Road Transport and Distribution Award Guide[MA000038]

Road Transport and Distribution Award Guide[MA000038]

Table of content

  1. What is the Road Transport and Distribution Award?
  2. Who is entitled to the Road Transport and Distribution Award?
  3. How are the working hours arranged in the Road Transport and Distribution Award ?
  4. How are wages and allowances calculated in the Road Transport and Distribution Award?
  5. How is the leave managed in the Road Transport and Distribution Award?
  6. How can Workstem assist you?

This article provides guidelines on the road transport and distribution award package. For more information on this award, please refer to the road transport and distribution award[MA000038].

What is the Road Transport and Distribution Award?

The Road Transport and Distribution Award, is a set of legal minimum employment standards and conditions that apply to employees working in the road transport and distribution industry in Australia.

The award sets out the minimum wage rates, working hours, overtime, annual leave, sick leave, and other entitlements for employees working in various roles within the road transport and distribution industry, such as driver’s assistants, truck, forklift, concrete mixer and crane drivers. The award is designed to ensure that employees in the road transport and distribution industry are treated fairly and receive reasonable pay and conditions for their work.

Who is entitled to the Road Transport and Distribution Award?

Coverage

The road transport and distribution industry includes:

  • transporting by road livestock, goods, wares, merchandise, materials or other things in any form (defined below)
  • receiving, handling or storing goods, wares, merchandise, materials or other things in any form at a distribution facility
  • storing and distributing livestock, goods, wares, merchandise, materials or other things in any form, in connection with air freight forwarding and customs clearance
  • mobile food vending
  • distributing and relocating new or used vehicles requiring the driving of the vehicle itself (applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2018).

‘In any form’ means in a raw or natural state, wholly or partly manufactured, or as a solid, liquid or gas.

‘Goods, wares, merchandise and any other things’ includes:

  • crude oil
  • gas condensate
  • petrol and petroleum products
  • dairy products
  • wholesale meat
  • quarried materials.

Employers and employees in the following industries or activities are not covered by the Road Transport Award:

  • chauffeuring
  • long distance driving (eg. interstate driving), if this is the principal or usual activity.

The Road Transport Award doesn’t cover employers and employees when they are covered by one of the following awards:

  • Mining Award
  • Road Transport (Long Distance) Award (while doing long distance work)
  • Transport (Cash) Award
  • Waste Award.

Types of employment

An employee covered by this award must be one of the following:

  • A full-time employee who is engaged to work an average of 38 ordinary hours per week over a period of no more than 4 weeks.
  • A part-time employee who is engaged to work less than 38 ordinary hours per week and has predictable hours. A part-time employee must receive a minimum payment of 4 hours for each day they are engaged.
  • A casual employee who is engaged to work may be no more than 38 ordinary hours per week; or if they work according to a roster, their ordinary hours may be averaged over the roster cycle to be no more than 38 hours per week. For each ordinary hour worked, a casual employee must be paid the ordinary hourly rate; and a loading of 25% of the ordinary hourly rate,

How are the working hours arranged in the Road Transport and Distribution Award ?

Ordinary hours of work and roster cycles

Employees other than oil distribution workers

Oil distribution workers
between 5.30 am and 6.30 pm.

between 6.30 am and 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Shiftwork

Shiftwork means work extending for at least 2 weeks and performed either in daily recurrent periods, wholly or partly between the hours of 6.30 pm and 8.30 am or in regular rotating periods but does not include work performed by day workers.

Afternoon shift

finishing after 6.30 pm but not later than 12.30 am

Day shift

starting at 5.30 am or later, but finishing at or before 6.30 pm

Night shift

finishing after 12.30 am but not later than 8.30 am

Rostered shift

employee concerned has received at least 48 hours’ notice

Shiftwork hours and shift rosters

The hours of work of employees performing shiftwork must be an average of 38 per week. The ordinary hours of work must not exceed 8 continuous hours per day (inclusive of meal breaks) on one of the following bases:

  • 38 hours within a work cycle not exceeding 7 consecutive days;
  • 76 hours within a work cycle not exceeding 14 consecutive days;
  • 114 hours within a work cycle not exceeding 21 consecutive days; or
  • 152 hours within a work cycle not exceeding 28 consecutive days.

Breaks

Regular meal break:

  • The meal break must be of a regular duration of not more than one hour or less than 30 minutes; and
  • start no earlier than 3 and a half hours and no later than 5 and a half hours after the fixed starting time of the employee’s ordinary hours of work; and
  • where reasonable and practical, be taken at a time to coincide with any requirement to take a break under fatigue management rules/regulations, or as otherwise required by the employer.
  • If the meal break is not allowed, all time worked after the starting time of the regular meal break until a break without pay for a meal time is allowed must be paid for at 200% of the applicable minimum hourly rate

Meal and rest breaks after ordinary hours and before overtime hours:

  • An employee required to work overtime for 2 hours or more after working ordinary hours must be allowed a paid break of 20 minutes before commencing overtime work or as soon as practicable after commencing overtime work.
  • A further rest break must be allowed after completing each 4 hour period until the overtime work is finished. Any rest breaks will be paid for at the applicable minimum hourly rate.
  • Wherever reasonable and practical, the rest break must be taken at a time to coincide with any requirement to take a break under fatigue management rules/regulations.
  • An employer and employee may agree to apply any variation of this provision in order to meet the circumstances of the work in hand.

