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Section 3 : Outcomes

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 the Department.

3.1 Summary of outcomes, outputs and administered items

OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS GROUPS

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

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

Figure 3.1: Agency outcomes and output groups

Chart 3.1: Agency outcomes and output groups

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ADMINISTERED PROGRAMMES

In addition to delivering its outputs, the Department administers a range of programmes on behalf of the Australian Government. The relationship between the Department's outcomes and administered expense 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 expense programmes for 2006-07

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 - improving international aviation security
  • Aviation security enhancements - increased air cargo inspections
  • 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 AusLink Investment; AusLink Black Spot Projects; AusLink Roads to Recovery; AusLink Strategic Regional; AusLink improving local roads; and AusLink improving the National Network)
  • 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
  • National Transport Commission
  • OECD Road Transport - contribution
  • Oil Pollution Compensation Fund
  • Payments to the Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited
  • Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
  • Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme
Output 1.4.2 : Aviation and airports
  • Airport Lessee Companies - reimbursement of parking fines
  • Compensation for the sale of airport land
  • 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 expense programmes for 2006-07

Output Group 2.1 : Regional services
Output 2.1.1 : Regional services
  • Area Consultative Committees
  • 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
  • Christmas Island rehabilitation
  • Norfolk Island - preservation and maintenance of Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA)
  • Norfolk Island - refurbishment of Kingston Pier
  • Norfolk Island Memorial for Minister Buffet (environmental trust fund)
  • Office of Administrator in Northern Territory
  • Office of Administrator on Norfolk Island
  • Payment to the ACT - assistance for National Capital type functions
  • 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
  • Services to Jervis Bay Territory
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 remain unchanged from those presented in the 2005 06 Portfolio Budget Statements and Additional Estimates Statements.

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). Corporate overhead has been allocated on the basis of average staffing level per business division.

3.2 Outcomes resourcing

OUTCOME 1 RESOURCING

Table 3.1.1 below details the total resources for the Department to contribute to the achievement of portfolio Outcome 1 in 2006 07, 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: Total resources for Outcome 1

Notes:

  1. Provision has been made for continued funding in the forward estimates. However, extension of AusLink bilateral agreements have not been negotiated and, therefore, the amounts payable under the agreements cannot be specifically identified.
  2. The estimates represent expenses relating to the administration costs of the programme and interest charges associated with the Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited's (MIFCo) loan facility. Other expenses relating to the balance of actual Payments to MIFCo have been recognised in previous years, while the cash payments of $40.0m and $7.5m are recognised in 2005 06 and 2006 07 respectively.

OUTCOME 2 RESOURCING

Table 3.1.2 below details the total resources for the Department to contribute to the achievement of portfolio Outcome 2 in 2006-07, 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: Total resources for Outcome 2

Notes:

  1. The Area Consultative Committees programme was originally part of the Regional Partnerships programme.
  2. These programmes are transferred from departmental to administered from 2006-07.

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 2006 07, the Department will continue to advise on and lead national efforts to address key transport issues, including:

The Department has identified performance information for Outcome 1 in terms of the departmental outputs and administered expense programmes that contribute to its achievement. Performance indicators for outputs and their related programmes are detailed in Figure 3.4 with details of administered expense programmes shaded to differentiate them.

Figure 3.4: Performance information for outputs and administered expense programmes - Outcome 1

Output/Programme Performance Indicators
1.1.1 Investigation
Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Effectiveness:

  • stakeholders undertake safety action in response to critical and significant safety issues identified through safety investigations
  • transport safety and public confidence in transport safety is maintained or improved

Quality:

  • Australia's transport safety investigation regime meets international standards
  • investigations are completed, on average, within one year
  • major accident investigation response capabilities are reviewed and tested annually
  • the new Safety Investigation Information Management System SIIMS' is successfully commissioned
Quantity:
  • more than 6 000 aviation, marine and rail safety accident and incident reports are assessed and entered into the safety database
  • approximately 120 fatal accidents and other serious occurrences are investigated to improve future safety
Price: $19.4m
1.1.2 Safety
Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • stakeholders are assisted to evaluate and improve transport safety interventions and outcomes

