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Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

The Australian Government requires agencies to measure their intended and actual performance in terms of outcomes. Government outcomes are the results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Government on the Australian community. Agencies are required to identify the output groups which demonstrate their contribution to Government outcomes over the coming year.

2.1.1: Outcome 1: Fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system

AMSA contributes to its Outcome 1: Fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system. AMSA has established two intermediate outcomes reflecting the benefit that AMSA seeks to provide to the Australian community and thereby contribute directly to the achievement of the outcome. Each intermediate outcome is described below by output groups, specifying the key performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor the performance of AMSA in achieving government outcomes.

Figure 2.1 summarises the relationship between the outcome, AMSA's intermediate outcomes, output groups, outputs and the involvement of AMSA's Divisions in delivering each output.

AMSA Intermediate Outcome 1: Minimising the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters

This intermediate outcome seeks to achieve high standards of ship safety and marine environment protection in Australian waters and involves contributions from the following four outputs comprising AMSA's Output Group 1.1: Ship Operations, Safety and Marine Environment Protection Program:

Output 1.1: Regulatory measures for ship safety and environment protection
Output 1.2: Monitoring compliance with safety and environment standards
Output 1.3: Responding to marine pollution risks
Output 1.4: Systems for aiding safe marine navigation.

AMSA Intermediate Outcome 2: Maximising the number of people saved from maritime and aviation incidents

This intermediate outcome seeks to achieve optimal effectiveness of the national search and rescue coordination service over Australia's search and rescue region and the safety and distress communications services provided primarily for commercial shipping. It involves contributions from the following output that comprises AMSA's Output Group 2: Search and Rescue Program:

Output 2.1: Maritime and aviation search and rescue

Intermediate Outcome 1 strategy

Output 1.1: Regulatory measures for ship safety and environment protection

  • Maintain relevance and currency of Australia's national shipping regulatory regime in line with international standards and contemporary safety and environment management systems and promote reform of AMSA administered legislation, in cooperation with relevant departments and agencies.

  • Represent Australia's interests in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in progressing ship safety and environment standards, pollution liability and compensation schemes, and measures to encourage implementation and enforcement of international standards by flag States and compliance monitoring by port States, in cooperation with relevant departments and agencies.

  • Address ship safety and environment protection issues relevant to State/Territory jurisdictions in a nationally consistent manner.

  • Progress ship safety and environment protection initiatives in the Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef, including monitoring of ship compliance with the coastal pilotage system, developing a governance regime for private sector providers of under keel clearance management systems in the Torres Strait, and delivering a navigational assistance service to ships through the provision of vessel traffic system capabilities.

  • Investigate and prosecute potential offences in line with AMSA's prosecution policy.

  • Promote an Australian maritime industry safety culture and implement the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program jointly with Maritime Safety Queensland promoting a maritime safety culture in the Torres Strait.

  • Coordinate Australia's participation in the IMO Voluntary Member State Audit Scheme to assess effective implementation and administration of mandatory IMO instruments.

  • Deliver maritime safety elements of the Indonesian Transport Safety Assistance project in cooperation with other departments and agencies.

Output 1.2: Monitoring compliance with safety and environment standards

  • Continue refining ship inspection risk management strategies to target higher risk ships visiting Australian ports and focus on specific safety and environmental hazards.

  • Pursue initiatives in the Asia/Pacific and Indian Ocean regional forums to strengthen port State control performance and so deter substandard ships operating in the region.

  • Strengthen performance of AMSA's occupational health and safety inspectorate.

  • Maintain alignment of Australia's seafarer training and qualifications system with international standards and facilitate career path progression from smaller vessels and Navy and Customs service to large ocean going commercial ships.

  • Participate in Australian Government maritime training and skills development initiatives.

Output 1.3: Responding to marine pollution risks

  • Manage pollution preparedness and response in line with the National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and Other Noxious and Hazardous Substances and emergency response in line with the National Maritime Emergency Response Arrangements.

  • Regulate, monitor and coordinate emergency response as the national decision maker to a ship incident involving a significant pollution risk in Australia's waters and around Australia's coast, including developing a national casualty response plan.

  • Participate in exercises and training programs testing pollution and emergency response arrangements.

  • Maintain public awareness strategy of pollution response arrangements and convene triennial International Oil Spill Conference in 2010 to promote information sharing on pollution response.

Output 1.4: Systems for aiding safe marine navigation

  • Maintain the national aids to navigation network in line with the five year Navigation Safety Strategic Plan for Marine Aids to Navigation, including managing the contract for maintenance services by an external provider.

  • Integrate technological and communications advances to improve ship monitoring in Torres Strait and Great Barrier Reef.

  • Review measures to address navigational safety impacts from the expansion of offshore and onshore resource developments off the north-west Australian coast.

  • Assist in providing maritime domain awareness to enhance AMSA's marine safety and environment protection capability.

  • Preserve the heritage values of aids to navigation property through the implementation of AMSA's Heritage Strategy.

Intermediate Outcome 2 strategy

Output 2.1: Maritime and aviation search and rescue.

  • Operate Australia's 24 hour Rescue Coordination Centre and facilitate maritime emergency response roles in emergency towage, casualty coordination, pollution response and environment protection.

