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Section 2: Revisions to agency 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

The strategy for Outcome 2 has changed from that published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.

The key changes include modifying the shipping reform activities from implementing initiatives to developing a maritime policy agenda. Strategies for national ports and freight have been replaced with initiatives. References to the National Aviation Policy ‘White Paper’ have been replaced with the Coalition's Policy for Aviation. In addition, an external review of Australia's system of aviation safety regulation has been included. These variations reflect a change in government direction.

The modified strategy is provided below.

Outcome 2 is delivered through the following programmes:

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;
  • continuing to develop a strong maritime policy agenda;
  • collaborating with relevant agencies (including Infrastructure Australia) on the national ports and freight initiatives;
  • commencing 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;
  • contributing 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;
  • implementing the Australian Government's aviation policy, including initiatives set out in the Coalition's Policy for Aviation (2013);
  • supporting the external review of Australia's system of aviation safety regulation, announced by the Deputy Prime Minister on 13 November 2013;
  • implementing strengthened aviation security measures;
  • 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 assisting the Australian Government to settle its strategy to address aviation capacity needs in the Sydney region and to work towards implementation.

In delivering the Outcome 2 programmes, 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 programmes remains the responsibility of the Department. As a result, financial information for each affected programme 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 programme.

Table 2.2: Budgeted expenses Outcome 2

Contributions to Outcome 2

Programme 2.1: Transport security

The objective, deliverables and key performance indicators for Programme 2.1 are unchanged from that published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.

Programme 2.1 Expenses
The decrease in expenses from 2013–14 is due mainly to measures announced in the 2010–11 Budget.

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
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 880 997 1,016 1,034 1,057
- improving international aviation security 44 23 23 23 23
- regional passenger screening 836 974 993 1,011 1,034
Strengthening aviation security 8,962 4,298 - - -
- optimal technologies at international gateway airports 8,213 100 - - -
- regional and domestic aviation security 749 4,198 - - -
Programme support 82,893 90,223 88,121 91,834 84,713
Total programme expenses 92,735 95,518 89,137 92,868 85,770

Programme 2.2: Surface transport

The key performance indicators for Programme 2.2 are unchanged from those published in the 2013–14 PB Statements. However, the objective and deliverables have been modified.

Programme 2.2 Objective

Three components of the Programme 2.2 Objective have been modified.

The modified components, relating to shipping policy reforms and sustaining maritime skills, and National Ports and Freight Strategies are provided below. These have been changed following a change in government direction. Further, the reference to the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure has been changed following a pending change to the COAG structure.

Components of Programme 2.2:

(d) Shipping policy and regulation

In consultation with key stakeholders, the Department will continue to develop a strong maritime policy agenda which meets the needs of both industry and Government, with a particular focus on optimising the regulation of the coastal shipping sector.

(f) Road transport policy

To improve heavy vehicle productivity and safety, the Department will contribute to the effective progress of the Council of Australian Government and Transport and Infrastructure Council 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.

(k) National ports and freight initiatives

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

 

Programme 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
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
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 34,495 37,000 37,700 38,600 39,600
International Maritime Organization—contribution 184 312 284 303 308
OECD Road Transport—contribution 35 40 40 42 43
Sustaining Australia's maritime skills - 1,625 1,650 1,725 -
Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme 111,046 114,300 116,500 118,700 121,000
Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme - 1,050 1,050 1,050 1,050
Payments to CAC Act bodies—AMSA 63,323 65,080 56,523 57,622 66,138
Payments to CAC Act bodies—NTC 3,100 3,169 3,233 3,314 3,397
Other2 4 - - - -
Special Appropriation expenses  
Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 19903 106,889 119,034 133,344 149,167 154,796
Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Funds) Act 1993 146 1 1,000 1,000 1,000
Special Account expenses  
Interstate Road Transport fees—(Interstate Road Transport Special Account) 75,834 78,002 79,562 81,153 82,776
Programme support 14,554 17,308 16,704 16,724 15,517
Total programme expenses 409,610 436,921 447,590 469,400 485,625

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 items.
  2. Relates to the write down of assets.
  3. Relates to appropriation for CAC Act bodies which is provided through the Department.

Programme 2.2 Deliverables

The Programme 2.2 deliverable relating to the revitalisation of the Australian shipping industry has been modified. The modified deliverable, reflecting a change in government direction, is provided below.

Deliverables Year Target
Develop strong maritime policy agenda with particular focus on optimising the regulation of the coastal shipping sector. 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.

Also, the following deliverable has been removed to reflect a change in government direction:

  • Implement the Commonwealth's commitment to CO2 emission standards for light vehicles from 2015.

In addition, please read all references to the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) as Council on Transport and Infrastructure.

Programme 2.3: Road safety

The objective, deliverables and key performance indicators for Programme 2.3 are unchanged from that published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.

