Output Group 4 : Services to Industry

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Trade Facilitation
Safety and Security Information and Education
Economic Research and Data
Administration of Programs and Grants to Industry
Financial Performance

Trade Facilitation

Implement Asia Logistics Project initiative

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Supermarket to Asia;
  • Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific; and
  • Association of South- East Asian Nations Closer Economic Relations.
Quality: Meet Supermarket to Asia and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific requirements regarding the Departments participation.

Quantity: Delivery of regional report and two training workshops.

Timeliness: In accordance with timeframes agreed in contracts.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

We contributed to the successful export of Australian products by being involved in the improvement of the overseas segment of Australias export supply chains.

We attended the Association of South- East Asian Nations Closer Economic Relations transport officials meeting in Brunei (November 2000) and conducted a logistics training workshop in Bangkok in conjunction with Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific and Association of South- East Asian Nations (March 2001).

The workshop complied with AusAID funding requirements.

Plans to stage a second workshop were deferred after consultation with Association of South- East Asian Nations.

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Participate in bilateral discussions aimed at facilitating trade in transport products and services

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Promoting Australian expertise and addressing key issues for industry.
Quality: Government and industry satisfaction with effectiveness of input to discussions and the outcomes.

Quantity: Two meetings with Indonesia, one meeting with Japan, and one meeting with China per year.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

We participated in bilateral discussions that facilitate awareness of Australian transport and logistics industry capabilities in potential export markets and promote closer government-to-government relationships in the transport sector.

We participated in discussions with Indonesia in the fourth Australia-Indonesia official transport meeting in November 2000, in the AustraliaIndonesia Ministerial Forum and the third ministerial meeting of the AustraliaIndonesia Development Area in December 2000.

The Minister visited China in April 2001 and signed a memorandum of understanding in the transport sector with the Senior Executive Vice Chairman of the State Development Planning Commission.

The Australia-Japan Ministerial Committee meeting scheduled for October 2000 was postponed and as yet no further meeting date has been set.

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Management of trade and logistics communications and information activities

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Prepare and distribute Transport Trade and Logistics newsletter.
  • Maintain trade and logistics website.
Quality: Transport Trade and Logistics newsletter and website client feedback.

Quantity: Four newsletters produced per year, circulation 4000.

Timeliness: Newsletter distributed to client list within two weeks of printing.

Website updated at two-monthly intervals.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

Freight logistics is a knowledge-based activity designed to benefit the industrys ability to deliver quality products efficiently and effectively. We contributed to this by providing a central source of information to government and industry.

We produced only two issues of the Transport Trade & Logistics Newsletter (November 2000 and May 2001).

We distributed the newsletters to more than 4000 logistics network contacts and also made them available on the website.

We posted additional information to the appropriate website, which we reviewed every two months and updated.

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Lead AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation Transportation Working Group projects

Activity

Performance Targets

  • Improving transport system efficiency and safety in the AsiaPacific region, and more liberalised and transparent regulatory regimes.
Quality: Projects carried out in line with specified objectives and within allocated budgets.

Quantity: Lead up to 10 AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation projects.

Timeliness: Projects completed in accordance with agreed timeframes.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

To assist improvement of regional transportation systems and the creation of opportunities for the export of Australian expertise, we managed seven ongoing AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation funded projects valued at more than $US0.35 million and directed at improving transport system efficiency and safety in the region.

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Advice to other government agencies on transport trade matters

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Transport trade matters.
Quality: Client satisfaction with effectiveness of input.

Quantity: As information is requested by stakeholders.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

To ensure that due regard is given to Australias transport policy objectives, we provided the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with briefings on transport-related matters, including Closer Economic Relations and New Zealand Shipping Review Report, and participated in the discussions on the Australia-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

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Facilitate industry input into bilateral, regional and multilateral activities

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Industry input into bilateral, regional and multilateral activities.
Quality: Stakeholder satisfaction with information and support.

Quantity: Meetings with industry as required.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

To ensure its views are well represented and voiced, industry participated in the Australian AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation Transportation Working Group delegations, in the departmental discussions with Indonesia in November 2000 and the Ministers visits to China in April 2001.

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Participate in International Maritime Organisation Facilitation Committee, and relevant intersessional correspondence groups

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • International Maritime Organisation Facilitation Committee and relevant intersessional correspondence groups.
Quality: Stakeholder satisfaction with outcomes of FAL Committee and work.

Quantity: One International Maritime Organisation Facilitation Committee meeting per year.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

Through our participation in the International Maritime Organisation Facilitation Committee, we assist in the standardisation and simplification of documents and procedures required of ships on international voyages.

We developed an agreed position among industry, Immigration and Customs to take to the International Maritime Organisation Facilitation Committees intersessional correspondence groups and 28th meeting in November 2000.

Agreement has been reached on electronic message standards for reports and clearance of ships and provisional standards recommended for dealing with stowaways. We commenced harmonising and reducing certificates carried by ships.

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Contribute to activities that promote increased use of e-commerce in transport and related activities

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Promote increased use of e-commerce in transport and related activities.
Quality: Government and industry satisfaction with effectiveness of input to discussions and projects.

Quantity: Up to three AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation meetings and as many meetings as required with industry and other government agencies per year.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

The promotion of e-commerce increases efficiencies in the Australian transport and related trading sector (especially in rural and regional Australia) by advancing the uptake and use of electronic commerce domestically and internationally.

We participated in the development of a range of projects aimed at exploring impediments to, and opportunities for, the take-up of e-commerce by the Australian transport and logistics sectors. we:
  • chaired the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation Transportation Working Group Electronic Commerce Group and attended meetings in Singapore and Brunei;
  • attended the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation Electronic Commerce Steering Group in Canberra;
  • completed an AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation funded Program to Assist the Implementation of Electronic Commerce for Commercial Messages;
  • progressed AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation funded projects on Electronic Commerce Training in Maritime Transport, Electronic Port Manifests and a Paperless Trading Demonstration Project;
  • received AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation funding for a new Electronic Intra-Port Community Discussion Group Pilot Project;
  • completed a joint project with National Office of Information and Economy and the Department of Industry, Science and Resources to study the impact of the Internet on global supply chains.
  • completed an AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation funded electronic commerce training and awareness raising project.

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Facilitate maritime training projects and participate in meetings of Australia Maritime Training

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Maritime training projects and meetings of Australia Maritime Training.
Quality: Government and industry satisfaction with performance.

Quantity: At least one application for funding approval and four meetings of Australia Maritime Training per year.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

To facilitate the export of maritime training expertise and to expose Australian maritime training institutions in the Asia- Pacific region, we:
  • submitted one application to AusAID;
  • participated in four Australia Maritime Training meetings; and
  • completed two training projects.

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Liaison with Australian transport industry

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Australian transport industry.
Quality: Stakeholder satisfaction with responses to requests.

Quantity: As required.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

Through industry participation, we promote the efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable movement of goods and services in Australia and internationally. There was considerable stakeholder participation in the Australian Maritime Safety Authoritys Conference, the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation Symposium, which the Secretary chaired, and the Australian Defence Force Academys Regional Shipping Conference, where the Secretary presented speeches.

We participated in:
  • two meetings of the Australian Maritime Defence Council;
  • a coastal shipping workshop organised by the WA Sea Freight Council; and
  • a super yacht industry workshop.
We regularly issued XMT Update (the Divisions newsletter to inform industry of work program outcomes and objectives).

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Contribute to the development of internationally harmonised vehicle safety standards

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Assist in overcoming trade barriers to vehicle product.
  • Implement and manage arrangements applying to overseas agreements and activities:
  • UN/Economic Commission for Europe 1958 Agreement.
  • Activities related to AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation assessment of vehicle standards and conformity.
Quality: Stakeholder satisfaction with appropriate harmonisation of standards and the effectiveness of implementation and management arrangements.

Quantity: Attend three Working Party 29 and any Economic Commission for Europe working group meetings as necessary, at least two meetings of each local working group and two AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation meetings.

