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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 2013-14 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;
  • advise on potential projects to be funded from the Regional Infrastructure Fund;
  • advise on potential projects to be funded under the Nation Building Plan for the Future administered item; and
  • advise on transport planning and potential projects to inform future Nation Building investment.

Major initiatives during 2013–14, 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 and the Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited;
  • developing a program of works for land transport infrastructure priorities for funding under the Nation Building programs from 2014–15;
  • implementing the Regional Infrastructure Fund;
  • implementing the National Land Freight Strategy (including the National Ports Strategy);
  • continuing work on national transport planning, including high speed rail; and
  • working collaboratively with states and territories to implement the Cities Work Plan for the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) in accordance with COAG’s decision of April 2012.

During 2013-14 Infrastructure Australia’s work program will include:

  • expanding the national infrastructure pipeline;
  • identifying projects for the Regional Infrastructure Fund;
  • developing infrastructure financing reforms;
  • pursuing water reform;
  • implementing the National Ports Strategy and the National Land Freight Strategy reforms;
  • implementing the tax loss incentive for designated infrastructure projects;
  • gaining agreement to a new framework for prioritising remote Indigenous infrastructure; and
  • developing a national urban transport strategy.

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 Australian 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 Australian Government’s future infrastructure investment is planned around meeting Australia’s changing transport needs.

(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 Australian Government’s Nation Building infrastructure priorities in the land transport area.

(c) Infrastructure funding

The Department provides advice to the Australian 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 established the National Infrastructure Construction Schedule in 2012.

(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 Australian 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 goals and objectives 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.

(h) Supporting state, territory and local governments to increase the productivity, sustainability and liveability of our cities

The Department manages the Liveable Cities Program, which aims to support improved alignment of urban planning and design with the National Urban Policy, to encourage more productive, sustainable and liveable cities.

(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) Infrastructure Working Group

The Department provides secretariat services and contributes to the work of the 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.
(k) 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 Department, other federal agencies, state and local governments, industry and the community.
Administered items
  • Nation Building Program
    • Nation Building Program Investment1
    • Nation Building Black Spot Projects1
    • Nation Building Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity1
    • Nation Building Roads to Recovery
    • Nation Building Off-Network Projects1
    • Nation Building Off-Network—supplementary
    • Nation Building improving local roads
    • Nation Building improving the National Network1
  • Nation Building Plan for the Future1
  • Abt Railway1
  • Jobs Fund—Infrastructure Employment Projects1
  • Regional Infrastructure Fund1
  • Sustainable Australia—Liveable Cities1
  • Sustainable Australia—National Smart Managed Motorways1

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 1.10).
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.
  2012–13
Revised
Budget
$'000
2013–14
Budget

$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses1  
Nation Building Program 421,139 462,571 421,000 421,000 506,000
- Nation Building Program Investment2 55,668 82,595 41,000 41,000 36,000
- Nation Building Roads to Recovery 350,000 373,526 350,000 350,000 350,000
- Nation Building Off-Network Projects2 5,980 6,450 30,000 30,000 120,000
- Nation Building Off-Network—supplementary 8,463 - - - -
- Nation Building improving local roads 1,028 - - - -
Jobs Fund—Infrastructure Employment Projects2 3,084 - - - -
Sustainable Australia—Liveable Cities2 9,100 3,820 nfp nfp nfp
Special Account expenses  
Nation Building Plan for the Future3 (Building Australia Fund Infrastructure Portfolio Special Account) 890,400 949,000 564,500 752,100 -
Program support 45,638 46,117 46,991 47,340 44,748
Total program expenses 1,369,361 1,461,508 1,042,491 1,230,440 560,748

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, Regional Infrastructure Fund and Abt Railway 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 Australian Government priorities. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget States report monthly on progress of investments and quarterly on program implementation.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Deliver the Nation Building administered items in cooperation with state, territory and local governments. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Payout of 100% funding for project progress.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Number of funding recipients receiving Roads to Recovery funding. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget 570 recipients receive funding.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Efficient and effective oversight of the Australian Government’s interest in the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and the Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Timely advice to the Australian Government on performance.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
National Urban Policy. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Implement agreed actions.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Regional Infrastructure Fund. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Implement agreed projects.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Analysis and prioritisation of infrastructure projects and reform initiatives. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Infrastructure Australia’s remote Indigenous infrastructure framework. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Infrastructure Australia’s public transport strategy. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
National Land Freight Strategy. 2012–13 Revised budget Recommendations considered by Australian governments.
2013–14 Budget Strategy implementation.
2014–15 Forward year 1 N/A.
2015–16 Forward year 2 N/A.
2016–17 Forward year 3 N/A.
Tax loss incentive for designated infrastructure projects. 2012–13 Revised budget N/A.
2013–14 Budget Incentive implementation.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Efficient and effective management of administered items. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Items are administered in accordance with relevant legislation, published guidelines and ANAO guidance.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
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. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Projects that improve road and rail safety are delivered.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Australian land transport networks are more efficient. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Projects that improve road and rail productivity are delivered.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
States, territories and local governments are appropriately funded for network and off–network projects. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Payments are within 5% of forecast.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Infrastructure and urban system initiatives are promoted in order to maximise economic development and productivity. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Initiatives endorsed by Australian governments.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Integrated infrastructure and urban system priorities are identified to address the local, regional and national needs of Australians. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Initiatives endorsed by Australian governments.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
Demonstration projects and initiatives promote infrastructure efficiency and urban sustainability. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Initiatives endorsed by Australian governments.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.

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