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VTA outlines new reforms at State Conference 2020

Greater equity and fairness for landside Port of Melbourne operators and tip truck operators carting spoil from Melbourne's infrastructure projects has been earmarked as part of reforms set to be prioritised this year according to the Victorian Transport Association.

Addressing attendees gathered at the State Conference 2020 at Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island, VTA CEO Peter Anderson also flagged reforms to Victoria's heavy vehicle licensing system in addition to driver training and education and said decision makers and authorities had prompted industry to do more daily than ever before.

“The Victorian Transport Association is diligent in ensuring that our industry is well informed and educated, and has a voice,” Anderson said.

“We have a strong voice within Victoria and throughout Australia and it is important we remain focused, balanced and productive to ensure our industry continues to grow and support you, our members, to have sustained success," he said.

“The most important of our many projects at this time is the review of the heavy licensing system in Victoria. Its completion will see women and men as young as 18 having a clear pathway into our industry and building their careers."

The project according to Anderson is reinforced by the VTA's Driver Delivery program.

Over 85 new drivers have since started careers with comprehensive skills training and competency.

(Image: VTA CEO Peter Anderson).

Anderson said the VTA was also helping the government initiate a review of the permit access system in Victoria.

“This review will lead to recommendations that will make the permit process predictable, less costly and more responsive to the work the community is asking us to complete,” he said.

A Port Landside Improvement Strategy has been produced to address the issues within the port supply chain to ensure the Port of Melbourne remains competitive.

"We’ve been able to organise tip truck employers, and with their help have produced a spoil haulage improvement strategy that will see an uplift in standards and safety in the sector, and will ensure contract arrangements do not compromise safety within the community or normal commercial conditions,” Anderson said.

Anderson was the first of 36 speakers and panellists to address the Conference over two days.

Day one of the conference features addresses from industry heavyweights from the Victorian Government and opposition, Infrastructure Victoria, the Transport Workers’ Union, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the ACCC, the National Transport Commission and the Federal Department of Transport and Infrastructure.

The VTA has drawn from state and Commonwealth governments, industry regulators, operators and other stakeholders to address delegates at a time of unprecedented change for transport operators.

The conference finishes on Tuesday, March 3.

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