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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

Objective

Improving the performance of the national transport system as a whole—safer, more sustainable and productive transport system in Australia

NTC Work Program

  • Priority Transport Reform (national SCOTI/CoAG reforms)
  • Existing SCOTI Reforms (including supporting reforms for national regulators)
  • IGA Related Functions
  • Performance Monitoring, Evaluations and Strategy
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 heavy vehicle pricing, heavy vehicle access, compliance and technology, maintenance of existing reforms and strategic planning that extends across road, rail and intermodal.

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.
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 departmental expenses  
Ordinary Annual Services 3,100 3,169 3,245 3,326 3,409
(Appropriation Bill No. 1)  
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year1 5,930 5,919 6,059 6,212 6,372
Total program expenses 9,030 9,088 9,304 9,538 9,781

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 Deliverables
Deliverables Year Target
Environment, Safety and Productivity

Heavy Vehicle Access

Support Performance Based Standards (PBS)

Implementation of National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) forward work program items which improve road network access for heavy vehicles.

NHVR Implementation

Support transition to National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Office.

Ports Strategy National Plan

Implementation of CoAG approved activities to support the National Ports Strategy.

Business Partnerships (safety)

Corporate social responsibility safety programs.

2012–13 Revised budget Implement support for Performance Based Standards.
Establishment of Regulator 2013.
Review and identify best practice corporate social responsibility safety programs.
Review of international ports best practice and establish ports steering, technology and expert panel groups.
2013–14 Budget Access arrangements policy paper.
Implementation support, monitor and review.
Ports Strategy progress report to SCOTI.
Transition of partnership framework to industry. Monitor and review.
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.
Compliance and Technology

Compliance Framework

Review and recommend best practice regulatory compliance policy from a risk based approach.

Electronic Work Diary (EWD) Regulatory policy.

Collaborative-Intelligent Transport Systems

(C-ITS) Regulatory policy including telematics and on-board mass monitoring.

National Heavy Vehicle Law

Implementation and maintenance to address NHVR forward work program legislative policy issues (e.g. officer liability, fatigue and OH&S laws).

2012–13 Revised budget Establishment of Regulator 2013.
Finalise EWD reform.
C-ITS policy direction to SCOTI.
2013–14 Budget Implementation support, delivery of joint work program with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.
Implement SCOTI agreed reforms.
Delivery of EWD RIS to SCOTI. Explore national and international policy issues.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing. Delivery of EWD reform.
Release C-ITS report.
Regulator support and implementation.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing. Delivery of EWD reform.
Regulator support and implementation.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2015–16 Budget target.
Reform Maintenance

Australian Road Rules (ARR), Australian Vehicle Standards Rules (AVSR), Dangerous Goods, Rail Medical Standards and National Rail Safety Regulator Maintenance package.

National Rail Safety Regulator (maintenance package)

Support implementation including guideline development, and lead priority maintenance.
2012–13 Revised budget Establishment of Regulator 2013.
2013–14 Budget Rail medical standards.
Australian Road Rules 10th pack.
Australian Vehicle Standards 8th pack.
Rail maintenance package (phase 1).
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.
Reform Monitoring, Evaluations and Strategy

Performance reporting used as a learning tool and to inform strategic planning priorities for reform e.g. research and business case studies.

Longitudinal surveys (before and after regulators established) to monitor reform impacts.

Reform evaluations

Australian Road Rules (ARR), Australian Vehicle Standards Rules (AVSR) and Dangerous Goods.
2012–13 Revised budget Regulatory efficiency (compliance cost) survey.
Delivery of final ARR and AVSR reviews to SCOTI.
Final Dangerous Goods Code review.
2013–14 Budget Strategic planning and business cases to SCOTI. Performance evaluating and reporting. Develop and implement agreed reforms.
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.
Heavy Vehicle Pricing

Support HVCI feasibility study and progress SCOTI agreed reform recommendations (commencement of Heavy Vehicle Price Determination review).
2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget SCOTI agreed reform agenda. Development of RIS (Review and determination process).
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 objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
Regulatory quality is improved. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget 100% compliance with Office of Best Practice and Regulation.
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.
NTC work program is delivered. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Work program is delivered on time and on budget.
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.
Developed reforms are agreed to. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget All developed reforms receive SCOTI agreement.
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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