How are wages and allowances calculated in the Road Transport and Distribution Award?

Overtime

% of minimum hourly rate

First 2 hours

150%

After 2 hours

200%

Rest period after overtime

200%

Time off instead of payment for overtime

150%

Shiftwork rates

  • Shift rates

Shift

% of the ordinary hourly rate
Afternoon shift

117.5%

Night shift

130%

  • Work on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays

Shift

Penalty rate Casual penalty rate

% of ordinary hourly rate

Saturday

150%

175%

Sunday 200%

225%

Public holidays 250%

275%

Penalty rates

% of the ordinary hourly rate
Full-time or part-time employee

Casual employees

Between midnight on Friday and midnight on Saturday

150% 150%

Between midnight on Saturday and midnight on Sunday

200%

200%

Good Friday and Christmas Day   200%

300%

Public holiday other than Good Friday and Christmas Day   150%

250%

Allowance

Road Transport and Distribution Award offers the following allowances:

Allowances

Rate 

Carbon black allowance

$2.63 per day

Carting tar allowance

$0.11 per hour up to a maximum of $4.23 per week

Coffin handling allowance

$3.57 for each coffin handled

Dangerous goods allowance

bulk goods: $22.28 per day

packaged goods: $9.31 per day

Dangerous goods license – training and medical reimbursement reimbursement of training and medical costs

Dirty material allowance

$0.56 per hour

Driver-salesperson allowance

$0.54 per hour up to a maximum of $20.59 per week

First aid allowance

$0.40 per hour up to a maximum of $15.04 per week

First aid course reimbursement

reimbursement of fees for courses necessary to obtain and maintain a first aid qualification

Furniture carter allowance

$0.64 per hour up to a maximum of $24.35 per week

Garbage collecting vehicle allowance

$0.59 per hour up to a maximum of $22.47 per week

Leading hand allowance

  • in charge of 3-10 employees – not leading loader:$1.17 per hour up to a maximum of $44.38 per week
  • in charge of 11-20 employees – not  leading loader:$1.74 per hour up to a maximum of $66.10 per week
  • Leading hand allowance – in charge of more than 20 employees -not  leading loader:$2.21 per hour up to a maximum of $83.96 per week

Livestock carter allowance

$0.64 per hour up to a maximum of $24.35 per week

Meal allowance

$18.59 per meal

Medical checks reimbursement

reimbursement of all medical costs not recoverable from a health fund

Money handling allowance

  • up to $20:$0.06 per hour up to a maximum of $2.16 per week
  • over $20: but not exceeding $200 $0.11 per hour up to a maximum of $4.23 per week
  • over $200 but not exceeding $600:$0.19 per hour up to a maximum of $7.24 per week
  • over $600 but not exceeding $1000:$0.25 per hour up to a maximum of $9.40 per week
  • over $1000 but not exceeding $1200:$0.35 per hour up to a maximum of $13.26 per week
  • over $1200 but not exceeding $1600:$0.54 per hour up to a maximum of $20.50 per week
  • over $1600 but not exceeding $2000:$0.60 per hour up to a maximum of $22.66 per week
  • over $2000:$0.68 per hour up to a maximum of $25.76 per week

Offensive material allowance

$3.38 per day

Overalls reimbursement

reimbursement for the cost of purchasing overalls

Protective clothing reimbursement

reimbursement for the cost of purchasing the required protective clothing

Sanitary vehicle allowance

$0.72 per hour up to a maximum of $27.45 per week

Special clothing reimbursement

reimbursement for the cost of purchasing the required special clothing

Traveling allowance

payment for reasonably incurred traveling expenses of at least $38.71 per day

Vehicle allowance

  • longer than the limit in any State or Commonwealth Act:$4.32 per day
  • vehicle width or load more than 3.5 meters:$4.32 per day
  • with a side lifter crane:$4.32 per day
  • with a truck loading crane:$4.32 per day

Work diary reimbursement

reimbursement for the cost of a work diary
Working overtime – transport reimbursement -reasonable means of transport unavailable

reimbursement for the cost of getting transport home or the appropriate overtime rate for time reasonably spent getting home

How is the leave managed in the Road Transport and Distribution Award?

In the road transport and distribution award, leave entitlements for employees are determined by the National Employment Standards (NES) and the classification of the employee.

Annual leave

All annual leave is per the National Employment Standards NES. Employees are entitled to 4 weeks paid leave per year, plus an additional week for some shift workers.

Annual leave loading

During a period of annual leave an employee will receive a loading calculated on the minimum wage rate in clause 17—Minimum rates. Annual leave loading is payable on annual leave accrued and taken and on annual leave paid out on termination.

The loading is as follows:

  • Day work

Employees who would have worked on day work only had they not been on annual leave—17.5% or the relevant weekend penalty rates, whichever is the greater, but not both.

  • Shiftwork

Employees who would have worked on shiftwork had they not been on annual leave—a loading of 17.5% or the shift loading (including relevant weekend penalty rates), whichever is the greater, but not both.

Public holidays

The National Employment Standards (NES) provide entitlements for public holidays.

Substitution of certain public holidays by agreement at the enterprise

  • An employer and employee may agree to substitute another day for a day that would otherwise be a public holiday under the NES.
  • An employer and employee may agree to substitute another part-day for a part-day that would otherwise be a part-day public holiday under the NES.

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