Timeliness: Meet agreed deadlines. Implementation procedures in place to meet industry demand. Completion of AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation Road Transport Harmonisation Project by 2003.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

We attended:

  • three Working Party 29 meetings;
  • one meeting of Expert Group on Passive Safety; and
  • two AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation meetings.

Industry has advised its priorities for ADR harmonisation.

The Road Transport Harmonisation Project for 2000 has been completed. The work involved seven economies developing harmonisation action plans.

The final series of Road Transport Harmonisation 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, and is on track for completion by 2003.

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Safety and Security Information and Education

Provision of information related to transport safety

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Information related to transport safety provided to inquirers via database searches.
  • Maintenance of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau website as a major repository for up-to-date safety information produced by the Bureau.
  • Presentations to industry; conferences.
  • Freedom of information requests.
  • Attendance at inquests and legal hearings to provide expert advice and evidence.
  • Subpoenas and writs of non-disclosure to produce documents and information.
Quality: Requests for transport safety-related information met to the satisfaction of inquirers, taking into account constraints on extent of information which can be divulged under legislation.

Evidence that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau website is meeting user requirements for transport safety information.

Presentations to industry of appropriate professional and technical standard to satisfy audience.

Advice and evidence which satisfy inquirers at inquests and legal hearings.

Provision of information that fully meets requirements of request and is to satisfaction of inquirers under subpoenas and writs.

Quantity: Capacity for up to 5000 responses to requests for information related to transport safety.

Capacity to add up to 300 reports to the website.

Capacity for up to 200 presentations delivered as required.

Capacity for up to 30 Freedom of Information requests.

Capacity for up to 10 inquests and legal hearings.

Capacity for up to 10 responses to subpoenas and writs.

Timeliness: 90 per cent inquiries satisfied within 10 days of receipt.



Data available on website at the same time as it is publicly available.

Presentations delivered as required.

Freedom of Information requests dealt with in accordance with Freedom of Information guidelines.

Expert advice and evidence in accordance with requirements of legal authorities.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

Our objective is to comply with legal and legislative accountability requirements that allow information related to transport safety to be made available to the public. Accordingly we:
  • met all requests for information (some 9000 items of safety information) to the satisfaction of the inquirer and bettered the target of 90 per cent within 10 days;
  • responded to requests for 252 items of road safety research information: 45 per cent of requests were responded to the same day, 26 per cent in 14 days, and the remainder in over 4 days;
  • actioned 45 Freedom of Information requests in accordance with the required timeframes of the Freedom of Information Act 1982;
  • attended 10 inquests and legal hearings and provided expert advice in accordance with Coroners Court procedures and to the Coroners satisfaction; and
  • responded to 23 subpoenas and writs of non-disclosure in accordance with the needs of the applicant and the requirements of the subpoena and writs of non-disclosure.
We added 340 reports to the website. Most safety information is made available on the website concurrently with print publication. Website visitation figures and daily incoming inquiries for further information were higher than targeted, showing that the website is meeting demand.

We also delivered 125 presentations to industry and at conferences. We received praise for the high standard and informative nature of our presentations.

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Publish papers and provide information

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Safety research to improve occupant and pedestrian protection.
  • Australian Design Rules and a subscription service for the consolidated volume of Australian Design Rules.
  • Vehicle certification and import approval processes for vehicles first entering the Australian market.
Quality: Stakeholders and client satisfaction with publications and information provided.

Quantity: Advice ongoing. Australian Design Rules subscriptions approximately 3000 subscribers.

Timeliness: Timely advice. Australian Design Rules subscriptions mail-out small Australian Design Rules packages within one month of gazettal, large packages within two months of gazettal.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

Clients and stakeholders were satisfied with our performance.

We combined Determinations 1 and 2 of 2000 into one package due to size (over 1500 pages). Determination 2 was gazetted on 21 July 2000, and distribution commenced in October 2000.

We combined Determinations 1 and 2 of 2001 with other branch publications that required detailed drafting. Determination 2 of 2001 was gazetted on 23 March 2001, and distribution commenced June 2001.

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Develop a road safety research program, and fund and administer selected research projects

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Underpin the development and implementation of road safety policies and strategies.
  • Publish and promote research findings.
Quality:Research data contribute to policies and strategies.

