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Section 2: Revisions to agency outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

Outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Government on the Australian community. Programmes are the primary vehicle by which government agencies achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Agencies are required to identify the programmes which contribute to Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.

Under the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) of 18 September 2013, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport was renamed the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department). Functions of the abolished Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (DRALGAS) relating to regional development, local government and services to territories were transferred to the Department.

Two additional outcomes were gained, with outcomes 1 and 2 of the former DRALGAS being transferred to the Department. These are known as outcomes 3 and 4 respectively.

Figure 2.1 provides the revised outcome and programme structure following the Administrative Arrangements Order of 18 September 2013.

Figure 2.1: Outcome and programme structure

Outcome Programme
Outcome 1
Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
1.1 Infrastructure Investment
Outcome 2
An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
2.1 Transport Security
2.2 Surface Transport
2.3 Road Safety
2.4 Air Transport
Outcome 3
Strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and providing grants and financial assistance.
3.1 Regional Development
3.2 Local Government
Outcome 4
Good governance in the Australian territories through the maintenance and improvement of the overarching legislative framework for self-governing territories, and laws and services for non-self-governing territories.
4.1 Services to territories

Administered items

The Department administers a range of items on behalf of the Government. The relationship between the Department's outcomes and its administered items are detailed in Figures 2.2 to 2.5.

Figure 2.2: Outcome 1—Programmes and administered items for 2013–14

Outcome 1

Programme 1.1: Infrastructure investment

  • AusLink Programme1
    • AusLink Programme Investment2
    • AusLink Black Spot Projects2
    • AusLink Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity2
    • AusLink Roads to Recovery
    • AusLink Off-Network Projects2
    • AusLink Off-Network—supplementary
    • AusLink improving the National Network2
  • AusLink Plan for the Future2
  • Bridges Renewal Programme
  • Sustainable Australia—Liveable Communities2
  • Sustainable Australia—National Smart Managed Motorways2

Notes:

  1. The AusLink Programme was previously known as the Nation Building Programme.
  2. The Department of the Treasury is appropriated for payments to and through states and territories for National Partnership payments. Further information on these programmes can be found in Budget Paper 3 or the Treasury's Portfolio Budget Statements (Programme 1.10).

Figure 2.3: Outcome 2—Programmes and administered items for 2013–14

Outcome 2

    Programme 2.1: Transport security

  • Aviation security enhancements
    • improving international aviation security
    • regional passenger screening
  • Strengthening aviation security
    • optimal technologies at international gateway airports
    • regional and domestic aviation security

Programme 2.2: Surface transport

  • Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme
  • International Maritime Organization—contribution
  • Interstate Road Transport Fees
  • OECD Road Transport—contribution
  • Oil Pollution Compensation Funds
  • Sustaining Australia's maritime skills
  • Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme
  • Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme
  • Payments to CAC Act bodies—AMSA
  • Payments to CAC Act bodies—NTC

Programme 2.3: Road safety

  • keys2drive
  • Seatbelts on regional school buses

Programme 2.4: Air transport

  • Airport Lessee Companies—reimbursement of parking fines
  • Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport
  • International Civil Aviation Organization—contribution
  • Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges
  • Regional Aviation Access
  • Sydney West Airport—rental properties
  • Payments to CAC Act bodies—CASA

Figure 2.4: Outcome 3—Programmes and administered items for 2013–14

Outcome 3

Programme 3.1: Regional development

  • Boyer Pulp Mill—Structural Assistance
  • Community Development Grants Fund
  • Community Infrastructure Grants1
  • Latrobe Valley economic diversification1
  • Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme
  • Northern Australia Sustainable Futures
  • Regional Development Australia Committees
  • Regional Development Australia Fund
  • Regional Development Projects in Northern Australia
  • South Australia Economic Development Programme1
  • Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package

Programme 3.2: Local government

  • Local Government Financial Assistance Grants
  • Local Government Reform Fund1
  • Referendum on the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution
  • Supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads

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 programmes can be found in Budget Paper 3 or the Treasury's Portfolio Budget Statements (Programme 1.10).

