Monthly News September


The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has rejected the draft Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) – Contractor Driver Minimum Payment Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 – in its current form.

The RSRO proposes to establish mandatory minimum payments for all contract drivers, usually known as owner-drivers.

ALRTA President Grant Robins said the draft RSRO is unworkable in the rural transport sector.

“The Australian road transport industry is made up of many different types of vehicles, freight, tasks, operating conditions and prevailing charging structures.  It is simply not possible to set one type of minimum rate for the entire freight contracting industry”, said President Robins.

“The rural transport sector is particularly complex.  Owner-drivers are prime contractors one day and sub-contractors the next.  A single return trip can involve multiple customers and destinations, mixed loads, part loads, empty running between some loading points, and ‘side work’ that happens to fit in with the primary task being undertaken,” he said.

“The minimum rates as proposed do not take this complexity into account and will lead to increased confusion and disputes.  Some trucks would have to run empty even when there is viable freight available because the proposed rates are too simplistic and far too high,” he said.

In a submission to the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, the ALRTA has also cited concerns that the RSRO will push owner-drivers out of the industry in favour or employee drivers.

“On first glance, some owner-drivers may be attracted to the prospect of an increase in their rates.  However, prime contractors who use their own vehicles staffed with employee drivers will not be subject to the minimum rates in the draft order and will be free to accept work at comparatively lower rates”, said President Robins.

“Prime contractors will not sub-contract work to owner-drivers when they are forced to pay rates in excess of that which they are charging as the prime contractor.  This will effectively price owner-drivers out of the market and will force a structural shift towards employee drivers.  The big fleets will get bigger and this will come at the expense of smaller operators, many of whom will lose their business and personal assets during the transition”, he said.

The ALRTA has identified a range of other problems with the RSRO including new layers of red-tape arising from increased audits, impacts on pre-existing contracts and the apparent requirement to pay contract drivers for long rest breaks.


There was more good news flowing from the South Australian 90-day Review into Agricultural Transport last week with the announcement that HML access has been approved for 18 Viterra sites across SA.

The 90-day project was an initiative between Primary Producers SA, Primary Industries and Regions SA and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and led to the release of the report A Modern Transport System for Agriculture: a new partnership approach in March.

LRTASA President David Smith has welcomed the latest announcement.

“We have been steadily chipping away at the list of 184 issues raised in the report.  This decision will significantly improve transport efficiency and farm productivity for South Australian businesses this coming harvest” said President Smith.

“It’s another win for the whole State and there is still more to come”, he said.

Other key reforms from the 90-day project to date include:

  • The approval of quad road train combinations between Port Augusta and the Northern Territory border
  • The introduction of tri-axle dollies for use in road train combinations
  • Reduced driver logbook reporting red tape
  • Simplifying systems for registering multiple farm vehicles

Version 3 of our Project List is available here
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Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis released this document: Boost to Strzelecki Track proposal with Infrastructure Australia rating: Strzelecki Track

Stay Tuned for our New Website. Currently being updated to better provide you with information & more.
A Photo Gallery will be included on this website so please feel free to send me some of you great pictures. They can be used for both the newsletter and website

17th & 18th June 2016
The 31st Annual Conference

@ the Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Monthly News August

We are looking forward to introducing our members to you. Each month we will have a small profile about one of our members.


Started Business: 1964 by Eddie Dennis & his family
Depot Locations: Port Lincoln & Gillman (Adelaide)
Fleet Size: 30 Prime Movers
Services: Containers, General & Refrigerated time sensitive part or full load services locally and interstate.
Accreditation: NHVAS, WA Heavy Vehicle, RLSC (Retail Logistics Supply Chain) HACCP (Cold Chain Food Safety) AACA (Accredited Air Cargo Agent) Accredited Quarantine Approved Premises, PIRSA  Biosecurity SA  –  Meat Transport Accreditation

A bit about the company:
Dennis Transport is a large, privately owned and operated family company based in Port Lincoln. Over the past 51 years it has grown from a one truck operation into a major  Regional Transport & Logistics Company.

Dennis Transport has a modern multi-combination linehaul fleet operating out of Port Lincoln with a depot in Adelaide at Gillman and regular trips interstate. The company operates double and triple road trains, AB triples, modular-B triples, B-doubles, singles and a fleet of local  pickup and delivery vehicles. Their core business is containers, time sensitive general and refrigerated freight services between Port Lincoln, The Iron Triangle and Adelaide with regular services interstate.

The Port Lincoln Depot is a major regional Container Terminal that is a Quarantine Approved Premise, with 170 powered container sites, container forklift and side loaders to ensure containers can be handled efficiently and delivered to the customers door as and when required.