Contracted research is undertaken in line with set specifications.

Quantity: Approximately 15 projects. Timeliness: Six safety research projects completed by June 2001.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

To produce publications that increase and improve stakeholder knowledge of transport safety and contribute to policies, strategies and action plans, we:
  • administered 15 projects and completed six;
  • ensured all contracted research complied with documented project specifications; and
  • used research findings by a range of stakeholders in the development of road safety policies, strategies and action plans, including the new National Road Safety Strategy.

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Facilitate and publish road safety statistical analysis and data collection

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Assist in the conduct of formal road safety investigations and the development of policy and strategies.
Quality: User satisfaction with published statistical information.

Quantity: Publish 25 statistical reports.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

We published 25 statistical reports, which were produced on time and appreciated by the media and other interested parties.

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Facilitate and publish statistical analysis and data collection specifically relating to heavy vehicles

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Assist in the development of heavy vehicle policy and road transport reform.
Quality: User satisfaction with published statistical information.

Timeliness: First statistical report published by December 2000.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

We continued work on the heavy vehicle crash database and our information on heavy articulated vehicles was well received by industry.

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Facilitate and publish rail safety statistical analysis and data collection

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Assist in the conduct of rail safety investigation and the development of policy and strategies.
Quality: User satisfaction with published statistical information.

Quantity: Publish four statistical reports.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

We continued work on the development of a rail safety statistical database. No reports were produced as the development timeframe for the database was longer than expected.

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Liaise with rail safety accreditation authorities in meetings and forums

Activity Performance Targets
  • Meetings and forums with rail safety accreditation authorities.
Quantity: Four meetings per annum.

Timeliness: Meeting reports produced within one week of meeting.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau met with accreditation authorities and rail industry representatives at four meetings of the Rail Safety Consultative Forum and participated in three Standing Committee on Transport subgroup meetings to progress the development of best practice rail safety investigation and the proposed Commonwealth rail safety investigation legislation.

We produced reports after the meetings.

The development of the rail safety legislation is now being pursued in the context of a Transport Safety Investigation Bill covering all modes of transport.

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Publish and distribute maritime safety reports

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Maritime safety reports.
Quality: Acceptance and utilisation of maritime safety reports by the maritime industry.

Quantity: Findings published in up to 15 reports.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

We published seven maritime accident or incident reports. The median time of 44 weeks taken to complete reports exceeded the target of 27 weeks because the target was unrealistic. Various industry sectors have complimented the reports and training colleges in Australia and overseas are using them.

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Publish and distribute rail safety reports

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Rail safety reports.
Quality: Acceptance and utilisation of rail safety reports by the rail industry.

Quantity: Findings published in up to four reports.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

Our multi-modal safety investigation legislation, which will enable us to instigate rail investigations on interstate routes, was developed but delayed due to state and territory opposition. We commenced safety investigations for the Victorian Government in April and May 2001.

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Publish and distribute aviation safety reports and bulletins

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Specific aviation sector safety bulletins.
  • Aviation safety deficiency reports.
  • Contribution to the Civil Aviation Safety Authoritys Flight Safety magazine.
  • Quarterly reports consolidating occurrence investigation information.
  • Weekly summary of occurrence reports.
Quality: Acceptance and utilisation of the safety bulletins by the target sector.

Acceptance of safety deficiency reports and utilisation by the aviation industry.

Industry satisfaction with occurrence investigation information.

Recipient satisfaction with occurrence reports information.

Quantity: Two safety bulletins for each target aviation sector.

Four aviation safety deficiency reports.

Fifty-two weekly summaries of occurrence reports.

Contributions to six editions of Flight Safety. Timeliness: Each publication of a safety bulletin within three months of the half-year reported.
Quarterly occurrence investigation reports completed within three months of the quarter under review.

Publication of summary reports within one week of period under review.

Copy for Flight Safety is provided by due date and no changes are required.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

We published one specific aviation sector bulletin during 2000–01. This was below target as bulletin production was hampered by Information Technology issues and resource limitations.

Four aviation safety deficiency reports were published as estimated.

