Began my career in transport as a diesel mechanic, in 2005 Started driving trucks full time doing interstate for a local company doing mainly Sydney-Melbourne-Brisbane in singles & B-doubles In 2016 as an owner operator and concerned with some serious negative impacts that the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) would force upon an estimated 30,000 smaller operators, I set about gathering a team together along with the National Road Freighters Association (NRFA) to take our fight to highest level and led a convoy to Canberra. After many meetings, including one involving the Prime Minister of the day Malcom Turnbull we were successful and saw the abolition of the RSRT in a first for Australian Parliament, that being the first time a bill was presented to the lower house, passed, sent to the upper house and passed as law in a single day. This is, to this day, one of my proudest achievements outside my family. I Joined the NRFA after the convoy to Canberra after seeing what a great organisation of grass roots transport people it was made up of. The NRFA was a supporter both financially and physically of the “Convoy to Canberra”. Since the Canberra Convoy, we as the NRFA have gained a seat at the table and receive invitations from the decisions makers to attend As the President of the NRFA I am committed to trying to better the transport industry and continue the fight to improve our industry for the smaller operators. Yours in transport, Gordon Mackinlay.


Rod spent 20 years as acolumnist for Owner Driver Magazine. In 2009, Rod founded TRUCKRIGHT Industry Vehicle (TIV), promoting road safety throughout Australia.

TRUCKRIGHT Achievements: 3M ACRS Diamond Road Safety Awards 2015 – Finalist 3M ACRS Diamond Road Safety Awards 2016 – Awarded Churchill Fellowship 2016 – Green Reflector Marking Informal Truck Bays, completed the Newell Highway 2019.

He has traveled close to 6 million kms, whilst continuing his advocacy work for road safety. In 2020 Rod was elected Vice-President of National Road Freighters Association. “If you want things to change, I believe you must make an effort and contribute!”   Safe Travelling, Rod Hannifey.

national secretary

Glyn Castanelli

I have held my truck licence since 1990. My first truck driving job was delivering beds for Forty Winks in 1990, with Shane Warne as my truck jockey.

I have since worked for many companies mostly doing Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide with one stint working 2 up Melbourne to Perth return in a B triple.  I have also held positions as compliance manager and operations manager over a period of 14 years.

In 2014, my wife Lexy and I purchased our first truck and work as tow operators.





From a young bloke interested in mechanics and engineering, I worked every school holiday in an engineering and civil construction business. I was raised around heavy machinery and Trucks. In my early years, I worked as a Storeman, then working my way up to one of the Company sales reps. I got my first truck licence in 1990 while running my own business. We struggled through the “Recession we had to have” and eventually we were bought out by a large company. Around 1996, I worked for my first Interstate transport company doing farm pickups in refrigerated equipment. On occasions I helped out the mechanics with servicing the gear….This gave me a solid knowledge base and later on getting into the big gear, which completed what I call as “My Apprenticeship” In 1998, I was involved in exporting fresh produce into Asia and building an inventory of product to expand into the US markets. During this time I witnessed the Victorian waterfront dispute and was amazed at the skill in which Chris Corrigan restructured that sector. In recent years I have worked to reform the Road Transport Modern Wages, to provide a fairer system of wages for real performance of work undertaken by truck drivers. Having been at the high end of Risky Transport operations, I got involved in reforming some of the problems of driver mental health and to get some commonsense back into regulations, in particular, fatigue management and unjust law enforcement. I quickly discovered Government has a way of doing things. A simple solution isn’t always simple to implement. Government rarely listens to individuals, instead given more attention to Industry groups. Politicians may have the final say, but they can’t always win the vote with your solutions. I joined the TWU and later the NRFA to be part of the Solution. My Submissions to the relevant government Inquiries have been around reforming Fatigue management and unfair wages…Discussions on Mental Health include rest areas, truck sleepers and most recently the rise of Big Brother in the Industry and Sustainable Freight rates. I feel I am a supporter for the Underdog in obtaining fair and just outcomes in the current world of over regulation and overzealous law enforcement. THE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY IS AN AWESOME WORKPLACE LETS KEEP IT THAT WAY







New South Wales



My late father spent over 1000 days in Australian Army Transport Corp in New Guinea during WW2. In the mid 1950s he bought a truck and started a transport business in Jerilderie, in the Riverina. As a teenager I often came home from school to find Dad incarcerated in the local watch house for the heinous crime of not being able to meet his road tax obligations. For that reason, when Ted Stephens and his associates started the Razorback Blockade in the late 1970s , I got involved at a local level and have maintained an interest in industry activism ever since. I am the second of three family generations to have worked in the industry and am at the stage where thankfully I have less kilometres to do than I have already done. I acknowledge that during the RSRT debacle I came from a different perspective than most of the NRFA membership. Thankfully we have all been able to put that aside and I would like to think that in my time left in the industry that my involvement with NRFA might lead to a fairer and more sustainable industry for those that come after us.




Western Australia



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