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Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

Section 1: Agency overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (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.

The Department contributes to the well-being of all Australians by delivering a range of programs that support the following three outcomes:

Outcome 1Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
Outcome 2An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
Outcome 3Coordinated community infrastructure and services in rural, regional and local government areas through financial assistance.

The programs associated with each outcome are described in detail in Section 2 of this document, 'Outcomes and planned performance'.

On 1 July 2009, as a consequence of the passing of the Transport Safety Investigation Amendment Act 2009 (TSIA Act) on 11 March 2009, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), previously a division of the Department, will be established as an independent Statutory Agency with a Commission structure. As such, it appears as a separate Portfolio agency in this PBS.

The Department consists of seven business divisions, plus the Office of the Inspector of Transport Security, that in aggregate deliver the eight programs. These are supported by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), and Corporate Services division. Employees are made available by the Department to assist the Infrastructure Coordinator who supports Infrastructure Australia in the performance of its functions. The Department also provides employees who support the International Air Services Commission.

In addition, on behalf of the Minister, the Department oversights the policy context in which the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) operate, and following 1 July 2009, the ATSB.

During the Budget and forward years, the Department will continue to be at the forefront of the Government's response to the global recession. Central to this response are the Government's nation building initiatives, including the Community Infrastructure Program, the Nation Building Program and the Nation Building Plan for the Future. These initiatives, which the Department has responsibility for, are helping to support employment through small to medium scale infrastructure projects and building the nation's long term economic capacity.

The Department is delivering on the Government's regional development agenda, which is built upon stronger and more productive partnerships with local government and regional communities. This approach is embodied through new bodies such as the Australian Council of Local Government and Regional Development Australia which the Department continues to support.

The Department will also play a lead role providing the Government with policy advice to assist it to respond to new and emerging issues. These issues include: growing demand on Australia's transport network, the planning and development of Australia's major cities, a long-term plan for Australia's aviation industry and the Government's response to climate change.

In addressing these challenges and working towards achievement of its three outcomes, the Department will engage and partner with stakeholders, and the users of our services; and will support its program delivery and policy advice with targeted economic analysis, research and statistics including through that provided by the BITRE. The Department will also participate in the Government's broader Nation Building and climate change agenda.

Through its three outcomes, the Department is responsible for providing policy advice, delivering administered items and regulation according to the following eight programs:

  • Infrastructure investment;
  • Infrastructure investment coordination;
  • Transport security;
  • Surface transport;
  • Road safety;
  • Air transport;
  • Regional development; and
  • Local Government.

Key priorities for 2009-10 include:

  • implementing a range of land transport investment items as part of the Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan and the Nation Building Plan for the Future;
  • supporting Infrastructure Australia in its work of providing advice to Government on infrastructure investment issues;
  • continuing to support progression of national transport reforms in the areas of heavy vehicle regulation, maritime safety and rail safety regulation and investigation;
  • supporting the new National Road Safety Council;
  • assisting with the development of the Government's shipping policy;
  • delivery of further targeted funding to local communities through the Community Infrastructure Program;
  • supporting the creation of jobs through infrastructure projects that build community and social capital by implementing key components of the Jobs Fund initiative;
  • provision of the final report of the Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce;
  • implementation of the East Kimberley Development Package;
  • working with stakeholders to finalise the National Aviation Policy White Paper;
  • maintaining emphasis on transport safety and security; and
  • delivering new and ongoing administered items which reflect Government policy and priorities.

To assist with the delivery of administered items associated with alleviating the transport disadvantages incurred by Tasmania, the Department has a purchaser-provider arrangement with Centrelink, an agency in the Human Services Portfolio. The Department also has purchaser-provider arrangements with CASA and AMSA to cover the provision of transport safety assistance to Indonesia. The Department's cost recovery arrangements are essentially unchanged from those reported in the 2005-06 PBS and are available on the Department's website <www.infrastructure.gov.au>.

1.2: Agency resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total resources from all origins. The table summarises how resources will be applied by outcome and by administered and departmental classification.

Table 1.1: Agency resource statement - Budget estimates for 2009-10 as at Budget May 2009 

1.3: Budget measures

Budget measures relating to the Department are detailed in Budget Paper No. 2 and are summarised below.

Table 1.2: Agency 2009-10 Budget measures 

1.4: Transition from outcomes and outputs to outcomes and programs

From the 2009-10 Budget, all General Government Sector (GGS) entities will be reporting on a program basis. The table below outlines the transition from the 2008-09 Budget year (as at Additional Estimates) which was presented in administered items, outputs and output groups to the program reporting framework used for the 2009-10 Budget. The table also captures revisions made to GGS outcome statements under the Operation Sunlight Outcome Statements Review.

Figure 1.2: Transition table 

Figure 1.2: Transition table

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Figure 1.2: Transition table

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Figure 1.2: Transition table

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1.5: Payments for which Treasury are appropriated under the Federal Financial Framework

The Council of Australian Governments has agreed to a new framework for federal financial relations that is being implemented in a staged manner from 1 January 2009. Under these arrangements specific purpose payments (SPPs) will now be made through combined monthly payments from the Commonwealth Treasury to and through State and Territory Treasuries.

Details of payments previously the responsibility of the Department and now being made by the Treasury are summarised below in terms of the agency program through which payments were previously made and the Treasury program now responsible. Further information on these arrangements can be found in the Portfolio Budget Statements of the Treasury and in Budget Paper No. 3, Australia's Federal Relations 2009-10.

Table 1.3: Programs for which Treasury is appropriated under the Federal Financial Relations (FFR) framework and remaining agency resourcing


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