Instrastructure Australia

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information

Outcomes are the intended results, impacts or consequences of actions by the Australian Government on the Australian community. Commonwealth programmes are the primary vehicle by which government entities achieve the intended results of their outcome statements. Entities are required to identify the programmes which contribute to Australian Government outcomes over the Budget and forward years.

The outcome for IA is described below together with its related programmes, specifying the performance indicators and targets used to assess and monitor the performance of IA in achieving Australian Government outcomes.

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.

Outcome 1 Strategy

During 2015–16 Infrastructure Australia's work programme will include:

  • complete and deliver a 15 year national infrastructure plan that identifies priority investment initiatives and reforms that will increase productivity and support economic growth;
  • undertake consultation with jurisdictions and other key stakeholders on the key demand drivers and infrastructure challenges identified in the Australian Infrastructure Audit to inform the development of the Australian Infrastructure Plan;
  • establish and develop necessary corporate capability including systems, processes and structures to support IA as an independent entity;
  • evaluate the assessment of project proposals on all infrastructure proposals where funding of more than $100 million is sought from the Commonwealth. This includes economic and social infrastructure proposals but excludes defence proposals;
  • regularly update and further develop the Infrastructure Priority List. This priority list will be informed by the other work of IA, in particular the Australian Infrastructure Plan and evaluation of infrastructure proposals;
  • continue to revise the frameworks utilised by jurisdictions in submitting proposals to IA for evaluation to promote best practice in infrastructure planning, procurement and delivery;
  • undertake research initiatives that promote best practice in the planning, funding and delivery of infrastructure and provide leadership on regulatory reform objectives;
  • initiate the collection of a repository of data, information and knowledge on the nation's infrastructure resources, requirements, delivery and practices in partnership with other key stakeholders including other Commonwealth entities and jurisdictions with the intention of facilitating continuing improvement in planning and procurement practices; and
  • establish productive working relationships with all levels of government and industry. This includes engaging closely with other Commonwealth entities as well as states, territories, local governments, investors in infrastructure, owners of infrastructure and the public—as the end users of infrastructure.

Outcome 1 expense statement

Table 2.1 provides an overview of the total expenses for Outcome 1, by programme.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Contributions to Outcome 1

Programme 1.1: Infrastructure Australia
Programme 1.1 Objective

Infrastructure Australia will contribute to the Government's objectives of supporting competitiveness, driving productivity and enhancing quality of life, through the provision of high quality independent advice. This advice will be prepared in consultation with all levels of government, investors in and owners of infrastructure and other relevant organisations.

Programme 1.1 Expenses

  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 departmental expenses          
Ordinary Annual Services
(Appropriation Bill No. 1)
- 11,768 11,604 8,813 8,872
Special Appropriations          
Infrastructure Australia Amendment Act 2014 s9(3) 15,037 - - - -
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year (a) (1,599) - - - -
Total programme expenses 13,438 11,768 11,604 8,813 8,872

Notes:

  1. Expenses not requiring appropriation in the budget year relate to the operating result and the timing of accruals.
Programme 1.1 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
  • Complete and deliver a 15 year national infrastructure plan that identifies priority investment initiatives and reforms that will increase productivity and support economic growth.
  • Evaluate the assessment of project proposals on all infrastructure proposals, excluding defence projects, where funding of more than $100 million is sought from the Commonwealth.
  • Regularly update and further develop the Infrastructure Priority List.
  • Undertake research initiatives that promote best practice in the planning, funding and delivery of infrastructure.
  • Evaluate applications for designation under the Tax Loss Incentive for Designated Infrastructure Projects as required by Subdivision 415-C of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
Programme 1.1 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme, measure the programme's performance in meeting its objective.
  • Delivery of the Australian Infrastructure Plan to Government.
  • Evaluations of project proposals completed and a summary of these evaluations published on Infrastructure Australia's website.
  • Publication of an updated Infrastructure Priority List.
  • Delivery of research and other initiatives that provide leadership on regulatory reform objectives and promote best practice in the planning, funding and delivery of infrastructure.

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