Review of the Road Safety Remuneration System

The Australian Government is undertaking a review the Road Safety Remuneration System in Australia.

The Review of the Road Safety Remuneration System is an independent review that will assess the operation of the system and advise the Government on whether it represents an effective and appropriate means of addressing safety concerns in the road transport industry. Through this process, the Government is seeking to urgently review the operation of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and assess the need for a further level of regulation. The Government committed to undertaking the review in the Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws released in May 2013.

Scope and timing of the review

The review commenced on 20 November 2013. It is being guided by the Terms of Reference and will be completed in the first quarter of 2014.

Independent reviewer

The review is being conducted by Mr Rex Deighton-Smith of Jaguar Consulting. Mr Deighton-Smith has over 25 years of experience in public policy, specialising in policy research and analysis, regulatory impact assessment, competition policy and stakeholder consultation. In 2006, he was appointed as a founding member of the Advisory Board of Monash University's Centre for Regulatory Studies, where he also lectures in the Master's degree program.

He also worked for several years at the OECD Secretariat in Paris, specialising in regulatory policy and reform. Prior to joining the OECD, he worked in various policy roles for the Victorian Government, including as Director of the Office of Regulation Reform for four years, from 1992. Mr Deighton-Smith conducted research in the area of road safety for the former Department of Employment and Workplace Relations in 2011.

The Department of Employment provides administrative support for the review through the Road Safety Review Secretariat..

Public Consultations

As part of the review interested parties were invited to provide submissions in response to the Terms of Reference, including addressing the following matters:

  1. the impact to date of the Tribunal on the road transport industry and its safety performance
  2. the potential future impact of the Tribunal on the road transport industry and its safety performance
  3. the appropriateness of the Tribunal model as a means of addressing safety performance in the road transport industry, having regard to key policy considerations of effectiveness and efficiency
  4. any preferred approaches to addressing road safety concerns in the road transport industry.
  5. the nature and extent of any regulatory overlap and duplication arising from the operation of the Road Safety Remuneration System, including any additional regulatory or economic burdens and potential means of addressing these
  6. any other issues considered relevant to the Review.

Submissions can be viewed at the Submissions website.

For more information on the Road Safety Remuneration System

Visit the Road Safety Remuneration page on this website.

Visit the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal website.

Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman road transport website.