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Thank you for keeping Australia moving

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As we get to the end of what has been such a tough year for many, the Australian Government has thanked freight workers for the critical role they have played, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, said freight operators have worked tirelessly throughout the year to deliver critical goods, from medical supplies and hand sanitizer to toilet rolls.

“I want to thank all the freight operators, drivers, DC workers, manufacturing and maintenance crews who have met the challenge of increased local demand, keeping our supermarkets stocked and our economy running,” Buchholz said.

As Australia turns the corner from the COVID pandemic, he said now is also a great time for Australians to consider opportunities in the freight transport sector.

“Driving a fully loaded road train or an 1,800-metre freight train is an occupation that requires dedication, knowledge and expertise, however with the increase in demand there are significant job opportunities across the freight and logistics industry.

“Opportunities exist not limited to drivers, but also jobs in distribution centres, maintenance and manufacturing.

“The Federal Government’s JobMaker plan, including the extension to the Instant Asset Write-Off and introduction of the temporary full expensing measure, will provide a shot in the arm to our local heavy vehicle and component manufacturing and maintenance sector, increasing demand and meaning more jobs.

“The industry is open to applicants from a range of backgrounds, personal characteristics or experience.”

Buchholz said freight and logistics sector workers are Australia’s unsung heroes but, like many Australians, have experienced higher levels of stress during this pandemic.

“COVID-19 has had a significant effect on the mental health and wellbeing of many people across the country, having led to increased isolation and financial stress for many people,” Buchholz said.

“The mental health of our freight and logistics workers is of vital importance and never more so than at this time of year, when they may be spending long hours, working or some away from home during the holiday season.

“I encourage everyone in the sector to stay on top of their mental and physical health as we continue to manage the effects of this pandemic together.

“I wish those in the freight and logistics industry, and all Australians, a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.”

 

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