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.

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

  • assist these territories to establish and maintain good governance and manage their own futures and provide services and advice on ongoing administration for the non-self-governing territories;
  • progress reforms towards long term financial sustainability and improved governance on Norfolk Island;
  • lead the management of national and world heritage areas in the external territories;
  • deliver services, provide funding support and undertake capital works with the objective of ensuring that territory communities have access to similar services as equivalent state communities;
  • support 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;
  • administer the loan to the Australian Capital Territory Government to implement its Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Eradiation Scheme; and
  • support the Australian Government with advice on its role in the planning of the national capital and on issues relating to the Australian Government's interest in the Australian Capital Territory.

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 by improving the quality of services provided to residents of the non-self-governing territories and providing targeted support to the self-governing territories through economic and social sustainability initiatives, delivery of services and managing the Australian Government's interests in the territories. This includes:

  • delivering state-type services, essential infrastructure, and legal frameworks and processes to residents of the non-self-governing territories similar to comparable mainland communities;
  • progressing reforms that promote long-term financial sustainability and improved governance on Norfolk Island;
  • leading the management of national and world heritage areas in the external territories;
  • managing the Australian Government's ongoing interests and providing targeted support to the Australian Capital Territory, Norfolk Island and the Northern Territory; and
  • providing policy advice on current and emerging issues in the territories that contributes to economic and social sustainability.

Administered items

  • ACT Government—national capital functions
  • Centenary of Canberra 2013—a gift to the national capital (a)
  • Christmas Island Phosphate Mining Rehabilitation
  • Loan to the Australian Capital Territory Government—loose fill asbestos
  • 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
  • Services to Norfolk Island

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 4.1 Expenses

The change in expenses from one year to the next is due mainly to the termination of the Norfolk Island—reforms and services administered item in 2014–15 and the changing profiles of the Loan to the Australian Capital Territory Government—loose fill asbestos, Services to Indian Ocean Territories and Services to Jervis Bay Territory 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)  
ACT Government—national capital functions 1,932 1,934 1,916 1,916 1,916
Loan to the Australian Capital Territory Government—loose fill asbestos 18,506 7,402 - - -
Norfolk Island—Commonwealth administration 631 1,331 1,367 1,066 1,067
Norfolk Island—Kingston and Arthur's Vale historic area 630 633 632 632 632
Norfolk Island—reforms and services 12,500 - - - -
Office of Administrator, Northern Territory 374 329 324 334 334
Services to Indian Ocean Territories (b) 126,184 88,907 88,871 88,999 84,396
Services to Jervis Bay Territory (c) 6,293 4,961 4,999 5,013 5,027
Services to Norfolk Island          
Depreciation and amortisation - 9,874 16,283 23,463 23,136
Special Account expenses 41,796 35,367 31,301 32,864 33,607
Christmas Island Phosphate Mining Rehabilitation Special Account 1,673 1,700 1,600 1,600 1,600
Indian Ocean Territories Special Account 2014 - 21,757 20,668 20,668 20,668
Jervis Bay Territory Special Account 2014 - 1,047 1,094 1,146 1,206
Programme support 15,179 16,245 16,270 15,254 14,896
Total programme expenses 225,698 191,487 185,325 192,955 188,485

Notes:

  1. 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 administered item.
  2. See also expenses associated with the Indian Ocean Territories Special Account 2014.
  3. See also expenses associated with the Jervis Bay Territory Special Account 2014.
Programme 4.1 Deliverables

The following qualitative deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.

  • State-type services, infrastructure, legal frameworks and processes to residents of the non-self-governing territories similar to comparable mainland communities.
  • Reforms to promote long-term financial sustainability and improved governance on Norfolk Island.
  • Continued implementation of the Road Map for Norfolk Island, including funding agreements and contracts in accordance with milestones and deliverables.
  • Management of the Australian Government's ongoing interests and provide targeted support to the Australian Capital Territory, Norfolk Island and the Northern Territory.
  • Management of air service agreement contracts for the Indian Ocean Territories and Norfolk Island.
  • Delivery and management of the loan to the Australian Capital Territory Government for the Australian Capital Territory Government to implement a programme to remediate the contamination by loose fill asbestos of properties in the Australian Capital Territory and related activities.
Programme 4.1 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.

  • State-type services and grants are delivered to residents of the non-self-governing territories similar to comparable mainland communities.
  • Essential infrastructure in the non-self-governing territories meets the needs of communities.
  • Administration of the Australian Government's interest in self-governing territories is effective.
  • Legal frameworks are in place in the territories that provide comparable rights and protections to citizens as the rest of Australia.
  • Service delivery arrangements and contracts meet value-for-money criteria and deliver appropriate levels of services.
  • Financial and governance reform for Norfolk Island is progressed through constructive partnerships with the Norfolk Island community.

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