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Road network and cybersecurity highlight day one of VTA State Conference

A wide range of topics were discussed at the opening day of the 2024 VTA State Conference

Victoria’s road network, cybersecurity and the recently passed minimum standards legislation were at the top of the agenda on the opening day of the 2024 Victorian Transport Association (VTA) State Conference. 

More than 200 delegates have gathered at this year’s conference being held at Silverwater Resort in Phillip Island, with VTA CEO Peter Anderson setting the tone with his keynote opening address on improving Victoria’s road network. 

“There will never be enough money to fully maintain Victoria’s roads to the standard that we all want them to be, but the real issue is how do we get the best bang for our buck to keep the roads maintained so it’s not costing operators time and money in repairs and maintenance to heavy vehicles to service customers using the roads that are available,” Anderson says. 

“What we’re proposing is that we change the process and look forward towards our road infrastructure being more efficient and meeting the standard that we all expect.  

“These roads need to work, they need to work well, and people need to have confidence to drive and not fear having to slow down from 100 to 60.” 

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Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) cyber engagement first assistant director-general Dr Derek Bopping presentation on cybersecurity also detailed the federal government’s strategies for identifying and mitigating cyber threats. 

Bopping says while the transport logistics industry isn’t in the top 10 sectors that report to the ASD, factors such as data remain a threat to it.

“The top types of data that are exposed in branches from office all the way through and we’ve had many, not just the ones you read about paper or contact data, identity data, financial data and commercially sensitive data,” Bopping says. 

“The second factor is that this sector contains many small and medium businesses that we would say operate below the cycle of poverty line and buy them on.” 

In a video address, federal transport and infrastructure assistant minister Carol Brown  discussed recent achievements in licencing reform and the development of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework by Austroads. 

“Among the changes being considered are new progression pathways for licensing based on experience, allowing drivers to obtain higher licence classes more rapidly,” Brown says.  

“We want a workforce who is fulfilled and rewarded. All jurisdictions have now accepted the reform in principle, and Austroads will continue to engage with industry to deliver this reform.” 

Anderson also discussed the recent minimum standards legislation alongside National Road Transport Association CEO Warren Clark and Transport Workers’ Union strategic campaigner Jack Boutrous. 

More than 30 speakers are set to address delegates on topics such as productivity, skills and training and technology during the final day of the conference. 

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