HVIA Reconnects Trailer Wiring Working Group

12 June 24

HVIA has announced a re-focussed trailer wiring working group in recognition that setting the requirements of the Australian Design Rules to allow safe, sensible, practical, and cost-effective compliance options remains a core function of its technical activities

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New HVIA Apprenticeship Awards Recognise All Trades

12 June 24

HVIA’s prestigious 2024 National Awards – which celebrate the achievements of the nation’s heavy vehicle industry – have opened for nominations today

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QLD Budget Extends Apprentice/Trainee Rebates

12 June 24

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick has handed down the 2024-25 State Budget which includes record health expenditure and a raft of cost-of-living relief measures – plus a continuation of training incentives for employers

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HVIA Call For Supportive Automated Vehicle Regulations

12 June 24

HVIA has called for a regulatory framework that supports industry in adopting automated vehicles, rather than creating compliance requirements that are overly burdensome, or financially unfeasible

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Mercedes-Benz Delivers For Deniliquin Freighters

12 June 24

Daimler Trucks Shepparton has delivered five Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks to Deniliquin Freighters – the largest delivery yet for the new key regional dealership, a part of the Tristar Group

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New Funding Deal Electrifies TGE Transition

11 June 24

Team Global Express has secured $190 million in low-cost finance to accelerate electrification of its operations, including deployment of more than 300 light, medium and rigid battery electric trucks, courier vans, hybrid refrigerated trucks and mobile charging unit infrastructure across sites in Melbourne, Sydney and Queensland

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NHVR Flag Major Changes To Tipper Code Update

5 June 24

This week saw another successful and productive round of review of industry feedback from HVIA, VACC and the CVIAA on the finalisation of the J4 code in Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6

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HVIA Seeks To Charge Up Powered Trailers

5 June 24

HVIA has made a final call for members to nominate for a working group focused on the emerging issue of powered trailer regulations

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Partner Promotion: Caltex Delo A Game-Changer

5 June 24

Rising expectations on cost and environmental performance are transforming engine technology and lubricant requirements, as stricter emissions standards present new maintenance challenges for the heavy vehicle industry

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ROVER, RAV Outage This Friday For Portal Rebuild

5 June 24

The ROVER Portal – the online portal for applications and approvals under the Road Vehicle Standards legislation – will be unavailable from 5pm this Friday, June 7 until 9am Wednesday, June 12 to allow for a planned rebuild

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Urban Policy Focus On Transport And Infrastructure

5 June 24

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport is developing a National Urban Policy which will set out the role that all levels of government, industry and the community play in improving Australian cities and suburbs

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HVIA’s May Forum Keeps Members Up To Date

5 June 24

Last week HIVA held its first online member forum for 2024 which provided updates on key advocacy, regulatory, technical and policy issues

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HV Industry Awards Set To Jump 3.75PC From July 1

3 June 24

The Fair Work Commission has today announced a 3.75 per cent increase to the national minimum wage and award minimum wages following its 2023-2024 annual wage review

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Consultation Open On Automated Vehicle Legislation

29 May 24

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communication and the Arts and the National Transport Commission are consulting on a new regulatory framework that will support the safe use of automated vehicles on Australian roads

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Employer Assist: Unloading The Fair Work Act Reforms

29 May 24

HVIA Employer Assist provider Industry Legal Group provides a comprehensive overview of the Federal Government’s significant changes to the Fair Work Act, including the implications for employers and employees

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Final Call To Register For This Week’s Member Forum

28 May 24

HVIA will hold its first online member meeting for 2024 this Thursday, May 30 featuring a guest speaker from the NTC presenting on its autonomous vehicles project

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Call For Feedback On Heavy Vehicle Standards Reg Review

28 May 24

HVIA is seeking feedback from members to guide amendments to the Heavy Vehicle (Vehicle Standards) National Regulation

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Strategy Identifies Opportunity To Make HV Batteries

23 May 24

The Federal Government has today released the nation’s first National Battery Strategy supporting its ‘Future Made in Australia’ strategy

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HVIA Seek Feedback On NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy

22 May 24

HVIA has prepared a draft response to the updated Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) Heavy Vehicle Access Policy – and is seeking feedback from members by next Tuesday May 28 so we can finalise our feedback before the deadline of May 31

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Govt Release Transport Net Zero Roadmap and Action Plan

22 May 24

The Department of Infrastructure and Transport has this week released the Transport and Infrastructure Net Zero Consultation Roadmap and Action Plan, one of the six sectoral plans the Australian Government is developing to build a Net Zero 2050 plan

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WHG Appointed Apple Authorised Reseller

21 May 24

HVIA member WHG, a provider of telematics, Internet-of-Things and tailor-made technology solutions, has been appointment as an Apple Authorised Reseller

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QLD TMR Propose Reform Of Written-Off Vehicle Scheme

21 May 24

Transport and Main Roads in Queensland has released a discussion paper proposing wholesale reform of its written-off vehicle scheme

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VIC Business Property Tax Reforms Pass Parliament

20 May 24

The Victorian Government’s plan to progressively abolish stamp duty on commercial and industrial properties has passed Parliament

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Countrywide Hydrogen Locks In $8M Funding Deal

20 May 24

Australian renewable hydrogen project developer Countrywide Hydrogen’s goal to be Tasmania’s first major green hydrogen producer has been boosted by the award of an $8 million funding package from the Tasmanian Government through its Green Hydrogen Price Reduction Scheme

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Creative Thinking Puts IKEA On Track To Net Zero

17 May 24

Collaborating with its delivery partners and other key stakeholders has been critical to ensuring home furnishings retailer IKEA Australia is on track to meet its ambitious goal of 100 per cent zero-emissions truck deliveries by 2025

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TruckShowX Illuminates The Road To Decarbonisation

16 May 24

The inaugural TruckShowX has achieved its ambitious goal of delivering Australia’s largest-ever transport decarbonisation event, with more than 350 industry decision makers attending the summit held on May 12-14 at RACV Cape Schanck Resort on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula

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HVIA Release Agenda For First Online Member Meeting

16 May 24

HVIA has released the agenda for its first online member meeting for 2024, to be held Thursday, May 30 from 1:00-3:00pm

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Brisbane Truck Show Snares QLD Event Award

16 May 24

The Brisbane Truck Show has been named Association Event of the Year in the 2023 Queensland Meetings & Events Australia Awards

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Feedback Sought On Victorian Freight Plan

16 May 24

The Victorian Government has released a discussion paper seeking input from industry to its planned update for the Victorian Freight Plan which was originally published in 2018

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Federal Budget Seeks To Supercharge Renewable Fuels

15 May 24

Last night’s Federal Budget included record funding for Australia’s hydrogen and renewables industries, including low carbon liquid fuels, new incentives to employ apprentices, and an extension of the instant asset write-off

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NatRoad Launch Practical Guide To Reducing Emissions

14 May 24

NatRoad launched a new set of resources at this week’s TruckShowX to inform and guide Australian truck operators to achieve net-zero emissions target

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HVIA Welcome NHVR’s Stance On Road Access Reform

14 May 24

HVIA has welcomed the NHVR’s latest discussion paper ‘Removing Roadblocks to Reform’, which takes direct aim at the regulatory barriers that continue to hamper access for higher productivity trucks in Australia

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Advisor Flags Subsidies For HV Industry To Reach Net Zero

14 May 24

A key Federal Government policy advisor has conceded the heavy vehicle sector will need both direct and indirect financial support to manage the transition to net zer

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NHVR Calls For Fast Reform Of PBS Scheme

14 May 24

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has released its ‘Removing Roadblocks to Reform’ paper, calling for swift reform of the Performance Based Standards scheme

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Applications Open To Become A CLOCS-A Auditor

8 May 24

Applications to become a Construction Logistics and Community Safety Australia auditor are now open

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Help Fundraise For TruckShowX Charity Partner

8 May 24

TruckShowX attendees have the chance to win some awesome prizes at the upcoming event – and help raise money for Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds

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Entries Open For Victoria’s Worksafe Awards

8 May 24

Entries are now open for Victoria’s annual WorkSafe Awards which aim to highlight excellence shown by individuals, teams or businesses that go above and beyond to reduce workplace harm or improve outcomes for injured workers

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Telstra Delay 3G Network Closure By Two Months

8 May 24

Telstra has announced it will delay the shutdown of its 3G network by two months to allow more time for affected customers to upgrade their handset or devices

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Advantia Release Static Rollover Threshold Calculator

7 May 24

Advantia Transport Consulting has unveiled Payload Pilot, an online tool which calculates the static rollover threshold of any Performance Based Standards and non-PBS vehicle combinations

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CIT To Host Australia’s first TAFE EV Centre of Excellence

6 May 24

The Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to establish Australia’s first TAFE Electric VehicleCentre of Excellence at the Canberra Institute of Technology

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New Energy Apprenticeships Program Amped Up

3 May 24

The Federal Government is expanding the New Energy Apprenticeships Program which provides incentives to encourage more people into sectors that are playing a critical role in transitioning Australia to a net-zero economy and support its “Future Made in Australia” goal

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Feds Commit $21m To National Road Safety Data Hub

2 May 24

The upcoming Federal Budget will include a $21 million investment in a National Road Safety Data Hub in a bid to improve road safety

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NSW Shift From Preservation To Optimisation On HV Access

1 May 24

Transport for NSW has unveiled a complete refresh of its heavy vehicle access policy under the NSW Freight Policy Reform Program, in recognition of the need to respond to changing markets, emerging technologies such as LZEVs, and the demands of the increasing freight task

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VE Motion Showcase Powered Trailer Innovations

1 May 24

VE Motion is set to unveil its innovative powered trailer concepts at TruckShowX, Australia’s largest-ever transport decarbonisation event

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New Projects Announced In HV Rest Area Program

1 May 24

The Federal Government has unveiled funding for five new projects under the Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Program

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R&D Tax Incentive Registration Closing Soon

1 May 24

Companies with an income year finishing June 30 last year have until April 30 to register their research and development activities for the 2022-23 financial year and be eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive

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Hiringa Launches Hydrogen Refuelling Network

30 April 24

Green hydrogen company Hiringa Energy has launched what it claims is Australasia’s first zero-emissions green hydrogen refuelling network, Hiringa Refuelling New Zealand, to propel New Zealand towards its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

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The ‘Tunnel Guy’ Digs In For Bulk Tanker Day

29 April 24

In a major coup, the National Bulk Tankers Association (NBTA) has secured Professor Arnold Dix as the keynote speaker for its annual Bulk Tanker Day to be held Wednesday, May 15 at Moonee Valley

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NTC Releases Paper On Regulating Autonomous Vehicles

23 April 24

The National Transport Commission has released a consultation paper outlining the proposed approach to regulating autonomous vehicles, which it expects may begin operating in Australia from 2026

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Teletrac Navman Enhances AI-Powered Dashcam Solution

23 April 24

HVIA member Teletrac Navman has added driver distraction, cell phone usage and drowsy driver detection to its AI-powered dashcam and video telematics solution, the IQ Camera

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WHG Strikes Partnership With Automotive Group RPM

23 April 24

Telematics provider WHG has announced a strategic partnership with automotive aftermarket supplier RPM Automotive Group

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NSW HV Access Policy Shifts Focus To Optimisation

23 April 24

The New South Wales Government has released a new draft NSW Heavy Vehicle Access Policy which has been built around five policy pillars and five policy principles designed to achieve safe, sustainable and productive freight outcomes

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Exclusive: QLD Releases First Network Map For ZEHV

22 April 24

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has released the first network map for zero-emissions heavy vehicles

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AVAS Technology Mandated On Trucks From 2025

19 April 24

The Federal Government has introduced a new design rule that will require new electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell cars, trucks and buses to be fitted with an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System from November 2025

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Tom Chapman Named VP Volvo Trucks Australia

17 April 24

Volvo Trucks Australia has announced the appointment of Tom Chapman to the role of Vice President – Sales at Volvo Trucks Australia

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NTC Call For Input Into Dangerous Goods Code Review

17 April 24

A new round of consultation on the comprehensive review of the Australian Code for the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail is now open

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Applications Open For CSIRO ‘Innovate to Grow’ Program

16 April 24

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is inviting small to medium enterprises working on advanced manufacturing solutions to apply for a self-paced, 10-week, online program that can help them turn an idea into an R&D opportunity

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HVIA Facilitates Minister’s Visit to Robuk Engineering

16 April 24

HVIA facilitated a recent site visit by Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator Carol Brown, to member company Robuk Engineering

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Daimler Truck Adds East Gippsland Dealership

16 April 24

A new Daimler Truck dealership has opened in Victoria’s East Gippsland region. Turnbulls Gippsland will support and sell Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner and Fuso trucks, as well as the Fuso Rosa bus, at an upgraded facility in Sale, a key regional hub located between Latrobe Valley and Lakes Entrance

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NVHR Seeks Feedback On Mobile Crane Industry Code

16 April 24

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is seeking public feedback on the Mobile Crane Industry Code of Practice by Wednesday, May 15, 2024

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NHVR Issue Updated Modification Code For Tipper Bodies

10 April 24

After consultation and feedback from industry, the NHVR has issued draft text for Modification Code J4 (Tipper Bodies) in Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 and advised updated implementation timing

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Hammar Celebrates 50 Years Of Innovation

10 April 24

This year marks 50 years since Bengt-Olof Hammar developed the first Hammar sideloader and founded Hammar in Sweden – and the company is marking the occasion with the launch of two new models

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Employer Assist: The New ‘Right to Disconnect’ Law

10 April 24

In a significant legislative change, Parliament passed the ‘right to disconnect’ law on February 12, 2024, which is set to take effect on August 26, 2024 – or August 26, 2025 for small businesses

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Volvo Group Australia Recognises Dealer Excellence

10 April 24

A slew of awards were announced at the recent Volvo Group Australia Dealer Awards night, recognising both customer satisfaction and dealer excellence across the national network

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Daimler Truck Open Five-Star Truck Parts Warehouse

10 April 24

Daimler Truck has opened a truck-dedicated parts warehouse in the logistics hub of Truganina in Melbourne’s west

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HVIA EV Transition Inquiry Submission Calls For HV Focus

10 April 24

HVIA recently made a submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water’s Inquiry into the transition to electric vehicles

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CSIRO Program Aims To Kick Start R&D Projects

3 April 24

Start-ups and small businesses are eligible for matching funding of up to $50,000 – plus access to research expertise and capabilities – to help develop their business under CSIRO’s Kick-Start program

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New Details Revealed On NSW Axle Mass Limit Increases

3 April 24

HVIA met this week with Transport for New South Wales to get an update on the low- and zero-emission axle mass increase scheme in that state

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Feds Release Draft Sustainability Reporting Legislation

3 April 24

The Federal Government introduced draft legislation to Parliament last week proposing to establish a regime that requires corporate entities to meet sustainability reporting thresholds

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Member Spotlight: Base Air’s Mark Thiele

27 March 24

After a multi-decade career in transport the ever-effervescent Mark Thiele is now finding his kicks as the new managing director of the suspension modification system business, Base Air

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HVIA Seek Changes To Powered Trailer Regulations

27 March 24

HVIA is seeking to resolve outstanding regulatory issues necessary to enable widespread use of powered axles in heavy vehicle combination

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Registrations Open For Upcoming Member Meetings

27 March 24

Last week HVIA released details of its new Member Forums and is pleased to announce that online registrations are now open for upcoming events scheduled throughout 2024

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Member Update: LZEV Axle Mass Limit Increases

27 March 24

HVIA is continuing its important advocacy work with the Australian states that have announced axle mass limit increases for next-generation low and zero emission heavy vehicles in trials and other initiatives

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PACCAR Australia Names Technicians Of The Year

27 March 24

From a shortlist of four Kenworth technicians across Australia, Grant Brown of Kenworth DAF Bayswater has been named 2024 PACCAR Australia’s Kenworth Technician of the Year

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VIC Invest In Drivers To Keep Supply Chains Moving

26 March 24

The Victorian Government is injecting an extra $1 million into training more heavy vehicle drivers to keep supply chains moving through a partnership with the Victorian Transport Association

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Fan Favourite Truck To Be Raffled For Medical Research

26 March 24

Truck enthusiasts have a rare opportunity to get their hands on the wheel of a highly sought-after 1946 Ford Jailbar, with ‘Bonnie’ the latest vehicle to be raffled to raise funds for medical research

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Advantia Project Aims To Streamline PBS Accessibility

20 March 24

HVIA member Advantia Transport Consulting is seeking industry feedback on a project to advance Performance Based Standards vehicle accessibility

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ACCC Issues Guidance On “Greenwashing” In The HV Sector

20 March 24

The ACCC has issued guidance on what “greenwashing” looks like in Australia's heavy vehicle sector

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HVIA Appoints Kay Marco National Events Manager

20 March 24

HVIA has announced the appointment of Kay Marco as National Events Manager with responsibility for its flagship event, the Brisbane Truck Show

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VIC Govt Moves To Abolish Stamp Duty On Biz Property

20 March 24

The Victorian Government introduced new legislation into the Parliament this week to abolish stamp duty on commercial and industrial properties

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HVIA Releases Details Of New Member Forums

20 March 24

HVIA has unveiled the dates and locations for the remaining member meetings scheduled for 2024 – lock them in your diary!

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Telematics Rules Set To Change In QLD, NSW In June

19 March 24

Major changes are looming for transport operators who rely on telematics devices for access or productivity benefits

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Team Global Express Unveils ‘The Depot of the Future’

14 March 24

Team Global Express today officially unveiled Australia’s largest logistics electric vehicle fleet trial, following the arrival of brand-new electric trucks at its depot in Bungarribee, NSW

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Hyzon Unveils 200KW Fuel Cell System In Prime Mover

12 March 24

Hydrogen fuel cell technology developer and supplier of zero-emission heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles today launched its single stack 200kW fuel cell system and powertrain in a heavy-duty prime mover at a ceremony in Melbourne

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Daimler Truck Backs TruckShowX Expo And Drive Day

12 March 24

Daimler Truck will present its zero-emission Mercedes-Benz eActros and Fuso eCanter models at TruckShowX in May

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Daimler Trucks Shepparton Celebrates Official Launch

11 March 24

Daimler Trucks Shepparton was officially opened with a special ceremony last week. The event was attended by customers, local dignitaries, senior Daimler Truck executives and the Daimler Trucks Shepparton team led by Tristar Truck and Bus head David Warren

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NTC Seeks Further Consultation On Review Of DG Code

11 March 24

The National Transport Commission has launched a new round of consultation on the comprehensive review of the Australian Code for the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail

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QLD Announces Steer Axle Mass Increase For ZEHV

8 March 24

The Queensland Government has paved the way for electric heavy vehicles with steer axle masses of up to 8 tonnes to operate on some of the state’s highways, cutting pollution and reducing emissions in supply chains

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Funding Announced For Battery-Electric Terminal Trucks

8 March 24

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced just over $21.8 million for three projects aimed at unlocking an investment of $48.4 million in accelerating the shift to electric vehicles in Western Australia through the Australian Government’s Driving the Nation program

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Centurion Announce Australian-First Off-Grid EV Fleet

7 March 24

Logistics company Centurion has unveiled a project to operate 30 Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks as part of an Australian-first battery electric vehicle fleet powered entirely by off-grid renewable energy

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A Guide To Govt Funding Opportunities For HVIA Members

6 March 24

The Federal Government has several open opportunities for HVIA members to apply for grants and other funding options. The available options are for projects across multiple areas, including transport, road safety, innovation, and renewables and low-emissions technologies

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Multi-Combination Prime Movers Near 50% Of Registrations

6 March 24

Multi-combination prime movers now comprise 45 per cent of heavy vehicle registrations, up from 39 per cent a decade ago, according to a 10-year retrospective produced by the ARTSA Institute

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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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First State Meetings Completed + Changes Announced!

