On 11 September 2019, the Senate moved that the following matter be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by April 2020.
On 13 November 2019, the Senate agreed to extend the reporting date to 14 October 2020.
On 30 September 2020, the Senate granted a further extension of time to report until 11 February 2021.
On 5 February 2021, the Senate granted a further extension of time to report until 23 June 2021.
On 22 June 2021, the Senate granted a further extension of time to report until 8 July 2021.
On 24 June 2021, the Senate granted a further extension of time to report until 25 August 2021.
While submissions were originally due on 17 October 2019, the committee has extended the submission due date to 8 November 2019.
The importance of a viable, safe, sustainable and efficient road transport industry, with particular reference to:
- the importance of an enforceable minimum award rate and sustainable standards and conditions for all stakeholders in the road transport industry;
the development and maintenance of road transport infrastructure to ensure a safe and efficient road transport industry;
the regulatory impact, including the appropriateness, relevance and adequacy of the legislative framework, on all stakeholders in the road transport industry;
the training and career pathways to support, develop and sustain the road transport industry;
the social and economic impact of road-related injury, trauma and death;
efficient cost-recovery measures for industry stakeholders, including subcontractors;
the impact of new technologies and advancements in freight distribution, vehicle design, road safety and alternative fuels;
the importance of establishing a formal consultative relationship between the road transport industry and all levels of government in Australia; and
other related matters.