VIC WorkCover Premiums Frozen In Landmark Deal

5 March 24

Victorian WorkCover premiums will be frozen for the 2024-25 financial year under a deal struck with the state’s Opposition to secure support for a Bill aimed at modernising and re-establishing the health of the “broken” scheme

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NewVolt Reveals Charging Network Rollout Plan

28 February 24

Electric truck charging technology provider NewVolt has formally launched plans for the phased development of a network of truck charging hubs, powered by renewable energy, along Australia’s high-volume road freight corridors and at strategically critical industrial precincts

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NSW Govt Unveils Net Zero Manufacturing Grants

28 February 24

The NSW Government has announced $275 million in grants under the Net Zero Manufacturing Initiative, to secure NSW as the place to develop and manufacture clean technology and create new jobs in the process

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Automotive Skills Alliance’s Advisory Panel Gets to Work

28 February 24

The first meeting of the Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance’s Automotive Strategic Workforce Advisory Panel took place last week, bringing together members to discuss the latest industry research, projects, and initial Workforce Plan for 202

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HVIA + Healthy Heads Formalise Cooperative Arrangement

21 February 24

Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds and HVIA have formalised their cooperative arrangement to extend the services and benefits to their respective memberships and stakeholders

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Details Of New Driver Licensing Framework Revealed

14 February 24

Mandated minimum training and assessment times and experience-based progression options – plus enhanced governance standards for training providers – will be rolled out over the next two years under a new National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework

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Smaller contractors get collective bargaining power

14 February 24

Transport unions, employer associations and operators have commended the passing of legislation that gives the Fair Work Commission the power to issue mandatory orders across the road transport contract chain covering rates and payment time

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Renewable Hydrogen Hub Unveiled For North Queensland

31 January 24

The Federal Government has announced investment of up to $70 million to develop the Townsville Region Hydrogen Hub in North Queensland which will produce green hydrogen for use at a local critical mineral processing plant and in zero-emissions road freight transport

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New Volvo Models Set For Local Production Mid-2024

30 January 24

The first of a new range of heavy-duty models unveiled this week in Sweden will start rolling off Volvo Trucks’ Wacol assembly line mid-2024

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Qld Rejects Plan To Extend Electrical Licensing To EV’s

23 January 24

The Queensland Government has rejected a proposal to extend the electrical licensing framework to cover electric vehicle

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Natroad Signs On As TruckShowX Strategic Partner

23 January 24

HVIA signs key strategic partnership with NatRoad for Australia’s biggest trucking industry decarbonisation event, TruckShowX 2024

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Strategy Relaxes Labour Market Test For Overseas Workers

19 December 23

The Government's new Migration Strategy contains significant wins for employers, including relaxation of the Labour Market Test and a new Skills in Demand visa that may include truck drivers

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TruckShowX Tickets On Sale, First Case Studies Confirmed

19 December 23

Early-bird registrations are now open for TruckShowX, Australia’s first and largest event dedicated to low- and zero-emissions freight transport

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Nominations Open For 2024 Victorian Training Awards

19 December 23

Now in its 70th year, the annual awards will be presented across 15 categories at a gala ceremony to be held in August 2024

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Partnership To Underpin Growth Of Hydrogen Skills Set

19 December 23

Hyzon Motors Australia and the Kangan Institute have joined forces to develop an innovative Hydrogen Education and Training Precinct that will support local learning, training, and modern manufacturing

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Guide To Best Practice Load Restraint, Tyre Management

13 December 23

Tech guru Adam Ritzinger unpacks HVIA’s two new training courses, explains their relevance under Chain of Responsibility, and highlights the safety case for getting it right

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Image Gallery: 2023 HVIA National Awards Gala Dinner

6 December 23

If you were among the more than 200 people who attended the prestigious 2023 HVIA National Awards Gala Dinner on November 24 (or not), check out this awesome image gallery from the night

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HVIA Awards Celebrate Achievers And Achievements

29 November 23

More than 200 people attended the prestigious 2023 HVIA National Awards Gala Dinner last Friday night to celebrate the heavy vehicle industry’s innovators, innovations and leaders, both current and emerging

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Awards Acknowledge TAFE Queensland’s Top Trade Talent

29 November 23

Fourteen Queensland apprentices were crowned Apprentice of the Year in each of their respective trade categories at the 2023 TAFE Queensland SkillsTech CSQ Apprentice Awards on November 16

