The Australian heavy vehicle industry’s capacity to provide innovative solutions for the road transport task will be acknowledged and celebrated by the industry’s national association, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) with a suite of leadership and innovation awards launched today.
HVIA Chairman Nathan Usher says the new awards reinforce and uphold HVIA’s vision of an innovative, prosperous heavy vehicle industry, supporting the safest, most productive fleet.
“HVIA is introducing three prestigious new awards focusing on innovation, reflecting the maturity of the heavy vehicle industry in Australia and its leadership on the world stage,” Mr Usher said.
The new awards are open to HVIA member companies across Australia. They include the:
- Community Leadership Award;
- Product Innovation Award; and the
- Productivity Innovation Award
“I am also delighted to announce the inaugural Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award,” Mr Usher added. “The Future Leader Award has been launched with the support of Peter’s family, to honour our greatly missed colleague, HVIA Past President and industry leader.”
The Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award acknowledges young people who have recently graduated from an Apprenticeship and have demonstrated outstanding leadership within their organisations and/or the industry.
“Peter was a great mentor to me and numerous other people who I know will see this as a fitting tribute.”
“Keeping with its proud history, HVIA will continue to offer the National Apprentice of the Year Award and the Industry Recognition Award,” Mr Usher said.
Mr Usher said the whole economy benefits from the productivity and efficiencies gained through the design, engineering and manufacture of heavy vehicles, and their components and technology.
“Our industry services users of heavy vehicle equipment in countless parallel industries, ranging from every aspect of agriculture and food production, to liquids, fuels and other dangerous goods, infrastructure and construction, mining, retail, utility and emergency services, trades, local government and much more.
“The philosophy of continuous improvement runs deep in our industry,” Mr Usher said. “Our members work extremely closely with their customers to create solutions to their challenges.
“That culture of innovation only continues to grow with strong investment in research and development undertaken by our members.”
Mr Usher explained that HVIA works on behalf of the heavy vehicle industry through Government and its regulatory agencies to enable that innovation to be fully realised.
“We do that by looking at Australian Design Rules and Standards, the Heavy Vehicle National Law and schemes such as the Performance Based Standards (PBS), to ensure they keep pace with the opportunities and changes.”
Entries are now open via a portal on the HVIA website, with submissions closing on 31stAugust.
The awards will be celebrated at two events, with Southern finalists announced at HVIA Awards Night cocktail function in Melbourne on Friday 19 October, and the awards being presented at the HVIA Gala Awards Night in Brisbane on Friday 16 November.
Full details and the online nomination portal can be accessed from hvia.asn.au
The Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award
In honour of the late Peter Langworthy, HVIA Past President and Industry leader, the Future Leader Award acknowledges young people who have recently graduated from an Apprenticeship and have demonstrated outstanding leadership within their organisations and/or the industry.
These future leaders inspire a culture of achievement and improvement for those around them and are skilled at empowering and collaborating with others to achieve successful outcomes.
This award is consistent with HVIA’s ongoing commitment towards excellence and the advancement of our future industry leaders and is in recognition of Peter’s long-standing commitment to the mentoring of young people and supporting their development to leadership roles.
Remember to address the judging criteria, including getting the nominee to address their career goals, aspirations and potential further training and education. Attachments are encouraged to help the judges understand your nomination.
The winner will receive $2,500 towards further study of a relevant industry course.
The Community Leadership Award
The Community Leadership Award recognises HVIA Members which have engaged positively with the community.
This engagement can be direct, whereby the member may have undertaken community engagement, implemented ongoing stakeholder relations, been engaged with education, training or open days or been involved in some other activity (such as in-kind support for a charity) which highlights the proactivity of the heavy vehicle industry.
The engagement may also be indirect, whereby the community gains a benefit from a new innovation which improves road safety, vehicle noise or emissions.
The award is in place to recognise the importance of being a community leader and demonstrating excellent corporate responsibility.
Please address the judging criteria with as much detail and clarity as you can and remember that attachments may assist the judges.
National Apprentice of the Year Award
The Apprentice of the Year Award is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated advanced ability as they undergo their apprenticeship in a discipline related to heavy vehicle repair, service or the manufacturing sector. The nominee will have demonstrated high level performance, an enthusiastic attitude and will be able to articulate their future industry employment goals.
Please address the judging criteria with as much detail as possible and be as clear as you can. Remember the nominee must fill out their career goals and aspirations. Attachments are encouraged to help the judges understand your nomination.
The Product Innovation Award
The Product Innovation Award recognises HVIA Members which have designed, utilised new technology or built an innovative product to address the growing road freight task.
Freight transport plays a significant role in the Australian economy. Road transport is the predominant mode of transport for urban, inter-urban and regional freight. The domestic freight task increased 50% in the 10 years to 2016 and is forecast to grow another 26% by 2026.
Freight productivity benefits other transport system users by reducing the number of vehicles on road, increasing safety by reducing accident exposure risk for other road users, and reducing noxious and greenhouse emissions per unit of freight moved.
The Product Innovation Award recognises products and services that provide innovative technological solutions for new and existing market needs.
Please address the judging criteria with as much detail and clarity as you can and remember that attachments (pictures etc) will help the judges understand your nomination.
The Productivity Innovation Award
The Productivity Innovation Award recognises HVIA Members which have implemented a new process, system, software package, technology or equipment which has improved the operations of the member company by making them more efficient, safer or environmentally sustainable.
The award illustrates the importance of having efficient processes and enhancing operations within the heavy vehicle industry and is open to all HVIA members, including dealerships, repairers, after market installers, suppliers to trucks and trailers.
Remember to address the judging criteria and to provide as much detail as clearly as you can. To support your nomination, you are encouraged to provide attachments to help the judges understand your nomination.
About HVIA: Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) represents and advances the interests of the entire industry involved in the design, manufacture, importation, distribution, modification, sale service and repair of on-road vehicles with a gross vehicle mass or aggregate trailer mass over 3.5 tonnes as well as their components equipment and technology.
HVIA works and collaborates with government and industry stakeholders to promote an innovative and prosperous industry that supports a safe and productive heavy vehicle fleet operating for the benefit of all Australians.
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