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New transport regulation: how harmonious is the industry?

by Rail Express last modified May 09, 2012 01:07 PM
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After years of debate, the Council of Australian Government (COAG) in 2011 announced major regulatory reforms for the transport sector. In a historic move, the current 23 different regulators will be reduced to only three - one each for maritime, rail and heavy vehicles.

With the reform to take effect in 2013 there are still some uncertainties in the industry in regards to what to expect from the new regulatory environment. Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese expects the changes to have a predominately positive impact.

When COAG first announced the reform plans, he stated: “The changes will boost national income by up to $30 billion over the next 20 years, reducing the compliance burden on our transport industry by ending the need for mountains of paperwork and multiple fees.”

The Australasian Railway Assocation's (ARA) chief executive Bryan Nye has fervently welcomed the move towards one National Rail Safety regulator. 

“As we move towards one National Rail Safety Regulator, we are finally moving away from the red tape imposed by seven rail safety regulators with seven sets of rules operating across eight states," Nye said.

However, in a recent Rail Express article the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) voiced concerns about the proposal by the National Transport Commission (NTC) to remove 12 hour shift limits for train drivers. While the ARA encouraged the RTBU to “get on board with national harmonisation” this suggestion was met with a lively debate from our REX readers.

Julie Bullas, National Project Director at the National Rail Safety Regulator Project Office will address these issues and concerns further in June at this year’s National Transport Regulation Reform conference.

National Transport Regulations Reform
5th - 6th June 2012 | Realm Hotel Canberra
Registration: 02 9080 4307


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