Outcome 1: Accessible and safe transport system

DoT supported the State Government's goals of 'results-based service delivery' and 'State building - major projects' in 2016-17 by striving to achieve and exceed the three outcomes.

Outcome 1: An accessible and safe transport system.

Outcome 2: Vehicles and road users that meet established vehicle standards and driver competencies to deliver safe vehicles and safe drivers.

Outcome 3: Integrated transport systems that facilitate economic development.

  Outcome 1: Summary of results against performance targets

Summary of results against performance targets

Key effectiveness indicators 2016-17
Percentage by which the waiting time standard, for metropolitan area taxis is met. 91% 91.8%
Percentage of time maritime infrastructure is fit for purpose when required. 99.7% 99.6%
Rate of reported incidents (accidents) on the water per 100 commercial vessels surveyed. 4.2 3
Rate of reported incidents (accidents) on the water per 10,000 registered recreational vessels. 9.6 12.6


Service 1: Coastal Infrastructure

Key efficiency indicators 2016-17
Average cost per day per maritime infrastructure asset managed. $78 $94


Service 2: Marine Safety

Key efficiency indicators 2016-17
Average survey cost per commercial vessel. $2,066 $1,392
Average cost per private recreational vessel registration. $127 $127
Cost to maintain marine pollution response preparedness per registered vessel. $31 $29


Service 3: On-demand Transport

Key efficiency indicators 2016-17
Cost of regulation per taxi plate administered. $2,031 $1,812



  • The tables are a summary of the 2016-17 DoT Key Performance Indicators (KPI). For more detailed information see the Key Performance Indicators section.
  • Targets as specified in the 2016-17 Budget Statements.
  • Efficiency KPI values are rounded to the nearest dollar.

  Service 1: Coastal Adaptation and Protection grants administered to preserve coastline

In 2016-17, DoT administered $750,295 in Coastal Adaptation Protection (CAP) grants to help local coastal managers preserve and sustainably manage Western Australia's coastline.

Funding was allocated to 13 priority coastal adaptation projects in 10 local government authorities for construction, design, monitoring and investigation work.

This included $300,000 provided to the City of Wanneroo for the construction of coastal management structures and sand replacement at Quinns Beach as the first stage of a long term coastal management strategy.

The City of Albany also received $122,495 for beach monitoring, the collection of detailed data and sand replacement works as part of the Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation and Protection Strategy.

As well as administering the CAP grants program, DoT continued to provide these and other local government authorities with coastal engineering support and guidance.

Funded by DoT for CAP grants in 2016-17.

  Service 1: Denham foreshore redevelopment completed

The Denham foreshore redevelopment was completed on schedule in October 2016. The $6.8 million funded project was delivered by DoT in partnership with the Shire of Shark Bay as part of the Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan.

The Town Centre and Town Square area as well as Gordon Peters Park were revitalised and the marine facilities redeveloped during the reporting period. The service jetty was extended by 20 metres, a new slipway jetty and ramp to accommodate the launch and retrieval of commercial vessels for repair and a new fuel facility and upgraded car and trailer parking for the recreational boating community was added.

The revitalised public spaces provided the perfect setting to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog's landing off Shark Bay in October 2016. The commemorative events highlighted the success of the redevelopment in catering for a wide range of community, tourism and commercial needs while maintaining Shark Bay's world heritage values.

Funded project delivered in partnership with the Shire of Shark Bay.

  Service 1: Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade commenced

The Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade neared completion with the majority of the Stage 2 works on the $20.146 million funded project finished in 2016-17.

The existing wharf was extended and a heavy lift facility added to provide better access for loading and unloading vessels. To facilitate this, upgraded trawler pens were successfully relocated near the wharf and the adjacent southern breakwater was raised to provide increased protection for the boat harbour.

Supporting landside infrastructure upgrades were also completed including upgrading the harbour access road, installing services to future lease lots and providing a dedicated fuel farm area near new fire fighting facilities.

These works were complemented by private sector investment to develop a boat repair facility on DoT-leased land at the harbour. The facility includes a 320 tonne marine travel lift, providing much-needed large boat repair capability in the region.

The upgrade is anticipated to be completed in August 2017. Once complete, the harbour will be equipped to meet growing demand from recreational and commercial users in the region and the expanded infrastructure will provide Exmouth and the wider Gascoyne region increased capacity and efficiency as a service and support centre for the oil and gas sector.

Funded project for completion in 2017.

  Service 1: Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme administered to improve infrastructure

DoT continued to administer the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS) on behalf of the State Government. The RBFS, which is primarily funded through recreational boat registration fees, aims to improve recreational boating infrastructure by providing grants to eligible authorities around the State.

In 2016-17, 24 projects with a combined grant value of $3.5 million were completed including:

  • Upgrading the boat ramp and jetty at Back Beach, Karratha.
  • Upgrading the boat ramp and vehicle trailer parking at Denham Boat Launching Facility.
  • Upgrading the boat ramp at Fishmarket Reserve, Guildford.
  • Replacing the existing jetting at Francis Street, Geraldton.
  • Constructing a new ramp and waterless toilets as well as upgrading boat trailer access and parking at Lake Ewlyamartup, Katanning.
  • Constructing a beach groyne adjacent to the boat ramp at Fishery Beach, Bremer Bay.
  • Widening the jetty and formalising ramp lanes and approaches at the Quindalup Sea Rescue Facility.

Since the scheme's inception in 1998, funding has been approved for 424 projects over 22 grant rounds. To date, 343 projects have been completed and a further 36 are currently in progress.