5 March 24

Last week saw completion of the Queensland and WA state meetings, with NSW and Victoria held the week prior. In a sure sign 2024 has had a flying start, new records for attendance were achieved by NSW and WA, and VIC and QLD meetings were also strongly supported

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NHVR Seeks Feedback On Waste And Recycling Code

5 March 24

The NHVR has released the draft Waste and Recycling Industry Code of Practice for Load Management for industry feedback

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HVs More Often Involved In Level Crossing Collisions

5 March 24

A study has found heavy vehicles are more frequently involved in level crossing collisions than cars and other light vehicles

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Ausgrid Introduces First-Ever Heavy Electric Vehicles

5 March 24

East coast electricity distributor Ausgrid is introducing its first-ever heavy electric vehicles as part of its goal to electrify 40 per cent of its fleet by 2029

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SAF-Holland, Dana Showcase LZE Products At TruckShowX

28 February 24

SAF-Holland and Dana will showcase their low- and zero-emissions truck components in TruckShowX’s much-anticipated technical sessions

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TruckShowX Offers Chance To Jump In Kenworth, DAF ZEVs

28 February 24

TruckShowX attendees will have a unique opportunity to get behind the wheel of the latest zero-emissions vehicles from leading truck manufacturer PACCAR Australia

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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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CMV Truck & Bus Powers Up With Volvo Penta Franchise

28 February 24

HVIA member CMV Truck & Bus has unveiled its latest business venture, securing the exclusive Volvo Penta industrial products franchise for Victoria

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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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Project Could See EVs Charge Wirelessly On The Road

27 February 24

Trucks and buses could charge wirelessly as they drive on the highway, thanks to a new $3 million grant from the Australian Government to accelerate the nation’s electric vehicle sector

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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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World First Hazard Perception Test For HV Drivers

21 February 24

Austroads has commissioned Professor Sharon Newnam from the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety to lead a new project to design, develop, and deliver a heavy vehicle hazard perception test

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SAF + Renewable Diesel Project Hits Key Milestone

21 February 24

Jet Zero Australia has executed an agreement with US company LanzaJet that will progress development of a plant to convert bioethanol into SAF and renewable diesel

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QLD On-Road Enforcement Set To Transition to NHVR

16 February 24

Heavy vehicle on-roads enforcement activity will transition from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator on April 20, 2024

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Influential Net Zero Policy Advisor Joins TruckShowX

14 February 24

HVIA has secured Ian Porter, Strategic Advisor for Net Zero with the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport Arts, as a keynote speaker for TruckShowX 2024

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NTC Seeks Industry Feedback On HVNL Penalties Review

14 February 24

The NTC is seeking input from key industry stakeholders to identify offences under HVNL for priority assessment of infringement classification and associated penalty amounts and demerit points

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Reminder: HVSI Grants Deadline Approaching!

14 February 24

Submissions for round nine of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative grants program opened on November 20 and will close on February 19

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New NHVR Loading Guides Available Online

14 February 24

The NHVR is progressively releasing a series of loading guides for heavy vehicles on its website

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HVIA To Attend Vehicle Standards Consultative Forum

14 February 24

HVIA Chief Technical Officer Adam Ritzinger will be attending the next Vehicle Standards Consultative Forum in Canberra in March

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New RAV Site Incorporates Safer Freight Vehicles

14 February 24

The NHVR has launched a new RAV website that features improved user-friendliness and also includes Safer Freight Vehicle information on relevant approval

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2025 Brisbane Truck Show Dates Announced!

7 February 24

Lock it in your diary – the dates for the much-anticipated 2025 Brisbane Truck Show have been confirmed as May 15-18 next year!

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NTI Signs On As Gold Sponsor Of TruckShowX

7 February 24

Sponsorship opportunities are being snapped up for TruckShowX 2024, with specialist truck insurer NTI signing on as a Gold Sponsor

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Sneak Peek: ROADBOSS Rides With Titans Of Timber

7 February 24

In the second issue of ROADBOSS Magazine Cobey Bartels hitches a ride in a high-productivity Fennell Forestry AB-triple for a scenic two-day logging expedition across the Green Triangle, travelling from forestry to mill carting some of Australia’s finest timber

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Global Rental Giant Buys Majority Stake In Eurocold

7 February 24

Eurocold has taken another step in its rapid expansion with French giant, Petit Forestier Group, taking a majority shareholding in the business

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HVIA Releases Agenda For First State Committee Meetings

7 February 24

The HVIA has released the agenda for the next round of state committee meetings in February – register now!

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Global Auto Group Acquires Car Carrier Autocare Services

7 February 24

Global automotive investment company Optimus Group has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of Autocare Services, an integrated automotive logistics company, from Linx Cargo Care Group for $44 million

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Electric Truck Charging Pioneer Confirmed For TruckShowX

31 January 24

Australian battery-electric commercial vehicle charging pioneer NewVolt has been confirmed as a presenter at TruckShowX 2024, Australia’s biggest trucking decarbonisation event to date

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New Standards To Accelerate EV + HFCEV Safety

31 January 24

New standards bolstering safety requirements for new electric and hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in Australia have been put in place by the Australian Government

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Landmark COR Case A Warning To Transport Bosses

31 January 24

Last week’s sentencing of a transport manager under Heavy Vehicle National Law has been described as “ground-breaking” by experts who warn it sends a strong message to executives across the country

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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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Inquiries Under Way on EV Transition, Renewable Diesel

30 January 24

Two reviews are under way aimed at promoting transport decarbonisation: one focused on transition to electric vehicles and the other on development of a fuel quality standard for renewable diesel

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National Road Safety Action Grants Program Extended

30 January 24

The Australian Government has extended the National Road Safety Grants Program as part of its commitment to ‘Vision Zero’, which has a goal of no deaths or serious injuries on public roads by 2050

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Applications For Industry Growth Program Now Open

24 January 24

The Federal Government’s Industry Growth Program is now open for business, with businesses eligible for grants for early-stage commercialisation projects and commercialisation and growth projects

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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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HVIA Raise Alarm On PBS Notice Interpretation Change

20 December 23

HVIA has recently become aware of a situation where some operators have been denied network access for specific truck/trailer combinations, despite meeting all published legal requirements

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NHVR Extends Transitional Arrangements For VSB6

20 December 23

The NHVR has extended the current transitional arrangements allowing authorised examiners and signatories to certify tipper bodies under the old VSB6 v3.1 Section J requirements until July 1, 2024

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NHVR Resolves Tow Truck Length Compliance Issue

19 December 23

The NHVR has resolved an issue that emerged earlier this year where a tow truck operator was issued with a non-compliance notice for exceeding dimensional limits

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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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NTC Seeks Further Feedback On Proposed HVNL Reforms

15 December 23

NTC launches survey targeted at heavy vehicle operators to help inform key proposed policy changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law

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HVNL Reform Timetable Extended As NTC Seeks More Input

13 December 23

The timetable for drafting of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) legislative reforms has been extended with the package now due to go to Ministers in December 2024

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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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Transport NSW Introduces New Conditions For PBS Vehicles

13 December 23

Transport for NSW has introduced new network conditions for Performance Based Standards vehicles in the state

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Local, National, Global Action To Promote Decarbonisation

13 December 23

The past few weeks has seen a series of announcements aimed at promoting decarbonisation of the road freight transport industry

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HVIA Unveil First Round Of 2024 Committee Meetings

13 December 23

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia has locked in the times and locations for the first round of State Committee Meeting in 2024

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NHVR To Release New National Network Map

13 December 23

The NHVR has announced it will release a new National Network Map designed to provide a single central location to access information on approved routes for more than 1,000 heavy vehicle configurations across multiple jurisdictions

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Safety Initiative Aims To Put A Stop To ‘Spilt Milk’

13 December 23

Insurer NTI delivers Australia’s first driver safety campaign aimed at reducing the high rate of tanker rollovers in the dairy industry

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HVIA Calls For Feedback On State Committee Meetings

6 December 23

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia is surveying members to better understand preferences and availability for its state committee meetings

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Plan To Mandate Acoustic Vehicle Alert Systems From 2025

6 December 23

Draft ADR proposes to mandate Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems for light vehicles from January 2025 and heavy vehicles from November 2025

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HVIA Calls For Delay To Implementation Of VSB6 Update

6 December 23

The HVIA has called for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to extend the implementation date of the new version of VSB6 by an additional three months

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Industry Growth, National Reconstruction Funds Available

6 December 23

Applications have opened for the Federal Government’s Industry Growth Program and the National Reconstruction Fund, both of which have application within the heavy vehicle industry

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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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NHVR Launches Pavement Impact Comparison Calculator

6 December 23

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has launched the interactive Pavement Impact Comparison Calculator to enable road managers to understand the long-term pavement effects of freight activity on roads

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NTRO Partnership Adds Spark To TruckShowX 2024

29 November 23

Shortly after announcing TruckShowX for 2024, HVIA has signed on Australia’s National Transport Research Organisation (NTRO) as the official research partner for the landmark event

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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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Time Running Out To Comply With Engineers Rego Scheme

29 November 23

The Victorian Engineers Registration Scheme will apply to mechanical engineers from December 1, 2024, and engineers providing mechanical engineering services covered by the legislation must be registered by that date or face fines of up to $96,000

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NVHR Webinars To Provide Overview Of Freight PASS Tool

29 November 23

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator is hosting a series of webinars which will provide an overview of its recently launched interactive tool, Freight PASS

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Renewable Hydrogen Refuelling Station Launched

29 November 23

CSIRO and Swinburne University of Technology’s Victorian Hydrogen Hub this week launched a hydrogen refuelling station, purpose-built for enabling hydrogen research

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Minister Signs ADRs To Support Zero Emissions Vehicles

29 November 23

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Carol Brown, has signed three new Australian Design Rules on zero emission vehicle safety

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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 Call For Separation Of Euro VI, General Mass Increases

22 November 23

HVIA calls for separate implementation of Euro VI and productivity increases under proposed HVNL reforms in its response to National Transport Commission proposal

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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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SA To Use NTRO iPAVE Technology On Its Roads

21 November 23

World-first technology is being used to assess the condition of South Australia’s roads and ensure maintenance is carried out more efficiently across the state’s road network

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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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WA Renewable Energy Hub Reaches Major Milestone

21 November 23

Bp’s plans to produce renewable hydrogen at its Kwinana Energy Hub in WA have reached a major milestone, with the H2Kwinana project entering front-end engineering and design

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HVIA Request Removal Of ‘Tipper Stability’ Calculation

15 November 23

HVIA has formally requested that the National Heavy Vehicle Regulatory remove the contentious ‘tipper stability’ calculation from the upcoming VSB6 update.

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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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New Round Of NHVR’s HVSI Grants Poised To Open

15 November 23

Submissions for the latest round of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative program open next week.

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QLD Plan To Abolish HV Rego Assessment Scheme

15 November 23

The Queensland Government is seeking feedback on plans to abolish the Heavy Vehicle Registration Assessment Scheme.

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HVIA Awards Recognise Innovative Safety Solutions

8 November 23

A pre-start inspection solution for the hire industry, a portable fire-fighting module, and an AI-powered pedestrian protection system are among six innovative products short-listed for the Safety Innovation category in the 2023 HVIA National Awards

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems Mandate Proposed

8 November 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport has raised the prospect of mandating tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS)

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HVIA State Committee Meetings Wrap-Up For 2023

8 November 23

The final round of HVIA State Committee Meetings for 2023 covered key regulatory, policy, and technical changes that impact members and the wider industry

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Projects To Boost Heavy Vehicle Safety And Productivity

8 November 23

The Federal Government has committed $18 million in funding towards new projects aimed at improving heavy vehicle safety and productivity on regional roads

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HVIA Calls For Consistency On Mass Limit Increases

1 November 23

HVIA calls for national consistency across the scope, details, and administration of separate state-based higher axle mass limit schemes

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Proposed Mass, Dimension Limit Increases Spark Debate

1 November 23

The Heavy Vehicle National Law Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement has generated lively discussion amongst HVIA members at recent State Committee Meetings

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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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HVIA Reveals Product Innovation Category Finalists

1 November 23

HVIA has revealed the five finalists in the Production Innovation category of the prestigious 2023 HVIA National Awards, set to be announced at a Gala Dinner at the BCEC on November 24

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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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Truck Width, Mass Changes Dominate HVIA Meetings

25 October 23

HVIA’s October State Committee Meetings are under way and generating considerable discussion around a recent changes to truck width and axle mass limits.

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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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Daimler Welcomes Increases In Axle Mass Limits For EVs

24 October 23

Axle weight limit increase trials for zero-emission vehicles in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland welcomed by Daimler Truck Australia Pacific

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HVIA Releases Fact Sheet On Navigating 3G Shutdown

24 October 23

New fact sheet explains the impending 3G network shutdown, the implications for industry, and what actions need to be taken to ensure you're not left in the lurch

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HVIA Reveals Rigids Eligible For SA Axle Mass Trial

18 October 23

HVIA reveals further details of the South Australian low and zero emission heavy vehicle trial scheme

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NHVR Launch Tool To Compare Heavy Vehicle Performance

18 October 23

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator this week launched a new interactive tool to help industry and road managers make more informed safety, productivity and sustainability decisions about the benefits of heavy vehicle combinations on the road network

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Hydrogen-Powered Waste Truck Commences Duties

18 October 23

Remondis Australia achieves global breakthrough as zero-emission hydrogen powered waste collection truck commences duties in NSW

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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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NTC Considers Increases In Vehicle Mass And Dimensions

11 October 23

The National Transport Commission (NTC) this week released a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (C-RIS) on three key policy areas related to the Heavy Vehicle National Law review, including increases in vehicle mass and dimensions.

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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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2023 HVIA Gala Awards Dinner Tickets Now On Sale

11 October 23

Tickets are now on sale for the 2023 HVIA Gala Awards Dinner, which this year will be held at the home of the Brisbane Truck Show – the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre – on Friday, November 24.

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Department Release Guide ‘Safer Vehicles’ Package

11 October 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications, and the Arts this week published updated guidance materials to reflect the ‘Safer Vehicles’ package unveiled recently.

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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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New And Revised ADRs To Support Truck Width Changes

4 October 23

New and revised ADRs necessary to support the recently announced changes to truck width published and available for review.

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National Awards Gala Dinner Tickets On Sale Next Week

4 October 23

Tickets are set to go on sale for the 2023 HVIA Gala Awards Dinner, which this year will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Friday, November 24.

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NSW Announces Higher Mass Limits For ZEV Trial

4 October 23

Transport for NSW this week released its Towards Net Zero Emissions Freight Policy, outlining a commitment to reduce emissions in the transport sector, including a trial of higher-mass zero emissions heavy vehicles on NSW roads.

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Announcements Accelerate Freight Decarbonisation

4 October 23

The past five days have brought several game-changing announcements that will accelerate the decarbonisation of trucking in Australia.

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Forum To Discuss Latest WH&S Issues And Initiatives

4 October 23

Transport Network Forum to discuss work health and safety issues, and the latest initiatives to help manage risks, prevent injury and support workers.

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Excellence in Operational Support Award For HVIA Member

4 October 23

Shane Pendergast, of HVIA member Air Brake Systems, has been named winner of the NatRoad Excellence in Operational Support Award.

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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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Government Announces Historic Truck Width Increase

28 September 23

Federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Carol Brown today announced the Federal Government’s landmark decision to increase the overall width limit for trucks in Australia to 2.55 metres

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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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Last Chance To Subscribe To Road Boss Magazine!

27 September 23

Don’t miss out on the first issue of our awesome new magazine Road Boss, with the inaugural edition packed full of cracker yarns on industry icons, innovators and colourful characters.

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NTI Expands, Paccar Dealer Change, Ampol Trial

27 September 23

HVIA partners and members NTI, PACCAR Australia and Ampol unveil range of new initiatives.

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Freight Strategy Industry Reference Panel Unveiled

27 September 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport has announced membership of a Reference Panel to provide industry with a clear line of sight on implementation of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

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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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Feedback Sought On Axle Mass Increases For Euro VI Trucks

20 September 23

HVIA seeks feedback from members to inform future axle mass increases to accommodate introduction of Euro VI trucks

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HVIA Puts Tag Trailer Mass Back On The Reform Agenda

20 September 23

HVIA is hopeful long-standing issues related to tag trailer mass will be resolved over the coming year

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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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Government Aims To Address Inadequate Road Safety Data

20 September 23

Government working towards National Road Safety Data Collection and Reporting Framework and minimum national dataset

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Key Appointment Boosts HVIA’s Advocacy Firepower

13 September 23

HVIA announces new addition to the team with Dr Adele Lausberg joining as Chief Advocacy Officer

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Tackling Heavy Vehicle Safety Through Online Education

13 September 23

HVIA has unveiled two new online courses this week, funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI), and supported by the Australian Government.

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Penske Australia And Daimler Trucks Expand Footprints

13 September 23

HVIA members Penske Australia and Daimler Trucks have unveiled expansions of their dealer networks

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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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Webinar: Managing the risks due to 3G network closure

6 September 23

Webinar provides high-level information on the impacts of the Australian 3G shutdown and what local government and transport industry need to do to prepare for the transition

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NHVR release local government road managers’ info hub

5 September 23

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator releases new online information hub to support local government and road managers

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HVIA promotes National Rural Road Safety Month

5 September 23

National Rural Road Safety Month serves as a timely reminder for all road users, as Australia’s road toll is tragically trending upwards

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Department reschedules ROVER webinar for this Friday

5 September 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport has rescheduled its webinar on upcoming changes to the functionality of the Road Vehicle Regulator (ROVER) administrative system for the Road Vehicle Standards Act

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Sneak Peak: Inside the first issue of Road Boss magazine

30 August 23

It’s now only 30 sleeps until the inaugural edition of HVIA’s ground-breaking new magazine Road Boss heads off to the printer and the team is busy criss-crossing the country to bring you what we’ve promised: authentic, engaging, and entertaining stories on the industry’s icons, innovators and colourful characters.

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Decision imminent on bp renewable diesel refinery

30 August 23

A final investment decision is expected to be made this year on bp’s proposed Kwinana Energy Hub which will see the former oil refinery redeveloped into a green energy hub producing renewable diesel (HVO), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and green hydrogen

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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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HVIA joins call to establish local renewable diesel industry

23 August 23

HVIA has joined with leading cross-sector organisations in an appeal to the Australian Government for support in enabling an on-shore renewable diesel refining industry.

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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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Next round of ROVER updates due mid-September

22 August 23

The Federal Department of Infrastructure has advised that the next updates to the ROVER (Road Vehicle Regulator) system are planned for Friday, September 8 to Tuesday, September 12.

