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A report released by the NTC today shows the NTC’s reform projects are working to make a difference to the safety and productivity of Australia’s transport systems.

Implementation report shows how NTC reforms are improving Australia’s transport systems

27 November 2015

A report released by the NTC today shows the NTC’s reform projects are working to make a difference to the safety and productivity of Australia’s transport systems.

NTC Chief Executive Paul Retter said the National Transport Reform Implementation Monitoring Report provided an independent assessment of implementation progress during 2014-2015 of nationally approved transport policy and regulatory reforms.

“These reforms are designed to increase the productivity, regulatory efficiency and safety of Australia’s transport systems and helps improve our national economy,” Mr Retter said.

“We work closely with industry and governments to develop clear and practical plans to implement national reforms so that these benefits can be realised.”

With information provided by state, territory and Commonwealth governments, national regulators and Transport Certification Australia, the report demonstrates that there has been successful implementation of a number of key reforms.

Mr Retter welcomed Western Australia’s recent move to pass the Rail Safety National Law Bill 2014 (WA) and the commencement of operations of the National Rail Safety Regulator in Western Australia.

“I would like to congratulate Western Australia for completing the national rail reform journey.  This means that trains running across every state in Australia except Queensland will operate under a single regulatory framework and national rail regulator. Operators will now only have to comply with one law and one rail regulator.

“I also acknowledge the statement from the Queensland Minister for Transport, the Hon Mark Bailey MP, who has advised that the Queensland Government now intends to adopt the law. Implementation of the Rail Safety National Law in Queensland would create a truly national regulatory system under one regulator and further drive down costs for rail operators.”

Other key findings of the report include:

  • All states and territories have implemented the one-tonne mass transfer policy within the heavy vehicle national law to make loading certain vehicle combinations easier, saving operators time and money.
  • The most recent approved amendment package to the Australian Road Rules is currently being implemented by all states and territories, ensuring that the rules can continue to align with best practice across the country.
  • The majority of states and territories have included the definition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code in their legislation. As a result, the adoption date for the next edition of the Code should be consistent across Australia, which will allow industry to access safety and productivity benefits of the latest updates as soon as possible.

The National Transport Reform Implementation Monitoring Report is provided by the NTC to the Transport and Infrastructure Council each year to monitor reform implementation progress and importantly provide advice to the Transport and Infrastructure Council on how to address any delays or barriers to implementation.

The NTC would like to thank state and territory governments, the Commonwealth Government, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, National Rail Safety Regulator and Transport Certification Australia for providing input into this report.

Last Updated: 18/11/2016