Figure 2.5: Outcome 4—Programmes and administered items for 2013–14

Outcome 4

Programme 4.1: Services to territories

  • ACT Government—national capital functions
  • Centenary of Canberra 2013—a gift to the national capital1
  • Centenary of Canberra 2013—joint national programme1
  • Christmas Island Phosphate Mining Rehabilitation
  • Norfolk Island—Commonwealth administration
  • Norfolk Island—Kingston and Arthur's Vale historic area
  • Norfolk Island—reforms and services
  • Office of Administrator, Northern Territory
  • Services to Indian Ocean Territories
  • Services to Jervis Bay Territory

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 programmes can be found in Budget Paper 3 or the Treasury's Portfolio Budget Statements (Programme 1.10).

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

Outcome 1 Strategy

The strategy for Outcome 1 has changed from that published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.
The key changes include replacing references to the Nation Building Programme with AusLink Programme. References to Regional Infrastructure Fund, National Urban Policy, Cities Work Plan and national urban transport strategy have been removed. In addition, Infrastructure Australia's work programme has been modified. These variations reflect a change in government direction.

The modified strategy is provided below.

Outcome 1 is delivered through the following programme:

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;
  • advise on potential projects to be funded under the AusLink Programme; and
  • advise on transport planning and potential projects to inform future infrastructure investment.

Major initiatives during 2013–14, which will continue into the forward years, include:

  • implementing and delivering a range of land transport investment administered items as part of theAusLink Programme, and through the Australian Government equity investment in the Australian Rail Track Corporation and the Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited;
  • developing a programme of works for land transport infrastructure priorities for funding under the AusLink Programme from 2014–15;
  • implementing the national land freight and ports initiatives; and
  • continuing work on national transport planning including, in consultation with the eastern states and the ACT, consideration of the role which high speed rail could play—as part of a range of options, across transport modes—in addressing long term transport challenges.

During 2013–14 Infrastructure Australia's work programme will include:

  • expanding the national infrastructure pipeline;
  • developing the fifteen year infrastructure plan for Australia;
  • reviewing all Commonwealth funded infrastructure projects valued at $100 million and above for cost effectiveness and financial liability;
  • auditing Australia's current asset base;
  • identifying the critical infrastructure investment required in northern Australia;
  • developing infrastructure financing reforms;
  • pursuing water reform;
  • implementing the national ports and the national land freight initiatives;
  • implementing the tax loss incentive for designated infrastructure projects; and
  • gaining agreement to a new framework for prioritising remote Indigenous infrastructure.

Outcome 1 expense statement

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

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Programme 1.1: Infrastructure investment

The key performance indicators are unchanged from those published in the 2013–14 PB Statements. However, the objective and deliverables for Programme 1.1 have been modified as outlined below.

Programme 1.1 Objective

The key changes to the Programme 1.1 Objective include replacing references to the Nation Building Programme and the Sustainable Australia—Liveable Cities Programme with AusLink Programme and the Sustainable Australia —Liveable Communities Programme respectively. References to the National Urban Policy, Regional Infrastructure Fund and Infrastructure Working Group have been removed to reflect a change in government direction.

The modified objective is below.

The Infrastructure investment programme 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 Programme 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 programmes 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, regulatory barriers, and improved planning regimes, along with support and input to COAG priorities and reforms.

In administering the AusLink Programme, the Department‘s role is to ensure delivery of the Australian Government’s 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 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 Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity projects to 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 Roads to Recovery programme 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) Driving a national strategy to guide policy and investments in Australia

The Department works with states and territories to ensure that long term planning articulates nationally significant infrastructure planning and policy settings which in turn drive greater productivity, sustainability and liveability outcomes.  This includes annual State of Australian Cities reporting.

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

The Department manages the Sustainable Australia—Liveable CommunitiesProgramme, which is in its final year.

(i) 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

  • AusLink Programme
    • AusLink Programme Investment1
    • AusLink Black Spot Projects1
    • AusLink Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity1
    • AusLink Roads to Recovery
    • AusLink Off-Network Projects1
    • AusLink Off-Network—supplementary
    • AusLink improving the National Network1
  • AusLink Plan for the Future1
  • Bridges Renewal Programme
  • Sustainable Australia—Liveable Communities1
  • 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 programmes can be found in Budget Paper 3 or the Treasury's Portfolio Budget Statements (Programme 1.10).

Programme 1.1 Expenses
The changes in expenses from one year to the next are due mainly to the current funding profile of the AusLink Plan for the Future administered item.

