GTSN 
Our Charter

1. VISION

The vision of the Grain Transport Safety Network (GTSN) is zero harm across the supply chain.

2. OBJECTIVE

The primary objective of the GTSN is to raise awareness, collaborate and improve safety for grain moved by trucks.

In the context of the network, ‘Safety’ includes, and is not limited to, the following areas:

  • Inform the grain industry about Chain of Responsibility under the Heavy Vehicle National Laws to ensure risk mitigation by participants
  • Improve overall safety by sharing information and corrective actions related to incidents, accidents and injuries related to the loading, transport and unloading of grain via road
  • Create an environment that facilitates communication across the grain supply chain to achieve safer transport outcomes
  • Establish minimum standards for CoR safety and compliance systems and processes.
3. VALUE

The members of the Grain Transport Safety Network will work together for the common interest of the grain industry in promoting a safe working culture. Members will be open with each other, base their opinions on facts, encourage expression of diverse views, and reconcile differences in a rational way that is transparent to the industry.

4. PURPOSE

The purpose of the GTSN is to:

  1. Set goals and objectives for the group
  2. Establish a set of key principles for Chain of Responsibility safety and compliance
  3. Provide mechanisms to share incidents related to the transportation of grain
  4. Review incidents and recommend actions to minimise the risk of re-occurrence
  5. Provide a network for parties to collaborate to improve safety and compliance to encourage national consistency
  6. Initiate focused projects to manage specific, industry related hazards and risks
  7. Collaborate with regulators and industry bodies, including the Australian Logistics Council and NHVR
  8. Set framework for auditing programmes
  9. Evaluate the requirement of a Registered Grain Code of Practice to set auditable minimum standards
5. MEMBERS

and from silo to end user/export terminal, including:

  • Loaders and unloaders of grain trucks
  • Freight providers
  • Customers
  • Growers
  • Logistics planning
  • Logistics Procurement

The GTSN has established two levels of membership–Full and Associate membership. The definitions of both types of membership are detailed on the GTSN website. The current members are listed on the website.

The GTSN will proactively recruit new members.

6. STRUCTURE

Steering Committee

All full members of GTSN will nominate an Executive (or delegate) to participate on the Steering Committee of the GTSN. The Steering Committee will meet annually and set the goals and objectives for the subsequent 12 months.

 

Sub Committees

GTSN has two sub committees–Grain Movements and Regulator Engagement Sub-Committees. GTSN will meet three times a year, usually pre and post the winter grain harvest and mid-year. The GTSN will nominate and agree on sub-committees to focus on specific areas within the group. Each sub-committee will be led by a sub-committee Chairperson who will report to the GTSN Chair.

7. MEETING FREQUENCY
  • The network will meet three times annually, namely pre and post the winter grain harvest and midyear at locations agreed to by the full members
  • Wherever possible, the group will meet at operational locations
  • An agenda will be circulated via email by the Facilitator 4 week prior to the meeting
  • A monthly conference call will be conducted, coordinated by the Facilitator to review project status
  • Minutes and action items will be circulated 2 weeks after the meeting by the Facilitator
  • Meeting hosting duties and administrative tasks will be rotated between members
8. RESTRAINT OF TRADE

When group members meet, the group recognised and acknowledges that it has legal obligations with respect to the Trade Practices Act (1974) whereby any discussion of matters that create, or could potentially create, restrictive trade are prohibited.

When the GTSN meets, if there is concern that there is a potential breach of the Trade Practices Act, the following escalation process applies:

  • If a member has concerns about a breach to the Trade Practices Act, they should flag this verbally with the other party/parties
  • If a resolution is not found following the verbal concern, the meeting should cease immediately and it should be flagged to the Steering Committee members for determination
  • Issues about potential breaches are discussed at the annual Steering Committee meeting