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Portfolio Overview

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 outcomes:

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

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

Civil Aviation Safety Authority:

  • Outcome 1: Maximise aviation safety through a regulatory regime, detailed technical material on safety standards, comprehensive aviation industry oversight, risk analysis, industry consultation, education and training.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority:

  • Outcome 1: Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau:

  • Outcome 1: Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent 'no blame' investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

The outcome statements, previously published in the 2008-09 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES), have been revised as a consequence of the Operation Sunlight Outcome Statement Review1. Notwithstanding, the Portfolio's functions, as described in the 2008-09 PAES, are essentially unchanged. The outcome statements for the Department, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) are repeated in the agency specific sections of the Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) and on the respective agency websites.

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

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 Department provides policy advice to the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary and undertakes policy and regulatory functions and the delivery of administered items on behalf of the Government.

CASA's primary function is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas, while AMSA is the national safety agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment and aviation and marine search and rescue. The ATSB's primary function, to improve aviation, marine and rail safety, is underpinned by the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act).

Further details on the goals, operations and operating environments of the Department, CASA, AMSA and ATSB can be found in the agency specific sections of the PBS and on the respective agency websites.

CASA, AMSA and ATSB report directly to the Minister within their areas of responsibility, with the Department oversighting the policy context in which these agencies operate on behalf of the Minister. CASA and AMSA both have close linkages with the ATSB.

A list of Portfolio agencies, including agencies which are outside the scope of the PBS, will appear in the Department's 2008-09 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

Table 1 shows the total resources provided to the Portfolio in the 2009-10 budget year, by agency.

Table 1: Portfolio resources 2009-10

1Operation Sunlight is the Government's reform agenda to improve the openness and transparency of public sector budgetary and financial management and to promote good governance practices.


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