RFNSW Conference and Meeting with NHVR/RMS...

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The countdown is really on now for #RFNSW2018 and the awards night with tickets still available!

Don't forget this date: Thursday 13 September 2018

Thank you to everyone who is coming along, we are excited to have you there! For those who are considering to attend, tickets are still available for the day so please be sure to register or contact myself for more information at conference@rfnsw.com.au

TWU Super

TWUSUPER was created to help the people who keep Australia moving.

As one of the original Industry SuperFunds we're proud to look after the people who work long hours, day in day out, to ensure we have fresh food in our supermarkets, petrol to pump into our cars and the everyday necessities we often take for granted. People that deserve a better retirement.

With over $5 billion in funds under management, TWUSUPER is the largest Industry SuperFund for Australia's transport workers, with a history of delivering consistently strong investment performance over the long-term.

Since TWUSUPER's Balanced option was established 30 years ago, it has delivered an average annual return of 7.4%pa (July 1988 through to 30 June 2018).

At TWUSUPER we also help support Australia's freight industry with an investment of over $365 million in roads, bridges, airports and ports, the infrastructure that keeps Australia moving.

Disclaimer: TWU Nominees Pty Limited ABN 67 002 835 412, AFSL 239163 ('TWU Nominees'), is the trustee of TWU Superannuation Fund (TWUSUPER) ABN 77 343 563 307 and the issuer of interests in it. This information is of a general nature only and does not take account any of your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on the information, you should consider its appropriateness having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. A copy of the current Product Disclosure Statement should be obtained from us and considered carefully before you make any decision in connection with TWUSUPER.

Meeting with RMS

Last week we met with the NHVR and the RMS over a number of issues facing our members. These were:


RFNSW and our members met with Pascal Felix to detail significant concerns we have ahd with the permit system to date.

We detailed some of these concerns to RMS and NHVR. Additionally, we requested greater clarity with regards to the OSOM NHVR meetings and the recommendations arising out of those meetings. To that end, we have requested an understanding of the action items and priorities of those meetings in Brisbane.

The RMS delegation power arose in discussion, particularly, around rumours that the NSW permit system would revert to the NHVR at Xmas. We have sought timelines on this process and requested specificity and engagement on any move away from the NSW system and clarity to either confirm or dispel rumours. Members have raised concerns and we seek greater transparency for their business operations.

WSP provided an update to the meeting on the OSOM Review.

Port Precinct and the grandfathering of provisions with regards to overweight containers

RMS has recently been reaching out to potential container weight stations for information and we are discussions with ensuring that we gazette and allow overweight containers to proceed to a CFS in the port precinct.

19 Metre Rule for Flat Racks

We discussed with the RMS the current load restrictions and how we need to look at the 19m rule and how permits are granted based on items on flat racks , which should not affect transportation. We cannot avoid the 4.3m rule as this has complication with bridges /tunnels, but we would like to examine the 19 metre rule.

Weights on roads for Containers

Post the meeting with the senior echelons of the RMS we have sought to raise the issue of weights on roads for containers. Given that weights have not been adjusted since the late 1980's we seek to have a discussion with the RMS and make any submissions in the HVNL review.

Badgery's Creek Aerotropolis

Our position on the Badgery's Creek airport (otherwise known as the Aerotropolis) is that we must ensure that protection of freight corridors in and around the Aerotropolis is critical and that we must be proactive in preventing road congestion and that the Aerotropolis must remain curfew free.

On Friday last, Jon Luff and I attended the Western Sydney roundtable discussion on the Aerotropolis with the NSW Minister Stuart Ayres. The discussion saw stakeholders like Australia Post, Amazon, local councils and Greater Sydney Commission attend to discuss what was needed to make Badgery's Creek work for its 2026 commencement.

Jon Luff, Chair of RFNSW, articulated views for the industry to Minister Ayres directly by saying that local councils will need to ensure that truck movements are enabled, particularly after hours, if Badgery's Creek airport was to be effectively serviced by the road freight industry. Jon went on to say that aside from access, the government needed to ensure that the design for airside operations required future thinking for capacity requirements of the future for the trucking industry including high productivity vehicles.

The Minister believed that the points raised by our association had merit and wanted to continue the dialogue with us.

Truckies Jobs

I was struck with the recent Monash University study around truckies jobs being described as the most dangerous job with high rates illness associated with this job.

