Department of Transport Annual Report 2013-14

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Department of Transport

Annual Report 2013-14

Our Purpose

To provide safe, accessible, sustainable and efficient transport services and systems which promote economic prosperity and enhance the lifestyles of all Western Australians.

Our Vision

To be recognised as a leader in providing world class transport services and solutions

Our Values

Clear Direction — We set clear direction and have the courage to follow through.

Fresh Thinking — We welcome fresh thinking and better ways of working.

Excellent Service — We work together to deliver excellent service.

Great people — We make things happen through our great people.

Statement of compliance with the Financial Management Act 2006

For the year ended 30 June 2014
To the Minister
Hon. Dean Nalder MLA
Minister for Transport
In accordance with Section 63 of the Financial Management Act 2006, I hereby submit for your information and presentation to Parliament the Annual Report of the Department of Transport for the financial year ended 30 June 2014.
The Annual Report has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Financial Management Act 2006 and fulfils the Department of Transport’s reporting obligations under the Public Sector Management Act 1994, the Disability Services Act 1993 and the Electoral Act 1907.
Reece Waldock
Director General – Transport


Director General’s Foreword

Transport remains a high priority for all Western Australians. It is not only at the top of the State Government’s agenda, but families and businesses too. Families who need to get to work, home and everywhere in between and businesses that rely on road, rail, air and sea to deliver billions of dollars in goods and services each year.
With this in mind, our challenge as the Department of Transport (DoT) is set – keep Western Australia’s people and freight moving – and I am proud to report that together with our portfolio partners, the Public Transport Authority (PTA) and Main Roads WA (MRWA), we did both this year.
As the State’s population continues to grow at the fastest rate in the nation, our performance in 2013/14 is not just crucial in improving the safety and efficiency of our transport network now, but ensuring it is well-placed to meet expected demand over the next twenty years.
The Moving People Network Plan for Perth and Peel Regions to 2031 and In Motion: A Public Transport Plan for Perth and Peel provide strategies to manage the movement of people in the Perth and Peel regions. A number of projects outlined in the plans are already underway, including the extension of the Joondalup Line to Butler, construction of a new underground bus station as part of Perth City Link and planning for the Forrestfield–Airport Link.
Strong population growth, more cars on the road and significant development in and around the CBD continues to cause congestion in the metropolitan area. As there is no single solution to congestion, a range of short and longer-term measures to manage congestion are being delivered across the Transport portfolio.
The Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2014-2031 provides a blueprint for metropolitan cycling facilities to encourage and support bicycle trips and, in turn, reduce congestion, particularly in and around the Perth CBD. The Right Move Perth smartphone app is also doing its bit to manage congestion by providing commuters with relevant real-time traffic information to help them plan their journeys.
Customer convenience and choice was a key focus in delivering driver and vehicle services to more than three million Western Australians this year. Our new website and DoTDirect suite of tools are making it easier for customers to manage all their licensing information and payments online.
We continued to improve the safety and accessibility of Perth’s taxi industry by successfully completing the $7.74 million Taxi Camera Surveillance Unit replacement project and commencing a trial of purpose-built taxis. The new state-wide occupational licensing system for taxi drivers was significantly progressed and will further improve service standards and security for passengers when it comes into effect in mid-2015.
Our maritime and aviation services also play an important part in keeping Western Australians moving and we are committed to developing world-class infrastructure to support this.
The Augusta Boat Harbour and Port Geographe coastal reconfiguration are expected to be completed on schedule in October 2014 and January 2015 respectively and we continue to invest in recreational boating facilities from Wyndham in the north to Esperance in the south. Safety on and around our waterways is paramount and I am pleased to see WA’s boating community providing valuable feedback on a number of aquatic use reviews around the State.
More than ever before, we are inviting the community and stakeholders to help us shape our transport system and services.
Throughout the year, we incorporated feedback from more than 60 submissions into the final Western Australian State Aviation Strategy which is being prepared for presentation to the State Government in the first half of 2014/15. The strategy is the first of its kind for WA and outlines the way forward for aviation infrastructure and airport governance to meet demand generated by high population and economic growth and increased resources industry activity.
As WA’s population and economy continues to grow strongly, so too does the scale of our freight task. The Western Australian Regional Freight Transport Network Plan is now firmly in place and the initiatives are being rolled out to ensure our regional transport network continues to perform effectively.
Four new regionally-focused port authorities are set to commence operations in 2014/15 and will improve efficiency, reduce red tape and maximise the capacity of WA’s ports.
To ensure our metropolitan freight network can handle at least double the current movements in the next twenty years, we are continuing to develop the Perth Freight Transport NetworkPlan. As people and freight directly compete for limited space on our roads, it is important for us to engage with road users and stakeholders on this plan throughout 2014/15.
Keeping WA moving is an evolving challenge, but I am confident that together with our portfolio partners we will continue to provide safe and efficient transport systems and services that meet the State’s social and economic needs well into the future.
Reece Waldock
Director General – Transport

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