Administered programmes

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Noise Amelioration for Adelaide Airport

Programme Performance indicators
Noise Amelioration for Adelaide Airport Effectiveness: Insulate eligible public buildings and residences surrounding Adelaide Airport to assist the environmental sustainability of operations at the airport.

Quality: Customer satisfaction with the insulation process within the framework of the programme.

Quantity:
Insulation of up to 250 residences and two public buildings.

Cost: $15 million
Results based on performance indicators
Substantially achieved

We completed insulation of 220 residences during 2001–02. Detailed design was completed for two public buildings, with insulation work to commence once relevant council approvals are granted.

Ninety per cent of home owners who responded to a post-insulation survey rated the insulation works on their home as excellent or very good.

A total of $11.1 million was spent on the programme in 2001–02.

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Noise Amelioration for Sydney Airport

Programme Performance indicators
Noise Amelioration for SydneyAirport Effectiveness: Insulate eligible public buildings and residences surrounding Sydney Airport to assist the environmental sustainability of operations at the airport.

Quality: Customer satisfaction with the insulation process within the framework of the programme.

Quantity:
Insulation of remaining eligible residences and public buildings where owners wish to participate in the programme.

Cost: $34.1 million
Results based on performance indicators
Substantially achieved

During 2001–02, we satisfactorily completed insulation of 268 residences and seven public buildings.

Eighty-two per cent of home owners who responded to a post-insulation survey rated the insulation works on their home as excellent or very good.

A total of $24.9 million was spent on the programme in 2001–02.

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Subsidy for transition to location-specific pricing for air traffic control towers

Programme Performance indicators
Subsidy for transition to location-specific pricing for air traffic control towers New Measure Effectiveness: Air traffic control services at regional and general aviation airports are maintained at a reasonable cost to users New.

Quantity: Subsidisation of air traffic control services at 15 airports.

Cost: $7 million
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

The Department administered the Location-Specific Pricing subsidy in accordance with the terms of the Letter of Agreement between the Department and Airservices Australia, disbursing $7 million to Airservices Australia in 2001–02. The subsidy ensures air traffic control tower charges are maintained at a reasonable cost to users. In 2001–02, charges remained capped at Albury, Archerfield, Bankstown, Camden, Coffs Harbour, Essendon, Jandakot, Launceston, Mackay, Maroochydore, Moorabbin, Parafield, Rockhampton and Tamworth. No subsidy was necessary for Hobart, as the operation was recovering its costs while retaining charges at the subsidy-capped rate.

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Remote Air Service Subsidy Scheme

Programme Performance indicators
Remote Air Service Subsidy Scheme PAES (Additional Estimates)

Revised quantity performance information
Effectiveness: Provide subsidised air PAES (Additional Estimates) Revised services, where there are no alternative quantity performance information forms of transport, to provide access to passenger transport, goods delivery and other transport needs.

Quantity: Contracts with five air operators serving over 200 locations.

Cost: $2.9 million

Location: Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

The Department settled contracts in 2001–02 with seven air operators for new and continuing passenger services to approximately 250 remote communities. The services operate in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, costing approximately $1.8 million. The total programme expenditure for 2001–02 was $1.97 million.

A total of $0.241 million was rephased into 2002–03; $0.25m was rephased into 2003–04; and $0.25 million was rephased into 2004–05.

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Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme

Programme Performance indicators
Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme Effectiveness: Reduce the cost of travel, thereby leading to efficient and equitable access to Tasmania, for passengers accompanying their vehicles across Bass Strait.

Quality: Levels of assistance are determined to reduce the costs of travel for passengers accompanying their vehicles across Bass Strait, and for passengers travelling by commercial air service between King Island and the mainland, while transporting an eligible passenger vehicle.

Quantity: 140,000 eligible passenger vehicles.

Cost: $17.4 million

Location: Tasmania.
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

The Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics' Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme: Monitoring Report No. 4 provides information on the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme (BSPVES) for 1999–2000. It assists the Transport Programmes Division of the Department to monitor the effectiveness of the BSPVES, taking into account factors such as movements in operating costs, revenue and numbers of passengers and vehicles.

A total of $17.05 million was provided for 138,707 eligible passenger vehicles under the BSPVES. This scheme is demand-driven and is uncapped.

The Department participated in a joint working group study, with officers from the Tasmanian and Victorian Governments, to develop options for improving sea passenger access across Bass Strait. The joint working group study report was finalised in August 2001 and was used to determine enhancements to the scheme that will further reduce the cost of travel across Bass Strait.

