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Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

SECTION 2: REVISIONS TO AGENCY OUTCOMES

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 2.1.

Figure 2.1: Agency outcomes and output groups

Figure 2.1: Agency outcomes and output groups

ADMINISTERED PROGRAMS

In addition to delivering its outputs, the Department administers a range of programs on behalf of the Government. The relationship between the Department's outcomes and administered programs are detailed in Figures 2.2 and 2.3 on the following pages.

Figure 2.2: Outcome 1 - Outputs and administered programs 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 Strategic Regional -supplementary, AusLink improving local roads; and AusLink improving the National Network)
  • Funding for road projects other than under the AusLink (National Land Transport) Act 2005 (a)
  • Management of residual issues of former Australian National Railways Commission
  • 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

  • Australian Maritime College - marine research funding project
  • 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
  • Seatbelts on regional school buses
  • 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 Australias en route charges
  • Remote Aerodrome Safety (b)
  • Sydney West Airport - rental properties

(a) This program was previously named Whitehorse Road and Springvale Road intersection upgrade.
(b) This program was previously named Regional and Remote Airstrips Funding Scheme.

Figure 2.3: Outcome 2 - Outputs and administered programs for 2007-08

Output Group 2.1: Regional services

Output 2.1.1: Regional services

  • Area Consultative Committees
  • Better Regions
  • 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
  • Young District Medical Centre
Output Group 2.2: Local government, territories and natural disaster relief

Output 2.2.1: Services to territories (a)

  • Christmas Island phosphate mining rehabilitation
  • Norfolk Island - preservation and maintenance of Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area
  • 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 amalgamation - plebiscites in Queensland
  • Local Government Financial Assistance Grants
  • Supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads

Output 2.2.3: Natural disaster relief (a)

  • Bushfire mitigation
  • Donation to relief appeals
  • National Aerial Firefighting
  • Natural Disaster Mitigation
  • Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements

Notes:

(a) Administered programs were transferred to the Attorney-General's Department in the Administrative Arrangements Order of 3 December 2007 with effect from 24 January 2008.

CHANGES TO OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS

The outcomes and outputs of the Department remain unchanged from those presented in the 2007-08 PBS.

Following the change in government and the subsequent issuing of the Administrative Arrangements Order of 3 December 2007, two functions and several administered programs were transferred to the Attorney-General's Department. Whilst the transfer of administered programs 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. The transfers have no impact on the outcomes presented in the 2007-08 PBS.

OUTPUT COST ATTRIBUTION

The methodology used by the Department in determining its price of outputs remains unchanged from that specified in the 2007-08 PBS.

OUTCOMES RESOURCING

OUTCOME 1 RESOURCING

Table 2.1.1 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 2.1.1: Total resources for Outcome 1

Table 2.2.1: Administered programs - Outcome 1

OUTCOME 2 RESOURCING

Table 2.1.2 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 2.1.2: Total resources for Outcome 2

Table 2.2.2: Administered programs - 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;
  • 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, program delivery and policy development;
  • strengthening our analytical capability to address the major infrastructure and competition issues facing the portfolio; and
  • creating Infrastructure Australia to provide advice to Government that will enable coordinated national infrastructure investment which promotes improved productivity and to drive critical reforms to the way infrastructure is planned, funded and operated.

The performance information for outputs and administered programs for Outcome 1 remains unchanged from that presented in the 2007-08 PBS except for what is shown in Figure 2.4. The performance information for administered programs provided in Figure 2.4 relates mainly to new measures disclosed since the 2007-08 Budget.

Figure 2.4: Performance information for administered programs - Outcome 1

Program/Division Performance Indicators

Funding for road projects other than under the AusLink (National Land Transport) Act 2005
AusLink

Note: This program was previously named Whitehorse Road and Springvale Road intersection upgrade. It has been renamed as it now incorporates other road projects from funding other than under the AusLink (National Land Transport) Act 2005.

Effectiveness:

  • Freight and logistics infrastructure connecting with the AusLink National Network and export facilities are maintained and enhanced to support freight flows.

Quality:

  • Land transport infrastructure projects, identified and developed in consultation with asset owners, improve land transport linkages including with the AusLink National Network.
  • Projects are administered in line with relevant legislation.

Quantity:

  • Various land transport infrastructure projects identified and developed in consultation with asset owners.
Cost: $6.0m

Australian Maritime College - marine research funding project

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • Enhanced maritime research capability through capital investment to upgrade the Australian Maritime College's Cavitation Tunnel and Ship Simulator.

Quality:

  • Payments are made against expenditure in line with funding agreement.

Location:

  • Launceston, Tasmania.
Cost: $3.0m

Seatbelts on regional school buses

Maritime and Land Transport

Effectiveness:

  • The provision of seatbelts on regional school buses is increased.

Quality:

  • Eligible bus operators are able to apply for funding for buses used on eligible routes.

Quantity:

  • Up to $25,000 is available per bus to a maximum of $9.4 million (applications are prioritised if the program is oversubscribed).

Location:

  • Open to applicants in rural and regional areas.
Cost: $9.4m

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 programs 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; and
  • providing funding and support to local governments.

The performance information for outputs and administered programs for Outcome 2 remains unchanged from that presented in the 2007-08 PBS. The performance information for administered programs provided in Figure 2.5 relates to new measures disclosed since the 2007-08 Budget.

Figure 2.5: Performance information for administered programs - Outcome 2

Program/Division Performance Indicators

Better Regions

Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • The Better Regions election commitments will benefit communities by providing local infrastructure for a variety of economic and social needs.

Quality:

  • Program processes and procedures are in place in line with Government legislative requirements.

Quantity:

  • Agreed regional election commitments.

Location:

  • The projects are based across Australia.
Cost: $4.2m

Young District Medical Centre

Regional Services

Effectiveness:

  • The Young District Medical Centre is able to better service its patients and medical students.

Quality:

  • Increased availability of access to medical services for the community; and
  • Improved education and training for medical students.

Location:

  • Young, New South Wales.
Cost: $0.1m

Local government amalgamation - plebiscites in Queensland

Local Government

Effectiveness:

  • Funding to Australian Electoral Commission for conduct of plebiscites.

Quality:

  • Payments made within agreed timelines.

Location:

  • Queensland.
Cost: $1.5m

Donation to relief appeals
Territories and Local Government

Note: The relevant donation was completed prior to the transfer of the associated function to the Attorney-General's Department.

Effectiveness:

  • Donation to provide direct assistance to families, small businesses and communities to recover from the effects of storms and flooding in New South Wales and Victoria.

Quality:

  • Donation is paid promptly to facilitate early distribution of financial assistance.

Location:

  • New South Wales and Victoria.
Cost: $0.6m

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