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.
Performance reporting requirements in the Portfolio Budget Statements are part of the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework established by the PGPA Act. 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—to provide an entity's complete performance story.
The most recent corporate plan for Infrastructure Australia can be found at: infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/about/accountability-reporting.aspx
The most recent annual performance statement can be found at: infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/about/accountability-reporting.aspx
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 2.2: 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 2017–18 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.|
|Purposes||Infrastructure Australia's purpose is to:
|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.|
|Year||Performance criteria||Targets/2016–17 Estimated achievement|
|2016–17||Evaluate project proposals on all infrastructure proposals, excluding defence projects, where funding of more than $100 million is sought from the Commonwealth||Expected achievement: Infrastructure Australia assessed 17 project proposals in 2016–17|
|Regularly update and further develop the Infrastructure Priority List||Expected achievement: Infrastructure Australia launched a newly revised Infrastructure Priority List on 25 February 2017. In addition, Infrastructure Australia has continued to evolve its assessment framework for analysis of project proposals|
|Undertake research initiatives that promote best practice in the planning, funding, delivery and operations of infrastructure||Expected achievement: In 2016–17 Infrastructure Australia launched an infrastructure ‘Reform Series’ of policy papers that promote best practice in infrastructure planning, funding, delivery and operation|
|Evaluate applications for designation under the Tax Loss Incentive for Designated Infrastructure Projects as required by Subdivision 415-C of the Income TaxAssessment Act 1997||Expected achievement: Infrastructure Australia has the necessary frameworks and resourcing available to evaluate any applications received in the period|
|2017–18||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
Publication of an updated Infrastructure Priority List, publication of a revised assessment framework
|Regularly update and further develop the Infrastructure Priority List|
|2017–18 (continued)||Undertake research initiatives that promote best practice in the planning, funding and delivery of infrastructure||Deliver research and other initiatives that provide leadership on regulatory reform objectives and promote best practice in the planning, funding, delivery and operation of infrastructure|
|2018–19 and beyond||As per 2017–18||As per 2017–18|
|Material changes to Program 1.1 resulting from the following measures: