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.

During 2015–16 and the forward years the Department will:

  • develop and implement policies and programmes to support economic growth and services to regional communities;
  • support effective planning and coordination across all levels of government on matters affecting local government and regional communities;
  • lead implementation and coordinate, integrate and leverage initiatives relating to the Australian Government's northern Australia programme;
  • progress projects to strengthen regional economies, including in Tasmania, Murray-Darling Basin, Latrobe Valley and northern Australia design;
  • deliver the National Stronger Regions Fund to support the economic growth of regions;
  • manage regional and local government grants programmes, including the Community Development Grants, the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package and the Regional Development Australia Fund which contribute to the development of local infrastructure;
  • support a network of regional development committees to ensure that policy making, programme implementation and advice is informed by local input and priorities; and
  • manage the Local Government Financial Assistance Grant programme that supports local government service delivery and infrastructure,engage with local government on nationally significant issues, and administer 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.  These include:

  • driving regional policy to improve economic and social outcomes for regional Australians;
  • developing and implementing programmes to deliver economic and community infrastructure to enhance the development of Australia's regions;
  • providing advice to the Minister on achieving economic development outcomes;
  • facilitating growth and development of northern Australia;
  • improving coordination between governments and key stakeholders and maintaining a robust evidence base and information for all jurisdictions in northern Australia;
  • developing and implementing measures to support economic transition in specified regions, in collaboration with state, territory and local governments;
  • supporting regional committees to work with states, territories, local government and regional communities and business to facilitate and promote regional economic development activities; and
  • providing advice to the Australian Government based on advice from regional stakeholders on issues affecting and opportunities for regional Australia.

Administered items

  • Bathurst 200 Commemorative Flagstaff Project—contribution
  • Community Development Grants Fund
  • Community Infrastructure Grants
  • Drought Communities Programme
  • Latrobe Valley Economic Diversification (a)
  • Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme (a)
  • National Stronger Regions Fund
  • Regional Development Australia Committees
  • Regional Development Australia Fund
  • Regional Development Projects in Northern Australia
  • South Australia Economic Development Programme (a)
  • Stronger Communities Programme
  • 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 Department of the Treasury's Portfolio Budget Statements (Programme 1.9).
Programme 3.1 Expenses

The change in expenses from one year to the next is mainly due to the current funding profile of administered items.
2014–15
Estimated
actual
$'000
2015–16
Budget

$'000
2016–17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017–18
Forward
estimate
$'000
2018–19
Forward
estimate
$'000
Annual administered expenses (a)          
Bathurst 200 Commemorative Flagstaff Project—contribution 250 - - - -
Community Development Grants Fund 66,490 198,600 71,400 10,000 -
Community Infrastructure Grants 15,666 - - - -
Drought Communities Programme - 20,000 5,000 5,000 5,000
Latrobe Valley economic diversification (b) 4,100 2,400 - - -
National Stronger Regions Fund - 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000
Regional Development Australia Committees 19,202 18,303 18,302 18,320 18,337
Regional Development Australia Fund 119,240 43,094 6,033 - -
Regional Development Projects in Northern Australia 4,800 - - - -
Stronger Communities Programme - 22,500 22,500 - -
Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package 32,705 34,585 16,560 - -
Programme support 35,057 31,579 29,527 27,707 27,101
Total programme expenses 297,510 571,061 369,322 261,027 250,438

Notes:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 qualitative deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in 2015–16 and the forward years in meeting its objective.

  • Advice to support the delivery of the Australian Government's commitment to improved outcomes for regional Australia.
  • Regional initiatives that promote sustainable economic development.
  • Support for needed infrastructure that promotes stable, secure and viable local and regional economies through the Community Development Grants Fund.
  • Support for economic growth and employment in Tasmania by delivering the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package.
  • Collaborate with affected communities on potential impacts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and initiatives to strengthen Murray-Darling Basin communities.
  • Support for priority infrastructure that will enhance economic growth in Australia's regions, in particular areas of disadvantage, through the National Stronger Regions Fund.
  • Engage with states, territories and local governments to shape regional economic policy.
  • Implement and/or coordinate delivery of northern Australia initiatives and programmes relevant to the Department.
  • Support for the northern Australian strategic partnership.
  • Oversight of the implementation of the Tasmanian Economic Growth Plan.
  • Delivery of Progress in Australian Regions publications.
The following quantitative deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables 2014–15
Estimated
actual
2015–16
Budget
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
2018–19
Forward
estimate
Number of Regional Development Australia Committees receiving funding through the Regional Development Australia Programme 55 55 55 55 55
Programme 3.1 Key performance indicators

The following qualitative key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme in 2015–16 and the forward years, assess the programme's performance in meeting its objective.

  • Regional Ministerial Budget Statement is delivered following the 2015–16 Budget.
  • Progress in Australian Regions series are published and accessed by the community.
  • Collaboration on regional policies in areas such as health, education, skills, infrastructure, environment and industry deliver benefits to regional communities.
  • Projects that receive funding through Community Development Grants are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Projects that receive funding through the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Projects that receive funding through the Latrobe Valley Economic Diversification programme are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Projects that receive funding through the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Projects that receive funding through the Regional Development Australia Fund are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Projects that receive funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Initiatives that improve economic productivity and sustainability in northern Australia are promoted and delivered.
  • Regional Development Australia committees work with key regional stakeholders and local governments to develop a regionally supported plan and develop quality priority economic development project proposals and promote Australian Government programmes.
  • 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 National Stronger Regions Fund.
The following quantitative key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme, measure the programme's performance in meeting its objective.
Key Performance Indicators 2014–15
Estimated
actual
2015–16
Budget
2016–17
Forward
estimate
2017–18
Forward
estimate
2018–19
Forward
estimate
Regional Development Australia Committees receive operational funding through the Regional Development Australia Programme 100% of forecast 100% of forecast 100% of forecast 100% of forecast 100% of forecast

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