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 secure and 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 2019–20 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 2019–20 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
Year Performance criteria Targets Estimated achievement
2018–19 Number of employed persons outside capital cities Increased compared to previous year Data not yet available (a)
Real disposable income for low and middle income households outside capital cities New data not expected to be available (b) Data not yet available
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 No target set. The Department's activities contributed to progress against this measure
Increase in water available (ML) through water infrastructure projects funded Water available is increased Data not yet available (a)
Forward looking performance information
Year Performance criteria Targets
2019–20 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 2019–20: Increased from 2015–16 to 2017–18
2020–21: New data not expected to be available (b)
2021–22: Increased from 2017–18 to 2018–19
Regional investment supports jobs and regional growth Demonstrated positive impact on jobs and regional growth
Partnerships with all levels of government and the private sector to deliver regional development outcomes Partnerships developed and maintained to underpin regional development programs and policies
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

Notes:

  1. Data is expected to be available for the 2018–19 Annual Performance Statements.
  2. Source data is released every two years (ABS Cat. No. 6523.0—Household Income and Wealth Australia).

Table 2.3.3: Performance criteria for Outcome 3 (continued)

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 2019–20 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
Year Performance criteria Targets Estimated achievement
2018–19 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
Year Performance criteria Targets
2019–20 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 2019–20 and the forward years, the department will:
  • continue to deliver the government's cities agenda, by:
    • bringing together three levels of government, the community and private enterprise to create City and Regional Deals, which focus on aligning planning, investment and governance to accelerate growth and job creation, stimulate urban renewal, support liveability and drive economic reforms
    • monitoring projects funded through the government's smart cities and suburbs grants program
  • provide informed, consistent and influential advice to key stakeholders, including Ministers, on the government's cities agenda, through:
    • consultation and strategy for future city and regional deals, including the provision of advice to the government and collaboration with state/territory and local governments
    • monitoring the performance of Australian cities through the national cities performance framework
Current performance information
Year Performance criteria Targets Estimated achievement
2018–19 Number of projects receiving funding through the Smart Cities and Suburbs program 49 projects funded in round one Target met
Forward looking performance information
Year Performance criteria Targets
2019–20 and beyond Improved liveability and increased productivity in Australia's cities 2019–20: Improvement in national cities performance framework indicators for liveability and productivity
2020–21 onwards: Improvement in indicators over time
Improved access to jobs and reduced congestion in Australia's cities 2019–20: Improvement in national cities performance framework indicators for access to jobs and reduced congestion
2020–21 onwards: Improvement in indicators over time
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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