Section 1 : Agency Overview
The Department of Transport and Regional Services (DOTARS) works with portfolio agencies in contributing to the well-being of all Australians by:
- fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system, and
- assisting regions to manage their own futures.
DOTARS focuses on making a difference in terms of:
setting the regulatory requirements for the security of our national transport system
providing greater recognition and development opportunities for local, regional and territory communities
implementing the $12.5 billion AusLink land transport investment programme to invest in strategic national road and rail links, and
seeking to ensure Australia's transport sector remains competitive and enables efficient and effective movement of people and goods within Australia and with its trading partners, consistent with safety and security outcomes.
DOTARS' main responsibilities are to:
carry out research and provide policy advice on transport and regional issues
conduct investigations into transport safety
administer regulations and standards for all modes of transport, and
deliver a range of programmes on behalf of the Australian Government, including services to territories and to local governments.
DOTARS also supports the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon John Anderson MP, in his broader government responsibilities.
Figure 1.1 on the following page sets out DOTARS organisational structure and the senior staff responsible for each area as at 1 May 2005. An up-to-date version of the organisational structure can be found on DOTARS website at www.dotars.gov.au/.
Figure 1.1: Organisational structure as at 1 May 2005
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