Independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges

As part of the Australian Government’s response to Infrastructure Australia’s Australian Infrastructure Plan, and in line with the Transport and Infrastructure Council’s Heavy Vehicle Road Reform Road Map, the Department undertook a public consultation process to seek public and industry views on options for independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges. This consultation took place from 25 May 2017 to 14 July 2017.

Independent price regulation is a critical step in the Government’s heavy vehicle road reform agenda. It will provide the basis for a pricing system in which:

  • decisions on heavy vehicle charges are made at arm’s length from government;
  • the reasons and evidence for pricing decisions by the independent regulator are readily available and transparent; and
  • pricing decisions by the independent regulator are binding on governments.

The discussion paper proposed three options for which entity could take responsibility for independent price regulation. The Australian Government sought input from stakeholders on the merits of independent price regulation and which organisation would be best placed to carry out this task. Further details, background and an explanation of independent price regulation for heavy vehicle charges are set out in the discussion paper.

  • Independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges PDF: 2206 KB 

Consultation on the discussion paper has now closed.

Submissions will be used to inform the Government’s approach to heavy vehicle charging reform and can be accessed below.

Australian Automobile Association:

Cover letter

Policy position document
PDF: 84 KB 

PDF: 7655 KB 
Australian Logistics Council PDF: 528 KB 
Australasian Rail Association PDF: 206 KB 
Australian Trucking Association PDF: 325 KB 
Business Council of Australia PDF: 764 KB 
CBH Group (Cooperative Bulk Handling) PDF: 1266 KB 
Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia PDF: 2989 KB 
ConnectEast (EastLink) PDF: 636 KB 
Freight on Rail Group (FORG) PDF: 542 KB 
Gas Energy Australia PDF: 150 KB 
Grain Growers Limited PDF: 258 KB 
Natroad PDF: 375 KB 
National Farmers Federation PDF: 296 KB 
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator PDF: 191 KB 
National Transport Commission PDF: 142 KB 
No WestConnex: Public Transport DOCX: 14 KB
Pacific National PDF: 88 KB 
South Australian Freight Council PDF: 168 KB 
Towrang Valley Progress Group DOCX: 13 KB
Transurban PDF: 343 KB 
Western Australia Transport Portfolio PDF: 3978 KB 
Wollongong Transport Coalition PDF: 190 KB 
J Austen DOCX: 15 KB
Dr Philip Laird PDF: 195 KB 
Mr Rod Hatty DOCX: 13 KB
Mr Jim Donovan DOCX: 14 KB

In 2018 there was further consultation on independent price regulation. For more information on the 2018 consultation, please refer to Regulation Impact Statement on independent price regulation of heavy vehicle charges.