Performance information used for accounting against our outputs is shown in Table 3, while Table 4 provides a consolidated, itemised summary of NICNAS’s outputs and resources in 2006-07.

 

Table 3: NICNAS performance information against outputs

Indicator

PBS Performance measures

Policy advice

Quality, relevant and timely advice for Australian Government decision-making

Ministerial satisfaction

Agency-specific service delivery

Timeliness of evaluations and appeals of decisions on applications in relation to industrial chemicals

Evaluations and appeals of decisions made within legislated timeframes

Efficient issuing and reporting of permits and licences

Timeliness of permits and licences issued and reported

High level of compliance with the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the Act)

Breaches of the Act are investigated and appropriate action taken

Consultation with stakeholders on regulatory change in relation to industrial chemicals

Timeliness and thoroughness of consultation

International relationships facilitate cooperation and harmonisation in the implementation of regulatory controls for industrial chemicals

Cooperative arrangements in place with key international regulatory agencies

Active participation in key international forums

 

 

 

Table 4: NICNAS outputs and resources – a consolidated summary

Team

Outputs

Number

Resource $’000

Assessment activities

 

New Chemicals

Certificate applications received

190

2113

Certificates issued

185

Permit applications received

168

Permits issued

146

Percentage of non self-assessed certificate assessments on time

96%
(self assessed: 100%)

MSDSs and labels assessed (approx)

>300

LVC Exemptions

70

Foreign Scheme Reports

29

Self-assessments

13

Consultations

23

Site visits

3

Existing Chemicals

Chemicals under assessment

80

2543

PECs declared for assessment (includes secondary notifications)

1

Screening/other assessments commenced

22

Assessment modules completed (PEC and screening/other)

66

Assessments completed (PEC and screening/other)

60

Chemicals subject to post-assessment activity

1

International hazard assessments completed

0

Applications made to Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT)

0

Compliance and Reporting activities

 

Tier 1 Registrants

4291

1 344

Tier 2 Registrants

740

Tier 3 Registrants

308

New cases

63

Cases closed

35

Site visits

382

Number of prosecutions

0

Immediate AICS listing

34

AICS chemicals searches

476

AICS confidential listing

16

Business Management and Communication activities

Parliamentary service briefs

85

1440

Enquiries – phone

4044

Enquiries – written

1245

New publications/documents

203

Website hits

29.724m

Website visitors

1.069m

Training activities

6

Presentations

20

Conferences

9

International meetings

24

Reform activities

New LRCC reforms implemented

0

361

Public meetings

10

Interim cosmetic permits issued

216

TOTAL

 

7801

 

Based on the NICNAS Operational Plan 2006-07, Table 5(a – e) provides a synopsis of NICNAS’s achievement of key performance outcomes during the year; the table links to more detailed information found elsewhere in this report.

 


Table 5A: NICNAS key performance outcomes – risk assessment and health standards1
Outcome: High quality scientific assessments that represent best practice and that are produced to time, to quality and meet stakeholder needs

 



Description

Target

Performance measure

Met ?

Chemical assessment services

New chemicals assessment

All new notifications and assessments

100% of all screening and all notification timeframes met

96%

Existing chemicals assessment

Assessments equivalent to 3 PECs & 10 others completed

Timely, high quality reports produced

P

Air toxics advice for Environmental Health

Timely and effective advice provided

P

Emerging issues identified and responded to

P

NDPSC assessments

 

Timely and effective advice provided and accepted

P

Professional advice to ASCC

Exposure standards as requested

Timely advice provided and accepted

P

Participate in best practice forums

IPCS harmonisation project

Outcomes incorporated into national methodologies and assessments

P

Science Forum

National consistent approaches to emerging issues and methodologies

x

OECD Chemical Programme (joint meeting)

National regulatory interests reflected in OECD priorities and OECD products promoting harmonisation incorporated in national assessment program

P

Regulatory efficiency

Contribute to international assessment harmonisation forums

OECD/SIARS

IPCS/CICADS

International assessments incorporated into 25% of NICNAS Existing Chemicals Assessments

P

OECD New Chemicals Taskforce meetings

Fee rebates utilised for New Chemicals notifications under foreign scheme (5% annual increase)

P

OECD Existing Chemicals Taskforce meetings

National HVIC list maintained and drives assessment priority

P

Bilateral with US and Canada

Harmonise regulation with North America and work-share programs

P

Finalise & implement EC Program Review findings

Recommendation agreed and implemented

All recommendations implemented by June 2007

partly

Complete & implement disinfectant review findings

Implementation complete

All agreed recommendations implemented by March 2007

X

Contribute to government regulation reviews

Quality and timely advice on chemical safety matters

Advice accepted – leads to improved regulatory frameworks

P

1. For explanations of all acronyms and other abbreviations used in these Table 5 A-E, please refer to Glossary, acronyms and abbreviations 

 


Table 5B: NICNAS key performance outcomes – compliance
Outcome: Integrity of the regulatory system through fully compliant industry sectors

 



Description

Target

Performance measure

Met ?

