From a shortlist of four DAF Technicians across Australia, Matthew Henderson of Kenworth DAF Adelaide was named the 2024 PACCAR Australia’s DAF Technician of the Year.

Brad May, Chief Engineer PACCAR Australia and Steven Tomaro, Aftersales Manager PACCAR Australia, presented the 2024 DAF Technician of the Year award to Matthew Henderson congratulating him on his win and performance on the day.

The search for the 2024 DAF Technician of the Year began in October 2023. All Service Technicians at DAF Dealerships Australia‐wide were invited to participate in the competition, which aimed to recognise and reward the best of the best. The event consisted of four theoretical assessments measuring technical skills, product knowledge, engine and driveline expertise and professionalism.

The finalists were, Matthew Henderson from Kenworth DAF Adelaide in first place, Lachlan Schrader from Kenworth DAF Perth in second place, James Brough from Kenworth DAF Melbourne in third place and Inndyah Chenoweth from Kenworth DAF Hallam in fourth place.

The finals were held over a full day on Friday 15th March 2024 at PACCAR Australia’s Bayswater manufacturing plant. There were four practical tests that were a combination of electrical, mechanical and system testing. The finalists received over $30,000 worth of prizes at a celebratory awards dinner, including a voucher for a selection of tools vital to the job.