After lengthy delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IPWEA resumed its highly anticipated, in-person Australasian Fleet Conference for 2022. The well-attended conference was held from the 28th to the 30th of March at the Royal International Convention Centre and Show Ground in Brisbane, Queensland.
Attendees got the opportunity to acknowledge individuals within the fleet community for outstanding achievements and hear from experts in the industry share their knowledge in line with the theme “Leading Fleet Management Through Change”.
Some selected highlights at the fleet conference included:
Rachel Brown-Hughey from Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW) and Erin Mossely from City of Gold Coast were corecipients of the esteemed IPWEA FLEET Award for 2022. Both Rachel and Erin equally topped the IPWEA Fleet Management Certificate course in the preceding year, which was a first.
Breehan Allen from Summit Fleet Leasing and Management gave a well-received and highly informative keynote address about key issues facing Australian fleets. The talk covered numerous areas including market forces, supply challenges, cost pressures and other key areas.
Thomas Brayley from Logan City Council and Chair of IPWEA’s Fleet Council delivered an outstanding keynote on how fleet practitioners can demonstrate value through strong and authentic leadership with a commitment to sustaining a psychologically safe and healthy workplace for all.
Rob Wilson, Director IPWEA Fleet, received the Outstanding Service Award for his efforts leading the IPWEA Fleet team over a sustained period. Rob has done a terrific job for IPWEA and the fleet community helping increase the professionalism and strategic thinking within the industry through the development of tools, education, and professional service offerings for subscribers. Rob has decided to step down from the Director role to focus on other work-life priorities.
Gerard McLennan from LBM Fleet presented a compelling talk on how fleet is a significant cost driver and using data driven fleet strategies to save money. He discussed how it is imperative to capture the right data, identify opportunities to cut costs and monitor outcomes.
Anne-Maree Coyne from Modus Management delivered an interactive presentation on change management. Anne-Maree had attendees run through several practical exercises to plan and execute fleet initiatives and activities. She focused on embedding change and key principles to reduce resistance.
Attendees had a terrific time touring Komatsu’s Innovation Hub located in Wacol, Brisbane. The Innovation Hub was recently opened to commemorate Komatsu’s 100th anniversary. The facility provides a range of interactive exhibits that demonstrates Komatsu’s latest technologies and vision.
The IPWEA Australasian Fleet Conference was supported by our sponsors and exhibitors. Thank you to our Platinum Partner (Komatsu), Platinum Sponsor (Hino), Gold Sponsor (Teletrac Navman), Silver Sponsors (Isuzu Trucks and Smartrak), Bronze Sponsors (hidrive, Mitsubishi Motors, and Plant Assessor), MC Sponsor (Repco), and Session Sponsor (Quality Business Documents).
Of course, the above highlights are a small portion of the 3-day event. If you didn’t get a chance to attend this year’s conference, please make sure to book in early and plan to attend next year. We’d love to see you there! Information for all IPWEA FLEET events can be found at this link.