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Department of Infrastructure and Transport

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

Program 2.2: Surface transport
Program 2.2 Objective

The Surface transport program contributes to Outcome 2 through activities which seek to improve the performance of the surface transport industry for the benefit of all Australians.

Components of Program 2.2

(a) National heavy vehicle and rail safety regulation

The Department will work with the host jurisdictions (SA for Rail and QLD for Heavy Vehicles) and Project Directors to implement the respective National Regulators and National Laws by January 2013. The Department will also work closely with the states and territories to ensure the consequential repeal of the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme necessitated by the national reforms, is successfully managed.

(b) National maritime safety regulation

The Department will work with AMSA (the designated national maritime safety regulator) and the states and territories to implement the national system of maritime safety regulation by 2013.

(c) Shipping policy and regulation

To provide an effective policy and regulatory framework for coastal shipping and international liner shipping, the Department administers Part VI of the Navigation Act 1912 and Part X of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, and will provide advice to the Government on shipping policy issues and be involved in international negotiations to facilitate the growth of maritime trade, including in the International Maritime Organization and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

(d) Maritime safety and environment

The Department will contribute to the protection of life at sea and the marine environment through international and domestic stakeholder engagement, legislation and regulation development and oversight of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). The Department will also manage the modernisation of maritime safety legislation.

(e) Road transport policy

To improve heavy vehicle productivity and safety, the Department will contribute to the effective progress of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and the Australian Transport Council (ATC) reform agenda for road transport including in relation to compliance and enforcement, high productivity heavy vehicles and network access for performance based standards vehicles and fatigue management.

(f) COAG Road Reform Plan

Together with state and territory jurisdictions, the Department will contribute policy guidance, analysis and advice towards the delivery of a Feasibility Study into more direct heavy vehicle charging under the COAG Road Reform Plan to ensure COAG's objectives are achieved. Following COAG's consideration of the Feasibility Study, the Department, together with state and territory jurisdictions, will contribute to the development of a Regulation Impact Statement should COAG consider that the benefits of reform outweigh the costs.

(g) Tasmanian transport schemes

The Department will continue to administer schemes to alleviate the cost disadvantage associated with transportation of eligible freight and passenger vehicles to and from Tasmania by sea.

(h) Transport disability standards

In consultation with key stakeholders, the Department will implement the agreed Government actions responding to the first five year review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.

(i) Environmental standards

The Department will contribute to the Government's environmental policy objectives.

Administered items
  • Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme
  • International Maritime Organization contribution
  • Interstate Road Transport Fees
  • National Transport Reform(a)
  • OECD Road Transport contribution
  • Oil Pollution Compensation Fund
  • Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
  • Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme
  • Payments to CAC Act bodies - AMSA
  • Payments to CAC Act bodies - NTC

Notes:

  1. The Department of the Treasury is appropriated for payments to and through states and territories for National Partnership payments. Further information on these programs can be found in Budget Paper 3 or the Treasury's Portfolio Budget Statements.
Program 2.2 Expenses
The increase in expenses from one year to the next is mainly due to the demand driven nature of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and Bass Strait Passenger Equalisation Scheme administered items and the changing profile of expenses for the Payments to CAC Act bodies AMSA administered item and special appropriation expenses.
  2010-11
Revised
Budget
$'000
2011-12
Budget

$'000
2012-13
Forward
year 1
$'000
2013-14
Forward
year 2
$'000
2014-15
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses(a)  
Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle
Equalisation Scheme
40 000 41 200 42 400 43 500 44 600
International Maritime
Organization - contribution
207 218 218 220 222
National Transport Commission(b) 2 929 0 0 0 0
OECD Road Transport
- contribution
33 35 36 38 40
Tasmanian Freight Equalisation
Scheme
110 000 114 400 118 900 123 700 128 600
Tasmanian Wheat Freight
Scheme
0 1 050 1 050 1 050 1 050
Payments to CAC Act bodies -
AMSA
56 435 56 622 58 867 53 896 54 407
Payments to CAC Act bodies -
NTC(b)
0 3 010 3 097 3 178 3 257
Special Appropriation expenses  
Australian Maritime Safety
Authority Act 1990(c)
85 533 92 266 102 793 103 884 108 552
Protection of the Sea (Oil
Pollution Compensation Fund)
Act 1993
1 800 3 200 1 000 1 000 1 000
Special Account expenses  
Interstate Road Transport fees -
(Interstate Road Transport
Special Account)
76 510 81 010 85 060 89 314 93 779
Program support 15 577 13 730 14 021 14 557 13 809
Total program expenses 389 024 406 741 427 442 434 337 449 316

Notes

  1. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury for the National Transport Reform administered item.
  2. The National Transport Commission becomes a reporting independent statutory body under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 from 1 July 2011.
  3. Relates to appropriation for CAC Act bodies which is provided through the Department.
Program 2.2 Deliverables
The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the program in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
ATC and COAG decisions on developing and implementing national approaches to heavy vehicle regulation, maritime safety and rail safety regulation and investigation are progressed. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Initiatives accurately reflect the views of jurisdictions and COAG decisions, and facilitate decision making by ATC Ministers.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Provision of policy input to the COAG Road Reform Plan Feasibility Study into more direct heavy vehicle charging. 2010-11 Revised budget COAG agreed milestones towards delivery of the Feasibility Study met and advice prepared for ATC and COAG consideration.
2011-12 Budget Advice prepared for ATC and delivery of the Feasibility Study to COAG in accordance with the agreed timeframe. Work on a Regulation Impact Statement should COAG agree to proceed.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Dependent on COAG consideration of the Feasibility Study refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Dependent on COAG consideration of the Feasibility Study refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Dependent on COAG consideration of the Feasibility Study refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Maintain the Green Vehicle Guide (GVG) website as the principal place for information on the environmental performance of new light vehicles in the Australian market place. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Increased web hits and citation of GVG ratings in elements of the media.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Implement the Commonwealth's commitment to CO2 emission standards for light vehicles from 2015, and implement additional COAG agreed measures on vehicle fuel efficiency and low emission vehicles in consultation with the States, Territories and key stakeholders. 2010-11 Revised budget Develop and implement agreed COAG actions within agreed timeframes.
2011-12 Budget Develop and implement agreed mandatory CO2 standards and COAG actions within agreed timeframes.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Government endorsed actions in response to the Review of Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport are implemented. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Implement agreed Government actions in consultation with key stakeholders. Meet Government timeframes and guidelines.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Contribute to the development and implementation of international shipping conventions to protect the environment and ensure maritime safety. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Ongoing international and domestic stakeholder engagement. Development and implementation of legislation and regulations in line with agreed government policy and international conventions.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Program 2.2 Key performance indicators
The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the program, measure the effectiveness of the program in meeting its objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
Targeted transport regulatory reform initiatives are developed and progressed through COAG to enable single national systems of regulation, maritime safety legislation and rail safety regulation and investigation. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget The COAG national reform agenda is actively progressed in conjunction with all state and territory governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Ensure the competitiveness and sustainability of Australian coastal shipping. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Implementation of Government commitments on shipping industry reform.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Policy advice is influential in COAG consideration to improve the environmental performance of the Australian new vehicle fleet. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Consideration by the Australian Government of CO2 emission standards and by COAG of vehicle fuel efficiency measures designed to move Australia towards international best practice is actively progressed.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.

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