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Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Portfolio Overview

Ministers and Portfolio responsibilities

The Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Portfolio contributes to the well-being of all Australians through the following three outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Assisting the Government to provide, evaluate, plan and invest in infrastructure across industry sectors.

  • Outcome 2: Fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system.

  • Outcome 3: Assisting regions and local government to develop and manage their futures.

These outcome statements have been revised from the two Portfolio outcome statements of previous years, as last published in the 2007-08 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES). They reflect the change of Government and the subsequent issuing of the Administrative Arrangements Order of 3 December 2007. In addition, they provide a more accurate indication of the range of responsibilities of the Portfolio and will assist Parliament in understanding the purpose for which appropriations are made. Although the outcome statements have been modified since publication of the 2007-08 PAES, the Portfolio's functions, as described in that document, are essentially unchanged. Prior to the publication of the 2007-08 PAES, the Portfolio underwent the following changes:

  • The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government:

    • gained responsibility for Infrastructure planning and co-ordination;
    • Major projects facilitation function transferred from the then 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 National Capital Authority:

    • Agency transferred to the Attorney-General's Portfolio.

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP is the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government. Mr Albanese is assisted in his role by the Hon Gary Gray AO MP as the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia.

The Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) focus on the activities of the Portfolio's General Government Sector agencies. These agencies and their websites are:

Infrastructure provides policy advice to the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary and undertakes program delivery, safety investigation and regulatory functions on behalf of the Government. Infrastructure will also provide staff to assist the Infrastructure Coordinator who supports the board of Infrastructure Australia, a newly established statutory advisory council, in the performance of its functions.

AMSA is the national safety agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment and aviation and marine search and rescue, while CASA's primary function is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas.

These agencies contribute to Portfolio outcomes as shown in Figure 1. While Infrastructure, with its broad range of responsibilities, contributes to all three outcomes, CASA and AMSA contribute to Portfolio Outcome 2 only, which for both agencies appears as their Outcome 1 'Fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system'. Further details on the goals, operations and operating environments of Infrastructure, AMSA and CASA can be found in the agency specific sections of the PBS and on the respective agency websites.

AMSA and CASA report directly to the Minister within their areas of responsibility, with Infrastructure oversighting the policy context in which these agencies operate on behalf of the Minister. Both agencies have close linkages with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, an operationally independent business division of Infrastructure.

A list of Portfolio agencies, including agencies which are outside the scope of the PBS, will appear in Infrastructure's 2007-08 Annual Report

Figure 1: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Portfolio structure and outcomes

Figure 1: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Portfolio structure and outcomes

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Portfolio resources made available in the Budget year

The table below outlines the 2008-09 appropriations from government to each Portfolio agency for the delivery of outputs and administered programs. Details of revenue and expenses are provided at Section 3 within the Budgeted Financial Statements for the relevant agency.

Table 1: Portfolio resources made available in the Budget year

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