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16 March 2017

Back to Sydney: Scope of New Look GCCD ‘Modest’ and ‘Conservative’

After more than three years of intense debate and conciliation, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission yesterday approved a modernised version of the General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD).  The original GCCD had been in place in NSW for more than three decades, since 1984, and was a very dated determination. It was cumbersome and totally out of step with modern industrial practice.  An interim determination, made in April last year, was the first step in a long overdue modernisation process that was completed yesterday.

Rates under the old determination had not been adjusted since December 2014 but will be gradually increased over a number of years, starting in January 2019.  Also, coverage was expanded to other areas such as furniture removals and refrigerated transport.
The sought after expansion of coverage of the GCCD to include all of New South Wales was denied.

The most significant change for owner-drivers is the introduction of a new freight corridor for single trips commencing in Sydney and finishing close to either Newcastle or Wollongong.

NatRoad continued its opposition to duplication, confusion and control of freight rates for a single sector of the freight industry - the owner-driver - that potentially could have put them out of business.

NatRoad CEO Warren Clark said, “We know from recent experience how impractical and destructive applying rates for owner drivers can be.  Interfering with the market and forcing set rates can potentially jeopardise the viability of the trucking industry.”

NatRoad continued to maintain, on behalf of its members, its long-held stance that owner-drivers should not be treated like mere employees but should be free to set their own competitive rates in accordance with market forces.  On NatRoad’s urging, the NSW Industrial Relations Minister intervened in proceedings helping to ensure the new determination was the best it could be in the circumstances.

In handing down his decision, Commissioner Newall acknowledged that the increased scope of the new determination was modest and conservative, and provided fair and reasonable arrangements for both principal contractors and contract carriers but windfalls for none.
Importantly for NatRoad’s members, the sought-after expansion of rates to all of NSW was denied, with future rate changes essentially restricted to a narrow corridor in the Sydney region. As it always has, the determination will continue to impact owner-drivers using vehicles over 2 tonnes:
  1. conducting trips under 50kms throughout NSW; or
  2. delivering freight within the County of Cumberland.
It is not a blanket cover for the entire state of NSW as has been previously incorrectly reported.

NatRoad Members who may want further information or guidance on the changes and how they may be affected are encouraged to contact the NatRoad Secretariat on 02 6295 3000.
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With a proud history dating back to 1948, NatRoad operates to represent its’ members and as advocates for the $40 billion road freight industry that includes more than 35,000 large and small trucking companies employing more than 140,000 people in transporting goods throughout Australia

NatRoad is a not-for-profit Association that is 100% funded via it’s membership fees and business partnerships. No funding is provided by government or unions.

With members in every state and territory in Australia NatRoad is the only member-based road transport association to fully represent the industry. A member of the Australian Trucking Association (peak industry body) we work closely with the other member associations on industry matters.

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Our team has the expertise to help you, whether big or small. We make it easier for you to run your business by providing legal advice, assistance, and representation to enable your business to be sustainable and commercially viable.

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