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QTA are excited to announce the launch of the 2018 pilot “Women Take the Wheel” program, commencing in January 2018. The need for this program is backed up by industry feedback, documented skill shortages as well as the report produced by Volvo in 2016, ‘Professional Truck Driver Shortage’.
QTA will be partnering with Platinum Partner, Strategix Training Group to train and licence female participants who choose a career in the transport and logistics industry.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED? QTA are looking for employers to become ‘Women Take the Wheel’ Ambassadors who will be pre-qualified to offer work experience to graduating students and offer employment (if positions exist).
Please register your interest online or contact QTA's Membership Service Manager, Lisa Acret by email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 0405 152 952.
QTA Media Release
QTA Ltd, the peak industry body for road freight in Queensland are extremely pleased to be announced as a Stakeholder in the Bruce Highway Trust as a part of ‘Future Proofing the Bruce Policy’ announced this morning. Queensland Premier Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk announced, if re-elected, will establish the Bruce Highway Trust to identify priority infrastructure projects through a 15 year forward plan, investing $1 billion in projects.
QTA CEO Gary Mahon said, “We fully support a bipartisan approach to infrastructure investment and this aligns with our priority to advance Queensland into the future by encouraging infrastructure investment that is necessary to give us a comparative advantage in connecting freight routes and moving freight more efficiently and safely.”
Gary also pointed out that “As an industry, the Transport and Logistics sector is a key contributor to GDP in Australia. The industry accounts for close to 9% of GDP, which is a statistic that we believe warrants this significant investment to ensure the safe and efficient carriage of goods which is fundamental to us all and the energy of our economy.”
Progressive planning to fund these important freight corridors which are a significant economic contributor to communities up and down the coast, will increase productivity on our key road freight corridors to keep pace with contemporary efficiency demands which imperative for our economy.
Gary Mahon also said, “On behalf of the QTA Board of Director’s I congratulate, former QTA CEO Peter Garske on the announcement that he will Chair the Bruce Highway Trust. Peter is the current Vice Chair of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) and his years of experience and expertise in the road freight sector in Queensland will significantly contribute the role as Chair of the Bruce Highway Trust.”
On Saturday night 14th October the Association held our 27th Annual Industry Awards with a tremendous night enjoyed by everybody. It is a night for our industry to see such high calibre people winning our Awards. It is also a time to be grateful as an industry for our people and be confident the future is in great hands. Among the 350 guests were quite a number of our political leaders who enjoyed the evening with our industry along with our members, suppliers, industry stakeholders and corporate sponsorship partners.
QTA President, Julie Russell said “The Awards focussed on and celebrates a wide range of individuals and companies for their contribution, and achievement of the highest standards, in the transport and road freight task. Our industry enjoys the highest levels of professionalism and we are delighted to recognise our best. Sincere congratulations to all who were judged to be examples of excellence in our industry by the awarding of special recognition in their particular award category".
The QTA also celebrated 110 years of serving the road freight industry in Queensland.
Awards were presented during the evening:
1. Professional Driver of the Year - Mark Waddington, Cannon Logistics
2. Industry Safety Award - Followmont Transport
3. Industry Excellence Award - Ross Fraser OAM, Frasers Livestock Transport
4. Young Achiever Award (Joint Winners) - Errin-Leigh Ebzery, Team Transport & Logistics and Rodolfo Morales, Bonds Transport
5. People Leadership Excellence - Team Transport & Logistics
6. Trucking Woman of the Year - Belinda Polglase, All Purpose Transport
To find out more about each Award Winner, click here.
For many of you, your truck is going to be like your second office (or perhaps your only office). So it makes sense to ensure it has everything it needs to run as your backup (or only) office.
Here is a list of 10 things you need in your truck if you’re going to successfully run your business out of it.
Article courtesy of Truck Assist (powered by QTA Platinum Partner - NTI)
Conference after conference, meeting after meeting, I hear the same feedback, opinions and concerns. How do we get young people into the industry? Where do I get drivers? How can I get more females into the industry? I heard these very questions again at the Trucking Australia Conference in Darwin this year.
Despite the success of the GenR8 program over the past six years with strong support from employers and high percentage employment outcome, recent reports from the Department of Education and Training indicate number of school students choosing a this program is declining. This is due is partly due to the increase in other programs offered to students, and more alarmingly, the fact that the majority of students think the industry is only about trucking driving – evident at the Careers Expo I attended this year with the ATA Safety Truck.
I am of the opinion that nothing will change unless we take hold of the issue and take action ae s an industry. I believe the answer lies within – within each of you who have a transport business, each of you who have worked so hard for many years to grow your business and want to see this industry prosper into the future. Something we do know, without it, our country is in trouble.
All of you grew up going to school and so many of you were lucky enough to grow up in the industry. Some of you have children and grandchildren who are lucky enough to be around the industry, but for so many, this opportunity isn’t one that comes about.
So what now? Take Action – and by action I mean, learning how to sell the industry in your local school communities, high school Vocation officers, and I mean early, starting in primary schools. And educate the youth, and expose them to the opportunities this amazing industry to has to offer.
The QTA is taking the lead by creating a new workshop designed to give you the skills, tools and resources needed to confidently go into schools and local communities and sell this industry. I urge you to take time to get involved and be ready for the 2018 calendar of local career days and school visits. Our goal is to help you solve those questions above by helping you with the answers!
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Building on the significant developmental momentum achieved earlier in the year, Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s transport and logistics sector.
The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.
The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing powerful and effective development opportunities for transport and logistics sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of 2017.
Expressions of Interest
Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to December 15, 2017: https://www.wla.edu.au/funding
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Truck Assist: Powered by NTI has recently launched its new online Club – and best of all, its FREE to join!
This digital community is an interactive space designed specifically for Australia’s truck owners, operators and enthusiasts.
Along with chat forums, and how-to resources, the Club provides small business insights from a panel of experts, and access to discounts from retailers, Australia wide.
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The Australian Government has developed a Security Guide for Truck Drivers and Operators, in response to the use of trucks in attacks on crowded places overseas. It will assist drivers and owner operators with some practical security guidance. It incorporates:
The guidance can be found on the Federal Government's National Security website.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Road Policing Command have joined together for the third year to run Queensland Road Safety Week (QRSW) which runs from 21-25 August 2017.
Click here for details on how to be involved.