​On 11 September 2019, the Senate announced that the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee will be undertaking an inquiry into the importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry.

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing, with particular reference to:
  • the importance of an enforceable minimum award rate and sustainable standards and conditions for all stakeholders in the road transport industry;
  • the development and maintenance of road transport infrastructure to ensure a safe and efficient road transport industry;
  • the regulatory impact, including the appropriateness, relevance and adequacy of the legislative framework, on all stakeholders in the road transport industry;
  • the training and career pathways to support, develop and sustain the road transport industry;
  • the social and economic impact of road-related injury, trauma and death;
  • efficient cost-recovery measures for industry stakeholders, including subcontractors;
  • the impact of new technologies and advancements in freight distribution, vehicle design, road safety and alternative fuels;
  • the importance of establishing a formal consultative relationship between the road transport industry and all levels of government in Australia; and
  • other related matters.
Click here for more information on the inquiry and how to make a submission. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 8 November 2019.