About us

About Us

ACTA is made up of a dedicated committee of experienced managers and leaders from across the nation, working together to help the community transport sector.

The Australian Community Transport Association (ACTA) was founded in February 2011 comprising representatives from QLD, NSW & Victoria with a view to providing a national voice for community transport sector on a national level.

In 2015, ACTA produced two significant reports – National Fees Policy and Sustainable National Funding Model which were used to develop relationships and partnerships with Government.

Since this time, ACTA has been working consistently to improve community transport services for the nation.

We ask that you contact ACTA with feedback about the sector info@communitytransport.net.au

ACTA’s purpose:

  • Provide a forum for the State Associations and the State Representatives to meet and to discuss matters of mutual interest;
  • Represent Community Transport providers within Australia;
  • Make representations to Government, Non-Government and the private sector on behalf of its membership;
  • Provide information and support to its community transport providers in Australia;
  • Develop policy and standards that promote best practice in community transport organisations;
  • Promote Community Transport issues within throughout Australia
  • Build a strong membership base to generate income and political influence.


Supporting community transport in Victoria and Tasmania.


Supporting community transport in NSW


Supporting community transport in South Australia & Northern Territory


ACTA's Governance consists of experienced community transport sector leaders and high-level management. Working together to embrace all issues within the industry, problem-solving to bring out the best outcomes for the sustainability of the sector.

Lyndon Stevenson


Lyndon Stevenson is the current Chair of the national peak body for community transport in Australia (ACTA), a position Lyndon has held since May 2018.  Prior to taking on the role of Chair Lyndon was appointed to the Board of ACTA in 2015.  Lyndon also currently holds the Office of Vice Chair of the Victorian & Tasmania peak body (VCTA); since 2016.

Lyndon is the CEO of Community Transport Services Tasmania Inc (CTST). CTST has a proud history of delivering community transport services across Tasmania, and more recently has diversified its services to encompass regional public transport; directly assisting people to access the labour market and the greater community under the brand of Area Connect.

CTST manages a fleet of 80+ vehicles, employs over 40 staff, and has a pool of around 450 volunteers.  The service is delivered across Tasmania, recently expanding to Flinders Island in the state’s far North East.

Lyndon has extensive experience in the community services industry and has held several senior management and senior executive positions within the youth, employment and training sectors. Prior to his appointment as CEO with CTST in 2015, Lyndon held the position of Chief Operating Officer / Deputy CEO of a large youth charity covering Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.

Away from the office, Lyndon enjoys spending time with his wife and children, fishing, cycling, and tendering to his small hobby farm in the Huon Valley, Tasmania where he breeds Belted Galloway cattle. Lyndon is very active in his local community and is involved in a range of community activities most notably the President of his local cricket club.

Rachel Thompson


Rachel was appointed as a Board member of ACTA in October 2019.

Rachel is currently the CEO of Bankstown Canterbury Community Transport, a position she has held since July 2016.  Prior to taking on the role of CEO of BCCT, Rachel first served as a Board member. She took on the opportunity of being a Board member as a way of giving back to her local community.

Rachel has served on a number of other Boards and Board sub-committees, both in the sector and in the community space more broadly. Of most relevance, Rachel recently served as Treasurer of the Community Transport Organisation (CTO), which is the NSW state peak body for community transport.

Prior to working in the sector, Rachel worked for a number Ministers and MPs in various states and federal parliament. She has also worked in government agencies and as an Operations Manager in private industry.

Outside of work Rachel lives with two very naughty miniature schnauzers and enjoys gardening, playing trivia and dancing.

Cheryl Bushe-Jones


With a career that includes working for large private and not for profit organisations within a health services environment Cheryl has worked in several health related fields including Pathology, Medical Centres, Hospitals and Patient Transport and Community Services.

Cheryl has over 25 years of experience in the Health and Community care sectors focussing on the development and management of Community Transport, Business Development and Volunteer management.

With a passion for community services, Cheryl was instrumental in launching St John Ambulance community transport business, developing transport solutions that enables the strengthening of services at the primary care level for older people that target health promotion and prevention and self-management strategies, which assist our older community members to remain independent and living in their own homes for longer.

Vic Cunningham-Smith


Viv Cunningham-Smith has over 30 years experience in not for profit community sectors in NSW and Victoria. Viv trained as a social worker and her inaugural work in HIV/AIDS service and strategy from 1986-1998 provided her with insight and exposure to the full range of human services as she held responsibility for HIV prevention in the Illawarra region of NSW.  Viv has a career history in primary health and child and family services and has held executive management roles since 1991. Viv as CEO of Eastern Volunteers currently specialises in consulting on governance to small to medium community organisations as one of her many roles. This work is advised by the many years she has worked on community organisation Boards, consulted to them, managed them, worked in them and worked in partnership with them.

Viv has managed a diverse range of community organisations and services including as Executive Manager of multidisciplinary community health services,  Executive Manager for Barnardos South Coast in the southern part of NSW pioneering an early intervention integrated child and family service across 5 LGA’s and as General Manager Inner East Community Health, CEO of Playgroup Victoria, GM of Playgroup Australia and now CEO of Eastern Volunteers.

Viv is a highly skilled community development practitioner, strategist, outcomes planner and specialises in implementing outcomes frameworks and measurement in health and human services. Viv has many years experience in teaching community sector professionals.

