National Transport Commission

Section 1: Entity overview and resources

1.1 Strategic direction statement

The National Transport Commission (NTC) is a statutory authority established in 2003 under the National Transport Commission Act 2003 (NTC Act) and guided by the Inter-Governmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Road, Rail and IntermodalTransport (IGA). The Australian Government is the host jurisdiction responsible for the NTC as a statutory authority established under Commonwealth law.

The main object of the NTC Act is to establish the NTC as a statutory authority with responsibility for developing, monitoring and maintaining uniform or nationally consistent regulatory and operational reforms relating to road, rail and intermodal transport. The NTC Act also provides a mechanism for setting out national applied law, model legislation and other instruments. The states and territories, and the Commonwealth where appropriate, may then either reference or enact the substance of the model legislation in their own law thereby establishing and maintaining a nationally agreed regulatory approach to land transport.

The Transport and Infrastructure Council (TIC), a ministerial council formed by the Council of Australian Governments, is responsible for the NTC, as an inter-governmental agency covered by the IGA.

The NTC Act and the IGA outline that the purpose of the NTC is to:

  • develop, monitor and maintain and review uniform or nationally consistent regulatory and operational arrangements for road, rail and intermodal transport, including recommending to Australia's transport ministers proposed reforms and amendments to agreed reforms
  • develop proposed reforms for heavy vehicle road user charges based on charging principles agreed by Australia's transport ministers
  • recommend other opportunities for Australia's transport ministers to achieve the objectives of our inter-governmental agreement, that is, by identifying reforms to improve land transport productivity, efficiency, safety, environmental performance and regulatory efficiency
  • undertake any other responsibilities and functions determined by Australia's transport ministers

Reforms are defined as changes to national applied land transport law, model laws and other instruments such as guidelines.

TIC agrees the 4 year corporate plan, prepared under section 35 of the PGPA Act and aligned with this Budget statement. It also maintains a performance-based framework for TIC's governance of the NTC, which includes a Statement of Expectations for the NTC to respond to through its Corporate Plan.

The NTC is independently reviewed every 6 years as required by the NTC Act. This statutory review is in addition to regular ad hoc administrative reviews of the NTC. These reviews provide TIC with the opportunity to set the direction for the work of the NTC to meet changing transport reform needs.

1.2 Entity resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total funding from all sources available to the NTC for its operations and to deliver programs and services on behalf of the Government.

The table summarises how resources will be applied by outcome (government strategic policy objectives) and by departmental (for the NTC's operations) classification.

Information in this table is presented on a resourcing (i.e. appropriations/cash available) basis, whilst the ‘Budgeted expenses by Outcome 1’ table in Section 2 and the financial statements in Section 3 are presented on an accrual basis.

Table 1.1: National Transport Commission resource statement—Budget estimates for 2018–19 as at Budget May 2018

1.3 Budget measures

There are no Budget measures relating to the NTC detailed in Budget Paper No. 2—Budget Measures.

Table 1.2: Entity 2018–19 Budget measures

Part 1: Measures announced since the 2017–18 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO)

This table is not provided as there have been no measures since MYEFO for the NTC.

Part 2: Other measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement

This table is not provided as there are no other measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement for the NTC.

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