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Section 3 : Outcomes

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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:

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

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

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ADMINISTERED PROGRAMMES

In addition to delivering its outputs, the epartment 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 2007-08

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 - checked baggage screening
  • Aviation security enhancements - improving international aviation security
  • Aviation security enhancements - increased air cargo inspections
  • Aviation security enhancements - regional passenger screening
  • Aviation security enhancements - screening for liquids, aerosols and gels
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
  • Whitehorse Road and Springvale Road intersection upgrade
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
  • Oil Pollution Compensation Fund
  • Payments to the Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited (MIFCo)
  • Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
  • Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme
  • OECD Road Transport - contribution

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
  • Regional and Remote Airstrips Funding Scheme
  • Sydney West Airport - rental properties

Figure 3.3: Outcome 2 - Outputs and administered expense programmes for 2007-08

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
  • Improving regional women's representation in decision making
  • 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 phosphate mining 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 (IOTs)
  • Services to Jervis Bay Territory (JBT)

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 and Recovery Arrangements

CHANGES TO OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS

The outcomes and outputs of the Department remain unchanged from those presented in the 2006-07 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 AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

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 2007-08, 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

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 2007-08, 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

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 on having a transport system that is safe and secure, efficient, competitive and sustainable.

In 2007-08, the Department will continue to advise on and lead national efforts to address key transport issues, including:

  • undertaking transport safety occurrence investigations, data collection and research leading to improved safety outcomes
  • leading, implementing, regulating and monitoring a risk based approach to transport security including through engagement with international organisations and foreign governments
  • investing through AusLink in key road and rail 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 our analytical capability to address the major infrastructure and competition issues facing the portfolio.

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 administered expense programmes shaded for differentiation.

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
  • Staff required to appear as witnesses at coronial hearings are well prepared
  • Major accident investigation response capabilities are reviewed and tested annually
  • The benefits of the new Safety Investigation Information Management System 'SIIMS', commissioned for aviation investigations in April 2007, are extended to rail and marine

Quantity:

  • More than 6 000 aviation, marine and rail safety accident and incident reports are assessed and entered into the safety database
  • Approximately 100 fatal accidents and other serious occurrences are investigated to improve future safety
  • Appropriate assistance is provided with major international investigations upon request

Price: $23.0m

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 implemented in NSW and Victoria
  • National road death statistics and on-line database are updated within two weeks of the end of each month
  • Statistical analyses and conclusions are accurate and robust
  • Aviation safety research reports are timely and informative
  • 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: $16.8m

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
  • Other governments and international organisations are engaged, so as to further Australian interests in the transport security sector
  • 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:
    • 412 aviation industry participants covering 188 airports across Australia and 224 domestic and international airlines
    • 10 000 general aviation aircraft on a risk assessed basis
    • Approximately 850 Regulated Air Cargo Agents
    • 264 maritime security plan holders covering 73 ports, 364 related facilities and 59 Australian flagged vessels, and
    • 22 offshore oil and gas security plans covering 76 offshore service providers and offshore facilities
  • More than 11 000 foreign ships are risk assessed and security inspections targeted as appropriate
  • Aviation Security Identification Card - management of background checking of up to 93 000 aviation participants
  • Maritime Security Identification Card - management of background checking of up to 82 000 people in the maritime industry

Price: $81.2m

Aviation security enhancements - checked baggage screening

Office of Transport Security

Effectiveness:

  • Checked baggage on screened air services at non-designated screened airports is subject to security screening

Quantity/Location:

  • Explosive trace detection equipment is being used to screen 100% of checked bags at 26 non-designated airports

Cost: $7.6m

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

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

Location:

  • Major Australian Airports and cargo facilities

Cost: $1.5m

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 145 regional airports

Cost: $1.0m

Aviation security enhancements - screening for liquids, aerosols and gels

Office of Transport Security

Effectiveness:

  • Integration of technology in enhanced passenger screening processes with minimal impact on passenger clearance rates

Quality:

  • Improved aviation security consistent with international requirements

Location:

  • 11 Counter Terrorism First Response airports and identified domestic airports

Cost: $2.3m

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: $20.4m

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 reflect national needs for future investment
  • Projects are administered in line with relevant legislation

Cost: $1 819.5m

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 300 ‘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: $100.7m

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: $153.8m

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: $524.0m

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

AusLink

Effectiveness:
  • The future of the former AN plans 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:
  • Payments are made in line with the Australian Governments obligations
Location:
  • A new bridge is constructed over the Murray River at Echuca-Moama
Cost: $15.0m

Upgrade of the Mainline Interstate Railway Track (removal of the 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 Governments obligations
Cost: $20.0m

Whitehorse Road and Springvale Road intersection upgrade

AusLink

Effectiveness:
  • A detailed assessment of options to address transport and other problems at the intersection of Whitehorse and Springvale roads is produced
Quality:
  • A preferred option for addressing the problems is agreed
Cost: $3.0m

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
Price: $13.0m

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: $32.0m

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 Australias international obligations
Cost: $0.3m

Interstate Road Transport Fees

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:
  • The Interstate Road Transport Fees programme establishes a registration scheme that provides a viable alternative to State and Territory based registration schemes for heavy vehicles
Quality:
  • Fees are collected and dispersed to States and Territories in an efficient manner that meets audit requirements in line with an agreed formula based on meeting the cost of damage to roads caused by heavy vehicles
Cost: $53.2m

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 Governments obligations under the National Transport Commission Act 2003
Cost: $2.7m

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 owners 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 Australias obligations under the International Convention for the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage
Cost: $0.5m

Payments to the Maritime Industry Finance Company Limited (MIFCo)

