HVIA CEO Delivers Year In Review

Dear Members,

I want to thank you for another year of membership of HVIA. Without you, our loyal members, we simply don’t exist and my message to the HVIA team is to continue to focus our energies on the issues and topics that will return value for our members and the broader industry.

By uniting and combatting issues as they arise with a single, national voice we have a greater chance of success.

This past year was a busy one in the policy and technical advocacy space as we:

  1. Guided finalisation of the new modification code for tipping trucks in Vehicle Standards Bulletin 6, after several rounds of detailed conversations with dozens of members.
  2. Provided input into the Heavy Vehicle National Law Review consultation process on issues related to mass and dimension, safer freight vehicles, Euro VI emissions, and the technology and data framework.
  3. Submitted formal responses to multiple reviews on the critical issues involved in the transition to low- and zero-emissions vehicles, including vehicle standards, workforce development, and charging and refuelling infrastructure.

We also set about launching two key new initiatives; firstly, our quarterly coffee table-style magazine ROADBOSS; and secondly, a smaller conference and exhibition called TruckShowX, which is aimed at delving under the hood of the major theme from the previous year’s Brisbane Truck Show. Both are important strategic measures aimed at ongoing communication with the Brisbane Truck Show attendees and TruckShowX is particularly important for informing and educating a wider stakeholder group then our normal audience.

Both have been a wild success, with the feedback from ROADBOSS exceeding expectations and TruckShowX – this year focussing on implementing the zero emissions ecosystem – selling out.

We are now well underway with planning for the 2025 Brisbane Truck Show with some exciting new initiatives to extend the program and activations – particularly focussing on industry skills.

In the same vein, we have also extended our Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia National Awards with the goal of acknowledging the efforts of our apprentices.

In addition to awards for Product Innovation, Safety Innovation and Community Leadership, the 2024 awards will include three apprentice awards:

  • Apprentice Technician of the Year;
  • Apprentice Trailer & Body Builder of the Year; and
  • Heavy Vehicle Apprentice of the Year.

Finally, I’m excited to advise that HVIA has recently formed an Advisory Council of eager industry executives to further enhance our efforts and we are in the process of investigating an industry-wide Power Purchasing Agreement, which could reduce our members electricity bills for between 20-30 per cent.

It all adds up to a busy and productive year ahead for the HVIA team as we strive to deliver important outcomes for our valued members.

For a full run down on HVIA’s activities and achievements over the past year see here.


Todd Hacking

Chief Executive Officer

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