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Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

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

Each outcome is described below together with its related programs, specifying the performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor the performance of AMSA in achieving Government outcomes.

Figure 2.1: AMSA's Outcome, Programs and Divisions

Figure 2.1: AMSA's Outcome, Programs and Divisions

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.

Figure 2.1 summarises the relationship between AMSA's outcomes, AMSA's program, subprograms and the involvement of AMSA's Divisions in delivering each subprogram.

AMSA's Program: Seafarer and ship safety, environment protection and search and rescue is divided into two subprograms:

Subprogram 1.1: 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.

Subprogram 1.2: 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.

Outcome 1 Strategy

AMSA is focusing in 2011-12 on the following strategies to achieve AMSA's two subprograms:

1. Seafarer and ship safety and environment protection (Subprogram 1.1)

Seafarer and ship safety

  • ensuring regulatory measures reflect international conventions, industry best practice and public expectations;
  • strengthening the maritime safety culture and safety and pollution prevention standards both domestically and through the IMO;
  • continuously improving navigation safety in Australia's coastal waters;
  • enhancing safety of navigation through the use of technology;
  • continuing the application of appropriate and rigorous risk assessment methodologies to seafarer and ship safety; and
  • enhancing regional cooperation and engagement with industry.

Environment protection

  • effectively monitoring and enforcing Australia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) ;
  • effectively responding to potential and/or actual oil and chemical pollution incidents;
  • actively involving and influencing international, regional and domestic forums for the implementation of new and existing instruments; and
  • updating the National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea, to reflect updated risk profiles, response and technology improvements.

Maritime safety reform

  • strongly supporting at all levels of government AMSA's role as the national regulator;
  • engaging closely with both new and existing stakeholders;
  • implementing systems and programs to effectively transition a national maritime safety regulatory system; and
  • ensuring legislation is in place to support reforms.

2. Search and rescue (Subprogram 1.2)

  • optimising search and rescue responses;
  • delivering safety education and information;
  • influencing the development of international and national search and rescue arrangements and the adoption of new technologies; and
  • enhancing the visibility of shipping operations and movements for safety and SAR response.

Outcome 1 expense statement

Table 2.1 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 1, by program.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Program 1.1: Seafarer and ship safety, environment protection and search and rescue

Program 1.1 Objective

Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters and maximise the number of people saved from aviation and maritime incidents by:

  • minimising the incidence of maritime accidents and incidents;
  • ensuring that seafarer living and working conditions meet international requirements;
  • supporting and enhancing the operation of a skilled maritime workforce within the Australian shipping industry;
  • minimising the impact of shipping on the environment;
  • minimising the environmental impact of marine pollution incidents that occur from shipping, offshore pollution activity or any other source;
  • achieving modern, effective, enforceable and nationally consistent maritime safety regulation; and
  • maximising lives saved from distress incidents, through search and rescue response and safety education.
Program 1.1 Expenses
  2010-11
Revised
Budget
$'000
2011-12
Budget

$'000
2012-13
Forward
year 1
$'000
2013-14
Forward
year 2
$'000
2014-15
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual departmental expenses  
Ordinary Annual Services
(Appropriation Bill No. 1)
56 435 56 622 58 867 53 896 54 407
Special Appropriations  
Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 1990 - s48 84 552 91 549 97 108 103 547 108 346
Expenses not requiring appropriation in
the Budget year
8 526 10 198 8 769 8 587 8 964
Total program expenses 149 513 158 369 164 744 166 030 171 717
Program 1.1 Deliverables
Deliverables Year Target
Subprogram 1.1 - Seafarer and ship safety and environment protection
Seafarer and ship safety and environment regulatory and compliance monitoring systems
Improved standard of foreign ships operating in Australian waters (Quality).

Targeted rate:
Declining average number of deficiencies per inspection.

2010-11 Revised budget Targeted rate
2011-12 Budget Targeted rate
2012-13 Forward year 1 Targeted rate
2013-14 Forward year 2 Targeted rate
2014-15 Forward year 3 Targeted rate
All regulatory measures introduced internationally or domestically are given effect within specified timeframes (Quality). 2010-11 Revised budget 100%
2011-12 Budget 100%
2012-13 Forward year 1 100%
2013-14 Forward year 2 100%
2014-15 Forward year 3 100%
Inspection rate of risk assessed eligible foreign flag ships (Quality).1

Targeted rates:  
Priority one ships: 80 %
Priority two ships: 60 %
Priority three ships: 40 %
Priority four ships: 20 %
2010-11 Revised budget Targeted rates
2011-12 Budget Targeted rates
2012-13 Forward year 1 Targeted rates
2013-14 Forward year 2 Targeted rates
2014-15 Forward year 3 Targeted rates
Number of port and flag State ship inspections (Quantity).

Targeted rates:
Port State inspections: 2,900
Flag State inspections: 75

2010-11 Revised budget Targeted rates
2011-12 Budget Targeted rates
2012-13 Forward year 1 Targeted rates
2013-14 Forward year 2 Targeted rates
2014-15 Forward year 3 Targeted rates
Marine pollution and emergency response services to shipping incidents
Availability of pollution response resources and equipment to a pollution incident (Quality). 2010-11 Revised budget 100%
2011-12 Budget 100%
2012-13 Forward year 1 100%
2013-14 Forward year 2 100%
2014-15 Forward year 3 100%
Availability of emergency response capability (Quality).