Develop and deliver NICNAS strategies to enhance industry’s compliance capabilities

Targeted industry training – at least one training session

95% customer satisfaction

P

Investigate and/or monitor compliance for NICNAS activities

100% of case work managed to completion in 100 days; Auditing and inspections plans met

P

Improve NICNAS legislative framework

Implement penalty provisions following best practice models

x

Give effect to Australia’s obligations under Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

Accurate and timely reporting; 100% Industry compliance with convention obligations

P

Annotate AICS online

Effective implementation of the AICS Annotation work plan

partly

 

Table 5C: NICNAS key performance outcomes – finance and cost recovery
Outcome: Sound and transparent fiscal management

 



Description

Target

Performance measure

Met ?

Monitor, report & review use of cost recovered monies

Deliver IGCC, DoHA, NICNAS quarterly/annual reports

Expenditure within 5% of annual budget;

 

x

Reporting timeframes and requirements met

P

Manage finances in line with DoHA policy & stakeholder expectations

PBS, mid-year and 3-year forecasts, annual audit

Compliance with applicable policies and practices

P

Effective management of NICNAS Registration

Reduction in operating costs

5% reduction in administrative costs

P

 


Table 5D: NICNAS key performance outcomes – governance and engagement
Outcome: Well informed and actively engaged stakeholders

 



Description

Target

Performance measure

Met ?

Operate formal consultative and advisory mechanisms

Manage MOUs with
states and territories, ERMA NZ, Customs

Performance targets of MOUs met

P

Manage IGCC, CEF, TAG

Meet standard operating procedures and quality measures

P

Effectively utilise OCS Advisory Group on Chemical Safety

Quality and timely: Issues papers & advice to NICNAS

P

Engage with the right people at the right time

Apply community engagement charter to all work

Enhanced effectiveness of consultation

 

P

Enhance public access to information

Produce effective communication tools

Improved access to and quality of chemical safety information; Improved online data systems enhancing customer interaction, with 5% growth in user sessions

P

Free publications include:

NICNAS Handbook, NICNAS Annual Report, Chemical Gazette etc

5% growth in access and 95% customer satisfaction based on survey

P

Maintain a customer & service delivery focus to meet Government policy

Conduct and report on an annual customer survey

Performance measured against NICNAS’s service charter

P

Effective governance arrangements, regulatory performance & annual reports

All reporting timeframes met

P

Effective outsourcing arrangements

Value for money achieved for outsourced services

P

Provide chemical policy* regulatory advice/service

Contribute technical advice and representation as required on: Chemicals Clearing House, National Nanotechnology strategy; Rotterdam, Stockholm, TTMRA, APEC

Advice is accepted; Advice delivered within timeframes

P

Support Minister in relation to Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989

Timely and effective advice

P

* Office of Chemical Safety (OCS) has responsibility for the development of chemical policy.


Table 5E: NICNAS key performance outcomes – people
Outcome: We are capable and engaged

 



Description

Target

Performance measure

Met ?

Recognise and value our staff

Build on system of awards: team-member of the month, Duleep Jayamanne fellow-ship, annual innovation award

Awards granted based on quality criteria

P

Promote ownership and accountability for all our work

Conduct business planning and Performance Develop-ment Scheme (PDS) reviews, weekly team meetings, monthly office meetings, quarterly social functions

Business planning and reporting linked to PDS; Staff survey results

P

Develop effective leaders

Continue leadership program to realise Leadership Protocol

Staff share NICNAS’s vision (Leadership Protocol); PDSs reflect development needs

P

Be flexible, creative and innovative in our work

At least 2% of budget devoted to formal training in support of organisational goals and priorities

Expenditure target met

P

Staff development programs

Staff meet capability map

P

Foster a climate of trust

Listen to and respect each other

All staff are committed to and fulfil the APS Code of Conduct and Values

P

Value diversity

Harmony Day celebrated

P

Provide a safe, healthy and productive work environment

Monitor OHS conditions

Zero time lost to OHS problems; all OHS incidents acted on

P

Operate a secure and healthy building

No security breaches; routine maintenance program met

P