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About the LRTAQ

The Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland (LRTAQ) is a peak body for the livestock industry as well as the voice of the livestock and rural transport industry in Queensland.

The association was formed in 1981 to give a united voice to livestock transport operators. It comprises a committee made up of elected representatives from eight nominated regions and three Field Officers share coverage of the state. This Committee meets regularly to discuss pertinent issues relevant to each district, the state overall and on a national level.

The LRTAQ and other state livestock and rural transport bodies are well supported by the national body, the Australian Livestock and Rural Transport Association (ALRTA). Together, we are a formidable group lobbying for the best interests of all members.



The objectives of the LRTAQ are:

  • To represent the livestock and rural transport industry to government, the business sector and the community
  • To work collaboratively with government to deliver safer, effective and successful transport services
  • To work as partners with key industry associations, particularly AgForce and the Queensland Trucking Association
  • To reduce red tape and administrative burdens incurred by our businesses
  • To provide good conditions and a safe working environment for our drivers and other employees
  • To demonstrate to the community the positive and essential role that rural and livestock transport companies play in the economy and quality of life of all Australians


Our advocacy efforts are focused on five major areas:

  1. Improved access and safer roads
  2. Maintain the Livestock Loading Concession Scheme
  3. Advocating for Government support for effluent management
  4. Fatigue management and improved driving hours regulation
  5. Improving NHVAS and Accreditation


    View a copy of the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland Constitution.

    Since 1981

    In 2021 the LRTAQ marked a milestone anniversary of 40 years of service. During this time our industry has faced many challenges and the past year is no exception.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role that livestock and rural transporters play in the food and fibre supply chains.

    As the compliance and regulatory burden on transport businesses increases it’s more important than ever that we have a strong and united voice to advocate for common sense solutions.

    There has never been a better, or more important time to make sure we have a voice at the table to influence local, state and federal governments about the issues that affect our businesses.