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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.

  • 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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  • It’s time for industry to deal with the real issues

    By: Warren Clark

    June 2016

    NatRoad has worked closely with its members and industry when taking the lead in questioning the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) about the link between freight rates and safety for only one part of the supply chain. By lobbying parliamentarians and driving conversation, this discussion has been bought into the public arena where it has become clear that it was not understood what the RSRT was doing or which impact it had on industry.

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  • NatRoad clears the air on RSRT

    By: Warren Clark

    May 2016

    The recent debacle of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (the Tribunal) in handing down the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Order 2016 in late December, and events since, may have at last provided an opportunity to insist that the alleged link between driver remuneration and heavy vehicle deaths be properly analysed.

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  • NatRoad condemns abandonment by government of equity in road charging and its commitment to ongoing

    By: Warren Clark

    December 2015

    I am, quite frankly, shocked by the duplicity of governments in relation to the recent decision by the Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC), to walk away from its previous commitment to implement the recommendations of the 2013 National Transport Commission (NTC) report to reform the Heavy Vehicle Charging methodology.

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  • RSRT draft contractor minimum payments order

    By: Warren Clark

    November 2015

    On the 26th of August, the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) released a statement outlining its position regarding proposed minimum rates order for contractors (owner/drivers). Included in the statement was a draft of the proposed order and a costing calculator based on a model KPMG prepared for the Tribunal in April.

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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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  • A New Beginning

    By: Geoff Crouch

    September 2014

    The 2014 NatRoad Annual Conference was held in the beautiful city of Adelaide from the 14-16 August, with attendees participating from all over Australia, as well as locally.

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  • Industry can move freight - but not with red tape

    By: Geoff Crouch

    August 2014

    NatRoad recently conducted a survey of its membership regarding the issue of red tape. The survey was conducted to provide background for a submission to the NSW Government’s Targeted Sector Review of the Road Freight Industry, which is part of an initiative to promote de-regulation and red-tape reform.

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  • All roads lead to Adelaide

    By: Geoff Crouch

    July 2014

    The National Road Transport Association is gearing up for its annual National Conference that will be held in Adelaide from 14-16 August 2014. If the Conference lives up to last year’s heights it will not only deliver another challenging policy agenda for Australia’s leading representative body but also provide delegates with a wealth of information and networking opportunities.

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  • Road Safety Remuneration Order

    By: Geoff Crouch

    June 2014

    Road transport operators across Australia have reacted angrily upon commencement of the Road Transport and Distribution and Long Distance Operations Road Safety Remuneration Order 2014, which came into effect on Wednesday, 1 May 2014.

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  • Road Transport and Distribution and Long Distance Operations Road Safety Order 2014

    By: Geoff Crouch

    May 2014

    For those of us with knowledge of history, May 1st was originally celebrated as an ancient festival to welcome the spring weather. In Australia and in many other countries, May Day became an occasion to celebrate workers’ rights and particularly the campaign for an 8-hour working day.

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