Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

Australian Government outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Australian Government on the Australian community. Commonwealth programs are the primary vehicle by which government entities achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Entities are required to identify the programs which contribute to Australian Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.

Each outcome is described below together with its related programs. The following provides detailed information on expenses for each outcome and program, further broken down by funding source.

Note:

Performance reporting requirements in the Portfolio Budget Statements are part of the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework established by the PGPA Act. It is anticipated that the performance criteria described in Portfolio Budget Statements will be read with broader information provided in an entity's corporate plans and annual performance statements—included in Annual Reports—to provide an entity's complete performance story.

The most recent corporate plan for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau can be found at: www.atsb.gov.au/about_atsb/corporateplan2016

The most recent annual performance statement can be found at: www.atsb.gov.au/publications/2016/annual-report-2015-16

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 below shows how much the ATSB intends to spend (on an accrual basis) on achieving the outcome, broken down by program, as well as by Departmental funding sources.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Table 2.2: Performance criteria for Outcome 1

Table 2.2 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 1. It also summarises how each program is delivered and where 2017–18 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

Outcome 1Improved 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.
Purposes 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.
Delivery The key deliverables for the ATSB to meet its primary outcome are given below.
  • Complete and publish up to:
    • 10 Safety Studies
    • 50 Complex Investigations
    • 100 Short Investigations;
    • 50 Investigation Briefs; and
    • 5 statistical and trend monitoring publications (including the Aviation Occurrence Statistics Report).
  • Present reports on safety trends to the Minister and safety entities twice a year.
  • Mature the ATSB's data analysis tools and techniques, to enhance the ATSB's proactive capability for determining safety hazards and risks to be used in making assessments about occurrences to investigate and safety studies to commence.
  • Expand the ATSB's data warehouse to include national rail data.
  • 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.
  • 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 with a publication produced annually addressing the transport safety contribution of these activities.
  • Provide assistance to investigations overseas in accordance with international arrangements and where resources permit, with a report produced annually addressing the transport safety contribution of this support.
  • The ATSB will proactively influence safety awareness in the aviation, rail and marine industries and amongst the travelling public through communication and education activities including:
    • hosting a multi-modal safety conference;
    • establishing safety watch priorities;
    • increasing the accessibility of investigation report content and safety products through its website, mailing lists, use of social media, industry publications and using mediums such as video content; and
    • pushing media coverage of ATSB investigations and safety awareness activities.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets/2016–17 Estimated achievement
2016–17 The ATSB's forecast rates against its targeted rates for 2016–17 are as follows:  
  KPI1  
  Safety actions completed that address safety issues identified by ATSB investigation reports:  
  Critical safety issues 100% (100%)
  All other safety issues 70% (70%)
  KPI2  
  Complex investigation reports are published within 12 months 90% (35%)
  KPI3  
  Short investigation reports are completed within two months 90% (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 (N/A for this financial year)
  KPI5  
  Safety action is taken by stakeholders to address valid safety concerns identified in confidential reports 70% actioned (90% actioned)
2017–18 In 2017-18 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 two months 90%
  KPI4  
  Investigation briefs will be completed within one month 90%
  KPI5  
  An increase from 2016-17 in the overall number of safety issues identified from Safety Studies and Complex Investigations Up to 10%
  KPI6  
  Occurrence and Safety Study Investigations to be initiated on the basis of data driven analysis Up to 15%
  KPI7  
  Safety action is taken by stakeholders to address valid safety concerns identified in confidential reports 70% actioned
  KPI8  
  Through an annual stakeholder survey, stakeholder respondents recall ATSB products related to the safety watch priorities affecting their industry 70%
  KPI9  
  An increase in the overall number of ATSB social media followers Up to 10%
  KPI10  
  ATSB safety messages disseminated by independent media channels 5 per month (average)
2018–19 and beyond As per 2017–18 As per 2017–18
Material changes to Program 1.1 resulting from the following measures:
  • In 2016-17 the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was suspended. The ATSB's key deliverables have consequently been revised to remove assistance with the search and investigation into the disappearance of MH370. However, the ATSB will continue to assist the Malaysian Government with its investigation into the disappearance.

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