First ASBFEO ‘safe rates' consultations detailed

Sessions will be held in Adelaide, Perth, Toowoomba, Dubbo and Wagga

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) office is conducting industry consultations in order to collect information regarding the ‘safe rates’ Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) on Australian small businesses.

The inquiry comes on the request of small business minister Kelly O’Dwyer under section 42(1) of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Act 2015 to help analyse the impact of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT)’s controversial Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016.

Regional consultation sessions will be held at multiple locations including, Adelaide, Perth, Toowoomba, Dubbo and Wagga.

The ASBFEO office says that more sessions are in the pipeline, details to which will be updated on the ASBFEO website once arrangements are finalised.

With Labor committed to bringing back the minimum rates order or a similar payment standard, the transport industry is concerned about its future prospects.

O’Dwyer has also asked ASBFEO Kate Carnell’s office to consider the ways in which the government can consult with small businesses in the development and operation of tribunals and other similar bodies.

The ASBFEO is inviting small business operators to share their story via its online form or by joining the conversation on its interactive platform.

Visit the ASBFEO website for details about the sessions.



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