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Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

Program 2.3: Road safety
Program 2.3 Objective

The Road safety program contributes to the development of a safer road transport system by working to make vehicles and occupants safer, and drivers more informed.

Components of Program 2.3:

(a) National road safety leadership

The Department will contribute to the development of informed road safety policies. It will manage the 2014 review of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20, a commitment by all governments across Australia and will coordinate ongoing data collection, progress monitoring, and national reporting to support the delivery of the strategy. The Department will work to influence road safety stakeholders, by collecting and disseminating up-to-date national road crash statistics, and providing evidence-based advice on a range of road safety issues. The Department will assist with arrangements for the 2013 National Road Safety Forum to be held in Hobart on 29–30 July 2013. The Department will also act as the international contact point for Australia's contribution to the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–20 and will lead a proposed Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative to improve motorcycle safety in the Asia-Pacific region.

(b) Driver training programs

The Department will continue to assist the Australian Automobile Association with the delivery of keys2drive, a learner driver education initiative. The program provides learners and their mentors with a range of educational materials and assistance, including free professional guidance from accredited instructors.

(c) Seatbelts on regional school buses

The Seatbelts on regional school buses administered item seeks to improve the safety of school children by offering subsidies to eligible school bus operators in regional areas to equip their buses with seat belts. A subsidy of up to $25,000 per bus is available for bus operators having a school bus service contract with a state or territory government on a recognised rural and regional route.

(d) Vehicle safety

The Department will continue to regulate standards for road vehicles first entering the Australian market, delivering improved levels of vehicle safety, environmental performance and anti-theft protection. The Department will lead implementation of the Safe Vehicle section of the National Road Safety Strategy.

The Department will participate in international forums and research programs leading to harmonisation and development of vehicle standards. In particular, it will finalise the work it has been leading on the development of a Global Technical Regulation (GTR) on Pole Side Impact, to significantly improve vehicle occupant protection in side impacts with narrow objects and other side impacts, and seek agreement of the GTR by the UN World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations.

The Department will administer funding of $1.1 million under the Nation Building Program to the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) to enable ANCAP to provide safety ratings for more vehicle models. The Department will also participate actively as a member of ANCAP, both on the Board and in technical committees.
Administered items
  • keys2drive
  • Seatbelts on regional school buses
Program 2.3 Expenses

The decrease in expenses from one year to the next is due the current funding profile of administered items.
  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  
keys2drive 3,500 1,500 - - -
Seatbelts on regional school buses 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 -
Program support 19,713 19,841 19,859 20,017 19,117
Total program expenses 24,213 22,341 20,859 21,017 19,117
Program 2.3 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the program in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
Coordinate progress monitoring, reporting and review arrangements for the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Publish 2013 implementation status report by December 2013.
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.
Publish regular statistical bulletins on national road deaths. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Updated statistics published within two weeks of the end of each month.
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 international vehicle standards and implement new and updated international standards in Australia, through Australian Design Rules, where warranted. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget The Department actively participates in the development of international vehicle standards, robustly assesses standards for implementation in Australia (including through Regulation Impact Statements) and implements standards consistent with international timetables.
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 a system to ensure new vehicle models entering the Australian market are assessed as meeting, and continue to meet, regulatory requirements. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Applications for approval to place identification plates are considered in a timely manner and a risk-based audit and enforcement program is conducted.
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 a system to ensure that Registered Automotive Workshops (RAW) and the used vehicles they supply to the Australian market meet regulatory standards. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Applications for RAW approval and to import and plate used imported vehicles are considered in a timely manner, including conduct of mandatory inspections, and a risk-based audit and enforcement 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.
Maintain a system to allow for the importation of standard vehicles and to ensure the importation of non-standard vehicles is in accordance with legislation. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Applications for vehicle import approval are assessed in a timely manner.
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.
Facilitate the ongoing development and delivery of the keys2drive education program for learner drivers. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Monitor the Australian Automobile Association to deliver the program to agreed performance milestones.
2014–15 Forward year 1 N/A.
2015–16 Forward year 2 N/A.
2016–17 Forward year 3 N/A.
The number of school buses equipped with seatbelts for students in rural and regional areas is increased as a consequence of the Seatbelts on regional school buses administered item. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Applications are processed and buses are fitted or retrofitted within specified 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.
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 2.3 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators, addressing the key features of the program, measure the effectiveness of the program in meeting its objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
Contribute to the development of a safe road transport system. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Statistical analysis and information published is accurate and robust. Stakeholders are assisted to evaluate and improve transport safety 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.
Australia's motor vehicle safety standards are aligned with international standards. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Australian Design Rules are aligned with international standards, where warranted, on a timely basis.
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.
Road vehicles supplied to the Australian market meet appropriate safety, emissions, anti-theft and environmental standards. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Ongoing provision of an effective technical and administrative framework, providing high levels of assurance and timely decision making.
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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