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Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio Overview

Ministers and portfolio responsibilities

The responsibilities of the ministers and portfolio have changed since tabling of the 2013–14 Portfolio Budget Statements (PB Statements).

Under the Administrative Arrangements Order of 18 September 2013, the Department of Infrastructure and Transport was renamed the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department). The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (DRALGAS) was abolished.

The Department retains responsibility for infrastructure and transport, and gained the functions relating to regional development, local government and territories from DRALGAS. The relevant outcomes relating to these functions have transferred to the Department and are known as Outcomes 3 and 4.

The full set of outcomes for the Department are provided below.

  • Outcome 1: Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
  • Outcome 2: An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The portfolio also gained an additional General Government Sector agency, the National Capital Authority (NCA). The NCA's statutory function is to comprehensively establish the Australian Government's continuing interest in the strategic planning, promotion, development and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital.

The NCA has the following outcome.

  • Outcome 1: Manage the strategic planning, promotion and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital for all Australians through the development and administration of the National Capital Plan, operation of the National Capital Exhibition, delivery of education and awareness programmes and works to enhance the character of the National Capital.

More information about the NCA can be found at www.nationalcapital.gov.au.

The Department is accountable to the Hon Warren Truss MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Hon Jamie Briggs MP, Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) provides information on variations since the Budget for the Portfolio's General Government Sector agencies who are seeking additional appropriations through Appropriation Bills (No.3 and No.4) 2013–14. For the 2013–14 PAES, variations relate only to the Department and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Statements for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), National Capital Authority (NCA) and National Transport Commission (NTC) are therefore not included.

Figure 1: Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio structure and outcomes

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Deputy Prime Minister
The Hon Warren Truss MP

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
The Hon Jamie Briggs MP

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Secretary: Mike Mrdak

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

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

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.

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.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Chairman: Leo Zussino
Chief Executive Officer: Graham Peachey

Outcome 1: Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters throughship safety and environment protection regulation and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Chief Commissioner: Martin Dolan

Outcome 1: Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety datarecording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Chair: Dr Allan Hawke
Director of Aviation Safety: John McCormick

Outcome 1: Maximise aviation safety through a regulatory regime, detailed technical material on safety standards, comprehensive aviation industry oversight, risk analysis, industry consultation, education and training.

National Capital Authority
Chief Executive Officer: Malcolm Snow
Chair: Shelley Penn

Outcome 1: Manage the strategic planning, promotion and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital for all Australians through the development and administration of the National Capital Plan, operation of the National Capital Exhibition, deliveryof education and awareness programs and works to enhance the character of the National Capital.

National Transport Commission
Chair: David Anderson
Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner: Paul Retter

Outcome 1: Improved transport productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental performance and regulatory efficiency in Australia through developing, monitoring and maintaining nationally consistent regulatory and operational arrangements relating to road, rail and intermodal transport.

Portfolio resources

Table 1 shows for those agencies reporting in the PAES the additional resources provided to the portfolio in the 2013–14 Budget year, by agency. Additional appropriation is not being sought for ATSB, CASA, NCA and NTC.

Table 1: Portfolio resources 2013–14

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