National Transport Commission

Section 1: Agency overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction statement

The National Transport Commission (NTC) was established in 2003 with ongoing responsibility to develop, monitor and maintain uniform or nationally consistent regulatory and operational reforms relating to road, rail and intermodal transport. It performs the role of an expert adviser to the Transport and Infrastructure Council (the Council) on national regulatory reform development, implementation and evaluation in the Australian land transport sector. The Australian Government is the host jurisdiction responsible for the NTC as a statutory body established under Commonwealth law.

The Council, a ministerial council formed by the Council of Australian Governments, is responsible for the NTC, as an inter-governmental agency covered by the Inter-Governmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Road, Rail and Intermodal Transport (the IGA).

The Council annually approves a three-year strategic plan, work plan and budget. The strategic plan drives NTC's work programme, constituting a mix of Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) priority reforms, existing Council reforms and IGA requirements. NTC's work programme and agenda can change each year based on the direction of the Council 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 of existing reforms and improved implementation planning for new reforms. This will increase the likelihood of reform outcomes being achieved, and escalate any remedial actions required to Council for consideration.

The NTC works collaboratively with governments and industry stakeholders to improve the transport system. In developing reforms, the NTC engages extensively with affected stakeholders in the transport sector which includes jurisdictional road and transport agencies, regulatory bodies and agencies, transport industry groups and associations, operators and businesses, unions and community groups. Through this engagement, the NTC develops a fuller understanding of the challenges stakeholders face and the potential/likely impacts of reforms on the ground.

The NTC's 2014-15 to 2016-17 forward work programme continues to respond to the recommendations of the 2012 Review of the NTC and other relevant transport bodies and is the result of the transparent, repeatable and inclusive strategic planning and work programme development process undertaken by the NTC. The process included extensive and ongoing engagement with government, industry and organisations/associations through planning and prioritisation workshops and meetings held between August 2013 and February 2014. Agreed priorities are based on the delivery of COAG and Council reform projects that will deliver the most effective national regulatory and operational reforms. The NTC's work programme 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 2014–15 as at Budget May 2014

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 2014–15 Budget measures

Part 1: Measures announced since the 2013-14 MYEFO

There were no measures announced since the 2013-14 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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