Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 1: Entity overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction statement

The Department supports the Australian Government to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by Australia's projected economic and demographic changes. Its work is guided by the growing demand for infrastructure and transport; the need to strengthen outcomes for Australia's regions; the importance of a safe, secure and efficient transport system; and the need for our investments in infrastructure to be efficient and sustainable into the future. The portfolio has a strong economic investment focus—a focus that is critical to the economic development of all regions to meet the growth and development challenges the nation faces. In accordance with the four outcomes outlined in the Portfolio Overview, the Department is responsible for providing policy advice and targeted research, delivering administered items and regulation for the following programmes:

  • infrastructure investment;
  • transport security;
  • surface transport;
  • road safety;
  • air transport;
  • regional development;
  • local government; and
  • services to territories.

These programmes are described in detail in Section 2 of this document, ‘Outcomes and Planned Performance’.

The Department consists of eight divisions that in aggregate deliver these programmes, including a Corporate Services division. The Department provides employees in support of the International Air Services Commission and the Inspector of Transport Security.

On behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister and Assistant Minister, the Department oversees the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Airservices Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Infrastructure Australia, the National Capital Authority, and the operations of the National Transport Commission in collaboration with the states and territories through the Council of Australian Government's Transport and Infrastructure Council.

The Department is at the forefront of the Australian Government's efforts to secure Australia's economic future and improve living standards, particularly through infrastructure planning and strategic investment in transport infrastructure, transport system reform, regulation of safety and security and strategic development of policies and programmes. The Department also assists regions and local communities to strengthen and diversify their economic base and provides non-self-governing territories with community services and capital investment. Throughout 2015–16 the portfolio will also continue supporting industry and the community by continuously monitoring aviation transport, maritime transport, and offshore facility security regulatory regimes.

As it works to achieve its outcomes and objectives, the Department will continue to be guided by its strategic vision: having a view on the right outcome; driving policy reform; leading programme and project delivery; regulating effectively; being a leading Australian entity for investment strategy and planning; and fostering a high performing workforce.

1.2: Entity resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total resources from all sources. The table summarises how resources will be applied by outcome and by administered and departmental classification.

Table 1.1: Entity resource statement—Budget estimates for 2015–16 as at Budget May 2015

1.3: Budget measures

Budget measures in Part 1 relating to the Department are detailed in Budget Paper No. 2 and are summarised below.

Table 1.2: Entity 2015–16 Budget measures

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