Introduction and Overview
The portfolio of Transport and Regional Services contributes to the well-being of all Australians by fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system, and by assisting regions to manage their own futures.
The October 2004 federal election and retirement from the ministry of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon John Anderson MP, led to a number of ministerial changes.
Mr Anderson was replaced by the Hon Warren Truss MP, former Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, on 6 July 2005.
At the same time, the Hon John Cobb MP, who had served as Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Anderson, became Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. His predecessor, the Hon DeAnne Kelly MP, became Minister for Veterans' Affairs on 16 November 2004.
The Hon Jim Lloyd MP was appointed Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads on 18 July 2004. He replaced Senator the Hon Ian Campbell who became Minister for the Environment and Heritage.
About the Portfolio
This annual report focuses on the Department of Transport and Regional Services (the department). Information on other portfolio agencies may be obtained from these agencies' annual reports and websites. The authorities and commissions in the portfolio are¹:
- Airservices Australia www.airservicesaustralia.com
- Australian Maritime Safety Authority www.amsa.gov.au
- Civil Aviation Safety Authority www.casa.gov.au
- International Air Services Commission www.iasc.gov.au
- National Capital Authority www.nationalcapital.gov.au, and
- National Transport Commission www.ntc.gov.au
The portfolio also includes several corporations and other bodies. These are:
- Australian Maritime College www.amc.edu.au
- Australian Rail Track Corporation www.artc.com.au, and
- Maritime Industry Finance Company Ltd.
In 2004-05 the portfolio also included several other bodies. The Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee moved to the employment and workplace relations portfolio from 21 July 2005 as part of reforms to the way government asbestos claims are managed. The Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation moved to the finance and administration portfolio from 16 December 2004 in line with a government decision to move out of the land development business over the next ten years.
Four portfolio agencies including the department belong to the general government sector². Figure 1A below illustrates how these agencies contribute to portfolio outcomes.
Figure 1A - Relationship of general government sector agencies at 6 July 2005*
¹ Two other portfolio authorities existed in 2004-05 but were non-operational: the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme Review Authority (TFESRA) and the Christmas Island Casino Surveillance Authority (CSA). There is no casino currently operating on Christmas Island and all board positions on the CSA are vacant. Appointments to the TFESRA are at the discretion of the minister, for a term of two years. There have been no appointments since 1997. No costs were incurred for either body in 2004-05.
² General government sector agencies provide public services which are mainly non-market in nature, are mainly for the collective consumption of the community, involve the transfer or redistribution of income or are financed mainly through taxes and other compulsory levies. For more information about this classification, which refl ects standards issued by the International Monetary Fund, see 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 www.abs.gov.au
* The portfolio structure is shown as at 6 July 2005 as this is when the current Minister for Transport and Regional Services was appointed.
About the Department
Who we are
The Australian Government Department of Transport and Regional Services (the department) provides a range of transport and regional services and information to - and in partnership with - government, industry and the broader community.
We operate under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and are accountable to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon Warren Truss MP.
What we do
We contribute to the well-being of all Australians by assisting regions to manage their own futures and by fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system.
How we make a difference
The services and funding we provide affect every Australian household-on the safety and security of our transport, the quality of the roads and council services we use, our access to goods and services from interstate and overseas, and our ability as a community to mitigate and recover from natural disasters.
We spend roughly $4 billion a year across a number of major business lines as illustrated in figure 1B. For more information about the results we have achieved in each area, and our contribution compared to other agencies, please see our report on performance (Chapters 3 and 4).
How we do business
The department's staff of more than 1000 people is based throughout Australia and its territories-providing on the ground services from head office in Canberra to regional offices on Norfolk and Christmas Islands. We aspire to be:
- honest, professional and accountable
- committed to improving our skills, and
- diverse, trusting and respectful of each other.
These values underpin our approach to, and form the basis of our report on, management and accountability (Chapter 5).
How our organisation has changed over 2004-05
In 2004-05 the department was restructured to provide greater clarity for customers about who in the department provides what, and to better align our resources with key priorities. We created a number of business lines around four main streams: regional services, transport, strategic policy and projects, and corporate services.
A new Office of the Inspector of Transport Security was established to investigate major transport security incidents and conduct proactive investigations as directed by the minister, independent of the Office of Transport Security.
Our outcomes and outputs were revised to reflect the organisational changes. This means that our outcomes and outputs have changed since our last annual report and the 2004-05 Portfolio Budget Statements.
We have aligned this report with our new outcomes and outputs framework and targets published in the 2005-06 Portfolio Budget Statements. For details of the changes and examples of our previous targets please see Appendix I (page 222).
Figure 1C - Relationship between organisational structure and outputs*
*Other areas including the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics and Corporate Services Business Division are vital enablers for other areas, delivering essential research and business services in support of all outputs. This relationship is also reflected in their location at the bottom of Figure 1D.
Meet our Executive Team
Michael J. Taylor
We welcomed Mike Taylor as our Secretary on 26 October 2004. As Secretary, Mr Taylor has specific responsibilities, many of which are set out in legislation. Mr Taylor also sponsors pioneering work with Indigenous communities in the remote East Kimberley and is president of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (ACT branch).
In his previous role as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr Taylor built a strong working relationship with Minister Truss on complex issues. These included national quarantine policy as well as salinity and water management across Australia.
Mr Taylor brings with him wide-ranging experience in rural and industry policy, including as the chief executive of various Victorian Government agencies and of the Australian Dairy Industry Council, representing Australia's largest processed food export industry.
Mike Mrdak was appointed as deputy secretary in March 2005. He is responsible for transport security, aviation and airports, AusLink, maritime and land transport and strategy and research. He also chairs the department's Audit and People Management committees.
Susan Page joined the department in August 2005 as deputy secretary. She is responsible for regional services, territories and local government, safety investigation and international and multilateral forums, such as APEC and chairs