Legislative arrangements


Our role and purpose are established through the National Transport Commission Act 2003 (NTC Act) and the Inter-governmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Road, Rail and Intermodal Transport.

We are accountable to Australian transport ministers through the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers’ Meeting (ITMM), comprising Commonwealth, state and territory ministers responsible for transport and infrastructure, and local government representation. We work closely with the ministers’ advisory body, the Infrastructure and Transport Senior Officials’ Committee (ITSOC), which includes the heads of Commonwealth, state and territory agencies as well as other transport bodies.

Australian transport ministers (as the Transport and Infrastructure Council which has now been replaced by ITMM) provide further direction and guidance through their: 

Statement of Expectations

The statement outlines transport ministers' expectations concerning the operations and performance of the NTC from 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2021.

Performance-based Framework

The framework contains outputs and timing for transport ministers' to consider and monitor the NTC's Corporate Plan, program of work and budget each year.

Strategic Work Programme

This programme outlines transport ministers' reform priorities and the key activities and projects to achieve these priorities.