Science - Transport safety

Budget Review 2010-11 Index

Budget 2010–11: Science

Transport safety

Matthew L James

National safety regulation

The Budget provides an extra $8.3 million to facilitate nationwide regulation of the rail, road and maritime sectors. Funding is to be used to establish a national heavy vehicle (over 4.5 tonnes) regulator based in Brisbane, a national rail safety regulator based in Adelaide, and extra resources for the Australian National Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra. The funding implements reforms developed in cooperation with state and territory governments and formally approved by the Council of Australian Governments in December 2009. The Australian Government is also to provide an extra $14.5 million for Australian transport safety authorities to maintain work with their Indonesian counterparts in the aviation and maritime sectors. This additional funding builds upon $24 million allocated in 2008 and involves the training of safety inspectors and accident investigators, plus joint search and rescue exercises.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

CASA will recruit about 100 extra frontline staff, through $89.9 million in new funding over four years, to be raised by an increase in the aviation fuel excise (from $0.02854 to $0.03556 per litre or a rise of 25 percent).[1] These additional safety specialists, analysts and airworthiness inspectors should allow CASA to expand surveillance activities and fulfil complex regulatory responsibilities. Initial recruitment has already been allocated $3.9 million for 2009–2010 in forward estimates.

Aviation security

The Budget provides almost $200 million to the rollout of new and additional measures announced in the Aviation Security Package of 9 February 2010. It includes $28.5 million for a range of new technologies at passenger screening points, $32 million over four years to enable screening at regional airports, $18.2 million also over four years to improve security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and $54.2 million over four years for air cargo industry x-ray screening and explosive trace detection technology. These are cross-portfolio measures.

Aviation strategic plan for the Sydney region

As foreshadowed in the 2009 National Aviation Policy White Paper, the Government is to provide $8.5 million in 2010–2011 to jointly develop this plan with the New South Wales Government. The Plan is to consider options for additional capacity in the Sydney region as well as future options for the release of land at the Commonwealth’s Badgerys Creek site.

[1].         A Albanese (Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government), Budget delivers an unprecedented boost to aviation, media release, 11 May 2010, viewed 13 May 2010,