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International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund Levy

Programme Performance indicators
International Oil Pollution Compensation Levy Fund Effectiveness: Compensation, funded by contracting States including Australian oil companies, provided in the event of major oil spills.

Cost:
$5.9 million
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

Amounts received from Australian oil companies have been paid into consolidated revenue and a corresponding amount paid to the fund.

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Ansett—Rapid Route Recovery Scheme

Programme Performance indicators

Ansett-Rapid Route Recovery Scheme

(PAES-New Measure)

Effectiveness: Provide transitional support for the continuation of services to regional communities following the demise of Ansett Airlines.

Quality: The recommencement of air services to communities affected following the demise of the Ansett Group or an Ansett-related service.

Quantity: 18 recipients servicing locations in all States and Territories.

Cost: $30 million

Location: Throughout Australia.

Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

The Rapid Route Recovery Scheme was developed to provide short-term transitional support to restore air services to communities affected by the collapse of the Ansett Group. Funds were provided by way of grants or loans. A total of 18 operators were assisted under the scheme.

The scheme assisted operators to restore air services to most regional communities affected by the Ansett collapse. All funding provided under the scheme has been in accordance with the scheme's guidelines and all agreements provide for full acquittal or repayment of Federal Government funds.

The scheme commenced in September 2001, with the Government committing $30 million. The scheme is now closed. In 2001–02, $18 million was expended, with a further $5 million committed for 2002–03.

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Relief for StRanded Ansett Passengers

Programme Performance indicators
Relief for Stranded Ansett Passengers

(PAES-New Measure)
Effectiveness: Provide financial assistance to stranded passengers.

Cost: $19.1 million

Location: Throughout Australia.
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

Financial assistance was provided to qualifying passengers stranded by the collapse of the Ansett Group. Assistance took the form of reimbursement of reasonable direct fare costs for relocation to a person's home base within Australia.

Over 6,600 travellers applied for assistance. Based on eligible claims, total net programme expenditure as at 30 June 2002 was $4.835 million.

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Compensation payments to SACL for the sale of Sydney Airport land

Programme Performance indicators
Compensation payments to SACL for the sale of Sydney Airport land

(PAES-Rephasing from 2000–01. Programme is offset by proceeds from the sale of the land.)
Effectiveness: Compensation to SACL for land sold to New South Wales State Government to enable completion of the M5 motorway.

Cost: $2 million

Location: Throughout Australia.
Results based on performance indicators
Not achieved

The Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW is to conclude a survey of airport land used for construction of the M5. That survey will be used to settle the compensation to be paid to Sydney Airports Corporations Ltd (SACL). This is expected to completed in 2002–03.

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Sydney West Airport

Programme Performance indicators
Sydney West Airport

(PAES-Rephasing from 2000 –01)
Effectiveness: Resolution of compensation claims related to the purchase of land at the possible Sydney West Airport site at Badgery's Creek.

Quantity: Settlements for three properties.

Cost: $0.1 million (plus $2.8 million equity injections)
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

Substantial settlement of all compensation cases has been achieved with conclusion reached and compensation paid in one case. Finalisation of the other two cases awaits a determination of the precise amount of compensation to be paid in one case, and final agreement between the parties on administrative issues in the other.

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Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme

Programme Performance indicators
Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme Effectiveness: Encourage private sector investment in the provision of public infrastructure.
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

In response to changes in lenders for one project, a replacement Infrastructure Borrowings Tax Offset Scheme Agreement was signed. This helped ensure continued private sector investment.

The timing of agreements depends on whether the applicants are ready to proceed and whether the agreements meet legal requirements, conform with Government policy and are to the satisfaction of the Minister.

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Payments to Maritime Industry Finance Company Ltd (MIFCo)

Programme Performance indicators
Payments to Maritime Industry Finance Company Ltd (MIFCo) Effectiveness: Contribution to Government waterfront reform initiatives for improving stevedoring performance.

Quality: Department ensures sufficient funding is provided for MIFCo to meet its financial obligations.

Cost: $0.2 million ($31.4 million in cash payments)
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

Maritime Industry Finance Company Ltd (MIFCo), a wholly owned Commonwealth company limited by guarantee, was established, with the authority of the Cabinet, as the administrative means for making redundancy related payments as part of achieving the Government's objectives for waterfront reform.

A total of $27.28 million was paid to meet MIFCo's loan repayments in 2001–02, and administration costs of the company totalled $0.196 million.

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Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

Programme Performance indicators
Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme Effectiveness: Remove the transport cost disadvantage incurred by shippers transporting non-bulk goods across Bass Strait.

