NTC releases transport reform implementation report

Published: 19 Nov 2018

The sixth National Transport Reform Implementation Monitoring Report, which was released today by the National Transport Commission (NTC), shows improved progress towards building a uniform transport system across states and territories.

The latest report shows that all participating jurisdictions have implemented or are on their way to implementing all amendment packages to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) and the Rail Safety National Law (RSNL) in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

NTC Acting Chief Executive, Dr Geoff Allan, said this is the quickest reform implementation in the six years since the report has been produced.

“The aim of the NTC is to provide nationally-consistent reforms to improve Australia’s land transport laws regulations,” Dr Allan said.

“The movement of people and goods by road and rail across Australia needs a national approach, so having uniform or nationally consistent legislation is vital to the productivity and safety of land transport,” he said.

“The success of implementing agreed national reforms depends on timely and consistent implementation by state and territory governments. I would like to thank state and territory governments for their efforts to implement agreed reforms quickly.”

The report also shows that:

  • The applied law approach for the HVNL and RSNL leads to rapid adoption of reforms of participating jurisdictions. Applied laws are laws which are ‘hosted’ in one state, and other participating states pass legislation to adopt the law from the host state.
  • All jurisdictions except the ACT and the NT have implemented the changes to limited quantities in the Dangerous Goods model regulations and Code. The limited quantities reforms have benefits of up to $33 million per year in reduced compliance costs for industry.
  • Most jurisdictions have implemented the 9th, 10th and 11th amendment packages for the Australian Road Rules. The 12th amendment package was only approved by transport ministers in November 2017.

The NTC produces this report each year to monitor the implementation of national transport reforms.