Australian Transport Safety Bureau

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. Commonwealth programmes are the primary vehicle by which government entities achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Entities are required to identify the programmes which contribute to Australian Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.

Each outcome is described below together with its related programmes, specifying the performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor the performance of the ATSB in achieving Australian Government outcomes.

Outcome 1: Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

Outcome 1 Strategy

The ATSB will:

  • maintain its capability and effectiveness through attracting, retaining and developing professional staff and delivering those investigations of accidents and safety occurrences that have the greatest potential to deliver improved transport safety outcomes, with a particular focus on the safety of the travelling public;
  • enhance stakeholder relationships, with a particular focus on ensuring a strong culture of reporting safety matters through transparent arrangements for the appropriate reporting, sharing and use of safety information;
  • deliver a programme of safety research and analysis that draws on the results of investigations and safety occurrence datasets;
  • undertake safety communication and education with an emphasis on identified priority areas where safety risk can be reduced;
  • engage with and, as appropriate, provide support to regional and international partners, focussing on developing cooperation in our region and on ensuring that safety lessons and operational innovations are shared internationally; and
  • continue the transition to being the national rail safety investigator, as established through the Council of Australian Governments' Intergovernmental Agreement on Rail Safety Regulation and Investigation Reform.

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: Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Programme 1.1 Objective

The ATSB will work actively with the aviation, marine and rail industries, transport regulators and governments at a state, national and international level to improve transport safety standards for all Australians, particularly the travelling public. Investigations and related activities seek to raise awareness of identified safety issues and to encourage stakeholders to implement actions to improve future safety.

There are three core functions which arise from the ATSB's functions under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003:

  1. Independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences

Independent ‘no blame’ investigations that are selective and systematic, and which focus on future safety rather than on blame, increase stakeholder awareness and action on safety issues and foster industry and public confidence in the transport system.

  1. Safety data recording, analysis and research

Timely receipt and assessment of transport accident and other safety occurrence notifications allows the ATSB to identify and refer safety issues at the earliest opportunity. The maintenance and analysis of a body of safety information (including transport safety data and research and investigation reports) enables stakeholders and researchers to gain a better understanding of safety trends and safety issues.

  1. Fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action
Awareness and understanding of transport safety issues is increased through a range of activities including consultation, education and the promulgation of research and investigation findings and recommendations. These contribute to the national and international body of safety knowledge and foster action for the improvement of safety systems and operations.
Programme 1.1 Expenses

The reduction in expenses from 2014–15 to 2015–16 is due to the ATSB fulfilling its role in leading, coordinating and undertaking the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 within the defined high probability search area during the financial year.
2014–15
Estimated
actual
$'000
2015–16
Budget

$'000
2016–17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017–18
Forward
estimate
$'000
2018–19
Forward
estimate
$'000
Programme Support 118,033 72,857 22,033 22,042 21,883
Total programme expenses 118,033 72,857 22,033 22,042 21,883
Programme 1.1 Deliverables

The ATSB receives mandatory reports of up to 10,000 accidents or incidents per annum. The reports are initially assessed against the ATSB's published policies and criteria to determine those matters warranting investigation. The occurrences are also classified and recorded for further research and analysis, made publicly available via the ATSB website and used to inform communication and education priorities.

The ATSB also receives notifications as part of confidential safety reporting schemes in operation for aviation, rail and marine transport modes. Reporting of all occurrences is a key input for ATSB deliverables.

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.

  • Assess, classify and publish summaries of accident and incident occurrences received. Details of occurrences being investigated are published within one working day. Summaries of aviation occurrences are ready to be published in the public online database within ten working days of receipt.
  • Assess confidential reports for clarity, completeness and significance for transport safety and, where appropriate, advise within six weeks any responsible party in a position to take safety action in response to the safety concern.
  • Complete and publish up to 60 more complex investigations and up to 120 short investigations per annum.
  • Complete and publish the annual Aviation Occurrence Statistics report and other research publications as informed by the annual research programme. Reports on aviation safety trends will be provided to the Minister and safety entities twice per year.
  • Ensure preparedness for a major accident by reviewing and testing major accident response and management capabilities through participation in one major exercise per annum.
  • Assist transport safety in the international region, through direct cooperation and the delivery of approved projects and other support activities provided for by programme funding agreements.
  • The ATSB will continue to assist the Malaysian Government with its investigation into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370) in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The ATSB will continue to work with primary and secondary stakeholders in relation to decisions made by Governments in relation to the search and/or potential recovery operations of MH370.

Programme 1.1 Key performance indicators

The following quantitative key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme, measure the programme's performance in meeting its objectives.

Key Performance Indicators 2014–15
Estimated
actual
$'000
2015–16
Budget

$'000
2016–17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017–18
Forward
estimate
$'000
2018–19
Forward
estimate
$'000
Safety actions completed that address safety issues identified by ATSB investigation reports:  
Critical safety issues. 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
All other safety issues. 70% 70% 70% 70% 70%
Complex investigation reports are
published within 12 months.
90% 90% 90% 90% 90%
Short investigation reports are completed within two months. 90% 90% 90% 90% 90%
Stakeholder awareness of safety issues is raised as a result of investigation, research and analysis findings and through safety education activities as measured through a biennial survey—scored on a 7-point rating scale. N/A 5 or
higher
N/A 5 or
higher
N/A
Safety action is taken by stakeholders to address valid safety concerns identified in confidential reports. N/A 70%
actioned
70%
actioned
70%
actioned
70%
actioned

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