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Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

Outcome 2: An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.

Outcome 2 Strategy

Outcome 2 is delivered through the following programs:

2.1 Transport security

2.2 Surface transport

2.3 Road safety

2.4 Air transport

Safe and efficient transport systems and transport infrastructure connect Australians with domestic markets and the nation to the global economy, and are key determinants of our economic growth. Given the current global and local economic situation, Australia’s prosperity depends on having a transport system that is efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe, secure and productive. Achieving long-term productivity growth will require reforms to support the operation of a seamless national economy.

During 2013–14 and forward years, the Department will continue to advise on and lead national efforts to address key transport issues that support an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system, including:

  • promoting integrated surface transport (road, rail) reforms supporting the operation of single national markets and building on effective relationships with key stakeholders, including other governments, unions, industry and regulators;
  • finalising the implementation of COAG initiatives contributing towards a seamless national economy including national approaches to heavy vehicle regulation, maritime safety and rail safety regulation and investigation;
  • implementation and refinement of the Australian Government’s shipping industry reform initiative;
  • implementing the Sustaining Australia’s maritime skills measure;
  • collaborating with relevant agencies (including Infrastructure Australia) on the implementation of the National Ports Strategy and the National Freight Strategy;
  • commencement of the Navigation Act 2012;
  • finalising the development of a Global Technical Regulation on Pole Side Impact, improving vehicle occupant protection in side impact crashes;
  • ensuring vehicle standards deliver both safety and environmental outcomes and are consistent with international approaches;
  • contribute to effective progress on the COAG Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment Initiative (formerly the COAG Road Reform Plan);
  • coordinating a review of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011—20 and ongoing road safety data collection and progress reporting;
  • pursuing ongoing enhancements to Australia’s transport security framework;
  • continuing implementation of the National Aviation Policy ‘White Paper’;
  • implementing the strengthened aviation security measures announced by the Prime Minster on 9 February 2010;
  • continuing to engage with Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island countries to enhance transport safety;
  • introducing measures to strengthen transport security systems, including transport security coordination and passenger ship security;
  • continuing to promote best practice regulation through progressive improvements in guidance materials, regulatory tools and processes; and
  • delivering a range of associated administered items.

A major new activity during 2013–14 that will continue into the forward years is implementing the Australian Government response to the report of the Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region.

In delivering the Outcome 2 programs, the Department will consult extensively with state, territory and local governments and industry and, where appropriate, with foreign governments and international organisations.

Following COAG’s federal financial framework reforms the Treasury is responsible for National Partnership payments to and through the states and territories. The Treasury holds the appropriation for these items and reports the financial details accordingly. The non—financial performance of the corresponding programs remains the responsibility of the Department. As a result, financial information for each affected program will not be complete for each financial year within a single Portfolio Budget Statement.

Outcome 2 expense statement

Table 2.2 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 2, by program.

Table 2.2: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 2

Contributions to Outcome 2

Program 2.1: Transport security
Program 2.1 Objective

Program 2.1 is designed to ensure a more secure Australian transport system through clarity of roles and responsibilities between transport industry participants and the Australian Government. Operators are responsible for facility-level preventive security with compliance assured by the Australian Government.

Against this context, the program objective is to ensure a secure Australian transport system against the threat of terrorist attack.

Components of Program 2.1:

(a) Domestic engagement


Domestic legislation mandates risk-based preventive security outcomes in the aviation, air cargo, maritime, and offshore oil and gas sectors. In consultation with industry, the Department develops appropriate and targeted transport security policies, routinely advises industry of the security risk context within which their transport preventive security planning should be focused, and ensures industry compliance with requirements of the Acts and Regulations. Regulated industry preventive security initiatives must be risk-based in addressing the nature and level of threat, as determined by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation’s National Threat Assessment Centre, and security vulnerabilities, including those identified by the Australian Crime Commission’s serious and organised crime assessments.

