Date: 4 July 2018
Source: Premier of Victoria
The Andrews Labor Government is making work fairer and safer for workers who are owner drivers or forestry contractors – including drivers using digital freight and delivery platforms.
Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins announced reforms today, which will make it easier for the growing number of owner drivers and forestry contractors to get paid on time, be safe at work and support their businesses.
Owner drivers are effectively small businesses that own and operate one to three vehicles to deliver goods around Australia.
The changes announced today are in response to a comprehensive review of the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act (ODFC Act), which found widespread non-compliance with the Act by hirers and brokers, putting workers safety, their incomes and their businesses at risk.