Viv currently holds positions as Chair of the Victorian Volunteer Support Services Network, is a member of the Ministerial Taskforce on the Victorian Volunteer Strategy, is on the Board of Inner East Primary Health Partnership,  is a Director of the Victorian Tasmania Community Transport Association [VTCTA]  and Australian Community Transport Association as well as being Deputy Chair of the Frank Fenner Foundation. She previously held positions as Chair and Director of NSW Family Services the peak organisation for family support agencies and was the Victorian convenor for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Young People.

David McDonald


David has an exceptionally strong background in both the Commercial and NFP sectors with over 30 years in senior leadership roles varying from CEO, COO, General Manager and Network Finance Manager. These roles combined with his strengths in strategic planning, sales, marketing, building successful teams provide a strong and experienced skills base. He has worked both domestically and internationally.

His current role is Chief Executive Officer for Community Care and Transport Incorporated on the Yorke Peninsula. The organisation was founded over 25 years ago and through its Community Transport service it empowers people to be socially engaged and to meet their medical needs. The organisation also provides a Community Visitors Scheme which helps to prevent social isolation in the community.

Previously, David spent more than 30 years in the Commercial Radio Industry along with a stint as CEO for Variety the Children’s Charity of Queensland. He has been a board member for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal in Melbourne as well as the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation at Greenslopes Hospital in Brisbane, amongst others. As a result of his broad experience, David has a sound knowledge of corporate governance, finance, risk, legal and business operations.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants as well as a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants. Additionally, he is also a Certified Process Communications Facilitator.

David has been Company Director of several Queensland, New South Wales, and Victorian companies. He has been involved in several Radio industry related activities including serving on the Commercial Radio Australia Research Committee, National and State ACRAS (Australian Commercial Radio Awards) judging panels. David was recognised with an Australian Commercial Radio Award as Metropolitan Station Manager of the Year in 2007. He has held the positions of National Chair Variety Fundraising Committee and National Chair of Variety CRM (thankQ) Committee.  Previously, he has also been a member of the Gippsland Executive Forum and the Committee for Gippsland in Regional Victoria.

Currently, David is the Treasurer for SACTA (South Australian Community Transport Association), a Steering Committee Member for the Yorke and Mid-North Peninsula Collaborative Project, member of the Legatus Public Transport Reference Group in South Australia and the YP Business / Industry Advisory Group.

Terry O'Toole

Deputy Chair

Terry is a vastly experienced Corporate Executive. He was Chief Operating Officer of a national waste management and transport operation for six years prior to joining TransitCare Ltd as their COO.  For the past six years he has held the role of CEO of TransitCare which is one of the largest and most efficient community transporters in the country.

Previously, Terry spent 25 years in retail management (fast moving consumable goods) and was working as a senior executive in an array of businesses both public and privately owned.  Terry provides hands on management experience to the organisation and mentoring to the executive management team. He is an operational expert who is focused on providing TransitCare the internal capability to be NDIS compliant and to grow its reach and scale.

Terry is a member of the AICD and sits on two boards – the TDSA in Queensland and ACTA as the Vice Chairman and is also a member of the Qld NDS State Committee.  He continues to agitate for the rights of clients to ensure that they are provided with the best services possible. Terry attends many forums where his transport expertise is called upon to provide clear strategy and direction for the sector.

Terry has been in the Disability sector for over 6 years and brings commercial acumen into the sector that is and continues to undertake transformational change.

Terry’s aspirations don’t sit in the one silo, as he sees that the continued agitation must focus on all that are vulnerable in our society and that focus should not discriminate.

Jo Cochrane


Jo Cochrane is the Director for Lifestyle Services with Communities@Work, Canberra, supporting vulnerable older people and people with disability through a range of programs that encourage clients to lead independent, active and inclusively connected lives.

With a career that includes working for large private and not for profit organisations such as lending institutions, residential aged care and community care organisations, Jo has over 25 years of experience in the aged and community care sectors in the development and. management of direct service programs, human resource and volunteer management, quality assurance, work health and safety and program compliance.   Jo is the current Chair for the ACT Community Transport Working Group.

Kathy Dickson


Kathy has been working in the Community Transport sector since 2012. She is the current Chair of the Community Transport Organisation NSW (CTO). Her full-time position is Operations Manager-Transport for LiveBetter Services based in regional NSW. This is one of the largest service providers in both disability and aged care services. In this role Kathy manages multiple contracts from both State and Commonwealth governments including Transport for NSW and the Department of Education. Over the last 4 years, LiveBetter has grown and diversified their transport service to include new and innovative forms of transport, including the flexible contract- Dubbo to Tottenham as featured in TfNSW future transport plan. Kathy is passionate about supporting transport in NSW and has been asked to present her knowledge at various transport conferences and forums.

Kathy is also the Deputy Chair of the Family First Bank having been a director for almost 11 years. Kathy is also a member of the Risk, Corporate Governance and Remuneration committee within the bank.

Kathy is a graduate member of the AICD. Kathy also holds Boas accreditation, Certificate lll in Transport Management, Diploma in Financial Services and Diploma in Leadership and management

Kathy has a strong background and experience in finance, governance and the transport sector. She is committed to working with government to ensure that all communities have access to the transport they require.

Membership Model

Uniting all stakeholders for the sustainability of the community transport sector.

Australian Community Transport Association


State Community Transport Peaks


State Community Transport Providers


Associate Members

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