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:
  • Successful windup of MIFCo and return of excess stevedoring levy to industry
Quality:
  • Payments are made in line with the Australian Governments obligations
Cost: $0.6m

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, or to Tasmania as an input to a production process
Quality:
  • 95% of claims from eligible shippers are processed within 30 days
Location:
  • Bass Strait
Cost: $97.0m

Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:
  • Costs are alleviated for businesses shipping bulk wheat to Tasmania
Quality:
  • 95% of claims from eligible shippers are processed within 30 days
Location:
  • Bass Strait
Cost: $1.1m

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 Australias international obligations
Cost: $0.04m

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: $36.9m

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: $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:
  • Tugun Bypass, Gold Coast Airport
Cost: $9.8m

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: $1.6m

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 Australias international obligations
Cost: $1.2m

Payment scheme for Airservices Australias 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 Australias en route air traffic control charges
Cost: $6.0m

Regional and Remote Airstrips Funding Scheme

Aviation and Airports

Effectiveness:
  • Access to essential services for remote communities is improved
  • Aviation safety at remote airstrips is improved
  • The capacity of the Royal Flying Doctor Service to provide its services is enhanced
Quality:
  • Grants are provided for projects that meet programme guidelines
Location:
  • Eligible communities and airstrips across remote Australia
Cost: $1.0m

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: $2.8m

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 2007-08, the Department 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
  • continue working co-operatively with Indigenous Australians to improve their lives through better service delivery as part of the 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 relief and mitigation programmes.

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 administered expense programmes shaded for differentiation.

Figure 3.5: Performance information for outputs and administered expense 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: $40.0m

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 value of Regional Partnership applications
  • ACCs deliver services in accordance with their funding and reporting obligations under the Operational Funding Contracts
Cost: $17.4m

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
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 Governments obligations
Location:
  • Regional, rural and remote Australia
Cost: $0.5m

Improving regional womens representation in decision making

Regional Services

Effectiveness:
  • Increase the number of women on regional boards and bodies of influence
Quality:
  • An information strategy and mentoring programme within regional areas has commenced
Location:
  • The programme has a regional focus
Cost: $0.6m

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:
  • Projects are established in every region of Australia (56 regions)
Cost: $72.4m

Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme

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 235 isolated communities in remote parts of Queensland, NT, WA, SA and Tasmania
Cost: $4.4m

Sustainable Regions

Regional Services

Effectiveness:
  • Funded projects improve economic, social and/or environmental well-being in the sustainable region
Quality:
  • Grants are provided for projects which meet programme guidelines, including consistency with the Strategic Regions Advisory Committee regional priorities and partnership funding
  • Payments are made in line with project progress and funding agreements
Quantity/Location:
  • Projects are established in ten sustainable regions in Campbelltown-Camden, Far North East New South Wales, Gippsland, the Atherton Tablelands, Wide Bay Burnett, Playford-Salisbury, the Kimberley, North West and West Coast of Tasmania, Darling Matilda Way and Northern Rivers North Coast NSW
Cost: $15.4m

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, NT and Norfolk Island
  • Non-self-governing territories: Christmas Island, and Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Indian Ocean Territories), and Jervis Bay Territory
  • Uninhabited territories: Ashmore-Cartier Island and Coral Sea Islands
Price: $10.8m

Christmas Island phosphate mining 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 Arthurs Vale Historic Area (KAVHA)

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:
  • Australian Government-owned assets and land within the KAVHA precinct 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: $0.6m

Norfolk Island refurbishment of Kingston Pier

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:
  • The safety and functionality of the pier is restored in keeping with its heritage values
Quality:
  • Payments are administered in line with project progress
Location:
  • Kingston, Norfolk Island
Cost: $0.01m

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: $0.01m

Office of Administrator in Northern Territory

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:
  • Australian Government funding meets the Administrators 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 Administrators 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: $1.3m

Payment to the ACT assistance for water and sewerage services

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness/Location:
  • The ACT Government is compensated for extra costs resulting from national capital influences on the provision of water and sewerage services
Quality:
  • Payments are made in line with the agreed schedule
Cost: $9.6m

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: $24.0m

Services to Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs)

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:
  • Territories are assisted to manage their own futures
Quality:
  • In the absence of a state or territory government,
  • IOTs 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: $84.3m

Services to Jervis Bay Territory (JBT)

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,
  • JBT residents and visitors are provided with a range of infrastructure and services:
    • at a reasonable standard and cost compared to similar communities
    • in a way which recognises the cultural diversity of residents and visitors
Quantity/Location:
  • Approximately 611 people live in the JBT
Cost: $5.1m

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 (e.g. through a national awards process)
  • Local governments are assisted to improve their land use planning and development assessment systems
Quantity:
  • Funding and information are provided to some 700 local governing bodies across Australia
Price: $2.3m

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 practicable after 30 June each year
  • Grants paid quarterly: 15 August, 15 November, 15 February and 15 May
Quantity:
  • Grants are distributed to some 700 local governments
Cost: $1 749.4m

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 grant
  • Grants paid quarterly: 15 August, 15 November, 15 February and 15 May
Quantity/Location:
  • Supplementary funding is distributed to 74 local governments in South Australia
Cost: $13.5m

2.2.3 Natural disaster relief

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:
  • Communities are assisted in recovering from the cost and social impact of natural disasters
Quality:
  • Information on natural disaster events and risks is collected systematically for Australian communitie
  • Other agencies and governments are assisted to evaluate and improve bushfire and natural disaster managemen
  • Grants and loans are administered which assist communities to mitigate against and recover from disasters
Price: $3.7m

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 Governments obligations
Cost: $10.0m

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: $43.6m

Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements

Territories and Local Government

Effectiveness:
  • The cost of disaster relief and 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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