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HVIA Advocates For Heavy Vehicle Industry In Canberra

21 November 23

CEO Todd Hacking and Chief Advocacy Officer Adele Lausberg met with key decision makers in Canberra last week to advocate on key issues of importance to the heavy vehicle industry

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Tickets Still On Sale For HVIA National Awards Dinner

21 November 23

More than 200 key decision makers will gather on Friday night at the 2023 HVIA National Awards Gala Dinner to celebrate some of the great achievers and achievements of the past 12 months

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Construction Starts On New HV Training Facility In Mackay

15 November 23

Construction has commenced on a multi-million-dollar specialist training facility for heavy automotive trades at the CQUniversity Ooralea campus in Mackay in Central Queensland.

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Outstanding Finalists Vie For Apprentice Of Year Award

15 November 23

The finalists in the Apprentice of the Year category of HVIA’s National Awards have been revealed.

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HVIA Calls For ZEV Case Studies for Inaugural TruckShowX

8 November 23

HVIA is seeking expressions of interest from members keen to present at the inaugural TruckShowX 2024 zero-emissions trucking event to be held May 13-15, 2024 at Cape Schanck in Victoria

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BRE Engineers Growth With New Cutting Edge Facility

1 November 23

HVIA member Bruce Rock Engineering last week officially opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Forrestfield WA

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Course Aims To Lift Completion Rate Of Female Apprentices

1 November 23

Heavy commercial vehicle tradesperson-turned-life coach, mentor and industry ambassador Louise Azzopardi is offering a new coaching program that aims to tackle the high non-completion rate of female apprentices

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Apprentice Challenge Winners Enjoy Super Cars Action

1 November 23

The winners of the 2023 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge not only got to experience all the race action at last weekend’s Boost Mobile Gold Coast 500, but also got a rare behind-the-scenes insight into the high-octane life of a race-car mechanic

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Program Aims To Steel Women For Truck Driving Career

1 November 23

Eleven candidates from five transport companies across three states will take part in the Australian pilot program of ‘Iron Women’, a driver training and licensing program aimed specifically at females

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HVIA National Awards Southern Region Finalists Unveiled

25 October 23

HVIA National Awards Southern Region finalists were honoured in Melbourne last week in front of an audience of industry leaders at the HVIA Executive Club event held in Melbourne

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Transport Equip Manufacturers Lead Rise In Aug Turnover

12 October 23

Manufacturing recorded a 6.4 per cent rise in monthly turnover, the highest of any industry sector, with transport equipment manufacturers a key contributor.

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HVIA Releases State Committee Meetings Agenda

11 October 23

HVIA’s final round of state committee meetings will be held across the major capital cities in late October – and the recent regulatory announcements that have caused a stir are front and centre.

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Victorian Engineer Registration Deadline Looms

11 October 23

Mechanical engineers providing professional engineering services in Victoria must be registered from December 1 this year or face significant penalties.

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Electric Vehicle Apprenticeships Arrive In Qld

11 October 23

Electric Vehicle (EV) apprentices are heading to the sunshine state, with TAFE Queensland now offering the Certificate III in Automotive Vehicle Technology apprenticeship to Queenslanders

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Manufacturing Sector Experiencing Mild Slowdown

3 October 23

Australia’s manufacturing sector is experiencing a mild slowdown with few signs of a deeper downturn ahead, according to new data.

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HVIA Flags Huge Agenda For Committee Meetings

27 September 23

Truck width and mass increases, electromobility, technical issues, and HVIA’s new magazine and ZEV show all on packed agenda for upcoming state committee meetings.

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White Paper Outlines Measures To Build Future Workforce

27 September 23

An employment white paper released this week by Federal Treasury details ambitious measures to build Australia’s future workforce, including those required to enable the transport industry’s transition to net-zero.

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Deadline looms to register for R&D Tax Incentive

20 September 23

Companies with financial year ended December 31, 2022 reminded they need to register their eligible R&D by end of October

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HVIA Calls For Member Input Into Freight Strategy Review

13 September 23

Review of National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy bought forward to ensure fit-for-purpose in the current environment

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Machinery/Equipment Manufacturing Sector Contracts

13 September 23

Australia’s downstream manufacturing sector – including machinery and equipment – contracted in August

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Member input sought on electric vehicle training needs

7 September 23

HVIA is inviting interested members to assist in identifying the training needs for workshop/technical staff diagnosing and repairing heavy vehicles with battery-electric systems

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HVIA members take home silverware at VTA Awards

6 September 23

HVIA members CMV Truck & Bus and Hyzon Motors received gongs at the recent Australian Freight Industry Awards held in Melbourne.

