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Department of Infrastructure and Transport

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

Outcome 1: Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.

Outcome 1 Strategy

Outcome 1 is delivered through the following program:

1.1 Infrastructure investment

Infrastructure investment will promote infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure. Contributing to this promotion will be a re-engagement with our cities, including working with states and territories on transport planning to inform future investment priorities.

During 2011-12 and the forward years, the Department will:

  • contribute to improved transport infrastructure decision-making and delivery through sound management and partnered decision-making with other jurisdictions, involving a range of administered items, including Nation Building Program Investment;
  • contribute to effective progress on the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) road reform plan which forms part of the COAG National Reform Agenda;
  • advise on potential projects to be funded from the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF);
  • advise on potential projects to be funded under the Building Australia Fund; and
  • advise on transport planning to inform future Nation Building investment.

Major initiatives during 2011-12, which will continue into the forward years, include:

  • implementing agreed actions under the Nation Urban Policy;
  • implementing a range of land transport investment administered items as part of the Nation Building Program;
  • deliver the Australian Government commitments for land transport infrastructure under the Nation Building and Nation Building Plan for the Future programs, and through the Australian Government equity investment in the Australian Rail Track Corporation;
  • develop a program of works for land transport infrastructure priorities for funding under the Nation Building programs from 2014-15;
  • implementation of the RIF;
  • finalising the National Land Freight Strategy (including the Port Strategy); and
  • guiding the states and territories in developing capital city plans to meet the COAG National Objectives and Criteria for Future Strategic Planning of Capital Cities as agreed by the COAG.

During 2011-12 Infrastructure Australia's work program will include:

  • the national infrastructure pipeline;
  • infrastructure financing reforms;
  • water reform;
  • a national land freight strategy including implementation of the national ports strategy reforms;
  • Indigenous infrastructure; and
  • public transport.

In delivering the Outcome 1 programs the Department and Infrastructure Australia will consult extensively with relevant stakeholders including state, territory and local governments and industry.

Following COAG's federal financial framework reforms the Treasury is responsible for National Partnership payments to and through the states and territories. The Treasury holds the appropriation for these items and reports the financial details accordingly. The non-financial performance of the corresponding programs remains the responsibility of the Department. As a result, financial information for each affected program will not be complete for each financial year within a single Portfolio Budget Statement.

Outcome 1 expense statement

Table 2.1 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 1, by program.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Program 1.1: Infrastructure investment
Program 1.1 Objective

The Infrastructure investment program contributes to Outcome 1 by increasing the efficiency and safety of Australia’s land transport infrastructure whilst strengthening the Australian economy. This is accomplished through the provision of policy advice to the Government, the delivery of a suite of administered items, and the work undertaken by Infrastructure Australia, supported by the Office of the Infrastructure Coordinator.

Components of Program 1.1:


(a) Infrastructure policy initiatives

Infrastructure related policy advice covers a range of infrastructure matters including infrastructure priorities and regulatory barriers, along with support and input to COAG working groups and taskforces.

In administering the Program, the Department‘s role is to ensure delivery of the Government’s Nation Building infrastructure priorities in the land transport area.

(b) Infrastructure funding

The Department provides advice to the Government on financing and implementation of infrastructure investment. This includes advice on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), patronage risk and procurement options. To foster development of Australia’s construction market the Department will establish a National Infrastructure Schedule.

(c) Raising the standard of land transport infrastructure

The economic and social outcomes for all Australians depend upon the land transport networks available to them. The Department manages the Nation Building Program and the Nation Building Plan for the Future administered items that are aimed at improving national land transport infrastructure to meet Australia’s changing transport task. The Department is also undertaking a strategic study on the implementation of a high speed rail network on the east coast of Australia.

(d) Remedial road projects to improve safety and productivity


The Department manages the Nation Building Black Spot Projects administered item which focuses on treating high-risk sites to reduce the number and severity of road crashes. The Department is also implementing the Nation Building Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity administered item that will improve the safety and productivity of heavy vehicle operations across Australia.

(e) Increasing the ability of local councils to improve land transport infrastructure

The Department manages the Nation Building Roads to Recovery administered item which provides funding to local councils to improve transport infrastructure.

