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 programme contributes to Outcome 2 through activities which seek to improve the performance of the surface transport sector for the benefit of all Australians. These activities include:

  • working with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the states and territories to finalise the implementation of the national heavy vehicle regulatory system;
  • working with the National Rail Safety Regulator, the states and territories to finalise the implementation of the rail safety national law;
  • working with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to finalise the implementation of the national system of maritime safety regulation;
  • developing a strong maritime policy agenda which meets the needs of industry, with a particular focus on reforming the regulation of the coastal shipping sector;
  • contributing 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;
  • improving the delivery of Australian Government assistance to Tasmania through reforms to the Tasmanian Transport Schemes;
  • contributing to effective progress on heavy vehicle road reform;
  • coordinating the implementation of the Australian Government's response to the second review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002;
  • contributing 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;
  • providing advice on the outcomes of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 review and implementing the Australian Government's reform decisions;
  • providing support and advice into the 2015 Review of the National Transport Commission; and
  • providing ongoing policy guidance on the development of heavy vehicle charging and investment reforms.

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 corporate entities—Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • Payments to corporate entities—National Transport Commission
Programme 2.2 Expenses

The change in expenses from one year to the next is mainly due to the current funding profile of administered items.
2014–15
Estimated
actual
$'000
2015–16
Budget

$'000
2016–17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017–18
Forward
estimate
$'000
2018–19
Forward
estimate
$'000
Annual administered expenses  
Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme 41,000 42,000 43,000 44,000 45,100
International Maritime Organization—contribution 310 310 310 312 312
OECD Road Transport—contribution 46 58 61 64 67
Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme 114,300 141,950 170,595 171,609 172,640
Payments to corporate entities—Australian Maritime Safety Authority (a) 65,284 57,509 66,013 71,111 72,484
Payments to corporate entities—National Transport Commission (a) 3,242 3,301 3,384 3,467 3,553
Special Appropriation expenses  
Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 (a) 113,456 121,198 127,076 133,240 139,702
Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Funds) Act 1993 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Special Account expenses  
Interstate Road Transport fees—(Interstate Road Transport Special Account) 71,002 71,002 71,002 71,002 71,002
Programme support 18,297 16,941 16,475 15,480 15,130
Total programme expenses 427,937 455,269 498,916 511,285 520,990

Notes:

  1. Relates to appropriation for corporate entities which is provided through the Department.
Programme 2.2 Deliverables

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

  • Progression of 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.
  • Contribution to the progress of work for heavy vehicle charging and investment reforms.
  • Contribution to the development and implementation of international shipping conventions to protect the environment and ensure maritime safety.
  • Development of a strong maritime policy agenda with particular focus on optimising the regulation of the coastal shipping sector and implementing the outcomes of the Review of Coastal Shipping.
  • Implement the Australian Government response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry report on Tasmanian shipping and freight.
  • Provide reform policy advice to the Australian Government on the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and implementation of the Australian Government's response.
  • Finalise the Australian Government response to the review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 and implementing the response.
Programme 2.2 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.

  • Australian surface transport networks are safer and more efficient with Commonwealth regulation that is fit for purpose and proportionate to the risk being managed.
  • Surface transport regulatory systems are subject to a focus on continuous improvement.
  • Communication with regulated entities, including those subject to regulatory changes, is open, transparent and appropriately targeted to support regulated entities in meeting their obligations.
  • Approvals and licenses under the Commonwealth road and vehicle safety regulatory frameworks are issued in a timeframe that meets legislative or other requirements.

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