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
Budget
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses1  
AusLink Programme 405,822 470,088 841,000 441,000 466,000
 - AusLink Programme Investment2 48,020 82,600 41,000 41,000 36,000
 - AusLink Roads to Recovery 350,000 373,526 350,000 350,000 350,000
 - AusLink Off-Network Projects2 5,980 6,450 450,000 50,000 80,000
 - AusLink Off-Network supplementary 794 7,512 - - -
 - AusLink improving local roads 1,028 - - - -
Bridges Renewal Programme - - 60,000 60,000 60,000
Jobs Fund—Infrastructure Employment Projects2 700 2,104 - - -
Sustainable Australia—Liveable Communities2 4,920 7,180 - - -
Other3 158 - - - -
Special Account expenses  
AusLink Plan for the Future4 (Building Australia Fund Infrastructure Infrastructure Portfolio Special Account) 981,610 912,590 684,500 532,100 -
Programme support 43,757 48,294 47,557 47,445 44,244
Total programme expenses 1,436,967 1,440,256 1,633,057 1,080,545 570,244

Notes:

  1. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury for the AusLink Black Spot Projects, AusLink Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity, AusLink 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 AusLink 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. Relates to the write down of assets.
  4. 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.

Programme 1.1 Deliverables

Three of the Programme 1.1 deliverables have been modified from those published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.

The modified deliverables, relating to the Nation Building (now AusLink) administered items, National Urban Policy and the National Land Freight Strategy are provided below. These variations have been made following a change in government direction.

Deliverables Year Target
Deliver the 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.
Identified integrated urban and regional infrastructure priorities. 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.
National ports and land freight initiatives. 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.

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Outcome 2: An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.

Outcome 2 Strategy

The strategy for Outcome 2 has changed from that published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.

The key changes include modifying the shipping reform activities from implementing initiatives to developing a maritime policy agenda. Strategies for national ports and freight have been replaced with initiatives. References to the National Aviation Policy ‘White Paper’ have been replaced with the Coalition's Policy for Aviation. In addition, an external review of Australia's system of aviation safety regulation has been included.  These variations reflect a change in government direction.

The modified strategy is provided below.

Outcome 2 is delivered through the following programmes:

2.1    Transport security
2.2    Surface transport
2.3    Road safety
2.4    Air transport

Safe and efficient transport systems and transport infrastructure connect Australians with domestic markets and the nation to the global economy, and are key determinants of our economic growth.  Given the current global and local economic situation, Australia's prosperity depends on having a transport system that is efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe, secure and productive. Achieving long-term productivity growth will require reforms to support the operation of a seamless national economy.

During 2013–14 and forward years, the Department will continue to advise on and lead national efforts to address key transport issues that support an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system, including:

  • promoting integrated surface transport (road, rail) reforms supporting the operation of single national markets and building on effective relationships with key stakeholders, including other governments, unions, industry and regulators;
  • finalising the implementation of COAG initiatives contributing towards a seamless national economy including national approaches to heavy vehicle regulation, maritime safety and rail safety regulation and investigation;
  • continuing to develop a strong maritime policy agenda;
  • collaborating with relevant agencies (including Infrastructure Australia) on the national ports and freight initiatives;
  • commencing of the Navigation Act 2012;
  • finalising the development of a Global Technical Regulation on Pole Side Impact, improving vehicle occupant protection in side impact crashes;
  • ensuring vehicle standards deliver both safety and environmental outcomes and are consistent with international approaches;
  • contributing to effective progress on the COAG Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment Initiative (formerly the COAG Road Reform Plan);
  • coordinating a review of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20 and ongoing road safety data collection and progress reporting;
  • pursuing ongoing enhancements to Australia's transport security framework;
  • implementing the Australian Government's aviation policy, including initiatives set out in the Coalition's Policy for Aviation (2013);
  • supporting the external review of Australia's system of aviation safety regulation, announced by the Deputy Prime Minister on 13 November 2013;
  • implementing strengthened aviation security measures;
  • continuing to engage with Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island countries to enhance transport safety;
  • introducing measures to strengthen transport security systems, including transport security coordination and passenger ship security;
  • continuing to promote best practice regulation through progressive improvements in guidance materials, regulatory tools and processes; and
  • delivering a range of associated administered items.

A major new activity during 2013–14 that will continue into the forward years is assisting the Australian Government to settle its strategy to address aviation capacity needs in the Sydney region and to work towards implementation.

