Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.3 Budgeted expenses and performance for Outcome 3

Outcome 3: Strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of our cities and regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; through reforms that stimulate economic growth; 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.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Programs
  • Program 1.11: Drought programs
Contribution to Outcome 3 made by linked programs
The above linkage relates to work undertaken by the Regional Investment Corporation to support state and territory investment in water infrastructure that will provide affordable water to support the growth of regional economies.

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Programs
  • Program 1.2: Business research, development and commercialisation
Contribution to Outcome 3 made by linked programs
The above linkage relates to work undertaken by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science on the implementation of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.

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 2018–19 Budget measures have created new programs or materially changed existing programs.

Outcome 3—Strengthening the sustainability, capacity and diversity of our cities and regional economies including through facilitating local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; through reforms that stimulate economic growth; and providing grants and financial assistance.
Program 3.1—The regional development program supports regional development and local communities through regionally focused stakeholder consultation and engagement, research, policy development and program delivery activities to create jobs, drive regional economic growth and build stronger regional communities.
Purpose
  • 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 regional development programs to deliver projects which support the economic growth and liveability of regions
  • develop options and provide policy advice on developing regional Australia, including on:
    • enabling communities to drive their own future
    • building more resilient local economies
Current performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargetsEstimated achievement
2017–18 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
Number of employed persons outside capital cities Increased compared to previous year Target yet to be met

The most recent financial year data are for 2016–17. The 2017–18 data are expected to be available in June 2018. The number of employed persons outside capital cities was 3.86 million in 2016–17
Disposable household income for low and middle incomes outside capital cities Increased over time Target met
National Water Infrastructure Development Fund Investments provide affordable water to support the growth of regional communities Co-fund the construction of three water infrastructure projects, including one in northern Australia Target met
National Water Infrastructure Loans Facility established to support state and territory investment in water infrastructure that will provide affordable water to support the growth of regional economies State and territory governments have access to concessional loan funding for the construction of approved water infrastructure projects Target met
Forward looking performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2018–19 and beyond Number of employed persons outside capital cities Increased compared to previous year
Real disposable income for low and middle income households outside capital cities 2018–19: New data not expected to be available
2019–20: Increased from 2015–16 to 2017–18
2020–21: New data not expected to be available
2021–22: Increased from 2017–18 to 2018–19
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
Increase in water available (ML) through water infrastructure projects funded Water available is increased
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 supports regional development and local communities through delivery of policy advice to the Australian Government and financial assistance to local governments to strengthen local government capacity and better support local communities.
Purpose
  • 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 local government programs including the Financial Assistance Grants program and the National Awards for Local Government
  • develop options and provide policy advice on local government
Current performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargetsEstimated achievement
2017–18 Financial assistance is provided to support equitable levels of services by local government bodies Financial assistance is provided in accordance with the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 Target met
Forward looking performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2018–19 and beyond Financial assistance is provided to support equitable levels of services by local government bodies 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.
Program 3.3 – The cities program develops more liveable, accessible and productive cities through programs and policies that encourage innovation, create jobs and support growth.
Purpose
  • 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:
  • accelerate smart technology initiatives and innovation through the delivery of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program
  • continue to deliver the Australian Government’s Smart Cities Plan through the:
    • consultation and strategy for future city deals, including provision of advice to the Government on the next tranche
    • implementation of city deals in Townsville, Launceston and Western Sydney
    • negotiation of city deals in Darwin, Geelong and Hobart
    • development of a city deals strategy for South East Queensland
  • maintain the national cities performance framework
Current performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargetsEstimated achievement
2017–18 Number of projects receiving funding through the Smart Cities and Suburbs program 49 projects funded in round one Target met
Forward looking performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2018-19 and beyond Number of projects receiving funding through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program 2018–19: 49 projects funded
2019–20 and beyond: To be determined in round 2
Material changes to Program 3.3 resulting from the following measures:
  • There are no new measures with a material impact on the performance information for Program 3.3.

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