The claims by truckies added up to more than 1 million lost weeks of work over the 12-year period. With the sector expecting to see road freight double from 2010-2030 and an ageing workforce, RFNSW aims to work with industry to ensure that we address these sorts of findings and RFNSW will be reaching out to Linfox to see if there is anything we can learn from their preventative work that they doing in this space.

New Morrison Ministry

After a week of turmoil in our federal parliament, we can bring you the new Morrison ministry set out below. Our members, like most of the Australian population, hope that we can return to an effective, representative and responsible government as a priority.

Simon O'Hara

Casual employment developments

There have recently been a number of significant developments that may impact upon an employers that engage employees on a casual basis.

Relevantly, a controversial recent decision of the Full Federal Court has held that an employee who was engaged as a casual by a labour hire company, and provided with significant advanced notice of the days he would be required to work, was entitled to annual leave under the National Employment Standards (NES). The decision raises the alarming prospect that employers who have engaged staff as casuals under applicable industrial instruments may still be exposed to claims for NES entitlements (such as annual leave and redundancy pay).

The Fair Work Commission has also handed down a decision largely settling the terms of a 'casual conversion clause' that will be inserted into modern awards that do not current contain such a provision. This includes the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010.

Road Freight NSW members can access Ai Group prepared advice covering both of these issues.

New Registration Module of the NHVR Portal

From 1 October 2018, heavy vehicle operators will be able to access details of their registered assets for free in the new Registration Module of the NHVR Portal.

Operators will be able to:

  • Confirm that details recorded by jurisdictions align with their own records;
  • Check registration changes and transfers have been processed correctly;
  • Forecast registration renewals and costs;
  • Download or print vehicle records to provide to other parties in the supply chain.

The NHVR is inviting operators to participate in a restricted release of the Registration Module as we complete final testing. Participants will use live production data to set up and view their own registration information.

We are asking operators to participate in an online training session where they will be guided in a practical demonstration and instruction on how to setup and view their registration data.

  • Friday 31 August 2.00pm - 4.00pm (AEST)
  • Friday 7 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm (AEST)
  • Friday 14 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm (AEST)
  • Friday 21 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm (AEST)
  • Friday 28 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm (AEST)

Operators can register their interest in participating in one of the sessions by clicking on the Eventbrite link below:


Please note: Victorian vehicle details will not be available in the Portal until 1 October 2018. Operators who only have vehicles registered in Victoria will not be eligible to participate in the restricted release. If you have questions about this session, please feel free to get in touch by emailing Tammy.Wigg@nhvr.gov.au, Registration Business Manager.

Working with the heavy vehicle industry to improve our freight networks

Federal Media Release by The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities (21 August 2018)

The heavy-vehicle industry is invited to submit proposals on how best to trial a user-pays system for delivering the road infrastructure needed to improve freight networks.

The Business Case Program for Location-Specific Heavy Vehicle Charging Trials opens today, seeking industry-driven proposals on how best to trial a system designed to fund upgrades to the road freight network and elimate pinch points.

Road freight is the engine of our economy and roads are our most valuable infrastructure asset.

Australia has 874,000 kilometres of roads and our exports, imports, domestic deliveries, e-commerce and many jobs, rely on ensuring that this vast network runs as efficiently as possible.

This Business Case Program puts stakeholders connected to the heavy vehicle industry at the centre of the infrastructure planning process.

We are inviting heavy vehicle operators to explore how they can help improve a particular route or network by paying a fair and equitable user charge. We would like to work with them to develop a business case to test the value proposition for all stakeholders.

Work is also progressing with industry on designing options to trial the possible replacement of heavy vehicle registration fees and fuel charges at the national level, through a related initiative—the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot.

A range of stakeholders connected to the road freight sector are eligible to submit a proposal to develop a business case by 21 September 2018.

For more information on how to submit a proposal visit: https://infrastructure.gov.au/roads/heavy/charging-trials/business-case.aspx

Update for Narellan Road and Appin Road Pinch Point in Campbelltown - should go in road reports

Good Afternoon,

Roads and Maritime Services is continuing to improve the intersection of Narellan Road and Appin Road in Campbelltown.

During the next stage, we will continue working up to five nights per week consecutively for 50 night shifts and 65 day shifts, excluding public holidays, between Monday 3 September and Friday 23 November, weather permitting.

Day work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and between 7am and 1pm on Saturdays. Our night work hours will be between 8pm and 5am from Sunday to Friday.

We will not be working on public holidays.

More information and a map are included within the Project Update link below.

Road Reports

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Road Freight NSW contact details

56 Fitzroy Street Marrickville NSW 2204

Tel: (02) 9557 1205



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