In delivering the Outcome 2 programmes, the Department will consult extensively with state, territory and local governments and industry and, where appropriate, with foreign governments and international organisations.

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 programmes remains the responsibility of the Department. As a result, financial information for each affected programme will not be complete for each financial year within a single Portfolio Budget Statement.

Outcome 2 expense statement

Table 2.2 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 2, by programme.

Table 2.2: Budgeted expenses Outcome 2

Contributions to Outcome 2

Programme 2.1: Transport security

The objective, deliverables and key performance indicators for Programme 2.1 are unchanged from that published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.

Programme 2.1 Expenses
The decrease in expenses from 2013–14 is due mainly to measures announced in the 2010–11 Budget.

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
Budget
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses  
Aviation security enhancements 880 997 1,016 1,034 1,057
- improving international aviation security 44 23 23 23 23
- regional passenger screening 836 974 993 1,011 1,034
Strengthening aviation security 8,962 4,298 - - -
- optimal technologies at international gateway airports 8,213 100 - - -
- regional and domestic aviation security 749 4,198 - - -
Programme support 82,893 90,223 88,121 91,834 84,713
Total programme expenses 92,735 95,518 89,137 92,868 85,770

Programme 2.2: Surface transport

The key performance indicators for Programme 2.2 are unchanged from those published in the 2013–14 PB Statements. However, the objective and deliverables have been modified.

Programme 2.2 Objective

Three components of the Programme 2.2 Objective have been modified.

The modified components, relating to shipping policy reforms and sustaining maritime skills, and National Ports and Freight Strategies are provided below. These have been changed following a change in government direction.  Further, the reference to the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure has been changed following a pending change to the COAG structure.

Components of Programme 2.2:

(d) Shipping policy and regulation

In consultation with key stakeholders, the Department will continue to develop a strong maritime policy agenda which meets the needs of both industry and Government, with a particular focus on optimising the regulation of the coastal shipping sector.

(f) Road transport policy

To improve heavy vehicle productivity and safety, the Department will contribute to the effective progress of the Council of Australian Government and Transport and Infrastructure Council reform agenda for road transport, including in relation to compliance and enforcement, high productivity heavy vehicles, and network access for performance-based standards vehicles and fatigue management.

(k) National ports and freight initiatives

The Department, in collaboration with the states and territories and other key stakeholders, will implement the national ports and freight initiatives.

 

Programme 2.2 Expenses
The increase in expenses from one year to the next is mainly due to the demand driven nature of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme and Bass Strait Passenger Equalisation Scheme administered items and the changing profile of expenses for the Payments to CAC Act bodies—AMSA administered item and special appropriation expenses.

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
Budget
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses1  
Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme 34,495 37,000 37,700 38,600 39,600
International Maritime Organization—contribution 184 312 284 303 308
OECD Road Transport—contribution 35 40 40 42 43
Sustaining Australia's maritime skills - 1,625 1,650 1,725 -
Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme 111,046 114,300 116,500 118,700 121,000
Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme - 1,050 1,050 1,050 1,050
Payments to CAC Act bodies—AMSA 63,323 65,080 56,523 57,622 66,138
Payments to CAC Act bodies—NTC 3,100 3,169 3,233 3,314 3,397
Other2 4 - - - -
Special Appropriation expenses  
Australian Maritime Safety Authority Act 19903 106,889 119,034 133,344 149,167 154,796
Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Funds) Act 1993 146 1 1,000 1,000 1,000
Special Account expenses  
Interstate Road Transport fees—(Interstate Road Transport Special Account) 75,834 78,002 79,562 81,153 82,776
Programme support 14,554 17,308 16,704 16,724 15,517
Total programme expenses 409,610 436,921 447,590 469,400 485,625

Notes

  1. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury for the National Transport Reform administered items.
  2. Relates to the write down of assets.
  3. Relates to appropriation for CAC Act bodies which is provided through the Department.

Programme 2.2 Deliverables

The Programme 2.2 deliverable relating to the revitalisation of the Australian shipping industry has been modified.  The modified deliverable, reflecting a change in government direction, is provided below.

Deliverables Year Target
Develop strong maritime policy agenda with particular focus on optimising the regulation of the coastal shipping sector. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Coastal trading licence and shipping reform tax incentive applications are processed in accordance with legislative timeframes.
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.

Also, the following deliverable has been removed to reflect a change in government direction:

  • Implement the Commonwealth's commitment to CO2 emission standards for light vehicles from 2015.

