Free info sessions on new national workplace laws

By: Jason Whittaker


The Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) will hold free information sessions across the country to brief bus and truck

The Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation (ARTIO) will hold free information sessions across the country to brief bus and truck operators on new workplace laws.

The briefings will begin in September and will be held by lawyers with specialist qualifications in industrial relations and a comprehensive understanding of the transport industry.

Significant amendments to federal workplace laws introduced by the Federal Government earlier this year will affect all employers in the bus and truck industry.

More than 60 briefings will be held in over 50 metropolitan, rural and remote locations in all States, and in the Northern Territory, to explain the changes.

ARTIO Secretary/Treasurer Philip Lovel says the organisation was one of a small number of peak bodies invited to lodge submissions to receive funding to conduct the briefings.

"A condition of funding is that ARTIO undertook to work with other employer associations in the truck and bus industries as well as its branches to ensure as many operators as possible have the opportunity to attend one of these briefings," Lovel says.

"These briefings will give employers a sound understanding of their legal obligations and how the apply to the particular circumstances that affect truck and bus transport operations.

"Further, the industrial relations world has changed; no longer can companies think they are outside the award system, everyone is now covered."

Travis Degen, Andy O’Brien and Paul Ryan will lead the briefings.

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