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Compliant preventative maintenance is not optional By: Anonymous Fleet Manager  I can’t say this any clearer! Preventative Maintenance is not optional! Preventative maintenance is performed for a variety of reasons, the main ones being to ensure reliability, safety, compliance with manufacturers' requirements and state and federal legislation. Although we rely on the knowledge and experience of the technicians in our workshops to provide input into our PM programs, the primary drivers of the PM program must be manufacturer's recommendations, industry best practice and internal policy and procedure. So, if your procedures state that batteries are ...
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​ The Swinburne Diploma of Leadership & Management is being offered in conjunction with the Australasian Fleet Management Association (AfMA). The Diploma provides essential leadership and management skills and is contextualised to support and build the skills of those operating in the fleet and automotive industries. Click here for more informatio
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​ The Fleet Council met prior to the fleet conference in March to conduct annual strategic planning for IPWEA FLEET. A range of subjects were discussed including the year in review, FM Certificate, Fleet Health Checks, Workshop Series, CORSaMS, and other important agenda items.  The group discussed how the above initiatives fit within the Strategic Plan to best serve IPWEA FLEET members. Needless to say, it was agreed that several initiatives are to be reworked due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus. The Fleet Council was particularly concerned with how the unprecedented situation is rapidly unfolding and its impact on the fleet industry. ...
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​ Fleet Management Certificate . The IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate is a recognised industry qualification addressing key principles and practices to effectively and efficiently manage a fleet. It you are involved in the management, maintenance, procurement and end use of plant, equipment and fleet vehicles, then this self-study course may provide great value to you and your organisation.   Online Fleet Management Training . This program helps anyone working with plant or fleet that wish to enhance their skills. Scheduled sessions are held in a collaborative environment that include Managers, Procurement Officers, Maintenance Personnel and others ...
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​The fleet management industry has such a diverse range of people and roles, and everyone has a unique story of their journey in our industry. This month we talk to Anne Fitzgerald, Fleet Manager – Lismore City Council, NSW. FI : How did you get started in fleet and plant, and what was your first job in the industry? AF : I first started as a Project Officer for Commercial Services, where part of my job was procurement of fleet items in the Fleet Replacement Plan. When the previous Fleet Manager resigned, I was seconded to the position for around nine months and was successful in applying for the position full time in July 2018. I had previously been ...
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It’s a Wrap – IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference 2020 By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET Given the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, it may be that the IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference 2020, run over the 16 th to 18 th March in Brisbane, was one of the last such events run anywhere for some time. The 2020 conference delivered a forward-looking program addressing the current environment fleet managers operate in and looking towards the challenges and opportunities of the future. The opening keynote address by Dennis Walsh from Transport and Main Roads Queensland delivered an outstanding overview of where we are currently with technology ...
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What’s the Plan?

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​By Robert Wilson, Director IPWEA FLEET Good planning is essential to business performance. Winston Churchill said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”. This is certainly true in a fleet management context, yet planning often gets overlooked, or is just outright avoided.   There is a seemingly endless list of reasons why planning can’t be done. Classic examples include; “We’re too busy” and “Why plan – things always change”. In fact, these two excuses are reasons to ensure good planning is in place! Planning leads to prioritisation, reduces duplication of effort and supports efficiency. Good plans help you be less busy. A changing environment is ...
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In these uncertain times, it’s never been more important to put the interests of our community first. As an organisation committed to bringing training and education to our members, our fundamental priority is to minimise disruption and maintain those services in a safe and secure way. To ensure continuity of all professional development programs and training, we’re working hard behind the scenes to bring our scheduled face-to-face training into an online webinar format. Access to these online programs will be announced over the coming days – so please help us to keep in touch with you by staying abreast of our regular emails and communications. Please feel ...
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​The visibility of road markings is critical day or night, rain or shine. All road authorities and agencies in Australia, New Zealand and the world over are working the ‘Towards Zero’ (fatalities) target, it is of the utmost importance to understand the root cause of the problem to be able to address it in the most efficient manner. And by efficient we mean the right product for the right conditions that will bring tangible results (reduced crashes and deaths), with minimum disruption to the road network and be cost effective. It’s easy to see pavement markings on a bright, sunny day. But what about at night? During a rainstorm when water covers the roads? ...
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The Council of Australian Governments decision last week to progressively ban the export of plastic, paper, tyres and glass waste from July 2020 represents an historic change for the environment and the recycling industry. The COAG ban signals a once in a generation transformation of the recycling industry that could generate $1.5 billion in economic activity over the next 20 years and more than 2000 jobs. The ban is the result of months of consultation with industry, state and local governments, and it represents a fundamental change that recognises waste as resource instead of a problem. Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management ...
