ALRTA News – 9 April 2024

Your Invitation to V-DAQ’s Free Webinar!

You’re invited to a free webinar hosted by the V-DAQ team. Expect to revisit the fundamentals of telematics and how it’s used in road access policies, new and upcoming national requirements, the IAP to TMA transition for HML and PBS vehicles, a step-by-step guide to getting started, tips & tricks, and how to maintain compliance ongoing. Details and registration below:

“Your Complete Guide to TMA & Smart OBM”

When: 10:00am – 11:30am (AEST), 23rd of April 2024

How: Microsoft Teams (online)

Key topics:

✅ Regulatory Telematics Fundamentals on RIM, TMA & Smart OBM (10m)
✅ IAP to TMA Transition in Queensland (5m)
✅ National Requirements (10m)
✅ Step-by-step Setup Guide (15m)
✅ Staying Compliant after your Setup (10m)
✅ Seeing Weight Data in Action (10m)
✅ Question & Answer with the Experts

Who is this webinar for?

This webinar has been designed to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information on regulatory telematics for drivers, business owners, safety & compliance personnel and fleet managers, middle and higher management, industry organisations and associations, truck OEMs, and trailer manufacturers.

Registration Link:

ALRTA Executive Director Update

Welcome to another weekly update.  

Well it’s starting to get cool here in Canberra and the Autumn leaves are setting in. If you’re travelling here for Trucking Australia next week, remember to bring your jacket!

Last week the team and I met with some ICT providers to upgrade our current arrangement and improve cyber security.  

As a result of ALRTA involvement in SAFEMEAT Advisory Group, Janet Vallier from QLD Department of Agriculture reached out regarding setting up a stakeholder group to identify and progress a roadside effluent disposal site in QLD. Watch this space for further updates.  

Elanor and I met with one of the preferred providers for a new CRM and website to answer some questions in order to pull together a final recommendation paper for the Executive and Council to consider.  I am looking forward to having an easy to use database and central repository of knowledge to assist in ALRTA’s policy and advocacy work, engagement with members and partners and history of interactions. 

I participated in the NVD working group as part of the SAFEMEAT Advisory Group.  This group is looking at the current and future requirements for NVDs within the red meat supply chain. 

The stakeholder group supporting the transition of TruckCare from TruckSafe met to discuss and agree upon next steps.  We will meet again at Trucking Australia next week.  This is an exciting project for ALRTA and the secretariat will continue to update industry as this project progresses.  Thank you to the ATA, TruckSafe Board, NTI and industry groups in supporting this transition, ALRTA is excited about developing and deploying an industry led animal and driver welfare solution. 

Tammie from LRTAQ did an amazing wrap up of the combined conference, if you haven’t had the opportunity to read it, please click here! 

Colleen Mays, Athol Carter, Tammie Swalling, Gerard Johnson, Susan Davies, Rachel Smith and Elanor Ashton at the LRTAQ Bull Carters Ball 

Late last year, I was invited by the National Women in Transport Speaker Bureau, I finally got around to doing my interview and finalising my bio.  It can be found here.  The Bureau is a federally funded government initiative aimed at highlighting women in transport and attracting more women and diverse candidates into the industry.  

Lastly, thank you to Elanor and Sue for taking me out for a lovely belated birthday lunch at Beluccis in Manuka. We had a fun couple of hours reflecting on the conference and planning the next few months of activities. 

I look forward to catching up with people face to face next week at Trucking Australia.  If you haven’t already registered, please do so. 

Until next week 

If it’s flooded – forget it

While the weather is clearing, there are still flash flooding risks, water and debris across many roads.

Check the latest information and updates about road conditions here: New South WalesQueenslandVictoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania

A reminder to drive to conditions and never drive through floodwaters.

Have Your Say – Renewing the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy 

All Australian Governments are working together to renew the Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) with the objective of providing a framework for a national approach to animal welfare in Australia.

Written submissions on the renewal of the AAWS are now being invited, through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Have Your Say platform. 

Share your views and insights on the challenges and opportunities for animal welfare in Australia. Have Your Say here:

Additional engagement opportunities will be advertised through the Have Your Say platform, subscribe for updates.

NHVR announces NSW heavy vehicle check weigh pilot

In a new trial starting this month, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) will pilot opening two Heavy Vehicle Safety Stations (HVSS) in New South Wales (NSW) for industry use, to check their vehicle mass outside of operating hours.

NHVR Chief Operations Officer Paul Salvati said the pilot is being launched in response to industry feedback and will ultimately assist road safety and bolster self-compliance within the heavy vehicle industry.

“Effective from the beginning of April, two weighbridges will be open outside of operational hours on key transportation routes in NSW, allowing drivers to check the weight of their vehicle and ensure their movements are safe and efficient,” Mr Salvati said.

“The first location is the Halfway Creek HVSS, on the Pacific Highway 32 kilometres south of Grafton, and the second location is the Daroobalgie HVSS near Parkes and will operate at both north and southbound sites.

Read more.

NHVR Roadside Information Hubs

NHVR is holding several roadside information hubs in the next two weeks, in NSW, VIC, SA and QLD, covering a wide variety of topics including fatigue, accreditation, access, Chain of Responsibility (CoR) and load restraint.

Find out more here.

Save the dates for 2024

  • LRTASA – May 31 – 1 June 2024 – ADELAIDE SA
  • LRTAWA – 3 August 2024 – WA
  • LRTAV – 16-17 August 2024 – SHEPPARTON VIC

LTAT – 21 September 2024 – TAS

Save the dates for 2025

  • LBRCA/ALRTA National Combined Conference – 4 – 5 April 2025 – CANBERRA ACT