PBS training course proposed for industry

HVIA and CILTA are seeking input to develop course structure

PBS training course proposed for industry
Greg Forbes


The Performance-based Standards (PBS) scheme is designed to ensure Australia’s freight task is undertaken as productively, safely and sustainably as possible, and to operate on networks that are appropriate for their level of performance.

Now, an educational and training course is being proposed to keep transport professionals up to speed with the latest developments in this space, in a move between the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) and the Chartered Institute of Transport Australia (CILTA).

The industry bodies are seeking to scope and develop a course to provide a practical introduction to the PBS scheme.

HVIA national policy manager Greg Forbes says it is important to consider what education and training is needed to ensure the projected strong growth in the freight task can be met.

"We need to ensure future transport industry leaders understand how to take advantage of the safety and productivity benefits of the PBS scheme," Forbes says.

"We envisage that the proposed training would be taken as a stand-alone unit, as induction or in-service training, or could be added as an optional unit in relevant transport and logistics or planning-related courses."

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The proposed course will be aimed to target: people working across the transport industry, truck or trailer sales staff, and transport planners in local government.

"Staff involved in transport operations need to understand how PBS vehicles improve safety and productivity. This will allow them to make better use of PBS fleets within their operations," Forbes says.

"Improving the understanding of truck and trailer sales staff will equip them to provide better advice to their customers.

"Local Government administrators need an understanding of PBS to help them realise the benefits of PBS to their communities and, in turn, to make better decisions about providing access for PBS vehicles.

"All three of these groups need to understand how the PBS process works and what they need to do to successfully get a PBS combination on the road."

HVIA and CILTA will hold a workshop for representatives from across industry, including transport and logistics providers and local government agencies, to identify the main knowledge and skill gaps around PBS that would make up the course.

"Transport operators are being invited to participate in the development of the course to ensure it delivers outcomes that will equip attendees to take next steps down the PBS road.

"If you believe, as we do, that the level of understanding of PBS in the industry needs improving, please come along to the workshop and help us make it happen.

"If we can demonstrate that the concept for the course is well founded and that there is a suitable level of demand for the course, the next phase will be to engage technical experts and some content writers experienced in the writing Cert IV material to develop the detailed course and assessment materials."

The scoping workshop will be held on November 15, 2018 at the Victorian Transport Association’s training room at Mirrat House, 46 Kooringa Way, Port Melbourne.

Registrations can be made here.


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