Last Saturday, November 3rd saw Surfers Paradise hosting the annual Conference of the Australian Driver Trainers Association.
Over 100 delegates assembled in the Shark Bell Function Room located on top of Surfers Paradise Life Saving Club. Everyone in the room was captivated by the 180 degree ocean views and settled down quickly to start the Conference at 10am.
A summary of the day is outlined below…
A special thank you to our Sponsors; Insurance Advisernet and CGU
Events like this are only possible through the
partnerships that we hold with both CGU Insurance and Insurance Advisernet. Both of these organisations understand the importance of Professional Development and building the skills and knowledge of the people in our industry.
Our GM Mick Humphries in his introduction to our sponsors commented on a recent incident he had in the USA where he unfortunately had to make a claim on his travel insurance. Mick recounted that after getting sick in America and having to attend hospital while overseas, the bills have already reached over 50k. This highlights the importance of both being insured and having quality insurance in place.
Our good friend, John Durant addressed the meeting discussing the savings he had already given to many instructors for both their car and truck insurances
and further outlined the benefit of having a low flat excess irrespective of who is driving the vehicle.
John was also excited to share the launch of the new car insurance fleet policy which will offer further savings and benefits and is being tied to instructors that undertake the Master Driver Instructor Qualification as a benchmark for accessing that insurance.
We would like to thank Surfers Paradise SLSC for hosting us on the day and providing a venue and catering that was fantastic.
A combination of the ocean views and plenty of food along with after Conference beverages made for a perfect day.
If you are thinking of holding a Conference feel free to contact the Surf Club on (07) 5553190.
Aaron Harper MP – The Member for Thuringowa
We were honoured to have Aaron attend our Conference representing the QLD Transport Minister. Aaron has a huge interest in road safety which was born in his time working as a paramedic and as a helicopter urgent care paramedic.
Aaron discussed his interest in road safety and outlined much of what the QLD Government is doing to improve safety for both young and older drivers.
He also made mention of his desire to see a motor racing and driver training centre being developed on land in Townsville that has
already been earmarked for this project.
All guests on the day could see the genuine desire of this local member to see whatever improvements we can in road safety.
It was fitting that Aaron also shared with us that his own son is about to obtain his learner’s permit and is looking forward to engaging a local driving instructor to assist with this process.
The Association appreciates Mr Harpers time for attending our Conference.
QLD Transport and Main Roads
We were also honoured to have Andrew Mahon, the General Manager of Transport Regulation Branch (TMR) along with his associate Chantal Pedley. Andrew’s responsibilities include licensing, road rules, vehicle standards, industry licensing heavy vehicles, and prosecutions.
Andrew discussed a number of functions that his office conducts but the highlight of the day was an insight into the new Prep L program that TMR is launching shortly. Being able to see how the program would work and understanding the processes that Learners will face was a great help to all delegates.
The ADTA also publicly thanked Andrew and his department for their ongoing support of the driver training industry and looking at steps moving forward to improve standards within the industry.
Sunshine Coast University
We were so fortunate on the day to have both Bridie Scott-Parker and Natalie Watson-Brown who were both industry’s “Go To” people in the driver education space.
Bridie is the founder of the Consortium of Adolescent Road Safety (CARDOSA) which is located at the Sunshine Coast University.
Natalie is also employed by CARDOSA and is in the final year of completing her PhD and has a background in training and coaching.
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Both of these engaging speakers looked at risk, management, and the approaches that instructors can take in delivering road safety messages.
Bridie and Natalie’s work is focused on our vulnerable road user groups which include young drivers as well as other
road users. The presentations were both informative and well received by all delegates and attendants.
As part of our commitment to supporting Bridie and Natalie’s work, please take a few minutes to read about the survey they discussed on the day:
Ray delivered an engaging and informative session based on his underlying theme that driver training is an essential foundation for road safety and road trauma reduction. Ray comes from a history of 41 years in the Victorian Police which included 14 years as assistant commissioner and active deputy commissioner.
It was interesting watching Ray’s presentation concerning driver training in other countries, and a little disturbing watching a scene from an Australian Driving instructor as well.
The ADTA is going to be working with Ray to help create
Professional Development Programs to see an improvement in standards across the industry.
It was a pleasure to host both Andrew Rasch and Ben Hayhorpe at our Conference. Andrew delivered a wrap up of research he has been conducting concerning driver education programs around the world and a reflective look at the Keys2Drive Program over the past decade in Australia. Andrew has presented all delegates with a great booklet which outlines the flow of the program and where it will head in the future.
There was a very limited quantity of hard copies of the booklet, but you can access the PDF by clicking here.
The team from SNSW Jordan Appleby, David Pracy and Ranjit Singh started off by addressing some pre Conference questions. After this the floor was open for interactive discussion and delegates were keen to put questions to the team. We appreciate SNSW sending delegates to our Conference as it allows an open discussion on many topics to occur. With all topics that were put on the table, very satisfactorily answered by our subject matter experts.
The board of the ADTA is very proud to welcome Heath Ward the proprietor of Graduate School of Motoring in Townsville who has filled a casual board vacancy with the ADTA.
Heath brings to the table a very professionally run business and understands the issues of doing business in a regional centre across all platforms from car to MC.
We look forward to working with Heath over the next 12 months.
We were very fortunate to have been donated a great prize by Ronak Shah from roofsign.com.au
Our GM Mick Humphries decided not to give this away as a lucky draw prize, but instead gave as a gift on behalf of the ADTA to Tami Harris from Moranbah in recognition of the great work that she does in her remote community.
Our Exhibitors on the day included…
YLOO ~ Dion Changuion and Alyssa Changuion ~ E email@example.com
Booking Times ~ Adam Clinckett and Julian Biddle ~ E firstname.lastname@example.org
Dual Controls QLD ~ Joe and Tracey Laspina ~ E email@example.com
Total Ability ~ Geoff Nix ~ E firstname.lastname@example.org
The Learner Driver Handbook ~ Ray Griffiths ~ E email@example.com
The Driver Trainers Manual ~ Alan Brown ~ E firstname.lastname@example.org
David Wrigley ~ ADTA President
Andrew Mahon ~ GM TMR
Chantal Pedley ~ TMR
John Durant ~ Insurance Advisernet
Andrew Rasch ~ Keys2Drive
From Left: Mick Humphries ~ ADTA GM with Ranjit Singh, Jordan Appleby and David Pracy ~ Service NSW
Bridie Scott-Parker ~ Sunshine Coast University
Natalie Watson-Brown ~ Sunshine Coast University
Aaron Harper ~ MP representing the QLD Transport Minister
Mick Humphries ~ ADTA GM discussing the upcoming Master Drivers Qualification
Geoff Nix ~ Total Ability
Ray Shuey ~ Strategic Safety Solutions
Conference delegates enjoying the Surf Club
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