Administered Program Group 1 : Services to communities administered on behalf of the Commonwealth

Administered Program 1.1 : Services to Communities

1 : Regional Solutions

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Regional Solutions program.
(PAES New Measure)
Effectiveness: Provide assistance to regional and rural areas of Australia that are experiencing economic stagnation, population decline due to industry restructure, and high levels of unemployment by:

encouraging ownership of solutions to local problems;

achieving self-sustainability through economic diversification;

and where appropriate, partnering with regional, rural and remote communities in identification and implementation of suitable solutions.

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.

Cost: $12.6 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

We provided assistance to regional, rural and remote areas of Australia to build their capacity to identify and implement opportunities to solve local problems and achieve self-sustainability through economic diversification.

Since the Regional Solutions Program was launched on 27 October 2000, we have received 970 applications for funding. Of these, the Ministers have considered 347 projects, with 148 approved.

These projects have a focus on empowering regional, rural and remote communities to implement their own solutions to local issues. In many instances they assist communities to achieve self-sustainability through economic diversification.

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2 : Special Structural Adjustment Package for the South-West Forests Region of Western Australia

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Special Structural Adjustment Package for the South-West Forests Region of Western Australia.
(PAES New Measure)
Effectiveness: To contribute to regional job creation and the economic diversification of the south-west forests region.

Location: South-west forests region of WA.

Cost: $5 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To supplement private sector investment through assistance to projects which generate long-term employment in the south-west region, the South-West Forests Advisory Committee met for the first time on 4 April 2001. The Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government subsequently agreed to guidelines and an application form for the program.

We lodged advertisements inviting applications for funding under the program in May 2001 in national and regional newspapers.

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3 : Compensation payments to Sydney Airport Corporation Limited

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of compensation payments to Sydney Airport Corporation Limited for the sale of Sydney Airport land.
(PAES New activity: program is offset by proceeds from the sale of land)
Effectiveness: To provide compensation to Sydney Airport Corporation Limited for land sold to NSW State Government to enable completion of the M5 motorway.

Cost: $2 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Airports
Performance Achieved

Contracts have been negotiated, but the financial transaction delayed until the NSW Road Transport Authority completes a survey to determine final land requirements.

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4 : Noise Amelioration for Adelaide Airport

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Noise Amelioration program for Adelaide Airport.
(PBS New measure)
Effectiveness: Insulate eligible public buildings and residences surrounding Adelaide Airport to assist the environmental sustainability of operations at the Airport. Provide services in a manner that balances the wishes of occupants and residents against cost-effective and efficient provision of the service; meet building codes and other relevant criteria.

Quantity: Insulation of eligible noise-affected public buildings and up to 550 residences.

Cost: $10.270 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Airports
Performance Achieved

We established program management and delivery arrangements following a tender process. Insulation treatment was completed in 13 residences.

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5 : Noise Amelioration for Sydney Airport

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Noise Amelioration program for Sydney Airport.
(PAES Revised estimates following rephasing of unspent and expensed funds from 19992000, and the payment of payables from 19992000)
Effectiveness: Insulate eligible public buildings and residences surrounding Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport to assist the environmental sustainability of operations at the Airport. Provide services in a manner that balances the wishes of occupants and residents against cost-effective and efficient provision of the service; meet building codes and other relevant criteria.

Quantity: Insulation of eligible public buildings and up to 400 residences in 2000–01. It is estimated that up to 600 additional residences will be insulated depending on the availability of funds in later years and owner take-up.

Cost: Appropriation of $74.116 million. Expenses of $69.331 million.

Change: Appropriation of $9.224 million. Expenses of $4.439 million.
Contributing Division(s): Airports
Performance Achieved Insulation of 474 residences and three public buildings was completed.

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6 : Subsidy for transition to location-specific pricing for air traffic control towers

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the subsidy for transition to location-specific pricing for air traffic control towers.
Effectiveness: Air traffic control services at regional and general aviation airports are maintained at a reasonable cost to users.

Cost: $7 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Aviation
Performance Achieved

To cap charges for terminal navigation (control tower) services at affordable levels at 14 regional and general aviation airports, we disbursed $7 million to Airservices in accordance with the terms of the letter of agreement between DOTARS and Airservices.