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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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NHVR Responds Quickly to PBS Portal Concerns

16 August 23

The NHVR has stepped in to alleviate concerns that changes to the design approvals process on the regulator's PBS Portal will increase costs to industry.

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Members urged to report defective vehicles

16 August 23

HVIA members have been advised to document interactions and responding actions with customers who present vehicles for routine service work in an unroadworthy condition.

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Does your business have a pathway to Net Zero?

9 August 23

Mandatory reporting is coming for large business to report on net emissions both up and down stream over the next five years, an HVIA event in Sydney was told last week.

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Flashback: 2022 Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award

9 August 23

With nominations currently open for HVIA’s 2023 National Awards, we take a look back at last year’s Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award, presented to Thomas Baggaley of CMV Truck & Bus.

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NHVR supports VSB6 extension

8 August 23

The NHVR has agreed to push back the implementation of Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) Code J4 with transitional arrangements now extended to 1 February 2024.

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WEBINAR – Construction Logistics and Community Safety initiative

4 August 23

CILTA invite you to a webinar about the origins and processes undertaken to develop CLOCS-A including how it will operate, when it will be launched and the benefits it will bring to community road safety within Australia.

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Help to commercialise your Aussie know-how

3 August 23

Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants launched today have a focus on key priorities of the Government's National Reconstruction Fund including transport and low emissions technologies.

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NRSPP campaign collaboration success

2 August 23

HVIA supported the National Road Safety Partnership Program's "Look Beyond the Truck" campaign, launched at BTS23. This report explores the initiative's background and the passion of the many people behind it.

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 J4 Tipper Code and AVE scheme need NHVR intervention

2 August 23

HVIA has written to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to plead for a postponement of VSB6 updates including the new J4 Tipper Code.

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Department finalises Recall Rectification Benchmarks

2 August 23

Now that the implementation of the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) is complete the Department of Infrastructure has published recall rectification benchmarks which are designed to promote a shared understanding of the Department's expectations regarding recall performance.

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Flashback: 2022 HVIA Community Leadership Award

2 August 23

With nominations currently open for HVIA’s 2023 National Awards, we take a look back at last year’s Community Leadership Award, presented to Penske Australia for their support of Outback Futures.

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Record Keeping and Pay Slips

1 August 23

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), employers are obligated to keep complete and accurate records for each of the employer’s employees and provide certain information on pay slips.

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Can your workshop help with tech upgrades?

28 July 23

HVIA seeks expressions of interest from members with workshops/service facilities – to potentially assist with telematics system upgrades.

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Call for action on NHVR PBS Portal issues answered

27 July 23

On the eve of the round of HVIA State Committee meetings this month, members raised concerns regarding a recent and unannounced change to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s PBS Portal.

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RVSA Compliance and Enforcement Strategy

26 July 23

The Vehicle Safety Operations Branch of the Department of Infrastructure has released the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) Compliance and Enforcement Strategy 2023-26.

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Key points from HVIA’s mid-year State Committee meetings

26 July 23

The HVIA team has reported an excellent and productive mid-year round of State Committee meetings held in WA, QLD, NSW, and VIC this month.

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Busting the myths on truck width and road safety

26 July 23

While Australia eagerly awaits a decision by Federal transport ministers on reforms to Australia’s overall truck width limits, there has been some public commentary around the possible negative impacts of those increases, none of which have any merit.

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HVIA unveils Road Boss, the new industry magazine

26 July 23

HVIA has launched a new cross-media platform that offers members ongoing reach to the Brisbane Truck Show's highly engaged audience of industry decision-makers.

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Flashback: 2022 HVIA Product Innovation Award

26 July 23

With nominations currently open for HVIA’s 2023 National Awards, we take a look back at last year’s Product Innovation Award winner Knorr-Bremse.

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Celebrating leadership, talent and innovation

19 July 23

Nominations for the 2023 HVIA National Awards are now open - an opportunity to for members to celebrate the achievements of their organisations and the individuals who inspire their success.

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Flashback: 2022 Safety Innovation Award

19 July 23

With nominations currently open for HVIA’s 2023 National Awards, we take a look back at last year’s Safety Innovation Award winner Scania Australia.

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Are you getting the most from HVIA Employer Assist?

12 July 23

Over the last twelve months, many HVIA Members have made good use of our HR service, Employer Assist. But do your team know the service is available to them?

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HVIA supports members navigating exit of 3G

12 July 23

HVIA has been working with members involved in vehicle telematics, communications, and data ahead of the Australia-wide 3G network shutdown in mid-2024.

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First Report on Coupling Strength Project

12 July 23

For the last year, HVIA has been part of a collaborative investigation into dynamic loads on couplings fitted to heavy High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFV) and PBS combinations.

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Regulatory impacts on the agenda for State Committee Meetings

12 July 23

Critical regulatory issues that continue to impact members dominate the agenda for this month's round of HVIA State Committee Meetings, commencing tomorrow in Melbourne.

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RVSA transition complete – where to next?

5 July 23

We are now into the new financial year and the transition process from the Motor Vehicle Standards Act to the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) is now complete; all vehicles entering the Australian Market must comply with the RVSA rules from now on.

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Changing of the guard: ATA, ALRTA & NTC

5 July 23

HVIA has welcomed the arrival of new Australian Trucking Association Chief Executive Mathew Munro this week, along with new CEO appointments for ALRTA and the NTC.

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HVIA welcomes the simplification of ROVER applications

28 June 23

The Department of Infrastructure has advised that it will remove the need for applicants to attach an extract or complete copy of UN approval documents to their applications.

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Resistance on electrical licences for EV maintenance

28 June 23

HVIA has expressed concern with some recommendations in a paper by the Electrical Safety Office of WorkSafe Queensland that will be used to inform a Queensland Government response affecting the maintenance of electric heavy vehicles.

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Updated mechanical couplings standards for 2023

28 June 23

Standards Australia has published updated versions of mechanical couplings standards (AS/NZS 4968) for 2023.

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No slowing down

27 June 23

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has written to members reflecting on 2022-23 and outlining HVIA’s plans for the year ahead.

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Year in review 2022/23

27 June 23

In spite of a backdrop of ongoing supply chain issues, skills shortages, regulatory challenges, inflation and rising interest rates, Australia's heavy vehicle industry has powered ahead over the last year.

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2023 updated pay guides

26 June 23

New minimum rates apply to the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020 (Vehicle Award) and the Clerks Private Sector Award 2020 (Clerks Award), effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2023.

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NHVR rejects call for VSB6 implementation delay

21 June 23

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has rejected HVIA's calls for a delay to the implementation of updates to Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6), scheduled to commence on 1st July.

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How does your company compare?

14 June 23

The Australian Tax Office released its annual dataset last week, which reveals some fascinating insights about the typical Australian business and how Australia’s tax revenue is derived.

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King’s Birthday Honours for Transport Industry leaders

13 June 23

The King's Birthday 2023 Honours List, announced by the Governor General yesterday, recognised services to the heavy vehicle and road transport industry by a number of influential figures.

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International Men’s Health Week

12 June 23

This week, right around the world, International Men's Health Week is putting a focus on men's physical and mental health and emotional well-being.

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BTS 2023 unpacked – Truck Show Tech Tours

7 June 23

Over the course of the four days of the Brisbane Truck Show, Adam took several groups through some technical highlights of the show’s main hall. Here are some insights from the engine room.

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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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HVIA warns against jumping the gun on trailer width

1 June 23

The NHVR’s discussion paper, released today, explores options for implementing the Safer Freight Vehicle (SFV) reforms, which are yet to be finalised at the Federal level.

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Telematics seminars video 

31 May 23

The "What’s New in Telematics" seminar presented by Transport Certification Australia (TCA) and HVIA at the Brisbane Truck Show is now available to watch online.

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Warning – One Month to Go – MVSA end date in sight

26 May 23

The Department of Infrastructure has recently circulated the latest guidance material as the end of the transition from the Motor Vehicle Standards Act (MVSA) to the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) transition approached.

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Invaluable BTS23 HHTS Partnership outcomes

24 May 23

HVIA partnered with Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds as the Official Charity Partner of the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show, and utilised every opportunity to promote positive messaging around mental health and well-being.

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BTS23 opened with a wonderful who’s who

24 May 23

300 leaders of industry attended the BTS23 BP Official Opening Breakfast. The event featured an array of entertainment and inspiration that kicked the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show off to the very best of starts.

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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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New Award Shutdown Provisions in place

22 May 23

New shutdown provisions have taken effect in many awards this month, including the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award, Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award and Clerks – Private Sector Award.

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BTS23 attendance record smashed

21 May 23

The doors have closed on the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show following a record turnout from the heavy vehicle and road freight industries and our friends and family from the length and breadth of Australia and further afield

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Caltex joins HVIA as Principal Partner

17 May 23

Australian fuels and lubricants icon Caltex has joined Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia as a Principal Partner alongside NTI and Wurth. Caltex is a global brand owned by Chevron, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies which has been present in Australia for more than 70 years.

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BTS23 Showcasing Record Number of Truck Makes and Models

17 May 23

Buoyed by record demand for new trucks over the past 18 months, an all-time high 16 OEMs representing some 23 brands are showcasing their vehicles at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show.

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HVIA pledge for National Road Safety Week 2023

15 May 23

Ahead of this week's Brisbane Truck Show, organiser HVIA has taken the Road Safety Pledge as part of National Road Safety Week 2023, which marks its 10th anniversary this week.

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HVIA praises skills investment in Labor’s first full-year Budget

10 May 23

The Labor Government’s first full-year Budget presents opportunities for the heavy vehicle industry, however, “leaves us wanting” in other areas according to Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia.

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Australia needs a National Zero Emission Truck Strategy

4 May 23

The freight and transport industry has called on the Australian Government to develop and implement a Zero Emission Truck Strategy. HVIAA has joined forces with the ATA, the Electric Vehicle Council and the Australian Hydrogen Council to advocate for government direction and support that goes beyond the government’s first National Electric Vehicle Strategy launched last week

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PACCAR Australia appoints new Managing Director

3 May 23

HVIA has welcomed PACCAR Australia's appointment of new Managing Director, Damian Smethurst, and congratulated his predecessor on his contribution to industry.

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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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New guidance for PBS access at greater masses

3 May 23

The NHVR’s new guidance replaces previously published advice relating to Tier 2 and 3 assessments and guides operators through the process of applying for a PBS permit under the Tier 2/3 bridge assessment option.

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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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BTS23 Seminar: What’s new in telematics?

26 April 23

With over thirty different technology providers exhibiting at the next month's Brisbane Truck Show, a reasonable question from any attendee might be ‘What’s New in Telematics?’

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Urgent regulatory changes needed to support zero-emissions heavy vehicles

19 April 23

The heavy vehicle industry’s position on the regulatory changes needed to support next generation Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs) is clear but needs urgent action by the Government and its policy and regulatory agencies.

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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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VSB6 v3.2 update

18 April 23

Following last week’s Talk the Torque article on the implementation date for the new version of VSB6, HVIA received important feedback from members regarding the new ‘J4’ modification code for tipper bodies.

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Low-Speed Swept Path and Tail Swing options paper

17 April 23

As part of an on-going review of the PBS standards that kicked off in 2019, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has released a detailed options paper that explores possible improvements to the PBS low speed turning performance standard, and its related performance measures.

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WA Main Roads heavy vehicle industry workshops

17 April 23

Heavy Vehicle Services (HVS) department of Main Roads Western Australia has announced a new series of regional workshops for 2023.

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Under pressure – regulated axle load limits

12 April 23

The sheer volume of industry and stakeholder discussions on zero emission trucks is overwhelming, yet one clear theme is emerging – current axle load limitations may completely strangle efforts to decarbonise the industry if not addressed.

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NHVR publishes VSB6 v 3.2 and commencement date

12 April 23

VSB6 Version 3.2 includes new information on tipper body design, tow truck design and box or top hat chassis section modifications, plus updates to existing codes.,

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NHVR discusses online systems developments

12 April 23

HVIA Chief Technical Officer Adam Ritzinger recently caught up with John Barry, NHVR’s Digital Products Manager, to discuss how developments to the NHVR’s online portal will assist the transport industry.

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New regulatory advice for safety technologies and telematics

12 April 23

The NHVR has released guidance on best-practice safety technologies and telematics for CoR parties to meet primary duty obligations under the HVNL.

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Ritzinger talks CoR with ITC at TA23

5 April 23

HVIA’s Chief Technical Officer Adam Ritzinger talked Chain of Responsibility (CoR) technologies at the first ATA Industry Technical Council meeting for 2023.

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Economist briefs HVIA members pre-TA23

5 April 23

On the eve of last week's Trucking Australia conference on the Sunshine Coast, HVIA organised for members attending the conference to hear from well-known economist Michael Pascoe. 

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HPFV network updates from Freight Victoria

5 April 23

Freight Victoria staff delivered a valuable update on Victoria’s High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) policy and networks for HVIA members this week.

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New guidance note: Moving from MVSA to RAV

29 March 23

The Department of infrastructure has just released updated the guidance material on Adding a vehicle manufactured and/or imported under the MVSA to the Register of Approved Vehicles.

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Takeaways from the first round

29 March 23

Several recurring viewpoints were expressed by HVIA members at State Committee meetings held in WA, QLD, NSW, and VIC this month.

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BTS23 special for HV101 online training

22 March 23

As a special offer for the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show, HV101 is currently available for just $29 per participant (down from $99).

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HVIA State Committee Meetings – WA and QLD

15 March 23

HVIA's first two State Committee Meetings for 2023 have enjoyed strong engagement from Members, with meetings in Sydney and Melbourne still to come.

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HVIA and NHVR techsperts tackling policy challenges

15 March 23

Newly-minted Chief Technical Officer, Adam Ritzinger, and Manager of Member Engagement, Harrison Hunkin are on the case for HVIA members.

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International Women’s Day 2023: #EmbraceEquity

8 March 23

Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every organisation's DNA. HVIA is celebrating International Women’s Day and we are exploring how we can embrace the 2023 theme: Embrace Equity.

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Big agenda in a big year – and we need you!

8 March 23

On the back of reportedly record business for much of the heavy vehicle industry over the last year or more, it is hard to paint 2023 as being something extraordinary - but it is. HVIA's state committees are here to help navigate your way through it.

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Technology transforming Performance Based Standards

1 March 23

In this edition of ‘The Tech’s Files’, HVIA’s monthly series that explores topical technical issues impacting the trucking industry, we’re looking at the possibility of technology transforming the future of the NHVR’s Performance Based Standards (PBS).

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Proposed Recall Rectification Targets

1 March 23

The Department of Infrastructure has proposed benchmarks for recall rectification to provide “suggested timeframes for industry to progress and complete voluntary recalls.”

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HVIA cautiously optimistic towards PBS 2.0

22 February 23

The PBS scheme should be better used as a mechanism for promoting the uptake of safer high-productivity vehicles according to HVIA.

The comments form part of HVIA’s submission responding to the NHVR’s Performance Based Standards (PBS) 2.0 discussion paper, and follow extensive consultation with HVIA members and stakeholders.

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Review the Australian Dangerous Goods code first since 2007

22 February 23

The National Transport Commission is conducting a full review of the Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code, which will be the first since the current edition was released in 2007.  

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ADR now in place for Euro VI and some EV’s

21 February 23

ADR 80/04 adopting Euro VI and equivalent standards for heavy vehicles has now been signed and can now be accessed on the Federal Register of Legislation. 

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Queensland announces trials for heavy-duty BEV

15 February 23

Queensland's Palaszczuk Government is backing Volvo trials of two heavy battery-powered trucks 3-axle prime movers, operating at a gross weight of 44,000 kg.

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Swedish Royalty and the EV revolution

15 February 23

Australian and Swedish experts shared views on best practices to fully leverage electrification on the path to net-zero at a special forum hosted by the Australian National University this week.

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BTS23 deliver value for new National Road Safety Action Plan

8 February 23

HVIA says the Government’s latest National Road Safety Strategy takes important steps forward in ensuring that Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet adopts available technologies to improve safety outcomes for every member of the community.

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New ADR’s proposed for BEV and FCEV

1 February 23

Proposed new ADR's cover electric power train safety requirements and safety related performance for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

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HVIA draft submission – PBS 2.0 Discussion Paper

1 February 23

HVIA has circulated its draft submission on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s PBS 2.0 Discussion Paper for review by members.

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Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave

1 February 23

Starting on 1 February 2023, non-small business employers (employers with 15 or more employees) must provide their employees with 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave each year.

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Harrison Hunkin joins the HVIA team

1 February 23

HVIA welcomes Harrison Hunkin to the team as our new Membership Manager. Harrison is not exactly a new face, as he has spent most of the last year working closely with HVIA members and other Brisbane Truck Show exhibitors.

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Queensland harmonises telematics rules with other jurisdictions

23 January 23

The harmonisation of Queensland’s telematics rules brings the state in line other jurisdictions for various types of restricted access vehicles heavy vehicles, principally HML vehicles in New South Wales.

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It’s not too late to have your say on PBS 2.0

18 January 23

HVIA’s Greg Forbes says the level of member engagement on the NHVR's PBS 2.0 discussion paper shows how important the scheme is to the heavy vehicle industry.

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ClubBTS 2023 – a winner with the truck show’s biggest fans

18 January 23

VIP passes are exclusively for Brisbane Truck Show exhibitors to “gift” to their clients and prospects; But the general public can’t buy them – and it would devalue them if they could.

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Advocacy delivers improvements to NHVR notice for HVIA members

18 January 23

The NHVR has responded to HVIA member feedback with practical improvements to resources accompanying its Class 3 Truck and Dog notice.

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PBS 2.0 – HVIA member workshop

11 January 23

HVIA is leading the charge in response to the NHVR’s recently released the ”PBS 2.0” – a discussion paper on the future of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme.

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Reaping the rewards of BTS23 Preview Magazine investment

11 January 23

Brisbane Truck Show exhibitors who invested in advertising and editorial for the new BTS23 Special Souvenir Preview magazine are getting much more bang for their buck than perhaps many had realised.

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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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NHVR’s post flooding safety check

1 January 23

Any vehicle impacted by flooding should be scheduled for a thorough inspection by an appropriately trained person.

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HVIA reflections and aspirations 

20 December 22

The end of year is a good time to take stock. It is also a good time to take a look at the opportunities for the year ahead.

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trucksales.com.au partners with 2023 Brisbane Truck Show

12 December 22

Market-leading transport media outlet trucksales.com.au has penned an exclusive agreement to be the key promotional partner of the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show

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$16m grant open for Urea manufacture and supply

11 December 22

The Australian Government is inviting applications for the Maintaining Our Supply of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) Program grant.

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ARENA grant to co-fund Australia’s largest EV truck fleet

7 December 22

One of Australia’s busiest logistics providers is set to embark on Australia’s largest heavy vehicle electrification project at its western Sydney depot.

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Employer Assist: Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill

7 December 22

On 2 December, The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 (Bill) passed Parliament.

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Welcome to the HVIA team – Adam Ritzinger

30 November 22

HVIA is delighted to announce Adam Ritzinger has been appointed as the new Chief Technical Officer.

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Gala Dinner honour, glamour and connection

27 November 22

HVIA's long-awaited return to hosting an annual gala dinner lived up to hopes and expectations and then some.

