Productivity Commission seeks submissions on new transport issues paper

The Productivity Commission’s new National Transport Regulatory Reform paper seeks feedback as it assesses transport reforms since an agreement was reached at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2009.

The regulatory regimes cover maritime safety, rail safety, heavy vehicle safety and productivity.

COAG’s intention was to improve safety while reducing costs and regulatory burden for transport companies and, as a result, lowering costs of exports and trade, the Productivity Commission paper said.

National laws and regulations would replace state-specific laws, regulations and regulators and intergovernmental agreements about these were signed in 2011.

The Commission’s terms of reference require it to:

Investigate the long-run benefits of COAG’s transport regulatory reform agenda;

Examine the implementation and development of the national regulators and the extent to which the objectives of the agenda have been achieved;

Identify opportunities to further integrate and harmonise the national freight market and the current focus and remit of the three national regulators.

The Commission will also consider broader COAG reform goals which include rail standards harmonisation and interoperability; improved network access for higher productivity vehicles; and the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.

Submissions close 28 June.