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Negotiating agents

How to appoint an agent to negotiate on your behalf

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Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005

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 a forestry contractor you can appoint an 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 a forestry contractor colleague or group of colleagues.

The Act permits joint negotiations between a hirer and multiple forestry contractors that are all contracted by that same hirer. It does not allow 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. It is important that you read the paperwork carefully before you appoint an agent.