Quality: Levels of assistance are determined to remove the transport cost disadvantage incurred by shippers transporting non-bulk goods across Bass Strait. Stakeholder satisfaction with administration and service delivery of the scheme.

Quantity: 6,000 claims processed per annum.

Cost: $65.7 million

Location: Tasmania.
Results based on performance indicators
Substantially achieved

The BTRE is conducting an investigation of the assistance calculation methodology on post-GST 2000–01 data before a recommendation is made on the levels of assistance provided to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES).

Client feedback shows satisfaction with administration and service delivery of the TFES. Introduction of a personalised service model in January 2001 further improved relationships with clients and has led to an improvement in the delivery of the scheme.

A total of $71.86 million, through 4,868 claims, was provided under the TFES. This scheme is uncapped and demand-driven.

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Supermarket to Asia

Programme Performance indicators
Supermarket to Asia Effectiveness: Improved transport
linkages with Australia's major
trading partners.

Cost: $0.2 million
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

Final payments totalling $0.2m to relevant air and sea freight export councils were made in accordance with existing agreements between those councils and the Department in 2001–02. Impediments to efficient transport linkages for Australian exporters were addressed through freight export council regional workshops, exporter surveys and industry representation at relevant forums.

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Upgrade of the Mainline Interstate Railway Track

Programme Performance indicators
Upgrade of the Mainline Interstate Railway Track

New Measure
Effectiveness: Improved quality of the interstate rail track. Increased opportunities and incentives for appropriate private sector investment in transport facilities.

Quality: Progress towards meeting Australian Transport Council agreed targets relating to speed restrictions, improved axle load speeds and improved train lengths.

Cost: $14.6 million
Results based on performance indicators
Not achieved

The budget for 2001–02 under the programme was increased to $52.4 million on the expectation that work on several projects in New South Wales, and on the Wodonga Rail Bypass in Victoria, was to proceed in 2001–02. However, projects in New South Wales have not, and will not, commence until the resolution of the Australian Rail Track Corporation's New South Wales lease proposal.

The Commonwealth has also committed $20 million to the Wodonga Rail Bypass, which was originally to commence in 2001–02, but has been delayed by State planning processes in Victoria. It is now scheduled to commence in 2002–03.

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Management of residential issues of former Australian National Railways Commission (AN)

Programme Performance indicators
Management of residual issues of former Australian National Railways Commission (AN) Effectiveness: Resolution of outstanding issues, including legal issues and completion of environmental remediation of affected properties, following the winding up of AN.

Quantity: Payments made in accordance with legal obligations.

Cost: $4.6 million
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

A total of $4.94 million was spent on the management of residual Australian National Railways Commission (AN) issues in 2001–02, including $0.5 million brought forward from 2002–03 in order to accelerate the environmental remediation programme that is the major component of this work.

The environmental remediation programme and settlement of all legal and other outstanding issues, such as land ownership matters, of AN have progressed very well, and are expected to be completed in 2002–03.

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Contributions to support

Programme Performance indicators
Contributions to support:
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Effectiveness:
ICAO-Ensure Australian contribution to issues affecting aviation development in particular drafting international safety and operational standards.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Road Transport OECD Road Transport Improved international cooperation to increase the efficiency, safety and environmental performance of road transport through research and intermodal linkages reports and workshops.

International Maritime Organisation (IMO) IMO International agreements for shipping operators, ship safety and protection of marine environment from shipping activities reflect Australias interest.

National Road Transport Commission (NRTC) NRTC Improved efficiency, safety, and environmental performance of road transport through nationally harmonised regulations in areas such as compliance and enforcement, driving hours and fatigue management and performance based standards.

Quantity for each contribution: Payments made in accordance with agreed schedule.

Cost:
ICAO $1.5 million
OECD $0.1 million
IMO $0.3 million
NRTC $1.2 million
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

The Department coordinated Australia's overall involvement with ICAO in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Airservices Australia. Australia's contribution was paid on time.

The Department participated in and contributed to IMO and OECD projects relating to maritime and multimodal issues, ship safety, and protection of marine environment, including attendance at the following meetings:
  • IMO Legal Committee meeting in London 812 October 2001 and 2226 April 2002
  • OECD Maritime Transport Committee meeting in Paris 46 December 2001
  • IMO Maritime Safety Committee Intersessional Working Group on Maritime Security in London, 1115 February 2002
  • IMO Maritime Safety Committee in London, 1524 May 2002.
Our contribution to OECD for 200102 was $0.025 million paid in June. Australias annual contribution was assessed in accordance with IMO guidelines. Payments of $0.307 million were made in January 2002.

