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2017 ATA election

Voter registrations and candidate nominations for the election of owner driver and small fleet representatives to the ATA General Council are now closed and are being reviewed.

If there are more candidates than vacancies for a position, the ATA’s Independent Returning Officer will conduct an online election. If this is required, ballot papers will be issued on 1 March 2017.

The election will be carried out online using a secure service, so voters will be able to cast their votes no matter wherever they are.

 

Background information

What is the election about?

The ATA’s policy direction is set by its General Council, which includes two representatives elected by owner drivers and small fleet operators. The owner driver member represents those in the trucking industry who own, are purchasing, or are leasing one truck and who drive it. The small fleet member represents those in the trucking industry who own, are purchasing, or are leasing between two to five trucks. 

These members hold office for two years. As the last election was held in 2015, the election is due in 2017. 

What do the positions involve?

The owner driver and small fleet members are entitled to attend and vote at ATA Council meetings which are held about four times a year, generally in Canberra.  The ATA meets their agreed accommodation and travel expenses for Council business.

The members can also join in the work of the ATA’s policy committees, which meet by teleconference.

Can I vote in the election?

Voter registrations for this election are now closed.

Voters must:

  • be a person (including directors and/or shareholders of a company and trustees and beneficiaries of a trust) who owns, is purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes;
  • provide a valid ABN; and
  • provide a unique email address that is not used by any other person seeking to register to vote in this election.

Voters do not have to be a member of an ATA member organisation. Registering to vote is free, and voters can choose to vote for both representative positions or just one.

Can I nominate for one of the positions?

Candidate nominations are also closed.

Candidates for the category one (owner driver) position must be:

  • a person (including directors and/or shareholders of a company and trustees and beneficiaries of a trust) who owns, is purchasing or leasing one truck over 4.5 tonnes and drives it;
  • registered as a voter for the election; and
  • a member of an ATA member organisation.

Candidates for the category two (small fleet) position must be:

  • a person (including directors and/or shareholders of a company and trustees and beneficiaries of a trust) who owns, is purchasing or leasing 2-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes;
  • registered as a voter for the election; and
  • a member of an ATA member organisation.

How will the election be conducted?

If there are more candidates than vacancies, the ATA’s Independent Returning Officer will conduct the election online.

Registered voters will receive an email with a unique voting key and a secure link to an online election service, electionbuddy.com. This service has now been used for more than 30,000 elections. In Australia, it is used by the NSW Government for some applications and the Property Council of Australia. The ATA has also used the service for voting within its Industry Technical Council.

Voting will be open for 21 days and the secrecy of voter choices will be protected by the online voting system. Results will not be available until after the close of voting. 

What is the election timetable?

Voter registration opens

18/01/17

Candidate nominations open

25/01/17

Nominations and voter registration closes (5pm AEDT)

22/02/17

Declaration of result if no election is necessary

By 01/03/17

Issue of ballot papers

01/03/17

Close of polls (5pm AEDT)

22/03/17

Declaration of results

23/03/17

Results posted on ATA website

24/03/17

Successful candidates take office

At the ATA Annual General Meeting on 05/04/17

Is more information about the election rules available?

ATA election regulations

Appointment of the Independent Returning Officer to conduct the election