Volume Eight 2012 focusing on Transport and Ports


We issued unqualified audit opinions on the transport entities’ 30 June 2012 financial statements.

Some of the findings of the report include:

  • government funding to the public transport operators totalled $4.4 billion in 2011-12 ($3.7 billion in 2010-11)

  • passenger services revenue only covered 20 per cent of RailCorp's operating costs

  • Transport for NSW has formalised a protocol to mitigate the risk of potential conflicts of interests

  • At present, no sustainability framework exists for the transport agencies around environment and sustainability. Transport for NSW should complete its Environment and Sustainability Policy Framework by June 2013 and should publicly report its results annually

  • Transport patronage continued to grow with 510 million journeys on train, bus and ferry services

  • CityRail had two peak hour periods where only 36 per cent and 39 per cent of services were on time

  • On-time running performance for Sydney Ferries was above the NSW 2021 plan target of 98.5 per cent for most routes in 2011-12

  • Customer surveys by transport agencies no longer specifically address crowding on public transport. Transport for NSW should observe and report on crowding on all transport modes

  • Over 2,500 transport staff, or 8.3 per cent of the workforce, have excessive leave balances. All transport entities should do more to reduce excessive annual leave balances to ensure they will comply with new targets set by the Premier.