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RMS Dissolution Bill marks historic shift in NSW transport

  • Posted on Wednesday 20th, November 2019.

Historic reforms to the NSW Government's transport agency come into effect following the dissolution of the NSW Government's Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) which, as of yesterday, has ceased to exist.

The passing of the Transport Administration Amendment Bill 2019 will see RMS functions transferred into Transport for NSW to make good on a post-election announcement made by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian back in April.

The new, fully integrated Transport for NSW, according to Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance will lead to better roads and services.

“With a single transport agency we will no longer have roads being built in one corner and transport delivered in another, without anybody talking to each other," he said.

"These changes will better serve our community with a new fit-for-purpose, ready-to-respond transport agency,” said Constance.

“With $55.6 billion being invested in transport and roads infrastructure over the next four years, an integrated transport agency that meets the needs of the community is vital.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the changes enabled by the Bill’s passage will strengthen the NSW Government’s focus on delivering integrated transport solutions across the entire state.

“We know how important transport is to our regional and rural communities,” he said.

“Transport for NSW is now better placed to plan and deliver roads, transport, and freight movements across the regions to support communities, create jobs and drive economic growth. This re-organisation is not about cuts, we have given a solid commitment that there will be no job losses in regional NSW.”

The passing of the Bill formalises the long-anticipated changes and provides, according to the Government, clarity and certainty for staff and businesses that previously interacted with RMS.

Up to 25 senior level management roles are expected to be vacated as part of the restructure.

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