ACAPMA would like to wish all of our readers (and their families) a safe and happy Christmas and all the very best for the year ahead.

The past 12 months has seen a period of substantial change for ACAPMA. These changes will become clear to all in 2016 as we continue in our quest to become the leading voice for petroleum wholesale, fuel retail, petroleum services and equipment supply businesses in Australia.

One of the most notable achievements of the past year has been the establishment of the ACAPMA Equipment and Services (E&S) Council, much of it due to the hard work of Russell Dupuy (EMS). Russel has worked tirelessly with the Secretariat over the past year in seeking to secure a strong voice for petroleum contractors given the demise of APICSA late last year.

Led by Robert Maher of Gap Solutions Pty Ltd, the new E&S Council will work cooperatively with the ACAPMA Secretariat to ensure that the interests of this important industry segment are duly represented. The Council will also oversee the growth of the new National Petroleum Contractor Registration Scheme (NPCRS).

ACAPMA’s training business has continued to grow this past year to the point that there are more than 5800 active users. Much of this is due to a growing number of fuel businesses recognising that this product provides a cost effective means of managing operation risk by ensuring all operational staff are adequately (and regularly) trained in safe work practices.

Government policy also kept us pretty busy this year with major policy discussions in the areas of national competition policy, tanker safety and regulations, biofuels legislation (NSW and QLD) and more recently issues surrounding the operation of the Vapour Recovery Legislation in NSW.

In the year ahead, our challenge will be to continue to enhance the value delivered to all of our members via the provision of informed advocacy and value-for-money offerings in the area of training and employment services.

The Singapore 2016 Conference is also likely to be a major highlight in the year ahead, click here to learn more.

My biggest regret of the past year has been the fact that I have not had a chance to get around and speak with all of our members and trade partners since joining ACAPMA in February 2015.

This is something I fully intend to correct in the first half of 2016.

Finally, I would like to thank all of the members of the ACAPMA Board for their guidance over the past year and sincerely thank all of our staff for the very professional way that they have taken on the challenges of the past year.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. We look forward to working with you in 2016.

Best Wishes

Mark McKenzie