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Trucking industry welcomes JobKeeper payments

30 March 2020
The Australian Government’s new JobKeeper payments will support trucking businesses – including up to 28,900 owner drivers – that experience substantial falls in turnover, Australian Trucking Association Chair Geoff Crouch said today. 
The Australian Trucking Association and its member associations collectively represent the businesses and people of the Australian trucking industry. Together, the ATA and its members are committed to safety, professionalism and viability. 

“Trucking businesses in the grocery, fuel and home delivery sectors are working flat out, but others face months of reduced work or, in some cases, financial devastation,” Mr Crouch said. 

“JobKeeper payments will be a lifeline for many businesses in our industry and their employees. 

“It will be a lifeline for hard pressed owner drivers who face months of little work, because the companies they support have closed down. 

“In our discussions with the Government, the ATA argued strongly that owner drivers needed to be supported. 

“We thank the Government for taking action and providing this support. 

“We also thank the Government for developing an Australian program tailored to the way we do things in Australia, and not just copying overseas programs,” he said. 

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