Road Freight NSW to operate independently

RFNSW will remain a member of ATA but operate independently of the peak trucking body

Road Freight NSW to operate independently
Luff says there was a need for an independent body in NSW to allow state-level strong advocacy.


New South Wales-based industry representative body, Road Freight NSW (RFNSW), will become an independent organisation from January 1 next year.

The organisation currently operates as a subsidiary of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), with its roots tracing back to 2007 when it began operating as ATA NSW.

It changed its name to Road Freight NSW in 2015.

The organisation delivers a range of services and benefits to members, including advice on workplace relations, legal counsel and engagement, discounted off the pump and bulk fuel, and representation on industry issues, interests and concerns to federal and state governments.

It is recognised as a respected advocate for trucking operators, and a conduit to government, regulators and enforcement agencies.

While RFNSW will continue to be a member of ATA, it will independently carry out campaigns on "policies affecting the NSW transport sector, primarily heavy vehicle safety, the regulatory regimes stifling business growth and the unwarranted surcharges, like stevedores’ port taxes, being imposed on carriers".

Road Freight NSW chairman Jon Luff says that while the organisation is committed to policy development nationally, there is a need for an independent body in NSW to allow strong advocacy at a state level.

"We will be the local voice for local truck carriers, providing support and advocacy on behalf of our members, who now include some of the country’s largest transport companies," Luff says.

"We have enjoyed our collaboration with the ATA and its Board, Directors and General Council.

"It’s an exciting time for Road Freight NSW and our membership.

"It will prove to be a game changer for the sector."

ATA chair Geoff Crouch says the move support ATA’s objective of supporting member organisations that, in turn, represent and support the industry.

"The move underscores the strength of Road Freight NSW and the vital advocacy role it plays across the state," Crouch says.

"It will enable the ATA to better support member-based organisations throughout Australia, and to represent members across all tiers of government.

"We operate in a complex regulatory environment and the issues vary across states.

"Having a member-owned and -operated organisation to represent local members is a big achievement, and critical so all voices can be heard.

"Strong advocacy is critical to our members, right across Australia.

"Road Freight NSW will continue to provide the representation, tools and resources needed for its members right across the state."

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