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Report on performance

Outcome 1-Transport outputs and programmes

Outcome 1-Contributions to international organisations (consolidated summary)

Table 3.46 Summary of performance-Contributions to international organisations

PBS/PAES performance indicators Results

Effectiveness

Australia is able to participate in international discussions on:

  • civil aviation

Australia participates in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council as one of 11 Category One states: that is, as 'a State of Chief Importance in Air Transport'. The Department maintains an ongoing, full-time presence at the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada.

In 2006-07 two departmental officers were located in Montreal and represented Australia on the ICAO Council and ICAO Air Navigation Commission. The Department administered payments to the ICAO and represented the Australian Government at ICAO meetings.

  • maritime transport

The Department administers the payment of the annual Australian membership fee to the International Maritime Organization (IMO)-an agency of the United Nations which promotes safe, secure and efficient shipping on clean oceans. Membership allows officers of Australian Government departments and agencies to participate in meetings of committees and subcommittees of the IMO.

In 2006-07 the Department:

  • attended five IMO meetings covering safety, environment, security legal, and trade facilitation issues;
  • contributed to the adoption of five IMO instruments that promote the aims of the IMO and advance Australia's interests, including
    • agreement of guidelines on the control and management of ships' ballast water and sediments; and
    • agreement on the new Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks; and
  • contributed to the international entry into force of the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships, by undertaking the domestic processes to allow Australia to became a party to that convention.
  • road, rail and intermodal transport

Australia's contribution to high-quality international transport research, aimed at promoting economic reform and growth, involves participation in, and an annual funding contribution to, the OECD/European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) Joint Transport Research Centre. Australia is also a founding member of the International Transport Forum, a newly launched successor to the ECMT.

Quality

Payment is made in line with Australia's international obligations

During 2006-07 the Department continued to pay Australia's contributions promptly. Table 3.48 summarises payments under the three administered programmes.

Cost

Civil aviation: $1.3 million

The actual cost of the programme in 2006-07 was $1.2 million.

Variance is due to international exchange rate movement.

Maritime transport: $0.3 million

The actual cost of the programme in 2006-07 was $0.3 million.

Road, rail and intermodal transport: $40,000

The actual cost of the programme in 2006-07 was $30,000.

Overall performance

Notes: This summary consolidates performance information for contributions to international organisations administered under outputs 1.4.1 and 1.4.2. The IMO contributions are administered by Maritime and Land Transport and the OECD contributions by the BTRE under Output 1.4.1, and the ICAO contribution is administered by Aviation and Airports under Output 1.4.2.

Table 3.47 Trends in payments to international organisations

  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 estimate
International Civil Aviation Organization
Actual payment in US dollars $818,000 $952,000 $977,000 $978,000 $1,010,000
Equivalent in Australian dollars $1,101,000 $1,206,000 $1,300,000 $1,247,000 $1,238,000
International Maritime Organization
Actual payment in UK pounds £113,097 £119,808 £122,594 £124,174 £136,400
Equivalent in Australian dollars $265,000 $292,000 $289,000 $311,000 $341,000
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Actual payment in euros €14,000 €15,000 €18,000 €18,800 €25,100
Equivalent in Australian dollars $25,000 $24,000 $29,000 $30,000 $40,000

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