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Report on performance

Outcome 1-Infrastructure Outputs and Programs

Infrastructure overview


During 2007-08, the Department:

  • contributed to better transport investment decisions through sound management and partnered decision making with other jurisdictions through a range of administered programs, including the AusLink Investment Program; and
  • established Infrastructure Australia and supported it with administrative resources as it prepared to undertake its initial key infrastructure audit and to develop a priority infrastructure list and public-private partnership policy guidelines.

Outcome and outputs

Figure 3.1 shows the relationships between Outcome 1 and its two outputs, as published in the 2008-09 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), and identifies the responsible business division. The figure also relates each of the current outputs to the corresponding output under the previous outcome and output structure.

Figure 3.1 Outcome 1 and outputs

Figure 3.1	Outcome 1 and outputs

What this chapter covers

Revised outcome and output structure

When the Department was restructured during 2007-08 to reflect the new government's priorities, the outcome and output structure was revised. The structure of the performance chapters of this report reflects the new outcome and output structure, which was published in the 2008-09 PBS. Refer Appendix L which shows both the current and previous structures.

Performance indicators

This chapter describes the Department's performance against the performance indicators (excluding price and cost) published in the 2007-08 PBS or modified in the 2007-08 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES).

Financial performance indicators - price (for outputs) and cost (for administered programs) - are on an accrual expense basis as published in the 2007-08 PAES, with the exeception of the Tackling urban congestion and planning program for which appropriation of $75.0 million was provided in the 2007-08 Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statements (PSAES). They have been adjusted to reflect the revised outcome and output structure.

In most cases, the effectiveness, quantity, quality and location performance indicators are as originally published in the 2007-08 PBS. Exceptions occur because:

  • several new programs, and their accompanying performance indicators, were first published in the 2007-08 PAES; and
  • the performance indicators for any new or modified programs announced in the PSAES are not published until the following year's PBS, even if the new or modified programs have implications for the current financial year. Refer Appendix K for a list of new or modified performance indicators.

Reporting structure

The chapter begins with a table summarising the attributed budgeted and actual resources of Outcome 1, and the overall performance achieved, in 2007-08.

This is followed by the reports on performance for individual outputs. Each output report includes:

  • an overview of the output's functions and how they are delivered;
  • a cross-reference to the applicable 2007-08 PBS output;
  • a summary of the output's results against the performance indicators;
  • a more detailed report on the output's performance against each indicator; and
  • if the output has administered programs, a report on performance against the indicators for each program.

Each output and administered summary report also includes a rating of progress towards achievement of the performance indicators, using the following ratings:

 Fully achieved
 Mostly achieved
 Partly achieved
 Not achieved

These ratings are an overall assessment of performance for 2007-08 taking into account both financial and non-financial aspects.

Resources and performanceOutcome 1

Table 3.1 Summary of resources and performance

Outcome 1 - Infrastructure
Output 1.1.1 - Infrastructure investment policy and programs 19,195 19,479 1.5 37
Administered programs
AusLink Investment 1,841,906 1,847,336 0.3 42
AusLink Black Spot Projects 47,492 37,264 -21.5 44
AusLink Roads to Recovery 307,500 262,500 -14.6 45
AusLink Strategic Regional 75,700 75,700 0.0 46
AusLink Strategic Regional - supplementary 25,026 46,041 84.0 48
AusLink improving local roads 153,750 98,710 -35.8 49
AusLink improving the National Network 693,914 536,677 -22.7 50
Funding for road projects other than under the AusLink (National Land Transport) Act 2005 6,000 570 -90.5 52
Tackling urban congestion and planningc 75,000 75,000 0.0 53
Management of residual issues of former Australian National Railways Commission 350 38 -89.1 53
Murray River Bridges - Federation Fund Project 0 0 0.0 54
Upgrade of the Mainline Interstate Railway Track 20,000 0 -100.0 55
Output 1.1.2 - Infrastructure investment coordination 3,307 946 -71.4  
Outcome 1 - All outputs
Total price of departmental outputs 22,502 20,425 -9.2    
Less receipts from independent sources 177 128 -27.7    
Net price to government 22,325 20,297 -9.1    
Administered programs summary          
Total cost of administered programs 3,246,638 2,979,836 -8.2    
Plus depreciation, write-down of assets etc. 0 0 0.0    
Total administered operating expenses 3,246,638 2,979,836 -8.2    
Less administered revenues 263 264 0.4    
Net cost to government 3,246,375 2,979,572 -8.2    
Average staffing level 103 109 6.0    

a The budget shown for departmental outputs is the attributed budget for the Department's revised outcome and output structure as first published in the 2008-09 PBS, and reflects the final budget as per the 2007-08 PAES. Appendix M shows the output budgets and actuals in accordance with the Department's previous outcome and output structure as published in the 2007-08 PAES. The budget shown for administered programs is the revised budget published in the 2007-08 PAES, except where indicated for measures announced in the 2007-08 PSAES. Departmental outputs include the Department's own source revenue.
b The variance is the change in the Department's 2007-08 actuals over its revised 2007-08 budget.
c This measure was announced in the 2007-08 PSAES.

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