We are reviewing options for setting heavy vehicle charges from 2023-24 onwards following the recent heavy vehicle charges determination.
In December 2021 we provided the Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) from the heavy vehicle charges determination and several recommendations to ministers for consideration.
Following consultation ministers subsequently decided to increase heavy vehicle charges by 2.75 per cent in 2022-23. They will revisit the determination later in 2022, and will consider:
- options for setting heavy vehicle charges from 2023-24, including multi-year charge setting
- other technical recommendations outlined in the RIS.
We recently released a consultation paper that built on this previous work, and presented three different options for setting heavy vehicle charges for a single year, or a three-year period commencing in 2023-24. The consultation has now closed.
Submissions we have received
Heavy vehicle charges determination 2021- regulation impact statement
Options for setting heavy vehicle charges for 2023-24 and beyond
Anyone who owns a heavy vehicle that uses Australian roads pays a vehicle registration fee. Heavy vehicle operators also pay a road user charge on diesel fuel. The charges are set to ensure that those vehicles that cause more wear and tear on our roads, or those that travel further, pay more.
State and territory governments use this money to recover what they spend to maintain and improve roads for heavy vehicles. The NTC advises transport ministers on these charges.
Through our review of PAYGO as part of the determination, we explored if the method we currently use to calculate charges is still fit for purpose. Now, we are looking at how new heavy vehicle charges could be implemented from 2023-24 onwards.
Why are we reviewing PAYGO?
The PAYGO model was introduced in 1992. Transport ministers ask the NTC to review the model about once every five years.
The process of reviewing how charges are set is called a determination. Typically, a determination will develop multiple options and implementation scenarios for ministers to choose from.
The last determination was done over seven years ago. Since then, important factors such as distances travelled, and the weight of trucks have changed. We also need to consider a range of options for how ministers could set charges from 2023-24 onwards.
This paper builds on the 2021 Heavy Vehicle Charges Determination Consultation Regulation Impact Statement and presents options for setting heavy vehicle charges from 2023-24 onwards.
This Consultation RIS outlines our findings, draft recommendations, and questions that seek your views on various matters. Refer to it as you develop your submission.
This paper, released in April 2020, explains the scope of this determination. It summarises matters to be considered as part of the process, and those that are out of scope.
PAYGO model and charges calculator
This spreadsheet is the version of the PAYGO model used to calculate the Option B cost base and charges for the Consultation RIS.
This spreadsheet contains the heavy vehicle charges for the three options considered in chapter six of the RIS. Use it to understand how much you might pay under each option.
This document explains the methodology used by Pekol Traffic and Transport to update the ESA values used in the PAYGO model.
This document explains the methodology used by HoustonKemp to update the data for each cost category in the operator cost model.
This spreadsheet estimates the costs incurred by each heavy vehicle or vehicle combination in various cost categories.
Report into estimated pavement maintenance costs in Victoria for a forward looking cost base (FLCB) for heavy vehicles by ARRB, April 2019.
Findings of a cost allocation literature review by ARRB for Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, December 2017. Does not represent the views of the Victorian Government.
Review of current PAYGO cost allocation parameters carried out by Houston Kemp, March 2017.
Information session presentations
We offered a series of online information sessions throughout July 2021. These workshops have now concluded - but we have included a copy of the presentations we used for your reference.
High-level overview and discussion (90 minutes)
These sessions provided a high-level overview of technical content in the RIS, with a focus on financial impacts for industry.
In-depth presentation and discussion (180 minutes)
These sessions provided an in-depth dive into technical concepts in the RIS.