Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.2 Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 2

Outcome 2: An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.

Linked programs

The Department of Human Services
Programs
  • Program 1.1: Services to the Community—Social Security and Welfare.
Contribution to Outcome 2 made by linked programs

The above linkage relates to payments made by the Department of Human Services on behalf of the Department for the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme and the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme.

Budgeted expenses for Outcome 2

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

Table 2.2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 2

Table 2.2.2: Program components for Outcome 2

Table 2.2.3: Performance criteria for Outcome 2

Table 2.2.3 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 2. It also summarises how each program is delivered and where 2017–18 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

Outcome 2An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
Program 2.1—The transport security program ensures a viable and sustainable transport security system in Australia through regulation designed collaboratively with industry and government entities.
Purposes (a)
  • Keeping transport secure—Preventing security incidents in the aviation, maritime and offshore oil and gas sectors
  • Supporting economic growth through transport—Improving transport efficiency and sustainability to facilitate the movement of people and freight
Delivery During 2017–18 and the forward years, the Department will:
  • deliver 100 per cent of compliance activities within the National Compliance Plan (NCP) to ensure regulated industry participants comply with their obligations;
  • deliver identity security reforms to strengthen key regulatory settings;
  • improve transport security legislation to ensure it is proportionate to the risks being regulated;
  • review regulatory settings to ensure that they effectively counter contemporary security risks; and
  • work with international partners to influence global standards and improve the transport security capability of our regional partners.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets/2016–17 Estimated achievement
2016–17 Industry understanding of their regulatory obligations and security risks Target: Demonstrated through survey of regulated industry participants
Estimated achievement: Achieved—Refer to the 2015–16 Regulator Performance Framework—Office of Transport Security (OTS) Self-assessment Report
Through collaboration with industry, policy and regulatory frameworks are efficient and effective and industry understand their regulatory obligations and security risks
  International standards improve aviation and maritime security in Australia and the region Target: Demonstrated by shaping issues in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and working with regional partners
Estimated achievement: To be reported as a case study
  Percentage of activities completed as set out in the NCP
The NCP comprises the Department's plan of regulatory compliance activities prioritising those parts of the transport system which are most at risk. The NCP is publicly launched with industry annually.
Target: 100 per cent
Estimated achievement: 98 per cent
2017–18 and beyond Changes to transport security regulations are focused on the highest risk Target (2017–18 and beyond): Where there is a change in the security environment, all regulatory changes are focused on addressing the highest risk
  Regulated industry participants' understanding of security risk to their operations and their obligations under the transport security regulatory regime Target (2017–18): Have source data and establish a baseline to monitor progress and inform targets
  Compliance by regulated industry participants with their transport security obligations Target (2017–18): 100 per cent of compliance activities set out in the National Compliance Plan completed; and have source data and establish a baseline to monitor progress and inform future targets
  The extent to which international standards are influenced and the transport security capability of our regional partners improved. Target (2017–18 and beyond): Observed improvements
  Degree to which transport security regulations meet international standards for the secure movement of people and freight Target (2017–18 and beyond): Meet requirements
  Changes to transport security regulations are proportionate to the risk being managed Target (2017–18 and beyond): Regulatory impact on industry is reduced
Material changes to Program 2.1 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 2.1
Program 2.2—The surface transport program undertakes activities that seek to improve the performance of the surface transport sector for the benefit of all Australians.
Purposes (a)
  • Supporting economic growth through transport—Improving transport efficiency and sustainability to facilitate the movement of people and freight
  • Making travel safer—Minimising the number and severity of transport safety incidents
  • Increasing transport access—Connecting people, communities, businesses and markets
Delivery During 2017–18 and the forward years, the Department will:
  • progress coastal shipping regulatory changes to ensure that a safe, secure and efficient coastal shipping system is an integral part of Australia's national transport system;
  • promote integrated surface transport (road, rail) reforms that support the operation of single national markets and build on effective relationships with key stakeholders, including other governments, unions, industry and regulators to deliver a more seamless and consistent regulatory environment;
  • support the strategic work program of the Transport and Infrastructure Council to sustain national transport reform momentum, with jurisdictions working together to build on initial measures and implement longer-term reforms which improve pricing, access, safety and productivity;
  • work with states and territory governments to encourage the trialling and adoption of emerging transport technologies that improve safety, including vehicle automation;
  • utilise the established and effective national regulators, and consider options for building on the infrastructure of the national regulators, to drive regulatory improvement, productivity and safety outcomes and reduced costs for the heavy vehicle, maritime and rail sectors;
  • facilitate increased access to public transport for people with disability through the Department's administration of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002, made under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992;
  • develop a national freight and supply chain strategy; and
