The ATA has announced that nominations are now open for the 2021 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum, a career-defining program that will shape the next generation of trucking industry leaders.

Chair of the ATA, David Smith said that in an industry that is constantly evolving, it was vital to have strong leaders who can build a stronger, safer, and more productive industry.

“Like many Australian industries, the trucking industry is facing disruption and innovation as modern technologies change the way we do business, work and live. Together with Daimler Truck and Bus, we are looking for the next generation of leaders,” Mr Smith said.

Part one of the 2021 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum will be held in Canberra on 21 and 22 June, where participants will take part in intensive workshops and collaborate to develop industry advocacy projects which will be presented at the ATA’s Trucking Australia 2021 conference from 29 September to 1 October.

Participants will also be mentored by experts in leadership, media and political training during the forum, developing their potential as future leaders of the industry and the ATA’s network of member associations.

“The Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders initiative has helped nurture some wonderfully talented young people in the road freight industry since its inception in 2018,” Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead said.

“The team at Daimler Truck and Bus is excited to continue backing this fantastic initiative that helps provide a clearer pathway for future leaders of our vital industry.”

2019 Future Leader Matthew Allen said the forum is a great development program that stands out from the rest as it is delivered and backed by people in the industry.

“My confidence in presenting and communicating grew after the program and I was given opportunities to continue to develop that in my professional role. This led to an internal promotion about 6 months after completing,” Mr Allen said.

“The program puts you on the other side of the fence and gives you an insight into how legislation is created, the association’s role and involvement in the industry as well as providing a safe environment for you to grow and develop your leadership skills,” he said.

Participants must be involved as an owner or employee in a trucking business that is a financial member of an ATA member association or TruckSafe. A participant could also be a direct member of an ATA association that offers individual membership.

For more information on how to participate, contact your ATA member association or visit