Remove politics from RSRO, VTA urges members

Industry body notes order’s shortcomings but backs cool and close evaluation of facts

Remove politics from RSRO, VTA urges members
Peter Anderson notes there are issues the RSRT needs to address.


The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) warns members to avoid the politics swirling around the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) and stick with a close examination of the document.

"There is no doubt that the specific transport sectors, including its customers, have been challenged in understanding the changes this Order would bring as reform to the industry," VTA CEO Peter Anderson says.

He continues: "Like any major business decision, it is vital that gaining all of the available facts and understanding all of the implications a decision will bring to your business is most important."

At the same time, through its registered industrial relations arm, Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO), is pushing for the RSRO’s review.

Top issues of contention amongst others include:

  • split/return loading, seen as "clearly not equitable and cognisant of current market determination"
  • fuel levies, which have a "high exposure to large swings and variations and needs a point of reference"
  • 30-day payment terms, "an essential maximum for all contractor agreements"
  • transparency of cost model inputs, which present "ongoing management issues for all parties, including customers".

"We are seeking that the above points be included and addressed to ensure that there is balance in the Order and that the transport industry gains the best outcome from the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal," Anderson says, noting an RSRO implementation delay is sought by the industry.

The VTA, which conducted workshops before the RSRO was issued, would welcome member input and feedback and is available to provide them with advice.



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