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Transport and forestry business support

There are requirements that owner drivers, forestry contractors, hirers and freight brokers in the transport and forestry industries must adhere to.

To improve the position of people who run small businesses transporting goods or harvesting forestry products, there are requirements that owner drivers, forestry contractors, hirers and freight brokers in the transport and forestry industries must adhere to. 

These are outlined in the Owner Driver and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 and Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Regulations 2017

For some of the requirements, failure to comply is a criminal offence. 

Information on the requirements is available on Business Victoria’s website, where you’ll also find an industry Code of Practice and information for:  

Our role 

At the Wage Inspectorate we monitor compliance with the Owner Driver and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 and Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Regulations 2017, and take enforcement action, including:

  • issuing warnings
  • issuing penalty infringement notices
  • taking legal action

Report a business that isn’t complying with the Act or regulations using our online form. You can remain anonymous.

If you have any questions about the Act or regulations, email us or call 1800 287 287.

Reviewed 07 June 2021

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