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VTA conference to focus on crisis management

2014 Victorian Transport Association conference to arm operators with ideas and tools to both avoid and manage crisis

‘Crisis or opportunity’ is the apt theme for the 2014 Victorian Transport Association (VTA) annual conference to be held on May 26-27 at the Novotel Forest Resort in Creswick. 

CEO Neil Chambers says the event will feature a strong line-up of speakers who will leave delegates with ideas and tools to not only recover better if a crisis does occur in their business, but to implement risk management, business structures and innovative initiatives that build resilient enterprises. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Paul Zennaro, Head of Media Relations, Shell Australia – dealing with crisis management, and the things you need to think about to stay ahead of the situation
  • Henry Reynolds, Risk Manager, GHD Australia, and Adrian Misiano, Partner, Matthews Steer, on risk management and resilient accounting practices
  • Simone Turner, CEO, Asixa, on coping with a major incident as a small transport company
  • Robert Adams, CEO, Transport & Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC), on the just-released 2014 Transport & Logistics Industry Environmental Scan and workforce development initiatives.

The day two speaker line-up has now gone into orbit with: 

  • A panel presentation on the future of interstate, regional and metropolitan freight rail involving John Fullerton, CEO, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Maurice James, Managing Director Qube, and Collin Rees, Managing Director, Ettamogah Rail Hub 
  • Two closing sessions on Future Freight Productivity, and an Enforcement & Senior Regulator’s Panel involving senior representatives from the Victorian Department of Transport, Planning & Local Infrastructure, VicRoads, Victoria Police, WorkSafe Victoria, the National Transport Commission (NTC), the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), and the NSW Roads & Maritime Services (RMS).

National Transport Commission (NTC) CEO, Paul Retter, and NSW RMS Director of Safety & Compliance, Peter Wells, have both agreed to participate in the Enforcement & Senior Regulator’s Panel, which will cover:

  • Compliance and enforcement outcomes
  • Heavy vehicle maintenance and accreditation – what needs to change?
  • Heavy vehicle speeding and fatigue management
  • Chain of responsibility review
  • NHVR – what’s being done to fix its start-up problems and what can industry look forward to in the future?
  • Industry/government collaboration – how can collaboration be progressed so that we all have more confidence in the transport regulatory, enforcement and accreditation regimes, and reach common ground on the future ‘rules of the game.

Last but not least, a conference dinner will be held on the Monday night.

For more information, or to book, click here.


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