The draft standard for livestock loading/unloading ramps and forcing yards/pens would improve worker safety, animal welfare and lead to fewer and less severe injuries.
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Trucking businesses and other providers of essential services should be automatically eligible for JobKeeper Payments if they need to stand down staff.
The 2019/2020 bushfires impacted trucking through road closures and loss of income, illustrating the need for a natural disaster wage subsidy to protect local jobs.
The Australian Government’s economic response to the coronavirus epidemic must include measures to support truck owner-drivers.
The ATA supports the proposed Payment Times Reporting Framework, but calls on the Australian Government to take stronger action.
An investment allowance for new and late model second hand trucks and trailers would boost trucking businesses, increase road safety and improve urban air quality.
Proposed increases in the truck fuel tax and registration charges should be delayed until 1 July 2021.
The Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) should be amended to recognise accreditation schemes like TruckSafe, the ATA said in its response to the draft Productivity Commission report on national transport regulatory reform.
The ATA welcomes a review of the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development, raising two central issues.
The ATA submission to the 2020-21 Federal Budget has called on Government to back small businesses, support regional Australia and deliver lower taxes.