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Negotiating agents

How to appoint a negotiating agent to negotiate on your behalf.

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The Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 allows forestry contractors and hirers to appoint a negotiating agent to negotiate contract conditions and rates on their behalf.

Appoint a negotiating agent

As an forestry contractor or hirer you're allowed to appoint a negotiating agent to negotiate contract conditions and rates on your behalf. Hirers can also appoint a negotiating agent. The agent could be an accountant or consultant, a trade union or industry association or forestry contractor colleague or a committee of colleagues.

The Act permits joint negotiations between forestry contracators engaged by a single business and their common hirer, but not industry-wide negotiations. 

The forms below are model templates to appoint a negotiating agent, you can use these to get started.

Once appointed, 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.