Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry into national transport regulatory reform
The National Office made a submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into national transport regulatory reform. Our submission argued that national safety regulations should be about applying the best possible outcomes, not just reducing everything to the lowest common denominator where all stakeholders can agree. It is clear that the current system is not working when it comes to improving safety or achieving harmonisation – both of which are key to improving productivity in the industry.
The RTBU contends that a more prescriptive model is the only way to achieve the national consistency and harmonisation that was intended when COAG commenced the process of establishing a single national regulator. Overhauling the ONRSR-RISSB-operator relationship is far more important in terms of improving productivity than addressing the outer limits of work hours that exist in NSW and Queensland.