ALRTA News – 7 April 2017

PRESIDENT KEENAN MEETS MINISTER CHESTER

ALRTA National President met with the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Darren Chester MP, in Wangaratta, Victoria.  President Keenan and two other operators were invited to attend the luncheon which provided an extended opportunity to speak with the Minister 1-on-1 about a range of issues.

Some of the Issues discussed included parking bays, amenities, EWDs, the fatigue review and ALRTA projects proposed under the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2017-18.  These issues and others will be further discussed during a follow up meeting with Minister Chester in Canberra.

NATIONAL ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE

The ALRTA National Animal Welfare Committee met via teleconference this week. Major topics of discussion included the progression of our effluent strategy, NZ study tour, user-pay infrastructure, national crate standards and the TruckCare review.

Dawn Lowe of Animal Angels also joined us online to seek our views on issues including captive bolt guns, the fit-to-load guide and site visits to certain livestock selling facilities.

UPDATE: NSW GENERAL CARRIERS CONTRACT DETERMINATION

ARTIO NSW has kindly agreed to provide ALRTA members with information concerning the final General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD) handed down by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission on 15 April 2017.

You will most likely be exempt from the GCCD if you:

  • Transport livestock;
  • Transport primary produce to or from land used for primary production;
  • Are engaged by a primary producer;
  • Use a specified specialist vehicle (e.g. a tipper or a tanker); or
  • Are a ‘common carrier’ (i.e. undertakes work for any hirer) rather than a ‘contract carrier’ (i.e. undertakes work for a single hirer).

However, owner drivers undertaking exclusive work for a principle contractor that does not involve a specialist vehicle or carriage to or from a place of primary production may be affected by the GCCD decision.

If you are concerned that you may be covered by the GCCD, you can read the ARTIO NSW summary below.

Transport Industry – General Carriers Contract Determination – New Rates and Associated Conditions – Summary

This following summarises changes to rates and associated conditions to apply under the Transport Industry – General Carriers Contract Determination following a decision in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission on 15 March 2017.

The GCCD applies under NSW industrial law to certain principal contractor/owner driver relationships within the general freight sector of the industry in NSW. Owner-drivers are known as ‘Contract Carriers’ under NSW industrial law.

The GCCD replaces the Transport Industry – General Carriers Interim Contract Determination which took effect on 2 July 2016.  This new GCCD takes effect from 15 April 2017.

Changes to the GCCD are:

  • Where the GCCD currently operates, rates will increase effective the first pay period on or after 15 April 2017.
  • A new rates structure will take effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2019.  In some circumstances, rates will go up, in other circumstances, rates will go down depending on vehicle type, hours worked and kilometres travelled.
    • Where the GCCD currently operates, phasing in of new rates will occur in five stages through to 1 July 2023.
  • Rates in the GCCD will for the first time apply to:
    • The transport of cash (other than in armoured vehicles), furniture removals, private pathology and refrigerated transport.
    • Outbound journeys from the County of Cumberland (greater metropolitan Sydney) to areas around Newcastle and Wollongong.
    • There will be no phasing in of new rates where expanded geographical coverage or expanded operational coverage applies.
  • Existing daily allowances remain unchanged.
  • Hourly rates and trailer allowances for container and waterfront areas remain unchanged.
  • New hourly allowances will apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2019 to trailers and in certain circumstances, to NHVR accreditation and to Blue Card training.
  • Alternative remuneration arrangements will be permitted under the GCCD with conditions.

There are also substantial changes to conditions in the GCCD that sit alongside provisions related to rates payable by Principal Contractors to Contract Carriers.  Provisions in the GCCD relating to conditions place obligations on both Principal Contractors and Contract Carriers.

If you believe your business may be affected by the GCCD, including in relation to new rates, new conditions and changes in coverage, please contact Hugh McMaster, Secretary/Treasurer, Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation NSW Branch, tel: 0412 880861, or email hughmc@artionsw.com.au.

