IR Management & WHS

APTIA’s National IR and Workplace Health and Safety Guide provides a set of industry guidelines, templates, policies and procedures for transport operators.  The guide has been developed by the national peak body for buses and coaches – the Bus Industry Confederation through consultation with various organisations and association representatives across Australia. 

This guide is designed to assist transport operators of all sectors with managing the shift in national requirements enforced through Fair Work Australia and the Department of Employment Education & Workplace Relations.

This section of APTIA’s website aims to give guidance to the employer in the workplace and covers a range of workplace management initiatives and programs, administrative issues and compliance requirements.

Industrial Relations Guidance

  • Best practice Workplace Health and Safety: 
  • The history of the legislation and its applicability to and harmonisation with each state legislation
  • The new terminology and legal implications of the WHS reform to public transport operators
  • Best practice for transport operators in:
    – Identification and reduction of workplace risks in the bus and coach depots
    – Reporting and rectification of defective vehicles
    – Managing work fatigue in the workplace
    – The chain of responsibility, and
    – Treatment of contractors and invitees. 
  • Recruitment and Retention – Letters of Engagement;  Interviewing Employees; Discrimination and Training.
  • The Employment Contract – Awards; Enterprise Agreements; Individual Flexibility Agreements; Common Law Contracts
  • Workplace Rights – What are they; Harassment and Bullying; Discrimination; Coercion; Consultation.
  • Employment rights –  includes harassment, discrimination, coercion and prejudicing employment rights; Long Service Leave; Superannuation; Equal Opportunity; Age.
  • Rates of Pay – Updated information for each State; Use of Office of Fairwork Ombudsman tools.
  • Making Agreements – How to Start; Fair Bargaining; Disputes; Protected Action; the BOOT; Terms and Conditions.
  • Ending the Employment Relationship – Dismissal (unfair and unlawful); Redundancies; Fixed Terms.
  • Policies, Forms and Templates.

Health and Well-being Awareness

  • This component of the guide is not intended to be prescriptive on how to implement health and wellbeing initiatives and policies in the workplace. Rather, the guide aims to assist organisations on being aware of health and well-being issues in their workforce and provides some recommendations and policies that may assist with enhancing the health and wellbeing of employees.
  • In producing this component of the guide, APTIA’s aim is to create long term programs of education and skills development to support cooperative and productive workplace relations that promote national prosperity and social inclusion for all Australians.
  • The results of a significant research project forms the foundation of this section of the guide and examines the results of:
    • industry workplace surveys
    • ergonomic workplace assessments (drivers only)
    • a health and well-being trial program (all employees).