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7 : Remote Air Service Subsidy Scheme

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Remote Air Service Subsidy Scheme.
(PBS New measure) (PAES Revised estimates due to the payment of payables from 19992000 and the incorporation of Treasury economic parameters)
Effectiveness: Provide subsidised air services, where there are no alternative forms of transport, to provide access to passenger transport, goods delivery and other transport needs.

Quantity: Contracts with five air operators serving over 200 locations.

Location: Queensland, NT, WA and South Australia (SA).

Cost: Appropriation of $2.665 million. Expenses of $2.556 million.

Change: Appropriation of $0.117 million. Expenses of $0.008 million.
Contributing Division(s): Aviation
Performance Achieved

Our objective is to ensure that communities in remote areas of Australia have access to essential air transport services.

In administering the Remote Air Service Subsidy Scheme, we made payments of $1.588 million. The unspent funds were re-voted to 2001–02 to allow for the expansion of the scheme to include additional communities, in line with the Governments May 2000 Budget announcement.

We contracted five air operators to continue to provide essential air services to approximately 200 locations in remote areas of Australia.

We established new contracts from 1 January 2001 following a competitive tender process.

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8 : Management of residual issues of former Australian National Railways Commission

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Management of residual issues of former Australian National Railways Commission.
Effectiveness: Resolution of outstanding issues, including legal issues and completion of environmental remediation of affected properties, following the winding up of the Australian National Railways Commission.

Quantity: Significant ongoing administrative tasks including management and access to records.

Cost: $13 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Land Transport
Performance Achieved

To fulfil outstanding Australian National Railways Commission obligations following the wind-up of the Commissions legal entity, residual Australian National Railways Commission responsibilities were transferred to the Commonwealth in November 2000.

We supervised 12 personal liability claims (the majority of which were mesothelioma claims).

We paid $1.9 million for residual Australian National Railways Commission responsibilities.

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9 : Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Oil Pollution Compensation Fund.
Effectiveness: An International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund, which is funded by contracting states, including Australian oil companies, and which is capable of providing compensation in the event of major oil spills.

Cost: $5.9 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Cross-Modal & Maritime Transport
Performance Achieved

The International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund is designed to provide adequate compensation towards clean-up costs in case of a major oil spill from a tanker.

In accordance with the legislation for 2000–01, the fund received payments totalling $4.2 million from the Australian oil companies who import more than 150 000 tonnes of crude oil in any calendar year. Variations in the annual levy are a result of the number and severity of incidents.

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10 : 2002 Year of the Outback

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of 2002 Year of the Outback.
(PBS New measure)
Effectiveness: Improved understanding throughout Australia of the contribution that the outback has made to the nations development and self-image.

Quantity: $2 million in funding over four years.

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To raise Australians awareness of regional Australia and its importance in the development of our culture and economic wealth we provided support to the Year of the Outback secretariat to establish State, Territory and Local committees.

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11 : Rural Communities Program

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Rural Communities Program.
(PAES Revised estimate due to the expensing of prepayments raised in 19992000)
Effectiveness: To contribute to the development of vibrant regional communities by improving access to information and services, and encouraging community ownership of planning service demands and delivery.

Cost:Appropriation of $3.531 million. Expenses of $4.214 million.

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.

Change: Nil for appropriation. Expenses of $0.683 million.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To strengthen regional and rural Australia by encouraging diverse, dynamic and self-reliant rural communities, we:
  • approved 10 new projects from the 22 project applications received;
  • held a meeting of the Rural Communities Program Advisory Committee in August 2000; and
  • managed 383 projects during the year.

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12 : Rural Plan

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Rural Plan.
(PAES Revised estimate due to the expensing of prepayments raised in 19992000)
Effectiveness: Develop the capacity of regional communities and industries in regions to work together to develop and implement strategic plans by encouraging strategic alliances across communities, industries and local government.

Cost:Appropriation of $3.397 million. Expenses of $4.762 million.

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.

Change: Nil for appropriation. Expenses of $1.365 million.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To meet our objective of encouraging diverse, dynamic and self-reliant communities and profitable and sustainable rural industries, we:
  • approved and managed eight new projects during 2000–01; and
  • managed 53 Rural Plan projects during the year.
  • 2000–01 was the final year of the program.

