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:

  • Keeping transport secure—preventing terrorist incidents in the aviation, maritime and offshore oil and gas sectors
  • Supporting economic growth through transport—improving transport efficiency and sustainability to facilitate the movement of people and freight
  • Making travel safer– minimising the number and severity of transport safety incidents
  • Increasing transport access– connecting people, communities, businesses and markets
  • Supporting regional development and local communities– delivering jobs and economic growth for regional Australia and improving standards of living through influencing policy, investing in infrastructure and building community capability
  • Providing good governance in the territories—delivering services, legislative frameworks and infrastructure

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

The Department supports the Australian Government's objective to deliver jobs, productivity improvements and economic growth to Australians. It is vital that all Australians—whether from the cities or the regions—have an opportunity to benefit from our economic growth.

Rapid advances in and adoption of, new technology is changing the way we connect and interact with the world around us. New technologies are transforming how we use transport and the way we interact with infrastructure, bringing exponential opportunities as well as some significant challenges.

Australia relies on its transport services to connect us to the global economy through international trade. Australia must safely and efficiently move millions of tonnes of freight from farm gates and factories to markets across the nation and overseas. It is expected that Australia's national land freight task will grow by around 75 per cent between 2011 and 2031.

Well-connected cities and regions can improve economic and social outcomes. Transport, communications and social infrastructure play a key role in both access to services and markets, and also facilitate access to the jobs of the future while increasing the liveability of our cities and regions.

Ensuring Australians are getting to home and work safely each day is a critical priority for the Department. Road fatalities account for the highest number of deaths, at 4.91 annual deaths per 100,000 people. Road crashes are estimated to cost the Australian economy $27 billion each year. Investing in our road network and the safety of our drivers and vehicles is a key aspect of reducing the number and severity of road incidents.

The Department's infrastructure and regional development programs are investing in projects that are helping communities across Australia. These investments enable people to access employment and services, run competitive businesses, connect with their families and friends, enhance safety and improve liveability. The Department's programs are providing funding to support priority road projects from national highways to local roads. Critical rail infrastructure is also being supported, such as the Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane, to enhance the ability to transport goods from these areas to port and to market.

The Department is committed to ensuring all Australians have access to essential services, good governance and infrastructure. Regional programs are supporting projects that strengthen and diversify their economic base as well as building communities that people want to live in and come back to for work, business and lifestyle opportunities. The Department also ensures that communities in Australia's external territories and the Jervis Bay Territory have access to a level of services and economic opportunity as similar sized communities in the rest of Australia.

The Department is committed to meeting the challenges of the future, improving the liveability and safety of our communities and ensuring a regulatory environment that reaps the benefits of innovation and new technologies, while still ensuring the Australian transport system remains efficient, safe and secure.

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 2017-18 Corporate Plan which will be published by August 2017 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 2017–18 as at Budget May 2017

1.3 Budget measures

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

Table 1.2: Entity 2017–18 Budget measures

Part 2: Other measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement

This table is not provided as there are no other measures not previously reported in a portfolio statement for the Department.

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