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Victorian adoption of national schemes

In 2009, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to pursue national schemes for the regulation of rail, marine and heavy vehicles as part of the national agenda for a seamless economy.

The national schemes establish single national regulators for these sectors and a single national investigator for rail and marine.

The States and the Northern Territory signed intergovernmental agreements for the national schemes in August 2011.

States and Territories are required to pass local legislation under the agreements to apply national laws to the rail, marine and heavy vehicle sector.

In 2013, Victoria passed legislation to support the national marine and rail safety schemes.

The national rail safety scheme commenced operation in Victoria on 19 May 2014.

Page last reviewed on 15 May 2015

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