Year in Review 2020/21

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

HVIA has implemented a new, ambitious Strategic Plan for the next 5 years, to ensure we are well prepared to enter our next exciting phase of growth.  


Australian Government

  • Called for temporary full expensing of assets that now extend till 30 June 2023 improving sales for our members

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

  • Achieved PBS tyre outcomes reducing the complexity of PBS assessment
  • The review of PBS standards towards increasing the range of vehicles meeting PBS requirements and reducing complexity
  • Working with NHVR to improve PBS response times
  • Improving safety and consistency in requirements for rigid tippers through leading the development of a new VSB6 code

Department of Infrastructure

  • Fostered industry preparedness for the upcoming RVSA implementation, through improvements to guidance materials for Component Type Approvals, Vehicle Type Approvals and Opt-In requirements
  • Seeking simplification and applicability of ADRs – Vehicle Lighting, Trailer Brakes, Couplings, Road Trains and General Safety Items
  • Advocated for stronger incentives for newer, safer and more productive vehicles

National Transport Commission

  • Proposed changes to the National Heavy Vehicle Law to foster the uptake of newer and safer heavy vehicles;
    • Through an alternate approach to Chain of Responsibility ◦ Streamlining the administration of the law
    • Reduce barriers to innovation
    • Revise approaches to concession schemes designed to foster the uptake of newer and safer heavy vehicles

Member Services

State Committees

  • Notwithstanding Covid restrictions, member meetings continued to be held, in person and virtually, in NSW, Vic, Qld and WA, engaging with 136 members on current advocacy and workforce priorities.

Road Vehicle Standards Act (RVSA)

  • 95 members engaged directly with the Department of Infrastructure on key RVSA implementation requirements.
(l-r) Martin Merrick (Volvo), HVIA Executive Club Chairman Tony Clark (NTI),
Justine Lorenz-Daniel (Tiger Spider), HVIA President John Drake (Drake Group)

HVIA Executive Club

  • Industry leaders gained access to decision makers, experts, academics and thought leaders.


  • Assisted over 50 members in obtaining technical information through leveraging contacts within regulators and industry, saving members hours of research and delays.


  • Members continued to use the complementary service providing professional advice on industrial relations and human resource concerns.
HVIA National Awards Breakfast – November 2020

HVIA Awards

  • A record 42 finalists across 5 award categories were celebrated for industry best practice and innovation.

Member Communication

  • Over 3,000 industry and stakeholder recipients received HVIA weekly e-Bulletin “Talk the Torque” containing current and relevant industry information
  • 24,000 users viewed 63,000 pageviews on the HVIA website
  • HVIA’s LinkedIn following has grown 120% to over 3,350 in the last 12 months

Jobs and Skills

Heavy Vehicles 101 (HV101)

  • Members can educate their employees
  • Modular on-line course providing an introduction to heavy vehicle topics and a working vocabulary of common heavy vehicle terminology
  • Provides practical, dynamic, interactive learning
  • Ideal for staff, customers and stakeholders at any level seeking to improve their understanding

Jobs Hub

  • Over 1100 students attended Jobs Hub, at the Brisbane Truck Show, engaging with workforce development specialists and employers promoting a diverse range of industry careers and job opportunities.
Teams from across Australia diagnosing and correcting faults against the clock
in front of over 1,100 students at the National Apprentice Challenge

National Apprentice Challenge

  • Showcased heavy vehicle apprenticeships to school leavers and the general public in a competition that has apprentice teams from around Australia competing to rectify faults set in identical trucks.

Australian Industry Trade College (AITC)

  • Addressing national skilling needs through collaboration with the AITC.

Vehicle Manufacturing Working Group (VMW)

  • Mapping out a best practice in-schools Certificate 2 ‘Vehicle Manufacturing’ training package
  • Engages industry with Government, schools and training organisations

National Events

2021 Brisbane Truck Show (BTS21)

  • 278 loyal exhibitors and 30,664 attendees came together at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show.
  • Industry shone at its absolute best with the latest in new product, design, innovation, and technology at the forefront.
  • Attendees relished the opportunity to network face-to-face, speak directly to manufacturers and distributors.
  • A plethora of products and platforms were on display designed to assist operators in preparing their fleets for the future.

Future Fuels and Sustainability

  • Showcased an array of vehicles, technology, manufacturing and infrastructure programs
    • components and accessories to enable battery electric (BEVs)
    • plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV),
    • hydrogen fuel cell hybrid and
    • compressed natural gas hybrid electric vehicles.

Innovation and Technology Centre

  • Showcased opportunities to digitally enhance many facets of a transport business from fleet, job and repair management software to thermal imaging and remote controlling.
Morris Finance Intershow Shuttle – free buses ran between CCFD and BTS21

Heavy equipment and machinery show

  • Under the umbrella of Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week (AHVIW)
  • BTS ticket holders received complimentary access
  • produced in partnership with the Civil Construction Federation of Queensland (CCFQ) and the Queensland Government.

South Bank Truck Festival

  • Brought the industry together with the broader community, expanding the event’s footprint deep into South Bank Parklands, activating AHVIW themes:
    • Safety
    • Sustainability
    • Knowledge
    • Careers
    • Innovation
    • Community
The community came out in droves to the South Bank Truck Festival
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