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ATA returning officer Phil Potterton has declared the results of the 2019 ATA election.

See the results

View the audit trail

 

Register to vote

To register to vote, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes, including as a director of a company, a shareholder of a company, a trustee of a trust or a beneficiary of a trust.

You will also need to provide a valid ABN and an email address that is not used by any other person seeking to register to vote.

You do not need to be in an ATA member association to vote, and can choose to vote for both representative positions or just one.

Registering to vote is free and can be done online. 

Register to vote now

 

Nominate for a position

Under the ATA election regulations, candidates for the single truck 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 ATA elections
  • a member of an ATA member association.

Candidates for the small fleet operator 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 ATA elections
  • a member of an ATA member association.

The next election is due in 2021. Nominations will open in early 2021. 

 

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.   

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?

To register to vote in ATA elections, you must own, be purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes, including as a director of a company, a shareholder of a company, a trustee of a trust or a beneficiary of a trust.

You will also need to provide a valid ABN and an email address that is not used by any other person seeking to register to vote.

You do not need to be in an ATA member association to vote, and can choose to vote for both representative positions or just one.

Registering to vote is free and can be done online. 

Register to vote now

Can I nominate for one of the positions?

Under the ATA election regulations, candidates for the single truck 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 ATA elections
  • a member of an ATA member association.

Candidates for the small fleet operator 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 ATA elections
  • a member of an ATA member association.

 

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.

What is the election timetable?

The timetable for the 2019 ATA election was as follows, the 2021 schedule will be announced at a later date:

Candidate nominations open 4 January 2019
Voter registrations and candidate nominations close 5pm AEDT, 1 February 2019
Declaration of result if no election is necessary By 8 February 2019
Issue of ballot papers 7 February 2019
Close of polls 5pm AEDT, 28 February 2019
Declaration of result 1 March 2019
Announcement of result By 8 March 2019
Successful candidates take office

At the ATA Council AGM on 3 April 2019

Is more information about the election available?

ATA election regulations

Appointment of the Independent Returning Officer