Portfolio Overview

Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio Overview

Ministers And Portfolio Responsibilities

The Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio contributes to the well-being of all Australians through the following outcomes:

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department):

  • 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 (AMSA):

  • Outcome 1: Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship 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 (ATSB):

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

Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA):

  • 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 (NCA):

  • 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.

National Transport Commission (NTC):

  • 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.

The Portfolio Budget Statements (PB Statements) focus on the activities of the portfolio's General Government Sector agencies. These agencies and their websites are:

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

The Department provides policy advice to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Assistant Minister and undertakes policy and regulatory functions and the delivery of administered items on behalf of the Government.

AMSA is the national regulator for domestic commercial vessels and the national safety agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment, and aviation and marine search and rescue.

ATSB's primary function is to improve aviation, marine and rail safety, underpinned by the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

CASA's primary function is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australia and the operation of Australian aircraft overseas.

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.

NTC's primary function is to improve the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia's road, rail and intermodal transport system.

Further details on the goals, operations and operating environments of the Department, AMSA, ATSB, CASA, NCA and NTC can be found in the agency specific sections of the PB Statements and on the respective agency websites.

A list of portfolio agencies, including those which are outside the scope of the PB Statements, appear in Infrastructure's 2012-13 Annual Report.

Figure 1: Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio structure and outcomes

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Portfolio resources

Table 1 shows the total new resources provided to the portfolio in the 2014–15 budget year by agency.

Table 1: Portfolio resources 2014–15

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