(f) Major Projects Facilitation

The Department provides a Major Project Facilitation service that assists strategically significant private sector projects to obtain coordinated decisions on necessary Government approvals and identifies any impediments to the investment proceeding. The service is tailored to suit each project, drawing on the Department's knowledge and experience of government processes.

(g) Setting a national strategy to guide policy and investments in urban Australia

The National Urban Policy sets a framework of principles and priorities to guide the Australian Government's policy development and investments in major cities to deliver greater productivity, sustainability and liveability outcomes. This work complements the COAG cities agenda and will see alignment between metropolitan planning systems that meet COAG agreed criteria, and future Commonwealth investment decisions.

(h) Investment in regional and community infrastructure

The Department manages the Infrastructure Employment Program which supports and creates jobs and skills development through projects that build community infrastructure and social capital in local communities.

(i) Regional Infrastructure Fund

The Department will implement projects funded from the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) and will work with Infrastructure Australia in developing advice on options for future projects to be funded from the RIF. The Department will administer a $10 million allocation to support regional infrastructure planning.

(j) COAG Infrastructure Working Group and COAG Business Regulation and Competition Working Group

The Department provides Secretariat services and contributes to the work of the COAG Infrastructure Working Group. The COAG agreed objectives for the Infrastructure Working Group are:
  • better coordination of infrastructure planning and investment across the nation, across governments and the private sector; and
  • identification and removal of blockages to productive investment in infrastructure.
COAG has defined a phased program of transport reforms being delivered, in particular, through the Australian Transport Council (ATC). The Department also leads and coordinates a range of policy and regulatory reforms to deliver COAG's requirements. This includes periodic reporting to the COAG Business Regulation and Competition Working Group.

(k) COAG Road Reform Plan


The COAG Road Reform Plan establishes a multi-year three phased research program to consider future heavy vehicle charging options. Together with other state and territory jurisdictions, the Department played a key role in the delivery of the Phase One action items of the Road Reform Plan. The Department will continue to contribute policy guidance, analysis and advice on the Phase Two action items to ensure COAG's objectives are achieved.

Specific activities include:
  • promoting the optimal use of infrastructure and urban systems;
  • identifying infrastructure and urban system priorities; and
  • developing strategies to maximise the productivity of Australia's investment in infrastructure and its major cities.
Administered items
  • Nation Building Program
    - Nation Building Program Investment(a)
    - Nation Building Black Spot Projects(a)
    - Nation Building Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity(a)
    - Nation Building Improving the National Network(b)
    - Nation Building Roads to Recovery
    - Nation Building Off-Network Projects(a)
    - Nation Building Off-Network Projects - supplementary(a)
  • Nation Building Plan for the Future(a)
  • Jobs Fund Infrastructure Employment Projects(a)(c)
  • Regional Infrastructure Fund(a)
  • Sustainable Australia - Liveable Cities
  • Sustainable Australia - National Smart Managed Motorways(a)

Notes:

  1. The Department of the Treasury is appropriated for payments to and through states and territories for National Partnership payments. Further information on these programs can be found in Budget Paper 3 or the Treasury's Portfolio Budget Statements.
  2. The Department of the Treasury reports expenses relating to prepayments associated with prior year payments made to and through the states and territories.
  3. The Jobs Fund - Infrastructure Employment Projects administered item was reclassified from Outcome 3 to Outcome 1, effective 1 July 2011.
Program 1.1 Expenses
The changes in expenses from one year to the next are due mainly to the changing profile of the Nation Building Plan for the Future administered item.
  2010-11
Revised
Budget
$'000
2011-12
Budget