GCCD Information Sessions

ALRTA thanks ARTIO NSW for allowing us to provide this expert advice to potentially affected members.  This association has a strong focus on industrial issues affecting the transport sector and can provide a range of member services in this area.

ARTIO are running a series of information sessions in May.  For more information click ARTIO NSW Information.

TRUCKCARE REVIEW

ALRTA Executive Director and ATA Trucksafe Manager met with Supabarn this week to discuss consumer attitudes towards animal welfare.   We have now met with most major retailers and are planning a series of meetings with processors during May.

Interested members are invited to attend a TruckCare workshop in Canberra on 22 May 2017, during which we will consider the review findings and implications for the TruckCare accreditation system.  Please contact office@alrta.org.au for details.

BP – SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITIES

Corporate support of charities often goes unnoticed, so this week we thought we’d put the spotlight on some social investments that BP has made to help support our communities.

In 2017 BP entered a five-year partnership with OzHarvest, Australia’s first perishable food-rescue organisation. Quality surplus food will be collected from more than 80 BP-operated service stations and redistributed to people in need within the communities in which the food is collected.

Annually BP donates 400,000 litres of BP Ultimate fuel for OzHarvest’s fleet of food rescue vans. They also support OzHarvest’s education programs NEST and Nourish, and are the presenting partner at the 2017 and 2018 CEO Cookoffs.

BP has also supported the McGrath Foundation over the last four years. With a goal to fund a new McGrath Breast Care Nurse every year, BP donate a portion of all fuel sales during the first week of October, and will be encouraging customers to donate to the Foundation at the register.

BP are actively involved with Coastcare in Western Australia, a conservation program involving BP employees volunteering to plant native species to help build habitats for native wildlife at two dedicated planting sites.

ALRTA would like to acknowledge BP for supporting these worthwhile causes.

LBRCA CONFERENCE

Last weekend ALRTA President Keenan, VP Marley, VP Hoare and our Executive Director attended a very successful LBRCA 30-year anniversary conference in Dubbo NSW.   The event was held at the Dubbo Showgrounds which boasted handy parking, a large session room and an enormous trade exhibition area.  The gala dinner was held at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre.

Attendance was excellent and major themes included last mile access, chain of responsibility, IAP, driver amenities and safety.  I am sure that the conference sessions and forums have resulted in a solid work program for the LBRCA over the next 12 months.   Some issues will also benefit from the assistance of the ALRTA and ATA.

ALRTA congratulates all award winners over the event including:
Life Member: Gordon Martin
Honorary Member: Di Peisley
Young Driver of the Year: Drew Cannon

ALRTA also advises the following results of the LBRCA AGM:
President: Lynley Miners
Immediate Past President: Jock Carter
VP Livestock: Graeme Hoare
VP Bulk: Kelvin Baxter
Treasurer: Anthony Hopton
Secretary: Tracey Boschetti
NHVR Rep: Wade Lewis
ALRTA Rep: Scott McDonald
Sponsor Rep: Peter Parslow
Sponsor Rep: Steven Haslem

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ALRTA News – 31 March 2017

2017 SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD: NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

ALRTA and NHVR advise that nominations for the joint 2017 Safety Innovation Award are now open.

The Award recognises and rewards rural road transport operators who have identified HVNL related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

Applications will close on June 30, 2017.  The winner will be announced at the LRTAV Conference 11-12 August, 2017.

Nominations are open to all livestock, bulk and rural carriers who are financial members of LRTAQ, LBRCA, LRTAV, LTAT, LRTASA or LRTAWA.

You can nominate yourself or a fellow carrier who takes a proactive approach to controlling safety risks!

Application forms are available here.

LRTAQ CALLS FOR ACTION ON ROADSIDE EFFLUENT MANAGEMENT

The LRTAQ has called for the Queensland Government and Local Councils to work with industry to develop a plan for the construction and funding of managed roadside disposal sites for livestock effluent.

