Govt seeks feedback on RSRS policy proposals

The federal government will hold consultations to determine the future of RSRT


The Federal Government is inviting views of industry members and other stakeholders within the road transport domain to come up with the best possible solution to the contentious issues surrounding the Road Safety Remuneration System (RSRS).

The System, which comprises the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) and an education and compliance framework administered by the Fair Work Ombudsman, has come under attack for its planning and handling of the Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO).

Two independent reports published last week highlight the inconsistencies and fallings of the System, with industry wide calls to abolish the Tribunal.

The government is looking to address these issues and determine the future of RSRT through industry interaction.

It is calling for recommendations and suggestions to help achieve the objective of ensuring any laws and policies are targeted and effective in addressing any incentives that exist for heavy vehicle drivers to speed or drive while fatigued.

The government’s four policy actions include:

  1. No change to the current road safety remuneration system.
  2. Ensuring the Tribunal considers safety evidence and evidence of economic impacts.
  3. Narrow the scope of the Tribunal.
  4. Repeal (abolish) the Road Safety Remuneration System.

The consultations are due to take place at various state capitals throughout this month.

Speaking to ATN, ATA CEO Christopher Melham highlighted the importance of raising concerns to the government.

"The ATA will participate in the consultations with the Department of Employment and other stakeholders to review the issue of mandatory rates for contractor drivers," Melham says.

"ATA will urge the decision makers to come up with a solution by the end of the month."

ATN is awaiting response from the Department of Employment regarding the full schedule of the consultations.

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