It looks like the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Contractor Driver Rates are to be delayed until next year. A release from the Australian Industry Group, who have been one of the leaders of the legal challenge to the RSRT talks about impending new government legislation to stop the RSRT rates until January 1 2017.
“Industry welcomes today’s announcement that the Government will introduce legislation into Parliament aimed at ensuring that orders setting remuneration rates for contractor drivers cannot commence before 1 January 2017,” said Innes Willox, Australian Industry Group CEO.
“The legislation will allow time for the consultation process recently announced by the Government without the threat of widespread community and industry disruption, and loss of work for contractor drivers.
“During the Government’s consultation process, the Australian Industry Group will argue that the Road Safety Remuneration Act and Tribunal should be abolished. They are distracting resources and attention away from measures that are widely recognised as improving road safety such as compliance measures, better roads, and increased use of technology. Paying contractor drivers more or differently will not improve road safety.”