In Part 2 of the report we describe the structure of the Department and of the portfolio. The strategic overview section lists values, roles and Key Result areas, as specified in the Department's Corporate Plan for 2001-02. We also detail the outcome and outputs framework that is outlined in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2001-02.
Figure 1 illustrates the structure of the Transport and Regional Services portfolio as at 30 June 2002. Our Portfolio Budget Statements 200102 included only those agencies predominantly funded, either directly or indirectly, by the Commonwealth Government. These were the:
- Department of Transport and Regional Services
- Civil Aviation Safety Authority
- Australian Maritime Safety Authority
- National Capital Authority.
Figure 2 illustrates our Departmental structure as at 30 June 2002.
Soon after the Federal election in 2001, the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon John Anderson MP indicated the need to strengthen our strategic policy agenda and stressed the importance to the Government of regional development, sound regulatory practice, good programme management and communication of government initiatives.
The Department responded with new organisational arrangements coupled with refreshed horizontal linkages and the establishment of new Group Executive Teams lead by our two Deputy Secretaries. The reorganisation, which took effect on 1 January 2002, has improved the transparency of the Departments accountability framework and internal and external reporting functions by enabling the Department to focus on the outcome we are seeking to achieve.
This initiative, together with the efforts of staff, is allowing us to:
- achieve greater emphasis on strategic policy development
- enhance our regulatory reform and safety investigation roles as well as our programme management capability
- build better linkages, communication and effective internal working relationships
- reduce the number of business owners to allow effective process improvement of business systems
- align our structure more closely with our outcome and outputs framework and our business processes and provide maximum opportunity for efficiencies and possible productivity gains through more appropriate structural groupings.
Our Outcomes Achieved Through Four Key Results and Outputs
In contributing to the Governments priorities, the Department has worked tirelessly towards achieving the portfolios planned outcome during 200102:
A better transport system for Australia and greater recognition and opportunities for local, regional and Territory communities.*
We have aimed to do this through the four Key Results set out in the Departments Corporate Plan and the Portfolio Budget Statements 200102. These are:
- Transport systems which are safer, more efficient, internationally competitive, sustainable and accessible.
- Regional communities which have better access to opportunities and services and which are able to take the lead in their own planning and development.
- Local governments which serve their communities more effectively and efficiently.
- Territories which provide for their residents the same opportunities and responsibilities as other Australians enjoy in comparable communities.
Figure 3 demonstrates how each of our four Key Results assists in strategically aligning the outputs produced by Divisions to build towards our goal of achieving our portfolio outcome.
* The Department has revised its outcome statement since 200001, when it was: Linking Australia through transport and regional services. The revised outcome statement for 200102 better articulates the results that the portfolio is striving to achieve for its stakeholders from the outputs and administered programmes being delivered by portfolio agencies.
In pursuing our desired outcome, the Department embraces the Australian Public Service Values and Code of Conduct, taking particular pride in achieving results through and investing in our people. As an organisation striving to continually improve in all areas of our business, we have been and continue to be:
- results oriented
- honest, professional and accountable
- client and stakeholder focused
- committed to improving our skills
- diverse, trusting and respectful of each other.
We serve Australia by working with the Government to achieve its policy goals in transport and regional development. During 200102 we have served our portfolio Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary through our four Key Result areas by:
- providing policy advice on transport, Territories, local government and regional development issues
- delivering transport and regional development programmes
- conducting research and providing data on transport and regional matters
- administering regulations and standards for transport
- conducting investigations into transport safety
- providing services to Territories and local governments, including administering financial assistance grants to local government
- administering relief and mitigation arrangements for natural disasters.
The role of the Department of Transport and Regional Services remains substantially unchanged from that stated in the 200102 Portfolio Budget Statements. However, as a result of the 2001 Administrative Arrangements Order, some functions were transferred to the Department from the Department of Finance and Administration and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. These functions are:
- Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements
- Natural Disaster Risk Management Studies Programme
- Ex-gratia Disaster Relief Packages
- National Disaster Memorials
- Regional Assistance Programme
- Dairy Regional Assistance Programme.