Programme 2.3 Expenses

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
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 3,500 4,000 4,000 -
Seatbelts on regional school buses 980 1,000 1,000 1,000 -
Programme support 19,032 19,912 19,970 20,010 18,866
Total programme expenses 23,512 24,412 24,970 25,010 18,866

Programme 2.4: Air transport

The objective, deliverables and key performance indicators for Programme 2.4 have been modified.

Programme 2.4 Objective

Three components of the Programme 2.4 Objective have been modified.

The modified components, relating to the National Aviation Policy ‘White Paper’, the Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region and an external review of Australia's system of aviation safety regulation, are provided below. These have been changed following a change in government direction.

Components of Programme 2.4:

(a) Implementation of the Australian Government's aviation policies

The Department will coordinate the implementation of Australian Government aviation initiatives, including initiatives set out in the 2013 Coalition's Policy for Aviation. The Department will consult with industry and key stakeholders to ensure the development of a safe, secure, environmentally sustainable and efficient aviation industry that will contribute to Australia's future economic prosperity.

(b) Implementation of a strategy for enhanced aviation capacity in the Sydney region

The Department will provide advice as it continues to address the need for additional aviation capacity in the Sydney region.

(c) Maintaining aviation safety

The Department will work with government aviation agencies and industry in maintaining Australia's civil aviation safety record by supporting an effective regulatory framework and ensuring Australia's aviation safety-related agencies are well-placed to meet the challenges of an evolving aviation environment.

As announced by the Deputy Prime Minster on 13 November 2013, the Department will facilitate an external review of Australia's system of aviation safety regulation, which will consider whether the current safety regulatory system is appropriate for the growing and evolving aviation industry and recommend possible improvements to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of aviation safety globally.

The Department will also support the continued alignment of Australia's aviation framework with international practice through active membership of the International Civil Aviation Organization and bilateral cooperation. The Department will support Australian Government initiatives to assist other countries, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island countries, to continue to improve the safety and efficiency of aviation in the region.

In conjunction with other aviation agencies, the Department will continue to provide and coordinate advice on air safety and traffic management policy issues.

 

Programme 2.4 Expenses
The fluctuation in expenses from one year to the next is due mainly to the changing profile of expenses for some administered items.

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
Budget
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses  
Airport Lessee Companies—reimbursement of parking fines 461 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport - 2,000 3,000 - -
International Civil Aviation Organization—contribution 1,445 1,831 1,796 1,839 1,882
Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges 986 1,500 2,000 2,000 2,000
Regional Aviation Access 24,306 18,834 18,160 12,277 12,547
Sydney West Airport—rental properties 2,871 2,757 2,600 2,600 2,600
Payments to CAC Act bodies—CASA 42,521 42,460 42,486 42,484 42,490
Depreciation and amortisation 1,166 1,166 1,166 1,166 1,166
Other1 17 - - - -
Special Appropriation expenses  
Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 19882 121,425 123,956 125,281 128,994 132,826
Programme support 36,766 40,252 36,633 36,323 34,653
Total programme expenses 231,964 235,756 234,122 228,683 231,164

Notes:

  1. Relates to the write down of assets and the write off of revenue.
  2. Relates to appropriation for CAC Act bodies which is provided through the Department.

Programme 2.4 Deliverables

Three of the Programme 2.4 deliverables have been modified from those published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.

The modified deliverables, relating to the National Aviation Policy ‘White Paper’, aircraft noise and Joint Study on Aviation Capacity for the Sydney Region, are provided below. These variations have been made following a change in government direction.

Deliverables Year Target
Aviation industry operates within a clear and robust regulatory framework. Aviation safety agency governance arrangements operate effectively. 2012–13 Revised budget Substantial progression of White paper initiatives.
2013–14 Budget Advice to incoming Government on new aviation policy initiatives and commencement of implementation.
Facilitate the Aviation Safety Regulation Review.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Implement Government aviation policy initiatives.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
Aviation environmental impact on communities including aircraft noise is monitored to ensure operator compliance with airport curfews and aircraft noise certification requirements, and appropriate noise disclosure in Airport Master Plans. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Dispensation reports tabled; compliance with airport curfews; administration of aircraft noise regulations; and continued improvements in aircraft noise information.
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.
Implementation of the Australian Government's strategy on aviation capacity in the Sydney region. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Progress all elements of the Australian Government's strategy for aviation capacity in the Sydney region.
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.

Programme 2.4 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicator for Programme 2.4, relating to aviation policy, has been modified to remove reference to the National Aviation Policy White Paper from the target.

Key performance indicators Year Target
Policy advice is influential in the Government's response to current and emerging international and domestic aviation industry issues. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Advice to Government on aviation policy issues and initiatives and work on implementation of policy directions.
2014–15 Forward year 1 N/A.
2015–16 Forward year 2 N/A.
2016–17 Forward year 3 N/A.

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