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At the invitation of the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee, AIS has highlighted the importance of ongoing skills development to support the Transport and Logistics industry to keep pace with increasing automation in a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Importance of a Viable, Safe, Sustainable and Efficient Road Transport Industry.
Responding to the inquiry’s Terms of Reference, the AIS submission covers existing Transport and Logistics qualifications, career pathways, impacts of new technologies on skills, the regulatory environment and its alignment with the Transport and Logistics Industry Training Package.
The submission notes that technological innovations are reshaping the industry at a rapid pace, offering opportunities, but also causing disruption, making upskilling and retraining the current and future workforce a priority.
Telematics and fatigue management technologies such as Intelligent Access Point (IAP) and the Electronic Work Diary (EWD) are identified as particularly significant developments, which when combined with high quality training programs, can contribute to greater efficiency, safety and compliance.
More broadly, AIS notes that the growing population of Australia will create greater demand for commerce and online shopping, requiring an increasing number of truck drivers to deliver goods and commodities on Australian roads, further highlighting the significance of competency standards to ensure safe and efficient operations.
Read the full AIS Submission here (No. 37).