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

Subsidy for transition to location specific pricing for air traffic control towers
(Contributing division: Airports and Aviation Policy)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Air traffic control services at regional and general aviation airports are maintained at a reasonable cost to users

Quantity: Subsidisation of air traffic control services at 15 airports

Cost: $7 million

The department continued to administer the Location Specific Pricing subsidy, disbursing $7 million to Airservices Australia in 2002-03 in equal monthly payments. The subsidy ensures affordable control tower services at 14 regional and general aviation airports.

Prices for control tower services remained capped at $7.42 per tonne at Albury, Archerfield, Bankstown, Camden, Coffs Harbour, Essendon, Jandakot, Launceston, Mackay, Maroochydore, Moorabbin, Parafield, Rockhampton and Tamworth Airports throughout 2002-03.

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

Australia's response to foot and mouth disease and other quarantine risks- Airports Quarantine Infrastructure Programme
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)

Achieved

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: $6.3 million

Location: Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin, Cairns

Infrastructure works were completed during 2002-03 to allow the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service to increase intervention levels in Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and Cairns. The scope of works for Melbourne was finalised, with additional funding provided in the 2003-04 Budget to allow work to proceed. $6.2 million was expensed on the programme in 2002-03.

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Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport

Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Agreed eligible public buildings and residences surrounding Adelaide Airport are insulated 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 2 public buildings

Cost: $21.8 million

Insulation of 208 residences and two public buildings was completed during 2002-03, with planning work continuing on the remaining public buildings. Over 88 per cent of homeowners who responded to a post insulation survey rated the insulation works on their home as excellent or very good.

A total of $13.2 million was expensed on the programme in 2002-03.

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Implementation of noise amelioration for Sydney Airport

Implementation of noise amelioration for Sydney Airport
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Agreed eligible public buildings and residences surrounding Sydney Airport are insulated 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 eligible residences and public buildings where owners wish to participate in the programme

Cost: $9 million

During 2002-03 the insulation of 119 residences and two public buildings was completed.

Results of the post insulation survey completed by residents who have had their homes insulated as part of the programme show that over 80 per cent of residents rated the programme as very good or excellent.

A total of $7.7 million was expensed on the programme in 2002-03.

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Payment Scheme for Airservices Australia's Enroute Charges

Payment Scheme for Airservices Australia's Enroute Charges
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

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

Quantity: Subsidy provided to approximately 40 operators

Cost: $6 million

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia

The Payment Scheme for Airservices Australia's Enroute Charges was introduced as part of the government's Transport Action Plan Keeping Australia Moving. Under this scheme the government pays the enroute air traffic control charges imposed by Airservices Australia on regular public transport operators and aeromedical services aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 15 tonnes or less.

The major beneficiaries of the programme are smaller operators who provide vital services to the seven million Australians who live outside the capital cities.

The Payment Scheme commenced on 1 January 2002 and will conclude in June 2005. $21 million was provided for this 3.5 year scheme and after 18 months of subsidising these charges, approximately $6 million has been reimbursed to over 40 smaller airline operators. $4.8 million has been reimbursed for the 2002-03 financial year.

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Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme (RASS)

Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme (RASS)
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Provide subsidised air services, where there are no alternative forms of transport, to enable access to passenger transport, goods delivery and other transport needs

Quantity: Contracts with up to eight operators servicing up to 11 regions

Cost: $3.2 million

Location: Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, Tasmania and South Australia

The Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) Scheme subsidises weekly air services to around 250 communities in very remote areas of Australia. The air services enable access to passenger transport and the delivery of essential supplies, such as fresh food, prescription medication and educational materials.

Eight air operators are contracted to provide weekly air services to remote communities in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. A total of $2.3 million was paid to these operators in 2002-03.

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Alice Springs to Darwin Rail Link

Alice Springs to Darwin Rail Link
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

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

Quantity: 1420 km railway

Cost: $5.1 million

Location: Northern Territory

The Australian Government contributed $13.9 million to the Alice Springs to Darwin Rail Link in 2002-03. Construction is progressing very well, with all clearing and bridges complete, and 1040 of 1420 kilometres of track laid. The rail link is expected to be completed by the end of 2003.

In addition to the $5.1 million already committed to the project, a further $8.9 million contribution to the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway, originally scheduled for payment in 2003-04, was brought forward and provided in 2002-03. This was to assist in the renegotiation of the financial arrangements for the project.