LRTAQ President, Ian Wild, said that the State of Queensland has a strong public interest in protecting the livestock supply chain and it was vital to plan ahead to ensure that the sector can co-exist with rapid urbanisation in South East Queensland.

“Queensland is home to the largest cattle heard in Australia and can ill-afford to ignore controllable risks to the livestock supply chain,” said President Wild.

“There are four major abattoirs in the Brisbane area with four major highways (Bruce, Cunningham, Warrego, Brisbane Valley) carrying many tens of thousands of animals for processing annually.  While professional livestock carriers who enter this area are using effluent capture tanks, they are unable to fully control effluent loss because of the poor animal preparation practices of other parties in the chain and a complete lack of managed roadside disposal infrastructure.

“As the urban population in South East Queensland continues to rise, so too do concerns about effluent loss and potential impacts on road safety, biosecurity risk, animal welfare and public amenity.

“The Federal Government has estimated that an outbreak of foot and mouth disease would cost more than $40b to the national economy and effluent is a known vector for spread of the disease.

“Our compatriots in New Zealand have recognised and addressed this problem with a comprehensive effluent management strategy that includes the installation of managed roadside effluent disposal facilities around key ‘hot spots’ such as we have in South East Queensland.

“LRTAQ is sending a representative as part of an Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association delegation to New Zealand, 26-29 April 2017, to inspect roadside effluent facilities and discuss issues around funding, site selection and management.

“With more than $1b being spent on the second Toowoomba range crossing, now is the time for the Queensland Government and Local Councils to commence planning for the construction and funding of managed roadside disposal sites for livestock effluent in South East Queensland,” said President Wild.

CONSIDER A DONATION TO HEART OF AUSTRALIA

Following the moving keynote address by Dr Rolf Gomes at our joint State-National Conference in Toowoomba Queensland, the ALRTA has this month made a $1,000 donation to support this extremely worthwhile cause.

Heart of Australia delivers fortnightly specialist medical investigation and treatment clinics to regional, rural and remote area communities across Queensland, including Dalby, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, St George, Charleville, Roma, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Hughenden, Charters Towers and Moranbah.

The customized road train – a specialist medical clinic-on-wheels – has travelled more than 150,000km on the road covering an area of more than 450,000 square kilometres.

Heart of Australia is breaking the grip of distance that denies rural and remote-area Australians access to services when and where they are needed most.

The ALRTA asks all members to consider making a donation to Heart of Australia to support the service help with expansion plans.

You can find all the details here.

NHVR CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY WORKSHOPS

The NHVR is delivering a number of information sessions across the country to discuss amendments to Chain of Responsibility laws that are coming in mid 2018.

The latest sessions added for Victoria are:

  • Geelong, 6 April
  • Hoopers Crossing, 6 April
  • Dandenong, 6 April
  • Traralgon, 7 April.

For more information and to register visit www.nhvr.gov.au/cor

HAVE YOUR SAY ON LAST MILE ACCESS FOR PBS VEHICLES

The last mile is sometimes the hardest when seeking PBS vehicle access to a local government managed road.

This short stakeholder survey is a component of Austroads project NEF2096, Local Road Access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles.  Austroads is funded by all states and territories to support member organisations to deliver an improved Australasian road transport network. For more information go to www.austroads.com.au.

Advantia Transport Consulting has been engaged to compile information that will help road managers better understand the nature of last mile access issues, and what can be done to overcome them.  “We’re looking for real life examples of local road access being made possible by overcoming perceived or actual barriers,” advised Advantia’s Managing Director, Rob Di Cristoforo. “We’ll be reporting on the most interesting case studies, so it would be great to get a good response from the industry.”  Responses by 21 April 2017.

The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NEF2096

NATIONAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS – NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

We have received some amazing feedback on the ALRTA National Conference Sessions in Toowoomba, so we’ve put the sessions online so you can catch up on topics important to hard working transport operators.