Quality:

  • a best practice Novice Driver Programme Trial is conducted in NSW and Victoria
  • statistical analyses and conclusions are accurate and robust
  • 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 155 RAWS inspections are conducted
  • 16 000 applications to import vehicles are assessed

Price: $16.1m

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 and industry reflects threat and risk assessment
  • 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 and industry are assisted to further enhance surface transport security
  • targeted countries in our region are assisted to improve their transport security capabilities
  • transport security support to special events and counter terrorism exercises are coordinated
  • government policy decisions on transport security are implemented on time and within budget

Quantity:

  • transport security, audit and compliance activity is conducted at/for approximately:
    - 340 aviation industry participants covering 180 airports across Australia and 160 domestic and international airlines
    - 7 500 general aviation aircraft on a risk assessed basis
    - approximately 850 Regulated Air Cargo Agents.
    - 240 maritime security plan holders covering 70 ports and 300 related facilities, and
    - 60 off shore oil and gas platforms.
  • more than 11 000 foreign ships are risk assessed and security inspections targeted as appropriate
  • Aviation Security Identification Card - background checking of up to 50 000 existing, and an estimated 18 000 new entrants, in the aviation industry
  • Maritime Security Identification Card - background checking of up to 130 000 people in the maritime industry

Price: $70.3m

Aviation security enhancements - improving international aviation security
Office of Transport Security

Effectiveness:

  • Improved aviation security at Last Port of Call airports, consistent with international standards.

Quantity/Location:

  • Asia/Pacific Region

Cost: $0.9m

Aviation security enhancements - increased air cargo inspections
Office of Transport Security

Effectiveness:

  • strengthened security measures for international and domestic passenger aircraft through increased inspection of air cargo
  • enhanced air cargo inspection regime of international export air cargo carried on passenger services

Quantity/Location:

  • major Australian Airports and cargo facilities

Cost: $11.5m

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: $0.2m

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: $1.3m

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 in partnership with state and territory governments

Quality:

  • programmes are administered in line with relevant legislation

Price: $21.2m

AusLink Investment
AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • road, rail and related infrastructure is maintained and enhanced along designated transport corridors
  • infrastructure planning and investment decision making processes are improved in partnership with state and territory governments

Quality:

  • transport corridor objectives, strategies and priorities are established for future investment
  • projects are administered in line with relevant legislation

Cost: $1 606.8m

AusLink Black Spot Projects
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 360 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 councils are eligible for funding

Cost: $307.5m

AusLink Strategic Regional
AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • local councils use funds to develop regional land transport infrastructure supporting industry, tourism and economic development

Quality:

  • projects satisfy eligibility criteria

Quantity:

  • approximately 700 councils are eligible for funding

Cost: $60.3m

AusLink improving local roads
AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • local councils use funds to accelerate works to maintain and improve the local road network

Quality:

  • funds are paid to local councils and for unincorporated areas and are used for the construction or maintenance of roads

Quantity:

  • approximately 700 councils are eligible for funding

Cost: $76.9m

AusLink improving the National Network
AusLink

Effectiveness:

  • roads and related infrastructure is enhanced along designated transport corridors

Quality:

  • projects are administered in line with relevant legislation and agreements between jurisdictions and the Australian Government

Cost: $131.0m

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

Quality:

  • public access to plans of heritage value is maintained

Cost: $0.4m

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

Cost: $15.0m

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

Effectiveness:

  • the project improves interstate rail track efficiency and amenity of the Wodonga town centre

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

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
  • the COAG national reform agenda for transport is actively progressed in conjunction with all Australian governments
  • exposure to environmental impacts from maritime and land transport operations is reduced

Price: $13.5m

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

Cost: $36.0m

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

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
Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics

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 International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund
  • payments are passed on to the Fund in line with Australia's obligations under the International Convention for the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage

Cost: $2.0m

Payments to the Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited (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: $6.3m

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

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: $26.3m

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: $1.5m

Compensation for the sale of airport land
Aviation and Airports

Quality:

  • Airport lessees receive appropriate compensation for the sale of small portions of airport land not essential for airport operation

Location:

  • Hobart

Cost: $0.003m

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 102 eligible public buildings are insulated from aircraft noise

Location:

  • Adelaide, Sydney

Cost: $5.3m

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: $1.3m

Payment Scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges
Aviation and Airports

Effectiveness:

  • costs are reduced for airlines providing eligible regular public transport and/or aeromedical services

Quality:

  • claims from airlines are processed efficiently and accurately

Quantity:

  • approximately 36 operators are reimbursed for Airservices Australia's en route air traffic control charges

Cost: $5.4m

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 2006 07, the Department will continue to advise on and lead national efforts to tackle regional issues, including:

The Department has identified performance information for Outcome 2 in terms of the departmental outputs and administered expense programmes that contribute to its achievement. Performance indicators for outputs and their related programmes are detailed in Figure 3.5, with details of administered expense programmes shaded to differentiate them.

Figure 3.5: Performance information for outputs and administered expense programmes - Outcome 2

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

Quantity/Location:

  • 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: $38.5m

Area Consultative Committees
Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • ACCs develop strong links between governments, the community and the private sector to support regional growth.

Quality:

  • ACCs facilitate whole of government solutions to local problems.
  • Number and range of Regional Partnership applications
  • ACCs deliver services in accordance with their funding and reporting obligations under the Operational Funding Contracts.

Cost: $17.0m

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

Cost: $1.5m

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • additional funds are generated for rural and regional renewal

Quality:

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

Location:

  • regional, rural and remote Australia

Cost: $0.5m

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:

  • 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

Quantity/Location:

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

Cost: $77.2m

Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme (RASS)
Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • remote and 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: $4.0m

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: $28.3m

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: $9.3m

Christmas Island rehabilitation
Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:

  • A robust rehabilitation programme targeting high conservation areas within the Christmas Island National Park.

Quality:

  • Rehabilitation of old mine sites on Christmas Island to an agreed standard.

Cost: $1.0m

Norfolk Island - preservation and maintenance of Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA)
Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • Australian Government-owned assets and land within the KAVHA precinct is preserved and maintained in accordance with its heritage values

Quality:

  • Australian Government funding is managed in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding with the Norfolk Island Government

Cost: $0.5m

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: $0.7m

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: $0.02m

Office of Administrator in Northern Territory
Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:

  • Australian Government funding meets the Administrator's salary entitlements and relevant travel costs

Quality:

  • Salary paid in accordance with relevant Remuneration Tribunal Determination. Travel costs associated with Australian Government requirements are paid.

Cost: $0.2m

Office of Administrator on Norfolk Island
Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:

  • Australian Government funding meets the Administrator's salary entitlements, office, relevant travel and other costs

Quality:

  • Salary paid in accordance with relevant Remuneration Tribunal Determination. Other costs managed within budget.

Cost: $0.5m

Payment to the ACT - assistance for National Capital type functions
Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:

  • The ACT Government provides specialised services on behalf of the Australian Government in the ACT

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with the agreed schedule

Cost: $1.2m

Payment to the ACT - assistance for water and sewerage services
Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:

  • The ACT Government provides specialised services on behalf of the Australian Government in the ACT

Quality:

  • payments are made in line with the agreed schedule

Cost: $9.4m

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: $23.5m

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: $60.7m

Services to Jervis Bay Territory
Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • accountable governance, administration and provision of services in the Territory

Quality:

  • in the absence of a state or territory government, Jervis Bay Territory 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 611people live in the Jervis Bay Territory

Cost: $5.0m

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: $1 675.8m

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: $13.0m

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: $3.9m

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: $22.4m

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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