  • Operate communications and automated data exchange systems to facilitate multi disciplinary emergency response and enhance coordination with other agencies.

  • Manage contracts with external providers to ensure maximum availability of distress and safety communication services in line with international standards.

  • Review technological advances and international developments impacting on communications services to improve search and rescue and emergency response.

  • Manage contracts for the fleet of five turbine engine aircraft dedicated to search and rescue operations located at Darwin, Perth, Cairns, Melbourne and Brisbane.

  • Facilitate other government agencies to integrate their use of AMSA's dedicated aircraft, while recognising their primary search and rescue role.

  • Progress national public education campaigns for the phasing out of the 121.5 megahertz distress beacons and facilitating uptake and registration of 406 megahertz beacons and contribute to maritime safety awareness and aviation search and rescue awareness.

  • Continue to work with the Australian Antarctic Division, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Airservices Australia and the Australian Defence Force to strengthen effectiveness of search and rescue in remote areas, particularly in Antarctica.

  • Conduct regular operational debriefs, meetings, workshops and exercises to strengthen coordination between search and rescue agencies.

Outcome 1 resource statement

Table 2.1 provides additional detail of Budget appropriations and the total resourcing for Outcome 1.

Table 2.1: Total resources for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Performance information identified for Outcome 1 in terms of AMSA's outputs that contribute to its achievement, are detailed below:

Output Group 1: Ship operations, safety and marine environment protection program
Components of Output Group 1:

Regulatory measures for ship safety and environment protection (output 1.1)


Maintaining the national regulatory regime of ship safety and environment protection standards consistent with international treaties and contemporary safety and environment management systems.

Monitoring compliance with safety and environment standards (output 1.2)

Conducting inspections of ships, their cargoes and cargo handling equipment in Australian ports, overseeing ship operations in Australian waters including the safety of coastal pilotage operations, and issuing certificates of competency to seafarers.

Responding to marine pollution risks (output 1.3)

Managing oil and chemical spill preparedness and response capability in line with National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and Other Noxious and Hazardous Substances and emergency response capability in line with National Maritime Emergency Response Arrangements.

Systems for aiding safe marine navigation (output 1.4)

Providing technical, maintenance and engineering project management services to support the national aids to navigation network and traffic management measures that meet the needs of commercial shipping. Providing maritime safety information to ships consistent with international standards, which also contributes to the maintenance of safety communications services under output group 2, Search and Rescue Program.
Key Performance Indicators 2008-09 Target
Improved standard of foreign ships operating in Australian waters (Quality). Declining trend in detention rate and average number of deficiencies per inspection.
Proportion of issues raised by AMSA satisfactorily addressed at relevant international forums (Quality). 100 per cent
Cost of regulatory standards regime (Price). 2008-09 estimates: $8.6 million
Inspection rate of risk assessed eligible foreign flag ships (Quality).
Single hull tankers: 100 per cent
Priority one ships: 80 per cent
Priority two ships: 60 per cent
Priority three ships: 40 per cent
Priority four ships: 20 per cent
Number of port and flag State ship inspections (Quantity). Port State inspections: 2,800
Flag State inspections: 95
Cost of compliance monitoring (Price). 2008-09 estimates: $17.3 million
Availability of pollution response resources and equipment (Quality). 95 per cent availability.
Availability of emergency response capability (Quality). 100 per cent availability of emergency towage vessels in line with contractual terms.
Cost of pollution risk response (Price). 2008-09 estimates: $18.9 million
Availability of marine aids to navigation network (Quality).
Visual: Category 1 99.8 per cent
  Category 2 99.0 per cent
  Category 3 97.0 per cent
Racons: 99.6 per cent
Tideguages: 99.6 per cent
DGPS: 99.6 per cent
REEFVTS Radar: 99.6 per cent
AIS: 99.6 per cent
AIS (non REEFVTS): 99.8 per cent
Unlit Beacons: 95.0 per cent
Topmarks/daymarks: 95.0 per cent
Aids to navigation network meets requirements of five year Navigation Safety Strategic Plan for Marine Aids to Navigation (Quality). 100 per cent of priority strategies executed on time and within budget.
Cost of aids to navigation system (Price). 2008-09 estimates: $21.4 million

 

Output Group 2: Search and Rescue Program

Components of Output Group 2:

Maritime and aviation search and rescue (output 2.1)

Providing a 24 hour search and rescue coordination service over the internationally agreed Australian search and rescue region and maintaining distress and safety communications services.
Key Performance Indicators 2008-09 Target
Provision of Rescue Coordination Centre with capacity to handle incidents, searches and AUSREP reports (Quantity). 15,000 incidents
500 searches
300,000 AUSREP reports
Availability of each system providing distress and safety communications services (Quality). 99.5 per cent
Availability of search and rescue units (Quality). 5 dedicated and 58 available on opportunity basis.
Median time for the Rescue Coordination Centre to initiate a response (Quality). 30 minutes
Cost of search and rescue capability (Price). 2008-09 estimates: $54.3 million

Figure 2.1: AMSA's Outcomes, output groups, outputs and Divisions

AMSA's Outcomes, output groups, outputs and Divisions

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