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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 regulation

The Department will continue to work with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the states and territories to implement the national heavy vehicle regulatory system from 1 July 2013, following passage of the national law in all jurisdictions.

(b) National rail safety regulation

The Department will continue to work with the National Rail Safety Regulator and the states and territories to finalise the implementation of the rail safety national law in all jurisdictions.

(c) 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 from 1 July 2013.

(d) Shipping policy and regulation

In consultation with key stakeholders, the Department will continue to implement and refine the Australian Government’s shipping policy reforms which aim to reinvigorate the Australian shipping industry and develop and sustain Australia’s maritime skills base.

(e) Maritime safety and environment

The Department will contribute to the protection of life at sea and the marine environment through engagement in the International Maritime Organization and other relevant international forums, domestic stakeholder engagement, development and maintenance of domestic legislation and regulations and oversight of AMSA.

(f) Road transport policy

To improve heavy vehicle productivity and safety, the Department will contribute to the effective progress of the COAG and SCOTI 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.

(g) Heavy vehicle charging and investment reform (HVCI)

Together with state and territory jurisdictions, the Department is providing ongoing policy guidance on the development of a Regulation Impact Statement on options for the implementation of heavy vehicle charging, funding and investment reform. This analysis will be delivered to COAG in the first half of 2014.

(h) 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.

(i) Transport disability standards

In consultation with key stakeholders, the Department will implement the agreed actions responding to the first five year review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport and work on the already commenced 2012 review required by the transport standards.

(j) Environmental standards

The Department will contribute to the Australian Government’s environmental policy objectives, including implementation of mandatory CO2 emission standards for light vehicles from 2015.

(k) National ports and freight strategies

The Department, in collaboration with the states and territories and other key stakeholders, will implement the national ports and freight strategies.

Administered items
  • Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme
  • International Maritime Organization—contribution
  • Interstate Road Transport Fees
  • National Transport Reform1
  • OECD Road Transport—contribution
  • Oil Pollution Compensation Fund
  • Sustaining Australia’s maritime skills
  • 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 1.10).
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.
  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 expenses1  
Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme 41,100 42,000 43,000 44,100 45,200
International Maritime Organization—contribution 184 192 203 216 218
OECD Road Transport—contribution 35 36 36 38 38
Sustaining Australia's maritime skills - 1,625 1,650 1,725 -
Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme 112,200 114,300 116,500 118,700 121,000
Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme - 1,050 1,050 1,050 1,050
Payments to CAC Act bodies—AMSA 63,323 56,947 56,740 58,261 67,039
Payments to CAC Act bodies—NTC 3,100 3,169 3,245 3,326 3,409
Special Appropriation expenses  
Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 19902 107,113 119,034 133,344 149,167 154,796
Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Act 1993 130 535 1,000 1,000 1,000
Special Account expenses          
Interstate Road Transport fees—(Interstate Road Transport Special Account) 77,730 80,839 84,072 87,435 90,934
Program support 15,178 15,350 15,092 15,198 13,950
Total program expenses 420,093 435,077 455,932 480,216 498,634

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. 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
COAG and SCOTI decisions on developing and implementing national approaches to heavy vehicle regulation, maritime safety, and rail safety regulation and investigation are progressed. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget COAG and SCOTI decisions are implemented within agreed timeframes and decision making by SCOTI Ministers is facilitated.
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.
Contribute to the development of a Regulation Impact Statement on implementation options for heavy vehicle charging, funding and investment reform. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget A Regulation Impact Statement prepared for consideration by SCOTI and subsequent delivery to COAG in the first half of 2014.
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.
Maintain the Green Vehicle Guide (GVG) website as the principal place for information on the environmental performance of new light vehicles in the Australian marketplace. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget GVG continues to provide up-to-date, relevant information to vehicle purchasers.
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.
Implement the Commonwealth’s commitment to CO2 emission standards for light vehicles from 2015. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Develop and implement agreed mandatory CO2 standards and COAG actions within agreed timeframes.
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.
Government endorsed actions in response to the Review of Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport are implemented. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Implement agreed Australian Government actions in consultation with key stakeholders. Meet Australian Government timeframes and guidelines.
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.
Contribute to the development and implementation of international shipping conventions to protect the environment and ensure maritime safety. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Ongoing international and domestic stakeholder engagement. Development and implementation of legislation and regulations in line with agreed government policy and international conventions.
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.
Implement the Australian Government’s commitment to revitalise the Australian shipping industry. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Coastal trading licence and shipping reform tax incentive applications are processed in accordance with legislative timeframes.
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 2.2 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. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget The COAG national reform agenda is actively progressed in conjunction with all state and territory governments.
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.
Ensure the competitiveness and sustainability of Australian coastal shipping. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Ongoing provision of an effective coastal trading regulatory framework.
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 advice is influential in COAG’s consideration to improve the environmental performance of the Australian new vehicle fleet. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Implement the Australian Government’s commitment to introduce mandatory CO2 emission standards from 2015.
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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