Road Safety Remuneration System

Between 2012 and 2016 the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) set pay and conditions for road transport drivers in the road transport industry.

They did this by making Orders for the people covered by the system, as well as approving road transport collective agreements and dealing with disputes.

The Road Safety Remuneration System was created by the Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012, and was repealed by the Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Act 2016.

Under the Road Safety Remuneration Repeal Act 2016, the Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 (including the Tribunal that it established and the Orders that the Tribunal made) ceased to operate at 12am on Thursday 21 April 2016.

Who the system covered

The Road Safety Remuneration System covered road transport drivers, employers, hirers and supply chain participants in the road transport industry.

Orders

During its operation, the Tribunal made two Orders.

2014 Order

The Road Transport and Distribution and Long Distance Operations Road Safety Remuneration Order 2014 (the 2014 Order) (DOCX 89KB)  (PDF 122KB) applied from 1 May 2014 until 12 am on Thursday 21 April 2016.

The 2014 Order set payment and deduction conditions for owner drivers, provided health and safety and contract obligations and protections from adverse conduct.

2016 Order

The Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (the 2016 Order) (DOCX 382.9KB) (PDF 806.1KB) had effect from 4.15 pm on 7 April 2016 until 12 am on Thursday 21 April 2016.

The 2016 Order set minimum pay rates for owner drivers, entitlements for unpaid time off and had provisions for hirers and supply chain participants to audit supply chain contracts.

Given ongoing confusion and concern surrounding the introduction of the 2016 Order, the Fair Work Ombudsman will not be seeking enforcement outcomes for contraventions during the period it operated. You can read more about our enforcement of the 2016 Order in our media statement.

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