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Fleet practitioners are invited to be IPWEA's VIP guest to the Brisbane Truck Show*.  Delegates to the IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference, Brisbane 23-25 May, will receive VIP priority entry status to the Truck Show on Thursday 25 May, prior to its opening to the public. That means exclusive access to 300-plus exhibitors at Australia's premier road transport industry event – register now! Why you can't afford to miss the IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference The fleet community is facing unprecedented change and challenges. Constant pressure to reduce cost, the rapid integration of new technologies and increasing compliance obligations are impacting ...
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IPWEA FLEET knows compliance is an issue every fleet practitioner grapples with. To provide delegates with an informative and entertaining overview of what Chain of Responsibility means to the fleet practitioner, the IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference (Brisbane, 23-25 May) will run a moot court that presents a trial prosecuting those involved in an on-road vehicle incident. The moot court will then be critiqued by a panel of experts. Mike Wood, Managing Director of Latus will lead the session, which includes industry experts Matt Turner from Plant Assessor, Michael Crellin from NHVR and a number of notable fleet practitioners. The IPWEA Australasian ...
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What lies ahead for the fleet practitioner? New technologies, regulatory change, increased budget pressures, evolving practice –  the list goes on. To help make sense of what might lay ahead, the IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference will run a session called The Road Ahead, that will bring together a number of leading local and international thinkers in the fleet industry. The panel will include; Steve Colliver, Manager Fleet Management Services, Dubbo Regional Council and Chair IPWEA FLEET Council, Tim Fitzgerald. Fleet Director DC Water and Sewerage and Marc Sibbald, Owner and Editor of Fleet Auto News. The panel will share their thoughts on the future ...
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By: Anonymous Fleet Manager  Why do fleet departments consistently have to fight for every dollar in their replacement programs? For the last few years, we’ve been seeing strong trends around the country for a reduction in capital replacements funds. The driver of these decisions in most cases is the mistaken belief that extending replacement cycles reduces the cost of running a fleet. As far as I’m concerned, nothing could be further from the truth – if you’re not spending your dollars on capital replacements, then you’re spending it on increased maintenance activities and the costs associated with increased downtime. History has shown that there are ...
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Understanding filter standards can be challenging. Donaldson Filtration Solutions have published Tech Talk to sift the chaff from the grain
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The iconic retailer Harrods of London has gone full circle to re-introduce electric power to its fleet 100 years after they first used electric delivery vans. The new Harrods van is a Nissan e-NV200, complete with the traditional green and gold livery. The electric van is based on the existing Nissan NV200 series, with a modified drive train derived from the Nissan LEAF. The e-NV200 has a range of 170 km from a 360 volt Lithium Ion battery with seven or four-hour recharge time. Pricing starts at around 14,000 GBP. In 1919, the store used solid-tyred American Walker electric vans, later building its own fleet of 60 electric vehicles to deliver goods to ...
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By Steve Oxley, National Product Manager for Vehicle Fire Suppression at Wormald Fleet operators are advised to familiarise themselves with changes to vehicle fire safety standards.  Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment has recently been revised to promote improve fire safety for mobile plant and equipment used in a range of industries, including civil works, transport and port facilities. Fleet owners and operators of these vehicles are urged to familiarise themselves with changes, which include amendments to maintenance procedures. AS 5062-2016 specifies the minimum requirements for the design, installation, ...
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By Rod Fuller This article first appeared in Fleet Auto News.  Dash camera sales have exploded in recent years – everyone on the road today from cyclists to grey nomads towing a caravan has one. The footage they produce is undeniable, proof of who was at fault and with GPS on most cameras how fast they were going and where. They also provide a never ending source of incidents for TV shows like 'Car Crash TV'. But how can fleets make use of this technology? The obvious benefits are that they record every movement of the vehicle’s use, like having the Fleet Manager sitting in the vehicle at all times, noting speed, location and how the vehicle is being ...
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A new report from Engineers Australia has revealed Australia is failing to produce enough home-grown engineers and is overly-reliant on overseas talent, creating a potentially unstable workforce. Engineer’s Australia’s 2017 State of the Engineering Profession report found that the percentage of Australian students studying STEM subjects has fallen in recent years, creating an impending shortage of graduating engineers. The number of boys studying advanced maths at high school dropped from 15.9% in 2001 to 11.5% in 2015, while girls studying intermediate maths dropped from 30.9% to 20.6% “Australia must do more to produce engineers, especially if it is ...
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Plans to build a mega-cruise ship terminal near the mouth of the Brisbane River by 2020 have advanced, with stakeholders reaching an in-principal agreement. The agreement between the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council and Queensland Urban Utilities means the way is now clear to undertake the detailed business case to finalise the Port of Brisbane’s proposal. If approved, the project is estimated to support on average over 300 jobs per annum during construction, and will be completed during the 2019-20 cruise season. Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins says the Port worked closely with the State Government to progress the project.  “While this ...
