Tip truck owner-drivers working on new government contracts will receive mandatory minimum pay rates for the first time thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Treasurer Tim Pallas today announced that the mandatory minimum rates would apply to all Victorian Government construction projects where contracts are yet to be awarded, ensuring tip truck drivers get the decent and fair pay they are entitled to.
The Labor Government will use pay schedules approved by the Transport Industry Council to ensure a consistent approach across the tip truck sector.
These schedules provide a basis for determining appropriate rates which can be adjusted to address site specific safety or working requirements.
To maintain flexibility in contracting arrangements, tip truck owner-drivers will be able to receive hourly or contract rates.
Better wages and income certainty will reduce economic factors that encourage owner drivers to engage in unsafe driving practices – like driving for too long without a rest – that compromise safety for all road users.
Government agencies will enforce mandatory minimum pay rates through their contract management processes.
Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tim Pallas
“This significant breakthrough will make life easier for hard-working owner drivers – ensuring they are paid properly for the important work they do.”
“Better pay will reduce the incentive to drive long hours just to make ends meet, improving safety for everyone on our roads.”
“We’re ensuring tip truck owner-drivers share in the prosperity our pipeline of construction projects is creating across Victoria.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan
“We know that we need to attract more people into the industry and improve standards, that’s why we’re investing in a review into driver training and standards and working with industry on training programs.”
View this media release on premier.vic.gov.au
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Following the 2018-19 Budget announcement, we’re coordinating briefings throughout June to highlight our upcoming pipeline of works across the state.
It’s imperative that you, as one of our key industry partners, are aware of the opportunities a dramatically increased program of works presents and what we can do to best deliver these projects to the community.
This year we’re running four briefings across the state. Each briefing will include an overarching update on the budget announcements followed by prepared information sharing sessions for you to engage directly with our subject matter experts from VicRoads.
Some key topics we’ll be addressing through open discussions include:
- Worksite Safety
- Traffic Management
- Safe System Road Infrastructure Program and Safety Projects
- Rehabilitation and Resurfacing programs
- Planning projects
- Environment and Design Standards
To register please follow the relevant links as below:
Sunshine, Tuesday 5 June (Metropolitan Melbourne)
Benalla, Thursday 14 June (North Eastern)
Traralgon, Friday 15 June (Eastern)
Ballarat, Friday 22 June (Western, Northern and South Western)