Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

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 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 2014–15 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:

  • reducing the burden to industry and the community of aviation transport, maritime transport and offshore security regulations while maintaining measures required to mitigate security risks;
  • 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;
  • implementing the Australian Government response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry report on Tasmanian shipping and freight;
  • finalising the Australian Government response to the review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 and implementing the Australian Government's response;
  • implementing the 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 heavy vehicle charging and investment;
  • implementing the outcomes of the Review of Coastal Shipping;
  • finalising a review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989;
  • coordinating a review of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20 and ongoing delivery arrangements, including road safety data collection and progress reporting;
  • pursuing enhancements to Australia's transport security framework where security risks require mitigation and ensuring the impact of new measures is commensurate with risk and our international obligations;
  • implementing the Australian Government's aviation policy, including initiatives set out in the Coalition's Policy for Aviation (2013);
  • implementing the Australian Government's response to the recommendations of the Aviation Safety Regulation Review;
  • maintaining a robust, risk based transport security framework;
  • continuing to engage with Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island countries to enhance transport safety and 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 activity during 2014–15 that will continue into the forward years is assisting the Australian Government to implement its decision that the location for western Sydney's new airport will be the Commonwealth-owned site at Badgerys Creek.

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 for Outcome 2

Contributions to Outcome 2

Programme 2.1: Transport security
Programme 2.1 Objective

The transport security programme 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 programme objective is to ensure a secure Australian transport system against the threat of terrorist attack.

Components of Programme 2.1:
  1. Domestic engagement

Domestic legislation implements international treaty obligations and establishes preventive security outcomes in the aviation, air cargo, maritime, and offshore oil and gas sectors. In consultation with industry, the Department develops risk-based and targeted transport security policies, regularly 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.

The Department is the lead Australian Government agency for the national provision of best practice transport security risk and mitigation advice under the Australian Government's Critical Infrastructure Protection programme. 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.

  1. International engagement
Australia's aviation and maritime sectors are internationally networked. As a consequence, the security of these sectors in Australia is influenced and affected 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 capacity in the region helping countries to deliver more robust transport security outcomes, thus mitigating potential transport security threats to Australians and Australian interests.
  1. Transport security inquiries
The Office of the Inspector of Transport Security undertakes inquiries, when directed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, into major transport or offshore security incidents or a pattern or series of events that point to a systemic failure or possible weakness of aviation or maritime security regulatory systems.

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
Programme 2.1 Expenses

The decrease in expenses from 2013–14 is due mainly to measures announced in the 2010–11 Budget.
2013–14
Estimated
actual
$'000
2014–15
Budget

$'000
2015–16
Forward
estimate
$'000
2016–17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017–18
Forward
estimate
$'000
Annual administered expenses          
Aviation security enhancements 997 1,019 1,038 1,062 1,084
- improving international aviation security 23 23 23 23 23
- regional passenger screening 974 996 1,015 1,039 1,061
Strengthening aviation security 762 - - - -
- optimal technologies at international gateway airports 50 - - - -
- regional and domestic aviation security 712 - - - -
Programme support 84,603 83,417 84,153 80,844 78,101
Total programme expenses 86,362 84,436 85,191 81,906 79,185
Programme 2.1 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
1. 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. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Policy, legislation and regulation development meets Australian Government deregulation objectives and complies with requirements administered by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2. Work with international regulators in targeted last ports of call locations to develop effective preventive security measures. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Annual engagement with key regional regulators, international bodies and industry participants and targeted capacity building efforts directed at addressing transport security risks.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
3. Percentage of ‘high risk’ cases subject to compliance activity within 12 months. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget 95%
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
4. Effective administration of regulatory approval processes. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Regulatory responsibilities are met.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
5. Industry forums are consulted as required to inform policy and legislation development. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget All regulated industry sectors are consulted at intervals not exceeding 12 months.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
6. 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. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 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.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
7. Inspector of Transport Security undertakes inquiries as directed by the Minister. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Reporting outcomes of inquiries to the Minister and Secretary in a timeframe specified by the Minister.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
8. Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
Programme 2.1 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme, measure the effectiveness of the programme in meeting its objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
1. Activity is underpinned by a sound understanding of the threat and security risk environment as it affects transport security. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Sound understanding of risk is demonstrated through the analysis of intelligence and other information; appropriate action is taken by the Department and industry to mitigate against new or emerging threats and the heightened likelihood of attacks; develop appropriate briefings concerning threat-related products for industry.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2. Policy and regulatory activity ensures that industry achieves effective and sustainable transport preventive security outcomes. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Maintain communication with stakeholders and Australian Government Agencies.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
3. The transport security context domestically and internationally is influenced to advance Australian interests. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Maintain engagement with international and domestic partners to influence and shape policy and future developments.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.

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