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Reviews of the National Transport Commission

2015 Review

Section 51 of the NTC Act requires the Transport and Infrastructure Council (the Council) to review the NTC every six years from its establishment. The 2015 review is the second such review under the NTC Act and was undertaken by an independent Expert Panel. This review must report on the operations of the NTC and the NTC Act, its associated Inter-Government Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Road, Rail and Intermodal Transport 2003 (IGA), and make recommendations about whether the NTC should continue and/or the NTC Act be repealed.

The final 2015 NTC Review was reported to the Transport and Infrastructure Council in August 2015. The Council's response to the Review has been noted by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

Terms of Reference for a six-yearly review of the National Transport Commission (NTC) in 2015 were endorsed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council on 7 November 2014.

A review scoping paper was released on 12 February to assist the formal consultation period ending on 28 April 2015.

Public Comment

Public input to the Review Scoping Paper Terms of Reference closed on COB Thursday 28 April 2015.

Received papers have been made publicly available on the Department's website unless marked confidential by request or as a result of being determined by the Department to contain private or confidential information.

All input provided to the Department will be given consideration in the conduct of this review.

Public Submissions to the 2015 Review

1 Australian Logistics Council PDF: 823 KB
2 Australasian Railways Association PDF: 325 KB
3 Asciano, Aurizon and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (Joint submission) In confidence
4 Australian Trucking Association In confidence
5 HoustonKemp Economists PDF: 261 KB
6 National Heavy Vehicle Regulator PDF: 326 KB
7 South Australian Freight Council PDF: 317 KB
8 Toll Group PDF: 1420 KB

Privacy Notice (APP5)

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is collecting submissions, which may include personal information, for the purposes of reviewing the National Transport Commission, which is authorised under section 51 of the National Transport Commission Act 2003.

The Department will use submissions for the purpose of reviewing the National Transport Commission. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions (in part or full), including the name of the author may be published on the Department's website (private addresses and contact details will be removed) or in any Government's response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia; or
  • where required by law.

The Department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

The Department's on-line privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495.

2012 Review

Transport Ministers agreed in November 2011 the terms of reference for the review of the National Transport Commission, Austroads, ARRB Group Limited, Transport Certification Australia and the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board. The review examined the role and functions of these bodies going forward with the commencement of the new national transport regulatory systems in January 2013.

The 2012 review was formulated in response to the 2009 Review of the NTC. The ministerial council responded to the 2009 review by recommending to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) that a further review of the NTC and other relevant transport bodies be undertaken in 2012, in light of the impending implementation of national regulators for heavy vehicles, rail safety and maritime safety, which was endorsed by COAG. A further impetus for reconsidering the roles of these national organisations in the transport sector was the significant change to ministerial council arrangements under COAG, which commenced in mid-2011.

The review was undertaken by the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials’ Committee. The finalised review report was agreed by the ministerial council at its May 2013 meeting.

2009 Review

The 2009 Review of the NTC was conducted on the six year anniversary of the NTC Act and was reported in June 2009, with endorsement of the ministerial council's response by COAG on 7 December 2009.

Key Documents

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