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Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 2: Revisions to agency 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

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 Communities Programme, 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


  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.


year 1
year 2
year 3
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


  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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