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Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government



The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (the Department) contributes 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 provides a range of infrastructure, transport, regional development and local government services and information to - and in partnership with - government, industry and the broader community. It has a strong policy development role, together with program administration and service delivery responsibilities. It coordinates the planning and delivery of national infrastructure, conducts research, analysis and safety investigations, provides safety information and advice based upon these investigations and performs regulatory functions.

The services and funding the Department provides affect every Australian household - on the safety and security of our transport, the quality of the roads and local council services, and access to goods and services from interstate and overseas. Its range of programs delivered on behalf of the Australian Government includes services to local governments.

The Department is accountable to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, and the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia, the Hon Gary Gray AO MP.

Figure 1.1 sets out the Department's organisational structure and the senior staff responsible for each area as at 31 January 2008. An up-to-date version of the organisational structure can be found on the Department's website at www.infrastructure.gov.au.

Following the change in government and the subsequent issuing of the Administrative Arrangements Order of 3 December 2007, the Department has undergone the following changes:

  • gaining responsibility for Infrastructure planning and co-ordination;
  • Major projects facilitation function transferred from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources; and
  • Services to territories and Natural disaster relief functions (and associated administered programs) transferred to the Attorney-General's Department.

The transfer of administered programs to the Attorney-General's Department took effect from 24 January 2008. Resources associated with the transfer of departmental functions were still outstanding and subject to negotiation at the time the PAES were prepared.

Details of the functions and administered programs transferred to the Attorney-General's Department are provided in Table 1.1. Further information can be obtained in their agency's section of the Attorney-General's PAES.

Table 1.1: Functions transferred to the Attorney-General's Department

Figure 1.1: Organisational structure as at 31 January 2008

Figure 1.1: Organisational structure as at 31 January 2008 thumbnail

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Total appropriation and other receipts to be received by the Department in 2007-08 are $5 006.6m, comprising $4 735.8m for administered appropriations, $246.8m for departmental appropriations, $6.7m for administered receipts from independent sources, $5.0m for departmental receipts from independent sources, $6.2m for administered capital and $6.2m for departmental capital. Details of these appropriations are provided at Tables 1.3 to 1.5.

The Department's administered and departmental appropriations and other receipts in 2007-08 have increased by $80.6m since Budget, primarily as a result of the movement of appropriations between years for administered programs, measures announced since the 2007-08 Budget, and general changes in the funding profile of several administered programs.

The Department's appropriation for 2007-08 for each Portfolio outcome, and the allocation between departmental and administered, is reflected in the following charts.

Chart 1.1: Departmental appropriation by outcome, 2007-08

Chart 1.1: Departmental appropriation by outcome, 2007-08

Chart 1.2: Administered appropriation by outcome, 2007-08

Chart 1.2: Administered appropriation by outcome, 2007-08


Table 1.2: Summary of measures since the 2007-08 Budget


Table 1.3: Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2007-08

Table 1.4: Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2007-08

Table 1.5: Variations to Appropriations


Table 1.6 provides details of other receipts obtained by the Department for the provision of goods and services. These resources are approved for use by the Department and are included in Tables 2.1.1 and 2.1.2.

These estimates include revenue from cost recovery arrangements within the Department.

Table 1.6: Other receipts available to be used 1


Table 1.7: Estimates of expenses from special appropriations

Estimated expenses for 2007-08 to 2010-11 for each program are provided at Section 2, Table 2.2.1 for Outcome 1 and Table 2.2.2 for Outcome 2.

The Department also has responsibility for a range of special appropriations which are current but have no funds appropriated or payments made. These special appropriations are:

  • Section 27 (4) of the Sydney Airport Demand Management Act 1997;
  • Section 23 (2) of the Air Passenger Ticket Levy (Collection) Act 2001; and
  • Section 67 AH (4) of the Australian National Railways Commission Sale Act 1997.


Table 1.8: Estimates of special account flows

1 The amounts in this table may differ from the amounts shown as revenue from other sources at Tables 2.1.1 and 2.1.2, which reports accrued revenues, as opposed to Table 1.6, which reports cash receipts.

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