The ATA is the peak body that represents trucking operators. The ATA’s members include major logistics companies, transport industry associations and businesses with leading expertise in truck technology.
The ATA was established to improve the trucking industry’s safety, professionalism and viability after the Grafton truck and bus crash in October 1989. The accident claimed 21 lives and was the worst accident in Australian road transport history at the time.
In 2011, the ATA published its twentieth anniversary history, which covers the key events that propelled the formation of the ATA, as well as the larger than life personalities involved.
Achievements and priorities
How the ATA is structured
Like many national associations, the ATA is a public company limited by guarantee. The ATA’s constitution sets out its structure and decision-making arrangements in detail.
The ATA General Council consists of its direct members, previous chairs and elected representatives of owner drivers and small fleet operators. The ATA council guides the association’s industry policies.
Board of Management
The ATA’s Board of Management is responsible for the financial oversight of the association and sets its strategic direction.
Industry Technical Council
The ATA’s Industry Technical Council consists of businesses with leading expertise in truck technology. Under its terms of reference, the ITC provides the ATA with advice on technical issues and develops its technical advisory procedures.