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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 owner drivers and hirers to appoint a negotiating agent to negotiate contract conditions and rates on their behalf.

Appoint a negotiating agent

As an owner driver (or a group of owner drivers) 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 an owner driver colleague or a committee of colleagues.

The Act permits joint negotiations between owner drivers 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.