Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Section 2: Revisions to entity outcomes and planned performance

2: Changes to outcome and program structures

The outcome and program structures for the ATSB have not changed from that published in the 2016–17 PB Statements.

2.1 Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 1

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.

Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

This table shows how much the entity intends to spend (on an accrual basis) on achieving the outcome, broken down by program.

Table 2.1.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Table 2.1.2: Performance criteria for Outcome 1

Table 2.1.2 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 1.  It is to be used by entities to describe the results they plan to achieve with the resources provided for new programs, or materially changed existing programs resulting from decisions made since the 2016-17 Budget.

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.
Program 1.1 — 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
Delivery The key deliverables for the ATSB to meet its primary outcome are given below.
  • 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 100 short investigations per annum
  • Complete and publish the annual Aviation Occurrence Statistics report and other research publications as informed by the annual research program. 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 program 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.
Performance information
Year Performance criteria (a) Targets
2016-17             In 2016-17 the ATSB’s performance will be measured against the following targets:  
KPI1  
Safety actions completed that address safety issues identified by ATSB investigation reports:  
Critical safety issues 100%
All other safety issues 70%
KPI2  
Complex investigation reports are published within 12 months 90%
KPI3  
Short investigation reports are completed within four months 90%
KPI4  
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 5 or higher on a biennial basis
KPI5  
Safety action is taken by stakeholders to address valid safety concerns identified in confidential reports 70% actioned
2017-18 and beyond As per 2016–17 As per 2016–17
Purpose Improve the safety of, and public confidence in, aviation, marine and rail transport through:
  • the independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; and
  • safety data recording, analysis and research fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action
Material changes to Program 1.1 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 1.1
  1. Performance criteria for KPI3 has been updated since the 2016–17 Budget to reflect extended investigative processes for short investigation reports.

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