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 2017–18 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

Outcome 3Strengthening 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 undertakes a range of regionally focused stakeholder consultation and engagement, research, policy development and program delivery activities to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities.
Purposes (a)
  • Supporting regional development and local communities—Delivering jobs and economic growth for regional Australia and improving standards of living through influencing policy, investing in infrastructure and building community capability
Delivery During 2017–18 and the forward years, the Department will:
  • influence policy and program outcomes in favour of regional Australia and deliver a whole-of-government agenda outlining the Government's focus for regional Australia as well as relevant current and future Government activity in regional communities, to increase community awareness of the importance of regional Australia to the national economy;
  • maintain a regional evidence base that tracks trends and issues relevant to the development of Australia's regions, including through the annual updates of the Progress in Australian Regions series, so as to inform communities and influence regional policy decisions;
  • deliver Regional Ministerial Budget Statements in accordance with Budget requirements, to outline the Australian Government's investment in the growth of our regions, to deliver the foundations for a strong and dynamic economy for all Australians;
  • manage regional and local government grants programs to support the economic growth and liveability of regions; and
  • lead the redesign and implementation of a revised Regional Development Australia program under a new charter focused on growing strong, confident and vibrant regions.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets/2016–17 Estimated achievement
2016–17 Jobs supported by regional program investments Target: Demonstrated through the delivery of Australian Government funded projects
Estimated achievement: To be reported as a case study
  Number of employed persons outside capital cities Target: Increased compared to previous year
Estimated achievement: The number of employed persons outside capital cities increased by 1.6 per cent between 2014–15 and 2015–16 to 3.75 million
  Disposable household income for low and middle incomes outside capital cities Target: Increased compared to previous year
Estimated achievement: Disposable household income for low and middle incomes outside capital cities increased between 2011–12 and 2013–14 (latest available data) in all States except Victoria. This measure also declined in the Northern Territory
2017–18 and beyond Jobs supported by infrastructure investment and regional program investments Target (2017–18 and beyond): Demonstrated through the delivery of Australian Government funded projects
  Number of employed persons outside capital cities Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased compared to previous year
  Disposable household income for low and middle incomes outside capital cities Target (2017–18 and beyond): Increased compared to previous year
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 aims to strengthen local government capacity and better support local communities through providing policy advice to the Australian Government and financial assistance to local governments.
Purposes (a)
  • Supporting regional development and local communities—Delivering jobs and economic growth for regional Australia and improving standards of living through influencing policy, investing in infrastructure and building community capability
Delivery During 2017–18 and the forward years, the Department will:
  • deliver and manage the Financial Assistance Grant program in accordance with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 to provide financial assistance that supports equitable levels of local government services delivery; and
  • administer the National Awards for Local Government to recognise, reward and promote the innovative work of local governments across Australia.
Performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets/2016–17 Estimated achievement
2016–17 Financial assistance is provided to support equitable levels of services by local government bodies Target: Financial assistance is provided in accordance with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995
Estimated achievement: Financial assistance is provided in accordance with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 to all state and territory local governing bodies and the Australian Capital Territory to support equitable levels of local government services
2017–18 and beyond Financial assistance is provided to support equitable levels of services by local government bodies Target (2017–18 and beyond): Financial assistance is provided in accordance with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995
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
  1. Refers to updated purposes that will be reflected in the 2017–18 Corporate Plan.

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