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Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

SECTION 2: REVISION TO AGENCY OUTCOMES AND PLANNED PERFORMANCE

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

The Department's current outcome and output structure remains unchanged from that published in the 2008-09 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), refer to Figure 2.1.

Where applicable, changes to performance information are described in this section by reference to the relevant Output Group and Output.

Figure 2.1: Agency outcomes and output groups

Figure 2.1: Agency outcomes and output groups

Administered programs

The Department administers a range of programs on behalf of the Government. The following changes to the list of administered programs as published in the 2008-09 PBS has occurred since Budget:

New programs:

  • Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (Output 3.2.1); and
  • Establishment of a local government centre of excellence (Output 3.2.1).

Abolished programs:

  • Upgrade of the Mainline Interstate Railway Track (incorporated into the AusLink Investment sub-program) (Output 1.1.1).

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

Outcome 1 strategy

Outcome 1 is delivered through the following output group and subordinate outputs (and associated administered programs):

Output Group Output
1.1 Infrastructure investment 1.1.1 Infrastructure investment policy and programs.

1.1.2 Infrastructure investment coordination

The strategy for Outcome 1 is unchanged from that published in the 2008-09 PBS.

Outcome 1 resource statement

Table 2.1 details the resourcing for Outcome 1 at Additional Estimates.

Table 2.1 Total resources for Outcome 1

Table 2.2 Administered programs expenses - Outcome 1

Performance information for output groups affected by additional estimates - Outcome 1

The performance information for Outcome 1 is unchanged from that published in Section 2.1.1 of the 2008-09 PBS.

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

Outcome 2 strategy

Outcome 2 is delivered through the following output groups and subordinate outputs (and associated administered programs):

Output Group Output
2.1 Transport safety investigations 2.1.1 Transport safety investigations
2.2 Transport security 2.2.1 Transport security policy, programs, and regulation
2.3 Transport systems 2.3.1 Surface transport policy, programs and regulation

2.3.2 Road safety and vehicle policy, programs and regulation

2.3.3 Aviation and airports policy, programs and regulation

The strategy for Outcome 2 is essentially unchanged from that published in the 2008-09 PBS.

Outcome 2 resource statement

Table 2.3 details the resourcing for Outcome 2 at Additional Estimates.

Table 2.3: Total resources for Outcome 2

Departmental appropriation splits and totals, by outcome and output, are indicative estimates and may change in the course of the budget year as government priorities change.

Table 2.4: Administered program expenses - Outcome 2

Performance information for output groups affected by additional estimates - Outcome 2

Except where indicated below for Output Group 2.3 and subordinate Output 2.3.1, the performance information for Outcome 2 is unchanged from that published in Section 2.1.2 of the 2008-09 PBS.

Output Group 2.3 Transport systems
Output Group 2.3.1 Surface transport policy, programs and regulation (and associated administered programs)
The following new measure relating to Output 2.3.1 has been announced since budget:
  • Transport review - heavy vehicles, rail safety and maritime safety.
This measure is largely encompassed by the work described in Output 2.3.1 Components: 'v. National heavy vehicle regulation' and 'ix. National Transport Policy' as published in the 2008-09 PBS.

As a consequence of the new measure and other changes, the following key performance indicators, referring to the Australian Transport Council (ATC)1 which comprises Australian state and territory transport ministers, have been slightly modified from those published in the 2008-09 PBS:
Key Performance Indicators 2008-09 Targets X-Ref (2008-09 PBS)
Provide a suite of vehicle fuel efficiency measures to ATC and Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) for consideration. By early 2009. viii
ATC is assisted to develop National Transport Policy arrangements by the end of 2008-09. Papers for ATC meetings in 2008-09:
  • reflect the views of jurisdictions accurately;
  • reflect relevant COAG decisions; and
  • facilitate decision making by ATC Ministers.
ix

1The Australian Transport Council (ATC) is a forum for Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers to consult and provide advice to governments on the co-ordination and integration of all transport and road policy issues.

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

Outcome 3 strategy

Outcome 3 is delivered through the following output groups and subordinate outputs (and associated administered programs):

Output Group Output
3.1 Regional development 3.1.1 Regional development policy and programs
3.2 Local government 3.2.1 Local government policy and programs

The following major new initiatives have been announced since Budget:

  • supporting the local government sector in improving the management of regional and community infrastructure through its new Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (which has two elements); and
  • the creation of a centre of excellence for local government at a major Australian university.

With the exception of the major new initiatives detailed above, the strategy for Outcome 3 is essentially unchanged from that published in the 2008-09 PBS except that funding for a Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (with two elements) for 2008-09 has been announced, with funding for subsequent years to be considered in the 2009-10 Budget.

Note that the 2008-09 PBS referred to the Council of Australian Local Governments which has been renamed the Australian Council of Local Government.

Outcome 3 resource statement

Table 2.5 details the resourcing for Outcome 3 at Additional Estimates.

Table 2.5: Total resources for Outcome 3

Table 2.6: Administered program expenses - Outcome 3

Performance information for output groups affected by additional estimates - Outcome 3

Except where indicated below for Output Groups 3.1 and 3.2 and their subordinate Outputs, the performance information for Outcome 3 is unchanged from that published in Section 2.1.3 of the 2008-09 PBS.

Output Group 3.1: Regional development
Output 3.1.1: Regional development policy and programs (and associated administered programs)
As a consequence of the two new Output 3.2.1 infrastructure program measures (refer Output Group 3.2 below), Output 3.1.1 Component 'v. Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program' has been varied in that this program will now be delivered under Output 3.2.1.

 

Output Group 3.2: Local government
Output 3.2.1: Local government policy and programs (and associated administered programs)
The following three new measures relating to Output 3.2.1 have been announced since Budget:
  • Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program;
  • Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program - Strategic Projects; and
  • Establishment of a local government centre of excellence.
As a consequence of these new measures, the description of Output 3.2.1 Component 'ii. Strengthening the role of local government through' as published in the 2008-09 PBS has been modified to now include:
  • supporting the local government sector in improving the management of regional and community infrastructure through the new Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which has two elements in 2008-09, one involving funding for councils on an eligibility basis and the second involving competitive grants for strategic projects, while program funding for subsequent years will be considered in the 2009-10 Budget process; and
  • the creation of a centre of excellence for local government at a major Australian university.
The key performance indicator below, which was published in the 2008-09 PBS and already applies to another component of Output 3.2.1, now also applies to the two new administered programs relating to Component 'ii. Strengthening the role of local government'.

New Administered Programs
  • Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.
  • Establishment of a local government centre of excellence.

 

Key Performance Indicator (Output 3.2.1) 2008-09 Target X-Ref (2008-09 PBS)
Efficient and effective management of administered programs. Programs are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance. i, ii

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