National Transport Commission
The National Transport Commission (NTC) was established in 2003 with ongoing responsibility to develop, monitor and maintain uniform or nationally consistent regulatory and operational reforms relating to road, rail and intermodal transport. The National Transport Commission Act 2003 and Inter-Governmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Road, Rail and Intermodal Transport require that the Australian Transport Council (ATC) review the operations of the NTC every six years. Further information about the NTCs activities may be found at www.ntc.gov.au.
The Department has portfolio responsibility for the NTC Act, and to conduct periodic reviews of that legislation.
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 is to examine the role and functions of these bodies going forward with the commencement of the new national transport regulatory systems in January 2013.
A review was conducted with COAG's endorsement of the response on 7 December 2009. Amendments to the National Transport Commission Act 2003 that gave effect to part of the ATC's response commenced on 1 July 2011 and are contained in schedule 9, Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Act 2010 (Cth).
- National Transport Commission Act 2003
- Inter-Governmental Agreement for the Regulatory and Operational Reform in Road, Rail and Intermodal Transport
- 2012 review of the National Transport Commission
- 2009 NTC Review Steering Committee's Report to ATC [PDF: 526 KB] 
- ATC's Response to the 2009 NTC Review [PDF: 251 KB]