The formation of the National Road Freighters Association (NRFA) was born out of the National Road Transport shut down on the 28th of July 2008 by Mick Pattel and co-founder Peter Whytcross. Our 2 founders could see that small enterprise had very little say in the processes that affected their day to day operations and they had next to no representation when dealing with Local, State & Federal governments and bureaucrats.

The NRFA is a grassroots association and the board members are active participants in the business of road transport. They bring to the table firsthand experience from every facet of transport, i.e. bulk and oversize, general, refrigerated, overnight, dangerous goods, livestock and so on. We recognise the many different requirements across the entire freight task.

The makeup of our Board is the Executive plus two representatives from each state. The President can only hold office for three consecutive years then must stand down. The presidency is the only position with this requirement, but we can remove the President at any AGM.

The NRFA has established a good working relationship with the regulatory bodies and other industries organisations. We have the unique ability to promote real-life, real-time experience concerning regulation and compliance.

Our Objectives

The National Road Freighters Association (NRFA), is committed to promoting a culture of safety, sustainability and profitability across Australia’s road freight Industry. 

It is our mission to be a strong, unified voice for drivers, owner-operators, and fleets – large or small, advocating for policies and initiatives that drive safer, more efficient and profitable transport operations.