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Transport roundtable backs industry standards reforms

A broad group of transport industry members have agreed on reforms to industry standards that prioritise safety and efficiency

A transport industry roundtable including major companies, associations, unions and federal ministers has backed a shared set of principles calling for reforms that set enforceable standards across the industry.

The roundtable included workplace relations minister Tony Burke, Woolworths, Coles, Uber, DoorDash, major transport operators, industry associations and the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU).

Ahead of the jobs and skills summit, the roundtable called for urgent action to ensure a safe, sustainable, viable, and fair road transport industry for all supply chain participants, including independent contractors, and non-employee transport workers in the on-demand and rideshare economy.

The principles document outlines that reform could include adequately resourcing an independent body administered by people with industry expertise or better empowering existing bodies, to:

  1. establish and maintain appropriate and enforceable standards in relation to both traditional transport operations and on-demand delivery and rideshare platform work;
  2. promote best practice supply and contract chain industry standards;
  3. effectively and efficiently resolve disputes;
  4. ensure transport workers are able to access and contribute to an effective collective voice;
  5. convene as necessary specialist advisory groups drawn from the industry to provide advice and recommendations; and
  6. provide appropriate enforcement to ensure standards and objectives are met.

The broad transport coalition has united to address industry pressures caused by the Australian legal framework falling behind changes in the industry, including the rise of the on-demand economy and new types of work arrangements.


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National industry convoys were held last month at Parliament House and in major cities across Australia in support of reform to set fair standards for a sustainable industry.

“This is a powerful blueprint for reform backed by every section of the industry. If adopted by the federal government, a standard-setting body would enable transport to emerge from an industry dominated by economic pressures at every level of the supply chain, to a safe, secure and viable industry where all participants can thrive,” TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine says.

Employer group ARTIO National Secretary Peter Anderson says: “The outcome of this roundtable could not be clearer. Transport clients, employers, workers and even gig companies are all calling for the security of enforceable industry standards. Although this group may not always see eye to eye, our unity today shows how critical it is for the federal government to act.”

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