Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

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:

Performance reporting requirements in the PB Statements are part of the enhanced Commonwealth performance framework established by the PGPA Act. It is anticipated that the performance criteria described in PB 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 the department can be found at: infrastructure.gov.au/department/about/corporate-plan.aspx.

The most recent annual performance statement can be found at: infrastructure.gov.au/department/annual_report/index.aspx.

Figure 2.1: Outcome and program structure

Figure 2.1: Outcome and program structure

2.1 Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 1

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

Linked programs

The Department of the Treasury
Programs
  • Program 1.9: National Partnership Payments to the states.
Contribution to Outcome 1 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 1

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 2.1.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

Table 2.1.2: Program components for Outcome 1

Table 2.1.3: Performance criteria for Outcome 1

Table 2.1.3 below details the performance criteria for each program associated with Outcome 1. It also summarises how each program is delivered and where 2018–19 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

Outcome 1—Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure.
Program 1.1—The infrastructure investment program supports economic growth, makes travel safer, increases transport access and supports regional development through programs and policy to increase the efficiency, productivity, sustainability and safety of Australia's land transport infrastructure, and to improve connectivity for communities and freight.
Purposes
  • Supporting economic growth through transport—facilitating the efficient, sustainable movement of people and freight
  • Making travel safer—minimising the number and severity of transport safety incidents
  • Increasing transport access—connecting people, communities, businesses and markets
  • Supporting regional development, cities and local communities—delivering jobs and economic growth for regional Australia and Australian cities and improving standards of living
Delivery During 2018–19 and the forward years, the department will:
  • manage the Australian Government's infrastructure investment programs to deliver road and rail projects that enhance efficiency and improve safety; promote accessibility and capacity for freight and passenger transport; and support the liveability of regions, in partnership with state, territory and local governments
  • develop options and provide policy advice to optimise the impact of infrastructure investment, including on:
    • potential priority projects
    • funding and financing
    • land transport market reforms
Current performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargetsEstimated achievement
2017–18 Volume of freight
(billion tonne-kilometres: btkm)
Increased rolling average compared to previous 10 year period Target met
Percentage of major road projects funded with a benefit cost ratio (BCR) above 1.0 100% Target not expected to be met

The department will continue to work with our funding partners towards prioritising funding major road projects with a BCR above 1.0
Travel time savings arising from major projects Reduced travel times Target met
Number of road fatalities On track to achieve the target in the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–20, to reduce road deaths by at least 30% on 2008–10 figures by 2020 Target not expected to be met

The most recent annual data are for 2017. The 2017–18 data will be available in July 2018
There were 1,225 road deaths in 2017, representing a reduction of 14.1% relative to the baseline 2008–10 figures (1,426 road deaths)
Serious injuries due to road crashes On track to have source data and establish a baseline to monitor progress and inform targets by 2019–20 Target met
  Number of rail fatalities Decreased rolling average compared to previous 10 year period Target yet to be met

Data for rail fatalities are not currently available. Data for 2017–18 are expected to become available in the second half of 2018
  Level of capacity of the rail network Increased Criteria unable to be measured

Whilst some of the department's activities are designed to increase rail network capacity, current resources are unable to measure it as an outcome

This measure will be removed in 2018–19 and the department's future focus for performance will be on the existing related measure, freight volumes
  Jobs supported by infrastructure investment and regional program investments Demonstrated through the delivery of Australian Government funded projects Target yet to be met

The department will report expected jobs supported from 2018–19
Forward looking performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2018–19 and beyond Volume of freight 2018–19: 10 year average to 2016–17 is >603.1btkm (10 year average to 2015–16)
2019–20 and beyond: Increased 10 year rolling average
Expected travel time savings arising from road projects in the infrastructure investment program receiving $400 million or more in Australian Government funding Reduced travel times
Community understanding of road funding issues 2018–19: New data not expected to be available
2019–20 and beyond: Increased, demonstrated through community surveys
Number of road fatalities 2018–19: 1,053 or fewer fatalities (on track to achieve the target in the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, to reduce road deaths by at least 30% on 2008–10 figures by 2020)
2019–20: 1,016 or fewer fatalities (on track to achieve the target in the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, to reduce road deaths by at least 30% on 2008–10 figures by 2020)
2020–21 and beyond: Fatalities continue to reduce
Serious injuries due to road crashes 2018–19: On track to have source data and establish a baseline by 2019–20
2019–20: Establish a baseline
2020–21 and beyond: Serious injuries due to road crashes reduce, relative to 2019–20 baseline
Number of rail fatalities 2018–19: Rail fatalities reduce, relative to 2017–18 baseline
2019–20 and beyond: Rail fatalities continue to reduce over time
Expected number of jobs supported over the life of projects, from infrastructure investment and regional development projects underway during the financial year (based on proponent reported data) Not applicable
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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