Road Freight NSW launches New Website and much more...

25th June 2018

  • RFNSW Conference 2018
  • New RFNSW website now live
  • Ai Group Industrial Advice
  • NSW Budget
  • And much more

CEO's Report

Our new content and features that we will show you over the coming weeks has taken a lot of effort and work to develop.

We hope you like it!

New website now live!

In keeping with the updating of Road Freight NSW, we have a new website that you can go onto at:

that improves significantly on the previous website for both our partners and members.

Check it out and tell us what you think?

Member only section on the New RFNSW Website..

Members will be able to login and see:

  • special articles from Ai Group on industrial relations, and also
  • a BP fuel calculator to assess your savings by being members of Road Freight NSW.

We will be in contact with members with their login details during July and some of the content we normally feature in Freight News will slowly be shifted to our member only section.

This will require a login and should be hassle free after you login the first time.

So, if you aren't a member, now is the time to join!

Carrier Access Agreement - DPW

As result of our advocacy last year, the carrier access agreements have gone out in plenty of time for our members to properly review them and sign them

We have met with DPW to try and conciliate a sensible and pragmatic approach to the Carrier Access Agreements. We have particularly raised concerns about the ceiling amount of 15k being place with our operators and that this should be increased to $200k-$250k or removed completely.

DPWL and Empties

The empty container park continues to raise issues with our members and we are working with a number of stakeholders to improve its operation and will be in contact about our advocacy on this front.

NSW Budget

Last week I attended the CEDA post Budget speech from the Treasurer, Hon Dominic Perrottet on the gracious invitation of icare.

The Treasurer articulated an election budget that was impressive with the following figures:

  • $3.9 billion Surplus
  • $9.8 billion Net Debt
  • $87.2 billion Capital Expenditure
  • $261 billion Net Worth
  • Triple A credit rating
  • 2.9% GSP growth
  • Highest Business Condition (NaB survey)
  • 506 000.00 jobs growth
  • 4.9% unemployment (note we only measure those actively seeking work as being unemployed)

Transfer duty delivered $5.5 billion to the NSW coffers.

Importantly to note if you live in NSW, the Treasurer pointed out that the GST pool has increased but that NSW was still not getting its fair share - with 16.8 billion less GST being delivered back to NSW citizens and government over 5 years. Given these figures, NSW has again bolted out as the powerhouse of the Australian economy and appears to continue to subsidise other states and Canberra spending.

More information to come on road investment in NSW and we note that rego rebates only extend to light vehicle users.

TWU Super Discussion on BlockChain

Last week, I attended a successful discussion on what BlockChain is and how it operates and some of the questions around BitCoin. An interesting discussion that I think has a long way to run given the unpredictable nature of bitcoin, particularly.

RFNSW Conference

Don't forget to save cash on the early bird registration for the RFNSW conference on September 13.

Last word and good news, we are growing and have new members joining us. In the coming months, I am excited about some more great news for members...

Simon O'Hara
Road Freight NSW

Early Bird Registration

$250.00 (includes dinner)

Full Delegate Registration

$325.00 (includes dinner)

Cocktail Dinner Ticket

$95.00 (for colleagues & partners)


Tivoli Room, Rooty Hill RSL
33 Railway Street, Rooty Hill,


Simon O'Hara, CEO, RFNSW
0400 188 815


13 Sept 2018

Early bird registrations

open soon

Register your interest


Variation to the Coverage of the Road Transport & Distribution Award

As part of the 4 Yearly Review of Modern Awards, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) is in the process of reviewing individual modern awards.

The FWC has decided to extend the coverage of the Road Transport and Distribution Award 2010 to encompass employers in the vehicle relocation industry. This will potentially impact employers engaged in the distribution and/or relocation by road of new or used vehicles in circumstances where the vehicle itself is required to be driven from one location to another for the purposes of delivery and/or relocation of the vehicle (compared to being loaded and transported via another vehicle). A previous Federal Court decision had held that an employer undertaking these activities was award-free.

The FWC has issued a Determination varying the award by inserting a clause to encompass these activities.

What are the variations to this Award?

The specific terms of the Award variation are set out in the FWC's Determination.

What is the operative date?

The variations arising from this Determination will come into operation from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2018.

The FWC has determined that the wage rates for relevant employees will be subject to a two-year incremental transitional period, with full award rates applying from 1 July 2020.

Do you require further advice?

For information or assistance relating to the application of the FWC's decision, or the any other matter relating to the interpretation of awards, please contact the Road Freight NSW Workplace Advice Line on 1300 781 905.

Plan your journey

Did you know in the last year alone, Sydney's motorway networks have seen 83 traffic diversions and 6 accidents as a result of vehicles operating over their height limits?

"I didn't know it was me" or "My GPS said to go this way" are common responses from drivers when interviewed by Police about entering a restricted zone on the Sydney Motorway Network.

It is imperative that drivers know the height of their vehicle and plan their trip. We are encouraging all operators to check in with their drivers and make sure that they are taking all necessary steps to assess the height of their vehicle combinations before driving on the Sydney road network.

Vehicles up to 4.3 metres high have general access to the network but must obey CLEARANCE and LOW CLEARANCE signs. Vehicles over 4.3 metres high up to 4.6 metres may operate on the routes approved in the 4.6 Metre High Vehicle Notice. Vehicles over 4.6 metres high must have a specific permit to operate.

Offences for being caught with overheight loads include fines of $3,700, a loss of up to six demerit points and licence suspension for up to 3 months. Undertaking a quick 5 minute check to ensure the driver and operator know the height of the vehicle and its load is definitely worth thetime.

