UPSKILL: The first of the business seminars held recently at the Port of Brisbane and a great turnout.
UPSKILL: The first of the business seminars held recently at the Port of Brisbane and a great turnout.

Program offers practical advice for operators

QUEENSLAND trucking operators can now upskill in four essential areas thanks to a new business program from the Queensland Trucking Association.

Open to QTA members and non-members, the region wide initiative under the smart business seminar banner offers four key modules: NHVR permit portal training, finding flexibility for fatigue management, maximising use of telematics and employment relations.

The permit portal training with the NHVR is an intensive two-hour session offering practical training and understanding.

The NHVR is also assisting with the fatigue management sessions.

"The NHVR is assisting us to deliver those because they would like to increase people's knowledge and breakdown the myths about what advance fatigue management is about and the flexibility it can provide the industry," QTA's membership service manager Lisa Acret said.

In the employment relations sessions, the QTA's experienced employment relations manager Karen Bow delivers ER and IR advice specific to the road transport sector.

Lisa said calculating casual wages correctly has been a big area of concern for some QTA members and these sessions can help solve those types of issues for operators.

"Because we provide specialised advice about the transport industry we are a good go-to, as opposed to a stock-standard employment relation service," she said.

"The themes within this module are formed around lots of inquiries we get from members on a day-to-day basis and gives them the capability to make informed decisions in the IR space."

The telematics sessions, run by Teletrac Navman, aim to provide a deeper understanding of how to maximise the use telematics in your business to drive efficiency, productivity and safety outcomes.

This will include how to apply and use telematics data to improve productivity and fleet management and give insights into future regulatory compliance requirements.

The seminars run until August and you can cherry pick which sessions you prefer, or sign up for the lot. Just visit the skills and training section at, where you'll also find details on the popular Excel skills' options in the DigiT&L program.

"Hopefully word around Queensland will catch on and we'll get some good numbers," Lisa said.

"We always try to deliver really practical sessions, and everywhere we go there is a different audience."

Meanwhile, for a less intensive overview of what the QTA business roadshow is all about make sure you visit the KPMG Insights Centre at the Brisbane Truck Show from May 16-19 (see page 49).

There are 13 subjects on the free program, including overviews on how to manage a critical incident, how to get financially fit, and how to improve your mental wellness in the trucking industry.

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