Interstate Removals, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Darwin, Alice Springs, Tasmania Domestic and International moving
Since the founding of Australian Vanlines over thirty years ago as a one person, two truck owning operation of interstate removals and domestic move, it has grown to become a truly international company with offices and agents throughout Australia and the world.
Founded by Sid Vallaydam who migrated from South Africa to Australia in 1980, with only A$3000 in his pocket, but with a driving determination to establish a leading removals company which Australian Vanlines is today.
With a substantial background in the South African international removals industry Sid was first employed in the Australian industry for eleven months before making his first acquisition of a small local removals company, A to Z Removals in 1981.The transformation of this company began when in 1983 Perth was made its major line haul destination. Part of the transformation was a change of company name to Australian Furniture Vanlines with the corporate logo being “Around the corner around the Globe”.
Rapid expansion of the company in 1985 saw the acquisition of Hank’s Removals in Perth as well as joint venture relationships in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Becoming fully Customs Bonded in 1988 across all the company’s operations in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide Perth and Melbourne was to launch Australian Vanlines onto the international market.
In 1995 the company changed its name to the present Australian Vanlines in part to reflect its growing presence in the international market. One of the key elements of the ongoing success of Australian Vanlines is the implementation of a Management Equity Share plan across the company. This is to recognize both the quality and commitment of Australian Vanlines management to the success of the company.
Expanding its successful international operations, Australian Vanlines was to have its reputation significantly boosted by being accredited to service the very demanding needs of the U.S. Military Personnel. This success was due to Australian Vanlines being able to meet the very stringent Quality Assurance and service requirements of the U.S. Military.
In 1999 Australian Vanlines purchased LR Removals in Melbourne and expanded its plant operation from a domestic moving company to an international company. The success of this Melbourne branch has been paramount in the further growth of Australian Vanlines.
In 2000 we created our machine moving division to coordinates moves of heavy machinery interstate or internationally.
Australian Vanlines formed a management group with shares distributed to a number of key employees. This management group was to establish consistencies within the organisation and harness set industry standards.
In 2002 Australian Vanlines felt the need to disband its agency agreement in Canberra and form a new division. As a well recognised defence carrier for the Australian defense and Us Military it was important to establish a bonded warehouse in our nation's capitol.
To continue the expansion of the company Australian Vanlines developed an impressive international network of affiliates across the globe and is a proud member of many worldwide associations. 2003 Australian Vanlines became one the most prestigious companies in the world by being recognised as a FAIM accredited mover. This is specifically designed for the moving industry by independent auditors.
2003 also saw the purchase of a purpose built offices and warehouse in Melbourne. This was the first property venture for Australian Vanlines and it really stamped Australian Vanlines position in the moving industry. While other movers were struggling in troubled times, Australian Vanlines was still expanding its operations around the nation.
2004 Red Centre Removals approached Australian Vanlines with an offer to further expand our national network and buy its company. Red Centre removals had an office in Darwin and Alice Springs. This area being another stronghold in defense transport made the prospective venture very viable. This area had just established a rail link from Alice Springs to Darwin that will provide a quicker link for overseas countries to Australia.