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13 : Understanding Rural Australia Program

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Understanding Rural Australia Program.
Effectiveness: To improve the availability and use of data on rural and regional social issues and trends.

Cost: $0.800 million (appropriation and expenses).

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To understand, manage and support the socioeconomic changes in rural and regional Australia, the program was established to progress the techniques and processes that foster sustainable community development. Under this program:
  • we advertised first-round applications in June 2000;
  • the Advisory Committee made its recommendations to the Minister in September 2000; and
  • the Minister announced approval of 26 projects totalling $0.800 million in December 2000.

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14 : Rural Domestic Violence Program

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Rural Domestic Violence Program.
(PAES Revised estimate due to the payment of payables from 19992000)
Effectiveness: Better understanding of the incidence and reduction of domestic violence in regional and rural Australia by analysing and disseminating data to promote best practice and research in areas where new information is needed to support prevention efforts.

Cost:Appropriation of $0.084 million. Expenses of $0.062 million.

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.

Change: Appropriation of $0.022 million. Nil for expenses.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

The program investigates and seeks to address the particular domestic violence issues that affect people living in regional, rural and remote areas.

We paid program monies of $0.400 million to projects in September 2000 and April 2001.

We met the good practice booklet expenses of $0.200 million. The booklet was available at the end of June 2001.

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15 : Regional and Rural Development Grant

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Regional and Rural Development Grant (formerly: Rural Development Centre Grant).
(PAES Revised estimates following rephasing of unspent and unexpensed funds from 19992000)
Effectiveness: Better understanding of socioeconomic change in regional Australia.

Cost: $0.320 million (appropriation and expenses).

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.

Change: $0.135 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To provide better understanding of socioeconomic change in regional Australia we provided this grant with a new set of guidelines and objectives in 2000–01. The Minister recommended and approved three projects totalling $133 548 in December 2000.

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16 : Regional and Rural Research Information and Data Program

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Regional and Rural Research Information and Data program.
Effectiveness: To improve access to information for decision making in regional Australia.

Cost: $0.077 million (appropriation and expenses).

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To enhance the provision of information that supports the understanding of socioeconomic changes in rural communities, we formulated a new set of guidelines and objectives for this program in 2000–01. In May 2001, three projects totalling $77 000 were recommended to the Minister under this program.

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17 : Rural Transaction Centres

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Rural Transaction Centres.
(PAES Revised estimates following rephasing of unspent and unexpensed funds from 19992000)
Effectiveness: Enable small communities to develop their own centres providing services such as banking, postal, Internet, phone, fax and Medicare claim services and access to appropriate Commonwealth, State and local government services.

Quantity: Up to 500 centres over five years.

Cost:$23.943 million (appropriation and expenses).

Location: Regional, rural and remote communities of less than 3000 residents.

Change: $0.310 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To assist the development of small regional, rural and remote communities by providing access to basic transaction services, over 440 communities were involved in projects addressing service needs. The range of services delivered by Rural Transaction Centres has increased.

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18 : Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (formerly: The Australian Rural Partnerships Foundation).
Effectiveness: Stronger partnerships between the public and private sector in delivering services to rural communities.

Cost: $0.980 million (appropriation and expenses). Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To assist regional, rural and remote communities to respond to economic, social and cultural change, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal has implemented a range of rural and regional projects with both public and private sector funding partners.

We paid $0.037 million in 2000–01 in accordance with conditions outlined in the Deed of Grant.

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19 : Sydney West Airport Land Acquisition and Works

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of Sydney West Airport Land Acquisition and Works.
(PAES Revised estimate due to reclassification of funding between expenses (relates to compensation payments) and capital, and an earlier than anticipated settlement on one property late in 1999–2000)
Effectiveness: Resolution of compensation claims related to the purchase of land at the possible Sydney West airport site at Badgerys Creek.

Quantity: Settlements for three properties.

Cost: $3.299 million ($0.500 million appropriation and expenses, and $2.799 million capital injection).

Change: -$0.201 million ($0.500 million appropriation and expenses, and -$0.701 million capital injection).
Contributing Division(s): Airports
Performance Achieved

We advanced negotiations on the settlement of the three claims during the year.

