NTC Annual Report 2012-13 – A New Era26 November 2013
The National Transport Commission (NTC) today released its annual report for the 2012-13 financial year.
NTC Chief Executive and Commissioner, Paul Retter, said that 2012-13 marked the beginning of a new era for the Australian transport industry.
“The commencement of the new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and new National Rail Safety Regulator in January 2013 means that for the first time since federation, Australia will have a single set of heavy vehicle and rail safety laws,” said Mr Retter.
“We are proud of our role in leading the development of the Heavy Vehicle National Law and Rail Safety National Law in collaboration with our reform partners and the NTC is committed to continuing to support their successful establishment.
“In addition, emerging technologies such as Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems and Electronic Work Diaries will fundamentally change the landscape in which the NTC will lead future reforms,” said Mr Retter.
Mr Retter said that in accordance with the outcomes of the 2012 Review of NTC and other transport bodies, during 2012-13 the NTC have also placed high priority on reforms such as the delivery of the heavy vehicle charges determination.
“Formal working relationships with the regulators are also being established as a priority, together with changes to the NTC’s strategic planning process and performance reporting. These changes will strengthen the NTC and ensure we continue to deliver value to our stakeholders into the future,” added Mr Retter.
Key highlights from 2012-13 financial year include:
- The NTC adopting a ‘co-design’ approach with stakeholders to explore a range of improvements to the current heavy vehicle charging system to ensure it is more practical and fair. The NTC’s collaborative approach to this work will continue throughout the next stage of the project which will include making specific recommendations on what the charges should be.
- The NTC’s work on new and emerging technologies, such as Electronic Work Diaries and Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems, including how to harness the productivity and safety benefits these technologies present. The NTC will continue to work collaboratively with our reform partners as we further develop regulatory reform options in this ‘game-changing’ policy area.
- The revision of the National Standard for Health Assessment of Rail Safety Workers in consultation with industry, rail unions, rail safety regulators and health professionals to ensure that it reflected best practice and the latest knowledge in the field.
- Working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, industry and governments to revise the National Driver Work Diary. These changes, also informed through public consultation, are expected to enable drivers to fill out the daily sheets more rapidly, as less information is required and some duplication has been eliminated. The revised diary will be administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator when the fatigue laws come into effect.
- The Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme reaching a significant milestone in October 2012, with the approval of more than 1000 heavy vehicle combinations since its inception in 2007.
“I am excited by the opportunities ahead and I am looking forward to continuing to work in collaboration with our stakeholders to develop and deliver effective transport reforms,” said Mr Retter.
Download a copy of the NTC’s Annual Report 2012-13.Last Updated: 18/11/2016