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2022 HVIA National Award winners

27 November 22

HVIA’s prestigious National Awards were presented in front of a full house at a Gala Dinner held at the Emporium South Brisbane last Friday night.

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Winkless and Cowell’s vast contributions to industry recognised

27 November 22

The HVIA Board bestows the Industry Recognition Award occassionally to honour lifetime achievements on behalf of the heavy vehicle industry.

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50 Years of Membership – SGESCO-MAX

27 November 22

SGESCO-MAX were honoured for 50 years of continuous membership at HVIA's Gala Awards Dinner on Friday night at the Emporium Hotel South Brisbane.

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Truck and dog notice forum success

23 November 22

The Class 3 Truck and Dog Notice created a stir on its release but has gone on to be the catalyst for great industry-regulator collaboration.

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NHVR releases PBS version 2 Discussion Paper

23 November 22

The NHVR has proposed a series of significant reforms in its long-awaited discussion paper on PBS 2.0.

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Expanded tyre choice brings greater flexibility to PBS operators

15 November 22

From 1 December 2022, Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles will be able to use a broader range of tyres, enabling the PBS scheme to better support and promote the next generation of smarter, safer and more productive vehicles.

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Webinar: the NHVR’s Class 3 truck and dog notice

9 November 22

HVIA and the NHVR have agreed that HVIA will organise a Webinar that will allow the allow members to engage with the NHVR and seek clarity on what can and can’t be done under the existing Class 3 truck and dog notice.

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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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HVIA National Awards – Eastern Region finalists

9 November 22

Following the announcement of HVIA’s National Awards finalists from the association’s Southern region a couple of weeks ago, we now take pleasure in revealing the remaining finalists head of HVIA's Gala Awards Dinner on Friday 25 November 2022.

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Limited-edition BTS23 Souvenir Preview Magazine is ready

2 November 22

How about a Brisbane Truck Show Souvenir Preview Magazine in your letterbox? The glossy magazine is bigger than any previous show program at 128 pages, chock-a-block with informative features, ensuring visitors get the most out of the highly anticipated show.

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Sunny tracker – All roads lead to Brisbane

2 November 22

In the lead-up to the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show, Sunny, the Brisbane Truck Show mascot, will be dropping through to visit as many of the near-300 exhibitors as possible, criss-crossing the country.

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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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Join us for HVIA’s National Awards Gala Dinner

2 November 22

The HVIA Gala Awards Dinner returns to Brisbane’s stunning Emporium Hotel South Bank on Friday 25th November 2022.

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Industry comes together to declare EV future

31 October 22

HVIA has joined with over one hundred organisations to declare our support for the Australian Government to push ahead with the National Electric Vehicle Strategy.

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Wurth Join HVIA as Principal Partner

28 October 22

Wurth Australia have joined the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) as a Principal Partner, aligning their reputation for exceptional service and quality with Australia’s peak industry association representing manufacturers and suppliers of trucks, trailers, components, equipment and technology.

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HVIA Awards national finalists – Melbourne

27 October 22

HVIA’s National Awards from the association's Southern region were acknowledged in front of an audience of industry leaders in Melbourne last week.

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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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HVIA on Government’s National Electric Vehicle Strategy

26 October 22

The draft National Electric Vehicle Strategy represents a positive step for the Albanese Government, but requires a lot more detail to succeed in its implementation according to HVIA.

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EnergyAustralia outlines plans to support heavy vehicle electrification 

25 October 22

HVIA partner EnergyAustralia has outlined plans to support heavy vehicle electrification by working with heavy vehicle and bus operators to plan and build the infrastructure to charge their fleet. 

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Assist Minister talks to HVIA member execs on EV future

25 October 22

The Government is prioritising a strong working relationship with industry, Senator the Hon Anthony Chisholm, Assistant Minister for Regional Development, told attendees at the HVIA Executive Club Event held at Energy Australia’s headquarters in Melbourne last week.

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ROVER Release 8A and RAV outage

25 October 22

UPDATED - The ROVER outage is now from 4 pm AEDT on Thursday 3 November to 9 am AEDT on Tuesday 8 November 2022. The RAV will be unavailable 12 pm AEDT on Thursday 3 November to 9 am AEDT on Tuesday 8 November 2022.

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HVIA AGM details successful year

24 October 22

The HVIA Annual General Meeting was held at the Australian headquarters of new HVIA Principal Partner Wurth last Thursday.

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2022 Executive Club hosted by Energy Australia – photo gallery

24 October 22

HVIA's Executive Club met for a very special event in Melbourne last week, hosted by HVIA Supporting Parttner Energy Australia. The event featured presentations to those finalists of HVIA's National Awards based in the Southern region.

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50 years of building Volvo trucks in Australia

19 October 22

A huge congratulatons to all at Volvo Trucks Australia on celebrating 50 years of building trucks in Volvo’s Wacol plant in Brisbane, past and present.

Volvo Group Australia has created a great legacy, honoured now by an exciting and admirable commitment to a future of sustainable road freight transport and heavy vehicle manufacturing in Australia.

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HVIA welcomes new NHVR Board

19 October 22

HVIA has welcomed the appointment of Patrick Conlon to the NHVR Board, along with the re-appointment of Deputy Chair Julie Russell and board member Catherine Scott for a second term.

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HVIA’s longtime CTO Paul Caus is moving on

19 October 22

HVIA Chief Technical Officer Paul Caus is departing this week after six and a half years providing high quality technical and regulatory advice to HVIA members.

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Albanese Government confirms new emissions standards for trucks and buses

13 October 22

HVIA has congratulated the Albanese Government on today’s announcement confirming the introduction of ADR80/04 – the Australian standard that brings our emissions standards in line with Euro 6. 

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The long overdue next step to keep pace with world emissions standards

11 October 22

Believe it or not we live in a first world country, not just a distant colonial outpost. Why then has it taken an additional eight years for our engine emissions regulations to catch up with Europe?

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Removing red tape on PBS applications

11 October 22

The NHVR will be introducing changes to the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme Vehicle Approval (VA) document to reduce administrative burden for industry and provide a better customer experience.

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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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Ten days in Hanover

5 October 22

IAA Transportation 2022 was the long-awaited return of what is more commonly referred to as the “Hanover Truck Show.” After four years of tumbleweeds the spectacular event was back – not bigger, but certainly with an exciting new story to tell.

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Two decades of NTI data highlights truck safety improvements

5 October 22

While there has 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. A combination of tighter government regulation and industry investment in safety, technology, professional development and leadership has improved road safety.

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NHVR introduce Truck and Dog Mass and Dimension exemptions

28 September 22

The NHVR has published a new Class 3 notice enabling 20m long 3 axle truck and 4 axle dog trailer mass to obtain mass and dimension exemptions.

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Fuel Tax Credit restored on 29 September

21 September 22

The Albanese Government this week announced that the Fuel Excise Tax Credit (FTC) will be increased and restored on the scheduled date of 29 September 2022. 

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Albanese Government acts on AdBlue

21 September 22

The Australian Government has committed to create a national stockpile of diesel exhaust fluid to avert a repeat of the AdBlue experienced earlier this year that threatened to cripple Australian road freight transport.

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HVIA at IAA TRANSPORTATION

21 September 22

HVIA's Kay Marco and Steve Power are currently in Hanover Germany for IAA TRANSPORTATION, the world's largest truck show.

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HVIA Gala Awards Events Return

14 September 22

The HVIA Gala Awards Dinner is back with a welcome return to Brisbane's stunning Emporium Hotel South Bank on 25th November.

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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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Will you appear in the BTS23 Special Preview magazine?

14 September 22

Bookings for the all-new 2023 Brisbane Truck Show Preview Magazine close next Friday, 23 September.

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Award nomination effort returned in spades

7 September 22

If your team deserves a pat on the back for their efforts this last year, take the time to nominate them for one of the five categories.
We did extend the nomination date, but it closes this Friday 9 September, so don’t spare the horses.

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Long slow path to PBS reform finally taking shape

7 September 22

It has been a long time coming, but the necessary pieces of the puzzle for the future of PBS are finally coming together.

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Grattan Truck Report misses the easy wins and ignores key obstacles

31 August 22

The Grattan Institute’s new “Grattan Truck Plan”has made headlines this week with its controversial calls for city-wide bans on pre-2003 diesel engines, but misses out on easier opportunities to lower heavy vehicle emissions.

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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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Flashback: Community Leadership Award

31 August 22

The Community Leadership Award (sponsored by Moreton Hire) recognises HVIA Members which have engaged positively with the community.

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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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HVIA State Committees underway

24 August 22

The latest round of HVIA State Committee meetings are underway, with today's Sydney well-attended meeting the first to be held. It's not too late to attend.

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Flashback: Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award

24 August 22

Nominations are currently open for HVIA’s 2022 National Awards, we take a look back at last year’s Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award winner Matthew Longridge, thanks to the Langworthy family.

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Morris introduces new finance deal to help OEMs

16 August 22

Morris have developed an innovative new way to help OEMs during these turbulent times. Through HVIA, Morris now offer an exclusive finance product that treats building a truck or a trailer the same as building a house.

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Flashback: Apprentice of the Year

16 August 22

Nominations are currently open for HVIA’s 2022 National Awards, we take a look back at last year’s National Apprentice of the Year Award winner Daniel Steuten, thanks to sponsor Warby Tools.

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Flashback: Product Innovation Award

9 August 22

Nominations are currently open for HVIA’s 2022 National Awards, we take a look back at last year’s Product Innovation Award winner SEA Electric, thanks to sponsor NTI Australia.

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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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Flashback: Safety Innovation Award

3 August 22

With nominations currently open for HVIA's 2022 National Awards, we take a look back at last year's Safety Innovation Award winner Driverisk, thanks to sponsor SafeTstop.

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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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New regulatory advice for Restricted Access Vehicles

22 July 22

The NHVR's new regulatory advice, Obligations for Restricted Access Vehicles, is relevant to most HVIA members and in particular members who deliver RAV's to customers or are the consignor or consignee of goods delivered using a RAV.

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Time to recognise leaders, talent and innovation

20 July 22

Nominations for the 2022 HVIA National Awards have opened today.

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COVID-19 Update

20 July 22

HVIA members are encouraged to take proactive steps to keep their workforce safe and to ensure business continuity, following recent warnings by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and the Chief Medical Officer, Mr Paul Kelly.

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The attraction of good traction

13 July 22

HVIA’s “Safety Through Education” project is starting to gather pace with two ambitious “best practice” courses in the works with support from the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Federal Government.

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New PBS Notice is progress – but not the end goal

6 July 22

A new Performance Based Standards (PBS) class 2 notice will introduce more nationally consistent conditions for road trains, supporting more seamless cross-border access and dramatically reducing requirements for permits.

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Coupling evaluation project progresses

5 July 22

The industry's collaborative coupling evaluation project is gathering pace now that significant challenges have been overcome, thanks to contributions from several HVIA members.

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HV101 has now made it easy to manage group bookings

4 July 22

HVIA Training's popular online induction course HV101, is now much easier to manage for group bookings.

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Reflections and ambitions

29 June 22

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has written to members reflecting on 2021-22 and outlining HVIA’s plans for the year ahead.

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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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2022 Increases to Vehicle Award and Clerks Award Rates

29 June 22

The minimum rates in these Guides apply to the Vehicle Repair, Services and Retail Award 2020 (Vehicle Award) and the Clerks Private Sector Award 2020 (Clerks Award) and are effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 JULY 2022.

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New Brisbane Truck Show magazines

28 June 22

In a bold new initiative, the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show will feature two high quality magazines including a Special Preview Issue in addition to the Official Show Program.

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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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2021-22 Annual Wage Review Decision Announced

15 June 22

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 5.2% increase to the national minimum wage and a 4.6% increase to award minimum wages (subject to a minimum increase of $40 per week for full time adult employees) following its 2021-2022 annual wage review.

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HVIA Board Welcomes New Directors

14 June 22

HVIA has appointed Penske’s Craig Lee and leading engineering consultant Robert Smedley to fill vacancies on its Board of Management.

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New NRSPP Toolbox Talk – Fatigue

13 June 22

The National Road Safety Partnership Program’s (NRSPP) Toolbox Talks are an effective and cost-efficient way to communicate information and knowledge about driving safety, health and safety, and operational issues within a workplace.

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HVIA-LITE Skills & Training Working Group

8 June 22

The HVIA-LITE skills and training working group kicked off yesterday with a combination of HVIA members and representatives from registered training organisations looking to determine skills and training priorities to prepare the industry’s readiness to work with electric heavy vehicles.

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Who’s who in Australia’s new Government Ministry?

8 June 22

With a combination of vast experience and new faces, these Ministers in the new Labor Government will play vital roles in enabling the productivity of Australia's heavy vehicle industry over coming years.

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Is cloning ROVER the answer to VTA delays?

7 June 22

During the latest round of State committees one of the Road Vehicles Standards Act problems  HVIA has been discussing with members has been the problems caused by slow processing of VTA’s and variations.

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CEO Report – June 2022

1 June 22

After a long week of counting and recounting, Australia now knows the composition of the 47th Australian Parliament, its Ministry and, in a short time, will also know the make-up of the shadow Ministry under the leadership team of the Hon Peter Dutton MP and new Nationals leader the Hon David Littleproud MP.

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Preparing for Annual Wage Review

1 June 22

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) is scheduled to announce its 2021-2022 annual wage review (Decision). Following the wage review, the FWC may announce a wage increase before 1 July 2022

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HVIA Congratulates Albanese Government

24 May 22

HVIA congratulates the Australian Labor Party on forming Government under new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the new Government has put forward a policy platform that has the potential to revitalise Australian manufacturing.

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Thank you to outgoing Government

23 May 22

HVIA has commended the outgoing Government on its open door to the heavy vehicle industry, and its guidance of the country through the worst of the COVID pandemic.
Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the Government had been particularly collaborative as the country grappled with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Report Card: ALP and LNP survey results are in

19 May 22

UPDATED: We all know that a strong heavy vehicle industry is vital for a resilient Australia. As we all prepare to head to the ballot box, HVIA asked the major parties to consider, and respond to, our election policy priorities.

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The countdown is on – One year until BTS23!

18 May 22

365 days until the doors open for the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show, which will return to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre next May 18 – 21. HVIA’s National Events Manager Noelene Bradley says the response from exhibitors has been overwhelming.

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National Road Safety Week 2022

16 May 22

This week is National Road Safety Week. With the 2022 Federal Election taking place on Saturday, we are asking the next Australian Government to commit to action by improving the uptake of heavy vehicle road safety related technologies.

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Federal Election 2022: Skills & Jobs priorities

11 May 22

Ten days until the Federal election and there is still every reason to think it is going to be tight. Right now we are sitting on some extraordinarily low unemployment figures – which in of itself is great. But – as an industry – we need the Government to be invested in helping us fill a gaping skills shortage.

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Strapped in for TA22 Load restraint forum

11 May 22

Load restraint is the core safety issue at the centre of every trucking business, yet it is still tarred by controversy and frustration. HVIA facilitated a Load Restraint Masterclass at last week’s Trucking Australia ’22 conference, and the well-attended session prompted strong engagement from a passionate audience of industry leaders.

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HVIA-LITE: Collaborating to understand EV duty cycles

11 May 22

HVIA’s LITE Project steering committee met with the Queensland Transport and Logistics Council (QTLC) and the authors of their report “Addressing barriers to zero emissions trucks in Queensland to 2025,” to discuss its recommendations for stakeholders from the heavy vehicle industry; in particular the need to understand the duty cycles of heavy vehicles as a key to identifying the applications where zero emission heavy vehicles (ZEHV) can be successfully deployed.

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HVIA Royal Pines 9-hole Teams Shootout – not a Major but a major success

10 May 22

Well, it’s been a while since we’ve been able to host an HVIA golf day, however based on the success of last week’s HVIA Royal Pines 9-hole Shootout, it won’t be something that falls off the calendar again in any hurry. What a great afternoon!

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New Tool Box Talks – Bringing safety conversations to life

6 May 22

The National Road Safety Partnership Program’s (NRSPP) collaborative Heavy Vehicle Toolbox Talk (HVTBT) project has developed a range of TBTs to help organisations deliver engaging safety messages on topics relevant to heavy vehicle drivers’ daily tasks. HVIA is proud to have partnered with NRSPP on its industry project working group.

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Is it really the right time to lower the heat on Australia’s hot economy?

4 May 22

There is no doubt that inflation is stinging, and the Government and our financial regulators need every available control at their disposal to have any chance of taking pressure off, but is this week's base interest rate rise the right lever to pull?

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Federal Election 2022: Realistic policies that will really lower emissions 

4 May 22

HVIA has called for the next Government to respond and act in four major policy areas: safety, manufacturing and productivity, skills & jobs, and sustainability: energy security and the environment

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ACCC allows AdBlue collaboration to continue

3 May 22

The ACCC has extended its special authorisation for AdBlue manufacturers collaboration with industry participants to obtain supply of refined urea and prioritise distribution of refined urea and AdBlue should shortages emerge.

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Expedition Truck to be raffled for MND research

28 April 22

To celebrate borders being open and a sense of adventure, the latest vehicle to be raffled off for Motor Neurone Disease research is in fact two – a truck and a motorhome.

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This is no time for personality politics

27 April 22

Next month’s Federal election is being fiercely contested in marginal seats around the country. Though even the most traditionally secure seats cannot be taken for granted. Every vote will make a difference to the outcome.

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You can help unlock access to Australian Standards

20 April 22

Industry groups from across Australia are getting behind a petition to make to Australian Standards more accessible.

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Reversing Technologies Consultation RIS

13 April 22

A consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) examining the case for introducing a new mandatory standard for the installation of reversing technologies to new vehicles has been released.

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Have your say in HVIA’s 2022 Federal Election campaign

6 April 22

The 2022 Federal election presents an unprecedented opportunity for the priorities of the heavy vehicle industry to make front-page news.

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RVS transition period extended

6 April 22

The Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) transitional period has been extended by 12 months until 30 June 2023, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications has advised.

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HVIA-LITE looking at industry EV training needs

6 April 22

In the early stages of the rollout of electric heavy vehicles in Australia, truck manufacturers have been working closely with specific local companies on the fitment of aftermarket bodies, tail lifts and other equipment, however it won’t be a niche market for long.

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HVIA welcomes Budget 2022 skills announcements

30 March 22

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia has commended the Government’s focus on jobs, skills and training in the 2022 Budget announced last night.

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Budget 2022: Everything you need to know

30 March 22

HVIA CEO Todd Hacking said the budget contains a lot for HVIA members to work with.

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Employer Assist: Guide to Performance Management

29 March 22

Here is a quick guide to performance managing your employees in accordance with the principles of procedural fairness.

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R U OK? in Trucks & Sheds

29 March 22

‘R U OK? in Trucks and Sheds’ is a collaboration between R U OK? and Healthy Heads in Trucks & Sheds aimed at ensuring people in the road transport, warehousing and logistics industries know when and how to meaningfully connect and genuinely ask “are you OK?”

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Hydrogen superhighway to link eastern states

25 March 22

Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have announced a landmark tri-state collaboration on a renewable hydrogen refuelling network for heavy transport and logistics along Australia’s eastern seaboard. 