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By: Jacob White and Tim Mumford Unfortunately, project managers should be considering other factors beyond cost and schedule predictability. Why unfortunately? Because these are harder to measure than traditional cost growth and schedule slip metrics. What about effectiveness? If we revert to a traditional metric of value- determination, such as Net Present Value (NPV) or Internal Rate of Return (IRR), we know that capital cost plays a pivotal role. More specifically, we know it answers questions that predictability metrics cannot, such as: • Was it ‘value for money’? • Did we spend more than was needed? • What do others pay for this same scope as ...
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*Sponsored content  Situated to the south-east of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is best known as a popular tourist region often frequented by residents of the Victorian capital for its famous beaches and calm waters, sheltered between Port Philip and Western Port. The peninsula is accessed via the M11 or Mornington Peninsula Freeway which features several sections of Motorway and standard trunk route between Frankston and Rosebud. One section, between Moorooduc highway and the Nepean Highway, close to the town of Mount Martha, transverses two natural water courses over the Devilbend and Tuerong Creeks. These watercourses drain the Moorooduc Estate ...
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The overwhelming majority of councils still have their own fleet and plant workshops.  While budget allocations are prioritised for capital acquisitions and R&M of plant , staff development all too frequently gets overlooked.  IPWEA stands for best practice, and that includes your fleet management and workshop supervision. IPWEA’s inaugural Australasian Fleet Conference (23-25 May, Brisbane) brings our 15 years of fleet training experience and condenses it into a contemporary two-day conference, at half the cost of other commercially run fleet conferences. Why pay more than $2000 when you can pay less than $1000 (ex GST) for a dedicated fleet conference ...
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The impact of climate change on coastal infrastructure will be addressed in a joint, Australia-first initiative between IPWEA and Northern Beaches Council in NSW.  The Northern Beaches Council has received a grant of $80,000 from Local Government NSW, with the view to ensuring public infrastructure is resilient and adaptable in the face of climate change. As part of the initiative, IPWEA which will author Practice Note 12.1: Climate Change Impacts on Assets,  an addition to a suite of Useful Life of Infrastructure Assets Practice Notes. The practice note is due for release around mid-2018. The practice note will be developed in conjunction with Northern ...
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Strong technical skills are no longer a guarantee of employment for Australian engineers, with many employers now demanding ‘soft’ skills. In its April-June 2017 quarterly report, recruitment agency Hays revealed the engineering employment trends that are emerging across Australia. Overall, the report found there are a wealth of opportunities for engineers in Australia, with a pipeline of infrastructure projects creating a massive demand for civil and transport engineers in particular. However, it also noted the growing emphasis being put on ‘soft’ or ‘enterprise’ skills such as communication, critical thinking and digital literacy. The report found that ...
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The Australian Government has established a Cities Reference Group with a mandate to provide advice on cities policy.  Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor says the group, comprising recognised thought leaders on cities issues in Australia as well as internationally renowned experts, will be a valuable source of expertise and insight. “Our cities agenda is all about positioning our cities to be the best they can be in the future," he says.  “I’m looking forward to working with the Reference Group as we continue to refine our cities policy, foster new ideas for innovation and collaboration, and shape the way we measure the ...
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Instead of slashing maintenance schedules, local governments that want to spend less on parks should reduce the amount of assets they provide, Xyst Australia Director and IPWEA trainer Jayson Kelly says. Kelly says it is a common misconception that reducing maintenance levels is the best way to make parks more affordable. “It’s more about what you provide on a park than the level of maintenance that you do,” he says. “We think that to make savings we need to reduce the standard of maintenance, but that’s actually the wrong thing to do – it just generates complaints. What we fail to do is make the link between how many things we provide on a park and what ...
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Women and Leadership Australia (WLA) is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s construction and engineering sector. The initiative is providing women with grants to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. The leadership development programs are part-time and delivered nationally via WLA’s blended learning model. Scholarship funding is strictly limited and will be awarded based on a set of selection criteria being met. Expressions of Interest Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to June 7, 2017: http://www.wla.edu.au/assoc-june17.html
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Wear Red for RedR Day

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Images showing the devastating effects of chemical weapons deployed in the Syrian conflict and the millions facing famine in East Africa have shocked the world.  On May 5, international emergency response agency RedR Australia’s Wear Red for RedR fundraiser presents an opportunity to stand up and show your solidarity for people affected by disasters around the globe. IPWEA Australasia was a co-founder of RedR Australia, which mobilises the right people with the right skills to make a difference when disasters strike. We are proud to be supporting this charity which currently has experts in water and sanitation, education and child protection supporting ...
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We all like to be recognised when we go above and beyond in our job. CEOs know this, which is why they recognise their outstanding employees. IPWEA Fleet and Repco want to find the most outstanding fleet service achiever in Australia and are offering a $5000 prize to the winner. Fleet managers and workshop supervisors are a passionate and professional bunch, but are often overshadowed by bigger budgets and projects of other departments. Well, its time you put your best fleet people forward for this award. Sponsored by Repco, we want to celebrate the best fleet people in Australia and then award the best of the best with a prize that will make him ...
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