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Introduction

This section provides guidance for assessing activities within the investment management activity class.

For general information about developing an assessment profile including relevant reference frameworks, see Developing an assessment profile.

Prior requirements for assessment

Before an investment proposal is assessed against the Investment Assessment Framework (IAF), a business case must be developed, which the Transport Agency will assess to ensure it:

  • is robust and has been developed using business case approach (BCA) principles
  • meets the requirements for being included in the NLTP and is eligible for NLTP funding.

Work categories

 

Assessment of transport planning - results alignment

For transport planning, results alignment can be low (default), medium or high (see below).

See the section Developing an assessment profile(external link) for further information on assessing results alignment.

  • Requirements for a medium rating

    A transport planning activity may be given a medium results alignment rating if the activity addresses as many of the following criteria as possible:

    Strategic priority Criteria for medium rating
    Safety
    • Considers approaches to addressing safety issues in areas identified as being of medium predicted crash risk
    Access - thriving regions, liveable cities
    • Addresses identified gaps in activity management planning (eg AMP, regional public transport plan (RPTP), road safety action plan (RSAP), procurement strategies)
    • Considers approaches to addressing a significant actual or predicted gap in access to economic and social opportunities and ensures integration of modes, transport and land use planning, and network optimisation
    • Considers approaches to addressing a significant resilience gap in a regionally important social and economic connection 
    Environment
    • Considers approaches to addressing identified environmental and public health impacts on and from operation of the land transport system
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  • Requirements for a high rating

    A transport planning activity may be given a high results alignment rating if the activity addresses as many of the following criteria as possible: 

    Strategic priority Criteria for a high rating
    Safety
    • Considers approaches to addressing safety issues in areas identified as being of high predicted crash risk 
    Access – thriving regions; liveable cities
    • Addresses significant gaps in activity management planning (eg AMP, RPTP, RSAP, procurement strategies)
    • Considers approaches to addressing a significant actual or predicted gap in access to economic and social opportunities in major metros and makes improvements to multi-modal whole-of-network, long-term local, regional and national planning
    • Considers approaches to addressing a significant resilience gap in nationally important social and economic connections 
    • Considers approaches to addressing significant transport gaps in regional development  and consider coordination with Provincial Growth Fund funding (high priority 'regional economic development' region emphasis)
    • Considers approaches to addressing an unplanned loss of an existing significant connection from the impact of significant natural events 
    Environment
    • Considers approaches to addressing significant environmental and public health impacts on and from operation of the land transport system
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Assessment of transport planning - cost–benefit appraisal

With the exception of Work category 004: Programme business case development, a cost–benefit appraisal rating for funding transport planning activities is not required. This means the assessment profile for all other transport planning activities will consist only of results alignment.

 

Assessment of the sector research programme

The Research Programme invests in innovative and sector-relevant research which plays a critical role at the forefront of land transport thinking and contributes to achieving the government's goals for transport. It also informs the work of transport decision makers ie the Transport Agency, Ministry of Transport and approved organisations. The Transport agency  manages and supports delivery of the programme.

 

Assessment of investment in the funding allocation system

Investment in the funding allocation system is the activity that incorporates the processes, tools and systems required to plan, optimise and deliver the NLTP, thereby giving effect to the GPS and complying with the Land Transport Management Act 2003.

The Transport Agency develops and manages investment in the funding allocation system as part of its business planning and financial management. The activity is included within the current Transport Agency’s Statement of Performance Expectations agreed with the Minister of Transport.

  • Results alignment and cost-benefit appraisal

    A profile of high results alignment is applied to the programme when developed as part of the current Transport Agency’s Statement of Performance Expectations.

    An assessment of the cost–benefit appraisal is achieved through business planning and development of the Transport Agency's Statement of Intent.

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