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Warren Clark
NatRoad

NatRoad, the National Road Transport Operators Association, was formed in 1994 when the Long Distance Road Transport Association and the National Transport Federation decided to combine their respective strengths to form a new, nation-wide industry association. Current NatRoad Chief Executive Officer is Warren Clark.

  • Not a hint of chilli - ‘modest and conservative’ is the order of the day

    By: Warren Clark

    May 2017

    Over the past few months, NatRoad has been busy working on a number of key industry and workplace relations issues. Like many other industry associations. our attention has been focused on the four-yearly review of the modern awards, particularly in respect of the transport industry awards.

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  • The case for fair, transparent and sustainable road tolls

    By: Warren Clark

    April 2017

    As of 1 April 2017, heavy vehicle operators using CityLink in Melbourne face a significant increase in tolls, paying up to 125 per cent more during the day under the capped arrangement. Trucks are charged three times the daytime rate for cars and double the night-time rate. NatRoad is concerned that this dramatic increase in pricing will unfairly discriminate against the heavy vehicle industry compared to other road users.

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  • Industrial relations – in the wake of the RSRT

    By: Warren Clark

    March 2017

    Last month, NatRoad welcomed the Federal Government’s formal response to the inquiry into the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO).

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  • A review that is bound to affect you

    By: Warren Clark

    February 2017

    Battling with the unions is part of the DNA within NatRoad. I had the privilege of hearing first-hand where this character trait was born as long-time industry operators gathered to mark formation of the National Transport Federation (NatRoad).

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  • Are you ready for the future?

    By: Warren Clark

    December 2016

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) has taken a look at the future 2040 scenarios for land transport in Australia.

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  • Representing members 70 years on

    By: Warren Clark

    November 2016

    Nearly 70 years ago, a group of owner-drivers, many of them returned servicemen carting long distance freight, got together. They were fed up with crippling taxes designed to protect the rail freight monopoly and formed the Long Distance Road Transport Association – a forerunning organisation that became NatRoad.

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  • Our waistlines are just as important as our bottom lines

    By: Warren Clark

    October 2016

    This month the new edition of Assessing Fitness to Drive released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) updates the guidelines for health professionals assessing patient’s ability to drive safety – a requirement for commercial drivers of heavy vehicles.

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  • Where to from here?

    By: Warren Clark

    September 2016

    Years ago I was an accountant working with small businesses. I wasn’t just looking at numbers and spreadsheets. I was working with people who were having a go, who had taken a risk and who were facing challenges that are common to many small businesses.

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  • Year in review – priorities for the year ahead

    By: Warren Clark

    August 2016

    It has been a big year for the road freight industry. NatRoad has been front and centre of a major battle grabbing the headlines with the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) pay orders a key factor in the recent Federal election.

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  • Real data to drive understanding of fatigue

    By: Warren Clark

    July 2016

    In a refreshing approach by government, the National Transport Commission (NTC) is looking to improve the ongoing evidence base for driver fatigue by establishing a framework to capture real-life operational data.

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  • A final column

    By: Geoff Crouch

    September 2015

    Following four years as the NatRoad President and eight as a member of our National Council this will be my final column as I have decided not to seek re-election. During this time as President of NatRoad I have had the privilege of seeing the Association go from strength to strength as our industry has gone through significant change.

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  • NHVR progresses road reform

    By: Geoff Crouch

    August 2015

    The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad), on behalf of its members, has been a strong supporter of the importance of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) from the beginning.

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  • Managing staff performance

    By: Geoff Crouch

    July 2015

    NatRoad often gets asked how businesses deal with difficult employees following receipt of an unfair dismissal claim by the employer, after they had terminated the employment of an underperforming employee. Considering the number of unfair dismissal claims that now find their way to the Fair Work Commission, it is a topic worthy of attention.

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  • Pilot NatRoad Youth Driver Training Scheme

    By: Geoff Crouch

    May 2015

    I am pleased to report that the National Road Transport Association’s (NatRoad) Youth Committee has been busy selecting a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to deliver a NatRoad Youth Driver Training Scheme. The scheme is being designed and coordinated by the committee in conjunction with the successful partner RTO.

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  • NatRoad CEO hits the ground running and welcomes infrastructure improvements

    By: Geoff Crouch

    April 2015

    NatRoad’s new Chief Executive Officer, Warwick Ragg, has attended the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) Trucking Australia, where a number of significant industry events unfolded.

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  • Australian Government Productivity Commission

    By: Geoff Crouch

    March 2015

    The Productivity Commission Issues Papers on the Workplace Relations Framework released in January provides a unique opportunity for the transport industry to make submissions to Government on a range of workplace relations issues that are of concern to the industry. The inquiry is a public inquiry that will welcome participation from interested people and organisations with the five Issues Papers available on the Productivity Commission website.

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  • A cautionary note on Chain of Responsibility and the Duties Review

    By: Geoff Crouch

    February 2015

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) is currently conducting a review “to investigate the development of broader duties within the CoR.”

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  • Four-yearly review of transport industry awards

    By: Geoff Crouch

    December 2014

    The initial conference proceedings to commence the Stage 2 review of the modern awards that include the transport industry awards began at the end of October with Justice Ross, President advising the parties on timing matters including his view that formal proceedings should be under way by mid-December.

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  • More on the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

    By: Geoff Crouch

    November 2014

    The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (Tribunal) became operational in July 2012 for the purpose of, ‘’making provision in relation to remuneration-related matters to improve safety in the road transport industry, and for related purposes’.”

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  • Dismissal of employees – is the system broken?

    By: Geoff Crouch

    October 2014

    Following several reports from members in recent weeks on their experience in dealing with an unfair dismissal claim, I began to wonder whether or not the system is broken, with employers mostly pushed in the direction of a ‘commercial decision’ to pay out an offending employee, rather than continue a to arbitration of a winnable action.

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