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Summary of outcomes, outputs and administered items
Outcomes resourcing

This section explains how the resources identified in Section 2 will be used to deliver outputs and administered items to contribute to the outcomes for DOTARS.

Summary of outcomes, outputs and administered items

DOTARS leads portfolio agencies in contributing to the well-being of all Australians by:

  • fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system, and
  • assisting regions to manage their own futures.

DOTARS delivers a range of goods and services (outputs) to assist its ministers achieve these outcomes. The relationship between DOTARS outcomes and outputs is illustrated in Figure 3.1.

Figure 3.1: Agency outcomes and output groups

Figure 3.1: Agency outcomes and output groups

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ADMINISTERED PROGRAMMES

In addition to delivering its outputs, DOTARS administers a range of programmes on behalf of the Australian Government. The relationship between DOTARS outcomes and administered programmes, and the area(s) responsible for their delivery, are detailed in Figures 3.2 and 3.3 on the following pages.

Figure 3.2: Outcome 1 - Outputs and administered programmes for 2005 - 06

Output Group 1.1 : Investigation and safety
Output 1.1.1 : Investigation
Output 1.1.2 : Safety
Output Group 1.2 : Transport security

Output 1.2.1 : Transport security

  • Aviation security enhancements - assistance to regional passenger aircraft
  • Aviation security enhancements - regional airport 24-hour closed circuit television pilot study
  • Aviation security enhancements - regional passenger screening
Output Group 1.3 : AusLink

Output 1.3.1 : AusLink

  • AusLink (incorporates National Network; Road Safety Black Spot; and Roads to Recovery)
  • Management of residual issues of former Australian National Railways Commission (AN)
  • Murray River Bridges - Federation Fund Project
  • Upgrade of the Mainline Interstate Railway Track
Output Group 1.4 : Transport services

Output 1.4.1 : Maritime and land transport

  • Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme
  • International Maritime Organization - contribution
  • Interstate Road Transport Fees
  • Maritime Salvage
  • National Transport Commission
  • OECD Road Transport - contribution
  • Oil Pollution Compensation Fund
  • Payments to MIFCo
  • Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
  • Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme
  • Transport and Logistics Centre of Excellence

Output 1.4.2 : Aviation and airports

  • Airport Lessee Companies - reimbursement of parking fines
  • Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport
  • Implementation of noise amelioration for Sydney Airport
  • International Civil Aviation Organization - contribution
  • Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges
  • Sydney West Airport - rental properties

Figure 3.3: Outcome 2 - Outputs and administered programmes for 2005 - 06

Output Group 2.1 : Regional services
Output 2.1.1 : Regional services
  • Construction of the Bert Hinkler Hall of Aviation Museum
  • Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
  • Regional and Rural Research and Development Grants
  • Regional Partnerships
  • Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme
  • Sustainable Regions
Output Group 2.2 : Local government, territories and natural disaster relief

Output 2.2.1 : Services to territories

  • Norfolk Island - refurbishment of Kingston Pier
  • Norfolk Island memorial for Minister Buffet (environmental trust fund)
  • Payment to the ACT - assistance for water and sewerage services
  • Payment to the ACT - compensation for the effects of national capital influence on the costs of providing municipal services
  • Services to Indian Ocean Territories

Output 2.2.2 : Local government

  • Local Government Financial Assistance Grants
  • Supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads

Output 2.2.3 : Natural disaster relief

  • Bushfire mitigation
  • National Aerial Firefighting
  • Natural Disaster Mitigation
  • Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements

CHANGES TO OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS

The outcomes and outputs of the department have changed from those presented in the 2004 05 Portfolio Budget Statements and Additional Estimates Statements.

The new structure reflects consultation and discussion with staff following the staff survey and executive workshop at the end of 2004. The new structure will provide for a strong customer focus and clear alignment of resources with the outcomes that DOTARS seeks to achieve.

The relationship between the old and new outcomes and outputs structure is as illustrated in Figures 3.4 and 3.5.

