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About the ATA

The Australian Trucking Association and its member associations collectively represent 50,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the Australian trucking industry. Together we are committed to safety, professionalism and viability. 

View our brand story below for a detailed insight into the association, our goals and initiatives.


The ATA was established to improve the trucking industry’s safety, professionalism and viability after the Grafton truck and bus crash in October 1989. The accident claimed 21 lives and was the worst accident in Australian road transport history at the time.

In 2011, the ATA published its twentieth anniversary history, which covers the key events that propelled the formation of the ATA, as well as the larger than life personalities involved. To get your copy, contact the ATA.


Achievements and priorities

The ATA has an impressive record of achievement on behalf of its members. The ATA’s current priorities are set out in its strategic plan, which is updated each year.


How the ATA is structured

ATA constitution

Like many national associations, the ATA is a public company limited by guarantee. The ATA’s constitution sets out its structure and decision-making arrangements in detail.

General council

The ATA General Council guides the association’s industry policies and consists of its direct members, past chairs and elected representatives of owner drivers (one truck) and small fleet operators (2-5 trucks). If you are an owner driver or small fleet operator, you’re welcome to register to vote.

Board of Management

The ATA’s Board of Management is responsible for the financial oversight of the association and sets its strategic direction.

Industry Technical Council

The ATA’s Industry Technical Council consists of businesses with leading expertise in truck technology. Under its terms of reference, the ITC provides the ATA with advice on technical issues and develops its technical advisory procedures.