The Australian Freight Industry Awards are among the most coveted accolades in the Australian transport industry, recognising the outstanding achievements of Australian freight and logistics operators and the people they employ. Last year marked the 30th Anniversary of the Awards.
The Australian Freight Industry Awards are but one way that recognises the fantastic achievements of operators, organisations and individuals right across our industry. Associates within the industry are encouraged to nominate for any of the seven award categories that are contested each year including the:
The Australian Freight Industry Awards officially came to life after a conversation between former VTA Executive Director Phil Lovel and former TNT senior executive Allan Jones, who referenced a similar transport industry event in the UK that attracted significant attendance.
Three hundred and fifty people attended that first awards night in 1990, with attendance escalating to 500 the next year and even more the year after, with word quickly spreading about the quality and calibre of the evening. Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale co-hosted when 3000 guests attended the Melbourne Convention Centre for the 10th anniversary awards – an event long-remembered for its remarkable quality in consideration of the logistical challenges of feeding thousands!
The transport industry’s night of nights continues to be very special and recognises not just the innovation but also all that is positive and worthy in our industry.
30 years ago…
• Bill Hayden was Governor-General and Bob Hawke was Prime Minister
• John Cain was Premier of Victoria
• Hawthorn defeated Geelong in the VFL Grand Final
• Australia defeated England 4-0 to regain The Ashes for the first time in 40 years
• A litre of milk cost $.85 and a load of bread cost $1.37
• A litre of petrol cost $1
• Australia’s GDP was $USD299.3 billion (now $USD1.323 trillion)
• Single-axle semi-trailers rated to 42.5 tonnes GVM
• B-Double semi-trailers rated to 68.5 tonnes GVM (HML and HPFVs weren’t around)