Figure 3.4: Changes to transport-related outcomes and outputs

Figure 3.4: Changes to transport-related outcomes and outputs(click on the image to view the larger version)

Figure 3.5: Changes to regional outcomes and outputs

Figure 3.5: Changes to regional outcomes and outputs

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OUTPUT COST ATTRIBUTION

In determining the price of its outputs, the department requires business divisions to allocate their indicative budget allocations across the relevant outputs (direct cost attribution). Due to the timing of the department's restructure, however, the business planning process had not been finalised at the time of preparing the PBS. Accordingly, indicative divisional budgets have been used to determine output allocation. Corporate overhead has been allocated on the basis of average staffing level (ASL) per business division.

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Outcomes resourcing

OUTCOME 1 RESOURCING

Table 3.1.1 below details the total resources for DOTARS to contribute to the achievement of portfolio Outcome 1 in 2005-06, including administered appropriations, revenue from government (appropriation), revenue from other sources, and the total price of outputs.

Table 3.1.1: Total resources for Outcome 1

Table 3.2.1: Administered programmes - Outcome 1

Notes:

  1. The AusLink programme now includes the Road Safety Black Spot and each of the Roads to Recovery programmes.
  2. Does not include expenses associated with additional funding provided in the Maritime Emergency Towage Services measure (see note (b) to Table 2.2).
  3. The estimates represent expenses relating to the administration costs of the programme and interest charges associated with MIFCo's loan facility. Other expenses relating to the balance of actual Payments to MIFCo have been recognised in previous years, while the cash payments of around $40m are recognised each year.

OUTCOME 2 RESOURCING

Table 3.1.2 below details the total resources for DOTARS to contribute to the achievement of portfolio Outcome 2 in 2005-06, including administered appropriations, revenue from government (appropriation), revenue from other sources, and the total price of outputs.

Table 3.1.2: Total resources for Outcome 2

Table 3.2.2: Administered programmes - Outcome 2

Notes:

  1. This Regional and Rural Development Grant and Regional and Rural Research Information and Data programmes have now been incorporated into the one programme.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FOR OUTCOME 1

Transport infrastructure connects Australia with domestic markets and the global economy and is a key determinant of our economic growth. With increasing globalisation and reliance on international trade, Australia's prosperity depends now more than ever on having a transport system that is safe and secure, efficient, competitive and sustainable.

In 2005-06, DOTARS will continue to advise on and lead national efforts to address key transport issues, including:

  • undertaking transport safety occurrence and research investigations leading to improved safety outcomes
  • leading, implementing, regulating and monitoring a risk based approach to transport security
  • investing in key road and rail (AusLink) infrastructure to meet Australia's transport needs, and drive critical reforms to the way this infrastructure is planned, funded and operated
  • reforming maritime transport and integrated vehicle standards and transport systems to achieve productivity, safety, security and sustainability outcomes which enhance Australia's international competitiveness
  • fostering a competitive, sustainable and safe aviation sector through appropriate regulation, programme delivery and policy development, and
  • strengthening DOTARS' analytical capability for addressing the major infrastructure and competition issues facing the portfolio.

DOTARS has identified performance information for Outcome 1 in terms of the departmental outputs and administered programmes that contribute to its achievement. Performance indicators for outputs and related programmes are detailed in Figure 3.6 with details of administered programmes shaded to differentiate them from outputs.

Figure 3.6: Performance information for outputs and administered programmes - Outcome 1

Output/Programme Performance Indicators

1.1.1 Investigation

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Effectiveness:

  • Australia's transport safety investigation regime meets international standards

Quality:

  • stakeholders accept safety action recommended through investigation reports
  • investigations are completed, on average, within one year
  • major accident investigation response capabilities are reviewed and tested annually

Quantity:

  • more than 5 000 aviation, marine and rail safety accident and incident reports are assessed
  • approximately 120 fatal accidents and other serious occurrences are investigated to improve future safety

Price: $21.3m

1.1.2 Safety

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • transport safety and public confidence in transport safety is maintained or improved

Quality:

  • other agencies, governments and industry are assisted to evaluate and improve transport safety interventions and outcomes
  • a novice driver education trial is initiated in NSW and Victoria
  • Australia's motor vehicle safety standards are aligned with international standards
  • 85% of vehicle and workshop processes are completed within target timeframes

Quantity (approximate):