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Our pathway to electromobility

23 March 22

The HVIA-LITE project driving committee is working to identify and resolve a wide array of issues including standards, legislative and access requirements, workplace and operational safety, repairs and maintenance, technical and emergency support, skills and training, energy supply and more.

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Vale Larry Gill

21 March 22

News of the passing of Offroad Trucks Australia founder and owner, Larry Gill, on Saturday 12th March, has saddened the heavy vehicle industry.

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Assistance for flood affected small businesses in SE Queensland

16 March 22

Your business may be eligible for financial assistance under the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements administered by the Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA).

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Industry welcomes $40 million investment to improve regional bridges

16 March 22

HVIA has welcomed the Government's commitment to invest a further $40 million for upgrades to bridges on regional roads.

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Sponsorship opportunity to get in front of transport industry leaders

16 March 22

This is your opportunity to get in front of the transport industry’s most engaged leaders in a great social environment.

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HVIA welcomes Advanced Emergency Braking ADR’s

9 March 22

HVIA has welcomed two new Australian Design Rules (ADR) mandating Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) on heavy vehicles.

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Blowout in heavy vehicle access permits at crisis point

9 March 22

Hundreds of PBS heavy vehicles are parked up, sitting idle, instead of working to keep Australia moving - all because of behind-the-scenes bureaucratic bungling.

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Stepping back after forty-four years

7 March 22

HVIA Director Ken Cowell has sold his road transport consultancy business but has stopped short of retiring from the heavy vehicle industry just yet.

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HVIA supporting Trucking Australia ’22

2 March 22

HVIA will be delivering a Load Restraint Masterclass at Trucking Australia '22, the ATA’s national conference coming to the Gold Coast in May.

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HVIA Members affected by devastating floods

2 March 22

The impact of this week’s devasting floods across South East Queensland and NSW is still unfolding.

We know that a substantial number of HVIA members have been hit hard by what has been a harrowing and confronting experience.

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New ARENA funding for commercial fleets

21 February 22

The newly expanded $250 million Future Fuels Fund to support support the uptake of low and zero emissions commercial vehicles over the next four years.

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Pilbara urea project could deliver 96% of Australia’s needs

16 February 22

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce told Parliament during Question Time today that the proposed $4.3 billion Perdaman Urea Project will be capable of delivering 96% of the urea required for Australian needs.

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New freight insights on Australia’s supply chains

16 February 22

New data is available in the Government’s Supply Chain Benchmarking Dashboard, further helping freight operators and the businesses they support to improve their operations and save on costs.

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HVIA Royal Pines 9-Hole Teams Shootout

15 February 22

In conjunction with ATA's Trucking Australia, 4-6 May, HVIA will be hosting a 9 Hole Ambrose Golf Day at RACV Royal Pines.

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CEO Report to February State Committees

9 February 22

The start of 2022 has been turbulent for many. It has tested the resolve and agility of our members, who time after time have shown incredible resilience. 

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Everyone is a winner when women return to work

9 February 22

Career Revive is a program of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, supporting employers to attract and retain women returning to work after a career break.

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Deductibility of COVID-19 tests

9 February 22

he government announced on 7 February 2022 that they will ensure COVID-19 testing expenses are tax deductible for testing taken to attend a place of work.

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Industry Investigates Coupling Strength

2 February 22

A new project investigating dynamic loads on couplings has been funded by the Commonwealth Government's Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative to fill a gap in knowledge and provide evidence to update relevant Standards and Rules.

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Director John Thompson retires from HVIA Board

2 February 22

HVIA Director John Thompson has stepped down from his position as HVIA Director following the sale and handover of his interests in Borcat Trailers Pty Ltd to long term business partner Paul Gallagher.

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Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) direct orders

25 January 22

HVIA is working with Australian company Croft Group to make commercial quantities of TGA approved Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) available for purchase by HVIA members and stakeholders.

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More to be done to secure supply as AdBlue production ramps up

25 January 22

Fertiliser manufacturer Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL) has ramped up its production of AdBlue by around 800 per cent, bolstering diesel exhaust fluid supplies for Australia’s transport sector, but there are important lessons that need to be acted upon before we are out of the woods.

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COVID-19: leave entitlements during quarantine and self-isolation

24 January 22

With the rising number of positive COVID19 cases, Employer Assist is receiving enquiries from members about leave entitlements for employees who are absent from work because they have COVID-19, are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 or are getting tested.

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Happy New Year and welcome back

19 January 22

Between the tenuous supply chain, absenteeism and general disruption, fatigue and frustration, many have been doing it tough already in 2022. No doubt there will be more bumps before we enjoy any smooth sailing, but we are in this together.

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NHVR’s new safety campaign to educate young drivers

19 January 22

The NHVR has launched a new major road safety awareness campaign targeting Learner (L) and Provisional (P) licence holders.

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Final call for comments on VSB6 Code for tipping bodies

18 January 22

Join HVIA to discuss the second consultation draft of the proposed new VSB6 Section J code for tipping bodies, released in late December.

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Roadmap to implementing an effective Safety Management System

18 January 22

The NHVR's 9 Step SMS Roadmap gives structured information and direction that guides you through each step of developing a SMS, implementing it with your management and staff, and extracting safety improvements as part of its day-to-day use.

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Heavy vehicle industry committed to keeping supply chain moving

14 January 22

Australia’s heavy vehicle Industry has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the freight industry through ongoing supply chain issues.

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Emergency Management Australia driving industry collaboration on AdBlue

12 January 22

Stocks of AdBlue are now steadily improving across priority sites and localised production has been ramping up at an ever-increasing rate.

Emergency Management Australia worked with the ACCC for an exemption to allow AdBlue manufacturers, suppliers and other stakeholders to collaborate without breaching Competition Laws.

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Guidance for a best-practice COVID-19 Policy

12 January 22

At our 2021 AGM, HVIA members were advised by guest speaker Robert King, Partner of Cornwalls Law, that having a COVID-19 Policy is considered workplace best practice. HVIA has now published a guide to help our members navigate the contents of a COVID-19 policy.

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Australia’s new road safety strategy

10 January 22

Ambitious targets to reduce road deaths by 50 per cent and serious injuries by 30 per cent underpin the National Road Safety Strategy 2021-30, putting Australia on the path to achieve zero deaths and serious injuries by 2050 (Vision Zero).

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Vehicle Type Approval opt-in period is over

10 January 22

The opt-in period which allowed Vehicle Type Approval holders to convert their approvals to Type Approvals finished on 31 December 2021.

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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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AdBlue supply breakthrough

20 December 21

The Federal Government has announced a deal with Incitec Pivot to manufacture urea in Australia guaranteeing supply for local AdBlue manufacturers and relieving pressure on road transport operators.

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Consumer Guarantees and Supplier Indemnification Provisions under the spotlight

15 December 21

A new discussion paper, discussing the Consumer Guarantees and Supplier Indemnification Provisions under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), specifically looks at proposed changes related to new motor vehicles in response to high volumes of complaints.

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Festive Season Tool Box Talk – NRSPP

15 December 21

Before your team head away on holidays please take the time to prepare and deliver this insightful tool box talk with them. Please also share it with your clients - let's make sure everyone gets home safely these holidays.

This Festive Season drivers are urged to stay safe on our roads, taking note of the key risks involved with driving during the holidays period.

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The AdBlue ‘crisis’ is more of a wake-up call

9 December 21

The AdBlue ‘crisis’, as it being called, is more of a wake-up call than a catastrophe. If the worse case scenario eventuates – it is true that a substantial part of our road transport fleet could be grounded. However, the Government and industry’s collaborative efforts are already delivering some positive outcomes.

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Truck and trailer width review a long way from resolved

9 December 21

HVIA has welcomed news that proposed amendments to truck and trailer width will be circulated for comment and further explorations into their productivity and cost impact.

The proposed amendments are the result of the Safer Freight Vehicles reforms, a process that was begun by the national Transport Commission in March of this year.

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HVIA links with NRSPP as program partner

8 December 21

HVIA has formalised a partnership with the National Road Safety Partnership Program as a Program Partner agreeing to champion the benefits of road safety within its membership and externally.

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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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Keeping calm on AdBlue

3 December 21

As the security of future AdBlue supply concerns started to emerge,  rather than publicly call for action, HVIA set about trying to manage the issue behind the scenes.

Our fear was that any publicity would incite panic buying and exacerbate industry fears.

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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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Manufacturers told: don’t miss RVSA VTA opt-in deadline

27 November 21

The Department of Infrastructure has revealed that manufacturers have been very slow to take up the Vehicle Type Approval (VTA) opt-in. HVIA is concerned that busy manufacturers do not appreciate the consequences of letting this important administrative task slide.

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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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50 years of membership awards

22 November 21

Four companies were honoured with awards celebrating 50-years continuous membership at the 2021 HVIA National Awards Gala event held in Brisbane last week.

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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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2021 HVIA National Award winners

19 November 21

Winners of the 2021 HVIA National Awards were announced at a breakfast in Brisbane this morning and streamed around the country.

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Work-related fatalities in 2020 report released

17 November 21

Safe Work Australia has published the Work-related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2020 report, which provides the latest detailed national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured at work.   

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New ID requirement for directors

17 November 21

Company directors need to verify their identity as part of a new director director ID requirement.

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Advanced Emergency Braking ADR’s for Light Goods Vehicles legislated

10 November 21

Mandating Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) for light vehicles was identified as a priority in Future Steps of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 (NRSS) as well as a Priority Action of the National Road Safety Action Plan 2018-2020 (NRSAP).

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HVIA welcomes Government investment in Future Fuels infrastructure

9 November 21

HVIA has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of increased funding for infrastructure to support the rollout of battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.

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Meet the 2021 Peter Langworthy Future Award nominees

8 November 21

In honour of HVIA Past President and industry leader Peter Langworthy, the Future Leader Award is in recognition of Peter’s long-standing commitment to the mentoring of young people and supporting their development to leadership roles.

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How the Government’s statement at COP26 affects you

3 November 21

The Australian Government's 2021 Low Emissions Technology Statement goes some way to addressing the chicken and egg dilemma:

How will there be an adequate demand for the new technology if the energy supply and infrastructure isn't in place? And who will invest in the infrastructure if there isn't a market to support it?

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ABN is key to resolving VTA opt-in rejections

3 November 21

Vehicle type approval "opt-in" applications are now being processed more efficiently thanks to the use of applicants' ABN.

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Meet the 2021 Community Leadership Award nominees

3 November 21

HVIA’s Community Leadership Award (sponsored by Moreton Hire) recognises member community engagement, education, or other support initiative, or alternatively, whereby the community gains a benefit from a new innovation with tangible community benefits.

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PBS notice takes a step in the right direction

29 October 21

The heavy vehicle industry has welcomed the NHVR’s announcement of a new gazette notice that reduces reliance on permits for some Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles.

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Meet the 2021 HVIA Apprentice of the Year nominees

27 October 21

The HVIA Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Warby Tools) is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated advanced ability as they undergo their apprenticeship in a discipline related to heavy vehicle repair, service or the manufacturing sector.

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New PBS access notice provides permit-free travel

27 October 21

A new notice delivered by the NHVR will give eligible Performance Based Standards (PBS) vehicles immediate network access when they receive a vehicle approval with a Tier 1 bridge assessment.

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RVSA videos, webinars and issues portal

27 October 21

The Department of Infrastructure has created a YouTube channel with videos regarding the RVSA. The first one covers the opt-in process for Vehicle Type Approvals.

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BTS21 honoured with Australian Event Award

23 October 21

The 2021 Brisbane Truck Show was just announced as Best Live or Hybrid Congress, Conference or Exhibition at the Australian Event Awards.

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HVIA AGM sees NTI’s Tony Clark join Board

22 October 21

HVIA's hybrid 2021 Annual General Meeting featured the re-election of John Drake as President for a third term.

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Two Directors retiring from HVIA Board

20 October 21

This week's HVIA Annual General Meeting will see the compulsory retirement of two HVIA Directors.

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Discussion paper on new Fatigue Rules released

20 October 21

The National Transport Commission has released a discussion paper on proposed changes to the fatigue management rules under the heavy vehicle national law.

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2021 HVIA Chief Executive Officer’s Report

20 October 21

"I know it has been a challenging year, but I sincerely hope the next twelve months will see the pendulum shift as the country re-opens in a sensible way, once the vaccination rate hits the agreed target levels, and supply chain issues start to improve."

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2021 HVIA President’s Report

20 October 21

Despite the challenges, the HVIA team has continued to provide advice to members and timely and accurate advice to Government on lockdowns, border issues, vaccines, supply chains, investment allowances, raw material supply, and the availability of capital – all ensuring our industry’s voice is heard.

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2021 Safety Innovation Award Nominations

15 October 21

The HVIA Safety Innovation Award, sponsored by SafeTstop, allows HVIA members to either nominate a safety product, safety feature or safety system that has been brought to market or implemented to make a product(s) or workplace safer.

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2021 Product Innovation Award Nominations

13 October 21

HVIA’s Product Innovation Award (sponsored by NTI & Truck Assist) recognises HVIA Members who have designed and utilised new technology or built an innovative product to address the growing road freight task.

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Department urges early VTA opt-ins

13 October 21

While VTA opt-ins are technically available until 31 December, the Department of Infrastructure is urging vehicle manufacturers to get their opt-in submissions in before 1 December to ensure they are processed in time.

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NTC lays out consultation roadmap for HVNL

13 October 21

The National Transport Commission has laid out the road map for the consultation process on the Heavy Vehicle National Law with fatigue management the first cab off the rank.

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Vale Neil Tieman OAM

6 October 21

Heavy vehicle industry icon Neil Tieman OAM, the founder of Tieman Tankers has passed away at home aged 95. Neil started the business in 1953 from his backyard in Preston, Victoria.

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Victoria: Vaccination requirement for all authorised workers

1 October 21

All workers on the Authorised Worker list in Melbourne and regional Victoria will require their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday, 15 October in order to continue working onsite.

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October is National Safe Work Month

1 October 21

National Safe Work Month is a time to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.

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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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International symposium HVTT-17 coming to BTS23

10 September 21

The International Forum for Heavy Vehicle Transport and Technology will come to Brisbane for HVTT-17 on the eve of the 2023 Brisbane Truck Show.

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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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Austroads report to inform heavy vehicle road charging reforms

8 September 21

Austroads has published a series of reports detailing the findings of a project which has investigated different aspects of the requirements, gaps, and opportunities for supplying infrastructure data suitable for supporting a future heavy vehicle cost recovery and investment process.

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KPMG report points to slowing bounce back

8 September 21

KPMG's latest Debt Market Update report says Australia’s economic recovery was well underway in the first half of 2021 with signs of growth proving to be stronger than previously expected.

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We’ve all had the jab. How about you?

8 September 21

100% of the HVIA team have had at least one dose and 70% are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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HVIA welcomes new ATA CEO Michael Deegan

1 September 21

HVIA has welcomed the announcement of Michael Deegan as the Australian Trucking Association’s new CEO. HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said Mr Deegan’s track record set him up as a highly effective advocate for the road freight industry.

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Updated Freight Code to keep trucks moving

20 August 21

The updated Freight Code means workers crossing state and territory borders are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result in a rolling seven-day period,

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Model Reports for Heavy Trailers on the Agenda

18 August 21

Model Reports are a new tool that has been introduced by the Road Vehicles Standards Act to assist in demonstrating compliance with relevant standards.

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Latest COVID-19 business restrictions around Australia

17 August 21

The situation across Australia is evolving very quickly at the moment. Links below link directly to local authority websites.

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ROVER how-to videos other important RVSA and RAV info

4 August 21

The Department of Infrastructure has just released new guidance material for the RVSA including determinations, three ROVER “how to” videos, three new guides and information on assessment times for various transactions.

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Video’s OK, but your jab will mean more face-to-face

4 August 21

The sooner we reach the National Cabinet's vaccination targets, the sooner we can start planning face-to-face meetings and events with confidence.

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Industry Celebrates as PBS Tyre Changes Given Green Light

2 August 21

Trailer manufacturers, tyre manufacturers and suppliers, heavy vehicle operators and PBS assessors will all win once the decision by the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers Meeting (ITMM) to use generic tyre data in PBS assessments is fully implemented.

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Clarification on vehicle marking requirements for Heavy Trailers under RVSA

28 July 21

HVIA has obtained a quick response from the Department following an anomaly spotted by an HVIA member.

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National Cabinet charges transport ministers with removing border problems

24 July 21

“The truckies, they're doing a great job keeping Australia moving and we want to minimise that inconvenience for them,” the Prime Minister said: last night, following the National Cabinet meeting.

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2021 HVIA National Awards nominations now open

12 July 21

Nominations for the 2021 HVIA National Awards have opened today.

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RVSA in place but work still required

6 July 21

The Road Vehicle Standards Act is now in force and will increasingly play a large role in the activities of many HVIA members.

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ROVER has been let off the leash

1 July 21

The Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) has gone live this week following a much delayed, somewhat controversial development, and serious concerns about its ambitious rollout.

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Updated VTA guide in preparation for RVSA go-live

30 June 21

The Department of infrastructure has updated the Guide to Vehicle Type Approvals in preparation for the RVSA going live tomorrow.

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Keeping Australia Moving collectible – Straight to the poolroom

25 June 21

The Australian heavy vehicle industry presented Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz MP with a memento to thank him for his tireless efforts in supporting the industry through one of the most challenging periods in the nation’s history.

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HVIA welcomes Deputy Prime Minster

23 June 21

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the peak national industry association wishes to connect on a range of live issues with the Deputy Prime Minister in his capacity as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

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Axle mass limits key to any changes on vehicle width

23 June 21

HVIA has settled on its position on proposed changes to Australian Design Rules governing vehicle width.

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Get in your CTAs and plan for your VTAs

23 June 21

With the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) going live next week, HVIA's Greg Forbes urges members to ensure they submit draft Component Type Approval applications by Friday.

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Thriving in extraordinary times

21 June 21

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has written to members reflecting on 2020-21 and outlining HVIA’s year ahead.

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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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2.5% Wage Increase Announced

18 June 21

The Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.5% increase to minimum wages following its 2020-2021 annual wage review.

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Victorian State Committee meeting going online

11 June 21

HVIA’s Victorian State Committee meeting scheduled for next Friday will take place as an online/virtual meeting only.

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More trucks, more freight but fewer questions

10 June 21

A major new report, released ahead of the June long weekend, has found during COVID Australia’s roads were the safest they’ve been in years, with the number of multi-vehicle crashes involving heavy vehicles down more than 16 percent.

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Good Practice Guide for selecting safety-critical replacement parts

9 June 21

A new ‘Good Practice Guide for Supply of Replacement Parts for use on Heavy Vehicles’ has been issued by the ARTSA-institute which aims to boost safety for heavy vehicle drivers and all road users.

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HVIA State Committees say ‘yes’ to truck widths and ‘no’ to trailer widths

9 June 21

HVIA State Committees are considering proposed changes to Australian Design Rules (ADR) governing vehicle width.

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ROVER system outage

9 June 21

Draft CTA applications will be deleted when ROVER is offline from COB 25th June to prepare the system for full Road Vehicle Standards Act commencement on 1 July.