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HVIA CEO appointed to key workforce advisory panel

6 September 23

HVIA CEO Todd Hacking has been appointed to the Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance’s Automotive Strategic Workforce Advisory Panel

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HV101 is (still) a must for new-starters

28 August 23

Since its launch, the HVIA Training online induction course “HV101” has been a hit. We are celebrating the launch of two new HVIA Training courses with a big discount offer.

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New industry projects to drive heavy vehicle safety

23 August 23

A dozen heavy vehicle safety initiatives have been alolocated funding in the latest round of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative

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Factory tour gives Lord Mayor insights into HV manufacturing

23 August 23

The Drake Group shared its views on how to encourage growth and innovation in the local manufacturing industry during a recent visit by Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner

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Feds commit $22m to Truck Training and Testing Precinct

23 August 23

The Federal Government has announced $22 million in funding for stage one of Wodonga TAFE’s Logical Innovation Precinct which includes a Heavy Vehicle Training and Experimentation Precinct.

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Take thirty to recognise your achievements

23 August 23

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has called on members to commit thirty minutes to submitting a nomination in one of the association's five national awards categories.

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Critical shortages highlighted during National Skills Week

21 August 23

The pipeline for skilled workers is struggling to keep pace with demand according to Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s Chief Executive Todd Hacking.

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Flashback: 2022 National Apprentice of the Year

16 August 23

With nominations currently open for HVIA’s 2023 National Awards, we take a look back at last year’s National Apprentice of the Year Award, presented to Hunter Tapping of Brown and Hurley.

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2022 – 2023 Annual Wage Review Decision Announced

3 June 23

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 5.75% increase to the national minimum wage and a 5.75% increase to award minimum wages following its 2022-2023 annual wage review.

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2023 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge results

24 May 23

The 2023 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge went down to the wire before the Queensland team of Lachlan Tate (Brown & Hurley) and Brayden Conaghan (Penske Australia) took out the title with a flawless fault-finding final.

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Putting our future in the hands of a new generation

3 May 23

We have been delighted by the enthusiasm from students and their schools to come to the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show to look at career opportunities in the heavy vehicle industry.

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Transport and Logistics Jobs Showcase

26 April 23

Workforce and skills shortages are still one of the most pressing issues facing the industry, so we value opportunities like these to talk to job seekers about career opportunities.

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Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week media launch

19 April 23

This year’s Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week officially launched at South Bank, Brisbane this week, unveiling the country’s biggest ever program of heavy vehicle events and activities and the largest display of zero-emissions vehicles in the southern hemisphere.

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Access eligible workers for entry-level positions

11 January 23

The Federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations has opportunities available for businesses to deliver projects under the Launch into Work program.

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TAFE EV workshop showcases readiness for technology transition

9 November 22

TAFE Queensland demonstrated just how advanced they are in preparing the training arena for the transition to electromobility at their Acacia Ridge Training Centre last week.

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Champion apprentices reunite at Supercars GC500

2 November 22

It was worth the wait for 2021 National Apprentice Challenge champions, Luke Kneebone of Webster Trucks in Tasmania and Sam Allan of Ballarat Isuzu.

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Albanese’s first budget highlights trouble ahead

26 October 22

The Albanese Government’s first budget, handed down by Treasurer the Hon Jim Chalmers MP in Canberra last night, forecasts skyrocketing energy prices and ongoing inflationary pressures.

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Peak bodies unite for Female-Only job seeker plan

5 October 22

Enabling exclusive invitations to females to enter the male dominated heavy vehicle and logistics industries is a win-win – but needs anti-discrimination commission buy-in to proceed.

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Who will help with women who weld?

14 September 22

HVIA is looking for a member to host the highly successful “Women Who Weld” program at a Queensland trailer manufacturing facility in early 2023.

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Australian Industry Trade College Rookies Challenge

31 August 22

HVIA was recently invited to the Australian Industry Trade College (AITC) Rookies Challenge at Emu Gully.

