Output Group 1 : Policy advice and Ministerial services

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Integrated And Cross-Modal Transport And Infrastructure

1 : Provide strategic advice to Ministers on integrated transport options, facilities and directions

Area of Activity Performance Targets
Facilitate implementation of national accessible transport policies.
  • Advise on land transport infrastructure, including private sector participation.
  • Reduce barriers for competition within, and between, modes of transport.
  • Advise on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS):
  • Manage Commonwealth implementation of the national ITS strategy, e-transport;
  • Represent Commonwealth in national Intelligent Access project;
  • Participate in work of ITS Australia.
Quality: To facilitate achievement of Governments integrated and long-term transport objectives.

Timeliness: Meet targets set under national ITS strategy for Commonwealth action.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved
  • To increase Australias competitiveness through efficient, reliable transport services to individuals and business at reasonable cost, and to provide for community and personal accessibility, we:
  • commenced drafting legislation to amend the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 to allow for the tabling of Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport which have been developed to assist Australians with a disability to move actively through the community using public transport services;
  • provided advice, including consideration of private sector participation in the funding of infrastructure, for the Western Sydney Orbital, Scoresby Freeway and Toowomba Range Crossing;
  • were involved in the organisation of the 8th ITS World Congress in Sydney in September 2001 which contributed to the implementation of e-transport; and
  • were an active participant in the Intelligent Access project and in the ongoing work of ITS Australia.

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2 : Advise Ministers on cross-modal measures and projects

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Encourage continued integration of export logistics activities on a through-chain basis for targeted industries (e.g. perishable produce).
  • Reduce gaps, anomalies and counterproductive duplication of regulations, standards and codes of practice which impair effective supply chain management.
  • Promote uptake of online services to facilitate improved freight management performance (including e-commerce, and quality control of freight in transit).
DOTARS will manage and/or contribute to several projects relating to:
  • continued development of the Australian Freight Council Network;
  • through-chain temperature monitoring for perishable goods (planned completion August 2000);
  • development of a National Export Logistics Framework (planned completion October 2000);
  • development of standards for refrigerated road transport (planned completion November 2000);
  • evaluation of impact of logistics management quality on export price (planned completion August 2000);
  • trialing e-commerce in rail transport; and
  • assessment of greenhouse benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems applications (planned completion October 2000).
  • Performance of projects will be evaluated based on the satisfaction of stakeholders, cost and timeliness.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved To contribute to the development of a world class logistics sector in Australia by adopting a national approach to logistics issues, we:

paid funds to the freight councils in accordance with contractual requirements;
  • met quarterly with Australian Freight Council Network officers in conjunction with the Integrated Logistics Network; and
  • completed fieldwork for through-chain temperature monitoring for perishable goods and produced an initial report.

TheNational Export Logistics Framework was completed in December and signed off by the Integrated Logistics Network in March 2001. We completed the development of standards for the refrigerated road transport project, and these are being considered by Standards Australia.

The steering committee has extended the timeframe of the impact of the logistics management project to August 2001 to enable further data to be obtained.

E-commerce trials under the Rail Hub Project (managed by Tradegate) were successfully completed and refinements and improvements are being made in consultation with users.

Progress is being achieved through the development of the Freight Transport Logistics Industry Action Agenda.

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3 : Participate in international and regional forums

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
  • Technical and Administrative Cooperation in Transport.
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • World Trade Organisation.
  • International Maritime Organisation.
  • Australia-Indonesia Development Area.
  • Transport Working Group.
  • Association of South East Asian Nations Free Trade Area-Closer Economic Relations.
  • International Civil Aviation Organisation.
  • Commonwealth Local Government Forum (new activity not listed in 2000- 01 PBS/PAES).
  • International Union of Local Authorities (new activity not listed in 2000- 01 PBS/PAES).
Quality: Australias contribution is consistent with the forums goals and objectives and Australias transport and trade objectives.

Participate in:

  • three Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings and up to four conferences;
  • one Technical and Administrative Cooperation in Transport meeting;
  • one Closer Economic Relations-Mercosur;
  • two Association of South East Asian Nations Free Trade Area-Closer Economic Relations meetings;
  • two Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Maritime Transport Committee meetings and up to four workshops;
  • two International Maritime Organisation Legal Committee meetings per year;
  • one Australia-Indonesia Development Area Transport Working Group meeting; and
  • twelve safety meetings with International Maritime Organisation , International Civil Aviation Organisation, Marine Accident Investigators International Forum, International Society of Air Safety Investigators and the International Air Transport Association.
Contributing Division(s): Airports, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Aviation, Cross Modal & Maritime Transport, Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To assist in the development of seamless transport systems between Australia and other countries to open up foreign markets for Australian providers of transport and related services, we participated in the following international meetings:

  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Transportation Working Group meetings, October 2000 and March 2001;
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation High-Level Symposium on Electronic Commerce and Paperless Trading, 910 February 2001, in Beijing;
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Electronic Commerce Steering Committee meeting, 17 March 2001, in Canberra;
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Workshop on Cargo Liability Regimes, 26 January 2001, in Paris. Although the debate is continuing, reasonable progress was made towards achieving consensus on policies on anti-trust immunities for liner shipping and liability regimes for the carriage of goods by sea;
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Maritime Transport Committee meeting, 2425 January 2001, in Paris;
  • World Trade Organisation on maritime transport services matters;
  • International Maritime Organisation Legal Committee meeting, October 2000;
  • International Maritime Organisation Diplomatic Conference, March 2001;
  • International Maritime Organisation Facilitation Committees 28th session and subsequent correspondence group, 30 October 3 November 2000;
  • Third Australia-Indonesia Development Area Transport Working Group, 78 December 2000, in Canberra hosted by DOTARS;
  • Second biennial Association of South East Asian Nations Free Trade Area-Closer Economic Relations Senior Transport Officials meeting, October 2000, in Brunei; and
  • Bangkok Freight Logistics Workshop March 2001. This was the first initiative between the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, Association of South East Asian Nations and Australia New Zealand.
  • The Closer Economic Relations-Mercosur meeting on transport cooperation was cancelled.

We attended three International Civil Aviation Organisation meetings. Australia has played a significant role in the development of aircraft noise and emissions policies that protect the interests of Australians.

To promote the exchange of safety-related material, including the outcomes of safety investigations and research in international forums we attended meetings including:

  • International Maritime Organisation subcommittee in London, in which the Australian Transport Safety Bureau submitted a paper on lifeboat accidents;
  • Marine Accident Investigators International Forum, of which the Australian Transport Safety Bureau obtained the chairmanship;
  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators world conference in Shannon, Ireland; and
  • International Transport Safety Association meeting in Wellington.

The Ministers attended the fourth general meeting of Commonwealth Local Government Forum in September 2000 (London). The Commonwealth Local Government Forum adopted a Statement of Local Government Priorities for the New Millennium which sets out key principles on democratic values and good local government, partnership, sustainable development and capacity building.

Through our attendance at the Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific Regional Project Advisory Committee meeting in March 2001 (Vanuatu), we contributed to the development of regional collaboration and the sharing of local expertise.

We attended the International Union of Local Authorities General Assembly in May 2001 (Rio de Janeiro) to showcase the promotion of leading practice in Australia through the National Awards for Innovation in Local Government (NAILG). As part of that promotion, we are working with the South African Government (through AusAID) on development of an awards scheme based on NAILG for use in that country.

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4 : Provide the Ministers with advice on climate change issues as they relate to transport and regional interests

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Assess the impact of potential measures to address Australias greenhouse emissions.
  • Support the Minister as a member of the Ministerial Council on Greenhouse.
  • Advise on progress against transport measures under the National Greenhouse Strategy.
  • Contribute to policies on the treatment of international bunker fuels under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Quality: Identify in clear and timely fashion threats and opportunities for Portfolio interests from the emerging climate change agenda.

Timeliness: Deliver National Greenhouse Strategy Measure 5.8 (new public transport modes and technologies) by mid-2000.

