Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal order in force on May 1

The RSRT order requires pay within 30 days of receipt of owner-driver’s invoice

Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal order in force on May 1
Abetz extended the RSRT review deadline


The first Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) order comes into effect on May 1.

The order, which was developed in consultation with industry stakeholders last year, will require companies to pay owner-drivers any undisputed amount within 30 days of receiving an invoice.

It also places restrictions on a company’s ability to make deductions.

Companies must also prepare and implement a written drug and alcohol policy by May.

The order requires an employer or hirer to provide a driver with written contracts, which may be in electronic format, covering details of the service to be provided, the period of the contract, remuneration and work hours.

Companies must keep a record of each contract for at least seven years.

The Tribunal will have the power to approve road transport collective agreements from May 1.

Meanwhile, Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers Special Counsel Gillian Bristow has advised here clients that Employment Minister Eric Abetz has extended the deadline for the RSRT review.

"The review is now not expected to be completed until mid-April 2014 (any day now)," Bristow writes.

"Mr Abetz’s office has advised us that once the government receives the report, the government will first consider the report before issuing a response.

"The report will not be released to the public until the government has finalised its response."

A ministerial representative was unable to provide details when ATN called.

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