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Impact of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Payments Order (September 2016)

The ASBFEO was requested by the former Minister for Small Business, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, under section 42(1) of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act 2015, to undertake an inquiry into the effect on Australian small businesses of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016.

The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Payments Order Inquiry Report was presented to the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Minister for Small Business and tabled in the House of Representatives on 14 September 2016.

Download a copy of the RSRT Payments Order Inquiry Report (pdf).

Background

In December 2015, the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal announced it would be introducing new minimum pay rates for owner-drivers under the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016.

The Order was due to come into effect on 4 April 2016. On 1 April 2016, the Federal Court of Australia ordered a stay on the Order, which was subsequently lifted on 7 April 2016.

On 10 April, the Government announced its intention to introduce a bill to abolish the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. The legislation was passed on 18 April 2016.

The Government has committed to redirecting the previous Tribunal funding to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Purpose of the inquiry

The ASBFEO gathered information to find out the impact of the Payments Order on Australian small businesses.

The former Minister also requested that the ASBFEO consider the ways in which the government can consult with small businesses in the development and operation of tribunals and other similar bodies.

Public consultation

Roundtable

On 16 May 2016, owner-truck drivers and representatives from associated industry groups met in Canberra at a roundtable convened by the ASBFEO. The roundtable was held to gather feedback ahead of the ASBFEO’s inquiry into the effect the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s (RSRT) Payments Order had on small businesses.

Groups represented at the roundtable: Australian Trucking Association, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National Farmers’ Federation, the Council of Small Business of Australia, National Road Transporters Association, Australian Logistics Council, Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia, Trucking Support Agency of Australia, National Road Freighters Association, National Owner Drivers Association and Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association.

The Australian Industry Group and the Transport Workers Union were also invited, but were unable to attend.

Community Meetings

The ASBFEO conducted the following regional community meetings to gather information on the impact from owner-drivers and their families.

Location  Date Time Venue
Adelaide Thursday, 9 June 2016 9:00 - 11:00am The Parks Recreation & Sports Centre, 46 Cowan Street, Angle Park, Adelaide
Perth Friday, 10 June 2016 9:00 - 11:00am

Midland Sports Complex (Tennis/Bowls Club), Lot 21 Patterson Drive, Middle Swan, Perth

Toowoomba Thursday, 16 June 2016 12:00 - 2:00pm Toowoomba City Golf Club, 254 South Street, Toowoomba
Dubbo Thursday, 23 June 2016 4:00 - 6:00pm Dubbo RSL Club, Cnr Brisbane & Wingewarra Streets, Dubbo
Mildura Thursday, 23 June 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, Seventh Street, Mildura
Shepparton Friday, 24 June 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm Shepparton RSL Sub Branch, 88 Wyndham Street, Shepparton
Wagga Monday, 27 June 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm

Mercure Wagga Wagga, 1 Morgan Street, Wagga

Devonport Thursday, 30 June 2016 9:00am - 11:00am

Quality Hotel Gateway, 16 Fenton Street, Devonport

Tamworth Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm

Ibis Styles Hotel, Cnr Ebsworth & Bridge Streets, 

 

Submissions

The following submissions were received for the Impact of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Payments Order Inquiry:

No. Name Type of submission Received
1 Confidential Phone 3 June 2016
2 Confidential Email 28 April 2016
3 Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association Email 10 June 2016
4 Confidential Email 22 May 2016
5 Confidential Phone 1  June 2016
6 Confidential Online Form 2 June 2016
7 Confidential Online Form 26 June 2016
8 Confidential Phone 26 May 2016
9 Confidential Online Form 6 June 2016
10 Confidential Email 16 June 2016
11 Confidential Online Form 2 June 2016
12 Confidential Online Form 19 June 2016
13 Confidential Phone 11 May 2016
14 Confidential Online Form 30 June 2016
15 Confidential Email  
16 Confidential Email 29 June 2016
17 Confidential Email 14 May 2016
18 Confidential Email 12 May 2016
19 Confidential Email 24 June 2016
20 Confidential Email  
21 Confidential Online Form 1 June 2016
22 Confidential Phone 9 June 2016
23 Confidential Email 9 June 2016
24 Confidential Online Form 25 June 2016
25 Confidential Online Form 10 June 2016
26 Confidential Email 7 June 2016
27 Confidential Email 9 May 2016
28 Confidential Email 18 May 2016
29 Confidential Email 21 May 2016
30 Confidential Phone 30 May 2016
31 Confidential Email 25 May 2016
32 Confidential Email 25 May 2016
33 Confidential Email 11 May 2016
34 Confidential Online Form 8 June 2016
35 Confidential Email 1 July 2016
36 Confidential Phone 30 June 2016
37 Confidential Email  
38 Confidential Online Form 6 June 2016
39 Confidential Phone 12 May 2016
40 Confidential Email 29 June 2016
41 Confidential Email 15 May 2016
42 Confidential Email 16 May 2016
43 Confidential Phone 17 May 2016
44 Confidential Email 20 May 2016
45 Confidential Email 7 July 2016
46 Confidential Online Form 24 July 2016
47 Confidential Phone 3 June 2016
48 Confidential Email 11 May 2016
49 Confidential Letter 28 June 2016
50 Confidential Email 28 June 2016
51 Confidential Phone 10 May 2016
52 Confidential Letter 29 April 2016

Government response

The Australian Government response to ASBFEO's Inquiry into the effect of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s Payments Order on small businesses.