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Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

Section 1: Agency overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction statement

In accordance with the three outcomes outlined in the Portfolio Overview, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and local Government (the Department) is responsible for providing policy advice and targeted research, delivering administered items and regulation for the following seven programs:

  • infrastructure investment;
  • transport security;
  • surface transport;
  • road safety;
  • air transport;
  • regional development; and
  • local government.

(These programs are described in detail in Section 2 of this document, 'Outcomes and Planned Performance').

The Department consists of seven business divisions, as well as the Office of the Inspector of Transport Security, that in aggregate deliver these programs.  These business divisions are supported by the 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 Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) operate.

In 2010-11 and beyond, the Department will continue to be at the forefront of the Government's efforts to build a more productive, liveable and sustainable Australia, particularly through strategic investment in transport and community infrastructure.  Central to this is our role in delivering the Government's nation building agenda, including the Nation Building Program, which is helping support national and regional economic and social development.

The Department is also delivering the Government's community development agenda, which is built upon stronger and more productive partnerships with local government and regional communities.  This approach is embodied through our close engagement with new bodies such as the Australian Council of Local Government and Regional Development Australia, and through our delivery of initiatives such as the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program. 

The Department will play an important role providing the Government with policy advice to assist it to respond to new, emerging and critical issues affecting our stakeholders.  These include: growing demand on Australia's transport network, contributing to strategies to manage projected population and demographic changes; the planning and development of Australia's major cities, and tackling climate change. In addressing such challenges the Department will strengthen our engagement and partnership with stakeholders, and the users of our services.

Other key priorities for 2010-11 include:

  • supporting the Government's priorities for nation building infrastructure and future infrastructure investment decisions, including in relation to national ports and freight strategies and other transport systems;
  • implementing the Government's vision for Australia's aviation sector as set out in the 2009 Aviation White Paper;
  • undertaking detailed analysis and providing advice and support to the joint study on aviation capacity for the Sydney region;
  • working across the Commonwealth, and with state and territory governments on urban issues, to help promote productivity, sustainability and liveability in our cities;
  • continuing to work with states and territories on establishing single national regulators in surface transport;
  • responding to the review of Australia's coastal shipping and maritime policies and revising the Navigation Act 1912
  • ensuring Australia is best placed to meet new and emerging challenges in transport security, including through delivery of the Government's enhanced security measures; and
  • continuing to deliver well managed programs in support of community infrastructure needs and deepening the engagement and positive impact of the Commonwealth's role in northern and western Australia.

At all times our work will recognise the importance of ongoing effective delivery of our vital regulatory and program functions, whilst maintaining and enhancing our policy capability.

1.2: Agency resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total resources from all sources.  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 2010-11 as at Budget May 2010

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 2010-11 Budget measures


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