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Transport industry celebrates International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, several industry organisations are recognising the significant contributions women make to Australia’s transport and logistics sector.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO, Sal Petroccitto, said women are an integral part of the heavy vehicle industry, breaking barriers and paving the way for future generations.

“It’s fantastic to see more women behind the wheel, with their dedication, skill and unwavering commitment to driving the industry forward pivotal in creating a stronger workforce,” he said.

“While road transport has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, this is changing as we see an increase in the number of females driving.”

Through its Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, the NHVR is supporting initiatives such as the Women in Trucking Association’s Foot in Door program to continue to advocate for gender equality in the workforce.

“As a female heavy vehicle driver training and recruitment initiative, this program is removing barriers and providing employment opportunities for women seeking to establish a career as a truckie,” Petroccitto said.

“In line with this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Inspire Inclusion, we want to acknowledge all women working in the transport and logistics industry – from drivers to executives – who are challenging gender stereotypes and promoting inclusivity.”

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has been proactively working to support women in transport and create greater pathways to the industry for many years.

In a statement online, VTA CEO, Peter Anderson, acknowledged the magnificent efforts women make to the freight and logistics industry.

“Women continue to occupy a growing share of our driver delivery and other training programs, with around 20 per cent of our current trainees female,” he said.

“This has been a deliberate strategy by the VTA to help increase participation rates among women, and it has been accomplished in conjunction with our training partners and VTA employer members that understand the cultural benefits of greater diversity in the workplace.”

Anderson said the VTA’s Annual Women’s Lunch is another important initiative to advance conversations about how the industry can support women in transport.

“Since our first event in 2016, the lunch has grown to become one of the most popular and best-attended events on our calendar,” he said.

“This is terrific validation from operators and suppliers of the continuous need to strive for greater diversity in the workplace, whilst increasing participation rates in transport among women.”

Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has several female leaders in its operations who encourage women’s voices to be heard.

In a statement online, RFNSW said women are an integral part of the transport and logistics industry at all levels.

“Women are passionate about the trucking, freight and logistics industry and make a significant contribution,” RFNSW said.

“Women are integral to making road transport work day in day out from driving a truck, working for or running a business or making decisions in the boardroom.”

To learn more about getting involved this International Women’s Day, click here.

In other news, with construction well underway on Queensland’s $2.2 billion Coomera Connector Stage 1 project, community members are being encouraged to have their say on the Central design.

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