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About

About us

Transport Women Australia Limited was formed in 1999 by an enthusiastic group of women involved in various capacities in the Road Transport Industry.  These women shared a common view that women in all modes of the transport industry could benefit from a national independent organisation that focused on the support of women and the concept of dealing with industry issues from the perspective of women.

The organisation is now the leading group representing women in the transport industry and has formed relationships with many other like minded groups on both a National and International level.

Our members are from a diverse range of backgrounds and cover all modes of transport – road, rail, maritime and air.

We have acheived quite a lot since our formation, from providing scholarships for industry entrants to conducting industry research about social and economic viability. 

TWAL TIMELINE

The first eight years ~

1999 – December Formation

Transport Women Australia Limited was formed in 1999 by an enthusiastic group of women involved in various capacities in the Road Transport Industry.  These women shared a common view that women in all modes of the transport industry could benefit from a national independent organisation that focused on support of women and the concept of dealing with industry issues from the perspective of women.

2000

  • Growing memberships
  • Came out with strong structure and ideals
  • First newsletters
  • Establishing relationships
  • Formed board portfolios
  • Established Business Plan
2001
  • Started work on website
  • Became involved with AWIA
  • Started building a relationship with FBP’s – NTI, BP and Volvo
  • Attended first Brisbane Truck Show – shared a stand with NTI
  • Started planning a scholarship
  • Had a board member on the ATA SET Committee
  • Started a relationship with PSA and TIS
2002
  • Attended research conference in Wagga
  • Hosted first table at WIB breakfast in QLD
  • Started regional meetings
  • Road trip – VIC and SA
  • Announced first scholarship winner – Sue Rodda
  • Planning retreat in QLD
  • Started work on ‘Drought Seminars’
  • Applied for research funding with CSU
  • Member functions in key Areas
2003
  • Met ministers in Canberra re Tax Turmoil and Transport Management Deposit Scheme (similar to farmers)
  • Flagged the need for a roadhouse benchmarking/rating system
  • Attended Brisbane and WA Truck Shows
  • Member functions in key areas
  • Second Scholarship winner
  • Planning retreat in Sydney
2004
  • Further scholarship sponsors signed up – Keens – 20 young people were trained
  • Put together the first Industry Planner
  • Applied for research funding with NTI and were successful
  • Member functions in key areas
  • Planning retreat
2005
  • Started work seriously on our research – travelling etc
  • Final year for scholarship
  • Stand at QLD and WA Truck Shows
  • Completed research
  • Second planner
  • Member functions in key areas
  • Planning retreat in Brisbane
2006
  • First function in Tasmania
  • Took research results to Canberra – 2 days at Parliament House and the Dept of Transport
  • First TWAL Conference
  • First fundraising raffle
  • Started rehashing our Mission Statement
  • Received anonymous funding to allow us to join the ATA
  • Received the Truckplus program to develop
  • Invited to join the NRWC
  • Had a stand at Trucks Out West in Dubbo
  • Had our own session at Natroad Conference
  • Third planner
  • Member functions in key areas
  • Planning retreat in Sydney

TWAL TIMELINE

The timeline continues

2007

  • Held our second successful conference
  • Invited to Parliament House for breakfast
  • Met with Small Business Minister re – funding
  • Ordered our first merchandise for sale
  • Joined the ATA Council as Associate Members
  • Started to plan a book
  • Committed to put funds into a room at the RTHF for TWAL
  • Started to truly encourage sub committees
  • Fourth planner
  • Member functions in key areas
  • Held first facilitated planning session in Brisbane
  • Planning retreat in Sydney
2008
  • Held second facilitated planning session in Brisbane
  • Started work on follow up research
  • Fine tuned function agendas for the year
  • Tidying up procedures so new board members know what is expected of them
  • Rehashed the Business Plan
  • Joined two ATA KRA’s – Skills & Workforce, and also Communications
  • Attended ATA Council meetings
  • Hosted breakfast at ATA Convention in Canberra (also winners reunion)
  • Five functions held in WA
  • Had a stand at Trucks Out West in Dubbo
  • Hosted Alice Springs Breakfast at RTHF Reunion
  • Held our conference in Brisbane
  • Hosted End of Year functions in most states
  • Fifth planner
  • Member functions in key areas
  • Third raffle
  • Planning retreat in Melbourne
2009
  • Sixth planner
  • Involved in fundraiser for orphaned children from the industry
  • Regular functions in WA, QLD and Melbourne
  • Hosted another successful breakfast as part of the ATA Convention in Canberra
  • Several dinner functions held in Albury
  • Hosted breakfast event as part of RTHF Reunion in Alice Springs
  • Attended ATA Council meetings
  • Became member of Women in Trucking USA
  • Planning retreat in Melbourne
2010
  • Tenth Anniversary Celebrations
  • Held One Day Forum and Anniversary Dinner in Melbourne
  • Seventh planner
  • Hosted another successful breakfast as part of the ATA Convention in Canberra
  • Regular Brisbane, Melb and WA functions
  • Hosted two Albury dinners
  • TWAL Chair asked to speak at several events
  • Good media coverage
  • Hosted Alice Springs RTHF Reunion breakfast
  • Representation at four ATA Council meetings
  • Planning retreat in Melbourne
2011
  • Eighth planner
  • Presentation at T & L Skilling Summit in Melbourne
  • Shared stand with QTA at Brisbane Truck Show
  • Presented at LTAQ Conference
  • Represented at four ATA Council meetings
  • Joint functions with AI Group and ATA NSW
  • Started work on Transport Women book
  • Hosted breakfast at the ATA Convention in Canberra
  • Planning commenced for 2012 Conference
  • Attended the BusVic Conference
  • Functions in Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Sponsored a dinner and joined Border Business Chicks in Albury
  • Became a member of Women in Logistics UK
  • Set up a Linked In page for Transport Women
  • Confirmed site booking for 2012 International Truck & Trailer Show
  • Working on ninth planner