In April 2017, $1.5 million in RBFS funding was allocated to nine projects across the State through Round 22 of the scheme. These projects will be progressed in 2017-18 and beyond.

Combined grant value of projects completed in 2016-17.

RBFS funding for 9 projects in 2017-18.

424 projects funded since 1998.

  Service 1: Streamlined approach to vessel accommodation developed

Image of boats in marina

In 2016-17, DoT developed a streamlined, State-wide approach to managing its 1,500 mooring and pen facilities across Western Australia.

To support this approach, an online Pen Management System will be implemented from July 2017.

The secure system will allow customers to make payments and update their information online, offering them greater convenience and choice while providing DoT with greater oversight in administering vessel accommodation and other revenue collections.

  Service 2: Lifejacket standards amended to include international standard

Image of collection of life jackets

In March 2017, DoT successfully implemented changes to lifejacket standards in Western Australia to recognise the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) classification for lifejackets ISO 12402.

The recognition of ISO 12402 in the Navigable Waters Regulations 1958 brought Western Australia in line with other Australian jurisdictions and offers greater choice to all aquatic users when complying with safety requirements.

Kite and windsurfers in particular welcomed the inclusion of purpose designed lifejackets to suit their specific activities. It is anticipated this will continue to improve lifejacket wear rates amongst the sport and the recreational boating community more generally into the future.

DoT continued to actively promote lifejacket wear and types through its Old4New lifejacket exchange program, attendance at metropolitan and regional boat shows and public information days, social media channels and education patrols around the State.

  Service 2: Matilda Bay Aquatic Use Review improved safety on Swan River

Image of Marine Education Boatshed students on the water at Matilda Bay

In 2016-17, DoT undertook an Aquatic Use Review of Matilda Bay to ensure the safe, equitable and sustainable use of the popular Swan River waterway.

The review concentrated on the speed and wake of all vessels and ways to minimise the impact of this wake to enhance safety and amenity for all users now and into the future.

Following comprehensive consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community DoT implemented changes to extend the existing eight knot speed restricted area and reduce the size of vessels required to adhere to this limit to include vessels between 10 and 20 metres in length.

The changes, which came into effect in March 2017, have reduced the significant wake and wash created by larger vessels, improving the stability of other vessels and minimising the risk of damage to marine facilities.

DoT communicated these changes and associated safety benefits through a concentrated community education program.

Image: Matilda Bay.

  Service 3: First tranche of on-demand transport industry reforms rolled out

Consistent with trends nationally and around the world, Western Australia's on-demand transport industry has been faced with a range of challenges in recent years. Changing consumer expectations, technological advances and the emergence of new providers within the industry is driving the need for further reform.

Following extensive consultation, the first tranche of on-demand transport industry reforms were rolled out in July 2016. The key changes involved the removal of a number of restrictive conditions on the operation of both taxis and charter vehicles including vehicle age restrictions, minimum charges for charter vehicles and mandatory operating hours. A new charter vehicle licence category was created and system improvements were introduced to allow online application for charter vehicle licences. Since July 2016, over 5,000 new charter vehicles have been licensed to offer hire and reward services to the Western Australian public.

Amendments to the Taxi Act 1994 removed the limit on the number of taxi plates an individual or partnership could hold and also made provision for a Transition Assistance Grant for eligible Perth taxi plate owners to help them transition to a more competitive on-demand transport industry.

The Transition Assistance package totalling $27.5 million was rolled out from October 2016 and was comprised of a $20 million adjustment assistance grant, a $6 million Hardship Fund and $1.5 million for business innovation assistance.

During the period 29 October 2016 to 31 March 2017, payments on 1,009 owned Perth taxi plates were made, totalling $19.7 million. Over 100 applications for access to the Taxi Hardship Fund have been received to date. Eligible applicants have been subject to means-testing and have been required to demonstrate severe financial hardship as a result of the industry reform.

While substantial progress in reforming the sector has been achieved in the current reporting period, the Government remains committed to the full reform of the on-demand industry, which can only be achieved with legislative change.

The proposed legislation will bring the taxi and charter sectors under a single Act, with a primary focus on delivering an industry that is accountable for the provision of safe on-demand transport services. Extensive consultation and planning ahead of the legislative change was undertaken in the latter part of 2016 and into early 2017 and will continue throughout 2017-18.

Funding distributed for the Transition Assistance package.

  Service 3: Taxi User Subsidy Scheme reviewed

Image of Perth CBD - Wellington Street

The Taxi User Subsidy Scheme (TUSS), administered by DoT, provides subsidised taxi travel for people who have a severe disability that prevents them from using conventional public transport. At present, it is a paper-based voucher scheme and limits subsidised travel to taxi transport only.

Modern grant and subsidy administration practices, changing consumer preferences, evolving technology and the entry of new transport providers have driven the need to revise the scheme. In addition, the disability sector continues to undergo significant reform. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports eligible people with a disability to access support and services based on their individual needs and goals. Trials of the NDIS have been undertaken in Western Australia during 2016-17.

In late 2016, DoT commissioned a review of the TUSS. The review focused on the scheme's role and objectives, identification of issues, cost efficiencies and fraud mitigation strategies. The review also considered options for incorporating the reform of the on-demand transport industry into the scheme where relevant.

As part of the review process, formal consultation was undertaken with TUSS members, disability groups, on-demand transport providers and related Government agencies.

The review is anticipated to be completed in July 2017 and DoT will consider the recommendations with the intent to propose key actions to Government in 2017-18.


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