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Owner-Driver Arrangements

Owner-Driver Arrangements

Owner-Driver Arrangements 

Owner-drivers and owner-operators are a unique form of contractor engaged by most major transport enterprises, as well as hundreds of minor companies. It is the area comprised of road transport contractors supplying transport services to other businesses, where the owner/operator of the contractor is personally involved in the driving of a vehicle.

Many thousands of owner-drivers are engaged across Australia. However, useful commentary and guidance on the laws applicable to their engagement has been conspicuously unavailable.

In several states, there is specific legislation that applies to these engagements whilst, at a federal level, a range of other laws apply. The legal regime is poorly understood  - yet, conversely, the exposure to improperly engaging owner-drivers can be very large, with wide-ranging avenues for legal claims.

Nigel Ward has negotiated 'owner-driver' arrangements across Australia for over 30 years and is considered an expert in this field.


Training - Owner-Driver Arrangements: Navigating rules and negotiating

AV研究所 has a dedicated training course for those who manage owner-driver contracts and negotiations.  If you want to train your team or would like to book into the next available course, email us at info@ablawyers.com.au and register your interest.

Duration: Full-day 

Key learning outcomes

  • Walk away with an understanding of the environment in which you are required to operate within.
  • Learn key negotiation and owner driver contract issues preparing you for future negotiations.
  • Gain sound knowledge of cartage rate cost models and the role of the TWU.

Course Overview

If your business employs the services of owner-drivers to deliver your goods across the country then our Owner-Driver Arrangements course is for you.

With different legislation applicable in different states, it can become a minefield when negotiating contracts of carriage and as regulation tightens it's important for businesses to understand the environment in which they are required to operate within.

This is a unique area that requires expert knowledge. Our team have negotiated 'owner driver' arrangements across Australia for the past 30 years and during this course they will share insights to build your skills for future negotiations.

To find out how we can help train your team get in touch at info@ablawyers.com.au or call 1300 565 846.

Owner-Driver Law in Australia First Edition Book

By Nigel Ward, Luis Izzo and Julian Arndt

Owner-Driver Law in Australia provides desperately needed guidance through the statutes, regulations, and common law rules applying to this critical and high-profile sector of the transport and logistics industry.

The work offers the premier source of commentary on the myriad of laws that apply in Australia. It examines the legislation and outlines all relevant legal principles applicable to engaging an owner-driver, including:

  • contract law concepts
  • specific statutory requirements
  • application of competition law
  • application of discrimination and victimisation laws to owner-drivers
  • applicability of minimum wage instruments and guides in each regulated jurisdiction and
  • handling the exchange of ‘goodwill’ in owner driver relationships.

This essential, pioneering work provides detailed commentary on the areas of legal exposure that can arise. It gives lawyers, HR professionals, employers and other business owners specific and detailed guidance on how the laws relating to owner-driver arrangements operate, and how to ensure compliance with them.

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