The business provides a HACCP accredited  refrigerated service to the aquaculture and fishing industry and daily services to major national retailers in Port Lincoln and The Iron Triangle towns. They also operate a fleet of tippers on grain cartage assisting with the transfer of grain from Eyre Peninsula silos to Port Lincoln for export.

Dennis Transport has a strong focus on providing a quality reliable service ensuring they meet their clients’ expectations under chain of responsibility and today’s compliance and enforcement requirements.

More information is available on our website

Why are you a LRTASA member: We believe it is important for Rural Transport Operators to have good representation, and a strong voice, to ensure that the industry continues to grow in a way that recognises rural operator’s needs.

Version 3 of our Project List is available here
Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

Effective 1st August 2015 as a result of fuel tax indexation the fuel tax credit rate for on-road purchases in eligible heavy vehicles increased from 12.76 cents per litre to 13.06 cents per litre. And it has increased from 38.9 cents per litre to 39.2 cents per litre for powering auxiliary equipment.

The ATO recommends that all operators use their online Fuel Tax Credit Calculator to make sure you get fuel tax credits correct for your BAS. For more information please visit the ATO’s fuel schemes rates page.


In July 2015, the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) published a national Guide for Safe Design of Livestock Loading Ramps and Forcing Yards.

The purpose of the voluntary guide is to promote safer workplaces for people in contact with livestock loading facilities and to improve animal welfare outcomes.

Congratulations to the ALRTA on the release of the new guide for the safe design of livestock loading ramps.

More information is available here –  where you can also download the guide.

Hard Copies are being posted to Livestock Carriers. If you haven’t received a copy by the Middle of September from me, let me know.


There was an interesting article in the Stock Journal where Jay Wetherill is proposing changes to the National Road User Charge. To read this article: Click Here

17th & 18th June 2016
The 31st Annual Conference

@ the Adelaide Entertainment Centre


Stay Tuned for our New Website. Currently being updated to better provide you with information & more.
A Photo Gallery will be included on this website so please feel free to send me some of you great pictures. They can be used for both the newsletter and website.

Monthly Update July


With 2015 marching along it is important for the LRTASA to continue to work with the Government, identifying the issues we need addressed.

This year we have had quite a few announcements, which is a step forward for our industry. The 160klm work diary exemption, BAB & ABB Quads can run north or Port Augusta, and most recently Tri-axle dollies were approved, and funding being sourced for road works to allow B-double & Road Train access into Jamestown Saleyards. We will continue to work towards solving current access issues, as well as working on an A-B triple network.

Our PROJECT list has been updated and Version 3 will be distributed shortly. Thank you to those who contributed.

It’s also great to see that a membership numbers are back up over 110!

We are pleased to announce that we will be bringing you Monthly News instead of the Quarterly news, so we can keep you up to date with what’s happening regularly.


Our Annual Conference is done & dusted for another 12 months. It was a huge success and we say a BIG THANK you to ALL involved. Without our MEMBERS & SPONSORS weekends like these are extremely hard to do!


Are you carrying copies of the required NHVR Notices for your operation?

Notices that must be carried

Click here for the latest list of ALL National Notices: National Notices

Click Here for the latest list of ALL State Based Notices: State Based Notices

Click Here for the latest list of Transitional Notices: Transitional Notices

ALRTA Announces New Executive

President: Kevin Keenan (LRTAV)
Vice Presidents: Graeme Hoare (LBCA) and Stephen Marley (LRTAWA)
Treasuer: Ron Pattell (LRTAQ)
Secretary: John Beer (LRTAV)
ATA Rep: David Smith (LRTASA)

The ALRTA is our National Voice for ALL states and you as members are automatically a member of the ALRTA benefiting from our NATIONAL Sponsors, such as fuel, tyre and insurance discounts.

A BIG Win for SA
Tri-axle Dollys approved

The updated Gazette Notice including Tri-axle Dollys.


David Smith
0427 984 522

Scott Quinn
0429 981 254
scott@quinntransport.comMID NORTH

Anthony Trengove
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Braithe Selleck
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Shane Selleck
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Brian McArdle
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Ben Kemp
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Adam Pengilly
0429 140 382

John Heinsen
0438 817 193

Deb Callery
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Ginette Jenkin
0418 844 792


Trevor & Janeene Hill
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Hugh Ridgway
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Hayley Masson
0400 653 613

Adam Pengilly
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Terry Dyer
0418 841 984

Scott Rayner
0427 662 034

Matthew Leske
0427 796 377

Scott Quinn
0428 981 254

Michael Burt
0417 834 085

Bill Dearlove
0427 834 085

David Smith
0427 984 522

Michael Fox
0427 261 604

Ron Harvey
0429 816 447

Bundy Bannerman
0407 523 955


Alan Carter
0427 448 660

17th & 18th June 2016

The 31st Annual Conference

@ the Adelaide Entertainment Centre