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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 the ATSB in achieving Government outcomes.

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.

Outcome 1 Strategy

The ATSB contributes to one outcome: 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.

The ATSB is part of a broader transport safety framework that also includes transport regulators and policy makers as well as the transport industry itself. The ATSB will contribute to improved transport safety by implementing the major elements outlined in its Statement of Intent and will achieve its program objectives through an integrated system of planning, selective investigation, reporting and communication with stakeholders.

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: Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Program 1.1 Objective

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (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 those travelling within Australia and overseas. Investigations and related activities seek to raise awareness of identified safety issues and to encourage stakeholders to implement actions to improve future safety. There are three core functions which arise from the ATSB’s functions under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003:

1. Independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences

Independent investigations that are selective and systemic, and which focus on future safety rather than on blame, increase stakeholder awareness and action on safety issues and foster industry and public confidence in the transport system.

2. Safety data recording, analysis and research

Timely receipt and assessment of transport accident and other safety occurrence notifications allows the ATSB to identify and refer safety issues at the earliest opportunity. The maintenance and analysis of a body of safety information (including transport safety data, and research and investigation reports) enables stakeholders and researchers to gain a better understanding of safety trends and safety issues.

3. Fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action

Awareness and understanding of transport safety issues is increased through a range of activities including consultation, education, and the promulgation of research and investigation findings and recommendations. These contribute to the national and international body of safety knowledge and foster action for the improvement of safety systems and operations.

Program 1.1 Expenses

The increase in planned expenses for 2011-12 and 2012-13 reflects increased expenditures to enable the ATSB to prepare for a national role as Australia's no-blame rail and maritime safety investigator (See Table 1.2).

  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
Program Support 21 914 23 503 26 766 22 141 21 586
Total program expenses 21 914 23 503 26 766 22 141 21 586
Program 1.1 Deliverables
  • Significant and critical safety issues identified through our investigations will be communicated as soon as practicable to organisations or individuals best placed to take relevant safety action regardless of the completion status of the investigation.
  • Conduct safety awareness and education activities - implementation of the Communication Plan.
  • Complete endorsed ATSB projects to support regional safety investigation capacity building.
  • Contribute to international working groups and major conferences - ICAO, IMO, ISASI, MAIIF, ITSA.
Deliverables Year Target
We will assess, classify and record all accident and incident notifications and confidential safety reports that we receive. 2010-11 Revised budget 12,500 incident notifications. 120 confidential reports.
2011-12 Budget 13,000 incident notifications. 130 confidential reports.
2012-13 Forward year 1 13,500 incident notifications. 140 confidential reports.
2013-14 Forward year 2 14,000 incident notifications. 150 confidential reports.
2014-15 Forward year 3 14,000 incident notifications. 150 confidential reports.
We will undertake complex investigations based on safety priorities and trends and complete them in a timely manner.(a) 2010-11 Revised budget 38.
2011-12 Budget 35 (365 days).
2012-13 Forward year 1 40 within one year.
2013-14 Forward year 2 45 within one year.
2014-15 Forward year 3 50 within one year.
We will undertake less complex investigations based on safety priorities and trends and complete them in a timely manner. (a) 2010-11 Revised budget 104.
2011-12 Budget 90 (200 days).
2012-13 Forward year 1 110 (180 days).
2013-14 Forward year 2 140 (180 days).
2014-15 Forward year 3 140 (180 days).
We will undertake research and analysis investigations based on safety priorities and trends. 2010-11 Revised budget 10.
2011-12 Budget 12.
2012-13 Forward year 1 14.
2013-14 Forward year 2 14.
2014-15 Forward year 3 14.
We will ensure we are prepared for a major accident by reviewing and testing our major accident response and management capabilities. 2010-11 Revised budget Annually.
2011-12 Budget Annually.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
We will comply with relevant international safety investigation obligations based on the Australian legal and governance framework. 2010-11 Revised budget 100% compliance, except where the Australian Government has notified a variation.
2011-12 Budget 100% compliance.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
We will publish final investigation reports and make them available on our website. 2010-11 Revised budget 100%.
2011-12 Budget 100%.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
We will measure stakeholder awareness of safety issues as a result of the ATSB‘s communication and education activities and the level of satisfaction in the delivery of our services. 2010-11 Revised budget N/A.
2011-12 Budget By 30 September 2011.
2012-13 Forward year 1 N/A.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Yes.
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A.

Notes:

  1. As measured from the commencement of the investigation to the release of the final report.
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
Safety action is taken by stakeholders to address identified critical safety issues.(a) 2010-11 Revised budget 100%.
2011-12 Budget 100%.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Safety action is taken by stakeholders to address identified significant safety issues.(b) 2010-11 Revised budget 70% or higher.
2011-12 Budget 70% or higher.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
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). 2010-11 Revised budget N/A.
2011-12 Budget 5 or higher.
2012-13 Forward year 1 N/A.
2013-14 Forward year 2 5 or higher.
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A.
Stakeholders are satisfied with the ATSB's performance (as measured through a biennial survey; scored on a 7-point rating scale). 2010-11 Revised budget N/A.
2011-12 Budget 5 or higher.
2012-13 Forward year 1 N/A.
2013-14 Forward year 2 5 or higher.
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A.

Notes:

  1. The ATSB defines critical safety issues as ones that identify an intolerable level of safety risk.
  2. The ATSB defines significant safety issues as ones that identify a level of safety risk that should be reduced to as low a level as is reasonably practicable.

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