Portfolio Overview

Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities Portfolio Overview

Ministers And Portfolio Responsibilities

The Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities portfolio contributes to the well–being of all Australians through the following outcomes.

Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (the department)

  • 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 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.
  • 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 (AMSA)

  • 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 (ATSB)

  • 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 (CASA)

  • 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 (IA)

  • 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 and Project Financing Agency (IPFA)

  • 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 (NCA)

  • 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 (NTC)

  • 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.

Airservices Australia (AA), the Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited (ARTC), Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited (MIC) and WSA Co Limited (WSA Co) are also entities within the Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities portfolio. However, as AA, ARTC, MIC and WSA Co do not receive funding (directly or indirectly) through the annual appropriation acts, they do not produce PB Statements.

The department is accountable to: the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Michael McCormack MP; the Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP; the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP; and the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Keith Pitt MP.

The department provides policy advice to the ministers and undertakes policy and regulatory functions and the delivery of administered items on behalf of the Australian Government.

AA's primary function is to provide air navigation and aviation rescue firefighting services for the aviation industry and community.

AMSA is the national regulator for domestic commercial vessels and the national safety entity responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment, and aviation and maritime search and rescue.

ARTC is a Corporations Act 2001 company controlled by the Commonwealth. ARTC manages and maintains an 8,500km rail network, invests to build, extend and upgrade the network, including the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail, and works with rail operators to provide access to rail for businesses and producers across Australia.

ATSB's primary function is to improve aviation, maritime and rail safety, underpinned by the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

CASA's primary function is to conduct the safety regulation of civil air operations in Australian territory and the operation of Australian aircraft outside Australian territory.

IA's statutory function is to deliver high quality advice on the nationally significant infrastructure needs of Australia.

IPFA's primary function is to provide commercial and financial advice to government on infrastructure investments.

MIC is a Corporations Act 2001 company controlled by the Commonwealth. MIC was established to facilitate the development of the intermodal terminal at Moorebank in south-western Sydney.

NCA's statutory function is to manage the Australian Government's interest in the strategic planning, promotion, development and enhancement of Canberra as the National Capital.

NTC's primary function is to improve the productivity, safety and environmental performance of Australia's road, rail and intermodal transport system.

WSA Co is a Corporations Act 2001 company controlled by the Commonwealth. WSA Co was established to build the Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, in south-western Sydney.

Further details on the goals, operations and operating environments of the portfolio portfolio entities can be found either in the entity specific sections of the PB Statements, or on the respective entity websites.

For information on resourcing across the portfolio, please refer to Part 1: Agency Financial Resourcing in Budget Paper No. 4—Agency Resourcing.

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

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Deputy Prime Minister
The Hon Michael McCormack 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 Keith Pitt 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 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.
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 and 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
Chief Executive Officer: Sally Barnes
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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