National Transport Commission

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

Outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Australian Government on the Australian community. Programmes are the primary vehicle by which government agencies achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Agencies are required to identify the programmes which contribute to Australian Government outcomes over the budget and forward years.

The outcome described below together with its related programmes, 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 Programme

  • Priority transport reforms (e.g. national and CoAG reforms)
  • Existing Transport and Infrastructure Council reforms, including supporting reforms for the 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

The NTC's work programme is structured to achieve the four goals outlined in the Strategic Plan. In partnership with governments and other stakeholders, the NTC, through delivery of its work programme, seeks to improve transport productivity; transport system safety; environmental outcomes and regulatory efficiency. The sub-programmes deliver on the four goals through development, delivery and maintenance of targeted nationally significant reforms extending across road, rail and intermodal sectors; including heavy vehicle pricing, heavy vehicle access, compliance and technology, maintenance of existing reforms (applied and model laws, codes, standards and rules) and strategic planning, reporting and evaluation of existing reforms.

The preliminary assessment jointly undertaken with stakeholders of new candidate reform projects identified through the 2013-14 strategic planning and work programme development process, will ensure the highest priority future reforms are subsequently rigorously tested through business case development and only continue if assessed as likely to deliver value for money and realise significant benefits.

The NTC strategic plan and work programme provide a clear line of sight from COAG and Council outcomes sought, through to programme and project delivery. As outlined within the NTC Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA), the work programme must be presented to the Council for endorsement by transport and infrastructure ministers prior to commencement on 1 July in the new financial year.

Outcome 1 expense statement

Table 2.1 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 1, by programme.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Programme 1.1: National Transport Commission
Programme 1.1 Objective

Delivery of approved reforms as outlined within the NTC work programme (subject to approval by transport and infrastructure ministers of the Council).
Programme 1.1 Expenses

The following tables summarises the preliminary expense estimates for the NTC's work programme. The ‘expenses not requiring appropriation in the budget year’ represents expenses funded from existing cash reserves and revenue from independent sources.
  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 departmental expenses          
Ordinary Annual Services (Appropriation Bill No. 1) 3,169 3,242 3,327 3,411 3,497
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year1 5,919 6,053 6,209 6,364 6,524
Total programme expenses 9,088 9,295 9,536 9,775 10,021

Notes:

  1. Expenses not requiring appropriation in the current year represent expenses funded from revenue from independent sources.
Programme 1.1 Deliverables
Deliverables Year Target
Environment, Safety and Productivity

Heavy Vehicle Roadworthiness

Joint programme with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to examine ways to improve roadworthiness of Australia's heavy vehicles and develop options for improvements.

National Industry Productivity Package (NIPP) and Forward Work Programme (FWP)

Develop policy papers and regulatory impact statements (if required) for ‘proven twin steer prime-movers and tri-drive configurations’ and ‘quad axle groups’. Work relating to heavy vehicle access.

Wide Single Tyres

Investigate potential benefits from the use of wide single tyres to replace dual tyres.
2013–14 Estimated actual Access arrangements policy papers.

Implementation support, monitor and review (NHVR).

Ports Strategy progress report to the Council.

Transition of corporate safety partnership framework to industry. Monitor and review.
2014–15 Budget Deliver roadworthiness options review paper to Council in 2014–15.

Access arrangements policy paper and development of regulatory impact statements (if required) for Council consideration in 2014–15.

Finalise advice on wide single tyres 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.
Compliance and Technology

Compliance Framework

Implementation of recommendations of the report on the Compliance and Enforcement Framework for heavy vehicle telematics.

Electronic Work Diary (EWD)
Implementation of recommendations of report on the use of EWDs.

Collaborative-Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)

Development of robust technical, operational and legal framework for the implementation of C-ITS technology.

Chain of Responsibility (CoR)

Secretariat support for CoR review and final recommendations.

Fatigue Provisions (candidate project)

Business case for a review of fatigue provisions in HVNL.
2013–14 Estimated actual Implementation support, delivery of joint work programme with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Implement the Council agreed reforms.

Delivery of EWD RIS to the Council. Explore national and international policy issues.
2014–15 Budget Implement compliance framework for Heavy Vehicle Telematics in 2014-15 (subject to Council approval).

Support EWD implementation planning.

Implement outcomes of the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) penalties review in 2014–15.

Develop technical, operational and legal framework for the use of C-ITS.

Business case for fatigue provisions review for Council consideration in 2014.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing. Delivery of EWD reform.

Regulator support and implementation.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2015–16 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2015–16 Budget target.
Reform Maintenance
Australian Road Rules (ARR), Australian Vehicle Standards Rules (AVSR), Dangerous Goods, Medical Standards and Assessing Fitness to Drive, Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), Rail Safety National Law (RSNL), and Registration and Licensing.

Implementation support to the ONRSR and NHVR

Support implementation including guideline development, and lead priority maintenance.
2013–14 Estimated actual Rail medical standards.
Australian Road Rules 10th pack.

Australian Vehicle Standards 8th pack.

Rail maintenance package (phase 1).
2014–15 Budget Council approves HVNL 3rd Amendment Package in 2014–15.

Council approves RSNL 1st Amendment Package in 2014–15

Australian Vehicle Standards 9th Package prepared for Council consideration.

Assessing Fitness to Drive review project commenced.

Council considers business case on national heavy vehicle driver's license.
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.
Reform Monitoring, Evaluations and Strategy
National Reforms Implementation Status Report 2.

Strategic Plan 2015–16 to 2017–18.

Intelligent Access Programme Review Report.

CO2 Emissions Report.

Project proposals/business cases for all candidate reform projects listed on 2014-15 to 2016-17 work programme (with a scheduled commencement of 2015-16).
2013–14 Estimated actual Strategic planning and business cases to the Council. Performance evaluating and reporting. Develop and implement agreed reforms.
2014–15 Budget Council endorses National Reforms Implementation Status report 2 in 2014.

Council considers business cases for new candidate reform projects in 2014.

Council approves NTC Strategic Plan and Work Programme in 2015.

Annual CO2 emissions report released.
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.
Heavy Vehicle Pricing
Implementation of the 2013-14 Determination.

Continued involvement and engagement in specific tasks with the Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment (HVCI) Reform project.
2013–14 Estimated actual The Council agreed reform agenda. Development of RIS.
2014–15 Budget Implementation of Determination outcome.
Ongoing support to HVCI.
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 1.1 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
Regulatory quality is improved. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget 100% compliance with Office of Best Practice and 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.
NTC work programme is delivered. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Work programme is delivered on time and on budget, with any significant alterations to scope, time or budget agreed by Senior Officials and the Council.
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.
Developed reforms are agreed to. Development of business cases for new candidate reform projects. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget All developed reforms receive Council agreement.
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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