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Shortages, summits and submissions

24 August 22

HVIA is attending the Government’s Transport Jobs and Skills Roundtable this week, to outline the industry's critical skills shortages ahead of the Prime Minister’s highly anticipated Jobs and Skills Summit.

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Step in the Right Direction

9 August 22

THe "Much more than just a job” campaign, showcases career opportunities in the heavy vehicle industry to school leavers and other job seekers.

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Skills shortages are impacting productivity

27 July 22

In a move welcomed by HVIA, the Albanese Government has already announced a Jobs Summit and one of their first Acts to be introduced, is the legislation to create the new agency Jobs & Skills Australia. 

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Year in review 2021/22

29 June 22

A snapshot of some of HVIA's achievements and benefits to our members during the last financial year.

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HVIA campaign to build pipeline of new starters

22 June 22

Members are invited to get involved in a new HVIA campaign showcasing career opportunities in the heavy vehicle industry to school leavers and other job seekers.

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EOI for Queensland Apprentice trials

20 April 22

Queensland based HVIA members are invited to consider trialling an apprenticeship candidate free of charge who is work ready through the Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

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Truck driving apprenticeship to become a reality

21 December 21

“Certificate III in Driving Operations” will see the transport and logistics industry work with states and territory governments to develop a truck driving apprenticeship for the first time.

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Is a career with heavy vehicles fate or destiny?

8 December 21

Sometimes, in the face of our problems and challenges, we need to take inspiration from our successes, because the answers might be right under our nose.

One of those is hosting Schools to Industry tours of the Brisbane Truck Show.

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HVIA State Committee online special recording – Dec 2021

7 December 21

This is a special recording of the December 2021 HVIA State Committee meeting as the live stream experienced technical difficulties.

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HVIA supports TAFE Skillstech Apprentice Awards

1 December 21

Sam Gray was named the TAFE Queensland Skillstech 2021 Heavy Vehicle Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by HVIA, at a gala event in Brisbane last week.

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HVIA community partnership delivering skills to industry

25 November 21

The Queensland Department of Education has produced a video highlighting the successful partnership between HVIA and Brisbane's Glenala Senior High School, supporting their Trades Skills Centre.

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National Award winners showcase industry’s resilience

19 November 21

The winners of HVIA’s suite of awards for leadership and innovation in the heavy vehicle sector have been presented at a Gala event in Brisbane.

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A pipeline of skilled, smart tradies

29 September 21

A flexible system and a refreshing focus on industry gives HVIA hope that there will be a pipeline of highly educated and enthusiastic tradespeople for many years to come.

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Electromobility – a new set of skills challenges

22 September 21

Before the roll-out of zero emissions trucks can happen in earnest, there are a range of significant common challenges that will require a coordinated and strategic approach to resolve.

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HVIA interactive online training endorsed to improve heavy vehicle safety

9 September 21

HVIA's “Safety Through Education” project will receive key funding through the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

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Flashback: 2020 National Apprentice of the Year

18 August 21

HVIA’s National Apprentice of the Year Award (sponsored by Warby Tools) has been acknowledging outstanding apprentices for over 35 years.

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An online Associate Degree in Engineering with zero course fees

2 August 21

A partnership between the Australian Government and UniSA gives small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to enrol their employees into their 100% online Associate Degree in Engineering with zero course fees.

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Exhibit for free at an upcoming Jobs Fair

30 June 21

As a business, attending a Jobs Fair is a great way to promote your available job opportunities directly to job seekers in your local area.

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Year in Review 2020/21

21 June 21

The 2020/21 year saw HVIA's largest membership growth to date, reflecting increased prominence, outcomes and value appreciated by the broader industry.

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Invitation to contribute to new automotive training in Australia

26 May 21

PwC's Skills for Australia and the Automotive IRCs are seeking input and feedback from industry experts on new vocational education and training for the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair (AUR) Training Package.

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Southern Team flip the script in HVIA National Apprentice Challenge final

18 May 21

On the first day of competition Jack and Shaneet from the Eastern team took on Beau and Bekitemba from Western team.

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The BTS Jobs Hub is an opportunity not to be missed

14 April 21

Almost daily, HVIA encounters anecdotes from our members of the difficulty in recruiting and retaining good employees. Our LinkedIn feed is filled with positions vacant and career opportunities in the industry.