In addition, please read all references to the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure (SCOTI) as Council on Transport and Infrastructure.

Programme 2.3: Road safety

The objective, deliverables and key performance indicators for Programme 2.3 are unchanged from that published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.

Programme 2.3 Expenses

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
Budget
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses  
keys2drive 3,500 3,500 4,000 4,000 -
Seatbelts on regional school buses 980 1,000 1,000 1,000 -
Programme support 19,032 19,912 19,970 20,010 18,866
Total programme expenses 23,512 24,412 24,970 25,010 18,866

Programme 2.4: Air transport

The objective, deliverables and key performance indicators for Programme 2.4 have been modified.

Programme 2.4 Objective

Three components of the Programme 2.4 Objective have been modified.

The modified components, relating to the National Aviation Policy ‘White Paper’, the Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region and an external review of Australia's system of aviation safety regulation, are provided below. These have been changed following a change in government direction.  

Components of Programme 2.4:

(a) Implementation of the Australian Government's aviation policies

The Department will coordinate the implementation of Australian Government aviation initiatives, including initiatives set out in the 2013 Coalition's Policy for Aviation. The Department will consult with industry and key stakeholders to ensure the development of a safe, secure, environmentally sustainable and efficient aviation industry that will contribute to Australia's future economic prosperity.

(b) Implementation of a strategy for enhanced aviation capacity in the Sydney region

The Department will provide advice as it continues to address the need for additional aviation capacity in the Sydney region.

(c) Maintaining aviation safety

The Department will work with government aviation agencies and industry in maintaining Australia's civil aviation safety record by supporting an effective regulatory framework and ensuring Australia's aviation safety-related agencies are well-placed to meet the challenges of an evolving aviation environment.

As announced by the Deputy Prime Minster on 13 November 2013, the Department will facilitate an external review of Australia's system of aviation safety regulation, which will consider whether the current safety regulatory system is appropriate for the growing and evolving aviation industry and recommend possible improvements to ensure Australia remains at the forefront of aviation safety globally.

The Department will also support the continued alignment of Australia's aviation framework with international practice through active membership of the International Civil Aviation Organization and bilateral cooperation. The Department will support Australian Government initiatives to assist other countries, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Island countries, to continue to improve the safety and efficiency of aviation in the region.

In conjunction with other aviation agencies, the Department will continue to provide and coordinate advice on air safety and traffic management policy issues.

 

Programme 2.4 Expenses
The fluctuation in expenses from one year to the next is due mainly to the changing profile of expenses for some administered items.

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
Budget
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3

$'000
Annual administered expenses  
Airport Lessee Companies—reimbursement of parking fines 461 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
Implementation of noise amelioration for Adelaide Airport - 2,000 3,000 - -
International Civil Aviation Organization—contribution 1,445 1,831 1,796 1,839 1,882
Payment scheme for Airservices Australia's en route charges 986 1,500 2,000 2,000 2,000
Regional Aviation Access 24,306 18,834 18,160 12,277 12,547
Sydney West Airport—rental properties 2,871 2,757 2,600 2,600 2,600
Payments to CAC Act bodies—CASA 42,521 42,460 42,486 42,484 42,490
Depreciation and amortisation 1,166 1,166 1,166 1,166 1,166
Other1 17 - - - -
Special Appropriation expenses  
Aviation Fuel Revenues (Special Appropriation) Act 19882 121,425 123,956 125,281 128,994 132,826
Programme support 36,766 40,252 36,633 36,323 34,653
Total programme expenses 231,964 235,756 234,122 228,683 231,164

Notes:

  1. Relates to the write down of assets and the write off of revenue.
  2. Relates to appropriation for CAC Act bodies which is provided through the Department.

Programme 2.4 Deliverables

Three of the Programme 2.4 deliverables have been modified from those published in the 2013–14 PB Statements.

The modified deliverables, relating to the National Aviation Policy ‘White Paper’, aircraft noise and Joint Study on Aviation Capacity for the Sydney Region, are provided below. These variations have been made following a change in government direction.

