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About us

Figure 3A - Relationship of General Government Sector agencies at 30 June 2004 1
Figure 3A - Relationship of General Government Sector agencies at 30 June 2004

1 This classification reflects the Government Finance Statistics (GFS) framework. The GFS framework is designed to support economic analysis of government activity and reflects standards issued by the International Monetary Fund. It is explained in the Australian Bureau of Statistics publication Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2003 (Cat. No. 5514.0.55.001), as available at http://www.abs.gov.au/

About the portfolio

The portfolio of Transport and Regional Services strives to help its ministers achieve the government's desired outcomes:

a better transport system for Australia, and

greater recognition and development opportunities for local, regional and territory communities.

Agencies within the portfolio contribute to these outcomes, as illustrated in figure 3A.

Ministers

The Hon John Anderson MP is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services.

Until October 2003, Mr Anderson was assisted by the Hon Wilson Tuckey MP as Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, and Senator the Hon Ron Boswell as the parliamentary secretary.

For the rest of 2003-04, Mr Anderson was assisted by Senator the Hon Ian Campbell as Minister for Territories, Local Government and Roads and by the Hon De-Anne Kelly MP as the parliamentary secretary.

In July 2004, Senator Campbell moved on to the portfolio of Environment and Heritage. He was replaced by the Hon Jim Lloyd MP as Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads.

The Hon De-Anne Kelly continued in her role as parliamentary secretary until October 2004, when she became Minister for Veteran's Affairs. She was replaced by the Hon John Cobb MP.

Portfolio agencies

This annual report focuses on the Department of Transport and Regional Services (the department), including the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics (BTRE). Information on the other portfolio agencies may be obtained from agencies' annual reports and websites.

The authorities and commissions in the portfolio are:

The portfolio also includes several corporations and other bodies. These are:

  • Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation www.awdc.gov.au
  • Australian Maritime College http://www.amc.edu.au/
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation, and
  • Maritime Industry Finance Company Ltd.

For part of 2003-04, the portfolio also included three government-owned companies. The three companies were sold and passed into private ownership in December 2003. They manage metropolitan airports at Bankstown, Camden and Hoxton Park in Sydney.

Five portfolio agencies including the department are classified as General Government Sector agencies 1. Figure 3A illustrates how these agencies contribute to portfolio outcomes.

1 This classification reflects the Government Finance Statistics (GFS) framework. The GFS framework is designed to support economic analysis of government activity and reflects standards issued by the International Monetary Fund. It is explained in the Australian Bureau of Statistics publication Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2003 (Cat. No. 5514.0.55.001), as available at http://www.abs.gov.au/

About the department

Our outcomes

We lead portfolio agencies in helping our ministers achieve:

a better transport system for Australia, and

greater recognition and development opportunities for local, regional and territory communities.

Our vision is for an Australia where:

  • national transport and logistics systems are safe, secure, nationally and internationally competitive, sustainable and accessible
  • regional communities have better access to opportunities and services and support for the achievement of their change and development aspirations
  • territories are well served in providing for their residents the equivalent opportunities and responsibilities as other Australians enjoy in comparable communities, and
  • local governments are supported in serving their communities efficiently, effectively and responsively.

Our outputs

To help our ministers achieve desired outcomes, we produce a range of goods and services (our outputs). The link between these outputs and our outcomes is illustrated in figure 3B below.

Figure 3B - The department's outcomes and outputs framework

Figure 3B - The department's outcomes and outputs framework

Our responsibilities

Our main responsibilities are to:

  • carry out research and provide policy advice on transport and regional matters
  • deliver transport and regional services and programmes, including services to territories and to local government
  • administer regulations and standards for all modes of transport (sea, air and land), and
  • conduct investigations into transport safety.

We also:

  • work towards particular priorities across the department and portfolio, as identified by government from time to time
  • administer specific resources on behalf of the government 2, such as natural disaster mitigation and relief programmes, and
  • support the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon John Anderson MP, in his broader portfolio responsibilities.

Our achievements in 2003-04 are described in Chapters 4 and 5.

2 The parliament provides us with two types of resources: departmental and administered. We use our departmental resources to produce the goods and services (outputs) we provide to ministers and other clients. We have less control over how we use administered resources, and we report on administered transactions and programmes separately. More information on government finances can be obtained from the Department of Finance and Administration http://www.finance.gov.au/

Our organisational structure

In 2002-03, we were organised into eleven divisions with a strong demarcation between regional and transport services, and between different modes of transport. However, as detailed in our 2002-03 annual report, financial and other pressures prompted us to rethink the way we do business.

After consulting with staff, we announced the 'Work out/Workup'; package of reforms in May 2003. We also implemented a new structure from 1 July 2003 with five groups based on functional lines to simplify the way we manage and report our performance. Figure 3C below highlights how this structure aligns more closely with our outputs.

We made one other change to our structure in 2003-04. In December 2003, we set up a new Office of Transport Security to oversee all transport security matters. The activities of the office are described in Chapter 4).

Figure 3D sets out our structure and the senior staff responsible for each area as at 30 June 2004. For an up-to-date version of our organisational structure, visit our website www.dotars.gov.au/

Figure 3C - Relationship between outputs and organisational structure

Figure 3C - Relationship between outputs and organisational structure

Figure 3D - Organisational structure at 30 June 2004

Figure 3D - Organisational structure at 30 June 2004
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Our values

We embrace the APS Values and Code of Conduct, as set out in the Public Service Act 1997. These define our relationship with the government, the parliament, the public and each other. We also recognise that, to deliver high quality service, we must be:

  • results oriented
  • honest, professional and accountable
  • client and stakeholder focused
  • committed to improving our skills, and
  • diverse, trusting and respectful of each other.

These values underpin our approach to management and accountability (see Chapter 6).

About this report

We are required to provide an annual report to the parliament on how we have used the resources it has entrusted to us.

We publish our annual report on our website www.dotars.gov.au/department/annual_report/index.aspx. We provide it in several electronic formats, to make it accessible to people in regional areas and people with a disability. We have also distributed 1000 hard copies to stakeholders including 42 libraries around Australia 3.

Report coverage and contents

We have prepared our annual report for 2003-04 taking into account the Requirements for Annual Reports issued by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit in June 2004 (see compliance index).

We have also included other material to put our activities into context. We have acknowledged the source of data, photographs and other materials close to where they are used. Where we do not do so, it is because we are the source of the material.

Contact for annual report matters

We value feedback about what we have done well and can do better. If you have comments or queries about our annual report, please email annualreport@dotars.gov.au or call 1800 075 001 or write to:

Annual Report Coordinator
Department of Transport and Regional Services
Reply Paid 594
Canberra ACT 2601

3 A list of the 42 libraries participating in the Australian Government library deposit and free issue scheme can be obtained from the Australian Government Information Management Office www.agimo.gov.au.