Contributing Division(s): Economic Research & Environment
Performance Achieved

To assist the Government to develop and implement policies for responding to expected climate change, which take into account the implications for transport and regional services, and to develop and implement transport and regional services policies in the knowledge of climate change implications, we:

  • maintained close engagement with the Australian Greenhouse Office in greenhouse policy measures;
  • worked with the National Transport Secretariat on its project Improving the environmental performance of the transport sector; and
  • continued to explore options with State transport agencies for most effectively delivering National Greenhouse Study Measure 5.8.

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5 : Provide strategic advice to the Ministers on a range of environmental issues as they impact on the portfolio

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Facilitate sustainable transport policies.
  • Deliver environment measures as part of A New Tax System Package.
  • Develop a Commonwealth natural resource management strategy.
  • Prepare the portfolio to meet its requirements (in 2001) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 for reporting against ecologically sustainable development objectives.
Quality: Increase the portfolios public profile on sustainable transport issues to the Ministers satisfaction.

Engage industry and State stakeholders on environmental issues.

Other Commonwealth agencies and external stakeholders acknowledge the portfolios effectiveness in reporting against ecologically sustainable development objectives under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Contributing Division(s): Economic Research & Environment
Performance Achieved

To assist the Government ensure that environmental aspects are fully considered in its decision making on portfolio issues, and that portfolio interests are taken into consideration in the development of broader environment policy initiatives, we:

  • have made sustainable transport issues more prominent by engaging industry and State stakeholders in the National Transport Secretariat project Improving the environmental performance of the transport sector and by liaising with community representatives on salinity issues;
  • reported against ecologically sustainable development principles, as required by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (see Environmental Performance); and
  • provided information on the emission performance of an Australian car fleet for a published study of comparative vehicle emissions.

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6 : Participate in, and provide policy support and/or secretariat services to, committees and working groups

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Commonwealth/State Integrated Logistics Network.
  • Tradegate Electronic Commerce Australia Logistics Management Working Group and related groups.
  • The Australian Transport Council and its substructure.
  • Supermarket to Asia Transport and Logistics Working Group.
  • National Oceans Ministerial Board and its substructure.
  • The Australian Global Navigation Satellite System Coordination Committee.
  • Local Government Ministers Conference (new activity not listed in 200001 PBS/PAES).
Quality: Facilitate the deliberations of the committee and working groups to the satisfaction of the Chair and other members through relevant contributions and assistance in the consideration of various stakeholders views.

Timeliness: Provide briefing and meeting papers and resolve actions within required timeframes.

Participate in:

  • two Australian Transport Council meetings;
  • two Standing Committee on Transport meetings;
  • two Rail Group meetings;
  • four Australian Maritime Group meetings;
  • one National Transport Secretaries Meeting;
  • four Commonwealth/State Integrated Logistics Network meetings;
  • two National Oceans Ministerial Board meetings;
  • one Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation Ministerial Council meeting;
  • six Logistics Management Working Group and related group meetings per year; and
  • two Austroads meetings.

Maintain a complete and accessible system of all records for Australian Transport Council and its subgroups.

Contributing Division(s): Aviation, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport, Land Transport, Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To contribute to the development of internationally competitive transport outcomes for Australian industries, we participated in:

  • four meetings with other State and Territory members of the Commonwealth/State Integrated Logistics Network to progress issues to improve transport logistics: Adelaide, July 2000; Canberra, October 2000; Fremantle, March 2001; Melbourne, June 2001; and
  • meetings of Tradegate Tradegate Electronic Commerce Australia Logistics Management Working Group and the Rail Hub Steering Committee, contributing to the coordination of activities to promote take-up of e-commerce.

To develop and promote maritime safety and environmental protection measures that reflect Australias trade, cultural, social and environmental interests, we attended:

  • four Australian Maritime Group meetings in 200001; and
  • one National Oceans Ministerial Board meeting in March. Other issues were progressed out of session.

To facilitate the expansion of exports of Australian perishable products in the Asian region, we provided advice to the Minister regarding the activities of the Transport and Logistics Working Group. We also provided secretariat services for its meetings.

We assisted at two Australian Transport Council, two Standing Committee on Transport and five Rail Group meetings. These groups consult and provide advice to governments on the coordination and integration of all transport and road policy issues at a national level.

Our participation contributed to the:

  • Australian Transport Council November 2000 launch of the National Road Safety Strategy 200110 and Action Plan;
  • States agreement to a new approach to a national rail safety occurrence database;
  • proposed Commonwealth legislation for rail safety investigations on the interstate rail system; and
  • national best practice rail safety investigation.

We participated in, and provided secretariat services for, three Australian Global Navigation Satellite System Coordination Committee (AGCC) meetings. The committee develops mechanisms to coordinate all land, sea and air aspects of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), promote the safe and effective utilisation and development of GNSS in Australia, coordinate national security issues, promote the application of augmentation systems and the national use of GNSS in other applications. Feedback from the AGCC Chair and members on the quality of our support has been very positive.

The Local Government Ministers Conference was held in Hobart in July 2000. Ministers agreed to provide just over $30 000 from the Conference Activities Fund for production of an infrastructure financing option manual for use by all jurisdictions to improve the financing options for infrastructure renewal or replacement.

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Maritime Transport

7 : Oversee, and advise Ministers on, government business enterprises

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
  • Australian Maritime College.
  • Australian River Co. Ltd (formerly Australian National Line Ltd).
  • Maritime Industry Finance Company Ltd.
  • Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee.
Quality: Oversee government business enterprises in line with Government guidelines.

Provide advice on Board membership, corporate/business plans and any other statutory obligations, including Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 obligations.

Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

Our activities in relation to government business enterprises facilitate the efficient and effective performance of specialised functions in relation to maritime safety and education, the wind-up of the former Australian National Line Ltd, the financing of redundancies for waterside workers and the management of asbestos-related litigation involving former waterside workers.

We provided advice in respect of membership, annual reports and business of the Australian Maritime College, Maritime Industry Finance Company Ltd, Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee, Australian River Co. Ltd and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

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8 : Provide policy advice to the Ministers in relation to maritime transport issues and implementation policies and legislation

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Stevedoring performance.
  • Options for shipping reforms.
  • Maritime safety.
  • Tasmanian maritime transport assistance schemes.
  • Marine environment protection.
  • International Liner Cargo Shipping.
Quality: Determine Australian position on accession to the Hazardous and Noxious Substances Convention by June 2001.

Monitor and evaluate port performance through input to Waterline and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission price monitoring.

Progress maritime transport policy in marine environment protection forums.

Provide effective advice as required in accordance with the objective of Part X of the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Progress the development of options for alternatives to Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme through membership of a Joint Working Group comprising Tasmanian, Victorian and Commonwealth governments. Joint Working Group to meet on at least a bi-monthly basis, and prepare a draft options paper for consideration by government by end of January 2001.

Provide advice on options for shipping reform.

Timeliness: Amendment to Part X of the Trade Practices Act 1974 to be introduced into Parliament by September 2000.

Legislation to amend jurisdiction on vessel safety effective from 1 January 2001.

Finalise review of the National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and Other Noxious and Hazardous Substances for decision by Australian Transport Council by November 2000.

Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

To develop and promote maritime safety and environmental protection measures that reflect Australias trade, cultural, social and environmental interests, we provided:

  • data and advice to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and Bureau of Transport Economics;
  • briefing to the Minister, covering Australian Competition and Consumer Commission reports and data contained in Waterline; and
  • advice on a range of options and issues relating to shipping reform, including:
  • seafarer income tax;
  • customs;
  • immigration;
  • fuel rebate scheme;
  • shipping registration; and
  • defence issues.

Legislation to amend jurisdiction for vessel safety regulation was introduced into Parliament in August 2000. The Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill was passed by the House of Representatives on 29 March 2001 and was referred to the Senate Legislation Committee for consideration and report early in 2001-02.

Following the grounding of the Bunga Teratai Satu in October 2000, the Minister announced a Strategic Review of the Great Barrier Reef Ship Safety and Pollution Prevention Measures. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority is to coordinate the review and a final report is expected in early 200102.

The Joint Working Group report on improving Bass Strait access is expected to be completed by the end of August 2001.

We attended forums on Oceans Policy, Marine Pests and Marine Protected Areas to progress marine environment protection.

Roadstead was proclaimed off the Port of Karumba (Qld) to enable vessel safety inspections by Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

We provided the Minister with advice and documents required for the passage of amendments to Part X of the Trade Practices Act 1974 through the Parliament. The amendments were passed on 5 October 2000. We initiated action to clarify limitations of Part X exemptions for shipping lines to negotiate collectively with individual stevedoring companies.

