Road Safety Remuneration System

The Road Safety Remuneration System commenced on 1 July 2012 and ceased to operate from 12am on 21 April 2016. It consisted of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and a separate compliance and education framework administered by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration System

On 18 April 2016, legislation abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration System was passed by the Parliament of Australia. As a result, the System, including the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s two Orders, ceased to operate from 12am on 21 April 2016.

The Orders are:

  • Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016
  • Road Transport and Distribution and Long Distance Operations Road Safety Remuneration Order 2014

For the period that the Payments Order was in effect, the Fair Work Ombudsman stated in a media release that:

Given ongoing confusion and concern surrounding the introduction of the 2016 Order, the Fair Work Ombudsman wishes to make it abundantly clear that as the Regulator charged with monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Order, it has no intention of seeking enforcement outcomes to early contraventions that may be identified. Such action would not be in the public interest.

If you have any concerns in relation to the period in which the Payments Order was in effect, please contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit the website.

The Government has said that it remains committed to improving safety on our roads. It has committed to redirecting the money saved from abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration System to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for it to work with the States and Territories to implement practical safety measures. The Government has also said that it will continue to consult with industry on what safety measures should be prioritised. 

Please see the Government’s media release on abolishing the Tribunal.

The most recent round of consultations on the Road Safety Remuneration System has now concluded. If you would like further information, please email RSRReview@employment.gov.au.  

Reviews of the Road Safety Remuneration System

Two reviews of the Road Safety Remuneration System have now been completed. For further information on the reviews and to access to the review reports, visit the Review of the Road Safety Remuneration System page on this website.