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Infrastructure updates treatment of CTAs and ECE approvals

8 June 21

Guidance material on Using other approvals to support a vehicle type approval application which simplifies the approach to using component type approvals (CTEs) and ECE approvals in support of a vehicle type approval.

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Victoria goes into week-long “circuit breaker” lockdown

27 May 21

The Acting Premier of Victoria has announced a "circuit breaker" lockdown to commence at midnight tonight, Thursday 27 May.

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Brisbane Truck Show dates announced for 2023

26 May 21

The Brisbane Truck Show will return to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 May 2023.

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truckshow.online is almost as good as being there

26 May 21

A ground-breaking virtual version of the Brisbane Truck Show was launched last week and is already being shared around the world during the early stages of its two week run.

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BTS21 special for HV101 online training

26 May 21

Since its launch late last year the new HVIA Training online induction course “HV101” has been a hit.

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The 2021 Brisbane Truck Show in 90 seconds

24 May 21

Watch the highlights here then check out everything that happened including, the exciting 3D stand and truck walk-throughs, at truckshow.online

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The 2021 Brisbane Truck Show pulled it off and then some

18 May 21

Over 30,000 attendees came together at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre over the last week.

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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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Could changes to ADR’s see an uptake of safer heavy vehicles?

28 April 21

Yesterday the Department of Infrastructure released a discussion paper outlining possible changes to ADRs to enhance the uptake of safety features on heavy vehicles.

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NHVR’s pledge to fix PBS

23 April 21

HVIA's urgent call to action for the NHVR to fix PBS approval timelines has seen a swift response.

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NHVR response on PBS application processing times

22 April 21

The following communique was issued by NHVR Vehicle Safety & Performance Director Peter Austin on 22 April, responding to HVIA's earlier plea to solve the PBS approvals crisis.

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Queensland Government backs Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week

20 April 21

The Queensland Government has put its weight behind 2021 Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week and the events under its umbrella, all taking place in Brisbane next month.

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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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PBS Delays Hurting Industry

13 April 21

HVIA has today issued an urgent and passionate plea to the National Heavy Vehicle Industry Regulator to solve the Performance Based Standards approvals crisis.

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Casual employment reforms

7 April 21

The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 (Bill) was passed by Parliament on 22 March 2021 and the Act will commence the day after it receives Royal Assent.

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Responsibilities and exceptions under Queensland Engineers Act

7 April 21

The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) recently issued a reminder of the responsibilities of a Corporation under the Queensland Professional Engineers (PE) Act 2002.

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BTS21 special for HV101 online training

7 April 21

Since its launch late last year the new HVIA Training online induction course “HV101” has been a hit, and is temporarily available at a heavily discounted rate during the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show special.

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Roadworthiness report highlights concerns over maintenance

31 March 21

NTI and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) have released a report confirming operators who effectively maintain their vehicles are less likely to be involved in an incident.

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Time to unveil the future of fuels

31 March 21

The Australian Government has committed to support low emission technologies across the innovation chain, and the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show is the place to see where that is taking us.

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Vulnerable Supply Chains in the spotlight

30 March 21

The Productivity Commission’s interim report on Vulnerable Supply Chains suggests Australia is resilient to disruption through our ability to pivot but seeks confirmation from industry.

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Stronger language required around NRSS incentives

24 March 21

HVIA has called for stronger incentives for newer, safer and more productive vehicles in the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) and action plan.

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Looking for answers to supply chain breakdowns

17 March 21

Supply chain resilience and its systemic vulnerability have been badly exposed by the challenges posed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Extended SME Loan Guarantee to help transition from JobKeeper

11 March 21

The Government will expand and extend its ‘SME Loan Guarantee Scheme’ as part of its commitment to support small and medium enterprises.

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Government’s travel boost makes heading to Brisbane a no-brainer

11 March 21

The Australian Government’s announcement of half-price air travel makes travel to Queensland for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show a no-brainer according to Heavy Vehicle Australia Chief Executive Todd Hacking.

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The countdown is on – RVSA Checklists

10 March 21

HVIA has prepared guidance material in preparation for the introduction of the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) on 1 July 2021.

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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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Pieces falling into place for RVSA implementation

3 March 21

HVIA's review of the latest releases in the Road Vehicles Standards Act (RVSA) shows that the transition is coming together, however there are still critical procedural areas yet to be unveiled.

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Tickets now on sale for BTS21

2 March 21

All the required boxes have been checked - it’s go time; tickets are now on sale for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.

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Truckies praised for logistics behind COVID-19 vaccination roll-out

26 February 21

Truckies have received some well-earned praise for the planning and success of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution into regional areas and across Australia.

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Brisbane Truck Show – Full Steam Ahead

24 February 21

HVIA has announced that the Brisbane Truck Show will proceed as normal from the 13-16 May 2021. Chairman John Drake said this decision was not made lightly but is final.

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New expo sites open up as Civil Construction Field Days grows

17 February 21

Have you locked in your site for the 2021 Civil Construction Field Days heavy equipment and machinery show?

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NHVR says use Suzi on the semi but rubber on Dollys, Dogs or Pigs

11 February 21

The NHVR has issued a Safety Bulletin on the use of coiled air hoses (“Suzi” coils). The issuing of the safety bulletin has been prompted by several incidents where trailers have disconnected, and the air hoses have remained attached.

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The Government’s new Future Fuels Strategy should be more courageous

10 February 21

The Government released a discussion paper of its Future Fuels Strategy. Feedback on the discussion paper will be used to shape the final strategy.

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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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Two new NHVR Vehicle Standards Guides

27 January 21

The NHVR has published Vehicle Standards Guides covering vehicle mounted lifting systems and rear coupling on road trains.

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Infrastructure updates on ROVER and RVSA

27 January 21

The Department of Infrastructure has added functionality to the Component Type Approval sections of the Road Vehicle Regulation (ROVER) system to allow users to vary, suspend or revoke their approvals.

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Have you got your RVSA implementation plan ready?

20 January 21

All heavy vehicle manufacturers need a plan for the Road Vehicle Standards Act implementation.

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BTS21: The return of business events is a priority for the economy and industry

13 January 21

The forecast for truck sales is for a good year in 2021 and operators will be looking forward to coming to Brisbane to see what is on offer. Already we are being inundated with ticket enquiries, which go on sale soon.

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Greater Brisbane 3-day lockdown

8 January 21

Greater Brisbane will go into lockdown for three days however essential businesses may remain open subject to conditions.

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Victoria continues to pursue “unworkable” Engineers Registration Scheme

5 January 21

Despite negative feedback on the proposed regulations for the Victorian Engineers Registration Scheme, the Victorian Government seems determined to continue pursuing the proposed legislation.

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This is everything we have been waiting for

4 January 21

How did you see the New Year in? Has there ever been one we’ve looked forward to more? Yet, it’s like none we have ever celebrated.

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Business events grants available for BTS21 participants

4 January 21

Eligible businesses are now able to apply for a grant to cover up to 50% of the costs of attending the Brisbane Truck Show as delegates or exhibitors.

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BTS21 – All this on one ticket!

18 December 20

There have never been more reasons to join us in Brisbane. Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week is headlined by the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show from 13 to 16 May. Running alongside the show is the South Bank Truck Festival and the new Civil Construction Field Days heavy equipment and machinery event.

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Christmas acknowledgements from the Australian Government

18 December 20

The Federal Government has thanked the workers across the breadth of the heavy vehicle sector for the critical role we have played this year, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dear Santa: HVIA wishlist for 2021

16 December 20

"2020 has been a tough year and we hope the heavy vehicle industry is on your ‘nice’ list, Santa." When we were needed the most, the Australian heavy vehicle industry embraced the challenges and kept freight moving safely and reliably. As a reward, we have penned a list that we hope Santa will consider.

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Adding safety equipment deductible under temporary full expensing

2 December 20

The Instant Asset Write-off (IAWO) is now available for adding safety enhancements to existing heavy vehicles.

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Record funding call for heavy vehicle safety programs

2 December 20

Australian heavy vehicle safety programs will receive another significant boost with the launch of Round 6 of the NHVR's Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative.

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HVIA to outline solutions for HVNL rewrite for State Committees

25 November 20

Attendees of HVIA’s State Committee meetings will have the opportunity to inform HVIA’s submission to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review with the meetings kicking off in Brisbane tomorrow.

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50 year members honoured at HVIA breakfast

20 November 20

HVIA's 2020 National Awards Breakfast featured presentations to six companies who were founding members of HVIA (formerly CVIAQ).

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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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Government commences work on AVV scheme

18 November 20

The Department of Infrastructure has commenced working through the details of the proposed Authorised Vehicle Verifier (AVV) Scheme.

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New-starter induction course ticks over 300 registrations

18 November 20

We have been pleasantly overwhelmed by the positive response to the launch of HVIA’s online Learning Management System (LMS). HVIA’s new induction course Heavy Vehicles 101 (HV101) has ticked over 300 registrations in its first fortnight!

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National Road Safety Week

15 November 20

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said National Road Safety Week brings focus to how we can work together to save lives and prevent serious injuries on our roads.

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Hold no fear for Electronic Work Diaries – connected business is good business

12 November 20

HVIA has come out in strong support of today’s launch of the first electronic work diaries (EWD) to satisfy strict protocols established by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

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HVIA’s State Committees are back!

11 November 20

HVIA's State Committee meetings are ready to make a long-awaited comeback with in-person attendance for Brisbane and Perth and an online meeting catering to other members.

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Time to get serious about the RVSA implementation

11 November 20

HVIA has urged members to sort out their plans for the implementation of the Road Vehicle Standards Act.

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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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HVIA leadership group consolidated at AGM

29 October 20

The 2020 HVIA Annual General Meeting took place today with an online format successfully accommodating members from across the country.

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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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New heavy equipment & machinery show for BTS21

20 October 20

The Brisbane Truck Show (BTS), Queensland’s largest B2B event, is set to get even bigger with a new partnership that will see it turn back the clock with the launch of a new accompanying heavy equipment & machinery show.

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Coming together in Brisbane for BTS21

19 October 20

The Australian road transport industry will come together from 13-16 May 2021 for Australia's best corporate event and best tradeshow when the Brisbane Truck Show returns to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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2020 Safety Innovation Award nominees

16 October 20

HVIA’s Safety Innovation Award is a dual stream award that recognises members who have either implemented or created a solution for a safer workplace, for the heavy vehicle industry or for the community.

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Presentations to be streamed from HVIA National Awards Breakfast

14 October 20

The HVIA National Awards will be presented at a Gala breakfast event on Friday 20th November with online coverage of the award presentations.

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Deduct the full cost of depreciable assets

7 October 20

Businesses with turnover up to $5 billion will be able to deduct the full cost of eligible depreciable assets of any value in the year they are installed until 30 June 2022.

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Budget 2020-21: A business led recovery

7 October 20

2020 has been marred by an unprecedented global health pandemic but last night the economic realisation of this health crisis hit home. The global economic contraction in 2020 is 45 times worse than the 2009 Global Financial Crisis.

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Insolvency reforms to support small business

7 October 20

The Government is making changes to the insolvency framework to better serve Australian small businesses, their creditors and their employees.

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JobMaker Hiring Credit

7 October 20

The JobMaker Hiring Credit will give businesses incentives to take on additional young job seekers. This will help young people access job opportunities as the economy recovers.

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Superannuation reforms

7 October 20

The Government says structural flaws in the superannuation system are letting too many Australians down

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Infrastructure to boost growth and jobs

7 October 20

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the Government has committed to invest an additional $14 billion in new and accelerated infrastructure projects over the next four years.

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Tax relief for individuals

7 October 20

More than 7 million individuals are expected to receive tax relief of $2,000 or more for the 2020-21 income year compared with 2017-18 tax settings.

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NTI receives grant towards building a safer and more sustainable industry

6 October 20

HVIA Principal Partner NTI has named amongst the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) 2020 Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative grant recipients, supported by the Federal Government.

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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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Work still to be done: National Transport Regulatory Reform

2 October 20

Heavy vehicle road reform is still a work in progress and the commitment to reform needs to continue according to the Productivity Commission's report into National Transport Regulatory Reform published last week.

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Working together for health and safety this October

1 October 20

During October each year, Safe Work Australia asks businesses, employers and workers across Australia to join National Safe Work Month and commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.

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Feds announce $290 million for bridges and heavy vehicle safety

30 September 20

More than 350 projects will share in more than $290 million in Australian Government funding under Round 5 of the Bridges Renewal Program (BRP) and Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program (HVSPP).

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Have your say on HVNL changes impact

30 September 20

It is not too late to have input into HVIA's response to the current review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

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Questions over ROVER readiness to administer new certification scheme

23 September 20

Work continues on the implementation of the ROVER IT system which will replace the current certification application system, RVCS for vehicle and component certification.

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Heavy vehicle industry welcomes Government commitment to future fuels

21 September 20

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has praised the Australian Government’s funding commitment for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced on Friday.

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BP Energy Outlook trumped by inspired vision

16 September 20

BP’s annual Energy Outlook has played poor cousin to BP’s announcement of a new and rapid commitment to a clean energy future.

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CSIRO Identifies Opportunities for Economic Recovery

16 September 20

The CSIRO’s “COVID-19: Recovery and Resilience” report highlights the trends and national advantages COVID-19 has created, and opportunities for key industries to restore economic growth and resilience.

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PM’s Pledge for Affordable Electricity Supply

15 September 20

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Government will back a new gas power plant in the Hunter Valley if the energy sector doesn’t replace Liddell power station’s capacity before it closes down in 2023.

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Vale Ivan Vodanovich

11 September 20

The heavy vehicle industry is mourning the loss of Ivan Vodanovich.

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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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NTI’s resto truck up for grabs for MND research

8 September 20

It’s the moment restoration enthusiasts have been waiting for – HVIA Principal Partner, NTI, is excited to announce the opportunity to bid at auction on the organisation’s restored, custom 1946 Ford Jail Bar.

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A reminder for your sales team and your customers: IAWO and guaranteed loans

2 September 20

The Instant Asset Write-off scheme has been a great success in stimulating sales, with HVIA’s efforts to extend it rewarded following extensive advocacy work prior to the end of the Financial Year.

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It’s all go for the show

2 September 20

“Naturally it is disappointing when one of our major exhibitors has to pull out of a show," Mr Hacking said. "However, we know how much our industry and its customers are looking forward to getting together in Brisbane in May 2021 and most see it as the opportunity to reconnect and kickstart the industry."

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Help make freight transport more productive

2 September 20

The Australian Government is calling on freight operators to help improve key freight routes by giving feedback on local government infrastructure assets.

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A tribute to 50 years of membership: 1970-2020

31 August 20

Congratulations to the six member companies that have been continuous HVIA (& CVIAQ) members for the past 50 years:

Haulmark Trailers (Australia) Pty LtdIVECO Trucks Australia LtdBPW Transpec Pty Ltd Volvo Group Australia Pty LtdRuss Engineering Pty LtdPenske Transport Group International Pty Ltd. What do you remember about 1970? A reminder of what the Australia ...

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Celebrating HVIA Membership for 50 years

26 August 20

Six members of Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia are being celebrated for fifty years of continuous membership.

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HVIA National Awards attract strong field

26 August 20

HVIA members have responded to the opportunity to have their teams and innovation acknowledged.

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COR prosecution sounds warning to operators

26 August 20

The successful Chain of Responsibility prosecution of a Queensland company for fatigue related breaches sounds a warning to transport operators to take their data management responsibilities seriously.

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Safety Devices to be exempted from dimension rules

19 August 20

Proposed amendments to Heavy Vehicle Standards governing dimension rules will impact HVIA members.

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HVIA appeals for funding to modernise heavy vehicle manufacturing

11 August 20

HVIA has called for a further round of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund to support heavy vehicle manufacturers in retooling, re-engineering, and innovation to future-proof local manufacturing and assist Australia’s post pandemic economic recovery.

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Vale Christopher Mullet

11 August 20

The heavy vehicle industry mourns the sudden passing of magazine publisher Christopher Mullett on Friday last (7th August), due to complications following a routine surgery.

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NTI launches new safety leadership program

10 August 20

HVIA's Principal Partner, NTI Australia, has launched a new safety culture and leadership coaching program following the acquisition of specialist NZ consultancy Success Formula.

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Freight Movement Code for Domestic Border Controls

7 August 20

On 24 July 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to the Domestic Border Controls—Freight Movements Protocol. National Cabinet also agreed for Transport and Infrastructure Ministers to upgrade the Protocol into an Enforceable Code.

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Guidance and clarity for Victorian Industry

7 August 20

The Victorian Government has produced further guidance information to clarify the exceptions and expectations for businesses that intend to stay open under Stage 5 restrictions

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Amendments to the extended JobKeeper payment

7 August 20

The Government has extended the JobKeeper Payment by a further six months to March 2021.
The payment rate will be reduced and a lower payment rate will be introduced for those who work fewer hours.

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Victorian Stage 4 business and industry sector restrictions

5 August 20

The Victorian Government has recognised the heavy vehicle industry as an essential service and will be able to continue to operate, with a Covid safe plan in place and subject to reduction in on-site workers at any one time.

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HVIA’s appeal to Vic Government to learn from NZ mistakes

3 August 20

In anticipation of the scenario where Stage 4 was implemented in Victoria, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia made appeals to Premier Daniel Andrews to recognise the issues that a blanket shutdown had caused to new Zealand’s supply chain.

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Border confusion doesn’t help anyone

29 July 20

HVIA Members have reported confusion over border restrictions and testing requirements following a week of increased infections.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said he had made Minsters aware of the deteriorating situation and the urgent need for a resolution.

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BTS21 – it’s a truck festival

28 July 20

The Brisbane Truck Show will return to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and South Bank Parklands from 13 to 15 May 2021.
The award winning event is the largest automotive business-to-business event in the southern hemisphere.

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Ozaccom+ the logical choice for BTS bookings

24 July 20

Returning as the accommodation manager for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, Ozaccom+ experience shines through.
HVIA’s National Events Manager Noelene Bradley said Ozaccom+ was HVIA’s immediate choice to supply accommodation options for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, and have been assisting BTS attendees since 2009.

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Partners locked and loaded for 2021 Brisbane Truck Show

22 July 20

The Brisbane Truck Show has renewed long-term partnerships with National Transport Insurance, BP Australia and Bauer Media Group ahead of the launch of the highly anticipated 2021 event.

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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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SME loan guarantee scheme extended

20 July 20

The Government has announced an extension to the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme which supports small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to get access to the funding to adapt and innovate during the coronavirus crisis.

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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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2019 HVIA Product Innovation Award Winner

15 July 20

The Product Innovation Award recognises HVIA members who have designed and utilised new technology or built an innovative product to address the growing road freight task. The award recognises products and services that provide innovative technological solutions for new and existing market needs.

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COVID-19 – Essential guide to borders

9 July 20

NSW has temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of COVID-19. If you’re travelling from Victoria to NSW, including carrying freight, you will need a COVID-19 NSW border declaration permit.
Meanwhile all truck drivers entering South Australia must apply online to enter South Australia.

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2020 HVIA National Awards – Nominations open

8 July 20

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the 2020 HVIA National Awards is a great opportunity for members to recognise the dedication and commitment of their teams.
Nominations close on 14 August 2020.

