Pay & entitlements

Under the RSR System, the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (the RSRT) can make decisions about pay and related conditions in the road transport industry for road transport drivers. These decisions are called road safety remuneration orders (orders). RSRT can also make arbitration orders when dealing with a dispute.

Note: The RSRT has made an order that operates from 1 May 2014 until 30 April 2018. Visit the Conditions for road transport drivers page to find out how the order affects you.

Orders and arbitration orders apply on top of any other entitlements the employee has.

The RSR System doesn’t replace existing employee entitlements, such as annual leave, personal leave and parental leave. Employee road transport drivers in the national workplace relations system are still entitled to the conditions in the National Employment Standards, and any modern award or enterprise agreement that applies to them. Employee drivers working for sole traders or partnerships in Western Australia are entitled to conditions of employment under Western Australian state law – see below.


Angus is an interstate truck driver employed by the Davidson Deliveries Group. His employment is covered by the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010. If the RSRT issues an order that grants Angus a new condition, Davidson Deliveries Group has to provide Angus with this new condition, as well as any existing entitlements he gets under his award.

Modern awards

The following modern awards apply in the road transport industry:

There are Pay & Conditions Guides for the Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010 and the Waste Management Award 2010.

For rates of pay in the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010 and the Transport (Cash in Transit) Award 2010 see:

  • Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010  - clause 13.1
  • Transport (Cash in Transit) Award 2010 - clause 15.1

If you’re not sure which award applies, Award Finder can assist you. You can also visit Finding the right pay for tools to help you work out an employee’s minimum rate of pay, allowances and overtime and penalty rates.

For general information about employer responsibilities and employee entitlements, visit the My Business page.

Sole traders & partnerships in Western Australia

Employee drivers working for sole traders and partnerships in Western Australia, who are covered by the RSR System, may also be entitled to minimum wages and conditions under state law. For more information, visit the Labour Division of the WA Department of Commerce External link icon.

Orders and arbitration orders apply on top of any other entitlements an employee has.

These employees aren’t covered by a modern award, however entitlements to unpaid parental leave and notice of termination under the National Employment Standards may still apply. See the National Employment Standards - Who is affected page for information.

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Page last updated: 24 Mar 2014