Australian Government, 2009‑10 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

Civil Aviation Safety Authority — governance

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Civil Aviation Safety Authority - 0.5 - - -
Civil Aviation Safety Authority - 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $0.6 million in 2009‑10 to establish a board for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The board will comprise five expert members and have responsibility for CASA's strategic direction, risk management and corporate planning. The board will also support CASA's regulatory and safety oversight role. Funding beyond 2009‑10 will be considered in the 2010‑11 Budget context following a review of CASA's funding arrangements.

Establishment of Regional Development Australia

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - -3.7 -3.7 -3.8 -3.9

The Government will transition the former Area Consultative Committees into the Regional Development Australia network. The new Regional Development Australia network will see the Australian, State and Territory governments and local government delivering an integrated approach to regional development. The role of the Regional Development Australia network is to provide high‑level policy advice to government. The new joint arrangements will be implemented progressively from 1 July 2009. This measure will provide savings of $15.1 million over four years.

Local government payments — accelerating payments

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 479.7 -479.7 - - -

The Commonwealth provides general purpose financial assistance grants to local governments to enhance their capacity to provide services to the community. The Commonwealth has decided to make the first quarter payment for 2009‑10 in the 2008‑09 financial year.

The net effect will be an additional payment of $479.7 million in 2008‑09 with a corresponding reduction in 2009‑10. Accelerating the provision of funding to local government will assist the Government's strategy of supporting economic growth and jobs. Local governments will be able to bring forward their delivery of some services into 2008‑09 or early 2009‑10, when they may otherwise have been provided later in 2009 or in 2010.

Over the two years of 2008‑09 and 2009‑10, local governments will still receive their full financial assistance grant entitlements.

Murray River Bridges Federation Fund project — delayed pending confirmation of route

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - -14.0 - - -

The Government will close the Federation Fund special account, which was created in 1998 to fund projects celebrating the Centenary of Federation. The remaining $14.0 million balance was for the Echuca Bridge project which has been delayed primarily due to the status of native title over the preferred route.

Nation Building Plan for the Future — Bruce Highway duplication and bring forward of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 18.0 -30.0 - - -
Department of the Treasury 450.3 -182.3 106.0 126.0 -
Total 468.3 -212.3 106.0 126.0 -

The Government will provide $488.0 million over four years (including $176.0 million in 2008—09) towards the duplication of a 12‑kilometre section of the Bruce Highway between Cooroy and Curra (Section B) to provide a four—lane divided highway.

The Government will also bring forward $292.3 million of Nation Building Program funds from 2009—10 to 2008—09 to assist states to progress major road projects more quickly, consistent with the Government's economic stimulus objectives.

Under the new framework for federal financial relations, commencing 1 January 2009, payments to the States, with a few exceptions, will be made by the Australian Treasury to state treasuries.

See also the related expense measures titled Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — investing in Network 1, Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — investing in metro rail and Nation Building Plan for the Future —investing in public transport links for our major cities in the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio and Nation Building Plan for the Future —investing in public transport links for our major cities in the Treasury portfolio.

See also the related capital measure titled Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — investing in port and rail projects in the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio.

Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — investing in metro rail

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 263.0 196.0 469.7 834.6 1,143.4

The Government will provide $3.9 billion over six years (including $263.0 million in 2008—09 and $1,034.0 million in 2013—14) as contributions towards five major rail projects that have been recommended by Infrastructure Australia. The funding allocated to the projects is as follows:

  • West Metro — preconstruction work (Sydney, New South Wales): $91.0 million in 2008—09 towards engineering and design work to further develop the West Metro project. When completed, the project will provide a 25‑kilometre metro system from Central Station to Westmead Hospital and will link up with the proposed CBD Metro from Central Station to Rozelle;
  • Regional Rail Express (West Werribee to Sunshine, Victoria): $3,225.0 million over six years (including $150.0 million in 2008—09 and $1,034.0 million in 2013—14) towards the separation of V/Line (regional) and metro rail services between West Werribee and Southern Cross Station via Sunshine. This will improve the capacity of lines operating on four corridors. The project involves an extension of platforms and other capital works to enable eight car trains to operate on the Geelong and Bacchus Marsh lines; and a new station at Tarneit. Construction will also include duplication of existing tracks between Sunshine and Kensington and the utilisation of disused tracks from South Kensington to Southern Cross Station;
  • East West Rail Tunnel — preconstruction work (Melbourne, Victoria): $40.0 million over two years from 2011—12 towards for a rail tunnel from Dynon to St Kilda Road;
  • Gawler Rail Line Modernisation (Adelaide, South Australia): $293.5 million over five years (including $14.0 million in 2008—09) towards the acceleration of renewal projects (re—sleepering, electrification and station enhancement) on the Gawler line. The line is 43 kilometres in length and has 24 stations; and
  • Noarlunga to Seaford Rail Extension (Adelaide, South Australia): $291.2 million over five years (including $8.0 million in 2008—09) towards a 5.5‑kilometre dual‑track, electrified extension of the existing rail line from Noarlunga to Seaford in the south of Adelaide, including a 1.2‑kilometre viaduct and bridge over the Onkaparinga River. The project cost includes new rail lines and electrification, two new stations and train stabling.

