Infrastructure and transport portfolio overview
Ministers and Portfolio responsibilities
The Infrastructure and Transport portfolio contributes to the well-being of all Australians through the following outcomes:
Department of Infrastructure and Transport:
- 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.
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.
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.
These outcome statements remain unchanged from the 2010-11 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS).
The Hon Anthony Albanese MP is the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. On 14 September 2010, the Hon Catherine King MP was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport.
Following the Administrative Arrangements Order issued on 14 September 2010 the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government became the Department of Infrastructure and Transport (Infrastructure) and the regional development and local government functions were transferred to the new Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government (DRARDLG), within the Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio. A commensurate level of staffing and financial resources was transferred to DRARDLG.
Additionally, the Office of the Commonwealth Coordinator-General, which has an oversight role for the implementation by all jurisdictions and Commonwealth agencies of the infrastructure elements of the Australian Government’s Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan, was transferred from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to Infrastructure.
The 2010-11 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) focus on the activities of the portfolio’s General Government Sector agencies. These agencies and their websites are:
- Department of Infrastructure and Transport www.infrastructure.gov.au
- Australian Maritime Safety Authority www.amsa.gov.au
- Australian Transport Safety Bureau www.atsb.gov.au and
- Civil Aviation Safety Authority www.casa.gov.au.
Further details on the goals, operations and operating environments of Infrastructure, AMSA, ATSB and CASA can be found in the agency specific sections of the 2010-11 PBS and on the respective agency websites.
The PAES provides information on variations since the Budget for the Portfolio’s General Government Sector agencies. For the 2010-11 PAES, variations relate only to Infrastructure. Statements for AMSA, ATSB and CASA are therefore not included.
A list of portfolio agencies, including agencies which are outside the scope of the PAES, appears in Infrastructure’s 2009-10 Annual Report.
Figure 1: Infrastructure and Transport portfolio structure and outcomes
Table 1 shows for those agencies reporting in the PAES the additional resources provided to the portfolio in the 2010-11 Budget year, by agency. Funding for AMSA and ATSB remains unchanged from the 2010-11 Budget with CASA showing only a reduction in revenues received from Infrastructure through special appropriations.