The Union delivers an extensive range of services for owner drivers. Member services include:

  • free owner driver information kit
  • expert advice, representation, and information on the Owner Driver Act
  • contract negotiation
  • notification of changes to rates and running schedules
  • individual and joint negotiations with hirers
  • Assistance with dispute resolution VCAT representation
  • a voice on the Transport Industry Council
  • access to training courses

The Owner Driver and Forestry Contractor Act

In August 2005 the Victorian Government established legislation to provide important protections for Victorian owner drivers. The TWU was instrumental in lobbying the Government on behalf of all Victorian owner drivers to establish this fundamentally important legislation, and we have been central to its development.

The new Owner Driver and Forestry Contractors Act creates historic opportunities for owner drivers and their families to benefit from collective bargaining and Union representation. It protects Owner Drivers from making uninformed financial decisions and prohibits unfair conduct.

Owner drivers will be obvious winners from the Act, but the industry as a whole will benefit too. It will make it easier for businesses to be sustainable in the long term. Most importantly, because everyone is playing by the same rules, no one will have to cut corners on health and safety to stay competitive.

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