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The National Transport Commission (NTC) today released the NTC’s annual National Transport Reform Implementation Report.

Reform implementation report examines status of national transport reforms

6 December 2016

Chief Executive of the NTC Paul Retter said the report provides an independent assessment on how well nationally agreed transport reforms are being implemented.

"This report demonstrates how the reforms developed by the NTC and agreed to by Australia’s transport ministers are being implemented on the ground,” Mr Retter said.

The report covers progress on implementing reforms during the 2015-16 financial year and highlights include:

  • All participating jurisdictions (all except Western Australia and Northern Territory) have adopted the Heavy Vehicle National Law and the implementation milestones have been met.
  • The fourth Heavy Vehicle National Law amendment package was implemented.
  • Western Australia passed Rail Safety National Law mirror legislation and ONRSR began operations in that state in November 2015.
  • Queensland has announced it will implement the Rail Safety National Law and introduced legislation into its parliament on 13 September 2016. It is expected that the legislation will pass in early 2017. Once this occurs all states and territories will have adopted the national laws on the basis for rail safety.
  • Most states have implemented the 9th and 10th amendment packages to the Australian Road Rules.

For the first time the NTC included an assessment of any derogations from the national laws. This assessment will help guide future efforts to improve harmonisation of our national laws.

“These reforms ensure Australia has more consistent and easy to understand laws and regulations that help improve our national productivity and keep people safe on our roads and rail networks,” Mr Retter said.

Mr Retter said the NTC was now working on delivering the reform recommendations on its current work program and would report on these in next year’s National Transport Reform Implementation Report.

He thanked state and territory governments, the Commonwealth Government, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the National Rail Safety Regulator and Transport Certification Australia for their input to this report.

A copy of the report is available here.

Last Updated: 6/12/2016