Countdown is on to big awards night in Melbourne

The countdown is on for one of our industry’s most significant and best attended events with the gala presentation of the 33rd Australian Freight Industry Awards, proudly sponsored by TWUSUPER and Viva Energy Australia.

The VTA invites you and your operation to join in the celebrations of our great industry by attending the gala presentation.

Members and operators have made reservations to ensure their enjoyment of the dinner and entertainment and celebration of AFIA winners in the Palladium at Crown Melbourne on Saturday, September 2, and we’d love to see you there. 

AFIA presentations will be made in the following award categories:

• Female Leadership Award sponsored by Viva Energy Australia

• Investment in People Award sponsored by Logical Staffing Solutions

• Application of Technology Award sponsored by Transport Certification Australia 

• Young Achiever Award sponsored by Daimler Truck Australia Pacific 

• Best Practice Safety Award sponsored by Gallagher 

• Sustainable Environment Award sponsored by NTI

The VTA also acknowledges CMV Truck & Bus for its generous sponsorship of the Personality of the Year Award.

I am thrilled with the quality and calibre of the many nominations received across each of the award categories. 

Last year we set a record for entries, and with so much innovation and best practice taking place right across our great industry, the quality and calibre of nominations for our 33rd presentation of the awards are second to none.

The contributions of the many essential workers in this industry – truck drivers, freight carriers, logistics experts, and other professionals who tirelessly work to keep supply chains operational – often go unnoticed. 

This is why the Australian Freight Industry Awards hold immense importance, as they not only celebrate the many achievements of the transport sector but also recognise the hard work and dedication of transport workers.

From outstanding safety practices to efficient logistics management and sustainable initiatives, these accolades recognise the best practices that drive the industry forward.

The AFIA Gala Presentation features a spectacular stage show with entertainment from acclaimed cover band Furnace and the Fundamentals. 

Furnace and the Fundamentals will provide plenty of entertainment at the gala presentation.

The band features an immense repertoire of hit songs, performed with incredible musicianship and with a stunning stage presence. 

From The Beatles to Beyonce, Queen to Daft Punk, The Lion King to Dirty Dancing and everything in between, Furnace and the Fundamentals are unlike anything you’ve seen before and are sure to have guests on their feet throughout the evening. 

We look forward to a sensational evening celebrating everything that is great about our great transport industry and the phenomenal efforts and achievements of its people.

Livinia Nixon will act as master of ceremonies for the 2023 AFIAs.

The Australian Freight Industry Awards play a crucial role in recognising the transport industry and its workers, highlighting their achievements, and promoting continuous improvement. 

By acknowledging excellence and innovation, boosting morale and motivation, enhancing the industry’s reputation, and attracting talent, these awards contribute to the overall growth and success of the transport industry in Australia. 

It is imperative that we continue to appreciate the efforts of those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep our economy moving.

I invite you and your colleagues to join the industry for the black-tie gala award presentations at Crown Melbourne on Saturday, September 2, and to celebrate our great industry and its high achievers. 

To secure your ticket or table visit afiawards.com.au. 

  • Peter Anderson is CEO, Victorian Transport Association

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