SILVERWATER Resort near Phillip Island, Victoria, is to host the Victorian Transport Association annual conference from 24-26 March.

Organisers say the conference typically brings together up to 200 VTA members and others from the Victorian and national freight and logistics industry.

VTA chief executive Peter Anderson said the industry was facing unprecedented change in 2019, which inspired the conference theme of Keeping up with Transport Reform.

“Ours is an industry that is constantly changing and responding to change, however this year significant reform is occurring with state and federal legislators, regulators and authorities conducting many reviews and enquiries that will lead to changes,” Mr Anderson said.

“Keeping Up with Transport Reform is an especially appropriate theme for our conference this year. It provides a context for presentations and discussions about reforms to heavy vehicle licensing, road user charges, minimum standards, training and education, heavy vehicle national law and other areas will affect how operators interact with their customers, suppliers, employees and others in the supply chain.”

Mr Anderson said delegates could expect to hear from high-profile speakers from government, regulators, road and rail authorities and suppliers to the industry.

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Subjects include:

  • Setting the Scene – The Big Picture in Transport
  • Infrastructure – Effect of the Major Projects
  • The Law & Punishment – Reducing Risk
  • The Major Reforms – HVNL, Licensing & Road User Charges
  • Industrial Relations – Striking a Fair Balance
  • Vehicle Standards & Equipment – What’s New?
  • Safety & Technology – Planning for Change

“VTA state conferences are renowned for being content rich, and this year’s event continues this tradition with a program covering the full spectrum of issues impacting freight operators and others in the supply chain,” Mr Anderson said.

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