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Road Safety Remuneration Bill 2012

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road Safety Remuneration Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

(Education, Employment and Workplace Relations)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to make provision in relation to remuneration-related matters to improve safety in the road transport industry, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

Division 1—General                                                                                                       1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Object.................................................................................................. 2

Division 2—Definitions                                                                                                 3

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

5............ Meaning of road transport driver —general....................................... 6

6............ Meaning of road transport driver —individual................................... 7

7............ Meaning of road transport driver —corporation................................ 7

8............ Meaning of hirer of road transport driver and road transport contract 9

9............ Meaning of participant in the supply chain ......................................... 9

Division 3—Application of this Act                                                                      12

Subdivision A—Interaction with other laws                                                       12

10.......... Concurrent operation generally intended........................................... 12

11.......... Interaction of enforceable instruments with State and Territory laws 12

12.......... Interaction of enforceable instruments with other Commonwealth instruments (employees)   13

13.......... Interaction of enforceable instruments with road transport contracts (independent contractors)               13

14.......... Interaction with the Independent Contractors Act 2006 .................... 13

Subdivision B—Miscellaneous                                                                               14

15.......... Act binds Crown............................................................................... 14

16.......... Act not to apply so as to exceed Commonwealth power................... 14

17.......... Acquisition of property..................................................................... 15

Part 2—Road safety remuneration orders                                                            16

Division 1—Preparation of annual work program                                     16

18.......... Tribunal must prepare and publish a work program each year.......... 16

Division 2—Power to make a road safety remuneration order          17

19.......... Power to make a road safety remuneration order.............................. 17

20.......... Matters the Tribunal must have regard to.......................................... 18

21.......... Publication of research...................................................................... 19

Division 3—Preparing and consulting on draft road safety remuneration order            20

22.......... Tribunal to prepare and consult on draft order.................................. 20

23.......... Publication of draft order.................................................................. 20

24.......... Affected persons and bodies to have a reasonable opportunity to make and comment on submissions for draft order.......................................................................................................... 20

25.......... Hearings in relation to draft order..................................................... 21

26.......... Finalising draft order......................................................................... 21

Division 4—Making road safety remuneration order                               22

27.......... Making road safety remuneration order............................................ 22

28.......... Persons on whom requirements are imposed must not contravene order 23

29.......... Expiry of order.................................................................................. 23

30.......... Road safety remuneration orders to be made by Full Bench............. 23

Division 5—Variation and review of road safety remuneration order 24

31.......... Review of road safety remuneration order........................................ 24

32.......... Variation of road safety remuneration order...................................... 24

Part 3—Safe remuneration approvals in relation to certain collective agreements involving independent contractors                                                                                                             26

33.......... Power to grant a safe remuneration approval.................................... 26

34.......... Matters about which the Tribunal must be satisfied.......................... 26

35.......... Grant of safe remuneration approval................................................. 27

36.......... Effect of safe remuneration approval................................................. 28

37.......... Relationship with road safety remuneration orders........................... 28

38.......... Expiry of safe remuneration approval............................................... 28

39.......... Safe remuneration approvals to be granted by dual FWA member or Full Bench    28

Part 4—Disputes about remuneration and related conditions                  29

40.......... Tribunal may deal with disputes about remuneration and related conditions            29

41.......... Disputes involving employee road transport drivers......................... 29

42.......... Disputes involving independent contractor road transport drivers.... 30

43.......... Disputes involving participants in the supply chain.......................... 31

44.......... How Tribunal may deal with disputes............................................... 31

45.......... Disputes about safe remuneration to be dealt with by dual FWA member               32

Part 5—Compliance                                                                                                            33

Division 1—Civil remedy provisions and orders                                          33

Subdivision A—Applications for orders                                                             33

46.......... Civil remedy provisions.................................................................... 33

47.......... Limitations on who may apply for orders etc.................................... 34

48.......... Time limit on applications................................................................. 35

Subdivision B—Orders                                                                                            36

49.......... Orders that can be made.................................................................... 36

50.......... Pecuniary penalty orders................................................................... 37

51.......... Interest up to judgement.................................................................... 38

Subdivision C—General provisions about civil remedies                              38

52.......... Contravening a civil remedy provision is not an offence................... 38

53.......... Involvement in contravention treated in same way as actual contravention               38

54.......... Proceedings may be heard together................................................... 39

55.......... Civil evidence and procedure rules for proceedings relating to civil remedy provisions           39

56.......... Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings..................................... 39

57.......... Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings................................. 39

58.......... Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings..................................... 39

59.......... Evidence given in proceedings for penalty not admissible in criminal proceedings  40

60.......... Civil double jeopardy........................................................................ 40

61.......... Course of conduct............................................................................. 40

Division 2—Jurisdiction and powers of courts                                              42