We submitted six bimonthly supplements in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority's Flight Safety magazine and have provided a consistently high standard of copy on time.

We did not produce any quarterly reports. This avoided duplication of information available by direct request on the website and in our other reports and bulletins. We published 51 weekly summaries of occurrence reports within 3 working days of the period under review.

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Economic Research and Data

Research and report on portfolio economic issues and data analysis in separate publications

Area of Activity Performance Targets
While some publications cannot be predicted, at this stage the following are envisaged:
  • information on waterfront issues;
  • policy instruments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by transport;
  • transport Sector in a Computable General Equilibrium model (detailed);
  • local roads spending;
  • user-friendly interface and documentation for non-urban road model;
  • forecasting Australian freight traffic;
  • transport colloquium;
  • evaluation of the Black Spot Program;
  • road-related expenditure and revenue;
  • costs and benefits of disaster mitigation;
  • monitor Australian domestic and international airfares;
  • information movements of ships visiting Australia, international cargo statistics on inbound/outbound freight and coastal shipping freight movements on the Australian coastline; and
  • transport indicators.
Quality: Achieve 85 per cent satisfaction rating from client feedback.

Quantity/Timeliness: Waterline published quarterly (September, December, March, June) containing indicators across five ports in Australia. One thousand hard copies distributed per quarter and also available on Internet.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions report by November 2000.

Completion of Transport Sector Computable General Equilibrium model by January 2001.

Interim Local Roads Spending report by October 2000.

Completion of non-urban road computer model by August 2000.

Working paper on forecasting Australian Freight Traffic by December 2000.

Transport colloquium to be held by November 2000.

Evaluation of Black Spot Program report by February 2001.

Roads-related expenditure and revenue information sheet by December 2000.

Costs and Benefits of Disaster Mitigation paper by November 2000.

Domestic and international airfares published quarterly.

Maintain information on shipping and freight on two databases that are updated quarterly. Forty requests for information per quarter.

Provide transport indicators on one Internet site, with 36 indicators shown in graphic and table format. Ongoing updates of quarterly information.
Contributing Division(s): Economic Research & Environment
Performance Achieved

We published the September, December and March issues of Waterline to schedule. We distributed approximately 1100 hard copies per quarter as well as making the issues available on the Internet.

We completed the draft report on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in October 2000 and sought feedback from stakeholders.

We completed the Transport Sector Computable General Equilibrium model in April 2001.

We published Working Paper 44 (local roads spending) in April 2001.

Completion of the non-urban road computer model has been postponed to 2001–02.

The working paper on forecasting Australian freight traffic has been postponed to 2001–02.

We received a 95.6 per cent satisfaction rating from 91 clients, including 55 participants at the Transport Colloquium held in November 2000. This colloquium was attended by around 150 transport economists and policy experts from governments, businesses and universities. We received colloquium feedback forms from 59 external participants, 93 per cent of whom gave positive feedback.

We completed the draft of the Evaluation of Black Spot Program report in February.

Roads-related expenditure and revenue information sheet has been delayed due to data problems.

We published Report 103 (costs and benefits of disaster mitigation) in January 2001.

We published domestic and international airfares on schedule.

We updated three databases on shipping and freight information on schedule.

On average, we received 34 requests for information per quarter.

We have placed 35 transport indicators in graphic or table format on the Internet site, which we update regularly.

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Undertake air transport statistical analysis and forecasting

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Provide statistical briefs and collect and publish statistics.
Quality: Briefings, forecasts, analyses and publications meet clients expectations and information requirements.

Quantity: 500 to 600 hotline inquiries.

Eighteen publications.

Four major forecasting projects.
Contributing Division(s): Aviation
Performance Achieved

The provision of accurate, timely and effective aviation statistical and analytical services contributes to informed policy formulation. In 2000–01 we:

  • dealt with an estimated 1400 inquiries;
  • produced 30 publications;
  • prepared major briefings for 11 projects; and
  • used forecasting for one presentation at an aviation stakeholders conference.

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Administration of Programs and Grants to Industry

Administer contribution to Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) road transport

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Contribution to OECD road transport.
Timeliness: Payment expected to be made by August 2000.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

We received invoices in April 2001 and made payment in May.

