Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

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.

Outcome 4 Strategy

Outcome 4 is delivered through the following programmes:

4.1 Services to territories

The Department administers the territories of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, the Coral Sea Islands and Jervis Bay, and manages national interests in the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Norfolk Island.

Through Outcome 4, the Department assists these territories to establish and maintain good governance and manage their own futures by providing services and advice on ongoing administration for the non-self-governing territories. The Department delivers services, provides funding support and undertakes capital works with the objective of ensuring that territory communities have access to similar services as equivalent state communities.

The Department will contribute to these objectives by:

  • providing policy advice and legislation to maintain and improve effective systems of governance and the necessary legal framework for the protection and wellbeing of the community; and
  • supporting the Australian Government's role in the territories through continuous improvement of the administration of inter-governmental agreements and various programmes, maintaining Australian Government assets and delivering state and local government-type services.

Following COAG federal financial framework reforms, the Treasury is responsible for National Partnership Payments to and through the states and territories. The Treasury holds the appropriation for these items and reports the financial details accordingly. The non-financial performance of the corresponding programmes remains the responsibility of the Department. The Outcome 4 programmes administered by the Department under this framework include the Australian Government's contribution to the Centenary of Canberra in 2014-15.

Outcome 4 expense statement

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

Table 2.4: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 4

Contributions to Outcome 4

Programme 4.1: Services to territories
Programme 4.1 Objective

The services to territories programme contributes to Outcome 4 through activities which seek to improve the quality of services provided to the residents of non-self-governing territories and provide targeted support to the self-governing territories.

Components of Programme 4.1
  1. Economic and social sustainability
The Department will deliver services and provide policy advice that contributes to the economic and social sustainability of the territories.
  1. Delivery of state government equivalent services
The Department will deliver state-type services to the residents of non-self-governing territories equivalent to other comparable mainland communities.
  1. Managing the Australian Government's interests
The Department will manage the Australian Government's interests in the territories and ensure that funding is administered in line with relevant legislation, policies and agreements and takes into consideration the cultural and linguistic diversity of territories residents.

Administered items
  • 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).
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.
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  
ACT Government—national capital functions 1,674 1,967 2,002 2,019 2,055
Norfolk Island—Commonwealth administration 540 642 653 703 716
Norfolk Island—Kingston and Arthur's Vale historic area 600 617 630 641 652
Norfolk Island—reforms and services 7,034 12,500 - - -
Office of Administrator, Northern Territory 257 332 341 342 358
Services to Indian Ocean Territories 96,267 109,041 104,229 106,068 107,795
Services to Jervis Bay Territory 5,634 5,870 5,968 6,115 6,225
Depreciation and amortisation 28,155 37,797 36,739 31,050 31,325
Special Account expenses  
Christmas Island Phosphate Mining Rehabilitation Special Account 1,480 1,811 1,847 1,884 1,922
Programme support 10,240 11,212 10,040 9,637 9,242
Total programme expenses1 151,881 181,789 162,449 158,459 160,290

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 Centenary of Canberra 2013—a gift to the national capital and Centenary of Canberra 2013—joint national programme administered items.
Programme 4.1 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
1. Community services, infrastructure, and legal frameworks and processes in the territories are similar to comparable mainland communities. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ongoing provision of appropriate services, essential infrastructure and legal frameworks and processes.
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. Reforms to promote long term financial sustainability and improved governance are progressed on Norfolk Island. 2013–14 Estimated actual Manage the effective implementation of Road Map for Norfolk Island.
Manage funding agreement in accordance with milestones and deliverables.
Effective management of Airservices contract.
2014–15 Budget Manage the effective implementation of the Road Map for Norfolk Island.
Manage funding agreements and contracts in accordance with milestones and deliverables.
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.
Programme 4.1 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. Frameworks are in place in the territories to provide the comparable rights and protections to citizens as the rest of Australia. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Ongoing provision of appropriate frameworks.
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. State-type services and grants are delivered efficiently and effectively to residents of the non-self-governing territories. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Provision of efficient effective state-type services and grants with deliverables achieved.
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. Essential infrastructure meets the needs of communities. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Provision of appropriate infrastructure within the available 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 Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
4. Service delivery arrangements and contracts meet value-for-money criteria and deliver appropriate levels of services to the territories. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Service delivery arrangements and contracts are managed and reviewed regularly to provide efficient and effective services to the community.
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.
5. The Territories Law Reform Act 2010 is implemented to provide a sustainable financial governance and accountability framework for Norfolk Island. 2013–14 Estimated actual Continue to progress implementation.
2014–15 Budget Add remaining issues as part of the 2014-15 Norfolk Island reform process.
2015–16 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2016–17 Forward estimate Not applicable.
2017–18 Forward estimate Not applicable.
6. Long term financial and governance reform for Norfolk Island is achieved through constructive partnerships with the Norfolk Island Government and the community. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Manage effective implementation of Road Map for Norfolk Island.

Manage funding agreement in accordance with milestones and deliverables.

Effectively manage air services agreement contract.
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.
7. The roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth and the Australian Capital Territory Government in the national capital are clarified. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Shared understanding of respective roles and responsibilities.
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.

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