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20 : Flood Recovery Fund

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Flood Recovery Fund.
(New measure not listed in 2000–01 PBS/PAES)
Effectiveness: Assist affected communities to recover from severe flood events.

Quantity: Reduction in the number of community assets that have been damaged and not repaired due to lack of financial resources.

Cost: Appropriation of $10 million.

Location: Areas of central and northern New South Wales and southern Queensland that were flooded in November 2000 and areas of the NSW north coast that were flooded in January to March 2001.
Contributing Division(s): Territories & Regional Support
Performance Achieved

To assist affected communities recover from severe flood events, we approved 59 projects totalling $1.4 million in 2000–01 including 24 local government projects, 10 financial counselling and business assistance projects and 19 projects assisting sporting clubs. Councils and community organisations have reported great satisfaction with the assistance available from the fund.

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21 : Commonwealth Flood Assistance Package Business Grants

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Commonwealth Flood Assistance Package Business Grants.
(New measure not listed in 2000–01 PBS/PAES)
Effectiveness: Assist small and medium business to recommence trading after severe flood events.

Quantity: Reduction in the number of business failures and loss of employment. Cost: Appropriation of $5.5 million.

Location: Areas of central and northern NSW and southern Queensland that were flooded in November 2000 and areas of the NSW north coast that were flooded in January to March 2001.
Contributing Division(s): Territories & Regional Support
Performance Achieved

To assist small and medium business to recommence trading after severe flood events, we approved 453 grants in 2000–01, with additional applications still being assessed. Business organisations and individual businesses reported great satisfaction with the assistance provided by the grants.

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Administered Program 1.2 : Grants to States/Territories and Local Government

22 : Road Safety Black Spot Program

Area of Activity

Performance Targets

  • Administration of the Road Safety Black Spot Program.
(PAES—Revised estimate reflects that:
  • the actual rephasing of unspent and unexpensed funds from 1999–2000 was less than the amount included at Budget;
  • expensing of prepayments raised in 1999–2000;
  • raising of prepayments and economic parameters in 2000–01.)
Effectiveness: Improve the safety of Australias roads and, in doing so, reduce the cost to the community of road trauma.

Quantity: Approximately 400 projects.

Cost: Appropriation of $41.182 million. Expenses of $39.566 million.

Location: 50 per cent in rural and regional Australia.

Change: Appropriation of -$1.001 million. Expenses of -$1.469 million.
Contributing Division(s): Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Performance Achieved

The Black Spot Program is intended to improve the safety of Australias roads and, in doing so, reduce the cost to the community of road trauma. In pursuit of this aim, we:
  • approved all State and Territory programs, comprising 455 projects, 229 projects valued at $25.6 million were in rural and regional Australia; and
  • made total cash payments of $41.182 million in 2000–01.
An evaluation of the Black Spot Program is being undertaken by the Bureau of Transport Economics Division.

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23 : Local Government Incentive Program

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Local Government Incentive Program.
Effectiveness: Enhanced capacity of local governments to contribute to the achievement of national priorities, including the adoption and transfer of best practice and the streamlining of regulatory processes.

Cost: $4.490 million (appropriation and expenses).

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

To provide direct support to local government in support of national priorities, we have approved 55 the Local Government Incentive Program grants for $4.1 million in accordance with the guidelines. Approved grants assist councils in meeting national priorities to:
  • adopt best practice;
  • share resources and expertise across councils;
  • have an enhanced role in leading their communities; and
  • gain increased capacity to contribute to regional development.

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24 : Local Government Development Program

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Local Government Development Program.
(PAES Revised estimates to reflect that the actual rephasing of unspent and unexpensed funds from 19992000 was less than the amount included at Budget and that expensing of prepayments was raised in 19992000.)
Effectiveness: Expand local governments capacity in delivering national priorities, especially in rural and regional areas, by:

promoting a cooperative approach to local government development;
facilitating social and economic development in rural and regional areas;
and encouraging institutional strengthening and capacity building.

Quantity: Forty-two projects.

Timeliness: Payments made in accordance with Deeds of Grant.

Cost:Appropriation of $0.014 million. Expenses of $0.205 million.

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.

Change: Appropriation of -$0.424 million. Expenses of -$0.233 million.
Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government
Performance Achieved

The Local Government Development Program aimed to assist and promote local government in addressing social, cultural and economic priorities and community well-being. It has been superseded by the Local Government Incentive Program.

