As of 1 January 2015, Animal Welfare (formally TruckCare) is now a voluntary module of TruckSafe, which is managed by the Australian Trucking Association.
This merger has several benefits for Animal Welfare and TruckSafe members:
- Improved Management: TruckSafe is managed by dedicated professional staff and operates a superior financial, auditing and oversight system.
- Reduced Red-tape: Alignment of Animal Welfare and TruckSafe will simplify administration for operators already in both systems and enable audits to be undertaken at the same time.
- Cost Savings: The alignment of audits will result in net cost saving.
- A Safety Focus: TruckSafe is an excellent system for assisting your business to comply with more rigorous vehicle maintenance requirements which are currently under review by governments and expected to be applied in the near future.
An important condition of the merger is that all Animal Welfare members must also become TruckSafe members.
Please note that membership does not mean you are accredited. All vehicles in your fleet including trailing equipment will be required to be included in your accreditation.
For those that are already accredited under TruckSafe you will notice very little difference other than the fact that both audits will be conducted at the same time.
Annual membership subscription fees will be paid directly to TruckSafe.
Please note that subscription fees will include the audit costs of both programs (i.e. you will pay a fixed rate for your audits upfront and will no longer need to pay auditors directly for their services). TruckSafe will also select the auditors on your behalf. This is to ensure that audit services are truly independent and at arm’s length – a critical element for any accreditation program.
For some members there will be an overall saving due to the reduced travel costs associated with conducting both audits at the same time.
The new Animal Welfare module under TruckSafe will follow the same requirements that are currently in place, although changes may occur to reflect new government requirements or to avoid duplication with the TruckSafe system. TruckSafe will continue to assist livestock carriers to comply with the requirements under the Animal Welfare module.
As Animal Welfare will be an important part of TruckSafe, the ALRTA has been invited to nominate two representatives to the TruckSafe Board. This will ensure that the ALRTA maintains an oversight role in the ongoing management of the Animal Welfare program.
We believe these proposed changes will herald a new and exciting growth phase for Animal Welfare as part of the successful TruckSafe programme.