Member Login

2018 Training Seminar

19-21 March 2018

The Australasian Branch is proud to announce that its 2018 Annual Training Seminar will be held in Brisbane on 19-21 March, 2018 at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square.

The three day event will cover a broad range of issues around relating to vehicle crimes, however we will have a particular focus on Heavy Vehicles, Plant  and Equipment.   To compliment this theme we have secured four highly regarded international keynote speakers.  (see below)

Day three of the 2018  seminar will be a field trip. We are currently finalizing the last of the arrangements but intend visiting the Caterpillar Distribution Centre at Yatala were we will see the what identifiers and how they are marked on the major parts of Caterpillar equipment.  We will then take a short bus ride to Acacia Ridge to the Hastings Deering Caterpillar where we will look at a range of new and used vehicle and our international keynote speakers together with a few of our other speakers will expand their classroom presentations and demonstrate on actual vehicles. 

For a full list of all speakers  please download the 2018 Seminar Registration Brochure

March is always a busy month, so I encourage you to commence seeking travel approval now and booking your flights and accommodation asap. 

If you have any questions or need further information about the 2018 seminar please contact me via email:   or mobile: 0418 841 899

Registrations are now open.  To register visit:

You may register for one or two or preferably all three days with great early bird discounts apply for all registrations received by 25 February 2018.

  • 3 day registration (includes ticket to President Reception on the 19th March and the Awards Dinner on the 20th March and the Wednesday Field Trip)     Early Bird price:  $745      Normal price:  $835
  • 2 day registration (Monday & Tuesday, includes ticket to President Reception on the 19th March and the Awards Dinner on the 20th March)   Early Bird price:  $630     Normal price:  $695
  • 1 day registration (Monday or Tuesday only, excludes tickets to President Reception and the Awards Dinner)    Early Bird price:  $395      Normal price:  $330
  • Wednesday Field trip (May be purchased together with a Monday or Tuesday only ticket.  It is already included as part of the three day ticket)    Early Bird price:  $115     Normal price:  $140
  • Extra Dinner Ticket  $115 


Platinum Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors:


Silver Sponsor:




2018 Seminar -  International Keynote Speakers

James (JD) Hough  - Arizona Law Enforcement Liaison, LoJack Corporation (USA) and International President of IAATI 

A 34 year veteran of Arizona Department of Public Safety Sergeant JD Hough has joined the LoJack's  Law Enforcement Liaison team in 2014.  As such JD is  responsible for professional training, providing equipment to additional police vehicles, and serving as an advisor to law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona that use the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System to combat auto theft.  

JD began his law enforcement career as a highway patrol officer in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1980. In 2002, he was assigned to the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force as squad supervisor. He served in this capacity for the following decade, overseeing a wide variety of investigations including multi-agency and multi-state criminal cases. In 2012, he joined the Arizona Auto Theft Authority staff as a lieutenant, furthering his vehicle theft experience and activities state-wide. Additionally, Hough has been an active member of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) and the Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA). He has held several leadership positions in both organizations including President of AATIA and the Western Regional Chapter of IAATI and in August 2017 was appointed as International President of IAATI.

Mike Briggs - Managing Director, VSST Ltd  (UK)

Mike has worked in the automotive industry for past 35 years, 21 of those at the UK insurer’s research centre – Thatcham.  Joining as a Vehicle Security Engineer in 1995 and then becoming the Vehicle Crime Research Manager, Mike was responsible for a team of 8 Vehicle Security Engineers that carried out New Vehicle Security Assessments (NVSA’s) on hundreds of vehicles (cars, motorcycles, vans, trucks and plant), with the results made available to the public via as well as going forward as information to the insurer’s group rating panel. He also lead the team opening new paths to  predominantly work with Vehicle Manufacturers, police forces, Governments and other vehicle security organisations on a global basis, with the overall remit of finding solution to reduce vehicle crime.

Mike was responsible for security updates that drove down car crime in the UK  from over 600,000 cars to just over 75,000 cars stolen and the creation of criteria to combat crime against other vehicle types. More recently the theft of construction plant and agricultural vehicle has not gone untouched,  and Mike is assisting with the development of standards for these vehicles.
He  influenced many countries around the world, with one engineer permanently based in South East Asia, support for Sweden through TFF Motor Insurance in maintaining a reduced theft risk for Swedish market and worked in a range of other countries including Canada, Europe, Russia, America, Korea and Japan.

In July 2016 Mike has took on the new challenge and started his own company VSST Ltd to maintain standards and find solutions against theft threats with key stakeholders such as police, Government, the Aftermarket tracking and security systems suppliers forming the Tracking and Aftermarket Security System Association (TASSA), insurers, vehicle manufacturers, and others in the continuing battle against crime across the globe.

Mike is also working with the UK government to develop standards to  prevent vehicles being used a weapons by terrorists.

In June 2017 Mike was elected UK Branch President of IAATI.

Nick Mayell - Police Liaison and Training Officer, Datatag Ltd. (UK)

Nick is a well-known name in equipment security and police circles. He left school at the age of 16 and secured a position as an apprentice heavy vehicle mechanic with a local plant and truck company. He later went on to manage a hire company which is when he became brutally aware of the financial repercussions of heavy equipment theft. As more and more of his equipment became subjected to theft, he took it upon himself to trace and recover his own machines. Such was his success, insurance and finance companies continued to use his investigative skills to help locate their own assets. 

