The aim of CoR provisions in the HVNL (and equivalent laws in WA and NT) is to ensure that everyone in the supply chain actively prevents safety breaches and aligns transport safety law, with the concept of “duty of care” underpinning Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) law.
Transport workers have become directly responsible for shareholder and management happiness due to the ‘Christmas-level’ workload in many yards. They have kept parcels coming to people’s doors, they’ve kept retail shelves stocked. They have delivered essential goods and supplies across the country under unprecedented demand and pressure from those at the top of the supply chains.
Last month, Twiggy Forrest published full-page advertisements in newspapers across Australia challenging export processor JBS over the company’s animal welfare performance.
Albert Einstein is credited as saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It is time to view the traditional Vocational Education and Training (VET) model as bordering on insanity.
With all the debate and divisiveness that is going on around the country within our own industry and the community in general, we need to start to pull together to get our country moving and get our economy back on track.
Far too many get caught up in the excitement of going into business for themselves that they miss some critical steps that can make or break a business.
The NHVR is continuing to focus on the dangers of illegal engine remapping with the latest round of information highlighting the safety risks of speed limiter tampering.
The transport industry was awash with speculation about jurisdictions mandating Covid vaccinations for interstate truck drivers, with Queensland and New South Wales setting notional deadlines for freight workers to get a first jab as condition of entry.
The TWU knows that workers want to get on with their jobs, be paid fairly, be kept safe while they drive and need the federal government to set up a national plan that does not keep them guessing as to which border closes next, where they can get tested or where they can go if they choose to be vaccinated.
I have been involved in the transport industry for most of my life. In Central Queensland and across the state, I sat behind the wheel and employed others who did.