Negotiating agents for forestry contractors

Overview

The Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 allows forestry contractors to appoint a negotiating agent to negotiate contract conditions and rates on their behalf. The Forestry Industry Council has developed model instruments for use by forestry contractors and hirers.

The legislation allows forestry contractors or a group of forestry contractors to appoint a negotiating agent to negotiate contract conditions and rates on their behalf.

Hirers can also appoint a negotiating agent. The agent could be an accountant or consultant, a trade union or industry association, or a colleague or a committee of colleagues.

The Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 permits joint negotiations between forestry contractors engaged by a single business and their common hirer, but not industry-wide negotiations.

The forms below are model instruments to appoint a negotiating agent, endorsed by the Forestry Industry Council for use in the industry.

The agent is able to enter binding legal contracts on your behalf, so it is important that you read the form carefully before you appoint an agent.

These forms are to be used by a forestry contractor (or a group of forestry contractors) or hirer for appointment of negotiating agent:

Page last updated: 20 July 2016