Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

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 3 Strategy

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 Australian Government and other tiers of government to ensure the needs of regional communities are taken into account;
  • progressing projects in regional economies in transition, including in Tasmania, Murray-Darling Basin, Latrobe Valley and northern Australia;
  • designing and delivering the National Stronger Regions Fund to support the economic growth of priority regions;
  • managing regional and local government grants programmes, including the Community Development Grants, the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, Regional Development Australia Fund, and the Community Infrastructure Grants which contribute to the development of local infrastructure;
  • coordinating, integrating and leveraging initiatives relating to the Australian 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 a network of regional development committees to ensure that policy making and advice is informed by local input and priorities;
  • supporting effective planning and coordination across all levels of government on matters affecting local government and regional communities;
  • providing assurance that value for money is being achieved in reconstruction and recovery efforts following the national disasters in late 2010 through to early 2013, and providing support to the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate; and
  • managing the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants Programme that supports local government service delivery and infrastructure,engaging with local government on nationally significant issues, and administering the National Awards for Local Government.

Outcome 3 expense statement

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

Table 2.3: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 3

Contributions to Outcome 3

Programme 3.1: Regional development
Programme 3.1 Objective

The Regional Development programme contributes to Outcome 3 through a range of regionally focused stakeholder consultation and engagement, research, policy development, and programme delivery activities.

Components of Programme 3.1
  1. Regional Policy
The Department will continue to drive regional policy to improve social, economic and environmental outcomes for regional Australians.
  1. Regional and Local Infrastructure Programmes
The Department will develop and implement programmes to deliver economic and community infrastructure to enhance the development of Australia's regions.
  1. Northern Australia Sustainable Futures
The Department will provide advice to the Minister on achieving sustainable development outcomes and improving coordination between governments and key stakeholders in relation to the northern Australia agenda by developing a robust evidence base and information for all jurisdictions in northern Australia.
  1. Major Regional Initiatives
The Department will develop and implement measures to support economic transition in specified regions, in collaboration with state, territory and local governments.
  1. National Disaster Recovery Taskforce
The Department will provide assurance that value for money in reconstruction is being achieved and will support the development of disaster recovery policy.
  1. Regional Development Australia Committees
The Department will support regional committees to work with states, territories, local government and regional communities to promote regional planning and economic development activities, and will provide advice to the Australian Government on issues affecting, and opportunities for, regional Australia.

Administered items
  • Boyer Pulp Mill—Structural Assistance
  • Community Development Grants Fund
  • Community Infrastructure Grants1
  • Latrobe Valley Economic Diversification1
  • Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme1
  • National Stronger Regions Fund
  • 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

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 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.
2013-14
Estimated
Actual1
$'000
2014-15
Budget

$'000
2015-16
Forward
estimate
$'000
2016-17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017-18
Forward
estimate
$'000
Annual administered expenses2          
Boyer Pulp Mill—Structural Assistance 14,000 - - - -
Community Development Grants Fund 9,930 148,640 129,580 26,000 -
Community Infrastructure Grants3 44,023 11,850 - - -
Latrobe Valley economic diversification3 1,000 4,100 2,400 - -
National Stronger Regions Fund - - 200,000 200,000 200,000
Northern Australia Sustainable Futures 599 971 - - -
Regional Development Australia Committees 10,307 19,624 19,998 20,437 20,866
Regional Development Australia Fund 105,151 131,540 40,561 1,133 -
Regional Development Projects in Northern Australia 500 4,300 - - -
Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package 5,461 46,750 25,750 13,000 -
Programme support 29,594 35,068 33,380 30,054 29,032
Total programme expenses1 220,565 402,843 451,669 290,624 249,898

Notes:

  1. 2013-14 estimated actuals appear lower in comparison to the 2014-15 estimates primarily because it 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 Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme and 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

