Membership Renewal Information
We have, in February 2019, responded to a request from the Hon Angus Taylor regarding direction and regarding a bipartisan energy policy. There are discussions re subsidies for facilities, proposed commencement date being January 2020. With the exorbitant energy costs that many facilities in the Australian Cold Chain presently pay, and although a subsidy is welcome, $25,000 per facility will be absorbed in an instant.
It has been brought to the attention of the Federal Government that Energy Efficiency programs in the past restricted eligibility for funding to industries classified as manufacturing in ANZSIC (CTI for Classes 1220-2599 and CTFFI for classes 1111-2210). Cold stores were ineligible previously for funding because they are classified under Section 5309 “Transport, Postal Services and Storage” under sub-sections “Cool Room Storage Services” and “Refrigerated Storage Service”.
The RWTA has asked for clarification that cold stores will indeed become eligible for future funding programs as the ANZIC classification cannot be changed. This has not, as yet, been responded to. On the networking front and to keep up the communications, on the 28th March 2019, Ross Vasta MP presented at the RWTA QLD Networking Event. Ross is the Member for Bonner where many Cold Storage facilities are situated in Brisbane.
In the last 18 months, Industrial Special Risk (ISR) premiums, including policies including EPS panelling in Australia have increased significantly; in some cases, with > 100% increases. This trend is set to continue indefinitely.
EPS Panelling and Insurance Cost Hikes
The RWTA have partnered with the Insulated Panel Council Australasia Ltd and Food SA to approach Rob Whelan, Executive Director and CEO from the Insurance Council of Australia to submit a document to bring light and solution to the issue.
The aim of this submission is to:
Increase the understanding of business, government and insurers in relation to ISR premiums by identifying some test case situations
Reduce premiums and halt the excessive increases
Create transparency to inform companies how to minimise risk and therefore be rewarded with lower premiums and excesses as a result
Have a mechanism for companies to evaluate the risk to determine the value of premiums quoted
Ensure any upgrades to facilities are recognised in the premiums
Understand the ratings and acceptance of the different materials and highlight any potential conflicts of accreditation and supply of insurance
Setup a framework between industry, insurers and government to control test EPS in certain conditions for the purposes of accreditation
Source more insurers to increase competition
Meetings are to be held with the Insurance Council of Australia on 12th July, 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to understand their position on the insurance situation with panels.
Throughout the past year, we have continued to host our popular Networking Breakfast Series, where the hot topics of the day have been enthusiastically discussed.
2019 is proceeding well with successful functions in all active states to date. Golf Days have had ‘save the date’ notices sent out and have created great interest with both Members and Prospective Sponsors.
Training and Education
The RWTA Ammonia Emergency Management Training is the only ammonia training in Australia that is both Nationally Recognised and Accredited.
In May 2019, the session went extremely well with capacity attendance and excellent feedback. There are two sessions planned for this year in August and October 2019 and is now attracting attendees Internationally.
Training is available for Members and Non-Members alike in the cold chain, food industry and in any sector that has considerable amounts of ammonia on site. The QFES and RWTA have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to further consolidate the training and relationship.
The RWTA 78th National Conference has been announced and will be held at Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays, Queensland between the 27th and 30th August 2019.
This promises to consolidate on last year’s conference with heavy industry presentations, sector-focussed speakers and maintaining a strong International flavour. We look to again attract attendees from around Australia, the USA, New Zealand, South Africa and Asia Pacific. Feedback has been very positive regarding the choice of location and we are excitedly preparing for another excellent attendance.
This is an excellent opportunity to promote and display, discuss and share real information for Industry expansion and improvement in a beautiful environment with the right mix of people in the room, Book Now!
The GCCA’s final draft of the Energy Excellence Management Tool was released in June 2018. The RWTA is holding webinars later in the year to expand on the release of this information to disseminate the real benefits to RWTA Members.
The first Energy Efficiency Committee Meeting was held on the 26th March 2019. We welcomed a guest speaker from Holland, Jan Gerritsen from GEA, to speak to the group. GEA brought Jan to Australia to present as an international keynote speaker to participate at the AIRAH 2019 National Refrigeration Conference. He discussed natural refrigerant applications, ammonia (nh3 – R717) & CO2 (R744) which is very timely given the ever-changing landscape with refrigerants. Jan’s presentation, by all accounts, was excellent.
The Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation and its impact on cold storage and transport in Australia has been commissioned by the RWTA to ensure our Members are equipped to meet the new requirements of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
Currently, many companies and RWTA members use the RLSC Code of Practice as a method of compliance; the method is expensive both in terms of money and time. Research has been conducted showing that some of the larger companies may be paying between $120,000 to $180,000 P.A. for compliance including the method and audits.
A meeting on 26th February 2019 that the RWTA would no longer utilise the services of an external provider to write up a CoR code.
The next meeting is to be held in June 2019 and the team look to have a solution/ final product at that time.