Australian Transport Council Ministers agreed to sign an intergovernmental agreement on the National Plan subject to resolution of funding issues in May 2001.

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9 : Provide advice to the Ministers on the outcomes of maritime safety investigations and their relevance to maritime safety policy, and related safety issues

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Maritime safety investigations.
Quantity: Advise on up to 15 investigations.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

We provided advice on the seven maritime accident or incident reports published.

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Roads and Road Transport

10 : Provide policy advice to the Ministers on the Commonwealths role in the provision of Road Infrastructure

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Develop bridge-upgrading program for strategic freight routes.
  • Review arrangements for funding of maintenance on the National Highway.
Quality: Administer bridge-upgrading program for the National Highway and strategic freight routes to facilitate expansion of higher mass limit vehicle network.

Provide advice on better targeting of National Highway maintenance funding.

Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

Progress was achieved towards meeting elements of the objective of providing adequate road and rail infrastructure:

  • the bridge program was established and administered as part of the National Highway and Roads of National Importance Program;
  • negotiations to extend higher mass limits to the whole of New South Wales (NSW) national highway continued; and
  • an agreement was reached with NSW to provide access to vehicles carrying higher mass limits on the Newell Highway from 1 July 2001.

We are conducting a study into pavement life cycle cost to provide better data on national highway conditions and funding needs, which should be available in early 2002.

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11 : Develop the Energy Credit (Grants) Scheme

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • The new Energy Credit (Grants) Scheme will replace the Diesel and Alternative Fuels Grants Scheme and the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme.
Quality: Develop a comprehensive policy to the Ministers satisfaction through coordinated input from Commonwealth agencies and external stakeholders.

Quantity: Develop a public discussion paper on the new scheme by mid-2000.

Contributing Division(s): Economic Research & Environment
Performance Achieved

While initial policy work went to developing the Energy Credit (Grants) Scheme, the scheme will now be developed in the context of the Governments fuel taxation inquiry announced by the Prime Minister on 1 March 2001.

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12 : Provide policy advice to the Ministers on road transport safety and environmental issues

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of the new National Road Safety Strategy.
  • Facilitate the development of a Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy.
  • Participate in the Austroads Road Safety Program.
  • Develop, fund and administer the vehicle safety research program to reduce road trauma in a cost-effective manner.
  • Disseminate vehicle safety research information through the forums of International Harmonised Research Activities and United Nations Economic Commission of Europe to formulate the development of globally harmonised vehicle safety standards.
  • Review of Australian Design Rules.
  • Develop/draft/amend Australian Design Rules and prepare associated Regulatory Impact Statements.
  • Implement results of the review of the Motor Vehicles Standards Act 1989, including legislative and administrative changes.
Road Safety

Quality: Jurisdictions agree to the National Road Safety Strategy.

Jurisdictions and stakeholders agree to a Heavy Vehicle Safety Strategy.

Meet the expectations of other participating jurisdictions in the quality of DOTARS contribution to Austroads Program.

Timeliness: The National Road Safety Strategy endorsed and implemented in 200001.

Meet Austroads Road Safety Program deadlines, set by the Australian Transport Council, or those agreed with other jurisdictions.

Vehicle Safety Research

Focuses research on vehicle safety issues identified by crash statistics.

Quantity: Manage approximately 10 projects totalling $1 million annually.

Timeliness: Complete research projects on time to meet vehicle safety initiatives.

International Harmonisation

Quality: Provide research leadership in the International Harmonised Research Activities and United Nations Economic Commission of Europe decision-making process to develop Economic Commission of Europe Regulations.

Quantity: Attend four meetings of the International Harmonised Research Activities and three meetings of United Nations Economic Commission of Europe on developing international vehicle safety standards.

Timeliness: Harmonisation standards on time to the satisfaction of Government and industry.

Australian Design Rules

Quality: Review Australian Design Rules in accordance with the Council of Australian Governments Principles and Guidelines for National Standard Setting and Regulatory Action by Ministerial Councils and Standard-Setting Bodies.

Quantity: Make a comprehensive review of 68 Australian Design Rules.

Timeliness: Complete the Australian Design Rules review by May 2001 subject to delays in consultative process.

Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Land Transport
Performance Achieved

We coordinated development of the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan. The strategy was approved by the Australian Transport Council and launched by Ministers in November 2000. The Australian Transport Council also agreed to annual monitoring of implementation. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau chairs the panel tasked with overseeing implementation.

The objective of the National Road Safety Strategy is to achieve appropriate levels of safety for passengers, transport workers, the general public and freight, and reduce the community cost of accidents. This includes aiming to reduce Australias road accident fatality rate from 9.3 per 100 000 in 1999 to 5.6 per 100 000 in 2010.

The National Road Transport Commission (the lead agency) has postponed start of work on the Heavy Vehicle Strategy to give priority to the Third Heavy Vehicle Reform Package.

We made financial contributions to, and participated in, the Austroads Road Safety Program, also providing the program manager projects have met the Commonwealths obligations. The deadlines, set by the Australian Transport Council and approved by the Austroads Council, were met for the planning of the 200003 Austroads Road Safety Program.

We attended:

  • four International Harmonised Research Activities meetings;
  • International Harmonised Research Activities side impact working group meetings, which we chair;
  • three United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party 29 meetings; and
  • one Expert Group on Passive Safety meeting.

The outcomes of these meetings feed up to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe group responsible for developing the international standards for vehicle safety, noise and exhaust emissions, the result being improved vehicle safety standards leading to a reduction in the road toll.

To help reduce road trauma, we hosted a workshop to launch the new side impact crash dummy, WorldSID. The research projects we conducted include:

  • side impact parametric study;
  • vehicle compatibility;
  • crash tests conducted to the proposed European pedestrian safety requirements;
  • side impact tests; and
  • aluminium honeycomb evaluation tests.

The Road Transport Harmonisation Project for 2000 was completed. The work involved seven economies developing harmonisation action plans. The final series of projects, which will provide training for regulators in developing economies to implement their action plans for harmonised regulatory systems, is expected to commence in 2002.

We reviewed 26 Australian Design Rules, which met with the unanimous approval of regulatory authorities, industry and consumer groups. The completion date for the review was postponed until December 2001 due to diversion of resources to other urgent tasks. The Office of Regulation Review has endorsed the Regulation Impact Statements of all completed revised Australian Design Rules, as complying with Council of Australian Governments Principles and Guidelines.

The Government announced the implementation of administrative arrangements for a new Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme on 8 May 2000. A Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme is being developed for full implementation by 8 May 2002.

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13 : Provide policy advice to the Ministers on road transport reform and development issues, and implement policies and legislation

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Review the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 and implement results.
  • Develop strategic approaches to deliver road transport reforms on a uniform or consistent basis.
  • Facilitate policies and strategies in conjunction with the National Road Transport Commission and implement these, where applicable, in relation to federally registered vehicles.
  • Participate in working parties on specific reform issues and contribute to consideration of reform proposals by Transport Agencies Chief Executives and the Australian Transport Council.
  • Progress drafting and passage of legislation for certain nationally agreed reforms.
  • Manage and maintain Australian Dangerous Goods and Explosives Codes and development of Nationally Uniform Dangerous Goods Legislation.
  • Provide secretariat to Dangerous Goods committees.
Quality: Australian Transport Council and industry satisfaction with quality of advice and facilitation and implementation of policies.

State and Territory Dangerous Goods Advisory Committee and Competent Authorities satisfied with quality of advice and facilitation and implementation of legislation.

Ministers satisfied with the implementation of recommendations arising from the review of the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985.

Quantity: As required.

Meetings: Participate in approximately 40 working party meetings a year, two or three Transport Agencies Chief Executives meetings, two Australian Transport Council, and six a year of Dangerous Goods and Competent Authorities Panel.

Revise Dangerous Goods and Explosives Codes on a four-yearly cycle.

Timeliness: Make significant progress with legislative amendments to implement recommendations of the review of the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 by end of 2000.

The Australian Transport Council votes on nationally agreed reforms lodged by due date.

Meet targets for production of codes and amendments to legislation.

Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

Progress on road transport reform and development was achieved in several areas, serving the objective of transport systems which are safer, more efficient, internationally competitive, sustainable and accessible.

Ministerial Performance Assessment indicated satisfactory ratings for briefings and voting recommendations.

Industry feedback indicates satisfaction regarding advice on key road transport matters.

The review of the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 was delayed because we needed to divert resources to other tasks, including facilitating the development of a trucking industry code of conduct, however we have commenced briefing and drafting instructions to amend the Act.

We prepared agenda papers and briefings on time for Transport Agencies Chief Executives and Australian Transport Council meetings, and lodged Australian Transport Council votes by the due date.

We chaired a Standing Committee on Transport Working Group that developed a proposal for nationally agreed model road transport legislation to be hosted by the Commonwealth so that a single reference point for such legislation is maintained and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is placed on an equivalent footing with other States and Territories.

We chaired a Standing Committee on Transport Working Group to prepare the Third Tranche National Competition Policy Assessment Framework for road transport reform (agreed to by the Australian Transport Council and Council of Australian Governments).

We worked with the National Road Transport Commission to progress a number of key reforms, in particular the Driver Health and Safety and Compliance and Enforcement Reforms.

We progressed drafting of several mode laws as required by the National Road Transport Commission.

The committees and competent authorities were satisfied with the quality of our advice and progress with work on developing the next edition of the code by early 2003.

We provided secretariat support for scheduled Dangerous Goods and Competent Authorities Panel meetings.

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14 : Provide policy advice to Ministers on road transport charging issues

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Represent the Commonwealth in National Road Transport Commission charges development work.
  • Participate in relevant research and work of international organisations.
Quantity: As required

Timeliness: Meet National Road Transport Commission/Australian Transport Council timing on consideration of heavy vehicle charging.

Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

As a component of the activities described in 13 above, we participated in development work and met all deadlines. Australian Transport Council agreed to an annual adjustment formula for heavy vehicle charges at its meeting on 25 May 2001.

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15 : Prepare Motor Vehicle Standards Act Determinations

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Prepare Motor Vehicle Standards Act Determinations.
Quality: Determinations meet legislative requirements.

Quantity: Prepare up to 10 Determinations to implement Australian Design Rule review.

Timeliness: Determinations made within one month of ministerial endorsement.

Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

In supporting the objective of introducing internationally harmonised motor vehicle standards, 21 lighting Australian Design Rules were covered in one Determination and engine immobilisers in another:

  • lighting Australian Design Rules endorsed on 19 May 2000, determined on 14 July 2000 and gazetted on 20 July 2000; and
  • engine immobiliser Australian Design Rule endorsed on 16 January 2001, determined on 13 February 2001 and gazetted on 2 March 2001.

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Rail Transport

16 : Develop and implement uniform rail operational requirements for the interstate rail network

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Australian Rail Operations Unit.
Quality: Develop in accordance with the Intergovernment Agreement on Rail Operational Uniformity and the Ministers standard performance measures for policy advice.

Quantity: A series of industry codes of practice, standards and protocols on issues agreed to progressively with industry.

Timeliness: First modules from the codes to be published by late 2000.

Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

In aiming to develop nationally uniform operating and safety regulations and practices, the Australian Rail Operations Unit continued to work with industry to progress the development and implementation of a Code of Practice for the Defined Interstate Rail Network.

We achieved agreement from jurisdictions to the first three volumes in the series of five, scheduled to be published in July 2001 and implemented following publication.

Developing a national code represents major progress in achieving a nationally competitive interstate rail sector by improving efficiency on the interstate rail network through harmonisation of operational practices and procedures.

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17 : Monitor, participate in, and advise on rail infrastructure developments

Area of Activity Performance Targets
Provide administrative and policy support in respect of:
  • proposals for Melbourne-to-Darwin Inland Railway;
  • Commonwealth assistance for the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway;
  • development of the interstate rail network; and
  • a Sydney to Canberra Very High-Speed Train Project.
Quality:Represent Commonwealths interests in facilitating projects to the satisfaction of the Ministers.

Quantity: Participate in approximately 80 Meetings.

Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

The policy objective is to provide adequate road and rail infrastructure, and effective national institutional arrangements which facilitate an increasing private sector role. Progress was achieved on several aspects of rail infrastructure.

Melbourne to Darwin inland railway proposal:

  • The pre-feasibility study of the Melbourne to Brisbane section was completed in July 2000;
  • A market study of the Toowoomba-Emerald-Gladstone section was completed in May 2001;
  • A $250 000 contribution for a pre-feasibility study for this section was announced by the Minister, and a deed of grant is being prepared;
  • Developments in the proposal were monitored and policy advice provided.

Alice Springs to Darwin railway:

  • The Prime Minister signed a deed of grant in October 2000 for $165 million of funding. Deeds were signed for an additional $26.4 million of stand-by funding in April 2001.

Discussions between the Australian Rail Track Corporation and NSW Government officials on the potential lease of the NSW section of the interstate track are continuing.

Australian Rail Track Corporation completed an audit of the performance and investment needs of the interstate track in May 2001, and the Australian Transport Council has considered it.

We reached agreement with Western Australia (WA) on wholesale access arrangements for the WA section of the interstate track.

The Government terminated the Sydney to Canberra Very High-Speed Train tender process and announced the East Coast Very High-Speed Train Scoping Study in December 2000.

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18 : Oversee government business enterprises and advise Ministers

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation.
  • National Rail Corporation.
Quality: Oversee in line with Government Guidelines on GBE monitoring. Advise on Board membership, Corporate/Business Plans and any other statutory obligations, including Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act obligations. Facilitate and contribute to the sale of National Rail Corporation, including implementation of necessary amendments to National Rail Corporations institutional arrangements.

Quantity: Provide annual reports, biannual reports, corporate plans, ongoing discussions. Participate in approximately 30 meetings.

Timeliness: National Rail sold by end of 200001.

Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

The aim is to encourage a strategic policy framework comprising, amongst other things, open access to nationally significant infrastructure and introducing competition and private sector expertise into above rail operations. We:

  • provided the Minister with advice in relation to the oversight of Australian Rail Track Corporation and National Rail Corporation in line with Government Business Enterprise monitoring guidelines;
  • worked with NSW and Victorian representatives to progress the sale of and National Rail Corporation. (However, the NSW Government announced in September 2000 its intention of selling the NSW-owned freight operator, Freight Corp. This led to consideration of alternative sale options);
  • were represented on the and National Rail Corporation Sale Steering Committee and provided policy advice;
  • attended approximately 40 meetings in 200001; and
  • communicated regularly with the Australian Rail Track Corporation and shareholder Ministers.

Appointments to the Board

Mr Richard Balderstone was reappointed, and further appointments are under consideration.

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19 : Monitor and review progress in streamlining access arrangements for interstate rail operators

Area of Activity Performance Targets
Establishment of streamlined access arrangements for interstate rail operators in accordance with intergovernmental agreements arising from the 1997 National Rail Summit and establishment of the Australian Rail Track Corporation. Quality/Quantity: Participate in approximately 12 meetings.

Timeliness: Ongoing.

Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

The Commonwealth review of progress commenced in May 2001 and a report is due in early 200102.

A report developed by DOTARS and the Australian Rail Track Corporation in conjunction with rail users and owners, Australian Rail Track Corporation Network Performance and Investment Audit, was released in April 2001. The report identifies and quantifies for the first time priority needs for investment and management of the interstate network. The north-south line between Melbourne and Brisbane was highlighted as the key corridor with the greatest potential for rail to gain market share.

Following consideration of the Australian Rail Track Corporation track audit, the Australian Transport Council has tasked interstate track owners to propose streamlining solutions by November 2001.

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20 : Provide advice to the Ministers on rail transport safety

Area of Activity Performance Targets
Rail transport safety issues and outcomes and relevance of rail safety investigations. Quantity: Advise on up to four safety investigations.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

We provided six advice submissions involving rail safety issues and legislation.

Legislation to enable us to instigate rail investigations on the interstate rail systems is being drafted.

We commenced two rail investigations for the Victorian Government in April and May 2001.

