Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Section 1: Entity overview and resources

1.1 Strategic direction statement

The Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities is at the forefront of the Australian Government's efforts to maintain a strong and prosperous economy through creating jobs, improving living standards and connecting all Australians on a local, national and global scale. Our work impacts everyone in the country, across cities, regions and territories.

Through 8 Commonwealth programs, we work to achieve 4 outcomes:

  • Outcome 1
    Improved infrastructure across Australia through investment in and coordination of transport and other infrastructure (Program 1.1).
  • Outcome 2
    An efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system for all transport users through regulation, financial assistance and safety investigations (Programs 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 (a)).
  • 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 (Programs 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3).
  • 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 (Program 4.1).

We pursue these broad outcomes strategically through 3 key streams of work: managing and delivering programs, developing policy options and advice, and maintaining fit-for-purpose regulatory frameworks. The performance sections of these statements provides further detail on specific activities conducted under each stream of work.

We adopted the Commonwealth performance framework in 2015–16 and since then have matured in the way we assess program performance. In the first year, we reported the activities, or outputs, we had undertaken towards our purposes (b) that drive the activities undertaken by the department.

In 2016–17 and 2017–18, we developed measures that were outcome focused and that assessed performance directly against each of our purposes. We have further refined these for 2018–19 to achieve a greater balance between outcome measures (which the department contributes to but are reliant on contributions from many other stakeholders, such as reduced road trauma) and output measures (which reflect activities such as the number of services provided and payments processed) to better demonstrate the department's overall performance.

These refinements will be reflected in our 2018-19 Corporate Plan and show our objective to achieve higher standards in performance and accountability.

As we work to achieve our outcomes, and in managing challenges in the years ahead, we will continue to be guided by our strategic vision: having a view on the right outcome; to be a respected policy and reform driving agency; to be a leading program, project delivery and regulatory agency; 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 2018–19 Corporate Plan which will be published by August 2018 at


  1. As a result of the Administrative Arrangements Order made on 20 December 2017, responsibility for Program 2.1, Transport Security, has been transferred to the Department of Home Affairs.
  2. Purposes are defined in the Public Governance and Accountability Act 2013, ‘purposes of a Commonwealth entity or Commonwealth company includes the objectives, functions or role of the entity or company’.

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, Regional Development and Cities resource statement—Budget estimates for 2018–19 as at Budget May 2018

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 2018–19 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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