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2017 ATA election

Independent Returning Officer Phil Potterton has declared the following candidates elected in the 2017 ATA election:

Owner driver position

Small fleet position

Read the formal declaration of the election result. Mr Potterton has also released the audit trail of the votes cast, with Information that would identify voters redacted.

 

Background information

What was 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. An election was 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.

Could I have voted in the election?

Under the ATA election regulations, 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.

Could I have nominated for one of the positions?

Under the ATA election regulations, 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 was the election conducted?

The ATA’s Independent Returning Officer conducted the election online.

Registered voters received 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 was open for 21 days and the secrecy of voter choices will be protected by the online voting system.

What was 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 available?

ATA election regulations

Appointment of the Independent Returning Officer to conduct the election