IPWEA Blogs

By Marc Sibbald – Director IPWEA FLEET Thank you for the warm welcome! It’s been six weeks since I started the role as Director IPWEA Fleet and I’m enjoying the opportunity to talk with members and learn about the projects people have been working on. As the Director of IPWEA Fleet, my task is to ensure our members are engaged, supported, and have opportunities to continue their professional development along a pathway of continuous learning. There’s no doubt that the next 10 years will be one of the most exciting times to be involved in fleet management as the world moves away from petrol and diesel engines towards zero emission vehicles. No one knows ...
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In case you missed it, here's a recent post in the Ask Your Mates Forum Topic: Small Mobile Plant : Robert: Interested in hearing your opinions or approaches to handling small plant equipment (whipper snippers, chainsaws, pumps and the like) regarding Fleet/Asset management. What are your policies/procedures? What are your opinions on lifecycle replacement/budgeting? Thomas: All our small plant/outdoor power equipment e.g., Quick Cuts, Mowers, Chainsaws etc. are on a 6-month inspection and/or maintenance schedule. Refer to the 'Managing the risk of plant in the workplace QLD code of practice 2013' section 3.6 Inspecting ...
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The IPWEA Asset Management Pathway The IPWEA Asset Management Pathway is available now to meet the current and future needs of the asset and infrastructure focused public works professional. The Pathway supports your career development as an asset custodian, building your capability with practical learning opportunities, underpinned by our world best practice publications such as the International Infrastructure Management Manual (IIMM) and the International Infrastructure Financial Management Manual (IIFMM). You can choose to undertake one course or complete the pathway with a view to achieving an internationally recognised designation. Register for ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Winter Webinar Series 2022 . IPWEA FLEET conduct themed webinar series annually providing practical information to the fleet community. The theme for this year’s webinar series is ‘Managing your fleet in a tight labour market’, which is a contemporary issue for fleet practitioners that you will not want to miss. Below are the dates and session topics: Session 1 Date/Time: Thursday, 25/8/22 at 11 am (1 hour duration) Topic: Branding and marketing to attract a broader Fleet workforce demographic Session 2 Date/Time: Thursday, 1/9/22 at 11 am (1 hour duration) ...
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Driving me up the wall

Driving me up the wall By: Anonymous Fleet Manager Time and time again the fleet department is instructed to implement a GPS tracking system with intelligent software. So, the fleet department then invests massive amounts of time to specify, procure and install a system. Mind you, this doesn’t include the initial cost and ongoing monthly fees – which are nothing to sniff at! But this is what really gets my goat! As far as I know, hardly anyone ends up using the system, which is expensive and time-consuming. I know there are numerous benefits using a system for the fleet department. The real benefits are obviously only realised when operational staff ...
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The formation and leadership of fleet strategy by Ken Goldberg – Consultant, IPWEA FLEET Some of you may recall that I presented on Leadership in Fleet Management at the IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference earlier this year. I covered theories relating to the formation and leadership of fleet strategy. This article has been included in this edition of Fleet intouch as a result of further interest in the topic. There are lots of ways to develop fleet strategy. A simple method entails essentially 4 key questions, as follows: 1) What do the users of our services want? This question is customer (or stakeholder) focused, to help you understand your ...
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Hi everyone, Here's some very exciting news that will change the WOL for electric vehicles. It also creates an opportunity to add EVs as pool vehicles without working about who drives them home. https://fleetevnews.com.au/ev-fbt-exemption-bill-introduced-into-parliament/
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET What will Fleet Management look like in the future? The events of recent years may provide some insight into what lay ahead. While future challenges may be different, there are causes and effects that indicate two distinct areas that will continue to evolve in the practice of fleet management. Agility Agility is the ability to be flexible and respond quickly to change. This is a challenge for large organisations, but we have seen it can happen. We’ve seen organisations compelled to extend their replacement cycles and this reinforces the need to evolve beyond a notional optimum replacement time to a broad risk-based ...
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Can Your Obligations on Flexible Work, Gender Equality & Diversity Become Your New Superpower? (Part 2 of 2-part series) by Anne-Maree Coyne – Senior Consultant, Modus Management In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how flexible work arrangements, especially job sharing, can be a great strategy for attracting and retaining staff in the Fleet Industry (April 2022, Fleet Intouch). Flexible work arrangements are proving increasingly popular with employees wanting a better work life balance. This is particularly so as many of us return to workplaces, having experienced more flexible ‘work from home’ arrangements during Covid restrictions. Employees ...
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Zero Emissions Bus, Truck and Van Quarterly Report (Free Download) Evenergi have launched the third edition of the Zero Emissions Bus, Truck and Van (BTV) Report in Australia. This is a very useful resource acting as a guide for tracking the market to make the transition to zero emissions happen. The report provides the following advantages: Be the first to know when new vehicles are available Compare all vehicles in the market by key specifications Understand the market readiness index by segment Understand charging platforms that are available and key specifications With the onset of the global climate crisis, many bus, truck and van fleet ...
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Everyone has a digital clock! By: Anonymous Fleet Manager I know everyone has a digital clock now (on your phone, on your PC, in your car, etc.) but just in case you don’t know how to use the old-fashioned type – When the big hand is on 6 and the little hand in on 2 its 2:30! I wonder why everybody’s time is more important than mine. If we have a meeting scheduled – SHOW UP ON TIME. That also means for online meetings – oh by the way your device will prompt you. I’ve even had staff ask me to remind them about a scheduled appointment. Here’s an idea – you remind me to remind you! It’s not only good business practice and good manners but a reflection ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Winter Webinar Series 2022 . IPWEA FLEET conduct themed webinar series annually providing practical information to the fleet community. The theme for this year’s webinar series is ‘Managing your fleet in a tight labour market’, which is a contemporary issue for fleet practitioners. Mark your calendars for the following dates and session topics: Session 1 Date/Time: Thursday, 18/8/22 at 11 am (1 hour duration) Topic: Branding and marketing to attract a broader workforce demographic Session 2 Date/Time: Thursday, 1/9/22 at 11 am (1 hour duration) Topic: ...
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Ask-Your-Mates (FAQ)

