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National Transport Commission

Section 1: Agency overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction statement

The National Transport Commission (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 under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997, the NTC develops and submits reform recommendations to the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) previously known as the Australian Transport Council (ATC), which comprises federal, state and territory transport and infrastructure ministers. The NTC plays a role in coordinating, monitoring and maintaining the implementation of reforms approved by SCOTI.

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)/SCOTI priority reform, existing SCOTI reforms and IGA requirements. NTC's work program and agenda can change each year based on the direction of SCOTI 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 SCOTI at the last NTC review in 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 2012–13 as at Budget May 2012

1.3: Budget measures

There were no measures announced for NTC in the 2012–13 Budget.

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