What’s On

NHVR Kids Corner

Even the little truck show enthusiast will join in the celebrations at the 50-year anniversary Brisbane Truck Show. ‘The NHVR Kids Corner’ is open all day on the Plaza Level next to the Grey Street Entrance.

Head up with the little truckies for a little light-duty entertainment and activities.  It’s a great opportunity for the kids to learn a little about “sharing the road safely.”

The refreshment lounge offers kid friendly meals, and tables and chairs for parents to take a load off for a while.


50th anniversary at the Official Opening Breakfast

The 50th Anniversary Brisbane Truck Show will be officially opened by His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland.

His Excellency will join us as our special guest for the Official Opening Breakfast, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and the opening of a special 50th Anniversary display replicating the opening of the 1968 show.

Finalists of the Brisbane Truck Show Awards will be presented with certificates prior to the show opening to VIP passholders from 10.00am.

The Official Opening Breakfast will also feature Commsec Advisory’s Will Kenny, will sharing insights into the Australian economy.

The economic update will examine how factors both at home and abroad are likely to impact business, currency, interest rates and inflation, the property sector and stock market.

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: SOLD OUT


Plaza Terrace BBQ Bar

This must be one of the best known meeting places in Australia for the transport industry, even though it’s only open every two years. If you can’t find your mate in the exhibition halls, that’s because they’ve found a cosy corner to have a yarn on the Plaza Terrace.


Piano Bar

It’s a chilled out spot on the Mezzanine Level to have a drink, a bite to eat and listen to some laid-back tunes before tackling the next level. Alternatively if you’re looking for somewhere to discreetly negotiate a deal on your next piece of equipment – this might just be your spot.


Brisbane Truck Show Awards Presentation Night

Hosted by Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) with the support of Platinum Partner BP Australia, the ALL NEW Brisbane Truck Show Awards celebrate our dynamic heavy vehicle industry by showcasing the last two year’s best design, engineering and manufacturing achievements, influenced by a culture of innovation and safety.

The prestigious 2017 Brisbane Truck Show Awards will be presented at a special cocktail event at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on the first evening of the show.

Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: 25th May 2017
Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Contact HVIA Event Office


Heavy Vehicle Industry Innovation Centre

This year the Brisbane Truck Show will celebrate its 50th year. Whilst we will pay tribute to our history and especially the world-class innovation that has led us to this point, this year’s event will primarily look forward, featuring the Heavy Vehicle Industry Innovation Centre, showcasing technology, engineering, manufacturing and innovation.

The Centre will feature dynamic and interactive displays and demonstrations and information. Displays will showcase industry design and manufacturing innovations, research and development success stories, and connect businesses with support programs and services.

Where: Plaza Level, just near the doors to the Plaza Terrace BBQ & Bar.


NHVR Chain of Responsibility Seminars

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator are holding information sessions to discuss amendments to CoR laws that are coming in mid-2018.
Where: Careers/Seminars Room – Plaza Level – top of the escalators

  • Thursday: 1.30pm-3.30pm
  • Friday: two sessions: 12noon-2.00pm, 2.30pm-4.30pm
  • Saturday: two sessions: 11.00am-1.00pm, 3.00pm-5.00pm

“Faces of Transport” photobooths

Take a photo with your friends or family and share it with our growing Instagram family
#facesoftransport #brisbanetruckshow
Look out for the “Faces of Transport” TagSnaps backdrops located on all three floors


Like @BrisbaneTruckShow on Facebook

Go into the draw to win Truckie Gear travel bags drawn daily. Go to www/facebook.com/brisbanetruckshow


Industry Careers Hub

Adjacent to the Innovation Centre sits HVIA’s workforce development showcase, the Industry Careers Hub. In 2017 HVIA will welcome over 700 students and 50 educational staff from 23 schools to visit the show.

The Careers Hub provided a one stop shop with a comprehensive range of industry careers stakeholders on hand and ready to answer questions from students, parents and many more mature job seekers.

Each student attended an Industry presentations conducted by TAFE Queensland Skillstech and the Department of Education & Training Queensland. This year a key addition to the students’ visit will be touring the Innovation Centre, before exploring the show and enjoying  heats of the National Apprenticeship Challenge, live each afternoon.


2017 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge

Where:  Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Hall 3 Loading Dock

When: 1.00pm on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May.

(The Fuso Challenge will be held at 1.00pm Saturday 27 May. )

Three teams have been selected to represent their regions at the 2017 HVIA National Apprentice Challenge, to be staged live at the 2017 Brisbane Truck Show.

HVIA’s National Workforce Development Manager Mark O’Kane says the competition was fierce for selection.

“We ran an online selection exam, simultaneously across the country,” Mark said. “Many thanks to Kaz Harris-Brown and TAFE Queensland SkillsTech and the many other people across the country who helped facilitate the exam.”

“The hands-on competition really is an exciting opportunity for heavy vehicle mechanical apprentices. I’ve had the pleasure of advising the successful candidates of their selection and I think we’re all pumped with the event just around the corner now.”

The teams are:

Eastern Region (representing Queensland and New South Wales)

  • Angus Thompson – 4th yr apprentice – Volvo Brisbane South, Wacol
  • Drew Charlesworth-Smith – 4th yr apprentice – Westco Truck Sales, Rockhampton

Southern (representing Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia)

  • Paul Kleinberg – 4th yr apprentice – Cummins South Pacific, Laverton, Vic
  • Matthew Hinge – 4th yr apprentice – Cummins South Pacific, Laverton, Vic

North-Western Region (representing Western Australia and Northern Territory)

  • Damien Camacho – 3rd year apprentice – Westrans, Welshpool WA
  • Jordan White – 4th year apprentice – Cummins South Pacific, Perth Airport WA

The successful apprentices will be hosted to attend the first two days of this year’s Brisbane Truck Show with all expenses covered including travel, meals and accommodation. The winners will receive prizes donated by Warby Tools.

The three regional teams work simultaneously, on identical trucks, generously supplied by Fuso Australia, to identify and rectify a series of programmed faults as the clock ticks.

The winning team is the first successfully to identify and repair all the faults, or the team that rectifies the most faults within the allowed time frame.

For visitors to the show the competition is quite a dynamic spectacle, with commentary explaining the apprentices’ moves and strategy, as their approach to addressing the challenge unfolds. Things can get tense as the teams watch their available time evaporate.