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Federation Fund Projects: Abt Railway, Murray River Bridges (NSW/Vic), Caboolture Motorway (Qld), Beaudesert Shire Railway (Qld)

Federation Fund Projects: Abt Railway, Murray River Bridges (NSW/Vic), Caboolture Motorway (Qld), Beaudesert Shire Railway (Qld)
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Substantially achieved

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

Cost:
Abt Railway-$0.1 million
Murray River Bridges-$6 million
Caboolture Motorway-$21 million
Beaudesert Shire Railway-$2 million

Location: Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales

These Federation Fund programmes have been developed to improve transport productivity and access for communities to goods and services. They do this by improving roads, bridges and railways to enhance accessibility in regional communities, which in turn enhances economic prosperity and employment.

Abt Railway

On completion of the Abt Railway project in December 2002, the final $50 000 Commonwealth contribution was provided in 2002-03. The Commonwealth contributed a total of $20.45 million from the Federation Fund to the project, which involved re-opening the historic Abt Railway from Queenstown to Strahan on the west coast of Tasmania for a heritage railway operation.

Although originally scheduled for completion a year earlier, the Tasmanian Government and the private proponents of the project spent a year and considerable resources addressing some safety concerns raised during the construction phase of the project. The project (now named 'The West Coast Wilderness Railway') has been operating successfully since December 2002, and was officially opened by the Prime Minister on 3 April 2003.

Murray River Bridges

The Australian Government has committed $44 million to assist the New South Wales and Victorian governments construct new bridges over the Murray River at Corowa, Echuca and Robinvale. The Commonwealth will contribute:

  • $12 million towards the $21.5 million cost of the Corowa-Wahgunyah Bridge. The Deed of Grant was signed by the New South Wales Government in April 2003.
  • $17 million towards the $40.5 million cost of the Robinvale-Euston Bridge. The Deed of Grant was signed by the New South Wales Government in June 2003.
  • $15 million towards the $37 million crossing at Echuca-Moama. Australian Government funding for Echuca is awaiting signing of the Deed of Grant by the Victorian Government.

Due to the need for community consultations and longer than expected planning processes, there were delays in signing the Deeds of Grant and no money was spent this year. Funding has been extended to 2004-05. All bridges are expected to be completed by mid-2005.

Caboolture Motorway

The Australian Government is providing $40 million from the Centenary of Federation Fund to widen the Caboolture Motorway (Bruce Highway) from four to six lanes from Dohles Rocks Road to Boundary Road. A Deed of Grant was signed with the Queensland government on 14 April 2003. A total of $5.3 million was expensed in 2002-03.

Beaudesert Shire Railway

In 2002-03, the department provided the remaining $2 million of a $5 million Federation Fund contribution to the Beaudesert Shire Railway, which involved the establishment of a heritage railway operation from Beaudesert to Bethania in Queensland. 'Beaudesert Rail' has been operating since December 2002, although the organisation is experiencing some financial challenges.

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Gold Coast Light Rail Project

Gold Coast Light Rail Project
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Substantially achieved

Effectiveness: Preparation of report to determine future government involvement in the proposed project

Cost: $0.7 million

Location: Gold Coast, Queensland

In 2002-03, the department provided $273 000 of a $650 000 contribution towards a feasibility study into a proposed light rail system for the Gold Coast. A private consulting firm, Parson Brinckerhoff, is doing the study which is being managed by Queensland Transport and the Gold Coast City Council. Two of the four stages of the study have been completed, and full results are expected by the end of 2003.

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

Management of residual issues of former Australian National Railways Commission (AN)
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Resolution of outstanding issues, including legal issues and completion of environmental remediation of affected properties, following the winding up of AN

Quality: Payments made in accordance with legal obligations and inter-governmental agreements

Quantity: Environmental programme comprises more than 600 sites

Cost: $1.2 million

Location: South Australia and Tasmania

The Commonwealth's $50 million Environmental Remediation Programme, which sought to remediate railway land in several states that formerly belonged to Australian National (AN), was completed in 2002-03 with expenditure of $1 million on the programme. All legal obligations were met and responsibility for the environmental management of such sites now rests with the relevant state governments.

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Upgrade of Mainline Interstate Railway Track

Upgrade of Mainline Interstate Railway Track
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

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

Quality: Progress towards meeting Australian Transport Council agreed targets to improve the competitiveness of rail as a transport mode

Cost: $15 million

Location: Victoria and New South Wales

Most projects under this programme were undertaken in the period from 1998 to 2001. No works under this programme were completed in 2002-03.