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Air Transport

21 : Provide advice to the Ministers on air safety

Area of Activity Performance Targets
Outcomes and relevance of air safety investigations to air safety policy and related safety issues. Quantity: Advise on up to 50 key investigations.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

We sent 58 high-profile investigation reports to the Minister, exceeding the target of advice on up to 50 key investigations, in particular as a number of category 4 reports were classified as high-profile because of regular passenger transport involvement and strong public interest.

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22 : Provide policy advice to the Ministers and implement government policy for the air transport framework in Australia

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Develop and implement environment regulatory framework for air traffic services.
  • Assist the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to develop and implement safety regulatory frameworks for air traffic control and rescue and firefighting services.
  • Provide advice in relation to the operation of the industry, including competition, consumer issues and carrier liability arrangements.
  • Participate in, and provide secretariat support for, Aviation Working Group.
Quality: Outputs produced in accordance with policy objectives.

Participate and support in accordance with Aviation Working Group guidelines.

Quantity: Participate in two with Aviation Working Group meetings.

Timeliness: Safety regulatory framework for air traffic control and rescue and firefighting services implemented by June 2001.

Deadlines for legislative program met.

The Government is in a position to consider Australian ratification of the Montreal Convention by the first half of 2001.

Contributing Division(s): Aviation
Performance Achieved

The aim of our policy advice on the air transport framework is to promote aviation safety and efficient operation of air services in Australia.

We have monitored the Civil Aviation Safety Authoritys progressive implementation of safety regulatory changes under its Regulatory Reform Plan.

We have prepared significant parts of the air traffic control and rescue and firefighting regulatory package for the Governments consideration.

In February 2001 we released a discussion paper on the possible ratification by Australia of the 1999 Montreal Convention on air carriers liability and related aviation insurance matters, and have considered submissions.

Aviation Working Group meetings held in August 2000 and February 2001 facilitated effective consultation between Commonwealth and State/Territory Governments.

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23 : Provide policy advice to the Ministers on airports and airlines in Australia

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Advise on master planning, environment management and major development plan issues at leased airports.
  • Advise on development commitments and on commercial (including property) issues associated with leasing of federal airports.
  • Advise on issues arising from the administration of the economic regulatory framework for leased airports.
  • Advise on strategies and measures (including action by Airservices Australia) to minimise the impact of aircraft noise on communities in the vicinity of airports, including provision of administrative support for the Sydney Airport Community Forum.
  • Advise on strategies and measures to manage traffic demand (e.g. Sydney Airport Slot Management Scheme).
  • Advise on Sydneys future airport needs.
  • Prepare for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
  • Develop, maintain and improve the aviation security regulatory framework.
Quality/Quantity: Master planning, environment management and major development provisions apply to 20 airports.

Variations to approved master plans and environment strategies as necessary.

Major development plans as necessary.

Aviation security regulatory framework covers 66 passenger and freight airlines, 37 airports and 643 regulated international air cargo agents.

Develop quality of service indicators for eight airports.

Timeliness: Advice submitted 30 days before statutory deadline for ministerial decision, or otherwise as necessary for considered decision making and/or timely preparation for meetings.

Quality of service regulations introduced from beginning of financial year.

Contributing Division(s): Airports, Aviation
Performance Achieved

Our objective is to promote the sound development of civil aviation in Australia, maintain a system for the regulation of airports that has due regard to the interests of airport users and the general community and promote the efficient and economic development and operation of airports.

  • We provided advice to the Minister on one draft Master Plan (Coolangatta) and two major development plans (Coolangatta terminal expansion, Melbourne office block).
  • We continued to provide advice on environmental management at 20 leased federal airports, including advice relating to a number of requests for variations to airport environment strategies.
  • We monitored reports by airports on meeting development commitments and granted Perth Airport an extension to meet its commitments.
  • We provided advice to the Minister on approving the issue of six new liquor trading authorities at Sydney Airport via amendments to the Airports (Control of On-airport Activities) Regulations 1997, and on approving these regulations to reflect a minor land excision at Moorabbin Airport for use as a slip road.
  • We assisted the Office of Asset Sales and Commercial Support in advising on, and undertaking, the sale of Essendon and Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airports.
  • We provided advice to the Minister on the application of pricing controls at core regulated airports. This included the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission assessment of Sydney Airports Draft Aeronautical Pricing Proposal, Melbournes Domestic Express Terminal, conduct of the review of the prices oversight arrangements, and leasing operations at Canberra Airport.
  • We made a submission to the Productivity Commissions Inquiry into Price Regulation of Airport Services.
  • We gazetted regulations to provide for quality of service monitoring by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for Phase 2 airports (Adelaide, Alice Springs, Canberra, Coolangatta, Darwin, Hobart, Launceston and Townsville Airports) on 25 July 2000. The Regulations also provide for the performance indicators currently in place for Phase 1 airports to apply to Sydney Airport. Quality of service monitoring for the leased airports is broadly comparable between the Phase 1 and Phase 2 airports, recognising that some differences arise because of relative size and traffic composition.
  • We provided advice to the Government on strategies and measures to reduce the impact of aircraft noise at a number of major airports including Sydney.
  • We provided secretariat and administrative support to the Sydney Airport Community Forum, which formally met on five occasions.
  • We continued to chair and support the Sydney Airport Slot Management Committee and Compliance Committee, consulting extensively on the Governments proposed changes to the Slot Management Scheme. The amendments to the scheme were tabled in Parliament as a disallowable instrument.
  • We provided policy advice on issues associated with Sydneys future airport needs leading to a government decision in December 2000 that it would be premature to build a second airport for Sydney.
  • We subsequently provided policy advice in support of the Governments consideration of the sale of the Sydney basin airports.
  • We put in place additional aviation security measures for the Sydney Olympics, with no major incidents recorded during the Olympic period.

The Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill (No.2) 2001 was introduced into Parliament in April 2001, paving the way for the introduction of enhanced aviation security regulations in 200102.

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24 : Oversee portfolio authorities and aviation legislation and provide advice to the Ministers

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Advise on matters relating to Airservices Australia and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
  • Implement structural reform for Airservices Australia.
  • Advise regarding impact of Airservices Australias location specific pricing for air traffic control tower services.
  • Advise on Civil Aviation Act 1988 amendments
  • Advise with respect to proposal ratification of Montreal Convention 1999 in relation to international air carriers liability.
  • Advise on denunciation of 1952 Rome Convention and Damage by Aircraft Act 1999.
  • Advise with respect to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Reference Committee report on Administration of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority: Matters relating to ARCAS Airways (new activity not listed in 200001 PBS/PAES).
  • Advise on implementation of recommendations arising from ATSB investigation into fuel contamination (new activity not listed in 200001 PBS/PAES).
  • Advise with respect to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Reference Committee report Air Safety and Cabin Air Quality in the BAe 146 Aircraft (new activity not listed in 200001 PBS/PAES).
Quality: Results produced in accordance with policy objectives.

Timeliness: Meet deadlines for legislative program.

Contributing Division(s): Aviation
Performance Achieved

We provided advice on Airservices Australia and Civil Aviation Safety Authority governance, management and operational issues, as and when required.

We obtained the Governments agreement to the extension of Airservices location specific pricing subsidy for a further two years.

We prepared the Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2000 for passage through Parliament. The Bill passed the House of Representatives on 8 February 2001. The Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2001 is currently under consideration by the Senate.

We progressed the ratification process of the Montreal Convention, including public consultation based on a DOTARS discussion paper.

The Damage by Aircraft Act 1999 and Australias denunciation of the Rome Convention came into effect on 8 November 2000.

We provided advice to the Minister on the tabling of a response to the ARCAS Airways report.

We are coordinating consideration of the Commonwealth response to recommendations from the Senate Committee Report on Airspace 2000 and related issues.

We provided advice to the Minister on the tabling of a response to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Reference Committee report Air Safety and Cabin Air Quality in the BAe 146 Aircraft.

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25 : Implement government policies on international aviation

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Negotiate international air services arrangements which provide greater opportunities for airlines to develop passenger and freight traffic to and from Australia.
  • Promote the interests of regional Australia in international air services negotiations.
  • Liberalise dedicated air freight services within the international air services negotiating Program.
  • Review the role and responsibilities of the International Air Service Commission.
Quantity: Participate in between 10 and 15 rounds of formal negotiations and up to 5 rounds of scoping discussions annually.
Contributing Division(s): Aviation
Performance Achieved

Participation in the area of international aviation increases opportunities for the Australian community to take advantage of benefits offered by more liberal and open international aviation policies and improves access to Australian airlines to international aviation markets without compromising on safety.