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NHVR launches heavy vehicle technology blueprint

30 June 20

HVIA is excited to work with the Federal Government, NHVR and all stakeholders to improve the uptake of safety technology in Australia’s heavy vehicle fleet through the NHVR's new SETUP plan.

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HVNL reset is a rare chance to iron out legacy issues

29 June 20

HVIA says the HVNL legislation review is a very rare opportunity to iron out legacy issues, making it less prescriptive and more outcome focused to harness to industry’s innovation.

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HVNL Review RIS

25 June 20

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has just released the consultation regulatory impact statement (RIS) for the Review of the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

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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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1.75% wage increase announced

23 June 20

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages following its 2020 annual wage review.

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BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020

18 June 20

BP's Chief Executive Officer Bernard Looney says we can get the world to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 by committing to implementing the full range of zero and low carbon energies and technologies at our disposal.

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10,000 PBS vehicles is only the beginning

17 June 20

Australia’s benchmark setting Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme has celebrated its 10,000th vehicle approval recently. HVIA says it is only the beginning of the quest for a safer more productive fleet.

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Mr Morrison has made us an offer too good to refuse

9 June 20

HVIA has launched a campaign to provide the heavy vehicle industry simplified information about the Government’s stimulus measures – the Instant Asset Write Off (IAWO) and the Backing Business Investment (BBI).

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Instant Asset Write Off extension is a win for industry

9 June 20

The extension of the $150,000 instant asset write off will enable trucking businesses to invest in new, safer equipment and support the industry’s suppliers, Australian Trucking Association CEO Ben Maguire and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia CEO Todd Hacking said today.

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New training and certification platform to help fast-track business back to the workplace

5 June 20

HVIA has welcomed Australian company Soul Safe™ as its exclusive Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) training and certification partner.

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HVIA & ATA renew call for stimulus extension

5 June 20

The Australian Government should extend the increased instant asset write off from its current end date, 30 June 2020, to the end of the year, the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) said today.

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HVIA Board welcomes two new Directors

3 June 20

HVIA has announced the appointment of two new Directors to its Board. Roy Lombardi, Chief Executive Officer of Howard Porter and Steelbro Trailers in Western Australia and Daniel Whitehead, CEO and President of Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific have been appointed to fill casual vacancies.

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Buchholz highlights Woolworths’ Covid-safe culture

3 June 20

Assistant Minister for Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz says Woolworths is a case study of a successful Covid-safe culture.

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Pledge to be Road Safe, this Fatality Free Friday

27 May 20

I encourage everyone to get involved and to take the Fatality Free Friday pledge to drive safely. To pledge, one must promise to always be fit to drive, to stay focused on the road, to scan the road ahead, to keep a safe distance, and to drive in a way that suits the conditions.

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Industry appeals save the crippling cost for rear marking plates retro-fit

27 May 20

The impending requirement to replace current rear marker plates to meet a new Australian Standard could cost road transport operators well over $40 million according to Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA).

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Helping your customers utilise the stimulus

27 May 20

Nothing will beat a personal phone call from a trusted source to cut through all the detail and then hopefully prompt specific tax or professional advice.

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NCCC talks to HVIA about addressing input costs

25 May 20

The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) Manufacturing Taskforce has met with Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) to address growth and resilience.

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FWC ruling sets troubling precedent for employers of casuals and casual contracts

25 May 20

Casual employee entitled to claim payments for annual leave, personal/carer’s leave, compassionate leave, and public holidays. Employer not entitled to restitution or to “set off” the claim. The Regulation introduced to prevent double dipping proves ineffective.

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Stimulus on the table as Buchholz drops in on HVIA Board

20 May 20

Assistant Minister for Transport, Scott Buchholz MP joined the HVIA Board meeting this week to hear direct feedback on the impact of COVID-19 on HVIA members and the heavy vehicle industry.

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Easing travel restrictions impacts truck driver safety

20 May 20

With more vehicles back on the roads as COVID-19 restrictions ease, shocking new figures have been released today showing for the first time in 20 years, there’s been an increase in the number of truck driver deaths on Australian roads.

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HVIA congratulates ATA’s retiring Chair Geoff Crouch

20 May 20

HVIA has welcomed the election of South Australian trucking operator David Smith as the new Chair of the ATA today. HVIA's Todd Hacking said Mr Smith will have big shoes to fill following the retirement of Geoff Crouch.

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One year until the doors open for the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show

13 May 20

The Brisbane Truck Show is the only business-to-business trade show representing and advancing the interest of manufacturers and suppliers of heavy vehicles and their components, equipment and technology.

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Roadmap to COVIDSafe Australia

8 May 20

Prime Minister Morrison’s announcement of a three stage COVID-Safe reopening of the economy is welcome news for all Australians.

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A genuine “thanks” to Australia’s transport workers

7 May 20

HVIA principal partner, National Transport Insurance (NTI) has launched a national campaign to thank truck drivers, cargo and warehouse personnel, construction workers and all those keeping Australia moving during the coronavirus crisis.

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Testing facility applications now open

6 May 20

The Department of Infrastructure has announced that organisations wishing to register as a testing facility under the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) should be able to submit applications from Wednesday 6 May 2020.

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On-site Infection Prevention and Control

6 May 20

Over the last eight weeks I have been blown away at the proactiveness of HVIA members in keeping their sites safe for staff and customers. Much of this has focused on increased personal hygiene and physical distancing – whether this be working from home, re configuring workspaces, splitting shifts and embracing technology.

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Fuel tax relief welcomed across industry

1 May 20

HVIA has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to freeze the Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge at current levels, saying the move is another positive outcome from the collaborative work led by the Government with industry..

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Applications open for Road Safety Innovation Funding

30 April 20

The opening of applications for grants from Australian Government’s Road Safety Innovation Fund presents the heavy vehicle industry with an opportunity to drive the future of road safety innovation and technology.

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Safety benefits add to the pay-off for COVID-19 stimulus extension

28 April 20

A conditional extension to the Instant Asset Write Off scheme will provide a once in a generation opportunity to improve road safety outcomes and productivity all whilst stimulating the economy and saving jobs.

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Vale Malcolm Chisholm

27 April 20

The heavy vehicle industry has lost another of its local identities with the passing of Mr Malcolm Chisholm on Thursday 23rd April aged 78 years.

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Download the COVIDSafe app

27 April 20

The Australian Government’s new voluntary COVIDSafe app is an important public health initiative designed to keep the community safe from further spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure.

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Roller Brake Tester calibration pressure eased

22 April 20

HVIA has praised the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) for granting a temporary relaxation of calibration requirements for roller-brake testing (RBT) equipment.

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The path out

17 April 20

The Prime Minister has outlined the 7 steps that the National Cabinet had agreed in relation to any relaxation of the current status.

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Prime Minister plans recovery in the face of sobering economic reality

17 April 20

The Government’s policy frameworks will all need to be reconsidered on the other side to get the economy back on track the Prime Minister said following yesterday’s National Cabinet meeting.

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A shout out to the truckers

15 April 20

Professor Paul Kelly, Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer took a different approach with his turn leading the CMO's daily press conference on Good Friday.

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Stay safe this Easter

8 April 20

Two new acronyms have become prominent in our vernacular recently: first came WFH and now BAU. Many of us weren’t familiar with either until a couple of weeks ago.

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Commercial Tenancies Code of Conduct signed off

7 April 20

The National Cabinet agreed yesterday that states and territories would implement a mandatory Code of Conduct (the Code), to implement the principles agreed last week.

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No decision on Commercial Tenancies

5 April 20

While a full agreement remains elusive, National Cabinet made further progress on the issue of commercial tenancies on Friday, tying it to the JobKeeper Payments initiative announced earlier in the week.

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Cybercrime is infectious

3 April 20

Working from home? Here’s how to protect yourself from COVID-19 themed cyber scams.

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Staying connected

2 April 20

Today’s member bulletin is less about you as an HVIA member and more about your customers.

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Opportunity to fill the medical supply chain

1 April 20

Manufacturers are being called on to retool to help fill gaps in the global supply of medical equipment and hygiene products; redeploying spare capacity to save lives and jobs.

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HVIA commends Parliament to support $130 billion JobKeeper Payment

31 March 20

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a historic wage subsidy to help employers keep around 6 million workers in jobs.

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More relief for business from your bank

30 March 20

Australia’s banks will extend the six month deferral of loans, building on the Australian Banking Association’s Small Business Relief Package, to 30,000 more businesses across the country.

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More help for business on the way

30 March 20

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last night that the Government would be "working through the night" to pull together the next economic supports to keep Australians in jobs.

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National Cabinet takes advice on vulnerable people in the workplace

30 March 20

National Cabinet has endorsed advice on vulnerable people in the workplace from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

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Relief for small business from your bank

27 March 20

Australian banks have hardship teams ready to help to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (and/or drought, bushfire or flood.)

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Prime Minister’s strongest performance on saving lives and saving business

27 March 20

“Our goal is to start businesses and the economy again after this health crisis has ended,” the Prime Minister said.

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Border controls and travel restrictions

27 March 20

Several State and Territory Governments have put in place border controls to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Your actions will save lives

27 March 20

This animation from the Federal Government illustrates how we can reduce the spread of Coronavirus with simple decisions that affect the whole community.

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TIC Ministers Agree – Supply Chains Are Key

26 March 20

Following last night’s Transport & Infrastructure Council (TIC) meeting, HVIA has praised TIC Ministers for listening to industry to understand the full breadth of the heavy vehicle industry.

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Deputy PM on freight services during pandemic

25 March 20

Federal Transport Minster, the Hon Michael McCormack MP says the Government recognises and appreciates the heavy vehicle industry’s contribution and freight will continue across borders.

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Industry staying open to support nation’s supply chain

23 March 20

The heavy vehicle industry is working hard to ensure that the nation’s supply chains continue with as few interruptions as possible.

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ComVec 2020 conference postponed in response to outbreak

18 March 20

In response to the latest advice from State and Federal Governments, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has postponed ComVec 2020.

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HVIA State Committee meetings postponed

17 March 20

HVIA is postponing all State Committee Meetings currently scheduled for April and June.

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Heavy vehicle industry praises incentives to activate business spending

12 March 20

The Australian Government’s “Coronavirus stimulus package” announced today has pulled the right levers to encourage spending according to HVIA.

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Leaders Need to Halt the Panic: I’m on Team Australia!

11 March 20

This is an evolving situation and we need to stay calm, listen to the advice and stay vigilant but I’m on Team Australia and I hope you will join me.

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HVIA budget submission calls for bonus investment allowance

26 February 20

HVIA has asked the Treasurer for a bonus investment allowance to be included in the forthcoming budget to incentivise capital investment on heavy vehicle factory equipment and for operators purchasing trucks and trailers.

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Heavy Vehicle Industry to Benefit as Representation Streamlined

20 February 20

In what is being described as a major coup for the heavy vehicle industry, HVIA has executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Road Transport Suppliers Association (ARTSA) that will see the organisations change the industry association landscape for the better.

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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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Join us as she comes back to life

13 February 20

The restoration project of this particular 1926 Thornycroft A2 is a major legacy project during Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia's 50 year celebrations, only made possible with the support of our members and friends.

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ADR 38/05 – Trailer Brake Certification

12 February 20

HVIA reminds members that brake calculations required for trailer IPAs or additional testing, must be submitted and approved by the 30th April 2020

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PBS tyre report recommendations on the table

29 January 20

A review of tyre management practice in the Australian PBS system recommends a system based around the use of standard tyre characteristics for all PBS assessments.

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Reflection as the year begins

15 January 20

As we have returned to normality after the festive season, the tone of virtually every conversation begins with a reflection on the drought and bushfires and how it has impacted each person or someone near to them.

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HVIA’s 50th anniversary legacy project starts now!

18 December 19

It’s a story with many chapters. In order to understand where we are going with this, we’ll need to take you back to a couple of crucial events. In images of the official opening of the inaugural event you can see the stage - a 1926 Thornycroft A2 flatbed.

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Cost recovery under RVSA on the table

18 December 19

The Department of Infrastructure has released a Draft Cost Recovery Implementation Statement which outlines the charges the Department plans to use when the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) is implemented.

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Sea Electric powering Ikea’s last mile ambitions

11 December 19

All Purpose Transport have launched Queensland's first electric truck, ready to help Ikea cope with its Christmas and New Year rush.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads the Hon Mark Bailey MP praised the collaborative leadership in innovative clean energy technology.

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Industry heavyweights find friends in Canberra

27 November 19

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia and the Australian Trucking Association have joined forces to speak with a single voice with the inaugural meeting of the Parliamentary Friends of Trucks, Trailers, Transport and Logistics at Parliament House in Canberra last night.

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Minister impressed by industry advancements

20 November 19

In Melbourne for the Transport Infrastructure Council (TIC) meeting of Commonwealth, state and territory transport ministers, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz joined HVIA's Todd Hacking to tour Iveco's manufacturing plant and test drive the mirrorless Actros during a tour of the Daimler Trucks HQ.

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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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IPA certifications back on track as brake deadline looms

30 October 19

A refreshing dose of Government/industry cooperation has seen the roll over to ADR 38/05 back on track in the face of encroaching deadlines.

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Trucking Industry Welcomes Parliamentary Friends

23 October 19

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) have today welcomed the establishment of a new Parliamentary Friends forum that will allow federal MPs and Senators to work more closely with the road transport and heavy vehicle industries.

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Heavy vehicle industry responds to Austroads width recommendations

26 September 19

The heavy vehicle industry is divided over Austroads recommendations to increase the maximum allowable heavy freight vehicle width from 2500 mm to 2550 mm (including attachments).
Austroads, the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies, was tasked by the Federal Government to look at the productivity and safety implications of expanding heavy vehicle width.

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Brisbane Truck Show takes out two Australian Event Awards

19 September 19

The Brisbane Truck Show has taken out two major national event awards, being named Australia’s Best Corporate Event and Best Exhibition, Trade or Consumer Show for this year’s event.

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HVIA calls for changes to RVSA Rules

18 September 19

HVIA is calling for changes to the Rules that sit under the Road Vehicles Standards Act (RVSA) to protect against massive cost implications for industry.
HVIA's National Policy and Government Relations Manager Greg Forbes says that a lack of understanding of the heavy vehicle industry has led to some overly restrictive drafting of the Rules.

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Vale Derek Marriott

17 September 19

The Queensland heavy vehicle industry is in mourning with the sad news that former Board Director, Derek Marriott passed away on Friday last week, aged 60 years.
Derek was the Service Manager at Cummins South Pacific in Brisbane for twenty-five years before taking up the Service Managers role at Daimler Trucks Brisbane. More recently, Derek was the Service Manager at Iveco Trucks Brisbane prior to retiring from the industry.

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Type Approvals portal – user consultation

4 September 19

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (DIT) are developing a new IT system (ROVER) to support applications made under the Road Vehicle Standards (RVS) legislation.

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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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Brisbane Truck Show named national event awards finalist

6 August 19

The Brisbane Truck Show has been shortlisted for two awards in the 2019 Australian Event Awards. HVIA’s National Events Manager Noelene Bradley said the announcement should be enjoyed by all participants in the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

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The future is unfolding – right under your feet

31 July 19

Advances in electric trucks were a major highlight of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show. Not only were there a range of fully electric and hybrid trucks on display, one of the most exciting developments came from key component suppliers. This new short video that highlights that story.

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The 2019 Brisbane Truck Show in 60 seconds

19 July 19

It was an action packed four days at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, both within the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, and across Brisbane including the amazing new South Bank Roadhouse festival and truck display.

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How Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls had a fleet boost

5 July 19

Volvo Trucks Australia presented a new pink FH16 prime mover to support the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls driver training program in Western Australia, at Volvo's Reddacliff Place display during this year's Brisbane Truck Show.

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HVIA commends Government for RVSA delay

3 July 19

The Government’s intention to introduce legislation to delay the implementation date for the new Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) has been welcomed by the heavy vehicle industry. 

Last month Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) formally expressed concerns about the amount of work required by both industry and Government to implement the legislation within the allocated ...

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BTS19: HiLux Rugged X is in good hands

25 June 19

John and Charlene Xuereb were very excited to pick up their new car this week. John won the new Toyota HiLux Rugged X at last month’s 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

The top-of-the-line 4×4 Double-Cab Pick-up is a perfect fit for the Toyota lovers and will upgrade their older model Prado.

John, a truck driver from Mangrove ...

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Vale Earle Russ

20 June 19

HVIA lost another of its CVIAQ founding fathers with the recent passing of Brisbane industry identity, Earle Russ, aged 83.

Having commenced in the heavy vehicle industry at Western Engineering, Earle went on to start his own business, Russ Equipment, in the mid-1960s.

Earle was not a formally trained engineer, however, through reading and applying ...

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HVNL Review: heavy vehicle access on public roads

19 June 19

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is seeking feedback on its third issues paper as part of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) review, this time dealing with heavy vehicle access on Australian roads.

The paper considers current access arrangements under the HVNL, analyses access-related issues and seeks feedback on ways to improve heavy vehicle ...

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3% wage increase announced

12 June 19

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has announced a 3% increase to minimum wages.

The increase will apply from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2019.

What do I need to do?

Employer Assist is in the process of preparing updated pay scale summaries for members.

In the meantime, employers ...

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Great stories from the show – Apprentice’s heavy lifting

12 June 19

Originally published in Star Weekly (Wyndham City, Victoria)

Werribee’s James Greig showed his mettle at the recent Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia National Apprentice Challenge.

The heavy vehicle apprentice and teammate Brett Holland clinched first place at the national challenge last month at the Brisbane Truck Show.

The challenge involved three teams from across Australia ...

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Nominations are now open for the 2019 HVIA Awards.

12 June 19

The suite of leadership and innovation awards acknowledge and celebrate the Australian heavy vehicle industry’s capacity to provide innovative solutions for the road transport task.

The awards are open to HVIA member companies and their employees, across Australia.

Full details of each award can be accessed by following the links:

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Putting heads together to reduce truck fires

29 May 19

The NHVR will release a series of industry bulletins following the first heavy vehicle fire roundtable meeting in Brisbane last week.

Executive Director, Safety Standards and Assurance Geoff Casey said the roundtable, which brought together leading forensic fire investigators, Fire Service Officials, Police and members of the heavy vehicle industry and supply chain, was focussed ...

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Jump in PBS approvals

29 May 19

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto says the latest report into PBS approvals demonstrates the success of Australia’s world-leading PBS scheme.

“In 2017, 17 per cent of relevant new heavy vehicles were PBS approved, in 2018 we saw that increase to 20 per cent of relevant new heavy vehicles,” he said.

“PBS vehicles deliver significant benefits to ...

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BTS19: In it for the long haul

23 May 19

The Brisbane Truck Show has played an important role for the trucking industry and its people for over 50 years.

From humble beginnings in 1968, with just 21 exhibitors, it has grown bigger and bigger to become a central meeting place for the industry.

People now travel from all over Australia and across the ...

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Jobs Hub Ambassadors do heavy vehicle industry proud

22 May 19

We invited ambassadors from various sectors of the heavy vehicle industry to share the stories of their fascinating and diverse career paths.

Hundreds of school students enjoyed listening to their stories as they considered their own future on the schools to industry tours to this year’s Brisbane Truck Show.

We now have a series of ...

