Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Portfolio Overview

Ministers and portfolio responsibilities

The ministers listed in the Ministers and Portfolio Responsibilities section of the 2017–18 Portfolio Budget Statements (PB Statements) have changed.

On 20 December 2017, the Department became accountable to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP; Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP; and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Damian Drum MP.

Also on 20 December 2017, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP's responsibilities in the portfolio were expanded and his title is now Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities.

The portfolio also gained an additional General Government Sector agency, the Infrastructure Project Financing Agency (IPFA). The IPFA is a non-corporate Commonwealth entity, subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), focused on leveraging additional private sector investment in infrastructure and securing better returns from the Commonwealth's investment.

The IPFA has the following outcome:

To leverage additional private sector investment in infrastructure and secure better returns from the Commonwealth's investment by assisting the Government to identify, assess, and broker financing opportunities for infrastructure and projects, including through engagement with Commonwealth entities, State and Territory governments, and the private sector.

More information about the IPFA can be found at www.ipfa.gov.au.

Within the Department's portfolio entities, some executive appointments changed from the 2017–18 PB Statements (see Figure 1).

A full outline of the Department's Portfolio Overview can be found in the 2017–18 PB Statements.

Figure 1: Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities portfolio structure and outcomes

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Deputy Prime Minister
The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
The Hon Dr John McVeigh MP

Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities
The Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
The Hon Damian Drum MP

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities
Secretary: Dr Steven Kennedy PSM

Outcome 1: Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.

Outcome 2: An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations.

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.

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.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Chair: Stuart Richey AM
Chief Executive Officer: Michael Kinley

Outcome 1: Minimise the risk of shipping incidents and pollution in Australian waters through ship safety and environment protection regulation and services and maximise people saved from maritime and aviation incidents through search and rescue coordination.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
Chief Commissioner: Greg Hood

Outcome 1: Improved transport safety in Australia including through: independent ‘no blame’ investigation of transport accidents and other safety occurrences; safety data recording, analysis and research; and fostering safety awareness, knowledge and action.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Chair: Jeffrey Boyd
Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety: Shane Carmody

Outcome 1: Maximise aviation safety through a regulatory regime, detailed technical material on safety standards, comprehensive aviation industry oversight, risk analysis, industry consultation, education and training.

Infrastructure Australia
Chair: Julieanne Alroe
Chief Executive Officer: Philip Davies

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.

Infrastructure Project Financing Agency
Chief Executive Officer: Leilani Frew

Outcome 1: To leverage additional private sector investment in infrastructure and secure better returns from the Commonwealth's investment by assisting the Government to identify, assess, and broker financing opportunities for infrastructure and projects, including through engagement with Commonwealth entities, State and Territory governments, and the private sector.

National Capital Authority
Chair: Terry Weber
Acting Chief Executive Officer: Andrew Smith
Chief Executive Officer: Sally Barnes (as of 11 February 2018)

Outcome 1: Manage the strategic planning, promotion and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital for all Australians through the development and administration of the National Capital Plan, operation of the National Capital Exhibition, delivery of education and awareness programs and works to enhance the character of the National Capital.

National Transport Commission
Chair: Carolyn Walsh MP
Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner: Paul Retter AM

Outcome 1: Improved transport productivity, efficiency, safety and environmental performance and regulatory efficiency in Australia through developing, monitoring and maintaining nationally consistent regulatory and operational arrangements relating to road, rail and intermodal transport.

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