Heavy Vehicle Charges Determination Implementation Options

We are reviewing options for setting heavy vehicle charges from 2023-24 onwards following the recent heavy vehicle charges determination.

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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 have now released a consultation paper that builds on this previous work, and presents three different options for setting heavy vehicle charges for a single year, or a three-year period commencing in 2023-24.

Project background

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.  
 

How to participate

Public consultation on the consultation RIS concluded on 24 August, 2021. We will present the outcome of this consultation process, and final recommendations for changes to the PAYGO model to ministers later this year. 

We now need to consult on options for setting heavy vehicle charges from 2023-24 onwards. These options build on the issues explored in the consultation RIS.

Key questions are:

  • Should charges be set for a single year, or for multiple years
  • On what basis should charges be set 

Any person or organisation with an interest in this work is invited to have a say. Here’s how: 

  • Read the Consultation Paper.
  • Upload your submission as a document or share your thoughts via the “Have your say” button below. You may respond to some or all of the questions outlined in the paper.

Email the project team with questions

Have your say

Options for setting heavy vehicle charges for 2023-24 and beyond

PUBLISHED ON 14 Sep 2022

Read the consultation paper and consider the options presented for setting heavy vehicle charges from 2023-24 onwards.


Key documents

PAYGO model and charges calculator

Consultant reports

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.

Read the high-level presentation

In-depth presentation and discussion (180 minutes)

These sessions provided an in-depth dive into technical concepts in the RIS.

Read the in-depth presentation

Previous submissions we received

Heavy vehicle charges determination 2021- regulation impact statement

Published on 28 Jun 2021