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ATA in payment terms clarion call for industry

Thirty-day maximum nation-wide an election priority, peak body says


The Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA’s) election wishlist has narrowed its focus on remuneration, with a demand that mandatory 30-day payment terms become introduced by the party that forms government after this week’s federal election.

The association has previously highlighted issues such as increased fuel security and better rest areas as other priorities for industry and quotes political support for its stances.

It recently showed support for Victorian government’s Owner-Driver and Forestry Contractors (ODFC) Act that includes 30-day payment terms as a key tenet.

Read more about industry reaction to ODFC change proposals, here

“The ATA and its members are opposed to government-imposed price fixing, but support practical and effective measures to assist owner-drivers, including mandatory 30-day payment terms,” ATA CEO Ben Maguire says.

“We need a policy approach that improves safety and working conditions for everyone, without creating a fixed pricing regime that is not appropriate for real world costs and practices.”

The association has lobbied the Coalition, the Labor Party and the Centre Alliance on 30-day payment terms as part of its Cabover Cabinet initiative.

“I will continue through this whole campaign period to push to say how we can work together, the industry and a Labor Government, to achieve the outcomes we want,” Labor senator Glen Sterle says.

“And let’s not just talk about remuneration and unfair contracts. There’s payment terms, training, other safety issues and truck bays.”

Centre Alliance Senate candidate Skye Kakoschke-Moore says the way price fixing was dealt with in the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) was a very blunt approach. 

“Perhaps it had noble aims but in real-life it wasn’t getting the outcomes it was really established for,” Kakoschke-Moore says.

The ATA notes that, earlier this year, the Coalition said it would require large businesses tendering for government contracts to have 20-day payment terms in place.

“This is an issue that requires thoughtful action from the next government, with consultation and collaboration with the Australian trucking industry,” Maguire says.


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