Don’t miss interesting panels and presentations on:

  • What causes Rollovers?
  • Who’s responsible for Effluent Control?
  • Emerging Technology, Regulation and Practices
  • Contrasting approaches to Road Access in the East and the West
  • NHVR’s Strategy and Operations
  • Major Accident Investigations

Please go to http://alrta.org.au/about/events/ and choose the audio/video session you want to view.

ATA LAUNCHES 2017 NATIONAL TRUCKING INDUSTRY AWARDS

The ATA is calling for nominations for the 2017 National Trucking Industry Awards.

These prestigious awards acknowledge the achievements of individuals and organisations in all fields of endeavour throughout the trucking industry.

The awards now open for nominations are:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry
  • National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year
  • National Professional Driver of the Year
  • National Training Excellence Award

“I urge anyone who knows of an exceptional member of the trucking industry to come forward and nominate them for an appropriate award. In particular I encourage all of the ATA’s state and sector associations to nominate those unsung hard-working individuals that I am sure you all know,” ATA CEO, Ben Maguire said.

“These awards recognise people and businesses who make a significant and positive impact on the trucking industry. This country runs on trucks, and we wouldn’t be able to operate efficiently if not for the hard work and dedication of people who go the extra mile to make sure Australia’s goods are moved in a safe and professional manner,” Mr Maguire said.

The awards will be presented at Trucking Australia 2017 — 21-23 June — at the Darwin Convention Centre during the Gala Dinner on the ATA Foundation Sponsors Day, 23 June.

The Don Watson Memorial Award and the TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award, will also be presented on the night.

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Media Release – LRTAQ Calls for Action on Roadside Effluent Management

The Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland (LRTAQ) has called for the Queensland Government and Local Councils to work with industry to develop a plan for the construction and funding of managed roadside disposal sites for livestock effluent.

LRTAQ President, Ian Wild, said that the State of Queensland has a strong public interest in protecting the livestock supply chain and it was vital to plan ahead to ensure that the sector can co-exist with rapid urbanisation in South East Queensland.

“Queensland is home to the largest cattle heard in Australia and can ill-afford to ignore controllable risks to the livestock supply chain,” said President Wild.

“There are four major abattoirs in the Brisbane area with four major highways (Bruce, Cunningham, Warrego, Brisbane Valley) carrying many tens of thousands of animals for processing annually.  While professional livestock carriers who enter this area are using effluent capture tanks, they are unable to fully control effluent loss because of the poor animal preparation practices of other parties in the chain and a complete lack of managed roadside disposal infrastructure.

“As the urban population in South East Queensland continues to rise, so too do concerns about effluent loss and potential impacts on road safety, biosecurity risk, animal welfare and public amenity.

“The Federal Government has estimated that an outbreak of foot and mouth disease would cost more than $40b to the national economy and effluent is a known vector for spread of the disease.

“Our compatriots in New Zealand have recognised and addressed this problem with a comprehensive effluent management strategy that includes the installation of managed roadside effluent disposal facilities around key ‘hot spots’ such as we have in South East Queensland.

“LRTAQ is sending a representative as part of an Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association delegation to New Zealand, 26-29 April 2017, to inspect roadside effluent facilities and discuss issues around funding, site selection and management.

“With more than $1b being spent on the second Toowoomba range crossing, now is the time for the Queensland Government and Local Councils to commence planning for the construction and funding of managed roadside disposal sites for livestock effluent in South East Queensland,” said President Wild.

For media enquiries please contact:

LRTAQ President: Ian Wild – 0428 713 514

31 March 2017

LOGO: LRTAQ

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ALRTA News – 24 March 2017

ALRTA CONGRATULATES ATA COUNCILLORS ELECT BEER AND MINERS

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) congratulates John Beer and Lynley Miners on their election to the ATA Council.

It was announced this week that John Beer was elected to the ‘owner driver’ position and Mr Lynley Miners was elected to the ‘small fleet’ position.

ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said that both candidates will bring a wealth of experience to the ATA Council table.