  • 10 aviation and 25 road safety statistical and research publications are released
  • 50 vehicle production and/or test facilities are audited
  • 3 400 vehicle types are approved for identification plates and supply to the Australian market
  • 50 Registered Automotive Workshops applications are assessed and 40 RAWS inspections are conducted
  • 16 000 applications to import vehicles are assessed

Price: $15.2m

1.2.1 Transport security

Office of Transport Security

Effectiveness:

  • transport security is maintained and enhanced

Quality:

  • inquiries into major transport security incidents are undertaken as directed by the Minister
  • advice to the Australian Government reflects threat and risk assessment and relevant international practice
  • aviation and maritime security is regulated in line with relevant legislation and is enforced appropriately
  • the aviation and maritime industries are engaged in developing and implementing transport security priorities
  • state and territory governments are assisted to improve surface transport security
  • targeted countries in our region are assisted to improve their transport security capabilities

Quantity:

  • transport security, audit and compliance activity is conducted at/for approximately:
    • 180 airports across Australia
    • 160 domestic and international airlines
    • domestic and international air cargo operations
    • 7 500 general aviation aircraft on a risk assessed basis, and
    • 240 maritime security plan holders covering 70 ports and 300 related facilities
  • approximately 50 off shore oil and gas platforms are incorporated into the Maritime Transport Security Act
  • more than 11 000 foreign ships are risk assessed and security inspections targeted as appropriate

Price: $53.4m

Aviation Security Enhancements - assistance to regional passenger aircraft

Office of Transport Security

Effectiveness/Location:

  • security is enhanced on regular public transport and open charter services operating in regional Australia

Quality:

  • hardened cockpit doors are installed in passenger aircraft with 30 or more seats

Cost: $0.8m

Aviation security enhancements - regional airport 24-hour closed circuit television pilot study

Office of Transport Security

Quality/Location:

  • closed circuit television (CCTV) is evaluated as an aid to security at four regional airports

Cost: $0.5m

Aviation security enhancements - regional passenger screening

Office of Transport Security

Effectiveness:

  • security is enhanced at regional airports handling regular public transport services

Quantity/Location:

  • metal detection equipment and training is provided to 140 regional airports

Cost: $2.7m

1.3.1 AusLink

AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • the Australian Government's national land transport plan (AusLink) is implemented to maintain and improve the standard of national infrastructure
  • infrastructure planning and investment decision making processes are improved

Quality:

  • programmes are administered in line with relevant legislation

Price: $17.3m

AusLink - National Network

AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • road, rail and related infrastructure is maintained and enhanced along designated transport corridors

Quality:

  • planning and investment decision making processes are improved in partnership with state and territory governments
  • transport corridor objectives, strategies and priorities are established for future investment
  • projects are administered in line with relevant legislation

Cost: $1 320.4m

AusLink - Road Safety Black Spot

AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • road crashes are reduced at treated sites, along with trauma and associated costs to the community

Quality:

  • priority is given to proposals for cost-effective treatment of sites with a proven history of crashes (black spots)
  • payments are made in line with the AusLink legislation

Quantity:

  • approximately 370 'black spots' are approved for funding

Cost: $44.5m

AusLink - Roads to Recovery

AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • local councils use funds to maintain and improve land transport infrastructure

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with AusLink legislation

Quantity:

  • approximately 700 local governments are eligible for funding

Cost: $340.6m

Management of residual issues of former Australian National Railways Commission (AN)

AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • the future of the AN plan room is resolved, along with any other residual issues which may emerge
  • public access to plans of heritage value is maintained

Cost: $0.7m

Murray River Bridges - Federation Fund Project

AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • new regional infrastructure improves access

Quality:

  • a new bridge is constructed over the River Murray at Echuca-Moama
  • payments are made in line with the Australian Government's obligations

Location:

  • Echuca-Moama in regional Victoria and NSW

Cost: $9.5m

Upgrade of Mainline Interstate Railway Track (removal of interstate rail track from Wodonga CBD)

AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • the project improves interstate rail track efficiency

Quality:

  • the interstate mainline rail track through the Wodonga CBD is replaced with a rail bypass
  • payments are made in line with the Australian Government's obligations

Location:

  • Wodonga in regional Victoria

Cost: $20.0m

1.4.1 Maritime and land transport

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • the maritime and land transport industries operate in a robust and stable regulatory environment
  • a national reform agenda for transport systems is developed and implemented
  • exposure to environmental damage from maritime and land transport operations is reduced