In case you missed it, here's a recent post in the Ask Your Mates Forum Question on Recording of Assets Condition : Question on  1. Recording of Assets condition Hi Everyone Is anyone videoing their roads/ assets as a photographic/video graphic evidence needed with other authorities or internal purposes capturing the true and evident condition of the road/asset? If yes, can you please provide what equipment is best suited for this purpose? Dennis Purse | Temporary Flood Recovery Coordinator | Moree Plains Shire Council ------------------------------ Click here to view the full discussion on Ask Your Mates. ...
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A bad manager blames everyone else! By: Anonymous Fleet Manager You know the old saying – a bad carpenter blames his tools. Well, I’ve got a new one – a bad manager blames EVERYONE ELSE! How many times have you heard someone say “The trouble is these young people…” or “It’s hard to get good help these days”. Well to those managers I say, what have you done to support the team? Have you specified the job properly? Have you provided detailed induction, so the new person understands what is expected? Have you ensured adequate supervision? Have you explained where to get help? Have you undertaken and skills analysis to understand any training requirements ...
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Ask the Expert: The Issues Facing Local Government Fleet Management and the Technology That’s Solving Them With Lou Boyle, National Manager of Local Government at Teletrac Navman Tell Us About Yourself My interest in technology flourished as CEO Representative and Head of Corporate Affairs for Telstra in Queensland. Soon after, I went to work with the Local Government Association as their Innovation Executive, working with councils to better understand what they were doing within the technology space. I have also been a board member of the Ministerial Smart Infrastructure task force with the Queensland Government, a board member on the Australian ...
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Ask-Your-Mates (FAQ)

In case you missed it, here's a recent post in the Ask Your Mates Forum Question on Road Condition Inspection Camera System s: Question on Asset Management Policies, Procedures guidance for Fleet and Construction Equipment I need some guidance in identifying the standards, best practices, and performance KPIs for a Heavy Equipment Rental organization. I understand the ISO 55K standards are applicable for all sectors which are involved in management of Physical assets. However, I need some guidelines specific for the industry which I can reference and tailor to prepare their Policies, SAMP, and associated plans. Besides, I am ...
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IPWEA FLEET Plant and Vehicle Management Professional Development Opportunities Fleet Management Certificate . The IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate is a recognised industry qualification addressing key principles and practices to manage a fleet effectively and efficiently. If 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. The latest course commenced on 8 February 2022 and was fully subscribed. The next course will commence 26 July 2022. View here the key course details and times or register to attend. ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET Strategic planning and operational responsiveness – Getting the balance right IPWEA held its Australasian Fleet Conference on 28-30 March. It was great to be back face-to-face, meeting others in the industry and hearing about best practice and evolving trends in the fleet industry. So many people commented about how good it was to be experiencing this kind of industry event again. The theme for the conference was Leading Fleet Management Through Change. What an apt and timely topic given our experience of recent times. A key takeaway for me was that fleet practitioners need to get the balance right between strategic ...
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Need a new strategy to attract and retain staff in this tight labour market? (Part 1 of 2-part series) by Anne-Maree Coyne – Senior Consultant, Modus Management Hiring good staff is certainly harder than ever! A record 85% of Australian businesses report that staff shortages are holding them back from operating at full capacity 1 . Retaining good is staff is also proving a challenge. Whether it’s called the ‘Great Resignation’ or Josh Frydenberg’s ‘Great Reshuffle’, 1 in 5 Australians have changed jobs within the last year and almost 1 in 4 are considering leaving their current place of employment 2 . So, to compete in such a tight labour market and ...
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By Rob Wilson – Director IPWEA FLEET IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference | Rob Wilson announces he’s stepping back It’s all systems go at the moment as we prepare for our first major face to face event in what seems like an eternity! The IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference is back live and in-person in Brisbane 28-30 March 2022 and will focus on Leading Fleet Management Through Change. The conference will kick off at 4:30 pm on Monday 28 March including an important keynote address on Key Issues for Australian Fleets. Informative presentations across the conference cover topics including: An International Perspective of Fleet Management Fleet ...
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