In 1994 Nick was employed by a specialist heavy equipment investigation company in the UK and worked on many high profile cases, including one case which led to the recovery of 86 stolen machines. In 2011 he left to set up Plant Theft Consultancy. Nick’s services are currently secured by the UK’s leading asset marking and registration company, Datatag ID Ltd, who are the administrators the CESAR scheme. In his role with Datatag Nick works directly with the police, crime prevention organisations and the insurance and asset finance industries to raise the level of awareness and increase the level of detection of vehicle enabled crime. Nick present special training courses to disseminate proven vehicle identification techniques for traffic police, as well as  advanced courses for specialist vehicle examiners and training to insurance underwriters and claims officers, asset finance underwriters and fraud investigators.

Nick is a qualified trainer who regularly runs courses through the UK and Europe including for Interpol’s Formatrain project and  IAATI. His heavy equipment course is internationally recognised and accredited at level 3. He also runs a level 3 accredited courses in forensic vehicle VIN recovery, using both chemical and thermal techniques. 


A.G. Speake - Berla Corporation (USA)

(In the event, A.G. is unavailable for any reason, Ben LeMere, CEO of Berla Corporation, will be present for the course).

A.G Speake is an active auto theft investigator, as well as a Certified iVe Vehicle Forensics Instructor. His field experience has proven to be an invaluable asset, applying the latest vehicle forensic technology and data analysis tools to today's vehicle crimes. His goal is to create awareness of the investigative applications for the data stored in infotainment and telematics systems. 

His 2 hour workshop is titled 'Accessing and analyzing infotainment and telematics data to auto theft investigations'.  With over 1.5 billion vehicles on the road, the need to acquire and analyze user data from vehicle systems had becomes a critical part of investigations. A vehicle’s infotainment and telematics systems are capable of capturing and storing thousands of pieces of data about its’ occupants, location and events while in operation. Whatever the investigative case at hand, the data now stored in vehicles is crucial to gaining additional information that may not be available by other means.  This data within the vehicle tells a story.  The story may include the number of people in the car, phone calls made by the connected device(s) or even the vehicle’s built-in phone device, internet activity of occupants before and leading up to an event, driving speeds and styles, whether or not the lights were turned on, and in some instances, interval odometer readings.  Being able to identify contacts that are not yet known to the investigator, locations and routes traveled prior to and during an event of interest, and phone calls made on attached mobile devices, can all provide critical information to take an investigation to the next desired level.  With days, weeks and months of data, a vehicle can hold the keys to a quick and successful resolution of an investigation.

The presentation will include:

  • A comprehensive overview of what data can be acquired from infotainment and telematics systems within the vehicle
  • An in depth discussion on the non-destructive methods to acquire and analyze it
  • Real life case studies at local and national levels
  • Discussion on the OEMs currently supported by iVe, our vehicle forensics tool kit


Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Michael Kiernan, General Motors International - "OnStar"
  • Ray Carroll - National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council
  • Detective Senior Constable Vesna Ciric, QLD Police - 'Homemade' Caravans
  • Det. Sgt. Matthew Graefe, Victoria Police - "Operation Autounion"
  • Det. Sen. Const. Nicholas Scott, NSW Police, Motor Unit - "Strike Force WOLF"
  • Ligeti Partners Lawyers—TBA
  • John Cupitt , McLarens - "Marine Theft"
  • Marc Weeks, Hertz - “Rental car theft ”
  • Chris Loane - Vendor Management Australia – “Managing Investigations for Success”
  • Matthew Stephenson, IAG - “Operation Stack”- An insurance fraud case study
  • Queensland Police - “The integration of ANPR systems” (to be confirmed)
  • Australian Financial Security Authority - TBA

In addition we are still trying to confirm a speaker form a leading heavy vehicle insurance company

For a full list of all speakers  please download the 2018 Seminar Registration Brochure


Seminar Accommodation

The Seminar is being held at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square Hotel, corner Ann & Roma Streets, Brisbane.  It boasts a convenient city centre location in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, moments from Central Station and walking distance from the city’s most popular cultural, sporting and leisure attractions.

From the hotel it is a short walk to Brisbane’s top entertainment (Southbank), dining (Southbank & Eagle Street Pier), shopping (Queen Street Mall)and sporting (Suncorp Stadium) precincts, as well as key public transport (Roma Street Train Station, Central Train Station & King George Square Bus Station) options.

Telephone: +61 7 3229 9111
Fax: +61 7 3229 9618

15km from Brisbane International & Domestic Airports
500m from Roma Street Train Station
500m from Central Train Station

Accommodation options:
IAATI has secured a limited number of rooms at special delegates rates at both the Pullman Brisbane King George Square and the Mercure Brisbane King George Square.  These two hotels are attached with connecting walkways.

The special IAATI delegate rate at the Pullman is $215 per night including breakfast.  (This is a substantial saving over the currently published rate of $389 per night for bed only)

The special IAATI delegate rate at the Mercure is $185  per night including breakfast.

Unfortunately we were only able to secure a small number of rooms at these prices and this offer is only available until 19th February, 2018 unless sold out prior. 

To obtain these heavily discounted rate delegates need to make their own reservations direct with the venue:

Telephone:  +61 7 3229 9111 quoting "IAATI Annual 2018 Conference"
Email: quoting "IAATI Annual 2018 Conference"

All the latest details will be posted on the Upcoming Seminar page as they become available.