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
1. Provide advice and build evidence base to support the delivery of the Australian Government's commitment to improved outcomes for regional Australia. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ongoing provision of high quality advice to the Australian Government.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2. Progress regional initiatives across all three tiers of government to improve regional economic development and infrastructure planning and provision. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Provision of regional initiatives that promote sustainable economic development.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
3. Support needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies through the Community Development Grants Fund. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ensure projects that have received funding are delivered on time and on budget.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
4. Support economic growth and employment in Tasmania by delivering the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ensure projects that have received funding are delivered on time and on budget.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
5. Work with the local community and all levels of government to assist the Latrobe Valley region of Victoria diversify and transition to a clean energy future. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ensure projects that have received funding are delivered on time and on budget.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
6. Work with affected communities on potential impacts of the Murray Darling Basin Plan and initiatives to strengthen and diversify Murray Darling Basin communities. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ensure projects that have received funding are delivered on time and on budget.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
7. Support infrastructure needs that enhance the economic and community development of Australia's local communities and regions through the Regional Development Australia Fund. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ensure projects that have received funding are delivered on time and on budget.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
8. Deliver the Australian Government's commitments by implementing community and social infrastructure projects identified by local communities as priority investments for their regions through the Community Infrastructure Grants programme. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ensure projects that have received funding are delivered on time and on budget.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
9. Enhance engagement with Australian Government, state, territory and local governments, and regional communities, to better identify issues affecting, and opportunities for, regional Australia. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ongoing liaison with state and local governments to shape regional economic policy.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
10. Deliver funding to Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees to support regional economic development. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Satisfactory delivery of activity against contract milestones and payment of funding to RDA committees.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
11. Provide advice to the Australian Government concerning northern Australia issues including long term options for the development of the region. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget High quality and timely support provided to the taskforce responsible for the development of the northern Australia white paper.
2015–16 Forward estimate Supporting the implementation of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2015–16 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2015–16 Budget target.
12. Support for the northern Australia strategic partnership. 2013–14 Estimated actual Not applicable.
2014–15 Budget High quality and timely support provided to the Minister in his role in the Strategic Partnership.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
13. Continue to monitor and progress northern Australia issues and ensure effective delivery of Northern Australia Sustainable Futures (NASF) Programme initiatives. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ongoing management of NASF initiatives.
2015–16 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
14. Oversee the effective implementation of the Tasmanian Economic Growth Plan. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Effective coordination and implementation of all components of the plan.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
15. Provide responsive support to the Minister Assisting on Queensland Flood Recovery and the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Timely advice on reconstruction progress.
2015–16 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
16. Assure the Australian Government that public funding of reconstruction efforts represents value for money. 2013–14 Estimated actual Inspectorate work programme is completed by 30 June 2015. Ninety five percent assurance is provided across the reconstruction programme. 129 assurance reviews are completed for the 2010-11 reconstruction programme. Six monthly reports are provided to the Prime Minister.
2014–15 Budget 65 assurance reviews are completed for the 2012-13 reconstruction programme.
2015–16 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
Programme 3.1 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme, measure the effectiveness of the programme in meeting its objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
1. Regional Ministerial Budget Statement agreed by the Australian Government. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Statement delivered in accordance with Budget requirements.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2. Effective collaboration on regional policies in areas such as health, education, skills, infrastructure, environment and industry, ensuring major initiatives deliver benefits to regional communities. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Liaise with Australian Government agencies to ensure consideration of regional impacts.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
3. Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package projects are implemented to support economic growth. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ensure that projects that received funding are delivered on time and on budget.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
4. Implementation of initiatives developed for key priority areas including those related to Murray-Darling Basin, Latrobe Valley, Tasmania and northern Australia. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ensure projects that have received funding are delivered on time and on budget.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
5. Regional Development Australia Fund projects are implemented and support and strengthen regions. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Projects that support and strengthen regions are delivered.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
6. Community Infrastructure Grants projects are implemented and local priorities met. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ensure projects that have received funding are delivered on time and on budget.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
7. Provide timely advice to the Minister for the delivery of regional infrastructure funds including the Community Development Grants, Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, Regional Development Australia Fund and the Community Infrastructure Grants. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Timely advice provided to the Australian Government on performance.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
8. Deliver programmes that contribute to the sustainable development of northern Australia. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Initiatives that improve economic productivity and sustainability in northern Australia are promoted and delivered.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
9. The Australian Government and the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate are well informed by relevant and timely advice about reconstruction efforts in Queensland and Victoria. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Inspectorate and Australian Government accept assurance findings. Prime Minister to accept six monthly reports.
2015–16 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
10. Percentage and number of projects are reviewed to conform with the approved value for money framework. 2013–14 Estimated actual Inspectorate work programme is completed by 30 June 2015. 95% assurance is provided across the reconstruction programme. 129 assurance reviews are completed for the 2010-11 reconstruction programme.
2014–15 Budget 65 assurance reviews are completed for the 2012-13 reconstruction programme.
2015–16 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
11. Issues and risks in the delivery of Australian Government effort are identified and addressed in a timely manner. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Monthly meetings to identify issues and risks and ongoing reporting to the Senior Executive to monitor timely action.
2015–16 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
12. Regional Development Australia (RDA) committees work with key regional stakeholders and local governments to develop a regionally supported plan and identify priority infrastructure projects. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Each region has a plan endorsed by stakeholders that identifies key economic development priorities and is kept current.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014-15 Budget target and undertake significant updating of regional plans.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.

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