Australian Transport Safety Bureau

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.

Each outcome is described below together with its related programs, specifying the performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor the performance of the ATSB in achieving Government outcomes.

The performance indicators have been refined for 2013–14 to ensure that they reflect transition to implementation of COAG agreement to expanding the ATSB's responsibilities for rail investigations.

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 will:

  • Build its capability and effectiveness through attracting, retaining and developing professional staff and delivering those investigations of accidents and safety occurrences that have the greatest potential to deliver improved transport safety outcomes, with a particular focus on the safety of the travelling public.
  • Maintain and enhance stakeholder relationships, with a particular focus on ensuring a strong culture of reporting safety matters through transparent arrangements for the appropriate reporting, sharing and use of safety information.
  • Deliver a program of safety research and analysis that draws on the results of investigations and the safety occurrence datasets that it holds
  • Undertake safety communication and education with an emphasis on identified priority areas where safety risk can be reduced
  • Engage with and, as appropriate, provide support to regional and international partners, focussing on development cooperation in our region and on ensuring that safety lessons and operational innovations are shared internationally
  • Complete the transition to being the national rail safety investigator, as established through the Council of Australian Governments' Intergovernmental Agreement on Rail Safety Regulation and Investigation Reform.

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: Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Program 1.1 Objective

The 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. There are three core functions which arise from the ATSB's functions under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003:
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 Expenses

The increase in planned expenses for 2013–14 reflects the increased expenditures related to the ATSB's expanded national role as Australia's no blame rail safety investigator as part of the Rail Regulation and Investigation Reform.
2012–13
Revised
Budget
$'000
2013–14
Budget

$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Program Support 25,594 26,815 23,825 24,053 24,128
Total program expenses 25,594 26,815 23,825 24,053 24,128
Program 1.1 Deliverables

The ATSB receives mandatory reports of up to 10 000 accident or incident occurrences per annum. This includes the expanded national role in rail transport safety, as part of the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) on Rail Regulation and Investigation Reform, which commenced on 20 January 2013.

Occurrences are initially assessed against the ATSB's published policies and criteria to determine those matters warranting investigation. The occurrences are also classified and recorded for further research and analysis, prepared for publication and used to inform communication and education priorities.

The ATSB also receives notifications as part of confidential safety reporting schemes in operation for the aviation, rail and marine transport modes. Reporting of all occurrences is a key input for ATSB deliverables.
Deliverables Year Target
We will assess, classify and publish summaries of accident and incident occurrences that we receive. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Details of occurrences being investigated are published within one business day.
Summaries of other occurrences are published within 5 working days of receipt.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
We will assess confidential reports for clarity, completeness and significance for transport safety and, where appropriate, advise any responsible party in a position to take safety action in response to the safety concern. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget A de-identified summary of the confidential report will be provided to any relevant third party within five working days.
Within two months, advise a responsible party in a position to take safety action in response to the safety concern.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
We will complete and publish safety investigations. 2012–13 Revised budget More complex Investigations: up to 60 per annum (p.a.).
Short investigations: up to 120 p.a.
2013–14 Budget More complex Investigations: up to 80 p.a.
Short investigations: up to 120 p.a.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
We will complete and publish research and analysis reports based on safety priorities and trends. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Up to 14 reports as part of an annual research program.
Reports on aviation safety trends provided to the Minister and safety agencies quarterly.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
We will ensure we are prepared for a major accident by reviewing and testing our major accident response and management capabilities. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Participation in one major exercise per annum.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
We will assist regional transport safety through participation in the Indonesian Transport Safety Assistance Package (ITSAP) and cooperation with Papua New Guinea consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Transport Sector. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Delivery of approved projects within Program funding allocation.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
We will publish and deliver an annual program of safety communication and awareness. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Implementation of published program.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 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 objectives.
Key performance indicators Year Target
Safety action is taken by stakeholders to adequately address identified safety issues. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Critical Safety Issues: 100%.
Significant safety issues: 70%.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Stakeholder awareness of safety issues is raised as a result of investigation, research and analysis findings and through safety education activities (as measured through a biennial survey; scored on a 7-point rating scale). 2012–13 Revised budget N/A.
2013–14 Budget 5 or higher.
2014–15 Forward year 1 N/A.
2015–16 Forward year 2 5 or higher.
2016–17 Forward year 3 N/A.
Investigation reports are published in a timely manner. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget More complex investigations published within 12 months.
Short investigations published within two months.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.

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