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The Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio covers a number of policy areas including: safety across civil aviation, maritime and transport sectors; air navigation services; developing and administering the national capital; and road, rail and freight transport systems.
The Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio covers a number of policy areas, including safety across the civil aviation, maritime and transport sectors; air navigation services; developing and administering the national capital; and road, rail and freight transport systems.
This audit would examine the efficiency with which the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development administers the airport master plan approval processes.
Australia’s geography means that the aviation sector is an integral part of connecting Australian communities with each other, with essential services, and with global opportunities. Ongoing investment in Australia’s aviation infrastructure will be critical to meeting the demands associated with the doubling of growth in aircraft movements projected over the next 20 years.
All leased federal airports must have a master plan approved by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. The master plan is to be a 20-year strategic vision for the airport site, including future land uses, types of permitted development, and noise and environmental impacts.
This audit would examine the efficiency with which the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigates transport accidents and other safety occurrences.
The primary role of the ATSB is the investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences and to improve the safety of, and public confidence in, aviation, marine and rail transport through:
the independent investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences;
safety data recording, analysis and research; and
fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.
During 2015–16, the ATSB completed 44 aviation safety investigations and 90 short factual investigations, 19 rail safety investigations and seven marine safety investigations. A 2014 government aviation regulation review panel noted that it had received negative commentary about the timeliness of ATSB investigations. The review panel concluded that, on the basis of reviewing major aviation incidents, the ATSB’s timeliness in producing investigation reports was broadly similar to three overseas accident investigation entities.
This audit would examine the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development’s progress in implementing financial and governance reform for Norfolk Island.
In March 2015, the Australian Government announced comprehensive reforms for Norfolk Island to address the governance and economic sustainability issues that had arisen from Norfolk Island’s previous governance model. The reforms include extending Australian Government services and responsibilities to Norfolk Island, improvements to health and education services, and modernising and upgrading the island’s infrastructure. In March 2016, the Australian Government negotiated a heads of agreement with the New South Wales Government for delivery of health, aged care and education services to Norfolk Island.
This audit would examine Airservices Australia’s collection of airways revenue from aircraft operators.
Airservices is responsible for managing Australia’s airspace in accordance with the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation. Airservices is principally funded by revenue from industry, involving charges for en route, terminal navigation, and aviation rescue and firefighting services. The level of charges is based on forecasts Airservices prepares of activity levels (including traffic volumes), operating costs and capital expenditure.
Airways revenue of more than $1 billion was earned by Airservices in 2015–16. The completeness and accuracy of airways revenue has been identified as a key area of risk to be managed by Airservices, reflecting the complexity of flight traffic data that is captured and used as the basis for customer billings; and the dependence on multiple integrated IT systems.
This audit would examine the Department of Human Services’ management and delivery of programs, services and payments on behalf of other Australian Government entities, as well as the department’s performance against its respective obligations and service standards.
Human Services provides a range of programs, services and payments for, and on behalf of, a number of Australian Government entities, such as income support payments for the Department of Social Services, and aged care payments and the maintenance of various health-related registers for the Department of Health. Arrangements for these services and payments are outlined in various memorandums of understanding and business partnership agreements. In the 2017–18 Budget, Human Services estimated that it would process around $175 billion in payments on behalf of other government entities.
The proposed audit would provide assurance that business agreements support Human Services in meeting the expectations of entities on behalf of whom it delivers payments; and that roles, responsibilities and performance reporting arrangements are clearly defined.
The objective of this audit is to examine the extent to which the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department) has implemented the recommendations made by the ANAO in Audit Report #5 2016–17, Passenger Security Screening at Domestic Airports.