Diversity effort noted on International Women’s Day

Big task remains but Watson sees industry making progress

Diversity effort noted on International Women’s Day
Noelene Watson hails women’s contribution to the industry


While the industry’s gender divide remains one of the most challenging in the economy, former Australian Trucking Association (ATA) chair Noelene Watson points progress on International Women’s Day.

 "The road transport industry acknowledges the value that talented and ambitious women bring to the table," Watson says.

"Women are integral to the industry in roles as diversified as mechanics, drivers, fleet allocators, managers, CEOs and owners of transport companies. 

"Gender diversity in the transport industry has been progressing positively over the past 25 years —25 years ago, I was usually the only female in the room, and now I see very accomplished women with positive and constructive input into the direction our industry is heading." 

Watson’s comments come as ATA is recognising and celebrating the important contribution and hard work of women in the transport industry. 

The peak body says it strives for gender diversity and equal opportunity, including the 2018 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum, and is "proud to work with our female participants Coralie Chapman, Robyn Zadow and Stacey Davies".  

"It is wonderful to see these professional women represented in the Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum, offering their expertise to solving industry issues," Watson says. 

"On International Women’s Day, it is fitting to recognise these industry leaders and the inspiration they give as role models for more women to be involved in the industry and initiatives like the Forum, and events such as Trucking Australia."

The ATA says its Trucking Australia annual conference this year brings a number of expert female speakers, to present to delegates on the topics of policy, industry safety, and work health and safety law. 

Trucking Australia will also see the presentation of the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year award. Nominations for this award close on March 16. 

"These awards are a great opportunity to recognise the strong professional or personal contribution made by a woman within the Australian trucking industry," Watson says.

"I would encourage people to acknowledge the hardworking women making a difference by nominating today. 

"The road freight task is increasing and women are a way to redress any shortages we have.

"The technology advances enhancing the ease of moving freight will inspire positive change and develop knowledge and skills in the workplace to welcome women."

ATA’s International Women’s Day video can be found here

Nominations for the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year can be made here.


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