Instrastructure Australia

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

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

Each outcome is described below together with its related programs. The following provides detailed information on expenses for each outcome and program, further broken down by funding source.

Note:
From 1 July 2015, performance reporting requirements in the Portfolio Budget Statements sit alongside those required under the enhanced commonwealth performance framework. It is anticipated that the performance criteria described in Portfolio Budget Statements will be read with broader information provided in an entity's corporate plans and annual performance statements—included in Annual Reports from October 2016—to provide an entity's complete performance story.

2.1: Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 1

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.

Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

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

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Table 2.2: Performance criteria for Outcome 1

Table 2.2 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 1. It also summarises how each program is delivered and where 2016–17 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

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.
Program 1.1—Infrastructure Australia will contribute to the Government's objective of supporting competitiveness, driving productivity and enhancing quality of life, through the provision of high quality advice.
Delivery Infrastructure Australia will provide high quality independent advice on nationally significant infrastructure matters to the Australian Government and in turn, all levels of government, industry and stakeholders. This advice will be prepared in consultation with all levels of government, industry stakeholders and the community—as the end users of infrastructure. This advice will include published project evaluations, infrastructure priority lists, published research and other initiatives.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2015–16 Complete and deliver a 15 year national infrastructure plan that identifies priority investment initiatives and reforms that will increase productivity and support economic growth.
Expected achievement: The Australian Infrastructure plan was published on 17 February 2016.
Delivery of the Australian Infrastructure Plan to Government.
Expected achievement: The Australian Infrastructure plan was published on 17 February 2016.
  Evaluate project proposals on all infrastructure proposals, excluding defence projects, where funding of more than $100 million is sought from the Commonwealth.
Expected achievement: It is expected Infrastructure Australia will have assessed project proposals in 2015–16.
Evaluations of project proposals completed and a summary of these evaluations published on Infrastructure Australia's website.
Expected achievement: It is expected that summary of evaluations completed in 2015–16 will be published on the Infrastructure Australia website in accordance with statutory obligations.
  Regularly update and further develop the Infrastructure Priority List.
Expected achievement: A refreshed Infrastructure Priority List was published alongside the Australian Infrastructure Plan on 17 February 2016.
Publication of an updated Infrastructure Priority List.
Expected achievement: A refreshed Infrastructure Priority List was published alongside the Australian Infrastructure Plan on 17 February 2016.
  Undertake research initiatives that promote best practice in the planning, funding and delivery of infrastructure.
Expected achievement: Best practice recommendations in relation to the planning, delivery and operation of infrastructure were presented in the Australian Infrastructure Plan, published on 17 February 2016.
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.
Expected achievement:  Best practice recommendations in relation to the planning, funding, delivery and operation of infrastructure were presented in the Australian Infrastructure Plan, published on 17 February 2016.
  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.
Expected achievement: Infrastructure Australia has the necessary frameworks and resourcing available to evaluate any applications received in the period.
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.
Expected achievement: Infrastructure Australia has the necessary frameworks and resourcing available to evaluate any applications received in the period.
2016–17 Evaluate project proposals on all infrastructure proposals, excluding defence projects, where funding of more than $100 million is sought from the Commonwealth. Evaluations of project proposals completed and a summary of these evaluations published on Infrastructure Australia's website.
  Regularly update and further develop the Infrastructure Priority List. Publication of an updated Infrastructure Priority List.
  Undertake research initiatives that promote best practice in the planning, funding, delivery and operations of infrastructure. Delivery of research and other initiatives that provide leadership on regulatory reform objectives and promote best practice in the planning, funding, delivery and operation 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. Evaluation of 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.
2017–18 and beyond Evaluate project proposals on all infrastructure proposals, excluding defence projects, where funding of more than $100 million is sought from the Commonwealth. Evaluations of project proposals completed and a summary of these evaluations published on Infrastructure Australia's website.
  Regularly update and further develop the Infrastructure Priority List. Publication of an updated Infrastructure Priority List.
  Undertake research initiatives that promote best practice in the planning, funding and delivery of infrastructure. Delivery of research and other initiatives that provide leadership on regulatory reform objectives and promote best practice in the planning, funding, delivery and operation of infrastructure.
Purposes Infrastructure Australia provides independent research and high quality advice to all levels of government, as well as investors and owners of infrastructure, on Australia's requirements for nationally significant infrastructure.
Infrastructure Australia provides advice and advocates for reforms on key issues including financing, delivering and operating infrastructure as well as the identification and promotion of best practice planning and utilisation of Australia's infrastructure networks.
Material changes to Program 1.1 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 1.1.

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