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Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders' Forum

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About the forum

The 2021 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum is a career-defining opportunity to develop your potential as a future leader of the trucking industry and the ATA’s network of member associations.

The 2021 program will consist of:

  • Two days of intensive workshops in Canberra on 15-16 March 2021
  • A take-home leadership project
  • A digital check-in meeting
  • Participation in Trucking Australia 2021

Participants will:

  • Learn how government policy is developed and how businesses and industry associations can have an influence in an effective and ethical way
  • Learn how to handle media interviews
  • Develop a leadership project on a key industry issue with facilitation and mentoring from Wisdom Learning. Participants will present the results at Trucking Australia 2021
  • Development a strong professional network with like-minded industry leaders


To participate in the 2021 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum, you must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 40 inclusive as of 15 March 2021
  • Be involved as an owner or employee in a trucking business that is a financial member of an ATA member association or is a TruckSafe accredited operator. A participant could also be a direct member of an ATA association that offers individual membership.
  • Be available to travel to Canberra for the workshops on 14-17 March 2021 and to Trucking Australia 2021 in October
  • Submit a 300 word outline of a leadership project that you could refine at the initial workshops and then carry out before Trucking Australia 2021. Projects should relate to one or more of the following:
  • Trucking industry productivity
  • Business operations and management
  • Succession planning in family-owned trucking businesses
  • Technological change and innovation in the industry
  • Recruiting and retaining staff.
  • Be willing to undertake media activity, present at Trucking Australia 2021, and afterwards be available as a media contact on industry issues.


Daimler Truck and Bus will pay the full cost of participation, including travel, accommodation, delegate fees and meals. Participants will only have to pay incidental expenses.

How to apply

You can only apply through an ATA member association or through TruckSafe. Contact your member association or TruckSafe, or talk to your employer if your company is a member.

About Daimler Truck and Bus

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific markets leading commercial vehicles including Freightliner trucks, Fuso trucks and buses and Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses, along with Alliance Truck Parts. It is the only manufacturer that can offer American, European and Japanese trucks from a single source, with a range spanning from city-friendly car-licence trucks through to heavy duty road train prime movers.