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Productivity will become a major focus of the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) work over the next four years with a new work program released today that features a range of projects designed to boost Australia’s transport networks.

New transport productivity package a feature of NTC’s new work program

28 May 2015

Productivity will become a major focus of the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) work over the next four years with a new work program released today that features a range of projects designed to boost Australia’s transport networks.

Acting Chief Executive of the NTC Michelle Hendy said the commission had worked with its stakeholders to identify reform areas aimed at delivering quicker and cheaper road, rail and intermodal networks, particularly for Australia’s freight and logistics industry. The new work program was approved by Australia’s transport ministers last week.

“A growing economy needs more productive transport networks and these projects will help us find new ways of getting goods to market more efficiently,” Ms Hendy said.

“The latest statistics show that Australia’s transport, postal and warehousing industry’s productivity declined by 3.3 per cent in the past year.

“Yet, our freight task is expected to increase by 80 per cent between 2010 and 2030 and triple by 2050, with truck traffic alone predicted to increase by around 50 per cent to 2030.

“Making it easier for high-productivity trucks to access our roads which will reduce heavy vehicle trips, transport emissions, fatalities and road wear.”

The NTC will soon begin talking to stakeholders about the new projects on our work program to achieve the best productivity and safety improvements.

The NTC’s productivity program will:

  • report on systems, tools and decisions that have already been shown to increase productivity in different states, territory or local government areas
  • develop options to increase load volumes allowed to be carried by high-productivity trucks when the weight can safely be carried
  • investigate the market for Performance Based Standards to see if there is more we can do to improve design innovation.

Ms Hendy said the NTC would continue to have a focus on using technology to keep improving the operation of Australia’s transport networks.

“The effective use of new and emerging technology provides Australia with an opportunity to grow our economy, increase productivity, improve safety and reduce regulatory burden,” Ms Hendy said.

“This is an exciting time for Australia’s transport industry with transport operators and all other participants in the freight and logistics sector increasingly embracing new technologies to help them do their jobs even better than they do now. But new technology always comes with new challenges. The NTC helps to resolve those issues so Australia can take full advantage of the benefits of new technology.

“For example the use of increasingly autonomous vehicles provides great opportunities for better productivity and safety for both road transport and rail transport alike.”

The NTC is committed to completing the projects it had already started, such as the heavy vehicle roadworthiness program, and also included several proposed reform areas, including identifying any regulatory or operational barriers to more automated road and rail vehicles.

The NTC also released a new corporate plan and strategic plan that outlines the NTC’s objectives and strategy to deliver national productivity, safety and environmental benefits.

To read see the full list of NTC projects and initiatives, download a copy of the NTC’s:

Last Updated: 18/11/2016