We finalised the Local Government Development Program in accordance with ministerial, Australian National Audit Office and Department of Finance and Administration procedures.

We completed all projects during 2000–01.

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25 : Local Government Financial Assistance Grants

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants.
  • National Report on the Operation of the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 (new activity not listed in 2000–01 PBS/PAES)

(PAES Revised estimate following incorporation of final Treasury economic parameters and the payment of payables from 19992000)

Effectiveness: Enable local governments to provide services to communities to facilitate social and economic development, including local roads.

Cost: Appropriation of $1322.493 million. Expenses of $1320.767 million.

Location: Regional, rural and remote Australia.

Change: Appropriation of $0.328 million. Expenses of

-$1.398 million.

Contributing Division(s): Regional Services, Development & Local Government

Performance Achieved

Local Government Financial Assistance Grants promote fiscal equity and performance improvement in local government and the facilitation of local governments contribution to national, economic, social and environmental performance.

Under the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995, DOTARS is required to produce and table a national report to Parliament. Pursuant to Senate standing orders, the report was referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee for examination. The report was found satisfactory.

The fifth Local Government National Report for the 19992000 financial year was tabled in Parliament on 6 March 2001. This did not meet the projected timeframe of the end of 2000 because some States were late in providing input and some staff were unavailable because of other work priorities, thus delaying the publishing and production schedules.

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26 : Payments to the ACT National Capital

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of payments to the ACT to assist in meeting the additional costs it bears arising from Canberras role as the National Capital.
(PAES Revised estimates following incorporation of Treasury economic parameters)
Effectiveness: Shortfalls for National Capital influences on utility services addressed.

Cost: $8.271 million (appropriation and expenses).

Location: ACT.

Change: $0.041 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Territories and Regional Support
Performance Achieved

We administered 26 fortnightly payments on time and in accordance with ACT Commonwealth agreements.

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27 : Payments to the ACT municipal services

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of payments to the ACT to compensate for the effects of national capital influence on the costs of providing municipal services.
(PAES Revised estimates following incorporation of Treasury economic parameters)
Effectiveness: Shortfalls for national capital influences on municipal services addressed.

Cost: $20.572 million (appropriation and expenses).

Location: ACT.

Change: $0.101 million (appropriation and expenses).
Contributing Division(s): Territories and Regional Support
Performance Achieved

We administered 26 fortnightly payments on time and in accordance with ACTCommonwealth agreements.

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28 : Regional Flood Mitigation Program

Area of Activity Performance Targets
  • Administration of the Regional Flood Mitigation Program.
(PAES Revised estimates following rephasing of unspent and unexpensed funds from 1999–2000 and expensing of prepayments raised in 1999–2000)
Effectiveness: Reduced loss and damage to communities and infrastructure from the effect of flooding. This program will have the direct effect of improving safety, reducing losses and damage, and maintaining business and economic activity in regional areas.

Quantity: A reduction in the current value of the average annual potential or actual flood damage. Increased number of properties protected from major flooding. Increased number of flood forecasting and warning systems for flood-prone areas. Increased number of flood-prone areas with structural measures in place.

Cost: Appropriation of $9.396 million. Expenses of $9.854 million.

Change: Appropriation of $0.596 million. Expenses of $1.054 million.

Location: Rural and regional Australia.
Contributing Division(s): Territories and Regional Support
Performance Achieved

To reduce the loss and damage to communities and infrastructure affected by flooding, we approved 49 regional flood mitigation projects in 2000–01. Applications are assessed by State Assessment Committees and are subject to program guidelines.

All approved projects are consistent with integrated catchment management principles, ecologically sustainable development and best practice.

The average annual damage avoided is estimated at being $48 million each year of the program.

Between 13 000 and 20 000 properties have been protected from flood damage each year of the program.

We have liaised and cooperated with Commonwealth agencies on disaster mitigation issues and complementary programs.

We approved 10 flood warning system projects in 2000–01, and 22 to date.

We approved 37 structural projects in 2000–01, and 67 to date.

Cost: Expenses of $9.350 million.

Change: Expenses of $.0504 million.

Location: Rural and regional Australia.

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