We have held 10 sets of formal talks on international air service arrangements since 1 July 2000, and have agreed on new arrangements with three other countries by correspondence.

On 20 November 2000 the Minister signed a memorandum of understanding providing for open skies arrangements with New Zealand. Discussions, scoping talks and exchanges of draft texts will continue with United Kingdom, United States and Singapore on open skies.

Regional packages are a standing offer in negotiations where open skies is not possible or in the national interest. Regional packages have been accepted by five countries. As well, expanded access to regional Australia has already been negotiated with many of our bilateral partners. Open skies freight arrangements are now a standing offer in negotiations.

Legislative amendments to the International Air Service Commission Act to streamline processes and procedures for allocating capacity to Australian carriers were introduced into Parliament in the Autumn sitting.

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26 : Advise Ministers on other international aviation issues

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Undertake discussions on policy issues and regulatory change with national and international stakeholders.
  • Coordinate activities relating to Australias participation in the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
  • Develop, with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, bilateral aviation safety agreements.
  • Liaise with the South Pacific Forum.
  • Develop an Australian policy framework for the International Civil Aviation Organisation Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management concept.
  • Develop Australias position on aviation facilitation issues.
Quality: Influence development of cooperative South Pacific upper airspace management arrangements and a collaborative regional aviation safety oversight program.

Represent Australias interests on facilitation issues in the International Civil Aviation Organisation forums and through chair and secretariat support for National Facilitation Committee.

Coordinate the work of DOTARS, Airservices Australia and CASA in advancing Australian interests through International Civil Aviation Organisation forums.

Timeliness: Align with International Civil Aviation Organisation timeframe for the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management implementation.

Brief and advise Ministers in line with the timeframe for decisions on elements of the action plan.

Contributing Division(s): Aviation
Performance Achieved

Two international air services conferences with all aviation stakeholders were held during the year. A special round table comprising interested parties from regional Australia was convened in March 2001 to discuss the impact of current aviation policy on regional Australia.

Australia is pursuing liberalisation of air services in the General Agreement on Trade in Services and is an active participant in the current mandated review of the annex on air transport services. Coordination of International Civil Aviation Organisation activities has substantially improved, including the development of a new website providing information to agencies and the public. Negotiations commenced with the United States Federal Aviation Administration on a bilateral aviation safety agreement between Australia and the United States.

We have continued to actively support the cooperative upper airspace management proposal through participating in Pacific Island Forum official meetings and assisting consultants.

We have taken lead roles in the preparation of an Australian air traffic management strategic plan and in the development of a joint government and industry aviation spectrum policy. We are also actively participating in the of International Civil Aviation Organisation Study Group on Legal Aspects of Communications, Navigation, Surveillance and Air Traffic Management. DOTARS led the Australian delegation to the International Civil Aviation Organisation Facilitation Panel Meeting in February 2001 and chaired two meetings of the National Facilitation Advisory Committee. Revised differences to ICAO Annex 9 (Facilitation) were notified, following extensive consultation with interested parties.

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Regional Services, Development and Support

27 : Provide policy advice and support to the Ministers on a whole-of-government approach to regional Australia

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Regional Impact Statements.
  • Memoranda of understanding.
  • Regional forums.
  • Northern Australian Summit.
  • Intergovernmental cooperation.
In accordance with the Ministers standard performance measures for policy advice.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

The Northern Australia Forum in October 2000 and the preceding local consultations identified and presented the top priority issues for 10 regions across northern Australia and for northern Australia as a whole. A Commonwealth whole-of-government response was provided to each of the 10 regions by May 2001 in consultation with the Commonwealth Working Group on Regional Forums.

Outcomes identified through the forum have also been delivered, including a series of seminars hosted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia in April and May 2001 to promote investment in northern Australia.

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28 : Provide policy advice and support to the Ministers on Commonwealth responsibilities, priorities and interests in regional, rural and remote Australia

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Changes affecting regional Australia.
  • Regional services.
  • Regional development.
  • Regional, rural and remote communities.
  • Regional and rural women.
  • Research and analysis including national and international leading practice.
  • Regional support issues, including regional flood mitigation; post-natural disaster and business recovery.
  • The Australian Capital region and south east Queensland.
In accordance with the Ministers standard performance measures for policy advice.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

We provided policy advice and a framework for the delivery of the Regional Solutions Program, including preparation of ministerial briefing, speeches and correspondence and responses to parliamentary questions on notice.

We provided whole-of-government responses on improving regional communities access to grant programs through the More Accessible Government Working Group.

We provided briefings and advice to Ministers throughout the year on a range of issues including Enterprise Zones, National Competition Policy, Community Development Trusts, regional investment initiatives and structural adjustment.

We provided policy advice on regional forums, including preparation and outcomes of the Northern Australia Forum and associated local conferences, in consultation with the Commonwealth Working Group on Regional Forums.

The Regional Womens Advisory Council, established in 1999, is part of the Governments strategy to provide a voice for women in regional, rural and remote Australia. The Council is conducting an action research project, involving one community from each State and the Northern Territory (NT), examining those attitudes, behaviours and skills that help communities work with change to achieve positive outcomes. Funding grants for research into domestic violence were provided. Advice was provided by the Regional and Rural Womens Unit on regional womens issues.

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29 : Communicate Commonwealth Government information and policies in relation to regional services

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Regional services.
Quality: Provide Australians with a high level of access to information about, and explanation of, government policies.

More responsive, integrated and streamlined programs.

Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To provide Australians, especially those living away from capital cities, access to information about Commonwealth government programs and services, we launched GrantsLINK, a comprehensive whole-of-government website offering direct links to existing information on Commonwealth government grant programs. GrantsLINK also offers advice on finding the best source of funding and on writing application forms.

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30 : Provide support to key advisory bodies

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Regional Summit Steering Committee.
  • The Regional Womens Advisory Council.
  • The Rural Communities Programs Advisory Committee.
  • Rural Transaction Centres Advisory Panel.
  • Understanding Rural Australia Advisory Committee.
  • Rural Domestic Violence Advisory Committee
  • The Regional Solutions Program Advisory Committee. (PAES—New measure).
Quality: Ministers satisfied with operations and results.

Members satisfied with level of service.

Stakeholders satisfied with services provided.

Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

The Regional and Rural Womens Unit supports the Regional Womens Advisory Council in its provision of advice to the Government. Three meetings of the Council were held and advice provided to the Minister on a range of issues of concern to women in regional Australia.

One Rural Communities Program Advisory Committee meeting was held. The Committee also considered a number of matters out of session. All funding has been committed.

Seven advisory panel meetings relating to applications for Rural Transaction Centres have been held resulting in 64 recommendations.

Two status reports on the Rural Domestic Violence Program were provided to the Office of the Status of Women.

The Regional Solutions Program Advisory Committee was established by the government in late 2000 with three formal meetings being held to date. In between meetings, the Committee considered assessments on a regular basis.

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Local Government

31 : Provide policy advice and support to the Ministers on Commonwealth responsibilities, priorities and interests in local government

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Review of the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.
  • Taxation and other reforms.
  • Infrastructure, particularly local roads.
  • The role for local government in regional development and service delivery.
  • The promotion of an appropriate role for Local Government in regional development (new activity not listed in 200001 PBS/PAES).
  • Local Agenda (LA) 21 Environmentally Sustainable Development (new activity not listed in 200001 PBS/PAES).
Review of Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 completed by 30 June 2001.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

We reviewed the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 as required by section 17 of the Act and the Minister considered our recommendations. The Commonwealth Grants Commission received 150 written submissions in response to their draft discussion paper. The Commission submitted the final report to the Government at the end of June 2001.

To assist local government to implement environmentally sustainable development we completed four LA 21 projects:

  • Using United Nations systems for Environmental and Economic Accounting based Estimates for Decision Making in Local Government;
  • Spatial Accounting for Environmental Performance Phase 1 Drafting a Guide;
  • Building Capacity and Improving Involvement in Local and Regional Agenda 21; and
  • Local Agenda 21 for Remote and Indigenous Communities.