Price: $12.2m

Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • the cost of sea travel across Bass Strait is alleviated for passengers accompanying a vehicle

Quality:

  • eligible passengers receive a rebate on their fare within 30 working days of submitting a claim

Location:

  • Bass Strait

Cost: $41.0m

International Maritime Organization - contribution

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • Australia is able to participate in international discussions on maritime transport

Quality:

  • payment is made in line with Australia's international obligations

Cost: $0.3m

Interstate Road Transport Fees

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • uniform charges and operating conditions apply for heavy vehicles engaged solely in interstate operations

Quality:

  • payments are re-distributed to state and territory governments in line with an agreed formula designed to meet the cost of damage to roads caused by heavy vehicles

Cost: $48.0m

Maritime salvage

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • emergency towage and maritime salvage capabilities are maintained
  • risk to human life and to the marine environment are reduced

Location:

  • around the Australian coastline

Cost: nfp (see note (b) to Table 2.2)

National Transport Commission (NTC)

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • the NTC is able to assist governments to increase transport productivity and sustainability through consistent and effective road and rail regulation

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with the Australian Government's obligations under the National Transport Commission Act 2003

Cost: $2.6m

OECD Road Transport - contribution

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • Australia is able to participate in international discussions on road, rail and intermodal transport

Quality:

  • payment is made in line with Australia's international obligations

Cost: $0.04m

Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

compensation is available for the costs of an oil spill in the event that these costs exceed the tanker owner's ability to pay

Quality:

all persons (including oil companies) that receive more than 150 000 tonnes of crude or heavy oil by sea make contributions to the fund

payments are passed on to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund in line with Australia's obligations under the International Oil Pollution Compensation Convention

Cost: $2.0m

Payments to MIFCo

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • MIFCo is able to meet its financial obligations in respect of loans to facilitate waterfront reform

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with the Australian Government's obligations

Cost: $7.6m ($40.0m in cash payments)

Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • costs are alleviated for businesses shipping containers of goods from Tasmania to the mainland for use or sale, and to Tasmania as an input to a production process

Quality:

  • claims from shippers are processed efficiently and accurately

Location: Bass Strait

Cost: $89.4m

Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

costs are alleviated for businesses shipping bulk wheat to Tasmania

Quality:

claims from shippers are processed efficiently and accurately

Location: Bass Strait

Cost: $1.1m

Transport and Logistics Centre of Excellence

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • specialist vocational training is available to the transport and logistics industry

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with the Australian Government's obligations

Cost: $2.0m

1.4.2 Aviation and airports

Aviation and Airports

Effectiveness:

  • industry operates in a robust and stable regulatory environment
  • businesses and consumers have access to competitive international and domestic air services
  • airspace is managed efficiently within international standards
  • Australian Government investments in transport infrastructure are managed responsibly
  • community exposure to aircraft noise is minimised with attention to the needs of specific communities

Price: $23.9m

Airport Lessee Companies - reimbursement of parking fines

Aviation and Airports

Quality:

  • revenue is passed on to airport lessees in line with a formula set by the Minister for Finance and Administration

Location:

  • Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast, Townsville, Hobart and Launceston Airports

Cost: $2.6m

Implementation of noise amelioration

  • Adelaide Airport
  • Sydney Airport

Aviation and Airports

Effectiveness:

  • community exposure to aircraft noise is ameliorated in eligible buildings

Quality:

  • work is carried out by qualified professionals and is rated as good or better by 80% of building owners

Quantity:

  • approximately 4 755 eligible homes and 96 eligible public buildings are insulated from aircraft noise

Location:

  • Adelaide, Sydney

Cost: $11.3m

International Civil Aviation Organization - contribution

Aviation and Airports

Effectiveness:

  • Australia is able to participate in international discussions on civil aviation

Quality:

  • payment is made in line with Australia's international obligations

Cost: $1.2m

Payment Scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges

Aviation and Airports

Effectiveness:

  • costs are reduced for airlines providing regular public transport and/or aeromedical services using aircraft with a take-off weight of less than 15 tonnes

Quality:

  • claims from airlines are processed efficiently and accurately

Quantity:

