Latest news: On 21 April 2016, the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal ceased to operate. All road safety remuneration orders, including the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Order, have also ceased to operate.

Latest news

NEWS: Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Act 2016 receives royal assent

On 19 April 2016, the Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Act 2016 (Cth) received royal assent.

Accordingly, on 21 April 2016 the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal will cease to operate or perform any of the functions prescribed to it by the Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 (Cth).

Read the Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Act 2016 (Cth)

Please direct any outstanding inquiries to inquiries@rsrt.gov.au.

NEWS: Statement and directions issued regarding Contractor Driver Minimum Payments RSRO

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) has issued a Statement with directions. This Statement attaches two draft variations to the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (2016 RSRO).

The first draft variation defers the commencement date of the 2016 RSRO to 1 February 2017.  

All persons or bodies likely to be affected by this draft variation to defer the commencement date may make written submissions to the RSRT on this draft variation by 4.00 pm on Thursday, 21 April 2016.

Written comments on the material received may be made to the Tribunal by 4.00 pm on Wednesday, 27 April 2016.

The RSRT proposes to decide whether to defer the commencement date on the basis of the written submissions and written comments received.

The second draft variation provides for changes to the 2016 RSRO which include:

  • hirers, employers and other participants in the supply chain being paid within 30 days,
  • different minimum rates for backloading trips,
  • a rise and fall clause for fuel prices, and
  • removing disincentives to engage a contractor driver compared to an employee road transport driver.

The RSRT has not issued directions for making written submissions and written comments on the second draft variation. Instead, a member of the RSRT will preside over consultations on the second draft variation in order for contractor drivers around Australia to have direct input to a member of the RSRT on the second draft variation and to propose other variations to the 2016 RSRO. A final report will be provided to the President of the Tribunal on the consultations, the detailed variations sought and the extent of agreement by no later than 1 August 2016.

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NEWS: 18 April hearing on an application to vary the Minimum Payments Order

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) has received an application to vary the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (2016 RSRO) from the Transport Workers’ Union of Australia (TWU).

The variations sought by the TWU include:

  • Delaying the minimum payments for long distance operations until 1 January 2017,
  • Hirers, employers and other participants in the supply chain being paid within 30 days,
  • Different minimum rates for backloading trips,
  • A rise and fall clause for fuel prices, and
  • Ensuring there is no disincentive to engage a contractor driver rather than an employee road transport driver.

The application to vary is listed for mention at 10.00am on Monday, 18 April 2016 in Sydney, with videolinks to other capital cities.

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14 April 2016

NEWS: Federal Court of Australia lifts stay on commencement of the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments RSRO 2016

On 7 April 2016 the Federal Court of Australia decided not to continue the stay on the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016.

8 April 2016

NEWS: Federal Court of Australia stays commencement of the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments RSRO 2016

On 1 April 2016 the Federal Court of Australia ordered that the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 be stayed until further order of the Federal Court.

3 April 2016

NEWS: Decision on the draft variation to the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments RSRO 2016 published

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) has decided today not to vary the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (2016 RSRO).

The effective date of the 2016 RSRO therefore is 4 April 2016.

In its decision not to vary the 2016 RSRO, the Tribunal noted the general support for the making of the 2016 RSRO and sought to correct many of the myths that had been circulated regarding the RSRO.

To assist parties to calculate the correct minimum payments under the 2016 RSRO, the Tribunal has published an online payments calculator on its website.

1 April 2016

NEWS: Statement and directions issued regarding Contractor Driver Minimum Payments RSRO

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) has issued a Statement with directions attaching a draft variation to the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (2016 RSRO). The draft variation varies the commencement date of the 2016 RSRO and includes transitional provisions in respect of its minimum payments.

The draft variation and directions should not be taken as constituting a decision by the RSRT to vary the 2016 RSRO.

All persons or bodies likely to be affected by the draft variation to the 2016 RSRO may make written submissions to the RSRT on the draft variation by midday on Monday, 21 March 2016.

Written comments on the material received may be made by midday on Thursday, 24 March 2016.

The RSRT will conduct a Mention in Melbourne regarding the applications in the Statement and directions at 4.00 pm AEDT on Thursday, 24 March 2016 to ascertain the number of hearing days, if any, required in respect of the applications over the period 26 to 28 March 2016. Video links will be made available to other captial cities.

16 March 2016

NEWS: RSRT Payments Calculator available online

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal has published an online payments calculator to assist parties to determine the correct minimum payments under the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (2016 RSRO).

The 2016 RSRO takes effect from 4 April 2016 and, for the first time, sets national minimum payments for contractor drivers in the road transport industry involved in:

  • the distribution of goods destined for sale or hire by a supermarket chain; or
  • long distance operations in the private road transport industry.

In addition to payments for contractor drivers, the 2016 RSRO also includes clauses regarding:

  • unpaid leave;
  • supply chain contracts;
  • facilitative provisions;
  • promotion of orders; and
  • dispute resolution.

The order also imposes requirments on the hirers of those contractor drivers and participants in the supply chain.

For advice regarding the 2016 RSRO, please contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or go to www.fairwork.gov.au/roadtransport.

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3 March 2016

NEWS: Waste management industry inquiry interim report published

The interim report on the waste management industry inquiry has been released for comment. The report is published on the Tribunal’s website.

The report was prepared by Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal industry members, Mr Hutchins and Mr Ryan. It outlines issues raised by written and verbal submissions and party proposed Road Safety Remuneration Orders (RSROs), including mandated start times, remuneration systems, vehicle maintenance and standards, and long service leave.

Submissions on the interim report are due by 5.00pm on 18 March 2016

Go to the report

18 February 2016