For more information on Sydney tunnel heights visit

Automatic fines apply as new cameras go live at Galston Gorge

On 21 May 2018 new camera technology to reduce the number of over-dimension (>7.5m in length) trucks entering and getting stuck in Galston Gorge went live.

Drivers and operators should be aware that now every over-dimension heavy vehicle entering the Gorge will be automatically detected and will incur an on-the-spot fine of $2270 and the accrual of six demerit points.

Drivers and operators also face a three month suspension of vehicle registration and driver licence if the vehicle becomes stuck in the Gorge.

The new cameras installed near Montview Parade at Hornsby Heights and Calderwood Road at Galston use cutting edge infrared and laser technology to accurately measure the length of vehicles on the road.

In the past 12 months there were almost 100 over-dimension incidents in the Gorge creating significant disruption on the road network and to the local community.

"Trucks trapped in Galston Gorge cause detours of more than 30 minutes for other motorists," Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said.

The number of infringements issued at Galston Gorge since the new cameras went live on 21 May 2018. As of Friday 15 June 2018, Roads and Maritime has issued 3 infringement notices in Galston Gorge.

NSW Class 1 Silage Trailer Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2018

Please be advised that a new NSW Class 1 Silage Trailer Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2018 has been published. The notice provides certainty regarding access for transporters using silage trailers, agricultural trailers used exclusively for the transport of loose cut green grass or green crops for the production of silage; or loose silage for the immediate feeding of livestock.

This Notice replaces the Ministerial Declaration (Loaded Silage Trailer) Order 2013 and will come into force on 25 June 2018. The notice is available to view on the Australian Government Register of Legislation website:

The new Notice :

  • Applies to exempt silage trailers from certain mass and dimension requirements; and
  • Retains the same conditions as the Ministerial Declaration it has replaced.

Changes to HVNL on twin-steer tri-axles start July 1

A national mass increase for two-axle buses and twin steer tri-axle semitrailer combinations will be among a number of changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law and regulations starting July 1.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the changes would provide nationally consistent mass limits for the two classes of heavy vehicles

“Mass limits for twin steer tri-axle heavy vehicle combinations will increase from 42.5 tonnes to 46.5 tonnes, providing more flexibility for operators,” Mr Petroccitto said.

More information on changes to the mass limits of the semitrailer combinations and the bus changes can be found at

Among other changes, heavy vehicle operators using tag trailers will be required to operate under 1:1 towing mass ratio, similar to pig trailers and dog trailers

More information on the requirements for tag trailers can be found in VSG22 - Requirements for tag trailers at

Changes for NSW Heavy Vehicle Registrations

Changes to NSW heavy vehicle registration to be delivered as part of the National Heavy Vehicle Registration Scheme will be rolled out from 1 July 2018.

Changes being introduced for NSW operators from 1 July include:

  • New national heavy vehicle plates and a nationally consistent plate fee ($25)
  • Removal of the requirements for heavy vehicle registration labels
  • A decrease in the number of fleet vehicles required to be eligible for the Common Expiry Date (CED) scheme to two vehicles (previously this was a minimum of 10 vehicles).

As of 1 October 2018, operators will have read only access to national fleet registration details on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) on-line Portal.

NSW Roads and Maritime Services will continue to manage and administer vehicle registration services, such as new registrations, renewals and changes to registration details for vehicles garaged in NSW. Standard NSW heavy vehicle registration fees and charges will apply.

From 1 July 2018, new national heavy vehicle plates will be issued in NSW whenever:

  • A new heavy vehicle is registered
  • An unregistered heavy vehicle is re-registered
  • An interstate(without the national heavy vehicle plates) vehicle transfers into NSW
  • A lost, damaged, destroyed or stolen number plate is replaced
  • An operator chooses to change to a national heavy vehicle plate
  • A heavy vehicle is transitioned from the Federal Interstate Registration scheme

Heavy tow trucks, public passenger buses and NSW conditional registration scheme customers are not affected by this change. NSW customers who have personalised or custom 'myplates' registration plates displayed on their vehicle will not be required to have national heavy vehicle plates. NSW customers will also be able to elect to register their vehicles with a personalised or custom 'myplate' instead of the national plates if they prefer (Standard 'myplate' fees and charges apply).

Coinciding with these changes, the Australian Government announced on 22 May 2018 that the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme (FIRS) will close to renewals and new applicants as of 1 July 2018 with the scheme being completely removed on 1 July 2019.

This means that from 1 July 2018, FIRS operators will no longer be able to establish or re-register under FIRS and will be required to register in the state where their vehicle is garaged.

Existing FIRS customers will receive separate information from NSW Roads and Maritime to assist them with their transition to NSW registration or can contact us on 13 22 13.

Find out more about the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme changes in NSW.

For more information visit us online at or call us on 13 22 13.

Cutting Victorian Red tape

On 12 June, the Victorian, NSW and Australian Governments announced a new project to simplify cross-border regulations and make it easier for small businesses, including in heavy vehicles, to do business. The project intends to cut red tape so small businesses in Victoria and NSW can work easily across the border.

Mororo and Beekeepers rest areas permanently closed from Monday 28 May for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

These rest areas will be permanently closed to allow main civil and earth work, between Iluka Road and Devils Pulpit, to be carried out for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

The Mororo rest area will be permanently closed on Monday 28 May and the Beekeepers rest area will be permanently closed on Friday 8 June, weather permitting. The closures will be carried out between 7am and 6pm.

Please see the attached notification for details of these closures and alternative rest areas along the Pacific Highway.

For more information please contact the project team on 1800 778 900 or

Road Reports

Road Freight NSW contact details
56 Fitzroy Street
Marrickville NSW 2204

Tel: (02) 9557 1205

The information in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, we do not guarantee that the information in this newsletter is accurate at the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future.

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