AfMA Fleetdrive Issue 9 | Page 2

Executive Summary Mace Hartley Executive Director More with Less is the catch cry across the fleet industry and 2017 for AfMA was exactly that! As three Corporate Partners (Hyundai Motor Company Australia, NTT Data Figtree Systems and Manheim) stepped up to offer scholarships to Swinburne University’s Graduate Certificate of Business Management (Fleet Management) and provided funding to support the launch of the Diploma of Leadership & Management, we bid farewell to our outgoing Corporate Partners (CGU, Viva Energy/Shell, CarryBoy and Securatrak) and thank them for their support in recent years. AfMA has actively participated and demonstrated leadership within the fleet industry. Thousands of people working in and around the automotive and fleet industries have engaged with AfMA through over 200 articles published on, our e-magazine FleetDrive, LinkedIn, our Professional Development Forums, Fleet Excellence Awards, our International Study Tour and our Australasian Fleet Conference and Exhibition. AfMA completed submissions for the Governments draft Regulatory Impact Statements for Improving the Efficiency of New Light Vehicles, Vehicle Emission Standards for Cleaner Air and Discussion Paper on Better Fuel for Cleaner Air and continues to advocate for safety and the environment. During the past twelve months AfMA presented at a range of events including, the Waikato Fleet Management Day in New Zealand, the 2nd Annual Fleet 2 ISSUE 9 2017 / WWW.AFMA.NET.AU Management Conference in Malaysia, The Global Fleet Conference in Miami and the Australian Waste & Recycling Expo in Melbourne. 2017 has been about developing future industry leaders and hence the launch of Swinburne’s Diploma of Leadership and Management that was contextualised for the automotive and fleet industries. It was developed in collaboration between AfMA and Swinburne and launched in Sydney and Melbourne. The format has been truncated into 5 blocks of two days delivering 12 leadership and management centric subjects culminating in a final project, the scope of which is agreed between the Swinburne facilitator, participant and their employer thereby providing an immediate return on investment. I’d like to thank members of the Australian Fleet Lessors Association (AFLA) and specifically, Toyota Fleet Management, Custom Fleet, ORIX, SG Fleet, FleetCare and Summit Fleet Leasing for their support of the Diploma and their desire to professionalise the automotive and fleet industries. 2017 will see 13 people graduate from the Sydney cohort whilst 10 will graduate from the Melbourne cohort in early 2018. These individuals are leaders within their respective business and their dedication and sacrifice to ongoing professional development will no doubt see them become future industry leaders. AfMA’s achievements during the past 12 months is a credit to the leadership of AfMA’s board and I’d like to thank them for their contribution