Deliverables Year Target
Aviation industry operates within a clear and robust regulatory framework.  Aviation safety agency governance arrangements operate effectively. 2012–13 Revised budget Substantial progression of White paper initiatives.
2013–14 Budget Advice to incoming Government on new aviation policy initiatives and commencement of implementation.
Facilitate the Aviation Safety Regulation Review.
2014–15 Forward year 1 Implement Government aviation policy initiatives.
2015–16 Forward year 2 Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward year 3 Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
Aviation environmental impact on communities including aircraft noise is monitored to ensure operator compliance with airport curfews and aircraft noise certification requirements, and appropriate noise disclosure in Airport Master Plans. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Dispensation reports tabled; compliance with airport curfews; administration of aircraft noise regulations; and continued improvements in aircraft noise information.
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.
Implementation of the Australian Government's strategy on aviation capacity in the Sydney region. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Progress all elements of the Australian Government's strategy for aviation capacity in the Sydney region.
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.

Programme 2.4 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicator for Programme 2.4, relating to aviation policy, has been modified to remove reference to the National Aviation Policy White Paper from the target.

Key performance indicators Year Target
Policy advice is influential in the Government's response to current and emerging international and domestic aviation industry issues. 2012–13 Revised budget Ongoing—refer to 2013–14 Budget target.
2013–14 Budget Advice to Government on aviation policy issues and initiatives and work on implementation of policy directions.
2014–15 Forward year 1 N/A.
2015–16 Forward year 2 N/A.
2016–17 Forward year 3 N/A.

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Outcome 3: Strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and providing grants and financial assistance.

This Outcome transferred to the Department following the Government's administrative changes made on 18 September 2013. This outcome was known as Outcome 1 of the former DRALGAS and is now Outcome 3 for this Department.

Outcome 3 Strategy

The strategy for Outcome 3 has changed from that published in the 2013–14 DRALGAS PB Statements.

The key changes include removing references to the COAG Regional Australia Standing Council; the Local Government Ministers' Forum and Northern Australian Ministerial Forum. The changes also add references to the White Paper on developing northern Australia. These modifications reflect a change in government direction.

The modified strategy is provided below.

Outcome 3 is delivered through the following programmes:

3.1    Regional development
3.2    Local government

The Department will lead and advise on national efforts to address regional and local government issues by:

  • developing and implementing policies and programmes to support economic growth and services to regional communities;
  • working across the Commonwealth and other tiers of government to ensure the needs of regional communities are taken into account in Government decisions;
  • progressing projects in regional economies in transition, including in Tasmania, Murray-Darling Basin, Latrobe Valley and northern Australia;
  • supporting the network of 55 Regional Development Australia committees, 565 local governments and state and territory governments to ensure that policy making and advice is informed by local input and priorities;
  • developing the National Stronger Regions Fund and managing regional and local government grants programmes, including the Community Development Grants, Regional Development Australia Fund, and the Community Infrastructure Grants programme which contribute to the development of local infrastructure, and the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants that support local government service delivery and infrastructure;
  • coordinating, integrating and leveraging initiatives relating to the Government's northern Australian programme. This includes supporting the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet based taskforce responsible for the White Paper process on developing northern Australia;
  • supporting effective planning and coordination across all levels of government on matters affecting local government and regional communities;
  • coordinating and working with other Commonwealth and state government agencies to develop policy which underpins sound and innovative reconstruction and recovery efforts following the national disasters in late 2010 through to early 2013, and providing secretariat support to the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate;
  • managing Local Government Financial Assistance Grants that support local government service delivery and infrastructure, fostering better practice in respect of administering the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants, engaging with local government on nationally significant issues, the national awards for local governments and infrastructure funding options and responding to the review of the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants Programme; and
  • undertaking activities to support a referendum on the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution.

Outcome 3 expense statement

Table 2.3 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 3, by programme.

Table 2.3: Budgeted expenses Outcome 3

Contributions to Outcome 3

Programme 3.1: Regional development

The objective, deliverables and key performance indicators for Programme 3.1 have been modified from that published in the 2013–14 DRALGAS PB Statements.

Programme 3.1 Objective

Two of the components of the Programme 3.1 Objective have been modified.

The modified components, relating to regional and local infrastructure programmes and major regional initiatives, are provided below. These have been varied following a change in government direction.

The regional development programme contributes to Outcome 3 by strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and providing grants and financial assistance.  These include:

    • Regional and Local Infrastructure Programmes: develops and implements programmes to fund capital works projects to improve socio-economic circumstances, build and improve locally identified priority facilities.
    • Regional Initiatives: develops and implements measures to support economic transition in specified regions, in collaboration with state, territory and local governments.