  • approximately 40 airlines are reimbursed for Airservices Australia's en route air traffic control charges

Cost: $5.6m

Sydney West Airport - rental properties

Aviation and Airports

Effectiveness:

  • the Australian Government meets its obligations as a landlord

Quantity/Location:

  • approximately 254 commercial and residential properties are maintained at the Sydney West Airport site (Badgerys Creek)

Cost: $2.7m

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FOR OUTCOME 2

Regional, rural and remote Australia accounts for over one third of the population and two thirds of Australia's export income. Australia's regions have made, and continue to make, a major contribution to Australia's economy and way of life. Australia's future prosperity and well-being depends to a significant degree on the strength of its regions.

In 2005-06, DOTARS will continue to advise on and lead national efforts to tackle regional issues, including:

  • assisting regions to manage their own futures through our programmes and policy development
  • working side-by-side with indigenous Australians to improve their lives, as part of a major whole-of-government initiative
  • fulfilling the Australian Government's role in achieving good governance and community well-being in Australia's territories
  • providing funding and support to local governments, and
  • funding natural disaster mitigation programmes.

DOTARS has identified performance information for Outcome 2 in terms of the departmental outputs and administered programmes that contribute to its achievement. Performance indicators for outputs and related programmes are detailed in Figure 3.7, with details of administered programmes shaded to differentiate them from outputs.

Figure 3.7: Performance information for outputs and administered programmes - Outcome 2

Output/Programme Performance Indicators

2.1.1 Regional services

Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • regions are assisted to manage their own futures
  • other agencies/governments are assisted to evaluate and improve services to regional and indigenous Australians

Quality:

  • information on Australian Government programmes and services is available to all Australians
  • regional and indigenous communities have opportunities to establish and advance local priorities and partnerships
  • grants are administered for projects that maintain or improve regional well-being and sustainability
  • other agencies/governments work with us on issues affecting regions

Price: $39.4m

Construction of the Bert Hinkler Hall of Aviation Museum

Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • the Bert Hinkler Hall of Aviation museum is able to be constructed

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with project progress and funding agreements

Location:

  • Bundaberg in regional Queensland

Cost: $1.5m

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • additional funds are leveraged for rural and regional renewal

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with the Australian Government's obligations

Location:

  • regional, rural and remote Australia

Cost: $0.3m

Regional and Rural Research and Development Grants

Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • issues affecting Australia's regions are researched and communicated to national and regional decision makers

Cost: $0.2m

Regional Partnerships

Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • funded projects improve regional growth and opportunities, access to services, planning and structural adjustment

Quality:

  • regional priorities are established by an Area Consultative Committee (ACC) in each region
  • 90% of applications for funding are assessed within 12 weeks of submission
  • grants are provided for projects which meet programme guidelines, including consistency with ACC regional priorities and partnership funding
  • payments are made in line with project progress and funding agreements
  • 90% of project proponents and ACCs are satisfied with the programme's administration

Quantity/Location:

  • regional priorities and projects are established in every region of Australia (56 regions)

Cost: $111.6m

Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme (RASS)

Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • isolated communities have access to passenger transport, goods delivery and other services

Quality:

  • weekly air services are provided to communities who would otherwise have no regular access to transport

Quantity/Location:

  • air services are provided to approximately 225 isolated communities in remote parts of Queensland, NT, WA, SA and Tasmania

Cost: $3.6m

Sustainable Regions

Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • funded projects improve economic, social and/or environmental well-being in the region

Quality:

  • regional priorities are established by a Sustainable Regions Advisory Committee (SRAC) in each region
  • grants are provided for projects which meet programme guidelines, including consistency with SRAC regional priorities and partnership funding
  • payments are made in line with project progress and funding agreements

Quantity/Location:

  • regional priorities and projects are established for two new regions (Northern Rivers and North Coast NSW, Darling Matilda Way)
  • agreed projects are implemented in eight existing regions in Campbelltown-Camden, Far North East New South Wales, Gippsland, the Atherton Tablelands, Wide Bay Burnett, Playford-Salisbury, the Kimberley, and North West and West Coast of Tasmania

Cost: $48.3m

2.2.1 Services to territories

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • territories are assisted to manage their own futures

Quality:

  • Australian Government interests in all territories are managed
  • in the absence of a state or territory government,
  • non-self governing territories are provided with a range of infrastructure and services:
    • at a reasonable standard and cost compared to similar mainland communities
    • in a way which recognises the cultural and linguistic diversity of territory residents
  • territories funding is administered in line with relevant legislation, policies and agreements

Location:

  • self-governing territories:
  • the ACT, Northern Territory and Norfolk Island
  • non-self-governing territories: Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Jervis Bay Territory
  • uninhabited territories:
  • Ashmore-Cartier Island and Coral Sea Islands

Price: $17.1m

Norfolk Island - refurbishment of Kingston Pier

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • the safety and functionality of the pier is improved in keeping with its heritage values

Quality:

  • payments are administered in line with project progress

Location:

  • Kingston, Norfolk Island

Cost: $2.6m

Norfolk Island Memorial for Minister Buffet (environmental trust fund)

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:

  • community groups and individuals are assisted to improve environmental and land management on Norfolk Island

Quality:

  • payments are administered in line with project progress

Cost: $0.4m

Payment to the ACT - assistance for water and sewerage services

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:

  • the national capital influence on the cost of ACT water and sewerage services is ameliorated

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with the agreed schedule

Cost: $9.3m

Payment to the ACT - compensation for the effects of National Capital influence on the cost of providing municipal services

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:

  • the national capital influence on the cost of ACT municipal services is ameliorated

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with the agreed schedule

Cost: $23.0m

Services to Indian Ocean Territories

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • territories are assisted to manage their own futures

Quality:

  • in the absence of a state or territory government,
  • IOT residents and visitors are provided with a range of infrastructure and services:
    • at a reasonable standard and cost compared to similar mainland communities
    • in a way which recognises the cultural and linguistic diversity of residents and visitors

Quantity/Location:

  • approximately 2 100 people live in the IOTs, namely on Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cost: $58.8m

2.2.2 Local government

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • local governments are assisted to serve their communities

Quality:

  • grants are allocated and distributed to local governments in line with national principles
  • better practice in local government is recognised and promoted (eg. through a national awards process)
  • local governments are assisted to improve their land use planning and development assessment systems

Quantity:

  • information and funding is provided to approximately 700 local governing bodies across Australia

Price: $2.4m

Local Government Financial Assistance Grants

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • local governments are assisted to provide essential services at the community level

Quality:

  • grants are administered in line with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Grants Act 1995
  • an annual report on the operation of the Act is tabled as soon as practical after 30 June each year

Quantity:

  • grants are distributed to approximately 700 local governments

Cost: $1 617.1m

Supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • local governments have equitable access to Australian Government funding for local roads

Quality:

  • grants are distributed in line with the local roads grants component of financial assistance grants

Quantity/Location:

  • supplementary funding is distributed to 74 local governments in South Australia

Cost: $9.0m

2.2.3 Natural disaster relief

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • damage from natural disasters is ameliorated, along with trauma and associated costs to the community

Quality:

  • information on natural disaster events and risks is collected systematically for Australian communities
  • other agencies and governments are assisted to evaluate and improve bushfire and natural disaster management
  • grants and loans are administered which assist communities to mitigate against and recover from disasters

Price: $4.7m

Bushfire mitigation

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • fire trail networks are enhanced

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with project progress

Cost: $5.0m

National Aerial Firefighting

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • the National Aerial Firefighting Centre is able to acquire and deploy firefighting aircraft around Australia

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with the Australian Government's obligations

Cost: $5.5m

Natural Disaster Mitigation

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • communities are assisted to identify and treat natural disaster risks

Quality:

  • priority is given to proposals for research on or treatment of regions with a risk of natural disaster
  • payments are made in line with project progress

Cost: $33.3m

Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • the cost of disaster recovery measures to state and territory governments is reduced

Quality:

  • funding is available in respect of all major rapid onset natural disasters
  • state and territory governments are reimbursed for eligible expenses within 21 days of submitting a claim

Cost: $89.5m

EVALUATIONS

The department manages a programme of internal audits and programme reviews to measure and evaluate the quality of internal controls and processes as well as the impact of its activities on the broader community. For more information about evaluations and how we use them to improve our processes and outcomes, please see our annual report.

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