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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) 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 works collaboratively with governments and industry stakeholders to improve the transport system.  In developing reforms, the NTC undertakes considerable strategic engagement with affected stakeholders in the transport sector which includes transport industry groups, businesses, unions, governments and community groups. Through this engagement, the NTC develops a fuller understanding of the challenges stakeholders face and the potential impacts of reforms on the ground.

The NTC's revised forward work program reflects the outcomes of the draft 2012 Review of the NTC and other relevant transport bodies and the collaborative planning workshop held with government and industry stakeholders in December 2012. Agreed priorities are based on the delivery of CoAG and SCOTI reform projects that will deliver the most effective national regulatory and operational reforms. The NTC's work program is very much centred on its core business of delivering on major national reform priorities and ensuring implemented reforms are effective.

1.2: Agency resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total resources from all sources.

Table 1.1:  Agency resource statement—Budget estimates for 2013–14 as at Budget May 2013

1.3: Budget measures

Budget measures in Part 1 relating to NTC are detailed in Budget Paper No. 2 and are summarised below.

Table 1.2: Agency 2013–14 Budget measures

Part 1: Measures announced since the 2012-13 MYEFO

There were no measures announced since the 2012-13 MYEFO for NTC.

Part 2: MYEFO measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement

There were no MYEFO measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement for NTC.

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