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Government Backs Thousands of New Apprentice and Trainee Jobs

9 March 21

HVIA has welcomed the expansion of the Australian Government’s targeted wage subsidy program for apprentices and trainees, as part of the National Economic Recovery Plan.

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Funding for women’s leadership development available

10 February 21

Are you a woman working in the transport and logistics industry? Women & Leadership Australia is currently offering scholarships worth up to $5,000 to support participation in an online leadership development program.

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Inspiring activations coming to the BTS21 Jobs Hub

3 February 21

It is full steam ahead with preparations for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show and with each week more details are being revealed about exciting displays, events and activations taking place within and alongside the show.

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2020 HVIA National Award Winners

20 November 20

Winners of the 2020 HVIA National Awards were announced at a breakfast in Brisbane this morning and broadcast around the country.

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Innovation and commitment celebrated at HVIA National Awards Breakfast

20 November 20

HVIA today announced the winners of a suite of awards, for leadership and innovation, in the heavy vehicle sector.

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Heavy Vehicles 101 – the new induction course for new starters

30 October 20

HVIA’s online Learning Management System (LMS) is now live with a comprehensive new training package for entrants to the industry, staff in back-of-house or non-technical roles, and industry stakeholder organisations.

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National Apprentice Challenge – are you up for the challenge?

21 October 20

The call for apprentices from around the country is out now. The opportunity to compete in the National Apprentice Challenge, with selected teams taking on the best-of-the-best from all over the country, has been raised another notch.

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Government going halves on 100,000 new apprenticeship positions

5 October 20

The Morrison Government is backing trades to play a big role in Australia's economic recovery, offering a 50 per cent wage subsidy on new apprenticeships, effective immediately.

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New grants support participation in business events

11 September 20

HVIA is pleased to share with you the Australian Government’s announcement this morning of a $50 million injection into Australia's vital business events sector ahead of the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.

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2019 National Apprentice of the Year

10 August 20

HVIA’s National Apprentice of the Year Award has been acknowledging outstanding apprentices for over 35 years.

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New JobTrainer, plus extensions to JobKeeper and loan guarantees

21 July 20

Significant announcements have been made to stimulus measures over the last few days including and extension and forthcoming changes to the JobKeeper scheme and to SME Loan guarantees, and the new JobTrainer scheme.

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JobKeeper extended but there’s a catch

20 July 20

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced the JobKeeper Payment will be extended by six months, offering businesses and their workers a continued lifeline.

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JobTrainer Skills Package

16 July 20

The Prime Minister has announced a $2 billion program to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities, as the economy recovers from COVID-19.

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Add leadership and communication skills to your new trade

16 July 20

HVIA is one of four peak automotive industry bodies that have partnered to offer the Automotive Industry Ambassador Program for late stage apprentices and early trades people.

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Reflections: Here’s to the year ahead

24 June 20

It is at times like these that we need to band together and be there for each other.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has written to Members reflecting on 2019-20 and outlining HVIA's year ahead.

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Year in Review 2019/20

23 June 20

The 2019/20 year has certainly presented circumstances and a business environment that no one could have predicted, nor would have wished for. That didn't stop HVIA and its members from rising to the challenges.

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Gateway to Industry Work placements Employers Guide

26 May 20

The Gateway to Industry Schools program is addressing the skills shortage issue by investing and creating talent pipelines in high schools.

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TAFE Queensland’s free isolearn micro-credentials

29 April 20

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE Queensland, in conjunction with the Queensland Government, is offering a range of free education and training to support individuals, and small, medium and large businesses.

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Keeping apprentices in their apprenticeship

1 April 20

Community Solutions, Apprentices and Trainees, have five Heavy Commercial Vehicle Apprentices available for placement with a new host employer.

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Automotive skills still vital to Australia’s economy

18 February 20

The skillsets of automotive industry workers set to be displaced by the departure of Holden are still highly sought after in Australia.

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Buchholz praises heavy vehicle ingenuity at HVIA Gala Awards

19 November 19

The heavy vehicle industry’s appetite for innovation was quenched at the 2019 HVIA Gala Awards Dinner held at South Brisbane’s Emporium Hotel on Friday night.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz MP praised the quality nominations competing for HVIA’s suite of awards.

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Report shows trade studies set students up for a fruitful career

14 August 19

HVIA says Grattan Institute report shows the vast majority of schools are currently a bit blinkered to the opportunities available through trades and other vocational study.

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