Transportation Organisations Urge the Government to Create Enforceable Industry Standards in a Joint Statement

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Several prominent industry groups and transportation businesses are attempting to enact a unified set of enforceable standards across the sector.

At a roundtable yesterday hosted by the Minister for Workplace Relations Tony Burke ahead of this week’s Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra, the industry leaders committed to a set of ideals they hope will guarantee a safe, long-term, competitive, and equitable road transportation marketplace for all supply chain participants.

The document suggests that reform could include allocating enough resources to an independent body run by experts in the field or improving existing bodies’ authority to be able to:

Establish and maintain standards that are fair, safe, and efficient for both traditional transportation operations and on-demand delivery and ridesharing platforms

Advocate for conformance to industry-wide supply and contract chain standards that are upheld as excellent examples

Resolve disputes effectively and efficiently.

Ensure that transportation providers can communicate and engage in an influential collective voice

Build specialist advisory groups from industry experts to provide input and recommendations as needed

Provide adequate enforcement to ascertain standards and objectives are accomplished

According to Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) national secretary Peter Anderson, the outcome of this roundtable couldn’t be more precise. 

“Transport clients, employers, workers, and even gig companies are calling for enforceable industry standards,” said Anderson.

“Although this group may not always see eye to eye, our togetherness today demonstrates how important it is for the federal government to act.” 

“Transport is a critical industry in Australia. The last two years have shown how essential transportation is, as well as pandemic pressure, flooding and global upheaval. It’s in everyone’s best interests to have a system that can sustain a viable transport sector.”

The Transport Workers Union national secretary Michael Kaine said that every industry section backs the blueprint for reform.

“With this standard-setting body, transport would emerge from an industry dominated by deadly economic pressures at every level of the supply chain,” said Kaine. “This would be a safe, secure and viable industry where all participants can thrive.”

Last month’s national industry convoys held at Parliament House and in major cities across Australia, employers’ associations, workers, transport operators, global gig companies, and leading supermarkets supported the reform to set fair standards for a sustainable industry.

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