TRANZnet was formed in 1991, at a seminar held in Shepparton, Victoria. It was decided that the establishment of a “Road Transport Industry Trainer Network” would help standardise Training, lead to better quality control of both Trainers and Training and give Trainers from “remote” areas an information source to draw on. It was also agreed, that the main objective of the Network should be to provide support to Trainers within the Industry and become a vital link between Trainers, the Industry, the Regulators, the Industry Training Boards and the like. Finally, at this inaugural meeting it was determined that no individual Company, Government body or training group would control TRANZnet, it should be totally independent. As members are spread over such vast distances, it was established that it would only be practical to meet annually and this should be done at an annual conference.

TRANZnet refers to the Network of Australian and New Zealand transport and related industries’ training professionals. From this early beginning, TRANZnet has now expanded its scope to include the whole training and assessment communities of Transport and their related industries. Following a submission to the Chairman of the Road Transport Forum in 1995, now the Australian Trucking Association, endorsement of the work and goals of TRANZnet was gained.

In 2002 TRANZnet become an Incorporated Association and launched the TRANZnet website. By 2008 TRANZnet realised it needed to conduct a major review of the Association, which resulted in an update of many of its “day to day” activities including a change to its logo and the format of its name to TRANZnet. August 2009 heralded further expansion for TRANZnet with the incorporation of the NRAA (National Registered Assessors Association). This not only increased membership numbers, but more importantly added further scope to our services.

In 2012, TRANZnet set about a major task of developing a unique “on-line” database facility that enabled clients to find the services offered by its members. 2013 saw another major review which led to an update of TRANZnet’s Code of Conduct, an expansion of its purposes and an overhaul of the website to make it “mobile friendly” and the introduction of social media. As TRANZnet has been purely not for profit and run by hard working volunteers it has survived its critics and the test of time. The Network has not only consolidated its membership, but also expanded its diversity and has continued to develop its goals.

The tasks ahead for TRANZnet are to, achieve a higher profile within the industry both here and in New Zealand, encourage more involvement from associated industries and the New Zealand membership, expand corporate support and develop strategies to address the critical aspects of operator shortages.

TRANZnet Conferences:

  • 1991 Shepparton, VIC
  • 1992 Canberra, ACT
  • 1993 Gippsland, VIC
  • 1994 Adelaide, S.A.
  • 1995 Gold Coast, QLD
  • 1997 Rotorua, NZ
  • 1998 Hobart, TAS
  • 2000 Melbourne, VIC
  • 2001 Hunter Valley, NSW
  • 2002 Brisbane, QLD
  • 2003 Adelaide, SA
  • 2004 Albury/Wodonga, NSW/VIC
  • 2005 Wellington, NZ
  • 2006 Canberra, ACT
  • 2007 Melbourne, VIC
  • 2008 Launceston, TAS
  • 2009 Hunter Valley, NSW
  • 2010 Hamilton, VIC
  • 2011 Sunshine Coast, QLD
  • 2012 Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
  • 2013 Gold Coast, QLD
  • 2014 Melbourne, VIC
  • 2015 Brisbane, QLD
  • 2016 Canberra, ACT
  • 2017 Adelaide, SA
  • 2018 Launceston, TAS