Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio Overview

Ministers and portfolio responsibilities

The responsibilities of the ministers and portfolio have not changed since tabling of the 2014‑15 Portfolio Budget Statements (PB Statements).

However, the governance structure of Infrastructure Australia (IA) changed as a result of amendments to the Infrastructure Australia Act 2008 which came into effect on 1 September 2014. The amendments re-established IA as a Corporate Commonwealth Entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (previously IA was a statutory council). IA's statutory function is to deliver high quality advice on the nationally significant infrastructure needs of Australia.

IA has the following outcome.

  • Outcome 1: Improve decision-making on matters relating to infrastructure; advise governments and others on matters relating to infrastructure, including better assessment of infrastructure needs and prioritisation of infrastructure projects; and promote best practice infrastructure planning, financing, delivery and operation.

More information about IA can be found at www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au

The Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) provides information on variations since the Budget for the Portfolio's Commonwealth entities who are seeking additional appropriations through Appropriation Bills No. 3 and No. 4. For the 2014‑15 PAES, variations relate only to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (the Department), the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the National Capital Authority (NCA) with IA providing statements for the first time. Statements for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and National Transport Commission (NTC) are 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: Stuart Richey AM
Chief Executive Officer: Michael Kinley

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
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 data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Chair: Dr Allan Hawke AC
Director of Aviation Safety: Mark Skidmore AM

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.

Infrastructure Australia
Chairman: Mark Birrell
Acting Chief Executive Officer: John Fitzgerald

Outcome 1: Improve decision-making on matters relating to infrastructure; advise governments and others on matters relating to infrastructure, including better assessment of infrastructure needs and prioritisation of infrastructure projects; and promote best practice infrastructure planning, financing, delivery and operation.

National Capital Authority
Chief Executive Officer: Malcolm Snow
Chair: Terry Weber

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 programs and works to enhance the character of the National Capital.

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

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 2014‑15 Budget year, by entity. Additional appropriation is not being sought for ATSB, CASA and NTC.

Table 1: Portfolio resources 2014‑15

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