Basic structure of national regulator revealed

Proposed NHVR sections and staff numbers chosen as project body responds to issues raised by industry

Basic structure of national regulator revealed
Basic structure of national regulator revealed
By Rob McKay | July 19, 2011

One of the architects of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has given a brief but tantalising glimpse of what its structure might be like.

Speaking at the annual conference of what is now the Australia Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA), NHVR Project Director Richard Hancock revealed plans for there to be 126 staff directly employed.

Of these, about a quarter will focus on compliance and enforcement for the new entity, with a view to high levels of data collection and analysis, and about one-sixth on access issues.

The proposed structure is subject to approval by the NHVR Project board, transport ministers and first ministers.

The actual board of the regulator and the chief executive would be appointed mid next year.

Hancock told delegates at the weekend that access and fatigue would exercise minds early in the lead-up to the creation of the NHVR.

It would work with local government on "last mile" difficulties but would also report more actively on these problems than has been the case so far.

"The national regulator, through the information systems that we’ll be developing in the project, will have a lot more information about who is asking for what access right around Australia, where is it working, where is it not working and what can we do about that in terms of helping put forward funding submissions around infrastructure," Hancock says.

On fatigue, he is to meet with the National Transport Commission this week on points raised in 18 public forums and the submissions he had received Basic Fatigue Management (BFM) and some aspects of Advanced Fatigue Management (AFM).

This would form part of steps towards developing AFM so it was easier to access, put forward applications for and quicker to respond to enquiries.

Hancock also addressed dissatisfaction over Chain of Responsibility (CoR) enforcement. It was a "really consistent message from all of industry" that the level of CoR effort varies across states and territories.

"Generally, I think industry was saying to me that there’s just not enough attention on all of those who participate in the supply chain when it comes to heavy vehicles," he says.

Hancock says he will manage a forward work program for the next 18 months that would "take up outstanding some of the outstanding policy issues that industry and state governments have" and pledges to consult with industry on the agenda and in the course of that work.

Proposed NHVR Structure

Compliance & Enforcement: 40 staff

Access: 20

Registration: 14

Information Management: 14

Vehicle Standards & Innovation: 7

Finance & HR: 5

Performance & Planning: 4

Industry Capacity Building: 4

Workforce Planning: 4

Marketing & Communications: 4

Legal services: 4

Infrastructure Analysis: 3

Chief Executive’s Office: 3

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