“The ATA Council is the highest-level industry policy development body in the Australian road transport sector.  It is vitally important that the ATA Council has excellent representation from the owner driver and small fleet sectors that together make up the majority of road transport operators,” said President Keenan.

“We believe that the best representatives are those who have genuine industry interests at heart, and who have sufficient secretariat support to successfully interface with their electors,”

“John and Lynley are passionate industry advocates who are actively working to make smaller trucking businesses safer, more productive and free from unnecessary regulatory interference”.

“They are real ‘grass-roots’ operators who know what it takes to run their own small trucking business,” said President Keenan.

Owner Driver: John Beer
John Beer is a Livestock and Rural Transport Industry veteran of over 50 years.  He started out as a young driver hauling livestock as well as fencing posts, hay and grain.  Together with his wife Melva, he operates his own single-truck transport business J & M Beer Carrying Service Pty Ltd from Romsey in central Victoria.

John is a past President of the ALRTA and the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Victoria.  In 2015, John was the first recipient of the ALRTA McIver Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Livestock and Rural Transport Industry and in 2016 was a finalist in the ATA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry.

Small Fleet: Lynley Miners
Lynley Miners is the current President of the NSW based Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association, a role he has held since 2016.

Lynley has a deep association with the trucking industry as a successful operator and small business owner.  30 years’ experience driving a truck, growing up on a grazing property in the Snowy Mountains and working alongside his siblings in the family livestock transport business which is still in operation today, under Lynley’s direction, are key to Lynley’s success in this industry.

Holding several voluntary positions including member of the ALRTA National Animal Welfare Sub-Committee, President of the Adaminaby Jockey Club and Director of the Adaminaby Bowling Club, Lynley has a proven track record working productively with a range of industry associations, businesses and government bodies. John beer and Lynley Miners will attend their first ATA Council meeting in Canberra on 5 April 2017.

     
Mr John Beer                                     Mr Lynley Miners

ALRTA EXECUTIVE MEETS

The ALRTA Executive met via teleconference this week.  The meeting focussed on operational issues concerning staffing, management of the ALRTA building and moving our national headquarters into the ATA Building by the middle of 2017.   The Executive also considered project options for the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2017-18.

NHVR LIVESTOCK AND INDUSTRY OPERATIONS GROUP

On 21 March 2017, the NHVR Livestock and Rural Industry Operations Group (IOG) met with senior NHVR staff in Brisbane.  Membership of the IOG includes all of our State Presidents as well as the CEO of Northern Territory ATA.  Discussions focussed on fatigue, access and effluent control.

The ALRTA will work with NHVR to progress a third AFM template and to establish a trial of an improved local access system, based on the WA Harvest Mass Management Scheme and work being developed by LBRCA.

HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY INITIATIVE 2017-2018

The ALRTA has proposed two new projects for funding under the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2017-18.

Project 1: Investigating the Feasibility of User-Pay Loading and Unloading Infrastructure

The aim of the project is to demonstrate an innovative new funding mechanism that overcomes market failures and incentivises rapid infrastructure improvements throughout the road transport supply chain.

The project would construct one new Stock Crate Pivoting Access Landing Frame and then operate it on a user-pay basis.  Data would be collected concerning safety and productivity improvements and analysis undertaken on the feasibility of duplicating the user-pay model at facilities around Australia.

Project 2: Incentivising Uptake of Eye-Tracking Fatigue Monitoring and Warning Systems

The aim of the project is to encourage road transport operators to trial eye-tracking fatigue monitoring and warning systems.

While the technology has great promise, uptake has been slow.  Few transport operators have been willing to trial eye-tracking technology because the systems are thought complex and too expensive.

Transport operators would apply directly to NHVR for up to 50% of the cost of purchasing and installing eye-tracking systems, up to a maximum value of $4,000 per applicant.

The project will create an opportunity for influential transport operators to experience eye-tracking technology, ‘jump starting’ take up within their businesses and potentially more broadly across the industry.

