The Heavy Vehicle Industry now has a strong, unified national voice.

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) represents and advances the interests of manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of heavy vehicles and their components, equipment and technology.

HVIA is committed to providing leading advice and assistance to its members and directing and influencing policy at all levels of government with a commitment to delivering the best possible outcomes for its members, the heavy vehicle industry and the wider community.

The HVIA was formed from the Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) which was founded in 1968. The CVIAQ had a long and proud history of representing the heavy vehicle industry in Queensland and HVIA will now continue its legacy at a national level.

latest news

ComVec 2016 Sets the Precedent 

ComVec Heavy Vehicle Engineering Conference, in its first year based in Melbourne, has been a great success. With the conference all wrapped up, the feedback from delegates has shown an enormous level of satisfaction with the expert list of speakers that delivered a diverse range of relevant information from adhesive technology to the latest changes to government regulations. HVIA CEO, Brett Wright, said delegates at the event were very enthusiastic and welcomed the information provided by the speakers. “We have given delegates a strong perspective of the current state of the regulations affecting the heavy vehicle industry, and I sincerely thank all our speakers for helping to create this successful event,” he said.


Strategic Plan 2016-2017

HVIA is proud to announce the release of its new corporate brochure “Strategic Plan 2016-2017” to the membership. The brochure features HVIA’s four key programs: Advocacy, Member Services, Workforce Development and National Events detailing the strategies to be utilised in achieving the objective for each key program area. The brochure will provide members and stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of HVIA’s national initiatives for the next twelve months and will become an essential element in its national member recruitment program. The brochure has been posted to all primary member contacts. Click here to view the “Strategic Plan 2016-2017”



Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has extended the offer of HVIA member registration rates for the upcoming ComVec 2016 conference to transport associations and their members and associates. The move to extend the member registration rates signifies a national approach to the challenges facing the Heavy Vehicle Industry with the focus on a collaborative effort to share knowledge of new technology, changing laws and provide a platform for manufacturers, suppliers and operators to come together to create the safest and most productive vehicles for the Australian market Read More >>>

HVIA Calls for Nominations for its Brake Technical Advisory Group

The regulators are continuing  to work on the National Heavy Vehicle Brake Strategy Phase 2, the possible mandatory fitting of Electronic Stability Control on trucks and trailers. Part of the initial work is to draft revisions for comment, of ADR 35 – Commercial  Vehicle Brake systems (Trucks) and ADR 38 – Trailer Brakes Systems.  HVIA is part of the Industry Reference Group (IRG) assisting the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD) in this review.

Shortly, DIRD will issue the first drafts to the IRG for comment.  As mentioned at the recent HVIA Manufacturers Council meetings, HVIA intend to form a technical working group of members to consider the proposed drafts and provide comments to DIRD.  If you would like to nominate to be part of the technical working group please contact HVIA Chief Technical Officer, Paul Caus, on 0437 901 669 or email


HVIA together with other allied transport and business associations and owner driver representatives attended a roundtable with the Australian Small Business & Family Enterprise (ASBFEO) Ombudsman, Ms Kate Carnell AO in Canberra on the 16th May.

The ASBFEO has been instructed by the Assistant Treasurer the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP to conduct an inquiry into the effect on small businesses of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016, (Payments Order). The inquiry will also consider the ways in which government can consult with small businesses in the development and operation of tribunals and other similar bodies. Read More

Performance Based Standard (PBS) Vehicles Draft Policy

At HVIA Manufacturers’ Council meeting held in Brisbane on 14 April 2016, HVIA called for a higher level of safety measures to be introduced as standard across all new Performance Based Standards (PBS) approvals.

CEO Brett Wright announced “HVIA is committed to improving the safety and productivity of the heavy vehicle fleet. PBS vehicles are the flagships of the fleet and it is critical that they meet a high minimum level of dynamic safety performance which provides assurance to the community that they are indeed ‘world’s best’.”

For more information and to read the draft policy, click here.