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, secure and efficient transport systems and transport infrastructure connecting Australians with domestic markets and the nation to the global economy 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.

During 2015–16 and the forward years, the Department will:

  • support industry and the community by continuously monitoring aviation transport, maritime transport, and offshore facility security regulatory regimes;
  • work with industry to maintain a strong, layered approach to transport and offshore facility security;
  • work with international partners to shape the transport security environment and build capacity overseas to mitigate security risks to Australia;
  • work with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority as the national marine safety regulator to streamline the delivery of services to the commercial vessel sector and progress full implementation of national regulator arrangements;
  • implement the Australian Government's response to the Productivity Commission inquiry report on Tasmanian shipping and freight;
  • implement the outcomes of the Review of Coastal Shipping;
  • promote 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;
  • provide advice to the Australian Government on reform options for the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and implement the decision;
  • provide support and advice into the 2015 Review of the National Transport Commission;
  • ensure vehicle standards deliver both safety and environmental outcomes and are consistent with international approaches;
  • coordinate ongoing delivery arrangements for the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20, including road safety data collection and progress reporting;
  • implement the Australian Government's aviation policy, including initiatives set out in the Coalition's Policy for Aviation (2013);
  • continue to promote best practice regulation through progressive improvements in guidance materials, regulatory tools and processes;
  • consult extensively with state, territory and local governments and industry and, where appropriate, with foreign governments and international organisations; and
  • implement the Australian Government's decision that the location for western Sydney's new airport will be the Commonwealth-owned site at Badgerys Creek.

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 contributes to Outcome 2 by ensuring a viable and sustainable transport security system in Australia through regulation designed collaboratively with industry and government entities. The aim is to ensure flexible and proportionate regulation that delivers measurable benefits. In doing so, we ensure that the transport security regulatory model operates efficiently and effectively. This includes:

  • implementing international treaty obligations, including through Australia's involvement in the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization;
  • continuing to develop Australia's transport security framework to address evolving risks and ensure the impact of any new security measures is commensurate with the assessed risk;
  • advising industry on the security risk context within which their transport preventive security planning should be focused;
  • managing industry compliance with requirements of the relevant legislation;
  • providing best practice transport security risk and mitigation advice under the Australian Government's Critical Infrastructure programme;
  • working with state and territory governments to ensure national consistency of preventive security outcomes in the surface and mass urban transit sectors;
  • shaping and influencing international security standards to advance Australia's security and economic interests;
  • helping to build capacity in the region that ensures that transport security risks to Australia and Australian interests are effectively managed offshore; and
  • undertaking Inspector of Transport Security inquiries, if directed by the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, into major transport or offshore security incidents or a pattern or series of events that points to systemic failure or possible weakness of aviation or maritime security regulatory systems.

Administered items

  • Aviation security enhancements

- improving international aviation security

- regional passenger screening
Programme 2.1 Expenses

Annual administered expenses          
Aviation security enhancements 997 997 997 997 997
- improving international aviation security 23 23 23 23 23
- regional passenger screening 974 974 974 974 974
Programme support 75,515 78,297 78,739 74,803 73,332
Total programme expenses 76,512 79,294 79,736 75,800 74,329
Programme 2.1 Deliverables

The following qualitative deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
  • Industry collaboration to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the transport security frameworks.
  • Partnerships with industry and government to identify emerging and new risks and ensure that strategies are developed to mitigate them.
  • Capacity building activities are conducted in cooperation with regional partners and targeted at highest offshore risks.
  • Collaboration with international and industry partners to deliver effective programmes that sustainably strengthen security in the region.
  • Efficient and lawful administration of approval processes that meet statutory timeframes.
  • Collaboration with the intelligence community and other stakeholders to ensure information about threat and risk is accessible and shared.
  • Partnerships with industry and government in multilateral fora and bilaterally to influence and inform the development of policy and standards.
  • Facilitation of businessgovernment partnerships through provision of secretariat support to the Maritime and Surface sub-groups of the Transport Sector Group within the Australian Government's Trusted Information Sharing Network for Critical Infrastructure Resilience.
  • Inquiries through the Inspector of Transport Security as directed by the Minister.
The following quantitative deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables 2014–15
Percentage of ‘high risk’ cases subject to compliance activity within 12 months 95% 95% 95% 95% 95%
Programme 2.1 Key performance indicators

The following qualitative key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme in 2015–16 and the forward years, assess the programme's performance in meeting its objective.

  • Action is taken by the Government to mitigate against new or emerging risks, where they are identified.
  • Collaboration with industry ensures that policy and regulatory frameworks are efficient and effective.
  • International and domestic engagement influences and shapes policy and future developments.
  • Communication with regulated entities is clear, targeted and effective.
  • Compliance and monitoring approaches are streamlined and co-ordinated.

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