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The aim of this project is to discuss and explore plausible futures so that we can prepare for the unknown changes and challenges that are ahead for Australia’s transport system.

Land Transport Regulation 2040

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  • Analysing options > 
  • Implementing

Purpose

Countries around the world are seeing dramatic changes to transport technology and consumer preferences supported by innovative technology and new business models. These changes are likely to occur at an increasingly rapid pace, creating uncertainty for land transport reform in the medium term. Australia needs to make sure we have appropriate regulations for these changes that ensure all Australians get the full advantage of these new opportunities.

How could or should we regulate land transport in the future?

The aim of the work is not to provide definitive long-term solutions. Instead, the aim is to discuss and explore plausible futures so that we can prepare for the unknown changes and challenges that are ahead for Australia’s transport system. To help the conversations and discussions, we are using a tool called scenario planning that will generate a range of plausible futures. These plausible futures will be used to challenge our assumptions as new questions are raised. The work aims to inform the reform projects for the NTC or other government agencies that will address the transport challenges Australia is likely to face in the medium and longer term.

Next steps

We completed consultation on the foundation papers in December 2016. Consultation involved road and rail industries, as well as other stakeholder groups including innovators, young Australians and remote area communities.

A final report will be prepared for Ministers to consider in early 2017.

Background

As part of the outcomes of the 2015 Review of the NTC, we were directed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council to continue to focus on higher level strategic policy work.

In response, we added a strategic analysis stream to our work program. The aim of this strategic work is to understand the trends, influences and changes in society that will impact on Australia’s transport system.

Through our infrastructure investment, funding mechanisms and the regulatory framework, we are making decisions today that affect the future of the system. These decisions are based on our views about the future and the more we know, the better our decisions will be. Better decisions will lead to improved productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia’s transport system.

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Project Manager Neil Wong
Last Updated: 13/2/2017