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32 : Provide policy advice on the implementation of Recommendation 29 of the Bell Report

Area of Activity Performance Targets
Streamline planning and development of regulatory requirements. Quality: High level of industry, and State and Territory Governments acceptance of planning framework created at Development Assessment Forum and Development Assessment Forum Working Group in relation to Recommendation 29 of the Bell Report.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

The Bell Report was commissioned to reduce bureaucracy for small business. In relation to recommendation 29 of that report:

  • The Development Assessment Forum and Development Assessment Forum Working Group pursued a detailed program of activities aimed at harmonising planning and development regulatory requirements.
  • The Development Assessment Forum in May 2001 endorsed a set of national definitions for development assessment and supported the ongoing work on the priorities for 200001 that had been identified in April 2000.

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33 : Provide policy advice on, and administer, Commonwealth legislation

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.
  • Albury-Wodonga Development Act 1973 as amended by the Albury-Wodonga Development Amendment Bill 1999.
Quality: The Minister is satisfied with the administration of legislation.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

The Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 provides financial assistance to the States to improve the financial capacity of local governments and assist them provide an equitable level of services to their communities. We provided accurate, appropriate and comprehensive advice to the Ministers satisfaction on:

  • recommendations for allocation of financial assistance grants to Councils by State and Territory Ministers;
  • transitional arrangements for payment of grants to Queensland;
  • issues related to review of the Act as required under Section 17; and
  • preparation and tabling of the report on the operation of the Act required under Section 16.

We met legislative timing requirements for tabling and payment of grants.

We drafted the Albury-Wodonga Area Development Winding-up Agreement and it is under negotiation with NSW and Victoria. We engaged an independent consultant to review the residual assets of the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation. The Albury-Wodonga Development Ministerial Council did not meet during the year.

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Territories

34 : Provide policy advice and support to the Ministers on Commonwealth responsibilities, priorities and interests in the Australian Territories

Area of Activity Performance Targets
For ACT, the NT, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Jervis Bay Territory, the Coral Sea Islands and the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands:
  • governance in Australias Territories;
  • economic and social development in Australias Territories;
  • Commonwealth Government reforms, initiatives and programs as they impact on the Territories;
  • State-equivalent and other service delivery in Australias non-self-governing Territories;
  • the Commonwealths role in relation to the National Capital, including ACT planning and land management and National Capital Authority issues;
  • ACT and NT litigation to which the Commonwealth is a party;
  • the Commonwealths unique role in relation to shared (schedule 3) and retained (non-schedule) responsibilities under the Norfolk Island Act 1979; and
  • the Ministers role as the review body under the Norfolk Island Immigration Act 1980.
For Schedule 3 and non-schedule Norfolk Island legislation, Ministers have time to seek advice from ministerial colleagues if required.

Location: Australias Territories.

Contributing Division(s): Territories & Regional Support
Performance Achieved

To contribute to effective and appropriate governance for each Territory:

  • we provided satisfactory advice and support to the Minister during his July 2000 and April-May 2001 visits to the Indian Ocean Territories; and
  • we provided advice to the Minister in relation to Norfolk Island matters including:
  • Norfolk Island Immigration Act (two amendments)
  • Norfolk Island Customs Act (to bring legislation into line with Norfolk Island Firearms Act to ensure consistency with National Firearms Agreement)
  • Norfolk Island land matters including issue of Crown Land instructions
  • Norfolk Island Gaming and Gambling matters
  • four immigration appeals (decided).

The Minister attended an intergovernmental meeting at Norfolk Island in 2001 and the Ministers offices assessed over 95 per cent of briefing material as satisfactory and timely.

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35 : Provide policy support and representation

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Booderee National Park Joint Board of Management.
  • Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area Board of Management (Norfolk Island).
Quality: The Boards of Management operate effectively, consistent with legislative requirements and requirements of memoranda of understanding.

Quantity: Attend all board meetings (around three each year).

Location: Territories of Norfolk Island and Jervis Bay Territory.

Contributing Division(s): Territories & Regional Support
Performance Achieved

Our objective is to assist effective and appropriate governance of these nationally important areas.

  • We were represented at all Booderee Board meetings and dealt with a range of strategic park management matters.
  • Norfolk Island Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area Board of Management is operating consistent with the memorandum of understanding, and the Legal Aid memorandum of understanding was satisfied. The Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area Conservation Management Plan was reviewed and the Board developed a five-year business plan. An investigation was conducted on behalf of the Board into Kingston Pier structural soundness and viability.
  • There was significant Norfolk Island input on land initiative with Environment Australia and the Australian Heritage Commission. We liaised with Commonwealth leaseholders.

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36 : Communicate government policies to, and consult, liaise and negotiate with, stakeholders in relation to policy development

Area of Activity Performance Targets
Stakeholders include Commonwealth, State, Territory and local government agencies, community groups and representatives and private sector organisations. Specific actions include:
  • promotion of regional, Territories and Commonwealth Programs;
  • governance;
  • service delivery arrangements; and
  • legislation.
Quality: Ministers and stakeholders satisfied with opportunities to input into policy processes.

Stakeholders have access to information about, and explanation of, government policies through periodic communication and as required for specific matters.

Willingness of key stakeholders to liaise with DOTARS in its decision-making processes.

Location: Territories.

Contributing Division(s): Territories & Regional Support
Performance Achieved

Our objective is to facilitate economic development in the Territories through fully informed and consulted communities who are able to take the lead in their own development.

We formed a Jervis Bay Territory Liaison Group during the year to facilitate discussion of relevant issues amongst stakeholders.

We kept the community informed on current issues through a monthly newsletter. In addition, Administrators advisory committees for Cocos (Keeling) Islands and for Christmas Island met during the year to provide advice and consult with the community on Territories issues.

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37 : Administer Commonwealth legislation in relation to Australias Territories

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • ACT (Self Government) Act 1988 and associated legislation.
  • ACT (Planning and Land Management) Act 1988.
  • NT (Self Government) Act 1978.
  • Norfolk Island Act 1979 (particularly legislative proposals initiated by the Norfolk Island Government but requiring Commonwealth action such as Ministerial instructions or Royal Assent).
  • Christmas Island Act 1958 and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955 and associated ordinances and applied Western Australian legislation.
  • Jervis Bay Territory Acceptance Act 1915.
  • Coral Sea Islands Act 1969.
  • Ashmore and Cartier (Acceptance) Act 1933.
  • Appointments made to positions of Administrator, Deputy Administrator (Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Island) and the Board of the National Capital Authority.
  • Liaison with other departments and agencies concerning Commonwealth commitment to consult Norfolk Island on Commonwealth legislative proposals likely to affect the Territory.
Quality: Government appointments meet government guidelines on composition.

Minister satisfied with the administration of legislation.

Quantity: In relation to Norfolk Island legislative proposals, action as dictated by the Norfolk Island Government's legislative program.

Timeliness: As specified by Ministers, maintain continuity in filling statutory appointments.

Increased awareness by other departments and agencies of need for timely consultation with the Norfolk Island Government on extension of Commonwealth legislation.

Meet legislative time lines.

Contributing Division(s): Territories & Regional Support
Performance Achieved

We met all our legislative responsibilities and requirements.

We implemented ACT and Norfolk Island Territories legislation.

The appointments of National Capital Authority members and Northern Territory Administrator met Prime Minister and Cabinet and Executive Council guidelines.

In consultation with the ACT Government, we proposed amendments to the ACT Act that clarified technical issues.

We issued instructions to the Norfolk Island Administrator on a range of schedule and non-schedule matters under the Norfolk Island Act 1979 including: immigration, Customs, land, and gambling and gaming.

Amendments to Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Acts were debated in Parliament, and the debate is not finished.

The Tobacco Sellers Licensing Ordinance 2000 (Cocos (Keeling) Island, Christmas Island) was made.

We tabled lists of applied WA legislation in Parliament as required, and provided the community with explanatory material on the legislation.

We consulted with a wide range of departments and agencies on proposals likely to affect Norfolk Island including:

  • exclusive economic zone delimitation consultation;
  • fisheries;
  • gaming and gambling;
  • environment protection and biodiversity conservation; and
  • biological resources.

