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Outputs for Outcome 2

Output 2.1 : Regional Development Policy Advice

(Contributing divisions: Regional Policy and Territories and Local Government)

Description Performance indicators Achievement

The department provides policy advice and other services to its ministers in relation to:

  • regional communities and their development
  • effective governance, economic and social development of Australian territories
  • local governments, including advice on local government financing.

Quality

  • Ministers and ministers' offices satisfied with the quality of policy advice and legislation development, and department meets standards for policy advice, legislation and ministerial services. Target: 90 per cent level of satisfaction.

  • Achieved 96 per cent satisfaction rating across all briefing and ministerial correspondence relating to Outcome 2. The ACT Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 was passed.
  • Improvement in cooperative work and action across agencies.
  • The department participated in cross agency workshops and led the More Accessible Government Working Group, the Standing Committee on Regional Development and the Deputy Secretaries Regional Whole of Government Group.
Price: $14.0 million* Expenses: $9.5 million

*Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2002-03, Transport and Regional Services Portfolio p. 40

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Output 2.2 : Regional Development Programmes

(Contributing division: Regional Programmes)

Description Performance indicators Achievement

The department administers regional programmes and grants for communities, which includes:

  • working with local consultative/advisory structures to enable communities to build on capabilities and opportunities within their regions

Quality

  • Department ensures that funding recipients meet terms and conditions of funding.

  • Projects funded met terms and conditions of funding. While accountability is of primary focus, programmes are also responsive to grantees' evolving situations.
  • Where appropriate, stakeholder satisfaction with the programme.
  • Anecdotal evidence and evaluation processes suggest predominant general stakeholder satisfaction. Further evaluations are currently underway.
  • working with other agencies across all spheres of government in the delivery of non-grant programmes and activities to communities.
  • Administration of programmes in accordance with legislation, government policy, and departmental standards.
  • Administration is in accordance with policy and standards.
  • Improved cross portfolio and jurisdictional cooperation.
  • Across all programmes some 80 per cent of funded projects also received support from local or state government or private organisations.
Price: $22.8 million* Expenses: $28.6 million

*Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2002-03, Transport and Regional Services Portfolio p. 40

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Output 2.3 : Services to Territories

(Contributing division: Territories and Local Government)

Description Performance indicators Achievement

The department manages Commonwealth interests in the self-governing territories and provides federal and state equivalent services to the non self-governing territories. Key activities include:

  • providing governance regimes, services and programmes

Quality

  • Department ensures that funding recipients meet terms and conditions of funding.

  • Procedures are in place to ensure recipients meet terms and conditions of funding.
  • collecting general taxes, levies fees and loan repayments, both departmental in nature and on behalf of the Commonwealth.
  • Administration of programmes in accordance with legislation, government policy, and departmental standards.
  • Programmes are administered in accordance with relevant standards.
  • The extent to which equivalent mainland service standards for non self-governing territories are achieved.
  • Progress towards mainland service standards achieved.
  • Services to self-governing territories in accordance with Commonwealth responsibilities, and comply with departmental requirements.
  • Commonwealth responsibilities are met.
  • Revenue collected and reported upon in an effective manner in accordance with legislation and departmental standards.
  • $7.01 million was collected in revenue for the sale of goods and services to non-government entities this year in compliance with standards.
Price: $122.3 million* Expenses: $85.6 million

*Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2002-03, Transport and Regional Services Portfolio p. 40

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Output 2.4 : Services to Local Government

(Contributing division: Territories and Local Government)

Description Performance indicators Achievement

The department provides Commonwealth assistance to develop and support local government and to support planning initiatives across all jurisdictions. Key activities include:

  • payment of financial assistance grants to local governments
  • preparing the Local Government National Report
  • managing the National Awards for Local Government.

Quality

  • Department ensures that funding recipients meet terms and conditions of funding.

  • Procedures are in place to ensure recipients meet terms and conditions of funding.
  • Where appropriate, stakeholder satisfaction with programmes.
  • Anecdotal evidence suggest that stakeholders are satisfied.
  • Administration of programmes in accordance with legislation, government policy, and departmental standards.
  • Programmes are administered in accordance with legislation.
  • Improved cross portfolio and jurisdictional cooperation.
  • The department attended and hosted various forums to discuss local government and planning issues.
Price: $1.8 million* Expenses: $4.0 million

*Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2002-03, Transport and Regional Services Portfolio p. 40

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Output 2.5 : Natural Disaster Mitigation and Relief Arrangements

(Contributing division: Territories and Local Government)

Description Performance indicators Achievement

The department facilitates continuing improvement in natural disaster risk assessment and provides cost-effective mitigation measures for communities while supporting disaster affected communities. Key activities include:

  • administering programmes for natural disaster mitigation and relief and recovery for communities affected by declared natural disasters.

Quality

  • Administration of programmes in accordance with legislation, government policy, and departmental standards.

  • Programme administration standards are met.
  • Department ensures that funding recipients meet terms and conditions of funding.
  • Procedures are in place to ensure terms and conditions are met.
  • Where appropriate, stakeholder satisfaction with programmes.
  • Anecdotal evidence indicates stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Improved cross portfolio and jurisdictional cooperation.
  • All funds distributed were negotiated with and matched by state government.
Price: $1.5 million* Expenses: $3.3 million

*Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2002-03, Transport and Regional Services Portfolio p. 40

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Output 2.6 : Regional Research and Data

(Contributing divisions: Regional Policy and Economic Research and Portfolio Policy)

Description Performance indicators Achievement

The department undertakes research on current and emerging regional policy issues, and collects, maintains and disseminates relevant data. Recent Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics publications include:

  • About Australia's Regions
  • Government Interventions in Pursuit of Regional Development: Learning From Experience.

Quality

  • Research and analysis activities contribute to policy development and programme delivery.

  • All issues researched and analysed contribute to policy and programme development.
  • Research and analysis activities are in accordance with departmental and appropriate peer and academic research standards.
  • Research and analysis was undertaken in accordance with relevant standards.
  • Research and analysis outputs increase and improve stakeholder knowledge.
  • Research outputs were published to improve stakeholder knowledge.
Price: $2.2 million* Expenses: $2.3 million

*Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2002-03, Transport and Regional Services Portfolio p. 40

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