Strategic Objective : Safety
A major milestone for transport safety was achieved this year when the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act) and the Transport Safety Investigation (Consequential Amendments) Act 2003 (TSI (CA) Act) received royal assent on 11 April 2003. Both Acts and accompanying regulations come into effect on 1 July 2003.
The TSI Act allows for rail safety investigations on the Defined Interstate Rail Network by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). In aviation, marine, and now rail, the TSI Act will allow the ATSB to contribute effectively to maintaining and improving transport safety through conducting independent, 'no-blame' investigations into transport safety accidents and incidents as well as industry and public education through communication of the results of those investigations.
In relation to this strategic objective, the department also focused on safe motor vehicles meeting uniform vehicle standards and airspace reform, with consideration to the future structure and functions of both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and Airservices Australia.
Safety was also enhanced through the regulatory work of the Vehicle Safety Standards Branch and through continuation of the National Black Spot Programme, which the department administers.