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38 : Develop and maintain comprehensive State-equivalent legal regimes in non-self-governing Territories

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Australias non-self-governing Territories.
Quality: Acceptance by Ministers and Parliamentary Committees of legislation and associated materials.

No evidence of gaps or deficiencies in State-equivalent legal regime.

Territory communities informed of developments and implications.

Timeliness: Legislative time lines met and timely reports on delegated legislation to Parliament.

Deadlines undertaken to community met.

Contributing Division(s): Territories & Regional Support
Performance Achieved

To progress effective and appropriate governance for the Territories we:

  • prepared minor amendments to the Acts dealing with an obsolete court, industrial relations, prisoners and accused persons and these have been introduced into Parliament;
  • prepared one ordinance dealing with tobacco licensing; and
  • monitored applied WA legislation, tabled lists in Parliament as required and provided explanatory material to the communities.

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39 : Oversee the legislative regime for planning and land management in the National Capital

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • The National Capital.
Quality: The Commonwealths interests in the National Capital are pursued in accordance with the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1998.

Proposed amendments are implemented.

Advice on appointments is provided as needed to the Ministers.

Contributing Division(s): Territories & Regional Support
Performance Achieved

To help achieve an effective planning regime for the national capital, the Commonwealth has maintained oversight of the legislative regime for planning and land management in the national capital. We have worked in close consultation with the National Capital Authority on a range of planning and land management issues throughout the year. There were no proposed amendments to the Australian Capital Territory (Planning and Land Management) Act 1998 during the year.

The Minister agreed to one new appointment to the National Capital Authority (subject to government approval processes).

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40 : Oversee the legislative regime for management of crown land in Norfolk Island

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • As required by section 62 of the Norfolk Island Act 1979.
Quality: The Commonwealths interests in Crown land in Norfolk Island are protected and appropriate administrative arrangements are in place.
Contributing Division(s): Territories & Regional Support
Performance Achieved

To achieve an effective land management regime for Crown land on Norfolk Island, we reissued Crown Land Instructions to the Norfolk Island Administrator.

Administrative arrangements are in place and the Crown Land Initiative is progressing towards divestment of leased crown land outside of the Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area.

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General

41 : Standard Performance Targets for Output Group 1

Area of Activity Performance Targets
Ministerial Briefs (Minutes):
  • Prepare briefs and other advice for the Ministers.

Parliamentary Questions:

  • Draft responses to parliamentary questions, including preparing for possible questions, and maintaining (and providing to the Ministers) key facts relevant to the portfolio.

Parliamentary Committee Hearings:

  • Attend, and provide input to, parliamentary hearings. Prepare responses to parliamentary inquiries and reports.

Ministerial Correspondence:

  • Draft replies for correspondence to the Ministers.

Corporate Support:

  • Provide the Ministers with administrative and corporate support.

Speeches and Presentations:

  • Prepare speeches and presentations for the Ministers.
Quality/Timeliness: Policy briefs and other advice are in accordance with the Ministers Standard Performance Measures for Policy Advice.

Quantity: 1700.

Quality/Timeliness: Parliamentary questions to accord with standards and procedures in Prime Minister and Cabinets Guidelines for Presentation of Ministerial Statements, Reports and Government Responses to the Parliament.

Quantity: 270.

Quality/Timeliness: DOTARS officers will represent the Ministers (and Department) in a manner consistent with the guidelines in the Departments client service charter.

Quantity: four hearings; 300 draft responses to questions placed on notice.

Quality/Timeliness: Ministerial Services will accord with the quality and timeliness standards laid down in the Ministers Standard Performance Measures for Ministerial Services.

Quantity: 4400 draft replies for the Ministers.

Quality/Timeliness: Ministerial services will accord with the quality and timeliness standards laid down in the Ministers Standard Performance Measures for Ministerial Services.

Quantity: 300.

Contributing Division(s): All
Performance Achieved
  • We prepared 1759 briefs and other advice to Ministers and the Parliamentary Secretary.
  • We provided 339 draft responses to parliamentary questions.
  • We attended seven parliamentary committee hearings and three estimates hearings. Officers represented the Ministers in a manner consistent with Government Guidelines on the Attendance of Public Servants before Parliamentary Committees.
  • We provided 430 draft responses to questions placed on notice at senate estimate hearings.
  • We provided 5743 draft replies for the Ministers in accordance with the Ministers standard performance measures.
  • We provided 108* draft speeches to the Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary in accordance with the Ministers standard performance measures.
  • We provided administrative services to the Ministers offices including general purchasing support and departmental liaison officers (working full-time in the Ministers and Parliamentary Secretarys offices).
  • We administered 136 statutes in accordance with the guidelines set out in Prime Minister and Cabinets Legislation Handbook.
  • We prepared five Cabinet submissions in accordance with the Cabinet timetable and guidelines set out in Prime Minister and Cabinets Cabinet Handbook.

* This figure may not accurately represent the full number of speeches provided to the Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary, as some requests are asked of Divisions directly and are not channelled through the central parliamentary services unit.

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Financial Performance

Budget* $56.407m
Actual Outcome $60.126m
Variation 6.6%

*Budget reflects accrual estimates as opposed to cash estimates which were reported in the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2000–01.

The greater than budgeted expenditure is due to increased provision of policy advice and services to the Departments Ministers, mostly attributable to the following issues: Roads to Recovery Program, very high-speed train scoping study, rail reform reviews, Regional Solutions Program, Rural Transaction Centres, Northern Australia Forum, and additional sponsorships.

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International Transport Trade Activities

An important aspect of the Departments work is promoting Australian business interests in the development of seamless transport systems at the other end of the supply chain for the benefit of Australian exporters and in the opening up of markets for Australian providers of transport and related services.

This work is undertaken through participation in multilateral fora such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Australia- Pacific Economic Cooperation Transportation Working Group, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific and the International Maritime Organisation and through bilateral transport relationships. The focus of activities varies in each of these forums.

For the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (through the Maritime Transport Committee) we seek to promote the interests of Australia as a shipper nation which needs regular access to safe, competitive foreign shipping services. The activities of this Committee focus on policies for competitive shipping, shipping subsidies and more recently logistics and electronic commerce issues.

In the Australia- Pacific Economic Cooperation Transportation Working Group we are seeking to influence changed behaviours, at both government and industry level, in relation to safety, standards, market access and technology, primarily through a project-based approach to the work. Australia, through DOTARS, is presently managing several projects, valued at more than $500 000:

  • a paperless trading demonstration project;
  • a pilot interactive web-based electronic commerce training project;
  • an investigation of the barriers to trade in South-East Asia (which will cover trade facilitation, shipping documentation, customs, quarantine and security issues); and
  • an economic analysis of the benefits of hydrographic services in the Australia- Pacific Economic Cooperation region and arrangements for mutual recognition of transport qualifications.

Many of these projects are undertaken by Australian-based contractors and consultants.

DOTARS has been reviewing its engagement in Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific and the Association for South-East Asian Nations- Closer Economic Relations, particularly the Asia Transport Logistics Initiative, with a view to ensuring it meets our core business requirements and is delivering positive benefits to Australian businesses. A recently completed workshop on freight logistics, held in Bangkok, has demonstrated that there is an opportunity for Australia to have a positive impact on the opening up of logistics services in the region to Australian businesses, and also on the quality of locally provided logistics services to the benefit of Australian exporters.

DOTARS in conjunction with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority manages Australias representation in the International Maritime Organisation, the primary international body for setting technical and regulatory standards for the safe construction and operation of ships. A major activity for DOTARS over a number of years in this forum has been the development of an international compulsory insurance liability regime to cover the costs of bunker fuel spills from international trading ships. Agreement was reached on the text of this convention at a diplomatic conference in March 2001. The Convention is now open for signature and once in force, will parallel the existing arrangements for insurance and liability for oil tanker spills.

In its bilateral relationships, DOTARS has an opportunity to pursue country-specific initiatives which are mutually beneficial to the trade between both partners. A significant achievement in the past year has been the conclusion of four memoranda of understanding on cooperation in transport with transport and coordinating agencies of the Peoples Republic of China. The important work of building the relationship, through the establishment of a joint working group with a project-based agenda will commence in the second half of 2001.

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