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Administer contribution to International Maritime Organisation

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Contribution to International Maritime Organisation.
Quality: Payment made according to guidelines.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

Contribution to the International Maritime Organisation assists the development of international rules leading to safe, efficient and environmentally responsible shipping, and Australia has played a leading role in the development of a number of conventions.

Australias annual contribution was assessed in accordance with International Maritime Organisation guidelines. We made payments of $0.237 million in January 2001.

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Administer payment to National Road Transport Commission

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Payment to National Road Transport Commission.
Quality: In accordance with the Ministers standard performance measures for administering grants programs.

Quantity: Four quarterly payments.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

We made four quarterly payments in accordance with agreed requirements.

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Administer the Commonwealths interstate rail investment program

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Commonwealths interstate rail investment program.
Quality: In accordance with Ministers standard performance measures for administering programs.

Quantity: Payments to the value of $46.9 million.

Timeliness: Project proposals recommended to the Minister within 20 working days.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

The objective is to provide adequate road and rail infrastructure, and effective national institutional arrangements which facilitate an increasing private sector role.

We made payments of $37.0 million in 2000–01 (accrued expenses were $46.5 million).

In-principle approval of $20 million was given to relocate the interstate mainline railway to outside of the Wodonga central business area.

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Administer Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme.
Quality: Centrelink to meet terms of service delivery under the Service Arrangement.

Independent review by the Bureau of Transport Economics of the schemes effectiveness.

Quantity: Centrelink to provide monthly business reports on service delivery.

Timeliness: Review of scheme to be completed by the Bureau of Transport Economics by end of February 2001.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme alleviates the comparative interstate freight cost disadvantage incurred by shippers of certain non-bulk goods between Tasmania and the mainland.

We met Centrelink quarterly to review service delivery performance, and consider that Centrelink is effective. Independent review of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme key parameters was undertaken by the Centre for International Economics and completed in March 2001. We will forward its recommendations to the Minister.

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Administer Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme.
Quality: Centrelink to meet terms of service delivery under the Service Arrangement.

Quantity: Centrelink to provide monthly business reports on service delivery.

Timeliness: Annual monitoring of effectiveness and review of rates for scheme completed by January 2001.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

The Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme aims to reduce the cost for the driver of a vehicle travelling by sea across Bass Strait.

In accordance with the Service Level Agreement, Centrelink continues to administer the Scheme on behalf of DOTARS and provides monthly business reports on service delivery.

The Bureau of Transport Economics released its fourth annual monitoring report and concluded that the Scheme continues to be effective.

The number of passengers and vehicles has increased by 59 per cent and 97 per cent respectively, since its introduction in September 1996.

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Administer grants for Supermarket to Asia Council

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Grants for Supermarket to Asia Council.
Quality: Inaccordance with the Ministers standard performance measures for administering grants programs.

Quantity: There are 12 councils to administer.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

To minimise impediments to competitive and reliable transport we made payments to the relevant Air and Sea Freight Export councils in accordance with existing agreements between the councils and DOTARS.

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Administer payment to Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited( MIFCo) for purposes of MIFCo loan repayment

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Payment to MIFCo for purposes of MIFCo loan repayment.
Quality: MIFCo has sufficient funds to meet financial obligations.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

Payments to the Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited facilitates funding for the costs of payments made to redundant stevedoring employees.

We made monthly payments to MIFCo to facilitate payment of its loan obligations totalling $29.5 million in 2000–01, excluding cost recovery for audit review and program administration costs.

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Administer Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme.
Quality: Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme agreements meet legal requirements, conform with Commonwealth policy and are to the satisfaction of the Minister.

Timeliness: Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme agreements are prepared in accordance with timings agreed with applicants and the Australian Taxation Office.
Contributing Division(s): Airports
Performance Achieved

To encourage private investment in the development of new infrastructure through tax offset arrangements.

A further two Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme agreements were finalised during the year.

The timing of the remaining agreements is dependent on the applicants being ready to proceed and the agreements meeting legal requirements, conforming with government policy and being to the satisfaction of the Minister.