Targeted rate:
100% availability of emergency towage vessels and fixed wing dispersal aircraft.

2010-11 Revised budget Targeted rate
2011-12 Budget Targeted rate
2012-13 Forward year 1 Targeted rate
2013-14 Forward year 2 Targeted rate
2014-15 Forward year 3 Targeted rate
A national network of systems to aid marine navigation
Availability of marine aids to navigation network (Quality).

Targeted rate:
Compliance with the targets set out in the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) guidelines.2

2010-11 Revised budget Targeted rate
2011-12 Budget Targeted rate
2012-13 Forward year 1 Targeted rate
2013-14 Forward year 2 Targeted rate
2014-15 Forward year 3 Targeted rate
Maritime safety reform
Transition the National Marine Safety Committee Secretariat to AMSA.

Targeted timeframe:
Transitioned by June 2011.

2010-11 Revised budget Targeted timeframe
2011-12 Budget N/A
2012-13 Forward year 1 N/A
2013-14 Forward year 2 N/A
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A
Prepare service delivery partnerships with jurisdictions and arrangements for the national maritime safety regulatory system.

Targeted timeframe:
Completed by December 2011.

2010-11 Revised budget Targeted timeframe
2011-12 Budget Targeted timeframe
2012-13 Forward year 1 N/A
2013-14 Forward year 2 N/A
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A
Introduce the national maritime safety law and Navigation Act review legislation.

Targeted timeframe:
Implemented by December 2011.

2010-11 Revised budget Targeted timeframe
2011-12 Budget Targeted timeframe
2012-13 Forward year 1 N/A
2013-14 Forward year 2 N/A
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A
Subprogram 1.2 - Search and rescue
National Rescue Coordination Centre providing 24 hour coordination of aviation and maritime search and rescue and distress and safety communication services
Provision of Rescue Coordination Centre with capacity to handle incidents and searches (Quantity).3 2010-11 Revised budget 8,000 incidents and 700 searches
2011-12 Budget 8,500 incidents and 740 searches.
2012-13 Forward year 1 9,000 incidents and 780 searches
2013-14 Forward year 2 9,500 incidents and 800 searches
2014-15 Forward year 3 10,000 incidents and 850 searches
Availability of distress and safety communications services (Quality). 2010-11 Revised budget 100% of the time
2011-12 Budget 100% of the time
2012-13 Forward year 1 100% of the time
2013-14 Forward year 2 100% of the time
2014-15 Forward year 3 100% of the time
Number of search and rescue units (Quantity).

Targeted rate:
5 dedicated airborne units and an additional 50 units are available on an opportunistic basis.

2010-11 Revised budget Targeted rate
2011-12 Budget Targeted rate
2012-13 Forward year 1 Targeted rate
2013-14 Forward year 2 Targeted rate
2014-15 Forward year 3 Targeted rate
Median time for the Rescue Coordination Centre to initiate a response (Quality). 2010-11 Revised budget 30 minutes
2011-12 Budget 30 minutes
2012-13 Forward year 1 30 minutes
2013-14 Forward year 2 30 minutes
2014-15 Forward year 3 30 minutes
Program 1.1 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the program, measure the effectiveness of the program in meeting its objectives.

Key performance indicators Year Target
Subprogram 1.1 - Seafarer and ship safety and environment protection
Reduction over time in the ratio of reports to AMSA under the Navigation Act 1912 and the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) 1983 of serious pollution incidents and significant ship operational incidents compared to the total number of ship port visits to Australia and the average number of deficiencies per ship inspection.
Targeted rates:  
Significant pollution incidents: <0.7%5
Ship operation incidents: 0.2%
Ship inspection deficiencies: 3.25 average per inspection
2010-11 Revised budget Targeted rates
2011-12 Budget Targeted rates
2012-13 Forward year 1 Targeted rates
2013-14 Forward year 2 Targeted rates
2014-15 Forward year 3 Targeted rates
Subprogram 1.2: Search and Rescue
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). 2010-11 Revised budget 100%
2011-12 Budget 100%
2012-13 Forward year 1 100%
2013-14 Forward year 2 100%
2014-15 Forward year 3 100%

1 In previous years, inspection rates for single hull tankers were reported. Single hull tankers are now being phased out and are no longer relevant for inspection purposes.

2 In previous years, a complete range of international targets for the availability of marine aids to navigation were listed separately. For 2011-12, the targeted rate refers to those contained in the IALA guidelines. Achievement against these targets will however be reported in full in AMSA's Annual report 2010-11.

3 Incident target rates have been amended to take into consideration a reduction in false alarm rates following cessation of 121.5 MHz distress beacon monitoring. Search number information better reflects current rates of search effort and projected increases based on growth in the marine, land and aviation sectors.

5 The target for 2010-11 was 0.7% significant pollution incidents compared to the total number of port ship visits to Australia.  For 2011-12 onwards, the target has been amended to read 'less than 0.7% significant pollution incidents' to reflect the aim of reducing this percentage over time.

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