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ATA elections

Enrol to vote

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, and can choose to vote for both representative positions or just one.

Registering to vote is free and is done online, through the ATA website. REGISTER TO VOTE NOW.

 

Background information

What are ATA elections 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. Following the 2017 election, the next election is due in early 2019.  

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 ATA elections?

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.

Can I nominate 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.

Candidate nominations will open in 2019. Register to vote now to receive updates on the election timetable. 

How is the election conducted?

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

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

The 2019 election timetable will be released closer to the election date. 

Is more information about the election available?

ATA election regulations

Appointment of the Independent Returning Officer to conduct the 2017 election.

 

Results of the 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.