Government Bodies

The National Transport Commission (NTC):

The NTC is an independent statutory body headed by six commissioners. Its role is to lead national transport regulatory reform to meet the needs of transport users and the broader community for safe, efficient and sustainable land transport.

The NTC works in close partnership with the road and rail transport sectors, the government, transport agencies and regulators to develop practical land transport reforms to improve transport productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental performance and regulatory efficiency in a nationally consistent manner.

Standing Committee on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI)

SCOTI (formerly known as the Australian Transport Council) was established in September 2011 and brings together Commonwealth, State, Territory and New Zealand Ministers with responsibility for transport and infrastructure issues, as well as the Australian Local Government Association.

SCOTI is advised and assisted by the Transport and Infrastructure Senior Officials’ Committee (TISOC) on all non-infrastructure priorities, and the Infrastructure Working Group providing advice and guidance on the coordination of infrastructure planning and investment, across governments and the private sector.


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) is Australia’s first national, independent Regulator for all vehicles over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass.  It currently manages National Heavy Vehicle Accrediation Scheme accreditations and Performane-Based Standards Scheme design and vehicle approvals nationally.

Later in 2013, we will administer one set of laws for heavy vehicles under the Heavy Vehicle National Heavy National Law (HVNL) delivering a comprehensive range of services under a consistent regulatory framework .


Austroads is the association of Australian and New Zealand road transport and traffic authorities consisting of members from State and Territory road transport and traffic authorities, the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Australian Local Government Association, and Transit New Zealand.

Austroads’ purpose is to contribute to the achievement of improved Australian and New Zealand road transport related outcomes. It undertakes nationally strategic research, facilitates collaboration between Australian road agencies, promotes harmonisation, consistency and uniformity in road and related operations and provides expert advice.