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.
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 General Government Sector agencies which comprise the Portfolio, and their websites are:
- Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (Infrastructure) www.infrastructure.gov.au;
- Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) www.casa.gov.au; and
- Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) www.amsa.gov.au
These three 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 responsibilities, goals, and operation of Infrastructure, AMSA and CASA can be found in the Portfolio Overview and agency specific sections of the 2008-09 Portfolio Budget Statements; and on the respective agency websites.
The Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) provides information on variations since Budget for the Portfolio's General Government Sector agencies. For the 2008-09 PAES the only variations relate to Infrastructure, and hence the 2008-09 PAES do not include statements for AMSA and CASA.
A list of Portfolio agencies, including agencies which are outside the scope of the PAES, appeared in Infrastructure's 2007-08 Annual Report.
Figure 1: Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Portfolio structure and outcomes
Portfolio Resources Made Available in the Budget Year
The table below outlines the 2008-09 appropriations from government to each Portfolio agency at Additional Estimates 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.
Additional appropriations are being sought for Infrastructure. Funding for AMSA remains unchanged from the 2008-09 Budget with CASA only reporting an increase in Special Appropriations.
Infrastructure is seeking additional appropriation of $365.0m, comprising $356.8m for administered programs and $8.2m for departmental outputs. The change in funding is mostly attributable to measures announced since the 2008-09 Budget, the movement of appropriations between years for administered programs and general changes in the funding profile of several administered programs.