The Department also attended the IMO Flag State Implementation Sub-committee meeting in London and participated in the working group on casualty analysis. To enhance the IMOs ability to identify accident trends, the Bureau undertook to coordinate the member countries input on formatting data on the IMO database.

The ATSB is represented on the reference group for the National Road Transport Commission (NRTC) fatigue reform and has participated in an advisory group developing proposals for improving the regulation of driving hours and introducing fatigue management programmes.

In accordance with the agreed schedule, the Commonwealths contribution of $1.2 million to the NRTC was made in four quarterly payments. Amongst other matters, substantial work was carried out by the NRTC on the reforms relating to compliance and enforcement, fatigue management and performance-based standards reforms as part of the cooperative road transport reform process, as established by the Commonwealth, States and Territories.

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Tamworth AustralAsian-Pacific Aeronautical College

Programme Performance indicators
Tamworth Australasian-Pacific Aeronautical College

New Measure
Effectiveness: Provide additional aircraft maintenance engineering training in regional Australia.

Quantity: Additional students complete aircraft maintenance engineering training.

Cost: $1.5 million

Location: Tamworth, New South Wales.
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

The programme enabled the Australasian-Pacific Aeronautical College Incorporated (APAC) to provide additional accredited aviation and related trade training and skills.

In 2001, APAC delivered the education of 20 trainees in stage one of the Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Programme as well as providing Vocational Educational Delivery for schools in Tamworth.

In 2002 the number of trainees increased to over 100. APAC has recently purchased two second-hand aircraft and an airframe for training purposes.

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Payment Scheme for Airservices Australia's Enroute Charges

Programme Performance indicators
Payment Scheme For Airservices Australia's Enroute Charges

New Measure
Effectiveness: Provide subsidised charges for low capacity regular public transport airlines on regional routes, and those providing aeromedical services.

Quantity: Subsidy provided to approximately 30 operators.

Cost: $2.9 million

Location: Regional, rural and remote
Australia.
Results based on performance indicators
Substantially achieved

The Department made payments of periodic claims, totalling $1.4 million, to 30 approved recipients during 2001–02.

Recipients operate approved airlines services on routes throughout regional, rural and remote Australia.

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Australia's response to foot and mouth disease and other quarantine risks-Airport Quarantine Infrastructure programme

Programme Performance indicators
Australia's response to foot and mouth disease and other quarantine risks-Airport Quarantine Infrastructure Programme

New Measure
Effectiveness: Improved international airport infrastructure to facilitate increased quarantine intervention.

Quality: Enable increase in quarantine intervention rates at international airports for arriving passengers and baggage.

Cost: $19.4 million

Location: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin.
Results based on performance indicators
Substantially achieved

Infrastructure works were completed during 2001–02 in both Sydney and Brisbane to allow the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service to increase intervention levels. Works are under way in Cairns, Darwin and Perth, with the scope of works in Melbourne and Adelaide being finalised.

$13.1 million was spent on the Programme in 2001–02.

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Upgrade of Canberra Airport to international wide-bodied jet standard

Programme Performance indicators
Upgrade of Canberra Airport to international wide-bodied jet standard

Rephasing from 2000–01

Effectiveness: Improved infrastructure at Canberra Airport to accommodate wide-bodied jet aircraft.

Cost: $5.6 million

Location: ACT.

Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

The Government committed $8.8 million to fund the runway upgrade to enable visiting VIP aircraft to land and take off from Canberra. $3.175 million was expensed in 2000–01 and $5.625 million in 2001–02.

Construction of the runway upgrade ‘a turning node at the northern end of the north-south runway, widening of some taxiways, addition of sealed shoulders and modifications to airfield and approach lighting and drainage’ was completed in September 2001.

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Road Safety Black Spot Programme

Programme Performance indicators
Road Safety Black Spot Programme Effectiveness: Improve the safety of Australia's roads and, in doing so, reduce the cost to the community of road trauma.

Quality: A reduction in the number of serious crashes at identified and treated sites with a consequent reduction in the cost to the community of road trauma.

Quantity: Approx 400 projects completed.

Cost: $48.8 million

Location: 50 per cent in rural and regional Australia.
Results based on performance indicators

Achieved Programmes for 2001–02 were finalised for all States and Territories, with 339 projects receiving approval. One hundred and fifty projects were approved in rural and regional Australia, valued at $20.9 million. Since 1996, 56 per cent of programme funds have been expended on projects in rural and regional locations.

A total of $48.8 million was expended in 2001–02, comprising payments of $41.6 million made for Black Spot projects, $6.7 million of pre-payments for 2001–02 and $500,000 allocated for road safety public education.

