SAFE RATES – YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED


The introduction of the Road Safety Remuneration Bill means that all Australians can look forward to safer roads and truck drivers can look forward to decent pay and conditions.

Want to know more? Below are some FAQ’s.

Q: WHEN DOES THE TRIBUNAL COME INTO EXISTENCE?

A: July 1, 2012

Q: WHEN WILL IT START EVALUATING APPLICATIONS OR ARBITRATING DISPUTES? WHY?

A: January 1, 2013, except under exceptional circumstances. It will take a lot of information and organisation to have the Tribunal ready to hear cases, hence the six-month period between its establishment and its everyday operation.

Q: WHAT WILL THE TRIBUNAL DO?

A: It will work with legislation such as the Fair Work Act 2009 and the Independent Contractors Act 2006, state laws dealing with owner-driver contracts, and National Heavy Vehicle Regulator laws to remove pressures to drive dangerously. It will set and enforce industry standards — via rulings called Road Safety Remuneration Orders — along the supply chain.

 Q: DOES IT HAVE A DISPUTE-RESOLUTION FUNCTION?

A: Yes, if that dispute relates to unsafe practices. Methods to resolve those disputes indluce mediation, issuing an opinion or recommendation, or arbitration by consent.

Q: WHO WILL SIT ON THE TRIBUNAL?

A: The Tribunal will be drawn from a mixture of Fair Work Australia commissioners and transport-industry experts, and will be overseen by the General Manager of Fair Work Australia.

Q: HOW DOES THE TRIBUNAL ENFORCE ITS ORDERS?

A: Compliance with Road Safety Remuneration Orders is under the supervision of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s office.

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