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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 five business divisions 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 and the Office of the Inspector of Transport Security.

On behalf of the Minister, the Department oversees 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 Council on Transport and Infrastructure.

In 2013–14 and beyond, the Department will continue to be at the forefront of the Australian 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 Australian Government’s Nation Building agenda, which supports national economic and social development, and ensuring the safety and security of the transport sector.

The Department will play an important role in providing the Australian Government with policy advice to assist it to respond to new, emerging and critical issues affecting our stakeholders and the nation. These issues include: attracting appropriate levels of investment in Australia’s infrastructure; dealing with the opportunities and challenges presented by the Asian century, projected population and demographic changes, and significant growth in demand on Australia’s transport network; increasing Australia’s productivity through transport and infrastructure policies and investments; developing and improving the resilience of Australia’s major cities; and transitioning to a low carbon economy.

In addressing such challenges the Department will build on our policy development and delivery, and further strengthen our engagement and partnership with stakeholders and the users of our services.

Other key priorities for 2013–14 include:

  • delivering the Australian Government’s Nation Building infrastructure investment programs and supporting future infrastructure investment decisions;
  • providing advice to the Australian Government on projects and programs for the next phase of the Nation Building Program including continuing work on infrastructure financing, assessment and procurement processes, and integrated transport planning;
  • continuing micro-economic reforms in infrastructure through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Infrastructure Working Group;
  • implementing the National Ports Strategy and the National Land Freight Strategy to harness improvements in Australia’s productivity and international competitiveness;
  • continuing to implement and refine the Australian Government’s shipping industry reform initiative;
  • continuing the maritime reform agenda;
  • continuing to work with states and territories and the national regulators for maritime safety, rail safety and heavy vehicle safety to embed national transport regulation reforms;
  • continuing development of the heavy vehicle charging and investment reforms for COAG consideration;
  • continuing to implement the Australian Government’s vision for Australia’s aviation sector as set out in the 2009 Aviation White Paper;
  • providing advice to the Australian Government and implementing the response to the 2012 Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region;
  • ensuring Australian aviation is supported by a modern and competitive regulatory framework across the regional, domestic and international markets;
  • considering the findings of the Government’s study into high speed rail and potential next steps for high speed rail along Australia’s east coast;
  • continuing the State of Australian Cities reporting;
  • implementing the 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;
  • continuing to work with states and territories to implement the National Road Safety Strategy, and managing arrangement for the scheduled 2014 review of the strategy;
  • developing arrangements for the introduction of mandatory carbon dioxide vehicle emissions standards commencing in 2015;
  • providing advice in relation to the Australian Government’s investments into freight rail through the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited; and
  • ensuring Australia is best placed to meet new and emerging threats in transport security through delivery of the Australian 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 2013–14 as at Budget May 2013

1.3: Budget measures

Budget measures in Part 1 relating to the Department are detailed in Budget Paper No. 2 and are summarised below.

Table 1.2: Agency 2013–14 Budget measures

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