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).
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.
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.
The ASBFEO conducted the following regional community meetings to gather information on the impact from owner-drivers and their families.
|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,
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||28 April 2016|
|3||Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association||10 June 2016|
|4||Confidential||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||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|
|16||Confidential||29 June 2016|
|17||Confidential||14 May 2016|
|18||Confidential||12 May 2016|
|19||Confidential||24 June 2016|
|21||Confidential||Online Form||1 June 2016|
|22||Confidential||Phone||9 June 2016|
|23||Confidential||9 June 2016|
|24||Confidential||Online Form||25 June 2016|
|25||Confidential||Online Form||10 June 2016|
|26||Confidential||7 June 2016|
|27||Confidential||9 May 2016|
|28||Confidential||18 May 2016|
|29||Confidential||21 May 2016|
|30||Confidential||Phone||30 May 2016|
|31||Confidential||25 May 2016|
|32||Confidential||25 May 2016|
|33||Confidential||11 May 2016|
|34||Confidential||Online Form||8 June 2016|
|35||Confidential||1 July 2016|
|36||Confidential||Phone||30 June 2016|
|38||Confidential||Online Form||6 June 2016|
|39||Confidential||Phone||12 May 2016|
|40||Confidential||29 June 2016|
|41||Confidential||15 May 2016|
|42||Confidential||16 May 2016|
|43||Confidential||Phone||17 May 2016|
|44||Confidential||20 May 2016|
|45||Confidential||7 July 2016|
|46||Confidential||Online Form||24 July 2016|
|47||Confidential||Phone||3 June 2016|
|48||Confidential||11 May 2016|
|49||Confidential||Letter||28 June 2016|
|50||Confidential||28 June 2016|
|51||Confidential||Phone||10 May 2016|
|52||Confidential||Letter||29 April 2016|
The Australian Government response to ASBFEO's Inquiry into the effect of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s Payments Order on small businesses.