$'000
2012-13
Forward
year 1
$'000
2013-14
Forward
year 2
$'000
2014-15
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses(a)  
Nation Building Program 506 441 531 119 483 550 605 591 0
- Nation Building Program
Investment(b)
57 668 97 844 122 450 247 857 0
- Nation Building Roads to
Recovery
350 000 350 000 350 000 350 000 0
- Nation Building Off-Network
Projects(b)
73 740 66 577 11 100 7 734 0
- Nation Building Off-Network
- supplementary(c)
24 040 16 698 0 0 0
- Nation Building improving local
roads
993 0 0 0 0
Jobs Fund - Infrastructure
Employment Projects(d)
0 55 900 0 0 0
Management of residual issues
of former Australian National
Railway Commission
417 0 0 0 0
Regional Infrastructure Fund(b) 0 4 000 6 000 0 0
Sustainable Australia - Liveable
Cities
0 10 000 10 000 0 0
Special Account expenses  
Nation Building Plan for the
Future(a) (Building Australia
Fund Infrastructure Portfolio
Special Account)
831 100 1 567 200 1 545 400 899 000 500 000
Program support 38 791 52 644 39 403 40 251 37 746
Total program expenses 1 376 749 2 220 863 2 084 353 1 544 842 537 746

Notes:

  1. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury for the Nation Building Black Spot Projects, Nation Building Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity, Nation Building Plan for the Future Major Cities and Sustainable Australia - National Smart Managed Motorways administered items. Also excludes expenses relating to prepayments reported by Treasury associated with prior year payments made to and through the states and territories for the Nation Building improving the National Network administered item.
  2. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury.
  3. Excludes expenses relating to prepayments reported by the Department of the Treasury associated with prior year payments made to and through the states and territories.
  4. The Jobs Fund - Infrastructure Employment Projects administered item was reclassified from Outcome 3 to Outcome 1, from 1 July 2011.
Program 1.1 Deliverables
The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the program in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
Collaboration with state, territory and local governments to plan and evaluate land transport investments consistent with Government priorities. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget States report monthly on progress of investments and quarterly on program implementation.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Deliver the Nation Building administered items in cooperation with state, territory and local governments. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Payout of 100% funding for project progress.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Number of funding recipients receiving Roads to Recovery funding. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing - refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget 571 recipients receive funding.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Deliver the Infrastructure Employment Projects program administered items in cooperation with state, territory, local governments and identified private sector proponents. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Payment of 100% for project progress.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Efficient and effective oversight of the Australian Government's interest in the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). 2010-11 Revised budget In collaboration with the Department of Finance and Deregulation, undertake and complete a review of ARTC's capital structure to be completed in 2010-11.
2011-12 Budget Timely advice to Government on ARTC performance.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
National Urban Policy. 2010-11 Revised budget N/A.
2011-12 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Regional Infrastructure Fund. 2010-11 Revised budget N/A.
2011-12 Budget Implement agreed projects.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Jobs Fund - Infrastructure Employment Program. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Implement agreed projects.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
High Speed Rail Study. 2010-11 Revised budget N/A.
2011-12 Budget Findings considered by Australian governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 N/A.
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Analysis and prioritisation of infrastructure and urban initiatives. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Infrastructure Australia's national Indigenous infrastructure strategy. 2010-11 Revised budget N/A.
2011-12 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Infrastructure Australia's public transport strategy. 2010-11 Revised budget N/A.
2011-12 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Infrastructure Australia's national land freight strategy. 2010-11 Revised budget Refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 N/A.
2013-14 Forward year 2 N/A.
2014-15 Forward year 3 N/A.
Program 1.1 Key performance indicators
The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the program, measure the effectiveness of the program in meeting its objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
Australian land transport networks are safer. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Projects that improve road and rail safety are delivered.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Australian land transport networks are more efficient. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Projects that improve road and rail productivity are delivered.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
States, territories and local governments are appropriately funded for network and off-network projects. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Payments are within 5% of forecast.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Infrastructure and urban system initiatives are promoted in order to maximise economic development and productivity. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Initiatives endorsed by Australian governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Integrated infrastructure and urban system priorities are identified to address the local, regional and national needs of Australians. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Initiatives endorsed by Australian governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
Demonstration projects and initiatives promote infrastructure efficiency and urban sustainability. 2010-11 Revised budget Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2011-12 Budget Initiatives endorsed by Australian governments.
2012-13 Forward year 1 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2013-14 Forward year 2 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.
2014-15 Forward year 3 Ongoing refer to 2011-12 Budget target.

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