Funding for this measure will be provided from the Building Australia Fund.

See also the related expense measures titled Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — investing in Network 1, Nation Building Plan for the Future — investing in public transport links for our major cities and Nation Building Plan for the Future —Bruce Highway and bring forward of funding in the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio and Nation Building Plan for the Future — investing in public transport links for our major cities and Nation Building Plan for the Future —Bruce Highway and bring forward of funding in the Treasury portfolio.

See also the related capital measure titled Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — Investing in port and rail projects in the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio.

Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — investing in Network 1

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 742.0 75.0 424.0 624.0 526.0

The Government will provide $3.0 billion over six years (including $742.0 million in 2008—09 and $562.0 million in 2013—14) as contributions towards three road projects that have been recommended by Infrastructure Australia. The funding allocated to these projects is as follows:

  • Hunter Expressway (Hunter Valley, New South Wales): $1,451.0 million over six years (including $158.0 million in 2008—09 and $162.0 million in 2013—14) towards the construction of 40 kilometres of dual carriageway linking the F3 and the New England Highway near Branxton;
  • Pacific Highway — Kempsey bypass (Kempsey to Frederickton, New South Wales): $618.0 million over five years (including $100.0 million in 2008—09) towards the construction of 14.5 kilometres of a four—lane divided highway to the east of Kempsey and Frederickton; approximately 2.2 kilometres of bridging over the Macleay River Floodplain; grade separated interchanges at South Kempsey and Frederickton; and the retention of the existing Pacific Highway as a local road; and
  • Ipswich Motorway — additional works (Brisbane, Queensland): $884.0 million (including $484.0 million in 2008—09 and $400.0 million in 2013—14) towards additional works on the construction of eight kilometres of the Ipswich Motorway between Dinmore and Goodna, and 2.5 kilometres between Wacol and Darra; and planning for the Ipswich Motorway between Darra and Rocklea.

Funding for these road projects will be provided from the Building Australia Fund.

See also the related expense measures titled Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — investing in metro rail, Nation Building Plan for the Future — investing in public transport links for our major cities and Nation Building Plan for the Future —Bruce Highway and bring forward of funding in the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio and Nation Building Plan for the Future — investing in public transport links for our major cities and Nation Building Plan for the Future —Bruce Highway and bring forward of funding in the Treasury portfolio.

See also the related capital measure titled Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — investing in port and rail projects in the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio.

Nation Building Plan for the Future — Investing in public transport links for our major cities

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Treasury 32.0 30.0 79.0 65.0 74.0

The Government will provide $317.0 million over six years (including $32.0 million in 2008—09 and $37.0 million in 2013—14) as contributions towards three projects in Australia's major cities. The funding allocated to the projects is as follows:

  • Brisbane Inner City Rail Feasibility Study (Brisbane, Queensland): $20.0 million in 2008—09 towards a detailed feasibility study of additional river crossing capacity and cross city capacity for the provision of a rail loop that services the major stops north and south of the Brisbane River to cater for future growth;
  • O‑Bahn Track Extension (Adelaide, South Australia): $61.0 million over four years (including $5.0 million in 2008‑09) towards dedicated tracks and associated improvements for the final 4.5 kilometres of Adelaide's high speed O‑Bahn dedicated corridor. The proposed works include provision of on‑road priority along Hackney Road and Dequetteville Terrace by providing a single reversible lane in the median, including traffic signal improvements; a two‑way dedicated corridor along Rundle Road; and two‑way dedicated lanes in Grenfell and Currie Streets; and
  • Northbridge Rail Link — the Hub (Perth, Western Australia): $236.0 million over six years (including $7.0 million in 2008‑09 and $37.0 million in 2013‑14) towards the sinking of the central city section of the Perth‑Fremantle railway line and construction of a new rail platform. This will make available new land to develop above the rail line and is the first stage required for the Hub urban redevelopment project.

Under the new framework for federal financial relations, commencing 1 January 2009, payments to the States, with a few exceptions will be made by the Australian Treasury to state treasuries.

See also the related expense measures titled Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — Investing in Network 1, Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — Investing in metro rail and Nation Building Plan for the Future —Bruce Highway and bring forward of funding in the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio and Nation Building Plan for the Future —Bruce Highway and bring forward of funding in the Treasury portfolio.

See also the related capital measure titled Nation Building Plan for the Future — Building Australia Fund — Investing in port and rail projects in the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio.

National Road Safety Council — contribution

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - - - - -

The Government will provide $3.0 million over five years to establish the National Road Safety Council (NRSC). The NRSC will bring together key community leaders and experts to support the implementation of national road safety strategies, action plans and other safety initiatives agreed by the Australian Transport Council.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Remote Aviation Infrastructure Fund — upgrade of airstrips

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 3.0 - - -

The Government will provide $3.0 million in 2009‑10 to upgrade Remote Air Services Subsidy (RASS) scheme airstrips that require immediate improvement from the charter safety standard to the higher regular public transport standard. This funding will be used to upgrade airstrips prioritised on the basis of safety concerns. The airstrips to be upgraded and the works required will be identified following inspections and technical assessments.

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