  • lead work with state and territory governments to deliver advice to the Council of Australian Governments on progressing heavy vehicle road reform in line with the road map agreed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in May 2015.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets/2016–17 Estimated achievement
2016–17 Total annual freight volume, measured in billion-tonne-kilometres (btkm), by sector:
  • coastal trading
  • rail freight, and
  • road freight
Target: Increased compared to previous year
Estimated achievement:The annual average for the last 5 years of available data is*:
  • 108.4 btkm
  • 328.2 btkm
  • 200.6 bktm
* 2016–17 establishes a baseline for future reporting
  Average load per freight vehicle, measured by road freight tonne kilometre per road freight vehicle kilometre Target: Increasing trend
Estimated achievement:The average for the last 5 years of available data is*:
  • 20.5 tonnes
  • 3.8 tonnes
* 2016–17 establishes a baseline for future reporting
  Number of fatalities for:
  • maritime
  • rail freight, and
  • road freight
Target: Decreased compared to the average over the previous ten‑year period
Estimated achievement:The average for the last 5 years of available data is*:
  • 5
  • Data not available
  • 204 (for road fatalities due to road crashes involving heavy trucks)
* Where possible, 2016–17 establishes a baseline for future reporting
  Improved transparency of transport infrastructure standards as evidenced by the proportion of Australia's roads included in the Transport and Infrastructure Council Asset Register Target: Increased proportion compared to previous year
Estimated achievement:Target achieved. The Transport and Infrastructure Council Asset Register Maps released in February 2017 cover approximately 8 per cent of Australia's total road network, up from approximately 4 per cent in the 2016 release
  Improved community understanding of road funding issues Target: Increased demonstrated through community surveys
Estimated achievement: research completed to provide baseline data on road user understanding of current arrangements for road funding (to inform future communication activities)
2017–18 and beyond Volume of freight Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased rolling average compared to previous 10 year period
  Number of road fatalities Target (2017–18 and beyond): On track to achieve the target in the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20, to reduce road deaths by at least 30 per cent on 2008–10 figures by 2020
  Serious injuries due to road crashes Target (2017–18 and 2018–19): On track to have source data and establish a baseline to monitor progress and inform by 2019–20
Target (2019–20): Have source data and establish a baseline to monitor progress and inform targets
Target (2020–21): Decreased
  Number of rail fatalities Target (2017–18 and beyond): Decreased rolling average compared to previous 10 year period
  Number of maritime fatalities Target (2017–18 and beyond): Decreased rolling average compared to previous 10 year period
  Proportion of Australia's roads included in the Transport and Infrastructure Council Asset Register Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased proportion compared to previous year
  Community understanding of road funding issues Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased, demonstrated through community surveys (to be measured in 2018–19 and 2020–21)
  Transport emissions Target (2017–18 and beyond): Decreased compared to previous year
  Level of capacity for the rail network Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased
  Level of capacity for coastal freight Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased
Material changes to Program 2.2 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 2.2
Program 2.3—The road safety program develops a safer road transport system by coordinating a national strategic approach to improving road safety and working to make vehicles safer for all road users.
Purposes (a)
  • Supporting economic growth through transport—Improving transport efficiency and sustainability to facilitate the movement of people and freight
  • Making travel safer—Minimising the number and severity of transport safety incidents
Delivery During 2017–18 and the forward years, the Department will:
  • implement reforms to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 in consultation with vehicle manufacturers, registered automotive workshops, state and territory vehicle registration authorities and the broader automotive sector, to deliver better outcomes for the community and the government including improved vehicle safety and economic benefits;
  • develop and implement standards and undertake compliance and safety investigation activities to ensure the delivery of both safety and environmental outcomes is consistent with international approaches; and
  • coordinate ongoing delivery arrangements for the National Road Safety Strategy
    2011–20 and National Road Safety Action Plan 2015–17, including road safety data collection and progress reporting to inform and improve road safety for all road users.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets/2016–17 Estimated achievement
2016–17 Annual number of deaths on Australian roads Target: Trends on track to achieve the target in the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20, to reduce road deaths by at least 30 per cent on 2008–10 figures by 2020
Estimated achievement: as at the end of February 2017, there were 1,256 deaths in road crashes in the last 12 months. This represents a reduction of 12 per cent relative to the baseline set for the National Road Safety Strategy
  Percentage of road vehicle standards that are harmonised with international standards Target: Increasing trend
Estimated achievement:93 per cent
  Average new light vehicle CO2 intensity Target: Decreasing trend
Estimated achievement: 1 per cent improvement for 2016 in average efficiency (gCO2/km) of new light vehicles
  Performance against service standards, including:
  • percentage of new type approval applications decided on within 32 days
  • percentage of import approval applications decided on within 20 days
  • percentage of used import plate approval applications decided on within 5 days of the submission of a vehicle inspection certificate
Target: Greater than 95 per cent
Estimated achievement:
  • 93 per cent
  • 93 per cent
  • 70 per cent*
* figure includes the time applicants take to respond to questions on applications and the time taken to undertake audits. If these factors are excluded from the calculation, the performance measure is close to 95 per cent
2017–18 and beyond Number of deaths due to road crashes Target (2017–18 and beyond): On track to achieve the target in the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20, to reduce road deaths by at least 30 per cent on 2008–10 figures by 2020
