NICNAS contributes to the safe use of chemicals by providing information to its stakeholders on the hazards and risks posed by chemicals to workers, the community and the environment. This information takes the form of high quality scientific assessments of the risks posed from the import, manufacture, handling, use, storage and/or disposal of chemicals. Importantly, NICNAS assessments recommend ways of addressing these risks.

The key NICNAS output is effective, accessible and reliable scientific information for other chemical control frameworks, workers, industry and other interested parties to implement controls as required to ensure the safe use of chemicals. The Scheme ensures this by also contributing outputs in the areas of compliance, customer service, community engagement and education and awareness-raising activities.

Output performance measures as they relate to all Scheme activities are summarised in Table 6 and are reported against the performance targets identified in this section of the report.

Table 6: Summary of Output Performance Measures for the Scheme

Type Performance measure

Quantity Number of outputs (assessments, compliance investigations, audits, site visits, guidance notes, publications, etc) against agreed targets

Quality Number of outputs to appropriate benchmark/target used:

Assessments

" Timeliness

" Effectiveness, eg. acceptable to international scientific assessment standards and implementation within national control framework

" Efficiency

Technical Guidance/Compliance/Service/Outreach

" Timeliness

" Effectiveness, acceptable standards as defined by Service Charter and/or published guidelines and/or legislation

Price Cost recovery targets

Contained and/or reduced assessment costs through utilisation of overseas reports

Contained and/or reduced administrative and other Scheme costs