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Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

Government outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Government on the Australian community. Commonwealth programs are the primary vehicle by which government agencies achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Agencies are required to identify the programs which contribute to Government outcomes over the budget and forward years.

The outcome described below together with its related programs, determines the performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor performance of NTC in achieving outcomes.

Figure 2.1: NTC's Outcome Statement, Objective and Work Program

NTC Outcome Statement

Improved transport productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental performance and regulatory efficiency in Australia through developing, monitoring and maintaining nationally consistent regulatory and operational arrangements relating to road, rail and intermodal transport.

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Objective

Improving the performacne of the national transport system as a whole—safer, more sustainable and productive transport system in Australia (endorsed by SCOTI at the last NTC review 2009)

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NTC Work Program

- Priority Transport Reform (national SCOTI/COAG reforms)
- Existing SCOTI reforms (including supporting reforms for national regulators)
- IGA Related Functions
- Research (to inform the future reform agenda)

 

Outcome 1: Improved transport productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental performance and regulatory efficiency in Australia through developing, monitoring and maintaining nationally consistent regulatory and operational arrangements relating to road, rail and intermodal transport.

Outcome 1 Strategy

NTC has developed a work program that aims to deliver across a broad range of reform areas such as rail safety law, heavy vehicle access, compliance, maintenance and planning, that extends across road, rail and intermodal.

Forming part of the strategy, the NTC has undertaken extensive consultation with industry and stakeholders prior to developing the work program agenda. The consultation process provided an opportunity for NTC to identify potential gaps and inconsistencies when comparing against SCOTI's policy framework (economic, safety, environmental and integration).

As outlined within the NTC Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA), the work program must be presented to SCOTI for endorsement by transport and infrastructure ministers prior to commencement each financial year.

Outcome 1 expense statement

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

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Program 1.1: National Transport Commission
Program 1.1 Objective
Delivery of approved reforms as outlined within the NTC work program (subject to approval by transport and infrastructure ministers of SCOTI).
Program 1.1 Expenses
The following tables summarises the preliminary expense estimates for the NTC's work program. The ‘expenses not requiring appropriation in the budget year’ represents expenses funded from existing cash reserves and revenue from independent sources.
2011–12
Revised
Budget
$'000
2012–13
Budget

$'000
2013–14
Forward
year 1
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 2
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual departmental expenses  
Ordinary Annual Services 3,010 3,100 3,181 3,260 3,342
(Appropriation Bill No. 1)  
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year(a) 7,006 6,071 5,974 6,125 6,276
Total program expenses 10,016 9,171 9,155 9,385 9,618

Notes:

  1. Expenses not requiring appropriation in the current year are made up of Revenue from independent sources and existing cash reserves.
Program 1.1 NTC Work Program Deliverables
Deliverables Year Target
National Heavy Vehicle Law (HVNL)

HVNL—support finalisation, implementation and maintenance to address outstanding policy issues.
2011–12 Revised budget Delivery of RIS and legislation to SCOTI.
2012–13 Budget Establishment of Regulator 2013.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Maintain implementation.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Heavy Vehicle Access

Support Performance Based Standards (PBS) implementation and lead maintenance, including updated standards.

Monitor Performance Based Standards and HML/CML reform performance.
2011–12 Revised budget Delivery of B-triple RIS to SCOTI.
Route assessment tool.
Bridge assessment scoping study Bridge loading standard RIS to SCOTI.
2012–13 Budget Implement support for Performance Based Standards and pavement loading standard RIS.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Maintain, monitor and review.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
National Heavy Vehicle Compliance Strategy.

Review and recommend best practice regulatory compliance policy from a risk based approach.
2011–12 Revised budget Develop Compliance Heavy Vehicle Strategy to SCOTI.
2012–13 Budget Develop and implement SCOTI agreed reforms.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Intelligent Transport Systems.

Electronic work diary (EWD) regulatory policy.

Collaborative-Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) regulatory policy including telematics and on-board mass monitoring.
2011–12 Revised budget EWD trial support and C-ITS discussion paper.
2012–13 Budget Finalise EWD Reform.
C-ITS policy direction to SCOTI.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Delivery of EWD RIS to SCOTI.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Implement EWD reform.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Maintain, monitor and review.
National Rail Safety Law.

Support implementation including guideline development, and lead priority maintenance.
2011–12 Revised budget Delivery of RIS and legislation to SCOTI.
2012–13 Budget Establishment of Regulator 2013.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Maintain implementation.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
COAG Road Reform Plan (CRRP).

Support CRRP feasibility study and progress SCOTI agreed reform recommendations e.g. commencement of Heavy Vehicle Price Determination.
2011–12 Revised budget CRRP Feasibility Study to SCOTI.
2012–13 Budget SCOTI/COAG agreed reform agenda.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Freight Strategy

Supply chain monitoring, national ports strategy, rail productivity reform and advice on national freight strategy (Infrastructure Australia).
2011–12 Revised budget Supply chain scorecard, national framework for improved rail investment, ports strategy progress report and review of intermodal terminal access delivered to SCOTI.
2012–13 Budget Review of ports technology, review of economic regulatory frameworks and monitoring.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Implement, maintain, monitor and review.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Business Partnerships (Safety)

Review and identify best practice corporate social responsibility safety programs.
2011–12 Revised budget Delivery of discussion paper.
2012–13 Budget Develop strategic approach and implement.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Maintain, monitor and review program.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Reform Maintenance.

Australian Road Rules (ARR), Australian Vehicle Standards Rules (AVSR), Dangerous Goods and Rail Medical Standards.
2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Rail medical standards.
Dangerous goods package.
Ongoing maintenance review.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Strategic Planning.

Performance reporting used as a learning tool and to inform strategic planning priorities for reform e.g. research and business case studies.
2011–12 Revised budget Performance reporting against IGA and organisational objectives.
Strategic plan and work programme to SCOTI.
2012–13 Budget Strategic planning and performance reporting.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Transport Reform Monitoring.

Longitudinal surveys (before and after regulators established) to monitor reform impacts.
2011–12 Revised budget Longitudinal surveys of fatigue, speed and compliance and enforcement.
Baseline HML/CML sur.
2012–13 Budget Regulatory efficiency (compliance cost) survey.
2013–14 Forward year 1 N/A.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Repeat surveys and scope reviews.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
Reform Evaluations.

Australian Road Rules (ARR), Australian Vehicle Standards Rules (AVSR) and Dangerous Goods.
2011–12 Revised budget ARR and AVSR draft paper.
Dangerous goods code framework, preparation of discussion paper.
2012–13 Budget Delivery of final ARR and AVSR reviews to SCOTI.
Final dangerous goods code review.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Develop and implement agreed reforms.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
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 objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
Regulatory quality is improved. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget 100% compliance with Office of Best Practice and Regulation.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 201213 Budget target.
201415 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 201213 Budget target.
201516 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 201213 Budget target.
NTC work program is delivered. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Work program is delivered on time and on budget.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Developed reforms are agreed to. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget All developed reforms receive SCOTI agreement.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.

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