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Our work is guided by national legislation and we work in partnership with other transport bodies across Australia.

Acts, statement of expectations & memoranda of understanding

National Transport Commission Act (Cwlth) 2003

The purpose of this Act is to:

  • establish a NTC with an ongoing responsibility to develop, monitor and maintain uniform or nationally consistent regulatory and operational reforms relating to road transport, rail transport and intermodal transport; and
  • provide a mechanism for the making of regulations, in accordance with the Agreement, that set out:
    • model legislation developed by the National Transport Commission and agreed by the Australian Transport Council relating to road transport, rail transport and intermodal transport; and
    • road transport legislation, regulations and other legislative instruments (whether enacted or in model form) that were developed by its predecessor, the National Road Transport Commission, and agreed by the Australian Transport Council.

Regulatory and Operational Reform in Road, Rail and Intermodal Transport Inter-Governmental Agreement

The National Road Transport Commission (NRTC) was formed by an inter-governmental agreement in 1991 to develop and coordinate regulatory reform for nationally consistent road transport policies and laws. This was extended into rail and inter-modal transport in 2004 when it became the National Transport Commission.

Performance Based Framework

This framework has been adopted by the Transport and Infrastructure Council for considering and monitoring the National Transport Commission’s corporate plan, work program and budget each year. It sets out how the NTC’s work program is developed and monitored, and builds in a range of other specific actions that bear on NTC’s governance and performance.

Statement of Expectations

This Statement of Expectations outlines in a formal and public way, the expectations of the Transport and Infrastructure Council concerning the operations and performance of the NTC from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2021.

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator 

The NTC and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help facilitate the best rail safety and productivity outcomes for Australia.

The development of the MOU was one of the recommendations from the 2012 Review of the NTC and other government bodies.

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

The NTC and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) have signed an MOU to support the implementation and operation of Australia’s first set of national heavy vehicle laws.

The development of the MOU was one of the recommendations from the 2012 Review of the NTC and other bodies.

Austroads

The NTC and Austroads have signed an MOU to form a common line of action on road transport issues such as research, policy development, implementation and operational matters.

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Last Updated: 20/1/2017