  Serious injuries due to road crashes Target (2017–18 and 2018–19): On track to have source data and establish a baseline by 2019–20
Target (by 2019–20):Have source data and establish a baseline to monitor progress and inform targets
Target (2020–21):Decreased compared to previous year
  Percentage of road vehicle standards that are harmonised with international standards Target (2017–18 and beyond):Increased compared to previous year
  Transport emissions Target (2017–18 and beyond): Decreased compared to previous year
Material changes to Program 2.3 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 2.3
Program 2.4—The air transport program ensures the aviation industry operates within a clear and robust safety, planning and environmental regulatory framework and that Australian businesses and consumers have access to competitive international and domestic air services and access to remote areas.
Purposes (a)
  • Supporting economic growth through transport—Improving transport efficiency and sustainability to facilitate the movement of people and freight
  • Making travel safer—Minimising the number and severity of transport safety incidents
  • Increasing transport access—Connecting people, communities, businesses and markets
  • Supporting regional development and local communities—Delivering jobs and economic growth for regional Australia and improving standards of living through influencing policy, investing in infrastructure and building community capability
Delivery During 2017–18 and the forward years, the Department will:
  • ensure aviation regulation supports ongoing infrastructure investment at federally leased airports to ensure airports can meet projected growth and operate within a clear and robust regulatory framework;
  • work through a cross-agency and industry working group to progress the technical elements of the International Civil Aviation Organization's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to ensure Australia's international aviation operators are able to meet their commitments to reduce CO2 emissions under CORSIA while not being disadvantaged against their competitors;
  • engage with the National Airports Safeguarding Advisory Group to progress key elements of the National Airports Safeguarding Framework to ensure the current and future safety, viability, and growth of aviation operations while delivering community safety and amenity through consistently applied best practice in land use planning and assessments in the vicinity of airports;
  • progress the consideration of future airspace protection arrangements to improve safety;
  • progress the approval of regulations, proportionate to the risks being regulated, to enhance aviation safety;
  • maintain legislative governance and reporting requirements for Government aviation safety agencies to facilitate effective aviation safety accountability;
  • provide policy advice to the Australian Government on current and emerging aviation policy issues to enhance the competiveness and sustainability of the Australian aviation industry;
  • manage the delivery of programs to support regional and remote aviation access;
  • engage in air services talks with key countries to ensure businesses and consumers have access to competitive international and domestic air services in line with market requirements; 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, to support jobs growth and provide the aviation capacity necessary to cater for Sydney's projected economic and population growth.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets/2016–17 Estimated achievement
2016–17 Level of available aviation capacity at major city airports Target: Increase compared to previous year
Estimated achievement: Growth across major city airports (Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney) of 3.1 per cent in total passengers, 0.9 per cent in total aircraft movements and 8.0 per cent in total freight tonnage
  Level of available capacity in international aviation markets Target: Increased compared to previous year
Estimated achievement: New and updated arrangements negotiated with six countries with the possibility of more by 30 June 2017
  Opportunities available to Australian airlines in international aviation markets Target: Increased compared to previous year
Estimated achievement: New and updated arrangements negotiated with six countries with the possibility of more by 30 June 2017
  Level of aviation services to remote communities Target: Maintained service levels compared to previous year
Estimated achievement: Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges: Increase of two further airlines and six new commercial routes.
Regional Aviation Access Program: $11.6 million funding for works at 50 aerodrome upgrade projects progressed. A further $11.8 million in funding for 91 aerodrome upgrade projects announced
  Jobs supported by Western Sydney Airport project Target: Regulatory settings and investment strategy in place for the Western Sydney Airport project*
Estimated achievement: The determination of the Airport Plan in December 2016 provides the authorisation for the construction and operation of the Stage 1 Western Sydney Airport
2017–18 and beyond Volume of freight Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased rolling average compared to previous 10 year period
  Passenger movements, aviation sector Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increase rolling average compared to previous 10 year period
  Percentage of major airport projects funded with a benefit cost ratio above 1.0 Target (2017–18 and beyond): 100 per cent
  Transport emissions Target (2017–18 and beyond): Decreased compared to previous year
  Number of aviation fatalities Target (2017–18 and beyond): Decreased compared to previous year
  Level of capacity at major city airports Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased compared to rolling strategic 20 year planning period
  Level of available capacity in international aviation markets Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased compared to previous year
  Opportunities available to Australian airlines in international aviation markets Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased compared to previous year
  Level of aviation services to remote communities Target (2017–18 and beyond): Maintained or increase compared to previous year
  Jobs supported by Western Sydney Airport project Target (2017–18): On track to commence construction in 2018–19
Target (2018–19): Commencement of construction
Material changes to Program 2.4 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 2.4
  1. Refers to updated purposes that will be reflected in the 2017–18 Corporate Plan.

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