Australian Maritime Safety Authority

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 PB Statements are part of the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework established by the PGPA Act. It is anticipated that the performance criteria described in PB 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 AMSA can be found at: www.amsa.gov.au/about/corporate-publications/corporate-plan-2018-19.

The most recent annual performance statement, as part of the annual report, can be found at: www.amsa.gov.au/about/corporate-publications/annual-report-2017-18.

AMSA contributes to 1 Outcome and 1 Program, which is divided into 2 sub-programs:

Sub-program 1: Seafarer and ship safety and environment protection aims to achieve the first part of AMSA's Outcome: Minimising the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services.

Sub-program 2: Search and rescue aims to achieve the second part of AMSA's Outcome: Maximising the number of people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.

2.1 Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 1

Outcome 1: Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.

Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

The table below shows how much AMSA 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: Program components for Outcome 1

Table 2.3: Performance criteria for Outcome 1

Table 2.3 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 1. It also summarises how each program is delivered and where 2019–20 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

Outcome 1—Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.
Program 1.1 – Seafarer and ship safety, environment protection and search and rescue.
Sub-program 1.1.1 – Seafarer and ship safety and environment protection aims to minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services.

Purposes

As Australia's national maritime regulatory body, AMSA promotes the safety and protection of our marine environment and combats ship-sourced pollution. AMSA provides the infrastructure for safety of navigation in Australian waters, and maintains a national search and rescue service for the maritime and aviation sectors.

Vision: Safe and clean seas, saving lives

Mission: Ensuring safe vessel operations, combatting marine pollution, and rescuing people in distress
Roles:
  • promote maritime safety and protection of the marine environment
  • prevent and combat ship-sourced pollution in the marine environment
  • provide infrastructure to support safe navigation in Australian waters
  • provide, on request, services to the maritime industry on a commercial basis
  • provide, on request, services of a maritime nature on a commercial basis to the Commonwealth and/or states and territories

Delivery

Activity: ensuring regulated vessels are operated safely and meeting standards
Target: vessel owners, vessel operators, seafarers
Activity: preventing pollution from shipping
Target: vessel owners, vessel operators, seafarers
Activity: supporting safe navigation
Target: vessel owners, vessel operators, commercial and recreational seafarers
Activity: contributing to and implementing international conventions
Target: vessel owners, vessel operators, seafarers, international bodies, other nations, other regulators (within Australia and internationally)
Activity: ensuring seafarer standards and welfare
Target: vessel owners, vessel operators, seafarers, education and training bodies
Activity: delivering, implementing and enhancing the National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety (National System)
Target: domestic vessel owners, vessel operators, seafarers
Current performance information
Year Performance criteria (a) Targets Estimated achievement
2018–19 Improvement in the standard of foreign flagged ships and Australian flagged ships (regulated under the Navigation Act 2012) operating in Australian waters, demonstrated through the proportion of serious incidents to total port arrivals ≤0.5% 0.39%
Reduction over time in the ratio of serious pollution incidents under the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 compared to the total number of ship arrivals <0.7% 0%
Forward looking performance information
Year Performance criteria (a) Targets
2019–20 and beyond Improvement in the standard of foreign flagged ships and Australian flagged ships (regulated under the Navigation Act 2012) operating in Australian waters, demonstrated through the proportion of serious incidents to total port arrivals ≤0.5%
Number of significant pollution incidents caused by shipping in Australian waters (b) Zero incidents (b)
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, Sub-program 1.1.1

Notes:

  1. A more comprehensive suite of measures are detailed in AMSA's Corporate Plan, and are reported in the Annual Performance Statements.
  2. Measure has been updated and target has changed. A significant pollution incident is a discharge of over 50,000 litres/50 tonnes. There have been three discharges in Australian waters of this scale in the last 20 years, and AMSA has reported a 0% result for over five years against the previous measure and target. In keeping with our vision of clean seas, in January 2019 AMSA committed to a simplified measure and new target of zero incidents.

Table 2.3:  Performance criteria for Outcome 1 (continued)

Program 1.1 – Seafarer and ship safety, environment protection and search and rescue.

Sub-program 1.1.2 – Search and rescue aims to maximise the number of people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through coordinating search and rescue.
Purposes As Australia's national maritime regulatory body, AMSA promotes the safety and protection of our marine environment and combats ship-sourced pollution. AMSA provides the infrastructure for safety of navigation in Australian waters, and maintains a national search and rescue service for the maritime and aviation sectors.

Vision: Safe and clean seas, saving lives

Mission: Ensuring safe vessel operations, combatting marine pollution, and rescuing people in distress

Role: provide a national search and rescue service to the maritime and aviation sectors
Delivery Activity: saving lives daily through search and rescue
Target: persons in distress/lives at risk, emergency services
Current performance information
Year Performance criteria Targets Estimated achievement
2018–19 Maximise percentage of saved lives as a proportion of lives at risk (a person is defined as being at risk if the person has a chance of surviving the initial maritime or aviation incident) 100% 98% (c)
Forward looking performance information
Year Performance criteria (a) Targets
2019–20 and beyond Save as many lives as possible from those at risk (b) 100% (c)
n (c)
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,
    Sub-program 1.1.2

Notes:

  1. A more comprehensive suite of measures are detailed in AMSA's Corporate Plan, and are reported in the Annual Performance Statements.
  2. Measure has been updated. A person is defined as ‘at risk’ if they have a chance of surviving the initial maritime or aviation incident. Each search and rescue (SAR) incident reported to AMSA is triaged to assess the requirement to respond to a life at risk. Sometimes the assessment concludes that the life has already been lost, or AMSA is unable to determine if a life is actually at risk, i.e. false beacon activations. For those incidents which are assessed as requiring a response—i.e. a life is identified as being ‘at risk’—it is important that AMSA measures the performance of resources available to AMSA to effect a rescue, which are ultimately reflected in the number of lives saved (n) and the percentage of lives saved from those at risk. 
  3. Target includes new element. AMSA's intention is to save all lives at risk. In practicality, the circumstances surrounding individual incidents—i.e. severe medical conditions requiring specialist treatment, bad weather—affect the possibility of success of a SAR response. This reality is reflected in the previous results reported by AMSA for this measure, ranging between 95-99% annually. For 2019–20 AMSA will report both a percentage and count (n).

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