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The NTC recently completed its latest Reform Implementation Monitoring Report which noted that all seven of the national reform packages agreed between 1 July 2013 and 1 July 2014 have been fully or partly implemented.

New report shows NTC reforms being implemented across Australia

3 December 2014

The NTC recently completed its latest Reform Implementation Monitoring Report which noted that all seven of the national reform packages agreed between 1 July 2013 and 1 July 2014 have been fully or partly implemented.

Acting CEO of the NTC Michelle Hendy said the Reform Implementation Monitoring Report was an important way of making sure that when improvements to Australia’s transport networks are agreed on by governments the benefits start flowing as soon as possible.

“The NTC works hard to find practical improvements to Australia’s transport networks. We also work with governments to help them implement these reforms as quickly as possible,” Ms Hendy said.

“For example we work with our industry and government stakeholders to develop clear and practical reform implementation plans. In doing so our objective is to help to save lives and boost productivity across Australia’s transport sector.

“Through this report we can demonstrate to ministers, governments, industry and the Australian public that we are serious about achieving agreed transport reform outcomes. The report also allows us to identify and help manage any obstacles along the way.”

The Reform Implementation Monitoring Report monitors the implementation of nationally agreed transport reforms by the Commonwealth, states and territories

The report focuses on the following seven reform areas:

Heavy Vehicle Regulatory Reform

  • The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) was established in January 2013 and commenced limited operations.
  • Service agreements between the NHVR and each participating state and territory were signed ahead of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) commencing.
  • The NHVR is planning the future delivery of a sustainable and efficient permit system

Heavy vehicle charges

  • New heavy vehicle charges were implement from 1 July
  • New charges will be implemented from 1 July 2016, based on recommendations of the NTC.

Rail Safety Regulation and Investigation Reform

  • The National Rail Safety Regulator is fully operational in jurisdictions where enabling legislation has commenced.
  • The Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB’s) role has been expanded to cover rail safety investigations nationally.

National Ports Strategy

  • Developing time bound milestones to implement national ports and freight initiatives will help optimise reform outcomes.

Australian Road Rules

  • There is broad national consistency in the Australian Road Rules(ARRs).
  • The 10th amendment package is being progressed by all states and territories.

Australian Vehicle Standards Rules

  • All states and territories have adopted the Australian Vehicle Standards Rules (AVSRs) into their own laws;
  • To improve the consistency of the timing of implementation, and the national uniform adoption and application of the rules, implementation plans containing delivery milestones have been developed and agreed prior to the approval of the latest amendment package.
  • The HVNL has incorporated the provisions of the AVSRs that apply to heavy vehicles.

Australian Dangerous Goods Code

  • All states and territories have implemented the 7th edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code.
  • New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Western Australia have adopted the version 7.3 of the ADGC, and the other jurisdictions are progressing its implementation.

 

“This report highlights where further attention is needed to ensure Australians get the full benefits of national reform,” Ms Hendy said.

A copy of the report is available here.

The NTC would like to thank each state, territory and the Commonwealth government for providing their input into this important report.

 

Last Updated: 18/11/2016