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Using written contracts

Get your engagements in writing.

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  • Written contract information
  • Model contracts
The Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 provides that ongoing engagements of no fixed duration or for a period of at least 30 days must be in writing. Engagements must specify the guaranteed minimum of hours work or income level that the contractor will receive. Written contracts must also set out the rates to be paid to the contractor, and the minimum period of notice of termination of the engagement, or payment in lieu of notice. 

Reduce uncertainty with written contracts

Written contracts, especially for longer term arrangements, are good business practice and help reduce disputes and uncertainty. Written contracts do not have to be long, or complex and legalistic. It is a good idea to set out in writing the most important aspects of your arrangements.

Model contract 

To assist parties to comply with legal requirements for written agreements, the Transport Industry Council has developed a model contract which represents an industry benchmark of typical contractual terms. The model contract is in two parts, the second part is the schedule to the contract, which must also be filled in by both parties and sets out the rates to be paid and a range of other matters. 

It is not compulsory to use the model contract but you may find it useful as guidance on standard contract terms or to use the model contract but vary certain terms, to suit your business needs.

Model contract and schedule

Model Contract for Owner Drivers (DOC 113 KB)DOC icon

Model Contract for Owner Drivers (PDF 112.09 KB)PDF icon

Model Contract for Owner Drivers Schedule (DOC 185.5 KB)DOC icon

Model Contract for Owner Drivers Schedule (PDF 225.91 KB)PDF icon