The Wodonga Rail Bypass is the only remaining project under this programme and has been postponed pending the finalisation of Victorian intrastate issues. It is now expected that the Commonwealth's entire $20 million contribution towards the bypass will be provided in 2004-05.

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National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programme

National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programme
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Improved standard and effectiveness of transport infrastructure to assist economic growth and provide access to communities, across Australia's regions by upgrading national highway and strategic freight routes in states and territories

Quality: National Highway and Roads of National Importance

- Payments made in accordance with legal obligations under the Australian Land Transport Development Act and intergovernmental agreements

Target: Not less than 100 per cent of available funding provided to eligible projects

National Highway Maintenance

- Percentage of smooth travel exposure on the National Highway (classified by percentage vehicle kilometres exposed to <110 NRM (NAASRA roughness measure)

Target: Not less than 95 per cent.

Cost: $980.7 million

National Highway and Roads of National Importance

One hundred per cent of appropriated funding was paid to the states and territories and approved research organisations for eligible National Highway, Roads of National Importance (RONI) and eligible research projects under the Australian Land Transport Development (ALTD) Act 1988. This included an additional $13 million provided in the Budget as part of $137.6 million worth of new funding to meet the government's election commitments.

A total of $980.7 million was paid to the states and territories for over 200 national highway and RONI projects under the ALTD programme during 2002-03. Some of the key projects funded in 2002-03 included:

- Stage 1 of F3 widening works - Geelong Road upgrade

- Cairns Southern Access road - Douglas Arterial upgrade

- Murchison East Deviation - Mt Morgan-Kabra Road

- Barton Highway upgrade - Port of Brisbane Road.

- upgrade of the Pacific Highway at Yelgun-Chinderah

Payments under the National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programme 2002-03

Payments under the National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programme 2002-03

National Highway Maintenance

Information provided by state and territory governments on 'smooth traffic exposure' on the national highway shows that 96 per cent of the network met or exceeded the target of less than 110 NRM (the NAASRA Roughness Measure (NRM) is the Australian standard measure for roughness) as a percent of vehicle kilometres travelled.

Roughness is the key indicator of overall pavement condition. Smooth travel exposure measures the amount of traffic on roads with a roughness count of less than 110 NRM. A total of $297.4 million was paid to fund maintenance works on the national highway system.

Total National Highway Maintenance Payments 2002-03

Total National Highway Maintenance Payments 2002-03

Total National Highway Maintenance Payments 2002-03

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Roads to Recovery Programme

Roads to Recovery Programme
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Improved access, through transportation, across Australia with particular emphasis on rural and regional areas

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

Target: 100 per cent

Cost: $202.2 million

Location: Regional Australia and Indian Ocean Territories

The Roads to Recovery Programme was reviewed during 2002-03 by a joint department and Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) team. The key finding of the review was that the Roads to Recovery funds have been well used to address the backlog of works on local roads.

The works undertaken had a strong safety emphasis with transport efficiency and economic development the next most common objectives. Most of the expenditure was on existing roads. The review team calculated an average benefit cost ratio for a selection of projects at about 1.8.

The programme provided economic stimulation to local economies across Australia and generated employment, particularly in rural and regional areas. $851 million of the programme's $1.2 billion will go to rural and regional Australia. The programme has also encouraged local government to develop improved asset management practices.

About 10 000 projects valued at over $900 million are registered for funding under the programme. $202.2 million was paid out of the programme in 2002-03, $200 million to local governments and $2.2 million to Indian Ocean Territories and unincorporated areas.

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Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme

Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Substantially achieved

Effectiveness: Reduced 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

Quantity: 170 000 eligible passenger vehicles

Cost: $26.6 million-additional funds were provided from funds made available from other programmes

Location: Tasmania

The cost of travel across Bass Strait for passengers accompanying their vehicles has been reduced as a result of Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme (BSPVES), leading to more equitable access to Tasmania.

The number of passenger vehicles shipped across Bass Strait has more than tripled since the scheme began in 1996. The scheme provided $31.7 million in rebates during 2002-03, slightly below the budgeted cost as rebates are uncapped and demand driven. The scheme provided $31.8 million in rebates during 2002-03.

The scheme was expanded in 2002-03 to replace the seasonal rebate with a rebate of up to $150 each way. The rebate for motorhomes and vehicles towing a caravan was also increased to up to $300 each way. This doubled the rebate for these vehicles during the high season and tripled it during the low season.

