Infrastructure Australia

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 IA can be found at:

www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/about/files/IA_Annual_Report_2016-17.pdf.

The most recent annual performance statement can be found at:
www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au/about/files/Infrastructure_Australia_Corporate_Plan%202017-18.pdf.

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 IA intends to spend (on an accrual basis) on achieving the outcome, broken down by program, as well as by departmental funding sources.

Table 2.1: Budgeted expenses for Outcome 1

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 2018–19 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—IA will contribute to the Government's objective of supporting competitiveness, driving productivity and enhancing quality of life, through the provision of high quality advice.
Purpose IA's purpose is to:
  • improve decision-making on matters relating to infrastructure
  • advise governments and others on infrastructure matters including the better assessment of infrastructure needs and prioritisation of infrastructure projects
  • promote best practice in infrastructure planning, financing, delivery and operation
Delivery IA 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.
Current performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargetsEstimated achievement
2017–18 Evaluate project proposals on all infrastructure proposals, excluding defence projects, where funding of more than $100m is sought from the Commonwealth Evaluations of project proposals completed and a summary of these evaluations published on IA's website IA assessed 6 project proposals in 2017–18
Undertake research initiatives that promote best practice in the planning, funding, delivery and operations 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 In 2017–18, IA continued to release ‘Reform Series' policy papers that promote best practice in infrastructure planning, funding, delivery and operation. These include:
  • Corridor Protection
  • Reforming Urban Water
  • Future Cities
  • Making Reform Happen
Regularly update and further develop the Infrastructure Priority List Publication of an updated Infrastructure Priority List, publication of a revised assessment framework In addition to its project business case assessments, IA received 285 initiative submissions of which 13 were added to the Infrastructure Priority List

IA launched a revised Infrastructure Priority List on 27 March 2018

IA has also continued to evolve its assessment framework for analysis of project proposals including publishing a newly revised assessment framework on 15 March 2018
Forward looking performance information
YearPerformance criteriaTargets
2018–19 and beyond Evaluate project proposals on all infrastructure proposals, excluding defence projects, where funding of more than $100m is sought from the Commonwealth Evaluations of project proposals completed and a summary of these evaluations published on IA's website
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
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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