An evaluation of the Black Spot Programme undertaken by the then BTE (now BTRE), within the Department, found that the programme has achieved its aim of improving safety at locations with a history of crashes involving death or serious injury. The BTE found the programme saved the community $14 for every $1 invested.

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Roads to Recovery Programme

Programme Performance indicators
Roads to Recovery Programme

New measure-including the Roads to Recovery Programme and Roads to Recovery Programme for the Indian Ocean Territories and unincorporated areas
Effectiveness: Improved access, through transportation, across and within regional Australia and Indian Ocean Territories

Quality: Percentage of recipients complying with all programme conditions who receive their entitled payments in full.

Target: 100 per cent

Cost: $302.2 million

Location: Regional Australia and
Indian Ocean Territories.
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

As at 30 June 2002, only seven councils of the 721 eligible for funding were still to register for Roads to Recovery. All but 11 had received at least some funding.

As at 30 June 2001, 48 councils had already been paid in full, leaving 673 still to receive at least some funding during 2001–02. During 2001–02, 436 (or 61 per cent) of these received their full annual allocation or more. To receive funding, councils must comply with all legal requirements.

The full appropriation of $302.2 million was spent in 2001–02.

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Alice Springs to Darwin Rail Link

Programme Performance indicators
Alice Springs to Darwin Rail Link (also funded under Federation Fund projects)

New Measure
Effectiveness: Improved productivity of transport activities to enhance access to this region.

Cost: $55 million

Location: Northern Territory.
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

Two payments of $40 million and $15 million were provided to the AustralAsia Railway Corporation in October 2001 and March 2002 respectively, upon the attainment of milestones specified in the Deed of Grant.

The project is progressing extremely well and is on target for its scheduled completion in early 2004.

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Federation Fund projects

Programme Performance indicators
Federation Fund projects: Effectiveness: Grants to Federation Fund projects will improve productivity of transport activities and enhance accessibility and economic prosperity and employment.

Cost:
  • Murray River Bridges (New South Wales/Victoria)
  • Murray River Bridges $41 million
  • Caboolture Motorway (Queensland)
  • Caboolture Motorway $8.9 million
  • Beaudesert Shire Railway (Queensland)
  • Beaudesert Shire Railway $5 million
  • Abt Railway (Tasmania)
  • Abt Railway $0.6 million
  • Alice Springs-to-Darwin Rail Link (Northern Territory) (see also separate programme above)
  • Alice Springs to Darwin Rail Link $55 million
Location: Queensland, Tasmania, Northern Territory, Victoria and New South Wales
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved: Alice Springs-to-Darwin Rail Link (NT) A $55 million payment was made to the AustralAsia Railway Corporation in March 2002 upon attainment of milestones specified in the Deed of Grant. The project is progressing extremely well and is on target for its scheduled completion in early 2004.

Substantially achieved: Beaudesert Shire Railway (Qld) Of the $5.0 million contribution, $3 million was provided to the Beaudesert Shire Railway in 2001–02, after a review necessitated a substantial extension to the timetable for completion of the project. It is progressing well and is scheduled for completion by November 2002. The remaining $2.0 million will be provided between July and November 2002.

Substantially achieved: Abt Railway (Tas) Fifty thousand dollars of a $20.45 million contribution remains to be provided to the Abt Railway project. The final payment has been delayed pending the resolution of safety issues on the Strahan to Rinadeena section of the track. Rail safety issues on this project are the responsibility of the Tasmanian authorities, and are expected to be resolved by September 2002.

Not achieved: Murray River Bridges (NSW) Federal Government funding for the Murray River Bridges at Corowa, Echuca and Robinvale is awaiting signing by the New South Wales and Victorian Governments of the Deeds of Grant for the projects. The Deeds had not been signed by 30 June 2002, although planning and community consultation for the new bridges has continued in the interim. The funding is available for the 2002–03 financial year.

Not achieved: Caboolture Motorway (Qld) Federal Government funding, under the Federation Fund, of $8.9 million for the Caboolture Motorway was unspent in 200102 as the Queensland Government has not yet signed the Deed of Grant. Funding is available for the 200203 financial year.

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Interstate Road Transport Fees

Programme Performance indicators
Interstate Road Transport Fees Effectiveness: Contribution to the implementation of national road transport reform through the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme.

Cost: $27.1 million
Results based on performance indicators
Achieved

$31.3 million of Federal Interstate Registration Scheme fees were returned to the States and Territories in line with the agreed formula. Amendments to nationally agreed heavy vehicle registration charges were twice adopted for Federal Interstate vehicles to ensure uniformity across Australia.

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