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Section 1 : Overview



The Department 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
  • assisting regions to manage their own futures.

The Department provides a range of transport and regional services and information to - and in partnership with - government, industry and the broader community. It has a strong policy development role, together with programme administration and service delivery responsibilities. It conducts research, analysis and safety investigations, provides safety information and advice based upon these investigations and performs regulatory functions.

The services and funding the Department provides affect every Australian household - on the safety and security of our transport, the quality of the roads and local council services, access to goods and services from interstate and overseas, and the ability of communities to mitigate and recover from natural disasters. Its range of programmes delivered on behalf of the Australian Government includes services to territories and to local governments.

The Department is accountable to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon Mark Vaile MP, the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, the Hon Jim Lloyd MP and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon De-Anne Kelly MP.

Figure 1.1 on the following page sets out the Department's organisational structure and the senior staff responsible for each area as at 1 May 2007. An up-to-date version of the organisational structure can be found on the Department's website at www.dotars.gov.au

Figure 1.1: Organisational structure as at 1 May 2007

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