 

Programme 3.1 Expenses
The fluctuation in expenses from one year to the next is due mainly to the changing profile of expenses for some administered items.

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
Budget1
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses2  
Boyer Pulp Mill—Structural Assistance - 14,000 - - -
Community Development Grants Fund - 22,000 160,000 140,000 20,000
Community Infrastructure Grants3 - 44,023 11,850 - -
Latrobe Valley economic diversification3 - 2,000 3,700 1,800 -
Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program Programme - 18,990 27,998 26,024 24,683
Northern Australia Sustainable Futures - 1,399 971 - -
Regional Development Australia Committees - 10,307 19,566 19,919 20,337
Regional Development Australia Fund - 135,151 111,540 30,561 1,133
Regional Development Projects in Northern Australia - 500 4,300 - -
Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package - 27,461 40,000 20,000 13,000
Programme support - 27,867 33,006 31,212 28,081
Total programme expenses - 303,698 412,931 269,516 107,234

Notes:

  1. Excludes actuals incurred prior to the transfer of functions from DRALGAS in the AAO of 18 September 2013.
  2. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury for the South Australia Economic Development Programme administered items.
  3. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury.

Programme 3.1 Deliverables

Six of the Programme 3.1 deliverables have been modified.

References to the Regional Development Australia Fund and the Community Infrastructure Grants programme have been replaced with Community Development Grants Programme and National Stronger Regions Fund respectively.

Also, references to the Tasmanian Economic Diversification Package and the Tasmanian Forest Intergovernmental Agreement have been replaced with the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan and the Government's Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania respectively.

Activities relating to northern Australia have been modified, as well as removing the word ‘Major’ from Regional Initiatives to reflect changes in the government's direction.

The deliverable relating to the Queensland Flood Recovery has been modified to refer to the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The modified deliverables are provided below.

Regional and Local Infrastructure Programmes

  • Support needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies through the Community Development Grants Programme.
  • Establish the National Stronger Regions Fund which will invest in local capital works projects to improve local communities across Australia.

Northern Australia Sustainable Futures

  • Provide advice to the Government concerning northern Australia issues including long term options for the development of the region such as through the beef industry, water, resources and Indigenous economic development.

Regional Initiatives

  • Develop and implement the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan as a part of the Government's Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.
  • Support the Latrobe Valley region of Victoria through the Latrobe Valley Economic Diversification Programme.
  • Implement the Murray Darling Regional Economic Diversification Programme to strengthen and diversify Murray Darling Basin communities that may be affected by the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
  • Support the development of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

National Disaster Recovery Taskforce

  • Provide responsive support to the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate.
  • Assure the Commonwealth that public funding of reconstruction efforts represents value for money.

Programme 3.1 Key performance indicators

Four of the Programme 3.1 key performance indicators have been modified.

Indicators relating to the Regional Development Australia Fund (the Fund) have been modified to include references to the new Community Development Grants Programme which will replace the Fund when related activities are completed.

One new key performance indicator has been added relating to the establishment of the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Reference to the Northern Australian Ministerial Forum has been removed.

The word ‘Major’ from the Regional Initiatives section has been removed and Tasmania added as a priority area, to reflect changes in the government's direction.

The modified key performance indicators are provided below.

Regional and Local Infrastructure Programmes

  • Community Development Grants projects are implemented and support and strengthen regions.
  • Provide timely advice to the Minister for the delivery of regional infrastructure funds including the Community Development Grants, Regional Development Australia Fund and the Community Infrastructure Grants.
  • Establish the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Northern Australia Sustainable Futures

  • Delivery of programmes to support the sustainable development of Northern Australia.

Regional Initiatives

  • Implementation of initiatives developed for key priority areas including those related to Murray-Darling Basin, Latrobe Valley, Tasmania and Northern Australia.

 

Programme 3.2: Local government

The deliverables and key performance indicators for Programme 3.2 have been modified. The Programme 3.2 objective remains unchanged from that published in the 2013–14 DRALGAS PB Statements.

Programme 3.2 Expenses
The increase in expenses from 2013–14 to 2014–15 is due to the bring forward of funds from 2013–14 to 2012–13 for the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants administered item.

