Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

Programme 2.3: Road safety
Programme 2.3 Objective

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

Components of Programme 2.3:
  1. 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 2011-2020, 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 manage arrangements for the 2014 National Road Safety Forum to be held in Canberra in September 2014. The Department will also lead a proposed Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative to improve motorcycle safety in the Asia-Pacific region.
  1. Driver training programmes
The Department will continue to administer the Australian Government's funding support for the delivery of keys2drive, a learner driver education initiative managed by the Australian Automobile Association. The programme provides learners and their mentors with a range of educational materials and assistance, including free professional guidance from accredited instructors.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 programmes leading to harmonisation and development of vehicle standards. In particular, having led international development of the Global Technical Regulation (GTR) on Pole Side Impact, it will implement the GTR in Australia. This will significantly improve vehicle occupant protection in side impacts with narrow objects and other side impacts.

The Department will also develop regulation impact statements to consider the case for mandating anti-lock braking on motorcycles and electronic stability on heavy vehicles. The Department will administer funding under the Infrastructure Investment Programme to the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) to enable ANCAP to provide safety ratings for more vehicle models and undertake international cooperation.

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
Programme 2.3 Expenses

The decrease in expenses from one year to the next is due the current funding profile of administered items.
  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          
keys2drive 3,500 4,000 4,000 - -
Seatbelts on regional school buses 1,000 1,000 1,000 - -
Programme support 19,822 19,412 18,698 17,714 17,025
Total programme expenses 24,322 24,412 23,698 17,714 17,025
Programme 2.3 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
1. Coordinate progress monitoring, reporting and review arrangements for the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ongoing collation of national performance data. Release of 2014 Review outcomes by December 2014.
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. Publish regular statistical bulletins on national road deaths. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Updated statistics published within two weeks of the end of each month.
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 of international vehicle standards and implement new and updated international standards in Australia, through Australian Design Rules, where warranted. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 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.
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. Maintain a system to ensure new vehicle models entering the Australian market are assessed as meeting, and continue to meet, regulatory requirements. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Applications for approval to place identification plates on new vehicle models are considered in a timely manner and a risk-based audit and enforcement programme is conducted.
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. Maintain a system to ensure that Registered Automotive Workshops (RAW) and the used vehicles they supply to the Australian market meet regulatory standards. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 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 programme.
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. 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. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Applications for vehicle import approval are assessed in a timely manner.
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.
The following specific administered item deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
7. Facilitate the ongoing development and delivery of the keys2drive education programme for learner drivers. 2013–14 Estimated actual Refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Delivery of approximately 19,500 driving lessons per quarter.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
8. 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. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget An application round is completed in accordance with the approved programme guidelines.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
9. 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 2.3 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators, addressing the key features of the programme, measure the effectiveness of the programme in meeting its objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
1. Contribute to the development of a safe road transport system. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Statistical analysis and information published is accurate and robust. Stakeholders are assisted to evaluate and improve transport safety outcomes.
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. Australia's motor vehicle safety standards are aligned with international standards. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Australian Design Rules are aligned with international standards, where warranted, on a timely basis.
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. Road vehicles supplied to the Australian market meet appropriate safety, emissions, anti-theft and environmental standards. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ongoing provision of an effective technical and administrative framework, providing high levels of assurance and timely decision making.
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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