Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

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. It performs the role of an expert adviser to the Transport and Infrastructure Council (the Council) on national regulatory reform development, implementation and evaluation in the Australian land transport sector. Further information about the NTC's activities may be found at www.ntc.gov.au. Further information about the Council's activities may be found at www.transportinfrastructurecouncil.gov.au.

Governance

The Council, a ministerial council formed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), is responsible for the NTC, as an inter-jurisdictional transport body covered by the Inter-Governmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Road, Rail and Intermodal Transport (‘the Intergovernmental Agreement’). A Performance Based Framework is used by the ministerial council to monitor the operation of the NTC and as the basis for issuing a Statement of Expectations to the NTC. The Australian Government is the host jurisdiction responsible for the NTC as a statutory body established under Commonwealth law. The NTC is established by the National Transport Commission Act 2003 and is subject as an authority to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013. The Department has portfolio responsibility for the NTC Act, and to conduct periodic reviews of that legislation within the context of the Intergovernmental Agreement.

Reviews

The NTC Act requires that the ministerial council review the operations of the NTC every six years. The first such review under the 2003 NTC Act occurred in 2009. A further review was conducted in 2012, in response to the 2009 review.

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