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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 support economic productivity across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure. The Department will work with states and territories on transport planning to inform future investment priorities.

During 2012–13 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 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;
  • 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 2012–13, 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;
  • delivering 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;
  • developing a program of works for land transport infrastructure priorities for funding under the Nation Building programs from 2014–15;
  • implementation of the Regional Infrastructure Fund;
  • finalising the National Land Freight Strategy (including the Port Strategy);
  • continuing a study around implementation options for high speed rail around Australia's east coast; and
  • working collaboratively with states and territories to develop the cities agenda for the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) in accordance with COAG's decision of April 2012.

During 2012–13 Infrastructure Australia's work program will include:

  • the national infrastructure pipeline;
  • the Regional Infrastructure Fund;
  • infrastructure financing reforms;
  • water reform;
  • a national land freight strategy;
  • implementing 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 the COAG 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) 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 programs of the Australian Government’s significant investment in improving infrastructure for land transport operations. The Government’s future infrastructure investment is planned around meeting Australia’s changing transport needs. Current studies underway include a high speed rail network on the east coast, a Brisbane cross river rail link and an underground rail link between east and west Melbourne.

(b) 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 Infrastructure investment program, the Department‘s role is to ensure delivery of the Government’s Nation Building infrastructure priorities in the land transport area.

(c) 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 Construction Schedule.

(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. Funding is provided to jurisdictions for road maintenance and the Department is 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.  It contains a set of actions for implementation of the Policy and commits to annual State of Australian Cities reporting. It complements the COAG cities agenda for improved metropolitan planning systems that meet COAG agreed criteria and will take account of the COAG Reform Council’s Report on Capital City Strategic Planning Systems.

(h) Investment in community infrastructure

The Department manages the Jobs Fund—Infrastructure Employment Projects 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 manages the Regional Infrastructure Fund Program which will invest the proceeds of a resurgent resource boom to address urgent infrastructure needs, while supporting the mining industry, boosting export capacity and developing and growing regional economies.

(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 SCOTI. 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.
(l) Infrastructure Australia

Infrastructure Australia provides advice on nationally significant infrastructure and urban systems which promote Australia’s productivity, with particular focus on the quality and efficiency of transport, water, energy and communication infrastructure; and the development and liveability of major cities across Australia.

This advice will be prepared in collaboration with the Infrastructure Australia Council, the Department, other federal agencies, state and local governments, industry and the community.

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 Roads to Recovery
    - Nation Building Off-Network Projects(a)
  • Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link
  • Nation Building Plan for the Future(a)
  • Jobs Fund—Infrastructure Employment Projects(a)
  • Regional Infrastructure Fund(a)
  • Sustainable Australia—Liveable Cities(a)
  • 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.
Program 1.1 Expenses
The changes in expenses from one year to the next are due mainly to the current funding profile of the Nation Building Plan for the Future administered item.
2011-12
Revised
Budget
$'000
2012-13
Budget

$'000
2013-14
Forward
year 1
$'000
2014-15
Forward
year 2
$'000
2015-16
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses(a)  
Nation Building Program 513,501 408,643 435,631 350,000 350,000
- Nation Building Program Investment(b) 61,224 54,373 72,797 - -
- Nation Building Roads to Recovery 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000 350,000
- Nation Building Off-Network—Projects(b) 69,488 4,270 12,834 - -
- Nation Building Off-Network—supplementary 31,761 - - - -
- Nation Building improving local roads 1,028 - - - -
Maldon to Dombarton Rail Link - 20,000 5,500 - -
Cloncurry Community Precinct 2,400 - - - -
Jobs Fund—Infrastructure Employment Projects 26,614 500 28,000 - -
Sustainable Australia—Liveable Cities(b) 6,460 6,460 - - -
Special Account expenses  
Nation Building Plan for the Future(c) (Building Australia Fund Infrastructure Portfolio Special Account) 2,236,700 890,400 949,000 564,500 752,100
Program support 54,236 52,560 53,625 53,354 53,305
Total program expenses 2,839,911 1,378,563 1,471,756 967,854 1,155,405

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, Sustainable Australia—National Smart Managed Motorways and Regional Infrastructure Fund administered items. Also excludes expenses relating to prepayments reported by the 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. Expenses relate to funds transferred from the Special Account to the Department of the Treasury for payments to and through the states and territories for Building Australia Fund infrastructure projects.
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. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget States report monthly on progress of investments and quarterly on program implementation.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Deliver the Nation Building administered items in cooperation with state, territory and local governments. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Payout of 100% funding for project progress.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Number of funding recipients receiving Roads to Recovery funding. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget 570 recipients receive funding.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Efficient and effective oversight of the Australian Government's interest in the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC). 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Timely advice to Government on ARTC performance.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
National Urban Policy. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Implement agreed actions.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Regional Infrastructure Fund. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Implement agreed projects.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
High Speed Rail Study. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Findings considered by Australian governments.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Analysis and prioritisation of infrastructure and urban initiatives. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Infrastructure Australia's national Indigenous infrastructure strategy. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Infrastructure Australia's public transport strategy. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Infrastructure Australia's national land freight strategy. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2013–14 Forward year 1 N/A.
2014–15 Forward year 2 N/A.
2015–16 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. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Projects that improve road and rail safety are delivered.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Australian land transport networks are more efficient. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Projects that improve road and rail productivity are delivered.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
States, territories and local governments are appropriately funded for network and off-network projects. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Payments are within 5% of forecast.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Infrastructure and urban system initiatives are promoted in order to maximise economic development and productivity. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Initiatives endorsed by Australian governments.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Integrated infrastructure and urban system priorities are identified to address the local, regional and national needs of Australians. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Initiatives endorsed by Australian governments.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
Demonstration projects and initiatives promote infrastructure efficiency and urban sustainability. 2011–12 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2012–13 Budget Initiatives endorsed by Australian governments.
2013–14 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2014–15 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2012–13 Budget target.

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