The operation of the Road Safety Remuneration System will be examined under an independent review of safety in the road transport industry, as promised in the Coalition’s Policy to Improve the Fair Work Laws.
Announcing the Review today, Minister for Employment Eric Abetz said the Government understands the vital importance of road safety.
The Review will assess the operation of the Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (together - the Road Safety Remuneration System) and advise Government on whether this system represents an effective means of addressing safety concerns in the road transport industry.
“We already have a number of measures in place dealing with road safety in our transport system, including the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator,” Senator Abetz said.
“We want to establish whether there is sufficient evidence that a separate additional tribunal and a further level of regulation is the right way to improve safety on our roads. I note that even former transport union employees have spoken out against the Tribunal.
“We are listening to concerns of the road transport industry that the work of the Tribunal could overlap with and undermine other regulation and may also impose onerous and unnecessary compliance burdens.”
An independent reviewer, Mr Rex Deighton-Smith of Jaguar Consulting, will conduct the review.
“Rex Deighton-Smith is eminently qualified, with 25 years’ experience in public policy and whose expertise include policy research and analysis, regulatory impact assessment, competition policy and stakeholder consultation,” Senator Abetz said.
“He has the expertise and experience in dealing with regulatory frameworks to assess the evidence of the impact and effects of the Road Safety Remuneration System on the transport industry and the Australian economy and conducted work on a similar matter for the former government.”
Submissions to the Review will be invited from a broad range of stakeholders across government, business and the community. Information on how to make a submission will be available in the near future via the Department of Employment website.
“We welcome input from industry and the community on this vital issue and look forward to receiving the recommendations of the independent reviewer,” Senator Abetz said.
The Review will be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
The Terms of Reference for the Review are attached.
Mr Rex Deighton-Smith
In 2006, Mr Deighton-Smith was appointed as a founding member of the Advisory Board of Monash University's Centre for Regulatory Studies, where he also lectures in the Master’s degree program.
He worked for several years at the OECD Secretariat in Paris, specialising in regulatory policy and reform.
Prior to joining the OECD, he worked in various policy roles for the Victorian Government, including as Director of the Office of Regulation Reform for four years from 1992.
He conducted research into safety in the road transport industry for the previous government.
Terms of Reference for a Review of the Road Safety Remuneration System
The purpose of the Review
The purpose of the Review is to assess the operation of the Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012 and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (together - the Road Safety Remuneration System) and advise Government on whether this system represents an effective and appropriate means of addressing safety concerns in the road transport industry.
The scope of work
The Review will:
- assess the regulatory and economic burden of the Road Safety Remuneration System on participants in the road transport industry and the Australian economy generally;
- examine whether other Commonwealth, state and territory regulations and initiatives provide a more appropriate means of improving safety outcomes in the road transport industry;
- examine any available evidence about the impacts of the Road Safety Remuneration System on improving road safety (e.g. accident data);
- assess the operation and conduct of the tribunal and the extent to which it has achieved it aim and objectives;
- consult relevant stakeholders as necessary; and
- make recommendations to Government, based on the evidence and assessment above.
The following principles will guide the Review:
- Eliminate duplication of regulation.
- Ensure that regulations and policies for improving safety performance in the road transport industry are based on credible evidence.
In developing recommendations, the Review will detail the level of consultation undertaken with industry, government and other stakeholders and the outcomes of those consultations.
Outputs and reporting requirements
A report will be prepared for Government outlining any recommendations and their anticipated regulatory impact, supporting data and implementation and compliance strategies.