Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

Programme 2.2: Surface transport
Programme 2.2 Objective

The surface transport programme 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 Programme 2.2
  1. National heavy vehicle regulation
The Department will continue to work with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and the states and territories to finalise the implementation of the national heavy vehicle regulatory system in all jurisdictions.
  1. 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.
  1. National maritime safety regulation
The Department will work with AMSA (the designated National Maritime Safety Regulator) and the states and territories to finalise the implementation of the national system of maritime safety regulation which came into force on 1 July 2013.
  1. 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 the Australian Government, with a particular focus on optimising the regulation of the coastal shipping sector, including finalising the outcomes of the Review of Coastal Shipping.
  1. 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.
  1. Road transport policy
To improve heavy vehicle productivity and safety, the Department will contribute to the effective progress of the COAG 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. The Department will also finalise the review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and implement outcomes from the process.
  1. Heavy vehicle charging and investment reform
Together with state and territory jurisdictions, the Department is providing ongoing policy guidance on the development of heavy vehicle charging and investment reforms.
  1. Tasmanian transport schemes
The Department will implement the Australian Government response to the Productivity Commission inquiry report on Tasmanian shipping and freight and continue to administer schemes to alleviate the cost disadvantage associated with transportation of eligible freight and passenger vehicles to and from Tasmania by sea. The Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme (TWFS) will terminate from 1 July 2014.  No claims have been made on the TWFS since 2009 as wheat is now transported to Tasmania in containers and receives support through the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme.
  1. Transport disability standards
In consultation with key stakeholders, including the states and territories, the Department will complete the second five year review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 and commence implementation of the Australian Government's response.
  1. Environmental standards
The Department will contribute to the Australian Government's environmental policy objectives.

Administered items
  • Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme
  • International Maritime Organization—contribution
  • Interstate Road Transport Fees
  • OECD Road Transport—contribution
  • Oil Pollution Compensation Funds
  • Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
  • Payments to CAC Act bodies—AMSA
  • Payments to CAC Act bodies—NTC
Programme 2.2 Expenses

The increase in expenses from one year to the next is mainly due to the changing profile of expenses for the Payments to CAC Act bodies—AMSA administered item and special appropriation expenses.
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  
Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme 37,000 37,900 38,900 39,900 40,900
International Maritime Organization—contribution 300 307 322 326 333
OECD Road Transport—contribution 45 46 49 51 54
Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme 114,300 114,300 114,300 114,300 114,300
Payments to CAC Act bodies—AMSA 65,080 56,595 57,681 66,392 71,585
Payments to CAC Act bodies—NTC 3,169 3,242 3,327 3,411 3,497
Special Appropriation expenses  
Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 19901 115,534 118,677 126,733 134,311 146,746
Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Funds) Act 1993 1 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Special Account expenses  
Interstate Road Transport fees—(Interstate Road Transport Special Account) 77,002 77,002 77,002 77,002 77,002
Programme support 20,336 19,326 18,670 17,503 16,825
Total programme expenses 432,767 428,395 437,984 454,196 472,242

Notes:

  1. Relates to appropriation for CAC Act bodies which is provided through the Department.
Programme 2.2 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
1. COAG and Transport and Infrastructure Council decisions on developing and implementing national approaches to heavy vehicle regulation, maritime safety, and rail safety regulation and investigation are progressed. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget COAG and Transport and Infrastructure Council decisions are facilitated and implemented within agreed timeframes.
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. Contribute to the progress of work for heavy vehicle charging and investment reforms. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget COAG and Transport and Infrastructure Council decisions are facilitated and implemented within agreed timeframes.
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. Contribute to the development and implementation of international shipping conventions to protect the environment and ensure maritime safety. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ongoing international and domestic stakeholder engagement. Development and implementation of legislation and regulations in line with agreed government policy and international conventions.
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. Develop strong maritime policy agenda with particular focus on optimising the regulation of the coastal shipping sector. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Reforms to regulatory setting are in line with Australian Government policy agenda.
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. 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 2.2 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. 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. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget The COAG reform agenda is actively progressed with all state and territory governments.
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. Ensure the competitiveness and sustainability of coastal shipping in the Australian economy. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Regulatory setting is optimised to support access to efficient and competitive shipping services.
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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