Well, 2018 is rapidly evaporating and 2019 is poking its head over the horizon. This year has been a big year for the ADTA and for industry. We’ve seen the review of the Driving Instructors Act, findings from the StaySafe report and how it affects the driver training industry and the Commonwealth Games and the marked effect on the ability of our Gold Coast and Southern Brisbane members to operate.
Sadly, we’ve seen issues surrounding corruption
especially in the QLD MC space and other non-compliance issues in the NSW HVCBA field but the regulators in both states have acted quickly and we will see a strengthened and improved system emerge from the other end. The other big issue regards the use of “paid supervisors” and we have worked swiftly and strongly with the regulators in this space as well as setting a mandate at this years AGM that we will pursue, by all means available, non conforming businesses from operating as pseudo driving schools.
The ADTA has interacted regularly with TMR, RMS and Service NSW developing our already good relationships and seeing strong communication and understanding as the year has progressed. Our conference this year at Surfers Paradise was a massive success and all
attendees expressed their absolute satisfaction with the standard of the guest speakers, the amazing venue and the networking opportunities on the day.
We’ve negotiated a big deal with our insurer to maintain the premium level for our Public Liability and Professional Indemnity policies for the next three years. Considering the firm nature of the insurance market at the moment and the increases happening left, right and centre this is a real and tangible benefit for members. In January those instructors enrolled as “Master” instructors will be able to access our new vehicle insurance policy offering significant savings as well.
harp on about what 2019 holds, we have already announced our key initiatives and from January we will hit the ground running. I feel that we are setting a new agenda and platform which we will see strengthen our industry and lead to a rising level of professionalism. We will see an increase from the 27 events and workshops held this year. I look forward to walking this journey with all of you.
The Safer Driver Course has allowed a number of smaller operators to partner with the ADTA and offer the course “in house” to their customers. All surplus funds from the Safer Driver Course are used for provision of Professional Development activities for Instructors. The course has seen hundreds of young people exposed to a training program that is innovative and aimed at
introducing skills for a lifetime of learning. Nadia manages the administration of the SDC for me and has done an exceptional job this year in booking and organising courses and in seeing all administrative functions are met.
Finally, I am supported by a number of people. A board of 10 industry based directors steer the direction of the ADTA in line with industry needs and vision for the future. The directors are my colleagues and a professional and progressive bunch whom I am grateful for backing my role and working towards a goal that we constantly sharpen and slightly re-focus.
Our administrative base and member engagement is a key strength of the
organisation. Once again I congratulate Hayley on her amazing work and how she has in the past few years lifted the associations profile with her part in the machine that is the ADTA. She has also lifted her own skill set and is working on projects and at a level well beyond when she joined us.
Most of all, I congratulate each and every member of our association. From Cairns in the North to Merimbula in the South. Inland to Albury, Wagga, Griffith, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Moree, Roma and Moornabah and so many places in between, you continue to offer a service that has a profound effect on the lives the safety and the growth of all classes of learners as well as the motoring public sharing the roads with them.
I hope that you all have a Merry Christmas, enjoy what breaks you may have and cherish every moment that you can with your families. I can assure you, it passes by too quick. I look forward to a few days off myself and to grabbing hold of 2019 and seeing what we can accomplish together then.
Ho Ho Ho
If you need your TAE for your work then you MUST upgrade by the end of March next year. Despite previous advice from RMS they have changed their position and now no longer require the updated version of the TAE qualification for Safer Driver Course facilitators.
There is still no official word as to whether those in the HVCBA space will need the upgraded qual as this will depend largely on the need to issue Statements of Attainment moving forwards. Until then we can’t comment as to whether this will be compulsory or not.
HOWEVER, on a personal note. You’ve done a lot of work obtaining your current TAE
Qualification. If you are planning on staying in the training industry in the long term, my personal opinion would be to stay updated. Without doing your updates you will eventually be back at ground zero with your old certificates. Thats just my view and also why I’m upgrading.
Digital Licence Scheme Service NSW
Mick, Hayley and Vice President Julie Emerson recently met with Service NSW for our regular catch up. As previously mentioned, the team had worked tirelessly in order to facilitate the large back log caused by the recent floods which we are very grateful for.