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Reconnect for Change

NatRoad is pleased to invite members to the NatRoad National Conference 2022, to be held at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove on the sunny Gold Coast from 17-19 March 2022. It is time to get together and reconnect after another difficult year for road freight operators.

2020 and 2021 have 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.

With plenty of time to socialise and take in relaxing activities, this is the event of the year and not to be missed.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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 4 February 2022)
  • Early bird non-member – $550 (closes Friday 4 February 2022)
  • Standard rate member – $360 (closes Wednesday 4 March 2022)
  • Standard rate non-member – $650 (closes Wednesday 4 March 2022)

Registrations close:  Wednesday 4 March 2022

Not a member yet? Join NatRoad to book at the member rate. Call us on 1800 272 144 to find out more. 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 the InterContinental property, please book your accommodation with your conference registration.  If you wish to stay at the Azzura Greens Resort, please book your accommodation direct with them.

Accommodation is limited so we recommend you book your stay ASAP to avoid disappointment.


InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Intercontinental Garden View room – $229 per night

Availability 17 / 18 / 19 March 2022 – additional room nights at the conference rate can be requested.

Accommodation to be booked through NatRoad.


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)

Accommodation to be booked through Azzura Greens Resort on  (07) 5511 9600.

Thursday 17 March 2022

6.00pm – 9.00pm NTI Welcome Reception
Welcome Drinks

Friday 18 March 2022

7.30am – 9.00am BP Breakfast
9.30am – 12.00pm Conference Sessions
12.00pm – 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm – 3.30pm Breakout Sessions
Free time

Saturday 19 March 2022

9.00am – 11.00am Conference Sessions
11.00am – 11.30am Morning Tea
11.30am – 1.00pm Conference Sessions
1.00pm – 1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm – 3.00pm NatRoad Parliament
3.00pm – 3.15pm Afternoon Tea
3.15pm – 4.30pm NatRoad Parliament
6.30pm – 7.30pm Austbrokers AEI Transport Happy Hour
7.30pm Cummins and the PACCAR Dealer Fund Gala Dinner

Peter Rowsthorn – Gala Dinner Speaker


Conference Sessions

Specific topic related conference sessions will include owner drivers, dangerous good, regulation and compliance, heavy recovery vehicles, safety and training, and road trains and high productivity vehicles.

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.

Hon Scott Buchholz MP

Scott Buchholz is the Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport. He has 25 years of experience in the transport industry in Queensland. Until recently, Scott was a Director of CQX and Toowoomba Express Couriers.

Real life experience underpins Scott’s empathy with and understanding of small business and regional Australians who endure the complex challenges of harsh drought and increasing input and production costs. Scott understands a strong economy is central to everything. It’s central to delivering vital services, lowering taxes and providing a safety net for those who need it.  As a previous small business owner, Scott knows the value of money and understands the need to make good financial decisions without waste.

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.

The Hon Bruce Billson GAICD

In his Ombudsman role, Bruce Billson is an independent advocate for the small business community. His office has the legislative powers needed to effectively influence Australia’s lawmakers, ensuring legislation and regulations are in place to help small businesses grow.

Bruce seek to bring together the many voices within the small business sector in a way that promotes their growth and freedom to innovate, employ and thrive.

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.

Susie Harwood

Susie Harwood is the Executive Director Freight at Transport for NSW, leading Freight Branch in giving freight a louder voice earlier by raising the profile of freight as a fundamental customer of the transport system, to enable the safe, productive and sustainable movement of goods. Working in partnership across government and with industry to deliver improved freight outcomes for the people of NSW.

With more than a decade of experience in Transport, Susie has played an important role in building strong and trusted relationships with transport customers and the freight industry.

With her team, Susie is currently working to ensure that Transport for NSW and government more broadly understands and values the role of freight.

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.

Ross Cureton

Ross Cureton has worked at PACCAR Australia in a variety of Product Design, Development and Engineering roles for 27 years. His current role of Director of Product Planning – for both Kenworth and DAF brands – involves working closely with other global PACCAR divisions to deliver a stream of locally adapted new products and services to our customers. Australia’s Transport industry is unique and the market is the most competitive in the world, making this a challenging endeavour – especially given the rate of change in the vehicle industry at present.

Aside from his PACCAR roles, Ross has also worked in research & development and motorsport, in small and medium size enterprises.

Richard Calver

Richard Calver is a lawyer with over 40 years’ experience in providing advice to a range of industries and private clients. He has been with NatRoad on a full time basis since 2017. He has expertise in workplace relations and general commercial law, as well as being immersed in the details of the HVNL and road traffic law.

Peter Rowsthorn – Gala Dinner Speaker

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.

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 

Nominations close 31 December 2021

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

Nominations close 31 December 2021

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 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)

  • Nominee Details

  • Nominator Details

The NatRoad National Conference is proudly sponsored by industry partners

Proud sponsors of the BP Breakfast.
Save over $2,500 per year per truck with the highest fuel discount in the industry. Read more.

Proud sponsors of the NatRoad Awards and Welcome Reception
Be sure to tell your insurance broker you are a NatRoad member to gain access to additional insurance benefits. Read more.

Proud sponsors of the Gala Dinner.
With PACCAR Dealerships in every state and territory, we have Australia covered. Read more.

Proud sponsors of the NatRoad Conference.
For the seventh year running, proud to be named Australia’s most trusted tyre brand. Read more.

Proud sponsors of the Gala Dinner.
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Proud sponsors of the Conference Happy Hour.
Benefits from experience and industry knowledge to know your insurance needs are in safe hands. Read more.

Proud sponsors of the Conference Catering.

MTData, a subsidiary of Telstra, revolutionizes businesses with innovative vehicle telematics and connected fleet management technology. We work across a wide range of industries and are leading the path to an exciting future of IoT. For almost 20 years since 2003, MTData has been helping businesses to improve operational efficiency, reduce costs and meet safety compliance requirements. We drive transformational outcomes for many of the largest businesses across Australia and New Zealand through tailored solutions for unique business needs.