Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Section 1: Entity overview and resources

1.1: Strategic direction statement

In accordance with the four outcomes outlined in the Portfolio Overview, the Department is responsible for the following programs:

  • Program 1.1: Infrastructure investment;
  • Program 2.1: Transport security;
  • Program 2.2: Surface transport;
  • Program 2.3: Road safety;
  • Program 2.4: Air transport;
  • Program 3.1: Regional development;
  • Program 3.2: Local government; and
  • Program 4.1: Services to territories.

Each of our programs link to one or more of our purposes:

  • promote, evaluate, plan and invest in infrastructure and regional development;
  • foster an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system;
  • facilitate local partnerships between all levels of government and local communities; and
  • provide good governance in the Australian territories.

Section 2 of this document (‘Outcomes and Planned Performance’) maps our programs to our purposes and includes detailed performance information for each program.

As Australia's population and economy grow over the coming decades, new opportunities and challenges will emerge for the country's infrastructure and transport sectors, as well as for our regions. The need to ensure Australia's infrastructure and transport systems attract the investment needed for a fully functioning, efficient and productive economy that also strengthens outcomes for Australia's regions provides a key focus for the Department.

The Department's programs are designed to meet challenges such as the need to enhance our productivity in order to maintain living standards, the growing demand for infrastructure and transport, the structural changes affecting the transport industries, and the increasing complexity of demographic and economic changes affecting our regions.

The Department supports the Australian Government to respond to the opportunities and challenges presented by Australia's projected economic and demographic changes. Its work is guided by the increasing pressures on infrastructure and transport systems; the need to strengthen outcomes for Australia's regions; the importance of a safe, secure and efficient transport system; and the need for our investments in infrastructure to be efficient and sustainable. The portfolio has a strong economic investment focus—a focus that is critical to the economic development of all regions to meet the growth and development challenges the nation faces.

The Department is at the forefront of the Australian Government's efforts to strengthen Australia's economic future and improve living standards, particularly through infrastructure planning and strategic investment in transport infrastructure, transport system reform, regulation of safety and security and strategic development of policies and programs. The Department also assists regions and local communities to strengthen and diversify their economic base and provides non-self-governing territories with community services and capital investment. Throughout 2016–17 the portfolio will also continue supporting industry and the community by continuously monitoring aviation transport, maritime transport, and offshore facility security regulatory regimes.

As the Department works to achieve its outcomes, it will continue to be guided by its strategic vision: having a view on the right outcome; driving policy reform; leading program and project delivery; regulating effectively; being a leading Australian entity for investment strategy and planning; and fostering a high performing workforce.

For more information on the Department's strategic direction, please refer to the 2015–16 Corporate Plan at

1.2: Entity resource statement

Table 1.1 shows the total funding from all sources available to the Department for its operations and to deliver programs and services on behalf of the government.

The table summarises how resources will be applied by outcome (government strategic policy objectives) and by administered (on behalf of the government or the public) and departmental (for the Department's operations) classification.

For more detailed information on special accounts and special appropriations, please refer to Budget Paper No. 4—Agency Resourcing.

Information in this table is presented on a resourcing (i.e. appropriations / cash available) basis, whilst the ‘Budgeted expenses by Outcome X’ tables in Section 2 and the financial statements in Section 3 are presented on an accrual basis.

Table 1.1: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development resource statement—Budget estimates for 2016–17 as at Budget May 2016

1.3: Budget measures

Budget measures in Part 1 relating to the Department are detailed in Budget Paper No. 2 and are summarised below.

Table 1.2: Entity 2016–17 Budget measures

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