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
Budget1
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses  
Local Government Reform Fund2 - 1,180 - - -
Referendum on the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution - 6 - - -
Supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads - 13,361 - - -
Special Appropriation expenses  
Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 - 853,199 2,360,747 2,461,315 2,566,413
Programme support - 1,882 2,004 1,731 1,654
Total programme expenses - 869,628 2,362,751 2,463,046 2,568,067

Notes:

  1. Excludes actuals incurred prior to the transfer of functions from DRALGAS in the AAO of 18 September 2013.
  2. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury.

Programme 3.2 Deliverables

The Programme 3.2 deliverables have been modified from those published in the 2013–14 DRALGAS PB Statements, as outlined below.

Three deliverables have been removed. These relate to the referendum on the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution, the Local Government Ministerial Forum and the Australian Council of Local Government (ACLG), and infrastructure financing by local government.

The deliverable relating to the review of the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants programme has been modified to more accurately reflect the role of the Department.

Two new deliverables have been included and relate to the Local Government National Report and the National Awards for Local Government.

The modified and new deliverables are provided below.

Local Government

  • Build capacity in local government, including through the ongoing operation of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government.
  • Respond to the review of the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants programme in conjunction with state, territory and local governments.
  • Administer the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.
  • Administer supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads.
  • Prepare the annual Local Government National Report.
  • Conduct the National Awards for Local Government.

Programme 3.2 Key performance indicators

The Programme 3.2 key performance indicators have been modified except for one from those published in the 2013–14 DRALGAS PB Statements.

Three key performance indicators have been removed. These relate to infrastructure financing by local government, a referendum on the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution and the Australian Council of Local Government.

The indicators relating to the review of the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants programme and the National Awards for local Government have been modified to more accurately reflect the role of the Department.

The modified and new key performance indicators are provided below.

Local Government

  • Local Government Financial Assistance Grants programme review responded to.
  • Participation in National Awards for Local Government is used as a tool for promoting innovation and best-practice service delivery.
  • Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government contributes to innovative ideas for local government.

 

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Outcome 4: Good governance in the Australian Territories through the maintenance and improvement of the overarching legislative framework for self-governing territories, and laws and services for non-self-governing territories.

This Outcome transferred to the Department following the Government's administrative changes made on 18 September 2013. This outcome was known as Outcome 2 of the former DRALGAS and is now Outcome 4 for this Department.

Outcome 4 Strategy

Outcome 4 is delivered through the following programmes:

4.1    Services to territories

The strategy for Outcome 4 remains unchanged from that published in the 2013–14 DRALGAS PB Statements.

Outcome 4 expense statement

Table 2.4 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 4, by programme.

Table 2.4: Budgeted expenses Outcome 4

Contributions to Outcome 4

Programme 4.1: Services to territories

The objective, deliverables and key performance indicators for Programme 4.1 are unchanged from those published in the 2013–14 DRALGAS PB Statements.

Programme 4.1 Expenses
The fluctuation in expenses from one year to the next is due mainly to the termination of the ‘Norfolk Island—reforms and services’ administered item in 2013–14 and the changing profile of depreciation expenses.

2012–13
Actual

$'000
2013–14
Revised
Budget1
$'000
2014–15
Forward
year 1
$'000
2015–16
Forward
year 2
$'000
2016–17
Forward
year 3
$'000
Annual administered expenses2  
ACT Government—national capital functions - 1,674 1,965 1,998 2,015
Norfolk Island—Commonwealth administration - 540 641 651 701
Norfolk Island—Kingston and Arthur's Vale historic area - 600 616 628 639
Norfolk Island—reforms and services - 7,034 - - -
Office of Administrator, Northern Territory - 257 332 341 342
Services to Indian Ocean Territories - 96,267 102,628 104,025 105,860
Services to Jervis Bay Territory - 5,634 5,864 5,956 6,103
Depreciation and amortisation - 33,655 43,644 41,685 36,740
Special Account expenses  
Christmas Island Phosphate Mining Rehabilitation Special Account - 1,579 1,614 1,649 1,686
Programme support - 9,064 10,674 9,415 8,975
Total programme expenses - 156,304 167,978 166,348 163,061

Notes:

  1. Excludes actuals incurred prior to the transfer of functions from DRALGAS in the AAO of 18 September 2013.
  2. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury for the Centenary of Canberra 2013—a gift to the national capital and Centenary of Canberra 2013—joint national programme administered items.

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