National Transport Commission

Section 1: Entity 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 agrees the four-year corporate plan, prepared under section 35 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and aligned with this Budget statement.

The NTC also develops a strategic plan. The strategic plan drives the NTC's work program, constituting a mix of Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) priority reforms, existing Council reforms and IGA requirements. The NTC's work program 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. The 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 entities, regulatory bodies and entities, 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 work program 2016–2020 responds to the recommendations of the 2015 Review of the NTC and is the result of the transparent, repeatable and inclusive strategic planning and work program 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 2015 and February 2016. 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 program is very much centred on its core business of delivering on major national reform priorities and ensuring implemented reforms are effective.

1.2: Entity resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total funding from all sources available to the NTC for its operations and to deliver programs and services on behalf of the government.

The table summarises how resources will be applied by outcome (government strategic policy objectives) and by departmental (for the NTC's operations) classification.

Information in this table is presented on a resourcing (i.e. appropriations / cash available) basis, whilst the ‘Budgeted expenses by Outcome 1’ table in Section 2 and the financial statements in Section 3 are presented on an accrual basis.

Table 1.1: National Transport Commission resource statement—Budget estimates for 2016–17 as at Budget May 2016

1.3: Budget measures

There are no Budget measures relating to the NTC detailed in Budget Paper No. 2.

Table 1.2: Entity 2016–17 Budget measures

Part 1: Measures announced since the 2015–16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO)

This table is not provided as there have been no measures since MYEFO for the NTC.

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

This table is not provided as there are no other measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement for the NTC.

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