EFFLUENT CONTROL UPDATE

We are ‘all systems go’ for our study tour of New Zealand 26-29 April 2017.   The more information we obtain the more obvious it is that the effluent management system across the ditch is light years ahead of over here.

This week ALRTA representatives met with NHVR to discuss opportunities for collecting data to produce maps and decision making tools for selection of ‘in transit’ effluent disposal locations.  We have also supplied NTC with detailed information about the operation of the livestock supply chain and how this relates to the chain of responsibility.

On top of that, we have consulted with our state associations and provided NTC with detailed comments on a proposed new livestock section of the National Load Restraint Guide.   The new section forges new ground in several ways and it is extremely important to get the balance right.  There will be a further round of public consultation on the proposed changes later in the year.

ALRTA IS RECRUITING

The ALRTA is advertising for a part-time National Marketing Officer to join our team in Canberra.  The role is a multi-skilled position supporting the marketing and sponsorship functions of the National Secretariat.  Examples of day-to-day tasks include:

  • Promotion of the ALRTA via website, newsletters, mail outs and social media.
  • Negotiating new sponsorship partnerships with trade suppliers.
  • Maintaining existing sponsor relationships including delivery of contractual commitments.
  • Liaising with affiliated state associations on day-to-day sponsorship arrangements.
  • Organisation and promotion of events including joint National-State conferences.
  • Maintenance of a national membership database.
  • Assisting with media and communications strategy.

Other skills and experience in managing an industry association are also desirable including: administration, accounting, member services, information technology, research or policy development.

The position will suit a highly organised individual with excellent oral and written communication skills plus great attention to detail.  An enthusiastic and positive disposition is vital.

Applications close at 5pm, Friday, 7 April 2017.  To find out more about the specifics of the role please call the ALRTA Executive Director, Mathew Munro, on 0421 082 489 or mathew@alrta.org.au.

The formal job ad can be found here.

ALRTA FAREWELLS TANYA BALLAT

The ALRTA farewells our current marketing and sponsorship guru, Tanya Ballat, who re-joined our team in September 2016 for a six-month stint.  In that time, Tanya has tightened up our sponsorship arrangements, greatly improved our social media presence and helped to deliver a fantastic joint National-State Conference in Toowoomba Queensland.

Tanya will be on deck for another two weeks.  ALRTA thanks Tanya for her service over several years now and we wish her all the best into the future.

LBRCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: ONE WEEK AWAY

The LBRCA annual conference where we will celebrate 30 years as an independent industry association is less than one week away.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) the heavens will open to rays of sunshine and comfortable temperatures for the two-day event – This is a vast difference to what the local community in Dubbo has experienced over the past week.  Severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, large hailstones, damaging winds and road closures due to local flooding.

“We are really encouraged by the interest from industry, government and our strong membership”, says LBRCA President Lynley Miners.

Over 250 delegates attending the 2017 LBRCA annual conference at Dubbo will be treated to an impressive line-up of speakers in a series of focused interactive sessions including:

  • Melinda Pavey MP: NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  • Michael Kniepp: Dubbo Regional Council
  • Graham Sinclair: Temora Shire Council
  • Tony Donoghue: Coolamon Shire Council
  • Bill Estevez: NHVR
  • Ben Maguire: ATA
  • Mathew Munro: ALRTA
  • Frederic Horst: Transport for NSW
  • Trish Grunert: RMS NSW
  • Roger Fletcher: Infrastructure NSW/Fletchers International
  • Kieran Gardner: Graincorp
  • Tony Williams: SafeWork NSW
  • Owen Driscoll: NTI
  • Scott Merriman: BPW Transpec
  • Paul Weiss: Transtech

A number of other key advisers will take part in the conference in addition to LBRCA executive members including Graeme Hoare, Mick McCulloch, Paul Pulver, Jock Carter, Wade Lewis and Scott McDonald.

“All conference sessions are being facilitated by the very experieced Brett Peterkin with topics including freight strategy and funding, effluent, chain of responsibility, low volume access, safety and new initiatives in our industry hot on the agenda”, says LBRCA President Lynley Miners.