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A new Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) is a unique collaborative research opportunity to support regional communities facing mine closures, says the CSIRO, Australia's national science agency. The CSIRO will bring expertise across environment, mining technology, systems integration, and data processing and management into the new CRC on Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC-TiME). The $29.5 million funding announcement for the CRC by federal Science Minister Karen Andrews MP is part of a total 10-year investment of $135.4 million to support the successful transition of mining communities to form sustainable community and development opportunities. ...
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IPWEA representatives were on the panel that advised the Federal Government on crash location dangers in the quest for a dramatically reduced state road toll. Funding has been announced this week to fix intersections at 147 locations. The Black Spot Program has been funded with $50.6 million for road repairs and redesigns during 2020-2021 in an announcement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack. “By specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes ...
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Vehicle industry veteran Ross Moody was awarded the IPWEA Fleet Outstanding Service Award on Monday, at the annual Fleet conference, which concluded in Brisbane yesterday. Moody, pictured holding his award, was recognised for 37 years of service to the organisation. “Ross Moody has had a long and outstanding career in public works and has made an immense contribution to the industry both in local government and through a long record of achievement with IPWEA,” said Rob Wilson, Director IPWEA Fleet. “I feel honoured to have received the IPWEA Fleet Outstanding Service Award at the opening session of the annual fleet conference,” said Moody. “To be valued ...
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The local government reforms passed in the Victorian Parliament this week, bringing the most significant changes to council community service in more than 30 years. The Local Government Act 2020 introduces strict measures to improve democracy, accountability and service delivery across Victoria’s 79 councils. “The new laws will make councils more accountable, democratic and help them deliver the services their communities need,” said Victorian Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek. The first phase of the reforms is aimed to improve community confidence in their councils by introducing mandatory training for candidates intending to stand at the ...
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IPWEA NZ COVID-19 UPDATE

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IPWEA NZ: COVID-19 Update, Monday 16th March 2020 To read the NZ Ministry of Health Update 15 March 2020 click here . There is an advisory to not travel internationally but no advisory to avoid meetings in New Zealand. On Saturday 14 March 2020, the New Zealand Prime Minister made further announcements; KEY POINTS Effective from midnight Sunday, all travellers, except for those coming from the Pacific islands, will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their arrival to New Zealand New Zealanders are advised not to travel overseas if they don't have to and also advised, no hugs, hongi or handshakes All cruise ships have been asked to not come ...
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New model builds on the popular Topcon FC-5000 rugged field tablet, offering faster processing and enhanced functionality. Topcon Positioning Group has released its latest survey tablet that powers all Topcon GNSS, optical instruments and MAGNET software simultaneously. The Topcon FC-6000 is an evolution of the FC-5000 tablet, popular with surveyors, engineers and others working in the construction industry for its durability, ease of use and powerful functionality.   “The FC-5000 was the first tablet that truly blended the power of a desktop computer with an exceptionally field-hardy design that doesn’t miss a beat in bright sunlight, rain or dusty, ...
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Over the five months between Infrastructure Australia inviting submissions for its 2020 Infrastructure Priority List and release of its final report last week, Australia experienced devastating fires, then floods, putting infrastructure planning and resilience in the spotlight like never before. The list consists of 147 proposals of national significance, the highest number since the list’s inception and 37 more than last year. Its five new high priority national initiatives cover water security, use and management; waste and recycling; coastal inundation and protection; and road serviceability. IPWEA Australasia CEO, David Jenkins attended the document’s ...
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Leading engineers celebrated World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development with the goal of ongoing job creation for the coming new era in waste management. World Engineering Day: turning Australia's rubbish into a resource With the help of sustainable engineering, Australia’s rubbish will be transformed into a key resource and generate new industries, Australia’s top technology and engineering experts said yesterday, on the inaugural World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development. The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) is celebrating UNESCO’s World Engineering Day – initiated by Academy Fellow Dr Marlene Kanga – by bringing ...
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Ross Goyne will be taking on the role of Standards Australia Mirror Committee MB – 019 (ISO 55000 Asset Management Standards) for IPWEA. Goyne has more than 30 years’ experience in asset management working as a consultant and within local government and is a past president of IPWEA. “This a very important role as it provides insights that will guide future training and publications,” said David Jenkins, CEO of IPWEA Australasia. Goyne replaces Peter Way, director of the IPWEA National Asset Management Strategy Group, who has been a committee member since 2010. “I also take this opportunity to thank Peter for his considerable time, effort and commitment. ...
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A workshop was held in Wellington on March 4 to grow one of New Zealand’s most successful mentorship programs, which has paired dozens of young Māori in one-on-one partnerships with local mayors. The Tuia Program, in partnership with the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs (MTFJ) and the Wellington City Council helps mayors enhance their mentoring relationship with rangatahi (young) Māori. It’s an intergenerational approach to developing the way in which rangatahi Māori contribute to New Zealand communities. “The Tuia Program ensures that young people have positive mentors and support networks around them, which enhances their opportunities in employment or training,” ...
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