ALRTA News – 30 September 2022


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The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has responded to the NHVR’s Review of Livestock Mass, Dimension and Loading Arrangements.  The ALRTA submission makes 12 recommendations regarding the content and architecture of a harmonised national livestock loading scheme in Heavy Vehicle National Law jurisdictions.
ALRTA National President Scott McDonald said that harmonisation of state livestock loading schemes is desirable and would have implications for livestock transport for decades to come.
“Livestock transport is a truly national endeavour with integrated supply chains reaching across all states and territories of Australia.  Trucks are routinely loaded in one state and unloaded in another state where livestock loading rules are different,” said Mr McDonald.
“Reflecting the historic genesis of state-based of livestock loading schemes, rules vary concerning the livestock species that may be carried, eligible vehicles, accreditation of operators, training, allowable tare mass and approaches to gross vehicle or combination mass.  All ALRTA member associations in HVNL jurisdictions support harmonisation of scheme rules.
“In preparing our submission, ALRTA has held multiple member forums with positions considered by our Driver and Animal Welfare Committee and National Council. Members have agreed on almost all parameters that would comprise a national livestock loading scheme.  However, there remain some differences of opinion concerning the best approach to training and gross vehicle mass.
“This is to be expected given that business operations and equipment are now built around state schemes that have been in operation for decades. 
“While reform will be challenging, harmonisation of state livestock loading schemes has potential to lift productivity and reduce non-compliance risk for multi-state operators. I encourage NHVR to boldly strive for a harmonised national approach, having particular regard to enhancing safety, animal welfare, competitive neutrality and facilitating full network and farm gate access”.


ALRTA will receive crucial funding from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), supported by the Federal Government to deliver a safety project: “Using telematic data to reduce the incidence of truck roll-over crashes”.
ALRTA Executive Director, Mat Munro, said the project will be delivered in the next 12 months.
“This important project will promote, and provide guidance in, the use of telematic data from heavy vehicle electronic stability control systems (ESC) to encourage safer driving in the livestock transport industry and reduce the incidence of truck roll-over crashes,” said Mr Munro.
“This will be achieved through demonstration of the processes necessary to collect telematic data, interpret the information and use it to positively influence driver behaviour”. 
NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said ALRTA is one of 16 grantees that will receive funding as part of the Federal Government’s $5.6 million investment towards HVSI projects.
“As part of the HVSI, industry will be driving its own safety initiatives to contribute to safer roads, drivers, and vehicles,” Mr Petroccitto said.
“Round 7 projects include practical resources to assist industry with load restraint and mass compliance, advanced driver training, and crash prevention technology.
“I am excited to see how ALRTA’s project will make an impact, to deliver improved safety outcomes for all road users.”
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Daylight Saving Time for ACT, NSW, SA, VIC and TAS starts on Sunday 2nd October and will require all clocks to be turned forward 1 hour from 2:00am to 3:00am.

When recording in the work diary, simply note the time from your base as whatever the time is, at that time.

To assist, it is advised that you note on the page ‘daylight saving changes’ and an authorised officer will be able to identify the daylight saving time change.


“A review of almost two decades of truck accident data by Australia’s largest logistics and transport specialist insurer NTI, has revealed a vast improvement in the trucking industry’s safety performance.
NTI has just released the 2022 Major Accident Report from its National Truck Accident Research Centre (NTARC) and has analysed trends since 2005.
It found while there’s been a 55 per cent (%) increase in the number of trucks on the road and a 51% rise in road freight volumes, the rate of serious truck accidents has not followed this trend.”

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ALRTA is pleased to confirm recent advice from the Federal Department of Agriculture that live exports by air will not be phased out by the Albanese Government.  Incoming Ministers had previously stated that a live export ban would cover both sea and air. ALRTA had questioned the decision to ban live exports by air given the extremely low mortality rates reported in official government statistics.


Do you know someone in the trucking industry who is committed to technical and maintenance excellence in the trucking industry?

Now’s your chance to nominate them for the ATA’s 2022 Craig Roseneder Award.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 1 December 2023.

Thanks to Castrol, the award winner will be sent on an all-expenses trip to the US to attend a US Technology and Maintenance Council’s Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition.

They will also be invited to attend the next in-person ATA Technology and Maintenance Conference.

The selection criteria and nomination form for the award is available here.

Nomination closes Friday 11 November 2022 at 4pm.


Members are invited to provide feedback to Austroads on a proposed National Access Framework for Heavy Vehicles (NAFHV).
The NAFHV is a principles-based policy document that highlights the role of road managers in managing the access of heavy vehicles on the road network. It is proposed that under the NAFHV, road managers nationally will adopt a set of shared principles to enhance road manager functions, to:

  • Enable access unless by exception
  • Foster collaboration and coordination between state and local road managers, third parties and industry
  • Harmonise access decision-making practices while encouraging innovation
  • Encourage the use of safe, productive and sustainable vehicles
  • Automate access decision-making; and
  • Facilitate the exchange of open data.

It is also proposed to establish a national Access Working Group to support the NAFHV and deliver a targeted national Access Work Program based on these principles, for subsequent approval by officials and ministers.  
You can provide feedback by participating in a brief online survey by 4 November 2022


Heavy vehicle safety services in New South Wales have a new home following the official opening of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Parramatta headquarters.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway opened the new office as part of the transition of state-based heavy vehicle services to the NHVR.

“Over the last six months, the NSW Government and Transport for New South Wales have been working closely with the NHVR to make the transition as smooth as possible while ensuring the heavy vehicle industry continues to operate safely and productively,” Minister Farraway said.

“Nationally consistent compliance is essential for the safety and productivity of heavy vehicle operators, and I look forward to continuing to work with the NHVR to keep NSW roads safe and our economy growing.”

NSW is the fifth state or territory – after South Australia, Tasmania, ACT and Victoria – where the NHVR is directly delivering heavy vehicle regulatory services.

Read more about the Paramatta office opening


The temporary reduction in fuel excise and excise equivalent customs duty rates ended this week on 28 September 2022. 

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) says from 29 September:

  • increased fuel tax credit rates will apply. Eligible businesses must apply the applicable fuel tax credit rate based on the date the fuel was acquired. 
  • eligible businesses that use fuel in heavy vehicles for travelling on public roads can claim fuel tax credits for fuel acquired. They cannot claim between 30 March to 28 September 2022 because the road user charge exceeds the excise duty paid, reducing the fuel tax credit rate to nil.
  • the road user charge for liquid fuels will increase to 27.2 cents per litre. This means the fuel tax credit rate for liquid fuels used in heavy vehicles for travelling on public roads will change to 18.8 cents per litre.

 The ATO says businesses should keep accurate records to support their claims. Records need to show the type, date, and quantity of fuel acquired for business activities. Find out more at the ATO website


ALRTA Executive Office Bearers elected at the 12 August 2022 AGM will take office on 1 October 2022 for a one-year period. The 2022-23 National Executive is:

  • President: Scott McDonald
  • Vice President: Ian Wild
  • Vice President: Matt Henderson
  • Treasurer: Alan McKenzie
  • Secretary: Grant Robins
  • ATA Representative: Athol Carter
  • Past President: Kevin Keenan


There will be no ALRTA newsletter next week as the ALRTA Executive Director will be on leave. 


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