Australian Transport Safety Bureau

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 programs which demonstrate their contribution to Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.

The ATSB outcome is described below by a program, specifying the performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor the performance of the ATSB in achieving government outcomes.

Outcome 1: Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent 'no blame' investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

Outcome 1 Strategy

The ATSB contributes to one outcome: Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent 'no blame' investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

The ATSB is part of a broader transport safety framework that also includes transport regulators and policy makers as well as the transport industry itself. The ATSB will contribute to improved transport safety by implementing the major elements outlined in its strategic direction statement and will achieve its program objectives through an integrated system of planning, selective investigation, reporting and communication with stakeholders.

Outcome 1 budgeted expenses and resources

Table 2.1 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 1, by program.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses and resources for Outcome 1 

Contributions to Outcome 1

Program 1.1: Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Program 1.1 Objective

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will work actively with the aviation, marine and rail industries, transport regulators and governments at a state, national and international level to improve transport safety standards for all Australians, particularly those travelling within Australia and overseas. Investigations and related activities seek to raise awareness of identified safety issues and to encourage stakeholders to implement actions to improve future safety.

Components of Program 1.1:

i. Independent 'no blame' investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences

Independent investigations that are selective and systemic, and which focus on future safety rather than on blame, increase stakeholder awareness and action on safety issues and foster industry and public confidence in the transport system.

ii. Safety data recording, analysis and research

Timely receipt and assessment of transport accident and other safety occurrence notifications allows the ATSB to identify and refer safety issues at the earliest opportunity. The maintenance and analysis of a body of safety information (including transport safety data, and research and investigation reports) enables stakeholders and researchers to gain a better understanding of safety trends and safety issues.

iii. Fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action

Awareness and understanding of transport safety issues is increased through a range of activities including consultation, education, and the promulgation of research and investigation findings and recommendations; these contribute to the national and international body of safety knowledge and foster action for the improvement of safety systems and operations.

Program 1.1 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the program, measure the effectiveness of the program in meeting its objectives.
Key performance indicators Year Target
Proactive implementation of safety action by stakeholders, reducing the need to issue formal safety recommendations. 2008-09 Revised budget. Not applicable.
2009-10 Budget. In the majority of relevant cases.
2010-11 Forward year 1. Ongoing - refer to 2009-10 Budget Target.
2011-12 Forward year 2. Ongoing - refer to 2009-10 Budget Target.
2012-13 Forward year 3. Ongoing - refer to 2009-10 Budget Target.

Program 1.1 Expenses



($'000)
2008-09
Revised
Budget
2009-10
Budget
2010-11
Forward
year 1
2011-12
Forward
year 2
2012-13
Forward
year 3
Program Support 0 22 336 20 387 20 452 19 508
Total program expenses 0 22 336 20 387 20 452 19 508

Program 1.1 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the program in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
Proportion of accident and incident notifications and confidential reports received, assessed, classified and recorded (ATSB expects to receive around 12,000 potential accident and incident notifications and around 100 confidential reports in 2009-10). 2008-09 Revised budget. Not applicable.
2009-10 Budget. 100%
2010-11 Forward year 1. 100%
2011-12 Forward year 2. 100%
2012-13 Forward year 3. 100%
Number of selective investigations of accidents and incidents based on safety priorities and guidelines. 2008-09 Revised budget. Not applicable.
2009-10 Budget. 100
2010-11 Forward year 1. 100
2011-12 Forward year 2. 100
2012-13 Forward year 3. 100
Number of selective research and analysis investigations based on safety priorities and trends. 2008-09 Revised budget. Not applicable.
2009-10 Budget. 10
2010-11 Forward year 1. 10
2011-12 Forward year 2. 10
2012-13 Forward year 3. 10
Develop, review and test major accident investigation response capabilities. 2008-09 Revised budget. Not applicable.
2009-10 Budget. Annually.
2010-11 Forward year 1. Annually.
2011-12 Forward year 2. Annually.
2012-13 Forward year 3. Annually.
Contribute to international working groups and major conferences. 2008-09 Revised budget. Not applicable.
2009-10 Budget. ICAO, AIG, MAIIF, ISASI and ITSA meetings.
2010-11 Forward year 1. Ongoing - refer to 2009-10 Budget target.
2011-12 Forward year 2. Ongoing - refer to 2009-10 Budget target.
2012-13 Forward year 3. Ongoing - refer to 2009-10 Budget target.
Comply with international safety investigation obligations as assessed by the ICAO and IMO compliance audit regime based on the Australian legal and governance framework. 2008-09 Revised budget. Not applicable.
2009-10 Budget. 100% compliance.
2010-11 Forward year 1. 100% compliance.
2011-12 Forward year 2. 100% compliance.
2012-13 Forward year 3. 100% compliance.
Complete endorsed ATSB projects under ITSAP for 2009-10. 2008-09 Revised budget. Not applicable.
2009-10 Budget. 100% completion.
2010-11 Forward year 1. Not applicable.
2011-12 Forward year 2. Not applicable.
2012-13 Forward year 3. Not applicable.
Publish ATSB final investigation reports and make available on ATSB website. 2008-09 Revised budget. Not applicable.
2009-10 Budget. 100%
2010-11 Forward year 1. 100%
2011-12 Forward year 2. 100%
2012-13 Forward year 3. 100%

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