Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

Additional aviation capacity for the Sydney region — development of an Aviation Strategic Plan

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 8.5 - - -

The Government will provide $8.5 million in 2010‑11 to jointly develop with the New South Wales Government an Aviation Strategic Plan for the Sydney Region. The Plan will consider options for additional aviation capacity in the Sydney region, including the identification of potential sites and an evaluation of investment strategies. The Plan will also consider future planning, zoning, and the release of land at the Commonwealth's Badgerys Creek site.

The New South Wales Government will make a similar overall contribution toward the cost of the Plan.

Further information can be found in the National Aviation White Paper — Flight Path to the Future, released on 16 December 2009 by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Aviation Safety — Civil Aviation Safety Authority funding strategy

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Civil Aviation Safety Authority - 23.1 22.6 22.1 22.1
Australian Taxation Office - 20.7 21.8 22.9 24.6

The Government will provide $89.9 million over four years to strengthen the capacity of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to maintain and enhance aviation safety. The additional funding ensures that CASA can: continue random testing for alcohol and other drugs within the aviation industry; develop and maintain safety standards; regulate expanding areas of aviation activity; and implement a state safety program. It will also enable CASA to strengthen their technical capability and regulatory oversight ability; expand technical training capacity for its technical staff; and continue funding for its five‑member Board.

The additional funding for CASA will be provided through an increase in the excise and excise‑equivalent customs duty on aviation fuels to $0.03556 per litre. This increase will take effect from 1 July 2010. The revenue measure is expected to raise $89.9 million over the forward estimates period.

Further information can be found in the National Aviation Policy White Paper — Flight Path to the Future, released on 16 December 2009 by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority — strengthened capability

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Civil Aviation Safety Authority - - - - -

The Government will provide $3.8 million in 2009‑10 to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the recruitment of specialised technical staff. This recruitment will enhance the oversight of priority areas such as helicopter activity, foreign operators flying within Australian airspace and aircraft maintenance undertaken outside Australia.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information can be found in the National Aviation Policy White Paper — Flight Path to the Future released on 16 December 2009 by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Local government payments — accelerating payments

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 511.6 -511.6 - - -

The Government will pay the first instalment of the expected 2010‑11 local government financial assistance grants of $511.6 million to local councils in 2009‑10 to ensure they have immediate use of these funds. This will ensure local government is able to take maximum advantage of the global recovery and to prepare for future challenges.

The provision of funding to local governments will improve the financial capacity of local governments and assist them in planning their works programs for 2010‑11.

Moorebank Intermodal Terminal — implementation strategy

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 21.6 13.9 - -
Department of Defence - 13.7 21.5 - -
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - - - - -
Department of the Treasury - -35.2 -35.4 - -
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $70.7 million over two years to the Department of Finance and Deregulation ($35.5 million) and the Department of Defence ($35.2 million). The funding will be used to develop, with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, comprehensive business cases, designs, approvals and an implementation strategy for an intermodal transport hub at Moorebank, New South Wales, and for the relocation of Defence's School of Military Engineering to Holsworthy.

These funds will come from funds already set aside in the Nation Building program for New South Wales for the development of an intermodal terminal precinct at Moorebank.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Anthony's Cutting and Western Ring Road

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Treasury 150.0 -150.0 - - -

The Government will bring forward $150.0 million from 2010‑11 to 2009‑10 to provide $50.0 million for Anthony's Cutting and $100.0 million for the Western Ring Road to reflect both projects' significant progress. These payments will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the Victorian Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Douglas Arterial Road

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Treasury 44.0 -14.0 -15.0 -15.0 -

The Government will bring forward $44.0 million to 2009‑10 for the Douglas Arterial Road to accelerate commencement of work on the project. This payment will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the Queensland Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Holbrook Bypass

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Treasury 201.5 -55.0 -55.0 -55.0 -36.5

The Government will bring forward a payment of $201.5 million to 2009‑10 for the Holbrook Bypass in order to facilitate early commencement of the project. This payment will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the New South Wales Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road Infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Ipswich Motorway

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Treasury 500.0 -391.8 -108.2 - -

The Government will bring forward $500.0 million to 2009‑10 for the Ipswich Motorway to reflect the progress made on the project to date. This payment will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the Queensland Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Superway and Northern Expressway

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Treasury 56.0 -56.0 - - -

The Government will bring forward $50.0 million from 2010‑11 to 2009‑10 for the South Road Superway, to facilitate the early commencement of construction as part of the South Road package of works. In addition, the Government will bring forward $6.0 million from 2010‑11 to 2009‑10 for the Northern Expressway projects, in recognition of the imminent completion of the project. These payments will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the South Australian Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Tiger Brennan Drive

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Treasury 25.1 -25.1 - - -

The Government will bring forward $25.1 million from 2010‑11 to 2009‑10 to make a final payment for the Tiger Brennan Drive in recognition of the imminent completion of the project. This payment will be provided under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the Northern Territory Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

National Transport Regulators — establishment

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Australian Maritime Safety Authority - 5.1 - - -
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 2.3 - - -
Australian Transport Safety Bureau - 0.8 - - -
Total - 8.3 - - -

The Government will provide $8.3 million in 2010‑11 to establish national regulators for heavy vehicles, rail safety and maritime safety, and for an expanded rail and national maritime safety investigatory function.

Of this funding, $2.3 million will be provided for the Commonwealth's contribution to set up project implementation teams in the host jurisdictions. The national heavy vehicle regulator will be established in Queensland and the national rail safety regulator in South Australia. State and Territory governments are also to contribute to this activity according to the National Transport Commission formula. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority will receive $5.1 million to take on maritime safety regulation responsibilities for all commercial vessels, and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will receive $0.8 million to establish a national investigation framework for rail and maritime safety.

National transport regulation reform is part of the national partnership agreement reached by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to deliver a seamless national economy.

Further information about the COAG agreement to implement national transport regulation reforms can be found in the COAG Communiqu�s of 2 July 2009 and 7 December 2009.

Regional and Local Community Infrastructure program and Local Government Reform Fund — administration

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - - - - -

The Government will provide $5.0 million ($1.5 million in 2009‑10 and $3.5 million in 2010‑11) to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government for administration costs associated with the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure program and the Local Government Reform Fund.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information on the programs can be found in the joint press release of 25 June 2009 by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Remote Aviation Infrastructure Fund — priority airstrips upgrades

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 3.9 2.0 - -

The Government will provide funding of $5.9 million over two years to upgrade up to 19 remote airstrips from the 'Charter' safety standard to the higher 'Regular Public Transport' safety standard. The upgrades will help ensure that the remote Indigenous communities served by these airstrips have access to regular passenger transport services, as well as medical services and essential supplies.

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