urban and non-bulk freight including poor planning and congestion, and poor maintenance and limited capacity in regional areas. 

“Governments have allowed significant challenges to accumulate, which are now holding back our economy,” Mr Crouch said. 

“Australia needs efficient and productive freight and supply chains in order to minimise costs for businesses and consumers, enable economic growth and improve the quality and cost of living for all Australians. 

“The Infrastructure Australia Audit found that supply chain costs account for around 10 per cent of the cost of a final product – a cost which is ultimately borne by consumers,” he said. 

Mr Crouch said the key to unlocking Australia’s freight productivity lies in reforms to truck laws and utilising high productivity freight vehicles. 

“Our current truck laws are an amalgamation of highly prescriptive laws that vary between jurisdictions. It is critical the current review of the national truck laws produces real change. 

“Meanwhile, although high productivity freight vehicles have been proven to lower costs, improve safety and reduce emissions, their uptake has been discouraged by the time consuming and costly access permit decision making process. 

“There is a wealth of untapped productivity potential that will not be realised unless governments consult with industry and take serious action,” he said. 

Mr Crouch said the ATA is calling for reform to improve access decisions under the national truck laws, expand access for more productive vehicles, and reform the structural issues around road funding that are holding back our road infrastructure network. 

“The ATA’s upcoming submission to the Heavy Vehicle National Law review on access will provide governments with clear recommendations on the need for a national reform program to deliver a modern, more productive and better-connected road freight network. 

“New investment should be targeted to key freight routes and we need to plan for future freight needs, as recommended by the Expert Panel inquiry into freight and supply chain priorities, which included past ATA chair David Simon. 

“The Infrastructure Audit makes it clear that freight will continue to grow faster than population growth and that we need to change the way we plan, fund and deliver infrastructure. 

“These recommendations are being developed in close consultation with our members, who are contributing their expertise and working together in the best interests in the industry,” he said. 


The ALRTA National President and Executive Director attended the LRTAV Annual Conference and AGM in Bendigo, Victoria last week. Look out for a wrap up in the next edition.


Women currently working in the transport and logistics sector have a final opportunity to register their interest in a scholarship worth up to $7,000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program. 
Funding must be apportioned by the end of September and it is unsure when these grants will be available again.

Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 5:00pm on 20 September 2019

2020 LBRCA Annual Conference  – Tamworth 6-7 March 

The LBRCA has secured the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Convention Centre (TRECC) for their 2020 Annual Conference on 6-7 March 2020.