The Department is the lead Commonwealth agency for the national provision of best practice transport security risk and mitigation advice under the Australian Government’s Critical Infrastructure Protection program. Under the COAG Intergovernmental Agreement on Surface Transport Security, the Department also works with state and territory governments to ensure national consistency of preventive security outcomes in the surface and mass urban transit sectors.

(b) International engagement

Australia’s aviation and maritime sectors are internationally networked. As a consequence, the security of these sectors in Australia is influenced and impacted by the policy frameworks and adequacy of security arrangements overseas. Australia’s domestic transport security arrangements address Australia’s obligations to the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization. In addition, the Department works bilaterally and through a range of multilateral forums to shape and influence the international security debate and to advance Australia’s interests. Where possible, the Department works to build regional country capacity for them to deliver more robust transport security outcomes, thus minimising the threat to Australia from incoming aircraft and ships.

(c) Transport security inquiries

The Office of the Inspector of Transport Security undertakes inquiries, when directed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, into major transport or offshore security incidents or a pattern or series that point to a systemic failure or possible weakness of aviation or maritime security regulatory systems, in order to strengthen transport security.
Administered items
  • Aviation security enhancements
    • improving international aviation security
    • regional passenger screening
  • Strengthening aviation security
    • optimal technologies at international gateway airports
    • regional and domestic aviation security
Program 2.1 Expenses

The decrease in expenses from 2013–14 is due mainly to measures announced in the 2010–11 Budget.
  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
Annual administered expenses  
Aviation security enhancements 999 997 1,018 1,039 1,062
- improving international aviation security 43 23 23 23 23
- regional passenger screening 956 974 995 1,016 1,039
Strengthening aviation security 11,176 4,298 - - -
- optimal technologies at international gateway airports 9,376 100 - - -
- regional and domestic aviation security 1,800 4,198 - - -
Program support 85,098 91,091 87,311 95,549 86,789
Total program expenses 97,273 96,386 88,329 96,588 87,851
Program 2.1 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the program in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
Implement National Aviation Policy Statement. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Implement National Aviation Policy Statement initiatives.
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.
Any legislative or policy component of a transport security risk mitigation strategy is delivered efficiently and with the minimum adverse impact on industry and the travelling public. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Policy, legislation and regulation development complies with Office of Best Practice Regulation standards.
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.
Work with international regulators in targeted last ports of call locations to develop effective preventive security measures. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Annual engagement with key regional regulators, international bodies and industry participants and targeted capacity building efforts directed at addressing transport security vulnerabilities.
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.
Percentage of ‘high risk’ cases subject to compliance activity within 12 months. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget 95%
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.
Effective administration of regulatory approval processes. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Regulatory responsibilities are met.
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.
Industry forums are consulted as required to inform policy and legislation development. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget All regulated industry sectors are consulted at intervals not exceeding 12 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.
Sector specific risk context statements and transport security advisories reviewed and issued in a timely fashion to inform industry and Australian Government preventive security measures. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Sectoral Risk Context Statements are produced and disseminated to industry within four months of receipt of a sectoral threat assessment. Transport Security Advisories are issued within seven days of receipt of significant intelligence or following a security incident with relevance to transport preventive security outcomes.
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.
Inspector of Transport Security undertakes inquiries as directed by the Minister. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Reporting outcomes of inquiries to the Minister and Secretary in a timeframe specified by the Minister.
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.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
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 2.1 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
Activity is underpinned by a sound understanding of the threat and security risk environment as it affects transport security. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Appropriate action taken by the Department and industry to mitigate new or emerging threats.
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.
Policy and regulatory activity ensures that industry achieves effective and sustainable transport preventive security outcomes. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Australian Government endorsed transport security policy settings are shaped by Australian national interests, threat assessments, international agreements, and industry sector developments and capacity.

Departmental regulatory activity is designed to ensure transport security regimes are robust and meet Australian Government legislative requirements. Departmental compliance activity will be targeted and focus on high risk industry participants where appropriate.
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.
The transport security context domestically and internationally is influenced to advance Australian interests. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget The Department engages with relevant international organizations and overseas Governments to ensure international and Australian preventive security settings address and mitigate the most likely transport security events.
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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