Chapter 4: Transport—Continued

Programme 2.3—Road Safety

In Focus

Road Safety Leadership

  • The Department worked closely with state and territory road safety agencies to finalise the mid-term review of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020 and to develop a new National Road Safety Action Plan 2015–2017. In addition to direct consultation earlier in the review process, stakeholders had the opportunity to provide input at the National Road Safety Forum held in Canberra on 22 September 2014.
  • The Department continued to play a lead role in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation working groups to facilitate road safety improvements in the Asia-Pacific region.

Driver Training Programmes

  • The Department managed delivery arrangements for the keys2drive learner driver programme. This initiative has so far provided learners and their supervising drivers (mainly parents) with 366,758 professional coaching lessons.

Seatbelts on Regional School Buses

  • The seatbelts on regional school buses programme delivered $1.0 million to regional bus operators to install seatbelts in 63 school buses.

Vehicle Safety

  • The Department led the transposition of the Global Technical Regulation on Pole Side Impact into a United Nations regulation and in June 2015 published a consultation Regulation Impact Statement to mandate the regulation in Australia. Research was commissioned on the effectiveness of anti-lock braking on motorcycles as a first step in developing a Regulation Impact Statement and heavy vehicle operators were surveyed extensively on the use of advanced braking systems, an important step towards considering the case for electronic stability control on heavy vehicles.
  • The Department supported the United Nations development of the International Whole Vehicle Type Approval. This will provide type approval at vehicle rather than component level in future, strengthening the international regime for mutual recognition of approvals. Along with Australia's broader programme to harmonise Australian Design Rules with United Nations regulations, this will ensure the latest vehicle technology is available immediately in the Australian market and provide savings to manufacturers and consumers.

Summary of Performance

Table 4.7 Programme 2.3 key performance indicators

Key performance indicatorTargetResult
Contribute to the development of a safe road transport system. Statistical analysis and information published is accurate and robust. Stakeholders are assisted to evaluate and improve transport safety outcomes. 2014–15
Statistical reports published by the Department contained accurate and robust analysis and information. A range of statistical information, research findings and policy advice was provided to stakeholders to support improved road safety outcomes.
Australia's motor vehicle safety standards are aligned with international standards. Australian Design Rules are aligned with international standards, where warranted, on a timely basis. 2014–15
Four Australian Design Rules (glazing, lighting installation, rear vision devices and front fog lamps) were amended to enable formal application of the relevant United Nations regulations. Updates to the United Nations regulations automatically flow through to the Australian Design Rules.

Australian specific requirements for extensions to motorcycle mudguards were deleted from Australian Design Rule 42.
Road vehicles supplied to the Australian market meet appropriate safety, emissions, anti-theft and environmental standards. Ongoing provision of an effective technical and administrative framework, providing high levels of assurance and timely decision making. 2014–15
The Department continued work to ensure all road vehicles supplied in Australia meet legislative and administrative requirements. This included maintenance of a certification and audit system for new vehicles and investigation of any complaints regarding potential non-compliance with Australian Design Rules.

Result Key
Achieved All targets for 2014–15 were met or exceeded.
Substantially achieved Targets were mostly met, and any issues are being managed.
Partially achieved Some targets were met, and any issues are being managed.
Not achieved None or minimal progress was made against targets in 2014–15.

Table 4.8 Programme 2.3 deliverables

Coordinate progress monitoring and reporting on the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020. Ongoing collection of national performance data. Release of 2014 Review outcomes by December 2014. The 2014 Review of the National Road Safety Strategy was completed. Results were reported to the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2014, when Ministers endorsed a new National Road Safety Action Plan for 2015–2017.
Publish regular statistical bulletins on national road deaths. Updated statistics published within two weeks of the end of each month. Monthly road safety statistics, quarterly bulletins and annual reports were all published on time.
Contribute to the development of international vehicle standards and implement new and updated international standards in Australia, through Australian Design Rules, where warranted. The Department actively participates in the development of international vehicle standards, robustly assesses standards for implementation in Australia (including through Regulation Impact Statements) and implements standards consistent with international timetables. In July 2014 requirements came into force for anti-lock braking systems for heavy vehicles, further aligning the Australian Design Rules with international braking standards.

In June 2015 a consultation Regulation Impact Statement was published to consider the case to mandate the international standard on pole side impact.
Maintain a system to ensure new vehicle models entering the Australian market are assessed as meeting, and continue to meet, regulatory requirements. Applications for approval to place identification plates on new vehicle models are considered in a timely manner and a risk based audit and enforcement programme is conducted. A total of 5,528 vehicle certification approvals were issued. Over 93 per cent of applications for approval to place identification plates were approved within 32 days (as outlined in the service charter).

A risk-based audit and enforcement programme included 55 audits of vehicle production and test facilities.
Maintain a system to ensure that Registered Automotive Workshops (RAW) and the used vehicles they supply to the Australian market meet regulatory standards. Applications for Registered Automotive Workshops approval and to import and plate used imported vehicles are considered in a timely manner, including conduct of mandatory inspections, and a risk-based audit and enforcement programme. A total of 158 workshop inspections were completed and 8,964 used import plates were issued.

In total 87 per cent of workshop inspections were completed within the six-week target.
Maintain a system to allow for the importation of standard vehicles and to ensure the importation of non-standard vehicles is in accordance with legislation. Applications for vehicle import approval are assessed in a timely manner. The Department received a total of 11,343 non-registered automotive workshop import applications; an average of 945 a month.

There were over 12,000 phone enquiries and 565,500 website visits.

The service charter for processing vehicle import applications sets a target of 20 working days when documentation is complete, although this may not be met in peak periods. Average processing times were maintained well within the standard throughout the year.

Existing systems have been available to importers and have supported the importation of motor vehicles in accordance with legislation.

A new system for vehicle imports has been designed and is being implemented. This will streamline submission and assessment processes and allow applicants to monitor application progress.
Facilitate the ongoing development and delivery of the keys2drive education programme for learner drivers. Delivery of approximately 19,500 driving lessons per quarter. The Department worked with the Australian Automobile Association to deliver this programme in accordance with the agreed business plan. An average of more than 19,500 driving lessons were achieved per quarter in 2014–15.
The number of school buses equipped with seatbelts for students in rural and regional areas is increased as a consequence of the seatbelts on regional school buses administered item. An application round is completed in accordance with the approved programme guidelines. Round 11 of the seatbelts on regional school buses programme was administered in accordance with the published guidelines as approved by the Australian Government.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance. Items were administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and Australian National Audit Office guidance.

Table 4.9 Programme 2.3 administered items

Administered ItemResult
keys2drive Two payments were made to the Australian Automobile Association totalling $4.0 million.
At the end of 2014–15 there were 1,191 accredited keys2drive instructors. The programme delivered 90,404 lessons during the year, bringing the total number of keys2drive lessons delivered to 366,758.
Seatbelts on regional school buses In 2014–15 $1.0 million was provided to bus operators to install seatbelts on 63 school buses.

Note: The budget and actual expenditure for each administered item is listed in Appendix A.

Did you know?

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle are the major container ports and together handle around 85 per cent of the total number of containers in Australia.

Source: Waterline 56, 2015

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Last Updated: 7 December, 2015