Our Projects help shape our organisation

At Transport Women Australia Limited we are leading the way by providing scholarships, conducting industry research and developing learning initiatives for our members.

Driving the Difference Scholarships

Established in 2019 with sponsor Daimler Trucks Australia Pacific. Each year we give new and existing members the chance to enter the industry or upskill to advance themselves in their chosen transport related field. The winning applicants must demonstrate initiative, commitment to advancement and professional development in the transport and logistics industry, identify a professional course of study and have an exemplary work ethic.

2023 Recipients

Chloe Wade

Ainsleigh Thomas

Estelle Synaphet

Niki Cassianos

Jennifer Hopcroft

2022 Recipients

Ainsleigh Bilato

Brooke Tran

Ellen Tandy

Nichole Speers

Joana Feiteria

Sally-Ann Eather

2021 Recipients

Sharon Robertson

Melissa Barry

Sanjeeta Aggarwaal

Melira Lister

Melissa Riley

Carina Wrigley

2020 Recipients

Alexandra Del Piero

Hannah Stewart

Isaiah Tomkinson

Lynette Gray

2019 Recipients

Katie Hannifey

Kerri Connors

Manjusha Vanarla

Sarah O'Brien

Women Driving Transport Careers

Established in 2018 with joint venture partners Volvo Group Australia and Wodonga TAFE. This is a unique female-only driver licensing program that allows women to  obtain their truck licence and be employed by a transport company. This initiative  has upskilled drivers for Linfox, Australia Post/StarTrack. Alex Fraser/Hanson, Mainfreight, Visy, and Cleanaway.

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Creating Connections Mentoring Program

This program matches our members who are seeking guidance with other members who have a passion for the industry and helping others. The goal is to provide TWAL members with access to mentoring relationships that encourages personal and professional growth through the facilitation of knowledge, experience, support and guidance. The program hopes to also promote professional development among staff entering the workforce and provide opportunities for a career path within the Transport and Logistics Industry. To find out more or to sign up to become a mentee or mentor, email

Learning Initiatives Breakfast Series

Established in 2019 with the theme – Financial, Physical and Mental Health with sponsors NTI, Move Bank and rt health. The series went into hiatus in early 2020 (during Covid 19) after a breakfast sponsored by Teletrac Navman and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator but are back in 2022 with sponsorship by TWUSUPER and rt health. These are designed to provide networking and educational opportunities for attendees in a friendly and interactive environment. These are free events that cover topics like health, finance, superannuation, and other topics that may be relevant to both the personal and professional life of the attendee. Sponsors and members of TWAL can host these 
events. To sponsor or host an event, please contact the Chair. The event must be cost neutral to TWAL and free to members.

Trish Pickering Memorial Award

Trish Pickering Memorial Award is bestowed to recognise women who have dedicated themselves to improving the road transport industry through continuous years of contribution whilst upholding the four pillars on which it is based – being a role model, and showing strength, leadership, independence, and encouragement to future generations.

2023 Recipients

Sharon Middleton AM

2022 Recipients

Merry Manton

2021 Recipients

Hazel Whitmore

2020 Recipients

Phyllis Jones OAM

2019 Recipients

Pam McMillan

Transport Women Dream Maker Awards

2023 Transport Women Dream Maker Awards were presented by the Hon Eva Lawler – Chief Minister for the Northern Territory . Award recipients can be found on the Road Transport Hall of Fame Website

Young Gunnette Award

Transport Women Australia Limited is excited to announce a new industry award the “Young Gunnette” Award to be sponsored by longtime supporter and sponsor, Cummins South Pacific.

The award will be offered to young women under the age of thirty and is one of the ways TWAL continues to promote, motivate and encourage young females who are making strides early in their careers. Entrants must be individuals who can display that they are contributing to the industry over and above their paid employment/business. This can also include an individual who has demonstrated leadership on a matter relating to the industry and/or who have been involved in a significant initiative that has brought positive change or added value to the industry and/or has inspiring qualities as an advocate of the industry.

Award nominations opened on the 8th March 2024 and will close on the 12th April 2024. The inaugural winner will be announced at the Transport Women Australia Limited “Living the Dream” Conference Awards Dinner on June 1st 2024 at the Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields.

Nomination forms can be obtained by emailing