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Wednesday 11 March 2020

Leaders need to halt the panic.

I'm on Team Australia!

By Todd Hacking - HVIA Chief Executive (extract)

It is almost certain the March quarter will be in negative growth and well-known economists are starting to predict the same for June, which would see the R word invoked.

As I write this the Prime Minister has given a major speech invoking a Team Australia spirit to ensure we negotiate the global impact of the Coronavirus.

A Stimulus Package is expected sometime this week and it can’t come quickly enough. I’m not telling you anything new.

Some of you have had supplies held up by China, most of you rely on a strong $AUD and many of you will be taking precautions in your workplaces.

I want to encourage you to continue to prepare and I’ll provide some links and tips at the end of this article but I also want to provide some facts about the Coronavirus of COVID-19 to try and halt the panic.

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.

Have your say on HVNL policy 

The National Transport Commission (NTC) have released their latest summary of consultation outcomes report on the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) Review. 

This report follows four policy solution workshops hosted in November and December. Industry, regulator and government stakeholders participated to inform policy options for inclusion. 

For the next phase of the review, the NTC are developing a Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) and are welcoming ongoing feedback. 

This is a significant opportunity for you to have your say on specific policy proposals.


HVIA Members in the News

Steve Brooks, writing for Owner Driver, believes the New DAF line-up is "the start of something bigger for Paccar Australia." 


The all-new Freightliner Cascadia made a guestappearance at the 2020 Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Conference inTamworth.  Displayed in a 126 60-inch raised-roof configuration,the Cascadia claims class-leading fuel efficiency and the most advanced safetytechnology available in conventional trucks in Australia. 

Volvo’s new range of heavy vehicles will be "Australian made", starting in the first quarter of next year and with a view to having them in customer fleets in the second quarter.


Preparing the fleet for the new decade

Join us on the Gold Coast as Australia's heavy vehicle technology and innovation event heads to RACV Royal Pines Resort from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 May 2020. 

ComVec 2020 is everything your customers need to make the right decisions for their fleet.

The two day conference is a practical showcase and multi-streamed forum delivering the knowledge and support to take a heavy vehicle fleet into the next decade and beyond.

Here's what you'll get: 
1. A great conference
2. Exhibition and new vehicle showcase
3. Networking events - catch up with your peers and make new friends
4. Drive day at RACQ Mt Cotton Mobility Centre of Excellence

Value packed registration at just $595

**Single day and two day registration also available
*Accommodation extra

The stories it could tell

The restoration of our 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.

Join us on the journey to bring her back to life, culminating with her presence at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show. Want to get involved or to support the project?


Scholarships of up to $5,000 for 

current and aspiring female leaders

Scholarships of $2,000 to $5,000 are currently available to women working in the transport and logistics sector to help support their participation in a range of career building leadership development programs. 

The initiative is providing junior through to executive women managers with scholarships to support their growth and development via participation in one of three flagship development programs. 

Participants will benefit from course content such as Elements of a Successful Team, Team Dynamics, Purpose Priorities and Professional Development, Empowering Teams, and Evolving Strategic Change.  

Upcoming events

HVIA State Committee – QLD

Tue 21 April - 9:00am-12:00pm

HVIA State Committee – NSW

Wed 22 April - 9:00am-12:30pm

HVIA State Committee – Vic

Fri 24th April @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

ComVec 2020

RACV Royal Pines Resort - Gold Coast 

Wed 13 - Fri 15 May 

HVIA State Committee – WA

Tue 2nd June @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

HVIA Gala Awards Dinner 

Emporium South Brisbane 

Fri 20 November - 6:30pm-11:00pm 

2021 Brisbane Truck Show 

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Wed 13 - Sun 16 May 2021 


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