ATA defers Trucking Australia conference to 2022


Covid uncertainty prompts shift of focus to industry support efforts

ATA defers Trucking Australia conference to 2022
Bill McKinley

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has announced its next Trucking Australia conference will be held in May 2022.

The 2021 iteration, which was scheduled to be held on the Gold Coast from September 29 to October 1, has been cancelled.

"With business activity and movement across Australia restricted by COVID lockdowns and border controls, we had no choice but to cancel our 2021 event," acting ATA CEO Bill McKinley said.

McKinley said Trucking Australia 2022 would also be held on the Gold Coast in 2022 – from May 4 to 6.

"While we were looking forward to connecting with our delegates on the Gold Coast this year, we now need to look beyond 2021 to 2022," he said. 

"The ATA’s main priorities for 2021 must now be to continue our work with the Australian Government on Covid and to support the long-term future of our industry.

"We’re working on major projects on issues like the HVNL review, heavy vehicle charging, our workforce challenges and encouraging the rollout of electric trucks.

"In the meantime, our member associations are doing a fantastic job advocating to state and territory governments and keeping their members informed about the latest COVID restrictions.

"If you’re not in one of our member associations, you should join now."


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McKinley thanked the ATA’s event sponsors and stakeholders for their understanding.

"It is a challenging time for everyone, but we are extremely grateful for the ongoing support of our sponsors and stakeholders. Without them, industry events like Trucking Australia would not be possible at all," he said.

McKinley noted the ATA had also decided to cancel the 2021 National Trucking Industry Awards.

"Our award finalists and nominees deserve the greatest recognition possible, which is why we want to recognise them when we can all meet again in 2022," he said. 

"Nominations that have already been made for the 2021 awards will be automatically included in the 2022 awards program."

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