In 2002-03, the scheme provided a rebate of:

  • up to $150 each way for eligible passenger vehicles
  • up to $300 each way for motorhomes and passenger vehicles towing a caravan
  • up to $75 each way for motorcycles
  • $21 each way for bicycles.

The rebates currently allow major vehicle types such as cars to travel for free for TT-Line's off and shoulder seasons (usually 45 weeks per year). The number of vehicles shipped across Bass Strait has increased from 63 000 a year before it was introduced to $219 000 in 2002-03.

The increased rebate for motorhomes and caravans has helped Tasmania benefit from the growing popularity of motoring holidays. The number of motorhomes and caravans shipped across Bass Strait has increased by more than 276 per cent between 2001-02 and 2002-03.

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Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Provide Tasmanian industries with equal opportunities to compete in mainland Australian markets

Quality: Alleviate the comparative interstate freight cost disadvantage incurred by shippers of eligible non-bulk goods carried between Tasmania and mainland Australia

Quantity: 5300 claims processed

Cost: $71 million-additional funds were provided from funds made available from other programmes

Location: Tasmania

The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES) provides Tasmanian industries with equal opportunities to compete in mainland Australian markets by alleviating the comparative interstate freight cost disadvantage incurred by shippers of eligible non-bulk goods carried between Tasmania and mainland Australia.

TFES provided $77.2 million in rebates during 2002-03, slightly below the budgeted cost as rebates are uncapped and demand driven. The scheme assists about 1350 shippers a year to obtain assistance for the movement of products such as frozen vegetables, newsprint and confectionery. In 2002-03, 5377 claims were processed and paid under the scheme.

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Payments to Maritime Industry Finance Company Ltd (MIFCo)

Payments to Maritime Industry Finance Company Ltd (MIFCo)
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

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 ($33 million in cash payments)

The 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 $34.2 million was paid to meet MIFCo's loan repayments in 2002-03. Administration costs of the company totalled $0.2 million.

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Interstate Road Transport Fees

Interstate Road Transport Fees
(Contributing division: Transport Regulation)
Partially achieved

Effectiveness: Contribution to the implementation of national road transport reform through the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme

Cost: $38.1 million

Being a budget neutral programme, $37 million of Federal Interstate Registration Scheme fees were returned to the states and territories in line with the agreed formula. Adjustments to nationally agreed heavy vehicle registration charges were adopted for federal interstate vehicles to ensure uniformity across Australia.

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Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

Oil Pollution Compensation Fund
(Contributing division: Transport Regulation)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Compensation, funded by contracting states including Australian oil companies, provided in the event of major oil spills

Cost: $5.9 million

Amounts received from the Australian oil companies have been paid into consolidated revenue and a corresponding amount paid to the fund. No expenses were reported in 2002-03.

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Ansett-Rapid Route Recovery Scheme

Ansett-Rapid Route Recovery Scheme
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Continued air services to communities affected following the demise of the Ansett Group or an Ansett-related service

Cost: $5 million

Location: Throughout Australia

The scheme was to provide short-term, transitional support for the restoration of air services to communities affected by the collapse of the Ansett Group, targeted to help restore and maintain air services to regional communities. The provision of assistance has been in the form of a direct subsidy (grant) or loans.

In 2002-03 the Commonwealth agreed to provide conditional grants to Australiawide and Skywest airlines to a total of $5.9 million.

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Sydney West Airport-land acquisition and works

Sydney West Airport-land acquisition and works
(Contributing division: Transport Regulation)
Substantially achieved

Effectiveness: Resolution of compensation claims related to the purchase of land at the possible Sydney West Airport site at Badgerys Creek

Quantity: Settlement of 3 properties

Cost: $0.1 million (plus $2.8 million equity injections)

Two properties have been acquitted, the resolution of the third property is expected to occur early in 2003-04. Nil expenses were reported in 2002-03.

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Sydney West Airport-rental properties

Sydney West Airport-rental properties
(Contributing division: Transport Regulation)
Achieved

Effectiveness: Management of the rental properties at the Sydney West Airport site

Quantity: Management of approximately 254 properties

Cost: $1.3 million

The department employed a managing agent, selected through a public tender process, for a period of three years from 1 January 2003. A total of $1.6 million was expensed in 2002-03, with extra funding allocated through the minister's transfer of funds from savings identified in a number of other administered programmes.

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