Transport reforms to go before CoAG

By: Jason Whittaker


Key transport industry reforms will now be presented to the Council of Australian Governments (CoAG), including the move towards a

Key transport industry reforms will now be presented to the Council of Australian Governments (CoAG), including the move towards a single heavy vehicle registration and licensing system.

The Australian Transport Council, meeting on July 25, agreed CoAG should give its in-principle support to a number of regulatory reforms following an impact assessment.

As well as a single registration and licensing system, this includes establishing the proposed National Road Safety Council to reduce the road toll.

Furthermore, the ministers agreed a single national system of maritime safety regulation be administered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese says this will reduce the regulatory burden on the shipping industry.

"At present in Australia, there are more than 50 pieces of legislation and subordinate legislative instruments pertaining to maritime safety along with eight independent maritime safety agencies," he says.

The recommendations will be put to CoAG when it meets in October.

If implemented, Albanese says the reforms will assist the transport industry in more effectively delivering freight around the country.

"These long, overdue, commonsense reforms would free the $46 billion transport sector from complex and inconsistent government regulations," Albanese says.

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