Not yet registered for the annual conference?  Complete a Registration Form and return to the Secretariat by Wednesday 29th March 2017.

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ALRTA News – 17 March 2017

DECISION MADE: NSW GENERAL CARRIERS CONTRACT DETERMINATION

On 15 March 2017, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission handed down a decision to vary the NSW General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD).

The application to vary the GCCD was made by the NSW Branch of the TWU in December 2013 and has been negotiated by registered industrial organisations including ARTIO NSW, Australian Industry Group and NSW Business Chamber.

For more than 30 years, the GCCD has applied to owner drivers in the Sydney metropolitan area and those undertaking local work of less than 50km.   The NSW TWU application proposed to extend mandatory minimum rates across the whole of NSW.

On behalf of LBRCA and our members in other states, ALRTA provided a detailed statement to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and has made representations to the NSW Premier, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and Minister for Industrial Relations strongly opposing broad scale application of mandatory minimum rates for owner drivers in NSW.

While the final decision has not yet been published, ALRTA has spoken with parties to the negotiations and understands that the following changes will apply from 15 April 2017:

  • Non-rates related changes will apply to the whole of NSW (e.g. Owner drivers will be able to negotiate a guaranteed number of hours with employers);
  • Expansion of the geographic area for mandatory minimum rates will be limited to the Newcastle to Wollongong corridor (ALRTA believes that this will only apply to ‘outgoing’ loads from Sydney and will exclude important agricultural thoroughfares within the region);
  • Refrigerated, furniture removals, pathology (above 2t) and cash-in-transit (non-armoured vehicles) will no longer be exempt.

A new mandatory minimum rates structure will take effect until 1 January 2019 (ALRTA believes this involves a 2.5% increase across the board).

While these changes are concerning from the perspective of a ‘slow regulatory creep’ towards greater regulation of owner drivers including mandatory minimum rates, it is important to note that the vast majority of ALRTA member carriers will remain exempt from the GCCD if they do any of the following:

  • Transport livestock;
  • Transport primary produce to or from land used for primary production;
  • Are engaged by a primary producer;
  • Use a specified specialist vehicle (e.g. a tipper or a tanker); or
  • Are a ‘common carrier’ (i.e. undertakes work for any hirer) rather than a ‘contract carrier’ (i.e. undertakes work for a single hirer).

However, owner drivers undertaking exclusive work for a principle contractor that does not involve a specialist vehicle or carriage to or from a place of primary production may be affected by the GCCD decision.

If you believe that the GCCD changes may apply to your business, you can read the full decision when it is published here.

ARTIO NSW will run information sessions on the changes.  Check their website for details here.

Overall, the ALRTA is satisfied that rural carriers will remain exempt from the GCCD and that the coverage of mandatory minimum rates will remain unchanged in regional NSW.

SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD NOMINATIONS TO OPEN 29 MARCH

ALRTA and NHVR advise that nominations for the joint Safety Innovation Award will open on 29 March 2017.

The Award will recognise and reward rural road transport operators who have identified HVNL related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

Applications will close on June 30, 2017.  The winner will be announced at the LRTAV Conference August 11-12, 2017.

Nominations will be open to all livestock, bulk and rural carriers who are financial members of LRTAQ, LBRCA, LRTAV, LTAT, LRTASA or LRTAWA.

More information and application forms will be available on the ALRTA website prior to 29 March.

A $5,000 prize will be awarded for the best safety innovation. Please contact the ALRTA for a nomination form.

TAKE OUR REGO LABEL SURVEY

The Australian Trucking Association is seeking the input of members from ALRTA to determine the cost to the industry of replacing physical registration labels.

The ATA is arguing for the removal of registration labels from trucks and trailers. This has the full support of ALRTA and we encourage all our members to participate in the survey.

“In order to effectively advocate for the removal of labels, we need more information from road transport operators to accurately calculate the savings to industry, and present these savings to government,” ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said.

