Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.3 Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 3

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.

Linked programs

The Department of the Treasury
Programs
  • Program 1.9: National Partnership Payments to the states.
Contribution to Outcome 3 made by linked programs
The above linkage relates to National Partnership Payments which are paid through the Department of the Treasury as part of the Federal Financial Relations Framework.

Budgeted expenses for Outcome 3

The table below shows how much the Department intends to spend (on an accrual basis) on achieving the outcome, broken down by program, as well as by Administered and Departmental funding sources.

Table 2.3.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 3

Table 2.3.2: Program components for Outcome 3

Table 2.3.3: Performance criteria for Outcome 3

Table 2.3.3 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 3. It also summarises how each program is delivered and where 2016–17 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

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.
Program 3.1—The regional development program contributes to Outcome 3 through a range of regionally focused stakeholder consultation and engagement, research, policy development and program delivery activities.
Delivery During 2016–17 and the forward years, the Department will:
  • establish and drive a forward-looking policy agenda for regional development;
  • develop and maintain the regional evidence base to track the trends impacting the development of Australia's regions and influence regional policy decisions;
  • influence policy and program design to enhance regional outcomes across government;
  • develop and implement policies and programs to support economic growth and services to regional communities;
  • promote effective planning and coordination across all levels of government on matters affecting local government and regional communities;
  • progress projects to strengthen regional economies, including in Tasmania, Murray-Darling Basin and northern Australia;
  • deliver the National Stronger Regions Fund to support the economic growth of regions;
  • manage regional and local government grants programs, including the Community Development Grants Fund and the Regional Development Australia Fund which contribute to the development of local infrastructure; and
  • support a network of regional development committees to ensure that policy making, program implementation and advice is informed by local input and priorities.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2015–16 Regional Development Australia Committees receive operational funding through the Regional Development Australia program.

Expected achievement:

Refer to target.
100 per cent of forecast.

Expected achievement:

100 per cent of forecast.
  Regional Ministerial Budget Statement is delivered following the 2015–16 Budget.

Expected achievement:

The 2015–16 Regional Ministerial Budget Statement was released on Budget night in May 2015.
 
  Progress in Australian Regions series are published and accessed by the community.

Expected achievement:

The Progress in Australian Regions—Yearbook 2015 was released in December 2015.

The Progress in Australia Regions—State of Regional Australia 2014 was released in July 2015.
 
  Collaboration on economic and social policies in areas such as health, communications, education, skills, infrastructure, environment and industry deliver benefits to regional communities.

Expected achievement:

Collaboration continues across government to support portfolios in identifying regional impacts and improve outcomes for regional communities.
 
  Projects that receive funding through Community Development Grants Fund, Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, Latrobe Valley Economic Diversification Program, Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program, Regional Development Australia Fund, National Stronger Regions Fund are delivered on time and on budget.

Expected achievement:

Projects which contribute to the desired outcome of the relevant program are funded. These programs are on track to complete within the appropriation period.
 
  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 programs.

Expected achievement:

Regional Development Australia Committees have plans in place and continue to work with stakeholders in their regions to promote economic development.
 
  Provide timely advice to the Minister for the delivery of regional infrastructure funds including the Community Development Grants Fund, Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, Regional Development Australia Fund and the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Expected achievement:

The Ministers continue to be provided with reliable, appropriate and timely advice on the performance of the regional grant programs including, due diligence and assessments on value for money on proposals under the National Stronger Regions Fund.
 
2016–17 Regional Ministerial Budget Statement is delivered following the 2016–17 Budget.

Progress in Australian Regions series is published and accessed by the community.

Collaboration on economic and social policies in areas such as health, communications, education, environment and industry deliver benefits to regional communities.

Policy agenda for regional Australia is provided to Government.

Timely advice is provided to Ministers on opportunities on policy and program design which impacts regional Australia.

Projects that receive funding through Community Development Grants Fund, Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program, Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, Regional Development Australia Fund, and National Stronger Regions Fund are delivered on time and on budget.

Provide timely advice to the Minister for the delivery of regional infrastructure funds including the Community Development Grants Fund, Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, Regional Development Australia Fund, National Stronger Regions Fund, Drought Communities Program and Stronger Communities Program.

Regional Development Australia Committees work with key regional stakeholders and local governments to develop a regionally supported plan, quality priority economic development project proposals and promote Australian Government programs.
Deliver Regional Ministerial Budget Statement in accordance with Budget requirements.

Progress in Australian Regions series is released in a timely manner each year.

Collaborate with relevant portfolio agencies to ensure consideration of impacts on Australia's regions to enhance regional outcomes. Payments approved are within 5 per cent of forecast.

55 Regional Development Australia committees have economic plans in place and assist proponents to develop grant applications for infrastructure funding.
2017–18 and beyond Regional Ministerial Budget Statement is delivered following the 2017–18 Budget.

Progress in Australian Regions series is published and accessed by the community.

Effective collaboration on economic and social policies in areas such as health, communications, education, environment and industry deliver benefits to regional communities.

Projects that receive funding through Community Development Grants Fund and the National Stronger Regions Fund are delivered on time and on budget.

Regional Development Australia Committees work with key regional stakeholders and local governments to develop a regionally supported plan, quality priority economic development project proposals and promote Australian Government programs.

Provide timely advice to the Minister for the delivery of regional infrastructure funds including the Community Development Grants Fund, Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Package, Regional Development Australia Fund, National Stronger Regions Fund and the Drought Communities Program.
As per 2016–17.
Purposes
  • Facilitate local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities.
  • Promote, evaluate, plan and invest in infrastructure and regional development.
Material changes to Program 3.1 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 3.1.
Program 3.2—The local government program contributes to Outcome 3 by strengthening local government capacity and better supporting local communities through providing policy advice to the Australian Government and financial assistance to local governments.
Delivery During 2016–17 and the forward years, the Department will:
  • Manage the Local Government Financial Assistance Grant program that supports local government service delivery and infrastructure, engage with local government on nationally significant issues, and administer the National Awards for Local Government.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2015–16 Funding provided through the Financial Assistance Grant program.

Expected achievement:

Refer to target.
100 per cent of forecast.

Expected achievement:

100 per cent of forecast.
  The annual National Awards for Local Government is considered a key tool for promoting innovation and leading practice service delivery by local government and sponsoring departments.

Expected achievement:

Innovative and leading practice service delivery continues to be promoted. Applications for the National Awards for Local Government closed on 4 March 2016. Category winners are expected to be announced in mid-April, with national judging to occur in June 2016.
 
2016–17 The annual National Awards for Local Government is considered a key tool for promoting innovation and leading practice service delivery by local government and sponsoring departments.

Delivery of funding in accordance with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995.
Conduct the annual National Awards for Local Government.

100 per cent of forecast funding for the Financial Assistance Grant Program.
2017–18 and beyond As per 2016–17. As per 2016–17.
Purposes Facilitate local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities.
Material changes to Program 3.2 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 3.2.

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