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VTA provides State Conference 2024 updates

The VTA is continuing to reveal the lineup of speakers and events that will be present at this year's State Conference.

The Victorian Transport Association has made a pair of announcements for its upcoming State Conference 2024, set to be held from March 17-19 at Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island.

Victorian roads minister Melissa Horne will open the conference, headlining the event’s Sunday start.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson says that having Horne speak at the conference can only benefit the industry with the expertise to handle critical transport issues.

“Minister Horne headlines a rapidly growing list of speakers from industry, government, regulators, and other transport industry stakeholders the VTA is arranging to address delegates over the two days of the conference, under our theme this year of Future Freight Landscapes,” he says.

“With so many critical issues on the radar that fall under Minister Horne’s portfolio responsibilities, including road and rail freight infrastructure, productivity at our ports and waterfronts, and training and skilling logistics workers of the future, it will be timely to hear from the minister about the Victorian government’s priorities for the year ahead.

“Minister Horne has been diligent, consultative, and highly professional in carrying out her portfolio commitments and we appreciate her taking time to join us this year.”

The association also announced one of the major themes of this year’s conference – cybersecurity.

Instances of data breaches have grown massively in Australia in recent years in both frequency and cost, Anderson says, and the industry needs to stay aware of them.

The average cost of a data breach in Australia has grown by 32 per cent in the last five years, reaching $4.03 million according to the 2023 Cost of a Data Breach Report.

“I am pleased to confirm additional details and a keynote speaker to address conference delegates on the fast-emerging commercial threat of cyber security, which over the past 12 months has impacted dozens of public and private organisations, and government departments and agencies,” Anderson says.

“Dr Derek Bopping is the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) First Assistant Director-General Cyber Engagement and Head of the Melbourne State Office, with a focus on establishing the ASD’s national presence under its Redspice Program, and we’re thrilled to have him present at the conference.

“The transport industry forms an integral part of Australia’s national security infrastructure and is not immune from cyber threats and foreign ‘actors’ disrupting our systems and processes.

“It is incumbent on every operator to take appropriate steps to ensure their business is suitably protected, and we are fortunate to have someone with Dr Bopping’s credentials and reputation to inform us on the latest cyber intelligence, best practice, and mitigation strategies and tactics.”

Anderson says further updates will be provided in the coming weeks.

“We look forward to sharing our provisional program over the coming weeks, which will outline a strong line-up of presenters and social and networking opportunities.

“A trade exhibition will feature product and service innovations from a range of industry suppliers, and we anticipate showcasing presentations and associated equipment from many domestic and international manufacturers.”

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