ALRTA News – 15 December 2023

Thank you to ALRTA National Partner 
Paccar and Dealer Industry Fund

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ALRTA Executive Director Update

Welcome to my final ED update for 2023! I have to say this year has flown past. 

Thank you to all ALRTA members, State Associations, national partners and industry for their support and patience in my first few months in the role.  I can wholeheartedly say I’m enjoying the role and I’ve got my feet firmly under the desk. 

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to meet with Paccar virtually, thank you to Ryan Hooper and Natalie Walton for their time.  It is great to see this long term partnership continuing to grow and be of mutual benefit.  I am very much looking forward to working with Paccar on member focused initiatives in the new year. 

Effluent Code Awareness Campaign is ramping up this week with the launch of ALRTA ‘Transporter’s Quick Guide to the Effluent Code’ Fact Sheet.  You can view the fact sheet here.

The NTC hosted a stakeholder workshop on the HVNL reform and presented the revised package which they are currently seeking endorsement from the jurisdictions on.  Revised deadline of December 2024 for the NTC to complete the legislative package, and to submit it to jurisdictions and ITMM for consideration. Jurisdictions are expected to receive their necessary cabinet approvals by early 2025. 

It was lovely to catch up with Jan Cooper, CEO of LRTAWA this week to discuss mutual priorities and how ALRTA and LRTAWA can best work together. 

I participated in an introductory meeting with the NTC Industry Working Group – Developing a Forward-Looking Cost Base for Heavy Vehicles, I will keep members updated as this progresses. 

Whilst you are hopefully taking some well earned rest over the break, I encourage you to nominate (or nominate someone) for the following:

Daimler Truck Future Leaders Program

The 2024 Daimler Truck Future Leaders’ Forum (FLF) is a career-defining opportunity to develop your potential as a future leader of the trucking industry and the ATA’s network of member associations.

The 2024 program will consist of:

  • Two days of intensive workshops in Canberra on 7 and 8 March 2024.
  • Development of a team industry advocacy projects on a real issue to support the industry’s future
  • Participation in Trucking Australia 2023 from 17-19 April 2024

ALRTA can nominate one individual to participate in the program. 

ALRTA Rural Transport Rising Star 
ALRTA and PowerTorque have partnered with bp to award the 2024 Rural Transport Rising Star Award, aiming to shine the spotlight on and encourage the best in the young people who are working the industry and driving it forward into the future. This is an initiative to celebrate and reward the young people building the rural transport industry of the future. Nomination form is in the above link. 

If you would like assistance drafting your nomination, please reach out to Sue Davies in our office on  

The team has been busy this week crossing all the t’s and dotting the i’s ahead of the Christmas shutdown.  We had a wonderful team lunch on Friday at Ondine. It was a lovely afternoon celebrating the successes of the year and connect outside of the office. 

Elanor Aston – National Officer, Rachel Smith – Executive Director and Sue Davies – Project Officer 

A big thank you to Sue and Elanor for their work in supporting members and partners and delivering outcomes for industry.  

In signing off for 2023, I wish you and your families a very happy and safe Christmas.  I look forward to working with you all in 2024! 


NHVR ready to launch National Network Map

From December 20, the NHVR Portal will enable the heavy vehicle industry to map journeys across state and territory borders for their entire fleet via the National Network Map. For the first-time operators can view where they can travel, and where they need to seek access approval, on a national level.

Using the Network Management Tools, operators will be able clearly see what conditions and restrictions apply across the country.

The National Network Map will be available at

For more information about the National Network Map read the NHVR fact sheet here.

Animal welfare is a critical consideration for livestock transporters

In her first column for PowerTorque, Executive Director at the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association, Rachel Smith, is tackling the issue of the live export of livestock, where animal welfare is a critical consideration for livestock transporters.

Rachel wrote “As we have seen is with the announcement by the Government to commence phasing out live sheep export by sea, the public is increasingly aware of animal welfare issues and are willing to take collective action should they feel determined to do so.

Animal welfare issues are front and centre in the day-to-day life of a livestock transporter. Livestock transporters are highly skilled operators who possess advanced driving, animal welfare and animal handling skills. Animal welfare is critical to their job.” 

You can read the complete article in PowerTorque here.

Save the dates for 2024

  • LBRCA – 23-24 February 2024 – WAGGA WAGGA NSW
  • LRTAQ/ALRTA National Combined Conference – 21-22 March 2024 – TOOWOOMBA QLD
  • LRTASA – May 31 – 1 June 2024 – ADELAIDE SA
  • LRTAWA – 3 August 2024 – WA
  • LRTAV – 16-17 August 2024 – SHEPPARTON VIC