“ALRTA is also advocating for governments to allow road transport operators to pay registration charges monthly. This would only be feasible once registration labels are removed.

“Given the high cost of heavy vehicle registration charges, the option to pay monthly would have a huge positive cash flow effect on road transport operators across Australia,” said President Keenan.

Take the survey now

TRUCKSAFE BOARD MEETING

The TruckSafe Board met this week in Gatton, Queensland.  Our representatives Stephen Marley (Chair) and Graeme Emery were joined by observers David Rogers (LRTAV) and our Executive Director.   Stephen intends to retire from the TruckSafe Board after 17 years and Mr Rogers has been nominated by ALRTA Council.

Key topics of discussion included the review of TruckCare, NHVR Codes of Practice, TruckSafe awards and general management issues.

NATIONAL AND STATE PRESIDENTS TO MEET NHVR

Next week our National and State Presidents will meet with senior NHVR reps in Brisbane. Our main topics of discussion will be:

  • Effluent: an in-depth discussion about our whole of supply chain strategy to clarify the law, refine the load restraint guide, develop a code of practice and establish roadside dumping infrastructure.
  • Local Access: we are keen to work with NHVR to develop better access arrangements on regional and rural roads.  There has been some great work across the entire state in WA and in some targeted work with Councils in NSW and QLD.
  • Fatigue: NHVR and ALRTA have achieved an enormous amount working together to develop a National Animal Welfare Notice and two easy entry AFM templates.  With so much already done, we will be considering where we go from here.

If you have any issues you want us to raise with NHVR please get in touch with the executives in your state association.

CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY FORUMS

Amendments to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws are coming in mid 2018. These changes align CoR laws more closely with workplace health and safety laws.

The NHVR is delivering information sessions across the country to discuss these changes and ensure you have the information you need to be prepared.

The next information session will be held in South Australia at 10am-12pm, Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 6 Todd St, Port Adelaide. Register for Port Adelaide forum

For dates and locations of all NHVR CoR information sessions visit www.nhvr.gov.au/cor

REMINDER: SUPPORT YOUR CANDIDATES IN THE ATA ELECTIONS

The ALRTA has endorsed two candidates standing in the upcoming ATA Council elections.

ALRTA has endorsed Mr John Beer for the ‘owner driver’ position and Mr Lynley Miners for the ‘small fleet’ position.

ALRTA encourages all persons registered to vote to throw their support behind these experienced and passionate candidates.

Voting will close at 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

More information about the 2017 ATA election

REMINDER: A MILESTONE TO BE CELEBRATED AT LBRCA 2017 CONFERENCE IN DUBBO

The annual conference of the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) will be held at Dubbo this year 31st March – 1st April.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, The Hon Melinda Pavey, will open the conference on Friday and will meet face-to-face with rural transporters to provide an update on the Government’s road freight achievements and proposed future direction for rural NSW.

“This years’ event is particularly important as we celebrate 30 years.  There is a strong line up of presenters from local, state and federal arenas as well as industry” said Lynley Miners, LBRCA President.

“We also have plenty of time for attendees to catch up and network.  This aspect is always a highlight of our annual conferences and we make a point of encouraging our members to use this time to meet and network with government and industry representatives”.

The formal dinner on Friday night has the Young Driver of the Year Award presentation, which is of interest to the industry and a way of encouraging the succession of future leaders in our industry.

“The award has been up and running for a couple of years now and attracts a wide interest from across our membership.”

The conference will cover a wide variety of issues over the two days – everything from access, safety, chain of responsibility, business protection, braking technology, industry codes of practice, infrastructure and fatigue.

“We want to use our conference to hear and learn about the current issues affecting our membership and identify particular actions we can take forward to resolve – which in effect sets part of our work program for the next 12 months.”

The Conference Program is available here.

To register, complete the LBRCA Conference Registration Form available here.

For more information on this event contact LBRCA Operations Manager Bec on 02 6295 6651 or email office@lbrca.org.au

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