ARTIO releases modern Award handbooks


ARTIO releases handbooks to help trucking operators understand their obligations under the modern Award system

By Brad Gardner | March 16, 2011

New industrial relations handbooks have been released to help trucking operators understand their obligations under the modern Award system.

The Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) has released separate handbooks detailing the Road Transport and Distribution Award and the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award.

Each handbook covers employment conditions under the Awards, such as wages, allowances, work hours, penalty rates, shift work, leave and termination.

ARTIO was tasked with producing the handbooks to simplify the Awards, which took effect last year.

"The RTD [Road Transport and Distribution] Award replaces 54 separate awards under the old system," the handbook says.

The Road Transport (Long Distance Operations Award) superseded six separate awards under reforms announced in 2008 by then Industrial Relations Minister Julia Gillard.

The award modernisation process was designed to simplify the industrial relations landscape by reducing the number of awards.

ARTIO will distribute handbooks at free education seminars to be held next month in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

"The presentation will provide you with practical, easy to understand advice on these newly created modern awards," ARTIO says.

The Melbourne event will be held on April 5 at 29 Millers Road at Altona North from 8:30am to 10:30am.

The Sydney seminar will run for two hours from 8am at the Breakfast Point Country Club on April 12.

The BTP Technology and Conference Centre at Eight Miles Plains near Brisbane will host a seminar from 8:30am to 12pm on April 15.

The handbooks are free.

Click here to download the Road Transport and Distribution Award.

Click here to download the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award.


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