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Administer National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programs

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programs.
Quality: In accordance with the Ministers standard performance measures for administering grants programs.

Timeliness: Advice to Minister to allow adequate time for consideration.

Process payments for approved projects within seven working days of receipt of a claim where satisfactory claims are received by the 13th of each month.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

The objective is to provide adequate road and rail infrastructure, and effective national institutional arrangements which facilitate an increasing private sector role.

National Highway payments of $700 million and Roads of National Importance payments of $132.1 million were made in accordance with program guidelines.

We approved 64 per cent of complying payment applications within the set timeframe, the remainder within five working days. Statistics also include payments made under the Bridge Upgrading Program.

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Administer bridge upgrading program

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Bridge Upgrading Program.
Quality: Inaccordance with the Ministers standard performance measures for administering grants programs.

Quantity: Liaison with eight States and Territories.

Timeliness: Process payments for approved projects within seven working days of receipt of a claim where satisfactory claims are received by the 13th of each month.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

As part of the National Highway and Roads of National Importance Program we liaised with States and Territories to establish an upgrading program for National Highway bridges. We have approved complying projects, allocated funds and made payments in line with the National Highway and Roads of National Importance Program guidelines.

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Administer payments under the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Payments under the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985.

Quality: In accordance with Ministers standard performance measures for administering grants programs.

Quantity: Ninety-six lodgements from States and Territories.

Thirty-two payments to States and Territories.

Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

Our objective is to increase Australias competitiveness through efficient, reliable land transport services to individuals and business at reasonable cost.

We made 32 payments in accordance with agreed requirements.

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Administer final year of four-year $5 million upgrade of Tasmanian rail infrastructure

Area of Activity

Performance Targets

  • Final year of four-year $5 million upgrade of Tasmanian rail infrastructure.
Quality: In accordance with the Ministers standard performance measures for administering grants programs.

Quantity: Four payments.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

We made a final payment of $1 million.

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Administer the Commonwealths Federation Fund road and rail projects

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Brisbane Light Rail (Queensland).
  • Murray River Bridges (NSW/Victoria).
  • Abt Railway (Tasmania).
  • Alice Springs/Darwin Railway (NT).
Quality: In accordance with the Ministers standard performance measures for administering grants programs.

Quantity:
  • Brisbane Light Rail (Queensland), (nine payments)
  • Murray River Bridges (NSW/Victoria), (six payments)
  • Abt Railway (Tas), (nine payments)
  • Alice Springs/Darwin Railway (NT), (three payments).
Location: Brisbane, Murray River, Tasmania, Northern Territory and NSW.
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

Within the objective of providing adequate road and rail infrastructure, one approach is to make strategic direct investment to achieve national objectives.

Brisbane Light Rail project is not proceeding.

Deeds of Agreement have not yet been signed for the Murray bridges, and negotiations are continuing with NSW and Victoria.

Abt Railway six payments were made.

Alice Springs to Darwin railway one payment was made.

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Administer payments for upgrade of Rockhampton Airport runway

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Payments for upgrade of Rockhampton Airport runway.
Timeliness: Payment expected to be made by August 2000.
Contributing Division(s): Airports
Performance Achieved

To improve transport accessibility of the Rockhampton region by extending and strengthening the runway to accommodate B747 jumbo jets, Rockhampton City Council completed the upgrade of Rockhampton Airport in June 2000 and the Commonwealth made a payment of $6 million to the council early in the 2000–01 financial year, thereby fully discharging its election commitment to the upgrade of Rockhampton Airport.

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Administer agreement with WA Government covering provision of funds for regional waterfront reform

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Agreement with WA Government covering provision of funds for regional waterfront reform.
Quality: Repayment of funds in accordance with terms of agreement.
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

We supported WA government initiatives to reduce manning levels and stevedoring costs. No repayments were required in 2000–01 from WA.

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Financial Performance

Budget*

$16.143m

Actual Outcome

$18.255m

Variation

13.1%

* 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 demand for safety and security education and information provided by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau;
  • upgrading of economic analysis tools for the Bureau of Transport Economics; and
  • increased administrative costs due to higher than expected demand for the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and the implementation of the Roads to Recovery program.

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