Labour standards and practice

A Private Dispute Resolution System for Transport and logistics? An Options Paper 2007

Client:  TALC - Transport and Logistics Centre

The WRC was commissioned by the Transport and Logistics Centre (TALC) to prepare a paper examining the feasibility of introducing private mediation arrangements into the transport and logistics sector. Mediation can be found in a variety of other legal jurisdictions within Australia and plays a significant role in industrial dispute resolution in some other nations, notably the United States and New Zealand. However, the private mediation market has occupied a peripheral role in Australian labour markets until recently, primarily due to the existence of a comprehensive public system of compulsory conciliation and arbitration. This report explores options for private dispute resolution in the transport and logistics sector in within the broader changing context.