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1 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT AND MAIN ROADS REVIEWS OF LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS A legislative requirement is an obligation imposed under any legislative instrument which, for the purposes of this initiative, includes primary and subordinate legislation and quasi-regulation. Quasi regulation includes instruments such as codes of conduct, standards or policies containing requirements. Legislative requirements impose burdens on those regulated and those that regulate. Initiative Purpose/Objective Review Period National Heavy Vehicle Regulator In July 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to the development of a national framework for the regulation of heavy vehicles. To govern this framework COAG agreed to the development of a body of national laws known as the National Heavy Vehicle Law (NHVL) and the establishment of a National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to administer the national laws. July December 2012 Targeted Implementation Date 1 January 2013 The establishment of the NHVR and the development of the NHVL is expected to bring the following benefits: efficiencies in business administration and information management; reductions in industry s regulatory and operational burden to ensure vehicle compliance; increased certainty of regulatory outcomes for industry the implementation of uniform national legislation, combined with consistent policy and interpretation, promoted by a national regulator, could lead to increased certainty of outcomes; improved responsiveness and flexibility of regulation; improved industry input to developing policy that influences regulation and outcomes; improved likelihood of continuing productivity reform through creation of a centre of excellence for heavy vehicle issues; Department of Transport and Main Roads 1

2 improved compliance behaviour driven by more effective compliance and enforcement activities developed and delivered consistently at a national level; and an improvement in safety benefits for some operators, the cumulative effects of greater certainty and clarity would allow them to focus on their driving rather than the need to comply with regulations Single National Rail Safety Regulatory and Investigation Framework On 7 December 2009, COAG agreed to implement a national regulator for rail safety. All jurisdictions are currently working with the Project Office, established in South Australia, to progress this issue and establish a national rail safety regulatory by the end of It is anticipated that a Regulatory Impact Statement and Bill will be tabled for Australian Transport Council approval by the end of April Currently, a third of rail industry has operations in multiple states and deal with two or more regulators. Managing local variations and interpretations of national laws and different policies, requirements, organisational cultures and data collection needs add unnecessarily to the compliance costs of industry operators. This inefficiency diverts resources away from the end goal, which is operating efficient businesses with good safety outcomes. Branch offices of a national regulator will play the current role of state or territory regulators as the interface with industry, while benefitting from new safety opportunities. A national regulator will be better equipped to develop programs for attracting, training, developing and retaining staff, while delivering high levels of safety. The sharing of nationally consistent rail safety data, experience and knowledge across the various offices nationally will support better safety outcomes (Proposed legislation to be introduced mid-late 2011) Department of Transport and Main Roads 2

3 National Approach to Maritime Safety Regulation In May 2008, Australia s transport ministers identified a number of national reforms to cut red tape and deliver more consistency in transport regulation, including maritime safety. On 25 July 2008, Australian Transport Ministers agreed to recommend to COAG that, subject to the outcomes of a regulation impact assessment, COAG agree to the establishment of a single national system for maritime safety regulation. There are eight different marine safety regulatory systems (the Commonwealth government, six states and the NT) governing the operation of commercial vessels in Australian waters. While all commercial vessels and crew are currently subject to safety regulations in all states and the NT, they are not uniformly or consistently legislated or administered. This has developed despite agreement to national safety standards. The proposal for a single national system reduces costs and duplication of administrative requirements for businesses operating across state and territory borders. A number of options are being examined as part of this national process. A national system would establish and maintain national uniformity in commercial vessel standards, regulations and administration. The proposed reform aims to enable the operation of an efficient national maritime market through the seamless transfer of labour and vessels between the jurisdictions, and to deliver the consequent long term improvements to productivity and administrative efficiencies. The proposed reform aims to deliver: reduced complexity for vessel owners, operators and suppliers on the requirements applying to design, construction, equipment, operation and qualifications/certifications across Australia; January 2013 Department of Transport and Main Roads 3

4 reduced costs in the long term by nationally consistent administration of national safety regulations; and a national register of domestic commercial vessels linking ownership, operator and vessel details, incident, inspection and survey history, to provide better, nationally-accessible data to support improved compliance monitoring leading to improved safety levels and reduced costs for industry. Department of Transport and Main Roads 4

5 ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS Administrative processes (including fees and charges that are the subject of this initiative) are those that support business, community and government in accessing government regulatory information, satisfying compliance, and administering and enforcing regulatory requirements. Initiative Purpose/Objective Review Period Online Driver Licence Enforcement Option Service (OLEONS) Project The project will implement an online service to replace fax and mail channels for the lodgement of the Driver Licence Enforcement Option Nomination. There are ongoing issues with faxed or mailed submissions not being received in time, or at all, which leads to issues with unlicensed driving, court appearances and significant effort expended in complaints management processes. Ongoing Targeted Implementation Date The fax/mail channel for the submission of the Driver Licence Enforcement Option (Good Driving Behaviour/Suspension) will be removed due to the uncertainty surrounding this lodgement method. An online service will be developed to facilitate the removal of these channels. This initiative will deliver the following outcomes and benefits that assist customers in meeting regulatory obligations and compliance: strong support for customers to meet their regulatory obligation by reducing the uncertainty surrounding enforcement option selection a fully auditable solution to assist in complaints management and court appearances eforms Project The eforms initiative will provide customers with the ability to complete form information electronically and, where possible, submit online. The eforms Project is seeking to improve the interaction between customers and the department through electronic form technology that helps streamline, Ongoing Two pilot eforms scheduled to be released early Department of Transport and Main Roads 5

6 automate and manage business processes, resulting in increased efficiency and improved customer service. Key benefits of eforms to customers are: Improving the customer experience via a user friendly interface; and Providing a new, more accessible channel to provide form information. Key benefits of eforms to the department are: Improving the quality of data provided to the agency - reducing any rework; and Reducing the transaction time of face to face transactions through data entry automation technology. Two pilot eforms are scheduled to be released to the public in early Both forms relate to the notification of medical conditions to the department one from licence holders and one from health professionals. Both will be accessible via the department s website and able to be submitted online. Department of Transport and Main Roads 6

7 PROCUREMENT PROCESS IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS Procurement processes are those that agencies put in place to procure products and services from suppliers in the private and public sectors (eg. from other agencies or levels of government). Initiative Purpose/Objective Review Period Establish the Priority Works Taskforce (PWT) to manage the tender and contact arrangements for the TransLink Station Upgrade Program (TSUP). There are significant infrastructure programs of work currently being conducted within the Department. Industry is undertaking significant amounts of work within these projects, which sees the top tier construction and design firms with a significant work program. At the middle and lower end of the spectrum (projects less than $20 million) there is also a significant amount of work that has been announced by government and needs to be delivered in a timely manner. The potential to bundle the procurement and delivery of these projects, rather than deliver individually, will lead to efficiencies across the delivery spectrum. Ongoing Targeted Implementation Date Phase 1 of the process will integrate projects and programs. Phase 2 allows the process to move to a wider base within the newly integrated department. Phase 3 will see the product and program model potentially being rolled out to statutory authorities and the private sector. Department of Transport and Main Roads 7

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