2021 National Conference

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove - Gold Coast


Reconnect for Change

It is time to get together and reconnect after a difficult year for road freight operators.

NatRoad is pleased to invite members to the NatRoad National Conference 2021, to be held on the sunny Gold Coast from 19-21 August 2021.

2020 has given us all time to reflect and we want to use this important networking event to let you share your experiences, tell us what’s important to your business and where improvements are needed to make things better for you and your business.

You will have the chance to participate in the much loved ‘NatRoad Parliament’ where you can debate the most pressing issues for you and your business. Attendees then vote on the most important issues you want NatRoad to work on. With key industry stakeholders and decision-makers attending, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the hard questions and have your voice heard.

Another highlight will be celebrating the great achievements of the industry with the NatRoad Awards presented at the Gala Dinner. Be sure to nominate a colleague or mate to be recognised for their hard yards in the industry.

We look forward to seeing you there!

NatRoad – supporting the industry’s grassroots businesses.

Take advantage of our early bird pricing and secure accommodation at the Intercontinental Resort at Sanctuary Cove.

Registration fees – includes pass to Gala Dinner and all social events: (inc GST)

  • Early bird member – $220 (closes Friday 9 July 2021)
  • Early bird non-member – $550 (closes Friday 9 July 2021)
  • Standard rate member – $360 (closes Friday 13 August 2021)
  • Standard rate non-member – $650 (closes Friday 13 August 2021)

Registrations close: Friday 13 August 2021

Not a member yet? Join NatRoad before (end of early bird) and receive one free registration with your membership. Call us on 1800 272 144 to find out more or to join and claim your free registration. Learn more about NatRoad member benefits. 

NatRoad Conference Terms and Conditions

The InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is set within 4.2 hectares of tropical garden with a one-acre lagoon beach pool, marine village with boutiques, theatre and galleries. Located close to three championship golf courses, theme parks, a world-class marina and much more, there is a fantastic selection of relaxing activities prior to, or after the conference.

Special accommodation rates have been secured for NatRoad conference attendees at the InterContinental and Azzura Greens Resort. If you wish to stay at either property, please book your accommodation with your conference registration.

Accommodation is limited so we recommend you book your stay ASAP to avoid disappointment. Rooms can be booked together with your registration.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort – Accommodation Options

Garden View Room – $229 single occupancy, $249 twin occupancy

Azzura Greens Resort  – Accommodation Options (6 mins drive away from venue)

Standard 2-bedroom apartments – $230 per night
2-bedroom, 2 bathroom and powder room
All rooms are equipped with kitchen facilities and laundry facilities
All 9 rooms sleep 4 people max (1x king bed and 2x singles / 2x king beds or 4x singles)

Standard 2-bedroom apartments with sofa bed lounge area – $270 per night
2-bedroom, 2 bathroom & powder room
All rooms are equipped with kitchen facilities and laundry facilities
All 7 rooms sleep 6 people (1x king bed, 2x singles and a double sofa bed / 2x king beds and double sofa bed or 4x single beds and sofa bed)

Thursday 19 August 2021
Time Details
12.30pm – 4.00pm NatRoad Board Meeting
6.00pm – 8.00pm Welcome Drinks
Friday 20 August 2021
7.30am – 9.00am Breakfast
9.30am – 12.00pm Conference Sessions
12.00pm – 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm – 3.30pm Conference sessions/Breakout Sessions
Free time
Saturday 21 August 2021
9.00am – 11.am Conference Sessions/Breakout Sessions
11.00am – 11.30am Morning Tea
12.15pm – 1pm Lunch
1.00pm – 4.00pm Conference Sessions & NatRoad Parliament
6.30pm – 7.30pm Happy Hour
7.30pm Gala Dinner & NatRoad Awards

Why not take a break before or after the conference with some of the fantastic leisure activities available close to the venue and on the Gold Coast.


With exclusive rates to Resort Guest, you can choose from The Palms Golf Course, The Pines and Link Hope Island.

Shopping and Dining

Visit the Marina Village, right at the edge of the harbour with a selection of cafes, restaurants and bars, plus specialty shops, art galleries and gift stores.


The area offers a great selection of alternative activities, include GoBoat Gold Coast, Theme Parks, boat cruises, bike hire and kayak tours.

Peter Rowsthorn

Get ready to laugh all night long with Peter Rowsthorn booked as the Master of Ceremonies at the NatRoad Annual Gala Dinner.

Peter Rowsthorn is a high energy, fast-paced stand-up comedian one minute and a measured character actor the next. He is probably best known as long-suffering husband and pants-man Brett Craig on Kath & Kim.

Peter is one of Australia’s best stand-up comedians and is also an extremely skilled Master of Ceremonies.

Sal Petroccitto

Sal became Chief Executive Officer of the NHVR in May 2014, bringing extensive knowledge of heavy vehicle policy, strategy and regulation to the role.

Over the past six years, Sal has led a significant program of reform across Australia’s heavy vehicle industry, including transitioning functions from participating jurisdictions to deliver a single national heavy vehicle regulator, harmonising heavy vehicle regulations across more than 400 road managers, and modernising safety and productivity laws for heavy vehicle operators and the supply chain.

He has also led the NHVR’s transformation to a customer-centric organisation, focusing on outcomes that deliver the biggest benefit to the most people in the heavy vehicle sector, driven by the NHVR Portal and backed up by a comprehensive set of data from across Australia.

Gillian Bristow

Gillian Bristow, from Bristow Legal, has practised in the transport sector for more than 25 years. She acts for a wide variety of transport and logistics clients and transport industry associations across all jurisdictions, including road transport operators, warehouse operators, tow operators, freight forwarders and companies involved in plant hire.

Senator Glenn Sterle

Senator Glenn Sterle currently serves as the Chair of the Senate Rural, Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee and in June of 2018, was appointed by Bill Shorten as the Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety.

Nominate a fellow truckie for a NatRoad Award

The annual NatRoad Awards sponsored by NTI which are presented at the National Conference Gala Dinner recognise those in the industry who are making a difference. Nominate a mate or a fellow worker to recognise their contribution to your workplace and the industry.

Professional Driver Award

This award recognises the achievements of a driver and acknowledge the professionalism with which they carry out their work, in particular an exemplary safety performance, commitment to excellence, customer service and who has worked to promote the industry as a whole.

Sponsored by NTI 

Youth Employee Award

This Award recognises an inspirational young professional (30 years and under) working in any part of the road transport industry. If a young team member has performed beyond your expectations, made a contribution to your business or brought a new way of thinking, nominate them today.

Sponsored by NTI

What do the finalists receive?

The finalists in each category will receive:

  • Return economy airfares from their closest airport to Brisbane to attend the awards presentation at the Gala Dinner
  • One nights’ accommodation at the InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

What do the winners receive?

  • Each winner will receive $500 worth of Eftpos gift vouchers

Complete the form below or email us on info@natroad.com.au with your nomination.


Ted Pickering Memorial Award

The prestigious Ted Pickering Memorial Award is awarded each year to an individual for their outstanding contribution to the Australian Road Transport Industry.

First awarded in 2012, this award was named after one of the founding members of the National Transport Federation – Ted Pickering. Ted was an icon of the industry and a true gentleman. Universally liked and respected for his honesty, integrity, ethics and overall commitment to the industry. The Ted Pickering Memorial Award is selected by the NatRoad Executive Team and awarded at the NatRoad Conference Gala Dinner.

The NatRoad Awards are proudly sponsored by National Transport Insurance (NTI)

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2021 NatRoad Conference Sponsors

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