The National Transport Commission is calling for comment on proposed changes of transport of dangerous goods regulatory framework, saying that while governance is well-established, further improvements are needed according to a review released by commission.


NTC Chief Executive Nick Dimopoulos said the review released by the commission identified a number of key recommendations to further strengthen the regulatory framework currently in place.


“We believe these proposed changes have the capacity to make the system safer, more efficient and provide greater transparency,” Mr Dimopoulos said.


Key review recommendations to improve the current system include:


  • Aligning amendments to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code with the two-yearly international cycle of updates to the United Nation’s (UN) Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods- Model Regulations. This will ensure Australia keeps pace with international best practice.
  • Ensuring states and territories implement the same definition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code in their laws. This will eliminate the inconsistencies in state and territory laws that occur when updates are made to the Code and implementation does not occur on a common date.
    • Introducing a timeframe for regulators to make decisions about applications, to ensure businesses receive a timely outcome.


The NTC’s complete review,Strategic framework review of the regulation of land transport of dangerous goods: options paper is available by clicking here.


Submissions on the Review can be made until 31 August 2012 through the NTC website or by post to the Chief Executive, National Transport Commission, Level 15/628 Bourke Street, Melbourne Vic 3000.


“We encourage all those with an interest in the regulation of dangerous goods to share their views on the proposed improvements,” said Mr Dimopoulos.


A final recommendation will be submitted to the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) by the end of 2012.