RFNSW 2018!


Award nominations open now

I am excited to announce that we have officially opened nominations for the Road Freight NSW Awards! I know that the road freight industry within our state has many achievers - individuals and organisations who work hard to make a difference to the transportation industry and it is time that we recognise them, in particular, the quiet achievers who go by unnoticed.

I urge you to look at the 5 categories awarded this year, and nominate the first person who comes into your head that fits any of the award criteria.

  • Outstanding Contribution to the NSW Trucking Industry - sponsored by Teletrac Navman
  • NSW Professional Driver of the Year - sponsored by BP Australia
  • NSW Transport Woman of the Year - sponsored by Daimler Truck and Bus
  • NSW Top Technical and Maintenance Award - sponsored by Bridgestone
  • NSW Best Safety Culture Award - sponsored by icare

We work hard in this industry, and it's time we celebrate each other's excellence so please nominate someone today.

Early bird registration closing this week

Early bird registration will be closing on the 25 July so please be sure to get your tickets now to enjoy this great discount. Prices include the awards cocktail dinner. This year we have also opened up dinner tickets for your colleagues to come join us in celebrating our award winners and having a drink or two with fellow industry colleagues! You can register your tickets here.

RFNSW2018 Program

We are so close to finalising the conference program and I look forward to sharing all of the topics and speakers we have for the day with you once we release the program. I can confirm we have the following speakers who will be sharing their knowledge and insights with us to date:

  • Nathan Cecil, Holding Redlich
  • Chris Sant, Deloitte
  • Brent Ferguson, Ai Group
  • Romesh Rodrigo, Daimler Truck and Bus
  • Pascal Felix, WSP Australia
  • Sam Shatrov, Caltex Australia
  • Transport for NSW

I look forward to providing you an update when we finalise the program.

Of course, all of this would not be possible without the support from our conference sponsors - thank you!

New truck driver meal rates

The ATO has published the 2018-19 reasonable amounts for employee truck driver meals.

The reasonable amounts for 2018-19 are:

  • breakfast: $24.70
  • lunch: $28.15
  • dinner: $48.60

The new amounts are slightly higher than the revised figures for 2017-18.

Truck drivers must sleep away from home to be able to claim a tax deduction for their meals.

The tax deduction allowed for each meal is the amount spent and not the reasonable amount.

The reasonable amounts are separate and cannot be combined into a single daily amount or carried over from one meal to another.

Employee truck drivers who receive genuine meal allowances from their employers do not have to keep written receipts for claims up to these reasonable amounts but do need to be able to demonstrate the basis for their claims, if asked.

In July 2017, the tax office announced that employee truck drivers would only be able to claim $55.30 per day in meal allowances without detailed receipts. The ATA and other associations worked together to get the decision reversed.

Find more information here ATO website information, including the 2017-18 rates for current tax returns and Tax determination TD 2018/11 with the 2018-19 rates

Simon O'HaraCEO,
Road Freight NSW

icare has a keen interest in safe and healthy workplaces. It is one of the largest insurance providers in Australia, providing workers' compensation insurance to more than 3.7 million workers, builders, road users and homeowners in NSW and over 296,000 NSW businesses.

It's no surprise that the road freight industry has unique safety challenges. An overview of the road transport industry and its work health and safety (WHS) performance released by Safe Work Australia in June identified the industry as a national priority to reduce high rates of fatalities and serious claims.

Research shows that a safety culture in combination with a robust safety management system is the best defence to reduce risk associated with safety. Next month a culture survey undertaken by icare will be available to employers providing them with insights into the beliefs and perceptions that exist within their workplace. This information can be used to form the basis of a culture change program. Safer workplaces are more productive and profitable.

icare recognises the important contribution Road Freight NSW makes representing the interests of its members for the benefit of the industry. We work closely with the organisation to ensure that members are kept abreast of developments and supported in making their workplaces safe.

We are pleased to be able to sponsor the inaugural award for NSW Best Safety Culture. More information on safety culture can be found here

Joining Road Freight NSW is seen by the Finlease team as a natural progression as we continue to increase the number of long-term clients we finance in the transport industry.

Whether they be an owner operator, an expanding businesses running a small fleet of 3 to 5 units or larger firms with 15 to 35 rigs, Finlease has solutions which are a breath of fresh air compared to the banks. With over 500 client reviews scoring 4.9 out of 5 stars on Product Review, our clients confirm this.

From automatic "no financials" replacement facilities which can be used to fund new truck and trailer sets at competitive rates, to a raft of pre-approved finance lines of credit set up in advance with 3 or 4 supportive and competitive finance underwriters, Finlease has a solution that fits each client's individual needs.

Unlike the banks, our team are always available on their mobiles and we meet clients when and where it suits them. We develop long-term relationships because we take it personally and understand that our clients are busy and we need to deliver good old-fashioned service.

Finally price is important, margins in the transport industry are fine so understanding that "it's the leftover not the turnover that is important", any savings that can be made on monthly finance costs will assist our clients in running viable, successful businesses.

We are here to support the members of Road Freight NSW and to provide better solutions to their transport finance requirements.

We're driven to create healthier workplaces

Healthy workers keep the wheels turning for your business. Health and wellbeing programs in the workplace have been found to decrease sick leave absenteeism by 25.3% and save $5.81 for every $1 invested in employee health and wellbeing.(1)

rt health can create, launch and promote a health plan for your employees. With our ongoing support, we'll make it simple and easy for you to bring health and wellbeing into your workplace.

rt health at a glance

  • We're the health fund for Australians working in the transport and energy industries
  • 100% Australian owned and operated
  • Not-for-profit health fund and owned by our members
  • Simple range of great value health covers
  • More rt health members recommend us to their friends and family than members of any major health fund (IPSOS, Health care and insurance in Australia, 2017).

What we provide in our health plans

Working with rt health will provide you with a number of valuable benefits, including:

  • Dedicated Key Account Manager who will work with you to launch, promote and communicate the health plan to employees
  • Materials and support to promote the health plan including information sessions, site visits and one-on-one advice
  • Access to tailored health content on the topics that matter the most to you and your employees, such as fatigue management for long-haul truck drivers.

We can offer these exclusive benefits to health plan members:

  • Immediate waiver of 2 and 3-month waiting periods for Extras cover only
  • $100 WISH card as a welcome gift

We'd love to partner with you

Please give us a call on 1300 56 46 46 to have a chat with our team about all of your options.

(1) Australian Government: Comcare. Benefits to Business: The Evidence for Investing in Worker Health and Wellbeing. Accessed from www.comcare.gov.au

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Road Freight NSW contact details

56 Fitzroy Street Marrickville NSW 2204

Tel: (02) 9557 1205



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