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National Transport Commission

Section 1: Agency overview and resources1

1.1: Strategic direction statement

The National Transport Commission (NTC) will operate as a reportable independent statutory body under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 from 1 July 2011.

The NTC is an inter-governmental agency charged with improving the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia's road, rail and intermodal transport system.

As an independent statutory authority, the NTC develops and submits reform recommendations to the Australian Transport Council (ATC), which comprises federal, state and territory transport ministers. The NTC plays a role in coordinating, monitoring and maintaining the implementation of reforms approved by the ATC.

As set out in the NTC's Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Road, Rail and Intermodal Transport and the National Transport Commission Act 2003, there is a requirement for NTC to develop a rolling three year strategic plan. The strategic plan drives NTC's work program, constituting a mix of Council of Australian Governments' (COAG)/ATC priority reform, existing ATC reforms and IGA requirements. NTC's work program and agenda can change each year based on the direction of ATC and COAG.

Over the years, the NTC's work has evolved to meet changing transport reform needs, from technical alignment of regulation to more sophisticated risk-based reform as part of an integrated and coordinated national policy response. NTC's mandate has been expanded to specifically include enhanced evaluation and implementation planning. This will ensure reform outcomes are realised on the ground. The NTC is also evolving to become a centre of excellence for regulatory and operational reform, as endorsed by ATC at the last NTC review 2009.

The NTC is committed to working collaboratively with governments to improve the transport system. In developing reforms, the NTC undertakes considerable strategic engagement with stakeholders in the transport industry - business, unions, governments and community groups - in order to develop a fuller understanding of the challenges stakeholders face and the potential impacts of reforms. Through this engagement, the NTC aims to build support for the right outcome.

1.2: Agency resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total resources from all sources.

Table 1.1: Agency resource statement - Budget estimates for 2011 12 as at Budget May 2011

1.3: Budget measures

NTC do not have any new measures in the 2011-12 Budget.

1 All tables within this section do not include estimates for 2010-11 as the NTC becomes a reporting independent statutory body under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 from 1 July 2011.

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