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Report on Performance

Transport outputs and programmes

Overview

Australia's transport system is vast and directly employs 425,000 people-roughly one in 20 jobs. Each year our 180 largest airports handle 1 million flights and 54 million passengers, while 3,300 ships make 23,000 port calls at 70 ports.

With increasing globalisation, our nation's prosperity depends more than ever on Australia having a transport system that is secure and safe, nationally and internationally competitive, accessible and sustainable.

What we do

In 2005-06 the department contributed to the wellbeing of all Australians by fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system. Amongst other things, we delivered:

  • advice to the Australian Government on issues ranging from national competition policy, industry productivity, international air services policy and airspace reform, through to technical standards for motor vehicles
  • grants to state, territory and local governments and the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) towards 143 major road and rail construction projects and more than 5,000 smaller projects under AusLink (page 69)
  • regulation of aviation and shipping with portfolio bodies including the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Airservices Australia, and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
  • support for the government's efforts to pursue cooperative international approaches to enhance aviation safety
  • investigations into more than 100 transport safety accidents and incidents
  • publication of approximately 32 transport safety research and statistical reports (page 48).

What this chapter covers

This chapter reports on the transport outputs and programmes the department was funded to deliver in 2004-05. See Table 3.1 for details. The chapter:

  • sets out our annual financial and other targets, as published in our 2005-06 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) or amended in the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) and Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statement (PSAES)
  • reports our actual results in 2004-05 and compares them with previous years' results where applicable
  • discusses factors that may be affecting or are likely to affect the results
  • summarises progress towards achievement of the indicators nominated for each output and programme using the following ratings:

fully achieved mostly achieved partly achieved not achieved

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Table 3.1 Transport outputs and programmes in 2005-06

Budget 2005-06a $'000

Actual 2005-06 $'000

Varianceb (%)

Rating

Information

Output 1.1.1-Investigation

19,180

18,950

-1.2

Page 34

Output 1.1.2-Safety

15,240

17,230

13.1

Page 43

Output 1.2.1-Transport Security

65,819

62,878

-4.5

Page 51

Administered programmes

Aviation Security Enhancements

- assistance to regional passenger aircraft

800

516

-35.5

Page 63

- improving international aviation outreach

20

-

-100.0

Page 63

- increased air cargo inspections

4,900

2,740

-44.1

Page 64

- regional airport 24-hour closed circuit television pilot study

2,000

1,772

-11.4

Page 64

- regional airport security

1,500

1,500

-

Page 65

- regional passenger screening

3,000

2,465

-17.8

Page 66

Output 1.3.1-AusLink

19,752

19,613

-0.7

444

Page 69

Administered programmes

AusLink

- National Network

1,318,399

1,228,903

-6.8

Page 71

- Road Safety Black Spot

44,500

44,446

-0.1

Page 73

- Roads to Recovery

307,500

307,500

-

Page 74

- Strategic Regional

16,500

14,500

-12.1

Page 76

- Improving Local Roads d

-

-

-

Page 78

- Improving the National Network d

2,510

2,510

-

Page 79

- Improving the National Railtrack ce

270,000

270,000

-

Page 69

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

450

48

-89.3

Page 81

Murray River Bridges-Federation Fund Project

-

-

-

Page 82

Upgrade of the Mainline Interstate Railway Track

20,000

-

-100.0

Page 83

Output 1.4.1-Maritime and land transport

12,174

12,860

5.6

Page 85

Administered programmes

Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme

35,000

31,090

-11.2

Page 92

Interstate road transport fees

48,030

47,975

-0.1

Page 93

Maritime salvage

4,250

4,250

-

Page 94

National Transport Commission

2,507

2,507

-

Page 95

Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

2,000

-

-100.0

Page 97

Payments to Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited

7,629

3,898

-48.9

Page 98

Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

89,400

92,289

3.2

Page 99

Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme

1,050

-

-100.0

Page 100

Transport and Logistics Centre of Excellence

2,000

2,000

-

Page 101

Contributions to international organisations

- International Civil Aviation Organization

1,285

1,300

1.2

Page 102

- International Maritime Organization

286

289

1.0

Page 102

- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Road Transport programme

40

29

-27.5

Page 102

Output 1.4.2-Aviation and Airports

24,743

27,236

10.1

Page 104

Administered programmes

Airport lessee companies-reimbursement of parking fines

2,572

943

-63.3

Page 116

Compensation for acquisition and sale of airport land

3

-

-100.0

Page 117

Implementation of noise amelioration

Page 118

- for Adelaide Airport

7,000

1,274

-81.8

- for Sydney Airport

5,369

3,324

-38.1

Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges

5,550

5,955

7.3

Page 120

Sydney West Airport-rental properties

2,652

1,903

-28.2

Page 121

Canberra International Airport-runway strengthening f

28,500

8,984

-68.5

Ansett-rapid route recovery scheme g

-

6,500

100.0

Outcome 1-All outputs

Total price of departmental outputs

156,909

158,766

1.2

Less receipts from independent sources

2,587

4,989

92.8

Net price to government (appropriation)

154,322

153,777

-0.4

Administered programmes summary

Total cost of administered programmes

2,237,202

2,091,411

-6.5

Plus depreciation, write-down of assets etc.

1,464

1,740

18.9

Total administered operating expenses

2,238,666

2,093,151

-6.5

Less administered revenues

247,484

258,609

4.5

Net cost to government

1,991,182

1,834,542

4.5

Average staffing level

849

843

-0.7

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a The budget shown for both departmental outputs and administered programmes is the revised budget published in our 2005-06 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements updated for measures announced in the 2005-06 Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statement. Departmental outputs are inclusive of own source revenue.
b The variance is the change in our 2005-06 actuals over our revised 2005-06 budget.
c In the 2005-06 Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statement these measure titles were prefaced with the words 'Investing in the nation's infrastructure-...'
d These programmes were announced in the 2005-06 Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statement.
e This initiative was announced in the 2005-06 Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statement. It involves an additional payment of $270 million to the Australian Rail Track Corporation.
f This one-year programme was announced in the 2005-06 Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statement. Payments of $28.5 million were made in 2005-06 but only $8.98 million was expensed in 2005-06 with the balance treated as a prepayment which will be expensed in 2006-07.
g The variance relates to funding provided in 2002-03 which has been reclassified as a grant.

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