Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.4 Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 4

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.

Linked programs

The Department of the Treasury
Programs
  • Program 1.9: National Partnership Payments to the states.
Contribution to Outcome 4 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 4

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 2.4.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 4

Table 2.4.2: Program components for Outcome 4

Table 2.4.3: Performance criteria for Outcome 4

Table 2.4.3 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 4. It also summarises how each program is delivered and where 2016–17 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

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.
Program 4.1—The services to territories program 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.
Delivery During 2016–17 and the forward years, the Department will:
  • assist the territories to establish and maintain good governance and provide services and advice on administration for the non-self-governing territories;
  • progress reforms towards long term financial sustainability and improved governance;
  • manage national and world heritage areas in the external territories;
  • provide services, funding support and undertake capital works as appropriate to ensure territory communities have access to similar services as equivalent state communities;
  • provide continuous improvement of the administration of inter-governmental agreements and various programs, maintain Australian Government assets and deliver 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.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2015–16 State-type services and grants are delivered to residents of the non-self-governing territories similar to comparable mainland communities.

Expected achievement:

Services comparable to similar communities continue to be delivered, including throughout 2015–16. Service delivery is ongoing.
As per the 2015–16 PB Statements.
  Essential infrastructure in the
non-self-governing territories meets the needs of communities.

Expected achievement:

Essential infrastructure continues to support the provision of a comparable level of service to that of similar communities, including throughout 2015–16. Service delivery is ongoing.
 
  Administration of the Australian Government's interest in self-governing territories is effective.

Expected achievement:

Advice continues to be provided to the Australian Government and supports its interests in the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.
 
  Legal frameworks are in place in the territories that provide comparable rights and protections to citizens as the rest of Australia.

Expected achievement:

Legislative changes have been progressed to ensure communities are provided comparable rights and protections to citizens throughout Australia.
 
  Service delivery arrangements and contracts meet value-for-money criteria and deliver appropriate levels of services.

Expected achievement:

Service delivery arrangements continue to provide services comparable to similar communities.
 
  Financial and governance reform for Norfolk Island is progressed through constructive partnerships with the Norfolk Island community.

Expected achievement:

Financial and governance reforms for Norfolk Island were successfully progressed during 2015–16 and will continue in 2016–17.
 
2016–17 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.
Deliver state-type services to the non-self-governing territories to a standard comparable with equivalent state communities.

Ensure essential infrastructure continues to support the provision of a comparable level of service to that of similar communities and service delivery is ongoing.

Provide advice to the Australian Government and support the Australian Government's interests in the Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.

Progress legislative changes to ensure communities are provided comparable rights and protections to citizens throughout Australia.

Ensure service delivery arrangements will provide services comparable to similar communities.

Introduce federal and state level services for Norfolk Island through financial and governance reforms.
2017–18 and beyond As per 2016–17. As per 2016–17.
Purposes
  • Provide good governance in the Australian territories.
Material changes to Program 4.1 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 4.1.

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