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Industry unites to deliver Brisbane Truck Show success

21 May 19

The 2019 Brisbane Truck Show wound up on Sunday afternoon with an almost ten percent increase in patronage through the doors of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking was full of praise for the support of the show from the heavy vehicle industry and its customers.

“It’s been an amazing ...

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Southern Region take out Apprentice Challenge

20 May 19

The HVIA National Apprentice Challenge delivered a fierce and worthy final following three days of closely fought heats.

The competition has been running across the four days of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

In the end the Southern Zone team of James Greig and Brett Holland finished on top with 13.5 points.

Runners-up Campbell Garson ...

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BTS19: Seen around the show

18 May 19

Australian cricket legend & McGrath Foundation Chairman Glenn McGrath, was a keynote speaker at the NatRoad Conference.

He was disappointed to have to leave Brisbane before the show started so was given a quick hi-vis worksite tour by HVIA’s Todd Hacking.

Lindsay Fox at the Brisbane Truck Show 2019

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Trucks in the heart of the city!

17 May 19

Check out the fantastic Queen St Mall activation featuring Mercedes-Benz, Fuso Trucks and Freightliner Australia, thanks to Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific.

See the Facebook post here

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Don’t miss this chance to be counted

17 May 19

The Brisbane Truck Show was launched by the Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Transport and Main Roads, following the official opening breakfast.

Guests also heard from Charles Perrottet, representing Platinum Partner BP Australia, and HVIA President John Drake.

The breakfast featured an insightful presentation from KPMG’s Brendan Richards.

Brendan, KPMG’s National Sector Leader – ...

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HVIA-ATA Parliamentary Friends collaboration

16 May 19

HVIA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) committing to work together on key policy issues.

The partnership was signed off by ATA chair Geoff Crouch and HVIA chair John Drake at the Official Opening breakfast of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

The collaboration will seek to establish a Parliamentary Friends of Trucks, Trailers, ...

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HVIA Executive Club hosted at Brisbane City Hall

15 May 19

The City of Brisbane hosted the HVIA Executive Club for a special Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week event on the eve of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

Aside from the great networking opportunity, and a warm welcome from Brisbane Marketing’s Juliet Alabaster, gathered guests enjoyed a light-hearted and disarmingly frank talk with former Australian Cricket ...

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BTS19: Watch the show come together

15 May 19

From bare concrete floors it transforms into the Southern Hemisphere’s largest automotive business event.

This year the Brisbane Truck Show expanded outside the walls of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre with activations all over Brisbane.

The crowds showed great support for the new umbrella event – Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week supporting exciting events across the city ...

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150 positions available as Jobs Hub launched at Brisbane Truck Show

14 May 19

The Brisbane Truck Show has launched a state of the art Jobs Hub at the largest on-road transport event in the Southern Hemisphere.

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2019 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge teams announced

9 May 19

Three teams have been selected to represent their regions at the 2019 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge that will be staged live at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show from Thursday 16 May to Sunday 19 May.

A record number of apprentices sat the gruelling exam this year, and the two highest results from each of the ...

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AHVI Week Magic Truck MEL-CBR-SYD-BNE

8 May 19

The Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week trailer was an amazing accomplishment that demonstrated every aspect of the heavy vehicle industry’s ingenuity and passion.

Thanks to Iveco Trucks Australia for contributing their new Stralis X-way to pull the Barker Trailers Curtainsider, with curtains manufactured and printed by Rice Graphic Images in Wodonga.

The unit began ...

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Everyone’s invited to the South Bank Roadhouse

3 May 19

The South Bank Roadhouse is part of the new Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week.

They’ll be rolling out the proverbial red carpet for you and your guests, to create a festival atmosphere including free live entertainment; many will be offering special deals for truck show visitors.

Take a look at this short video to see ...

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Survey of our industry – make sure you are counted

2 May 19

Thank you to members who have already completed the new industry footprint survey being conducted by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia in partnership with world renowned consulting firm KPMG.

The project includes a research project that will map the full breadth, capacity and impact of the heavy vehicle industry in Australia.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking ...

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It’s your truck show – by industry for industry

2 May 19

“The Brisbane Truck Show is by far and away the biggest business event our industry holds in the southern hemisphere. It is run by industry for industry,”  HVIA Chief Executive said.

Mr Hacking, speaking in advance of the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show outlined that the 2019 show is part of a full week of celebrations ...

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Heavy Vehicle National Law review

10 April 19

The NTC has release the first of eight discussion papers designed to capture industry’s views on the changes required to the Heavy Vehicle National Law.

This first paper focuses on risk based regulation and analyses the problems with the existing Heavy Vehicle National Law.

The paper outlines six draft regulatory principles to guide the development of a ...

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NTI join HVIA as major partner

13 March 19

HVIA CEO Todd Hacking announced to HVIA Executive Club attendees last week the newly signed agreement between HVIA and National Transport Insurance on a formal partnership which will ensure the two organisations remain close.

“The partnership is a significant milestone for HVIA and ensures that NTI will be prominently represented across our operations,” Todd said. ...

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Minister: Industry groups must collaborate

13 March 19

Over 30 Executives made it to the HVIA Executives Club last week to hear from Hon Scott Buchholz MP, Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport.

The Minister was introduced by new HVIA President John Drake, who outlined how refreshing it was to have a Minister that started off with one truck and a freight ...

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International Women’s Day

13 March 19

In a male dominated industry, International Women’s Day is a chance to say thank you to our hard working female industry personnel.  It is also an opportunity to try and inspire the future female leaders of our industry. 

To that end, HVIA CEO Todd Hacking was delighted to be invited by Scania to a Women ...

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New leadership sets new engagement strategy

6 March 19

HVIA’s new President, John Drake has wasted no time in implementing the Board’s vision by announcing new State Committees in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales to commence later this month.

Mr Drake says he is a firm believer in collaboration.

“I know – like my company – our members have strong views on topics ...

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Is your evidence good enough?

6 March 19

Members who holds an approval under the the Motor Vehicle Standards Act for Vehicle, a Component (CRN) or a Sub Assembly (SARN) should undertake an audit of the evidence used to obtain the approval.

HVIA’s Greg Forbes says that changes set for implementation in the Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA) from December this year will ...

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John Drake elected as HVIA President

27 February 19

John Drake has been elected as Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s new President.Mr Drake was formally elected to the position at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) last week.

He has been acting-President since the position was vacated in November 2018.Mario Colosimo (Byrne Trailers) was elected unopposed to the position of Vice-President.

The HVIA Board of Directors:

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Record number of Apprentices line up for National Challenge

26 February 19

A record number of apprentices from across Australia have been nominated for a chance to compete at the HVIA National Apprentice Challenge to be held at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show in May.

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia Chief Executive Todd Hacking says the response is testimony to the emerging talent coming into the heavy vehicle ...

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Vale Des Mitchell

6 February 19

A piece of HVIA (CVIAQ) history has been lost with the peaceful passing of founding member and former CVIAQ President, Mr Des Mitchell, on the 1st February 2019 aged 83 years.

Des Mitchell worked for the Brown and Hurley Group from 1964 to 1989 where he became Dealer Principal of the Brisbane branch.

Mr Mitchell ...

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Heavy vehicle industry ready for EV challenge

4 February 19

The Senate Select Committee on Electric Vehicles’ report has been met with mixed reaction from industry associations.

While the Australian Logistics Council (ALC) have pointed to a the lack of attention on the heavy vehicles sphere in the report, HVIA has underlined its industry’s readiness to shoulder the load that’s expected to go its way.

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The Road Vehicle Standards Act is coming

28 November 18

HVIA National Manager Policy and Government Relations Greg Forbes says that the new Road Vehicle Standards Act legislation is in its final stages in Parliament and is expected to take  effect from late 2019 and be fully in place by late 2020.

In particular, truck manufacturers, trailer manufacturers and component suppliers need to understand the implications ...

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Employer Assist: Termination done right

28 November 18

Did you provide your employee with an opportunity to respond to a warning?

The recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission in Adam Miller v Urban Pedaler T/A Urban Pedaler [2018] FWCFB 4166 has determined that small businesses are required to provide employees with the opportunity to respond to warnings prior to their ...

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HVIA National Award Winners announced

19 November 18

The breadth and diversity of talent in Australia’s heavy vehicle industry was acknowledged at Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s annual gala awards dinner on Friday night.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking said the award nominations had highlighted the capacity of the industry from its newest entrants to stalwarts at the other end of their careers.

“You ...

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HVIA appoints CMV’s Miles Crawford to the Board

4 November 18

The Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia Board.is delighted to announce that Mr Miles Crawford has joined the board by filling a casual vacancy.

Miles Crawford is Operations Manager at CMV Group, a large and diverse operation that includes one of Australia’s largest heavy vehicle dealership groups.

The decision to appoint someone of Mr Crawford’s calibre was ...

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Incentivising the Uptake of Safety Technologies

31 October 18

In the November edition of Australasian Transport News (ATN), HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking has challenged Government to incentivise the uptake of safety technologies.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility:  the people who design, build and maintain roads; the people who use the road network, such as drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists; the people who import ...

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HVIA Southern Region Awards Winners

22 October 18

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia celebrated its Southern Region Awards event on Friday night, including the inaugural presentation of three new awards.

Against a stunning backdrop across Docklands to Port Phillip Bay, the cocktail event was presented by HVIA key partner National Transport Insurance and TruckAssist, at the Victorian headquarters of HVIA insights partner, KPMG.

Special ...

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HVIA advocacy sees PBS tyre review announced

18 October 18

HVIA advocacy for a review into PBS tyres has been rewarded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) announcement today.

The NHVR has appointed independent road safety expert Dr John de Pont to lead a review of PBS tyre standards and operations.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the review will examine the marketplace to identify the ...

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Office of Future Transport Technologies should remove safety and productivity road blocks

5 October 18

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) welcomes the Australian Government’s proposed Office of Future Transport Technologies.

HVIA’s Chief Executive Todd Hacking says government investment in anticipating and enabling technologies that improve safety and productivity is crucial to managing Australia’s growing freight task.

HVIA’s comments are in response to an announcement made by Deputy Prime Minister and ...

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Senator Cormann praises HV industry at Executive Club launch

12 September 18

Finance Minister Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann MP praised the endeavour of the heavy vehicle industry as he shared the latest Australian economic growth news with guests at the launch of Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s (HVIA) new Executive Club.

Senator Cormann was on hand to meet with leaders of the industry gathered at the inaugural ...

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BP Australia & Bauer Media back on board for 2019 Brisbane Truck Show

11 September 18

The Brisbane Truck Show has renewed long-term partnerships with BP Australia and Bauer Trader Media ahead of the 2019 event’s official launch later this year.

BP return as the show’s Platinum Partner; while Bauer Trader Media is back for its 10th show as Official Media Partner.

“Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) is again privileged to ...

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NatRoad Conference coming to 2019 Brisbane Truck Show

7 September 18

The largest transport event in the Southern Hemisphere just got bigger, with NatRoad and Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) joining forces to bring the 2019 NatRoad Conference to the Brisbane Truck Show.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark said, “We are excited to partner with HVIA to deliver our next conference at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show ...

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HVIA commends ATA/ALC Master Code but asks for more

1 August 18

The Master Code, developed collaboratively by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and Australian Logisitics Council (ALC), should be endorsed by the NHVR as a recommended code of practice under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

HVIA has suggested some additions to the Code of Practice that will assist transport operators to fulfill their Chain of ...

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BTS19 – First round Expression of Interest

18 July 18

Expression of Interest emails were sent out today, inviting last year’s exhibitors to formally apply for space allocation for the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

The Brisbane Truck Show will return to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May, 2019.

HVIA’s National Events Manager and Brisbane Truck Show Manager, Noelene Bradley said the ...

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HVIA’s new National Awards kicks off

11 July 18

The Australian heavy vehicle industry’s capacity to provide innovative solutions for the road transport task will be acknowledged and celebrated by the industry’s national association, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) with a suite of leadership and innovation awards launched today.

HVIA Chairman Nathan Usher says the new awards reinforce and uphold HVIA’s vision of an ...

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Heavy vehicle Engineers escape red tape in Victoria

10 July 18

Confirmation today from the Victorian Government that heavy vehicle Prescriptive Standards such as the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) and the Vehicle Standards Bulletin (VSB6) are unlikely to require registration under the Victorian Engineers Registration Bill 2018 is a win for commonsense.

When the Bill was initially introduced into the Victorian Parliament earlier this year, the heavy vehicle ...

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HVIA welcomes Budget infrastructure commitments

9 May 18

HVIA has welcomed the Government’s commitment to major infrastructure programmes announced in last night’s 2018-19 Budget.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking says that while the Budget primarily focused on tax cuts for individuals and families, the Government’s infrastructure announcements are crucial to enabling the prosperity of the heavy vehicle industry.

“The ever increasing freight task ...

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HVIA renews commitment to Glenala Trades and Skills Centre

2 May 18

HVIA has renewed its commitment to support heavy vehicle training undertaken by the Glenala Trade Skills Centre (TSC). 

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking met with Glenala State High School Principal, Ms Anne Lawson, last week to sign a new three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organisations.

“The MOU formally outlines our spirit of cooperation ...

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ComVec hits all the right notes for HVIA

18 April 18

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s biennial engineering conference, ComVec 2018, held in Melbourne last week, has been hailed a success.

HVIA President Nathan Usher says that delegates enjoyed two days of productive and insightful discussion.

“ComVec has always been a unique opportunity for heavy vehicle industry Engineers to get together and look at issues and opportunities ...

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Victorian MP offers support for heavy vehicle jobs and growth

17 April 18

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) will work closely with the Victorian Government to realise offers of support to the heavy vehicle manufacturing industry.

Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Employment, Vicki Ward MP spoke to Victorian members and guests at an event hosted by the HVIA Board in Melbourne on the eve of ComVec last ...

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Pre-advised PBS Truck and Dog combinations extended

4 April 18

The NHVR has added additional PBS Truck and Dog combinations to heavy vehicles classed for Performance Based Standards (PBS) pre-advised approval.

NHVR Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa said from today 3- or 4-axle truck and 5- or 6-axle dog combinations up to 26m long and 73t GCM will now qualify for the PBS pre-advised approval.

“This ...

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Young Professional Urszula Kelly puts safety first

28 March 18

Transport and logistics Young Professional of the Year, Urszula Kelly will talk about adopting new technologies, better training and improving industry image at ComVec 2018.

ComVec is the heavy vehicle industry’s biennial national conference covering future technology, innovation, government policy, vehicle standards and regulations.

“When people come up with new ideas and new tech, I ...

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HVIA says leave us out of Victorian Engineers Registration Bill

20 March 18

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) says the Victorian Engineers Registration Bill 2018 should exclude mechanical engineers involved in the road-going automotive industries, and particularly the heavy vehicle industry.

HVIA’s Policy & Government Relations Manager Greg Forbes says regulation of the heavy vehicle industry should happen at a national level and should be managed by the ...

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Nathan Usher elected as new HVIA President

14 March 18

Nathan Usher of Cummins South Pacific was elected as Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s President today.

The election took place today at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) called by HVIA Directors subsequent to Mr Peter Langworthy’s resignation in November 2017.

John Drake (The Drake Group) was elected unopposed to the position of Vice-President.

HVIA Chief Executive ...

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The NHVR engages HVIA to draft VSB6 tipper code

7 March 18

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has requested that Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) lead the development of a new VSB6 modification code that covers the design of tipper bodies.

Following the release of Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6 (VSB6) Version 3 in July 2017, both HVIA and the NHVR received feedback from tipper body manufacturers ...

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HVIA welcomes the appointment of Deputy PM

27 February 18

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has welcomed the appointment of the Hon Michael McCormack MP as Deputy Prime Minister and the new Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking says the heavy vehicle industry will continue to work closely with the new Deputy Prime Minister whose portfolio also oversees the Department of ...

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Disincentives for life-saving stability control for heavy vehicles

14 February 18

In the news in the last week has been the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) response to the Infrastructure Department’s regulatory impact statement (RIS) on mandating stability control for heavy vehicles.

ATN quotes the ATA’s submission, saying that mandating electronic stability control (ESC) on heavy trucks would be a life-saver, projecting the potential to save 148 lives ...

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Major flaw found in Road Vehicle Standards Act Exposure Draft

7 February 18

A major flaw in the draft amendments to the Road Vehicle Standards Act has been revealed which will need to be corrected before the legislation is presented to Parliament.

HVIA’s Policy and Government Relations Manager Greg Forbes said that the industry consultation process has caught the key issue which, if it went through, would create gaps between ...

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New roller brake testing procedure borne of collaboration

2 February 18

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has come out in strong support for arrangements in implementing new National roller brake testing procedures commencing today.

HVIA Chief Technical Officer, Paul Caus, who has been representing HVIA in the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Roller Brake Test Working Group, says the collaborative process will realise consistent and fair testing outcomes.

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New process streamlines more PBS applications

31 January 18

The NHVR has extended its pre-advised design approval process to cover 80 per cent of new Performance Based Standards scheme design approval applications.

NHVR Chief Engineer Les Bruzsa said A-doubles, B-doubles and prime mover semitrailer combinations would be added to the PBS scheme’s simplified pre-advised design approval process.

“Following feedback from the heavy vehicle industry ...

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Tesla co-founder heads ComVec 2018 line-up

17 January 18

ComVec 2018 will feature Tesla co-founder Ian Wright as the conference explores the heavy vehicle industry’s rapidly unfolding innovation frontier.

Registrations are now open for Australia’s heavy vehicle engineering conference, which returns to Melbourne, 12-13 April 2018 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre.

When Tesla began, Ian Wright was the Engineer at its heart. In 2005 ...

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Toll Group says safety technology will help reduce road carnage

16 January 18

Toll Group have called on the Government for action on reducing the road toll, following a horrific spate of fatalities across the Christmas break and into the New Year.

Toll Group’s Managing Director Michael Byrne insists that the “solution to the road toll cannot and will not come solely from industry”.

Making a case for modern ...

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Applying heavy vehicle safety technology to Melbourne Metro project

10 January 18

The Melbourne Metro Rail will use the latest heavy vehicle safety technology on heavy vehicles interacting with vulnerable road users in the Melbourne CBD.

HVIA’s Greg Forbes says it’s a great opportunity for HVIA Members to showcase the very best technologies the industry has to offer.

“The major inner city rail project, managed by the Cross ...

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Heavy vehicle industry welcomes new Ministerial portfolios

20 December 17

The heavy vehicle industry has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce will be appointed as the new Infrastructure and Transport Minister.

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s (HVIA) Acting President, Nathan Usher, says the Deputy Prime Minister is very familiar with the benefits of the Australian heavy vehicle industry’s record of innovation, ...

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New HVIA CEO Announced

19 December 17

Todd Hacking has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia, replacing Brett Wright who is stepping down after 21 years of service.

Acting President Nathan Usher said the HVIA Board had undertaken a rigorous search and selection process to find the right person. 

“We’re delighted Todd will be leading the next stage ...

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HVIA welcomes publication of the NTC’s PBS marketplace report

16 August 17

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) have welcomed the publication of the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) discussion paper “Assessing the effectiveness of the PBS scheme.” 

HVIA Chief Executive Brett Wright says the report demonstrates the effectiveness of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme in improving industry productivity and safety.

“The data presented in the paper is ...

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