'Transport for NSW' legislation passes Parliament

Legislation creating ‘Transport for NSW’ passed through both houses of NSW’s Parliament this week

September 9, 2011

NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay have welcomed the NSW Legislative Assembly’s endorsement of the new integrated transport authority – Transport for NSW.

The Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 has now passed both houses of NSW Parliament.

Berejiklian says transport customers will reap the benefits of integrated transport planning and service delivery.

"Transport for NSW will ensure every action we take and every decision we make in transport will be centred on the customer," she says.

"Whether you catch a train, drive a car, catch a bus, travel on a ferry, ride a bike or transport freight, Transport for NSW will be responsible for making that experience as easy and comfortable as possible."

Berejiklian says the passing of the legislation represents NSW’s biggest leap forward in transport planning and service delivery in 20 years.

"All planning and policy functions have been consolidated into the one authority, meaning no more silos and no more organisations going their own way or doing their own thing," she says.

Berejiklian and Gay condemned opposition amendments which will see some staff in the new agency working alongside others doing the same job with different conditions.

"Labor’s muddle-headed amendments will result in an unnecessarily complicated workplace with seven different awards and agreements," Gay says.

He says the Coalition Government proposed one new award to cover all staff in the new integrated transport authority.

"Labor’s illogical changes will not stop Transport for NSW performing its vital work because we are determined to deliver a transport system people want to use," Gay says.

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