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 support great cities, strong regions and connect Australians.

The department contributes to improving infrastructure across Australia by facilitating investment that supports efficiency, access and safety of Australia's land transport infrastructure. This strengthens the Australian economy by improving connectivity of communities and freight, contributing to delivering jobs, improving living standards and building opportunities across Australia.

Our programs support increasing efficiency, sustainability, competitiveness, safety and productivity in our transport system. This is achieved by supporting national transport reform, connecting Australians with domestic markets and connecting the nation to the global economy, to support growth and competitiveness.

Australia's future prosperity depends upon government, business and the Australian community working together to support our cities, big and small. We facilitate partnerships between government and local communities that help create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities.

The department supports services to territories and works to ensure residents of non-self-governing territories have access to equivalent scope and quality of services provided to residents in similar sized mainland communities.

In delivering this program of work, the department supports the Australian Government's efforts to build a strong and prosperous economy. Our work affects communities in cities, regions and towns across Australia.

Through eight Commonwealth programs, we work to achieve four 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 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3).
  • 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 (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 outcomes through three key streams of work: managing and delivering programs; developing policy options and advice; and maintaining fit-for-purpose regulatory frameworks. We support the government's $100 billion infrastructure investment plan over 10 years, including the $9.3 billion investment in the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project and the $5.3 billion Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. This work contributes to achieving a strong economy and thriving communities now and for the future.

The department will continue to consider a range of challenges and opportunities facing Australia in 2019–20. These include:

  • rapid population growth concentrated in our major cities;
  • transitioning regional economies, including regions facing diverse demographic, climate and economic structural challenges;
  • a constrained civil infrastructure construction market;
  • growing demand for freight services, driven by domestic demand and international trade;
  • a continued need to reduce road-related injuries and fatalities; and
  • disruptive technologies, including automated and remotely controlled technologies, changes in communication technologies, and new tools for individuals, industry and government to collect, manage and utilise data.

The performance sections of these statements provides further detail on activities conducted and the targets to be achieved in 2019–20.

For more information on the department's strategic direction and performance, please refer to the 2019–20 Corporate Plan which will be published by August 2019 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, Regional Development and Cities resource statement—Budget estimates for 2019–20 as at Budget April 2019

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 2019–20 Budget measures

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