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Transport reform to top agenda at VTA State Conference 2019

 The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has announced registrations are now open for its annual State Conference to be held at Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island on 24-26 March.

The theme of the conference this year has been confirmed as Keeping Up With Transport Reform.

Up to 200 VTA members, supporters, sponsors and stakeholders from the Victorian and national freight and logistics industry will be expected to attend the State Conference to discuss issues impacting freight operators.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson said that the industry was facing unprecedented change in 2019.

“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,” he said.

“Keeping Up with Transport Reform is an especially appropriate theme for our conference this year.”

The theme offers additional context to discussions about reforms to heavy vehicle licensing, road user charges, minimum standards, training and education, heavy vehicle national law and other areas that will affect how operators interact with their customers, suppliers and employees in the supply chain. 

“It is more important than ever that transport operators understand these changes and what it means for their business, and we invite operators and any business that is exposed to supply chain management to join us at the conference and contribute to important decisions that will impact our industry,” said Anderson.

He said delegates could expect to hear from high-profile speakers from government, regulators, road and rail authorities and suppliers to the industry, with keynote presentations and panellists addressing the following important subjects:

·       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,” he said.

(Image: Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island).

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