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The NTC today released a new work program that includes bolder and more strategic projects that are designed to identify and address the transport problems of the future.

New NTC work program to tackle Australia’s biggest emerging transport challenges

5 July 2016

The NTC today released a new work program that includes bolder and more strategic projects that are designed to identify and address the transport problems of the future.

Chief Executive of the National Transport Commission Paul Retter said there was little point waiting for transport problems to occur before taking action.

“Australia is undergoing rapid technological, social and economic changes which will result in the biggest transformations to our transport system since the invention of the motor car,” Mr Retter said.

“This work program reflects the need for the NTC to undertake bolder, more strategic reforms to ensure we are ready for the future.

“Australia can’t afford to sit back and wait for issues affecting our transport system to arise. We need to look to the future now and work together to resolve the challenges we can already see on the horizon.”

This type of strategic work the NTC will undertake includes:

  • preparing for automated vehicles
  • developing a framework to guide future productivity improvements
  • developing options to improve the mechanisms and processes for setting and collecting road user charge
  • filling information gaps to provide evidence as a basis for future reforms, and
  • examining ways that the regulatory landscape will need to change in the lead up to 2040.

“Strategic analysis work like Land Transport Regulation 2040 is one way we will develop a larger evidence base for the longer-term reforms we will need for the future,” Mr Retter said.

“It will help us identify plausible scenarios and start the process of developing policy and regulatory responses to the challenges we are likely to face in the future.”

As well as these strategic projects, NTC’s work program includes a small number of operational policy projects, as well as ongoing maintenance work on national laws, model laws and administrative guidelines.

In the future, operational policy work will be increasingly undertaken by the national heavy vehicle and rail safety regulators, as recommended in the outcomes of the 2015 NTC Review.

The NTC’s 2016-2020 Work Program was endorsed by Transport and Infrastructure Council ministers last month.

Last Updated: 18/11/2016