Subdivision A—Jurisdiction and powers of the Federal Court                     42

62.......... Conferring jurisdiction on the Federal Court..................................... 42

63.......... Exercising jurisdiction in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Court 42

64.......... No limitation on Federal Court’s powers.......................................... 43

65.......... Appeals from eligible State or Territory courts................................. 43

Subdivision B—Jurisdiction and powers of the Federal Magistrates Court 44

66.......... Conferring jurisdiction on the Federal Magistrates Court................. 44

67.......... Exercising jurisdiction in the Fair Work Division of the Federal Magistrates Court                44

68.......... No limitation on Federal Magistrates Court’s powers....................... 44

Subdivision C—Small claims procedure                                                             45

69.......... Applicants may choose small claims procedure................................ 45

Subdivision D—Miscellaneous                                                                               46

70.......... Costs only if proceedings instituted vexatiously etc.......................... 46

71.......... No imprisonment for failure to pay pecuniary penalty...................... 46

72.......... Regulations dealing with matters relating to court proceedings......... 47

Division 3—Fair Work Ombudsman                                                                  48

Subdivision A—Role of Fair Work Ombudsman                                             48

73.......... Functions of the Fair Work Ombudsman.......................................... 48

74.......... Exercise of compliance powers......................................................... 48

75.......... Referring matters to the Fair Work Ombudsman.............................. 49

Subdivision B—Compliance notices                                                                     49

76.......... Compliance notices........................................................................... 49

77.......... Review of compliance notices........................................................... 51

Division 4—Right of entry                                                                                        52

78.......... Right of entry for suspected contravention of this Act or enforceable instrument    52

Part 6—Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal                                                    53

Division 1—Establishment and functions of Tribunal                                53

79.......... Establishment of Tribunal................................................................. 53

80.......... Functions of Tribunal........................................................................ 53

81.......... Tribunal has privileges and immunities of the Crown....................... 53

82.......... Protection of Tribunal members........................................................ 54

Division 2—Performance of functions of Tribunal                                     55

Subdivision A—Role of the President                                                                  55

83.......... Role of President in performance of functions.................................. 55

Subdivision B—Applications to Tribunal                                                           55

84.......... Dismissing applications.................................................................... 55

Subdivision C—Performance of functions                                                         55

85.......... Performance of functions generally................................................... 55

86.......... Powers of Tribunal to perform functions.......................................... 56

87.......... Conferences...................................................................................... 56

88.......... Hearings............................................................................................ 57

89.......... Offences in relation to attendance before Tribunal............................ 57

90.......... Confidential evidence........................................................................ 58

Subdivision D—Representation by lawyers and paid agents                         59

91.......... Representation by lawyers and paid agents....................................... 59

Subdivision E—Appeals                                                                                          59

92.......... Appeal of decisions........................................................................... 59

93.......... Staying decisions that are appealed................................................... 60

94.......... Process for appealing decisions........................................................ 60

95.......... Referring questions of law to the Federal Court................................ 61

Subdivision F—Organisation of Tribunal                                                          62

96.......... Constitution of Full Bench................................................................ 62

Division 3—Members of Tribunal                                                                        63

Subdivision A—Appointment of members of Tribunal                                   63

97.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 63

98.......... Basis of appointment of industry members....................................... 63

Subdivision B—Terms and conditions of members of Tribunal                  63

99.......... Outside employment of industry members........................................ 63

100........ Remuneration.................................................................................... 63

101........ Leave of absence............................................................................... 64

102........ Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 64

103........ Termination of appointment on grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity 65

104........ Suspension on grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity..................... 65

105........ Termination of appointment for bankruptcy, etc................................ 66

106........ Termination of appointment for outside employment........................ 66

107........ Automatic cessation of appointment for loss of qualification............ 67

108........ Resignation....................................................................................... 67

109........ Other terms and conditions of members............................................ 67

110........ Acting appointments......................................................................... 67

Subdivision C—Miscellaneous matters relating to members of Tribunal 68

111........ Disclosure of information by Tribunal.............................................. 68

Division 4—General Manager and consultants                                             69

112........ Role of General Manager of Fair Work Australia............................. 69

Division 5—Miscellaneous matters relating to Tribunal                          70

113........ Procedural rules................................................................................ 70

114........ Regulations dealing with Tribunal matters........................................ 70

115........ Costs................................................................................................. 71

116........ Annual report.................................................................................... 71

117........ President must provide certain information etc. to the Minister and Fair Work Ombudsman   71

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        73

118........ This Act is a workplace law.............................................................. 73

119........ Employer and hirer obligations in relation to records........................ 73

120........ Review of this Act............................................................................ 73

121........ Regulations....................................................................................... 74

 



A Bill for an Act to make provision in relation to remuneration-related matters to improve safety in the road transport industry, and for related purposes

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