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Department of Infrastructure and Transport

Section 1: Agency overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction statement

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

  • infrastructure investment;
  • transport security;
  • surface transport;
  • road safety; and
  • air transport.

These programs are described in detail in Section 2 of this document, ‘Outcomes and Planned Performance’.

The Department consists of six 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 in support of the International Air Services Commission.

On behalf of the Minister, the Department oversights the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the operations of the National Transport Commission (NTC) in collaboration with the states and territories through the Standing Committee on Transport and Infrastructure.

In 2011-12 and beyond, the Department will continue to be at the forefront of the Government’s efforts to build a more productive, sustainable and liveable Australia, particularly through infrastructure planning and strategic investment in transport infrastructure. Central to this is our delivery of the Government’s nation building agenda, which supports national economic and social development and ensuring the security of the transport sector.

The Department will play an important role in providing the Government with policy advice to assist it to respond to new, emerging and critical issues affecting our stakeholders and the nation. These issues include: growth in demand for infrastructure; growing demand on Australia’s transport network; projected population and demographic changes; development of Australia’s major cities; and 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 2011-12 include:

  • supporting the Government’s priorities for nation building infrastructure and future infrastructure investment decisions, including financing, assessment and procurement processes and in relation to transport planning, systems and intermodal facilities;
  • implementation of national ports and freight strategies to harness the scope for improvements in Australia’s productivity and international competitiveness;
  • implementation of the Government’s shipping industry reform election commitment;
  • continuing to implement the Government’s vision for Australia’s aviation sector as set out in the 2009 Aviation White Paper;
  • delivering detailed analysis and advice to finalise the joint study on aviation capacity for the Sydney region;
  • a study around implementation of options for high speed rail around Australia’s east coast;
  • continuing State of Australia Cities reporting;
  • implementing a national urban policy to improve the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our cities by working across the Commonwealth, and in partnership with state, territory and local governments, the private sector and communities;
  • provision of advice on how the Commonwealth will meet its obligations under the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) capital cities reforms, including working with state and territory governments to support improvements in strategic planning and to share best practice planning approaches;
  • continuing to work with states and territories to establish, by January 2013, single national regulators for maritime safety, rail safety and heavy vehicles;
  • development of arrangements for the introduction of mandatory vehicle emissions standards commencing in 2015;
  • continuing micro-economic reforms in infrastructure through the COAG Infrastructure Working Group;
  • continuing the reform program for maritime safety including the introduction of a rewritten Navigation Act 1912; and
  • ensuring Australia is best placed to meet new and emerging threats in transport security, including through delivery of the Government’s enhanced security measures.

At all times the Department’s 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 2011-12 as at Budget May 2011

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 2011-12 Budget measures

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