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 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 the ATSB can be found at: http://www.atsb.gov.au/media/5774882/atsb_corporateplan-2018-19.pdf.

The most recent annual performance statement can be found at: http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/2018/annual-report-2017-18/.

Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

The 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.

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.

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 2019–20 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

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, rail and marine 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, rail and marine transport through:
  • the independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences
  • 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:
    • 35 Complex Investigations
    • 100 Short Investigations
    • 100 Investigation Briefs
  • 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
  • complete the expansion of 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 1 working day. Summaries of aviation occurrences are ready to be published in the public online database within 10 working days of receipt
  • assess confidential reports for clarity, completeness and significance for transport safety and, where appropriate, advise within 6 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 1 major exercise per year
  • 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:
  • active engagement at key industry events across the modes
  • 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
  • pushing media coverage of ATSB investigations and safety awareness activities
Current performance information
Year Performance criteria (a) Targets Estimated achievement
2018–19 The ATSB's forecast rates against its targeted rates for 2018–19 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% 60%
KPI2
Number of active Complex investigations in progress at each months end (12 month rolling average, as at 30 June) 75 85
KPI3
Average time taken to complete and publish Complex investigation reports 21 months 22 months
KPI4
Number of active Short investigations in progress at each months end (12 month rolling average, as at 30 June) 30 40
KPI5
Average time taken to complete and publish Short investigation reports 6 months 8 months
KPI6
Occurrence briefs completed within one month 90% 90%
KPI7
An annual increase in the overall number of safety issues identified from Safety Studies and Complex Investigations Up 10% Up 8%
KPI8
Occurrence and Safety Study Investigations to be initiated on the basis of data driven analysis Up 15% Up 10%
KPI9
Through an annual stakeholder survey, stakeholder respondents recall ATSB safety messaging relevant to their industry 70% 70%
KPI10
An increase in the overall number of social media engagements Up 10% Up 10%
KPI11
ATSB safety messages disseminated by independent media channels 5 per month (average) 10 per month (average)
Forward looking performance information
Year Performance criteria Targets
2019–20 and beyond In 2019–20 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
Number of active Complex investigations in progress at each months end (12 month rolling average, as at 30 June) 60
KPI3
Average time taken to complete and publish Complex investigation reports 19 months
KPI4
Number of active Short investigations in progress at each months end (12 month rolling average, as at 30 June) 40
KPI5
Average time taken to complete and publish Short investigation reports 6 months
KPI6
Occurrence briefs completed within one month 90%
KPI7
An annual increase in the overall number of safety issues identified from Safety Studies and Complex Investigations Up 10%
KPI8
Occurrence and Safety Study Investigations to be initiated on the basis of data driven analysis Up 15%
KPI9
Through an annual stakeholder survey, stakeholder respondents recall ATSB safety messaging relevant to their industry 70%
KPI10
An increase in the overall number of social media engagements Up 10
KPI11
ATSB safety messages disseminated by independent media channels 5 per month (average)
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

Note:

  1. In February 2019, the ATSB made variations to some of its Deliverables and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) to better reflect and measure the activities of the agency. As demonstrated by the revised KPIs associated with Complex and Short investigations, the ATSB is projecting more realistic measures around its capacity to complete these investigations. Further, the ATSB has removed a KPI that measured activities the agency cannot directly control. This former KPI ‘Safety action is taken by stakeholders to address valid safety concerns identified in confidential reports’ will continue to be reported through qualitative means.

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