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December 1999

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The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts

Chair Mr Paul Neville MP

Deputy Chair Mr Steve Gibbons MP

Members Mr Gary Hardgrave MP Mr Colin Hollis MP Hon David Jull MP Mr Peter Lindsay MP Mr Stewart McArthur MP Mr Frank Mossfield AM MP

Mr John Murphy MP Mr Stuart St Clair MP

Correspondence and inquiries Committee secretary House o f Representatives

Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts

Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Tel 02 6277 4601 Fax 02 6277 2067 Email cta.reps@aph.gov.au www .aph.gov. au/house

Media Release Public hearings Canberra

Driving is optional, rest is mandatory Managing fatigue in transport inquiry

The House o f Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts is continuing its important inquiry into managing fatigue in transport

in Canberra on Wednesday 8 December 1999.

Mr Paul Neville MP, Chair o f the committee, said:

'Two key aspects to this inquiry are public

education and the need to provide positive incentives for companies to do the right thing and manage fatigue effectively.

Regulation is only part o f the answer. To achieve a real and lasting regime people must recognise the need for change, as we have seen with other successful road safety issues such as seatbelts, speed and drink driving.

The committee believes that behavioural change is likely when public awareness o f the issues is raised. The Royal Automobile Association of Victoria will appear at the hearing to discuss the ways that it promotes fatigue management amongst its 1.4 million members. This includes the range of educational and promotional

campaigns developed and implemented in Victoria aimed at relieving impairment by fatigue.

The second key aspect is the need to provide companies with incentives to do the right thing and develop effective and comprehensive fatigue management plans. While penalties are still necessary, they are only part of the equation. Providing incentives is a vital ingredient in any

initiatives to properly address fatigue and to induce companies to act with greater

responsibility.

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The insurance industry is in a good position to play a positive role in fatigue management. Many insurance companies are already involved in assisting companies manage fatigue. We will be hearing from National Transport Insurance Ltd, an industry leader in assisting companies in managing fatigue. It has developed and produced a range o f fatigue management tools, including a comprehensive CD ROM training and education package. The committee will inquire into what further role insurance companies can play in fatigue management. This includes the possibility o f providing

incentives through mechanisms such as rebates on premiums for those companies which operate safely.

The importance of this inquiry can not be underestimated. Fatigue is an issue of the highest order in air, sea, road and rail transport. It is important we address this issue quickly, decisively and comprehensively.'

The public hearings will be held at:

1R4 Parliament House Canberra Wednesday 8 December from 0855 to 1020 hours.

The terms o f reference for the inquiry are listed below. All members of the public are welcome as observers to the public hearing. The public hearing program is attached.

Terms of Reference In relation to managing fatigue in transport, the House o f Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Transport and the Arts is to inquire into, and report on, the following.

• Causes of, and contributing factors to, fatigue.

• Consequences of fatigue in air, sea, road and rail transport.

• Initiatives in transport addressing the causes and effects o f fatigue.

• Ways o f achieving greater responsibility by individuals, companies, and governments to reduce the problems related to fatigue in transport.

For further information

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Paul Neville MP, committee chair 02 6277 4940

Adam Cunningham, inquiry secretary 02 6277 4597

http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/cta/index.htm

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House of Representatives Standing Committee Parliament House on Communications, Transport and the Arts Canberra ACT 2600

Inquiry into radio racing services Inquiry into managing fatigue in transport

Public hearing program Monday 8 December 1999 Room 1R2 Parliament House, Canberra

Time Person/organisation Sub Page

0815-0855 Radio Racing Services 204 699

Federation of Australian Radio Broadcasters Limited Mr David Bacon, Chief Executive Mr Graeme Carroll, Manager Public Affairs

0855-0900 Short suspension

0900-0940 Managing fatigue in transport 51 732

Royal Automobile Club of Victoria Ms Anne Harris, Chief Behavioural Scientist

0940-1020 Managing fatigue in transport

NTI Insurance Group Ltd Mr John Kelly, Southern Risk Manager

1020 Close

• Tel 02 6277 4601 · Fax 02 6277 2067 · Email cta.reps@aph.qov.au · www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/cta/index.htm