The Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee (IRC) undertook consultation with industry during September and October 2021 to assess support for a national heavy vehicle driver apprenticeship proposal. Participation from industry in this consultation was extensive and in general expressed strong support for the professionalisation of Heavy Vehicle Drivers via an apprenticeship model.

At its meeting on 21 October 2021, and after considering all the stakeholder feedback received, the IRC recommended that a national apprenticeship be established utilising the existing Certificate III in Driving Operations (TLI 31221). This recommendation will initiate a plan for further targeted consultation and involve engagement with the Commonwealth, State Training Authorities, Regulators and Insurers to inform the way forward.


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