Australian Government, 2012‑13 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Infrastructure and Transport

Building Australia Fund — Torrens and Goodwood Junctions rail project

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of the Treasury - - - - 232.1
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - - - - -
Total - Expense - - - - 232.1

The Government will provide $232.1 million in 2015‑16 from the Building Australia Fund to fund 50 per cent of the estimated cost of the Torrens and Goodwood Junctions rail project in South Australia. The project will ease congestion and improve rail network productivity by separating Adelaide's suburban rail network from the East‑West freight network. This will remove bottlenecks that currently occur at the two junctions. Funding for this measure is conditional on the South Australian Government providing counterpart funding.

The cost of this measure has been offset by a provision for the Nation Building 2 Program previously included in the Contingency Reserve.

Nation Building — additional funding for the Pacific Highway

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of the Treasury - - 231.0 1,025.0 1,400.0
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - - - - -
Total - Expense - - 231.0 1,025.0 1,400.0

The Government will make provision in the Nation Building Program of an additional $3.6 billion over the period 2013‑14 to 2016‑17 as funding available to enable further major infrastructure projects.

This funding could be allocated towards the Pacific Highway duplication if the NSW Government was to request further additional funding on a 50/50 shared basis.

This measure involves bringing forward $231.00 million from 2014‑15 to 2013‑14, which has been offset by a provision for the Nation Building 2 Program previously included in the Contingency Reserve.

Nation Building — Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program — continuation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of the Treasury - 10.0 30.0 20.0 20.0
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - - - - -
Total - Expense - 10.0 30.0 20.0 20.0

The Government will provide $140.0 million over seven years (including $20.0 million per annum from 2016‑17 to 2018‑19) for the continuation of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. The program funds projects aimed at improving safety and productivity for the heavy vehicle industry and other road users, such as technology trials addressing speed and fatigue; construction of rest stops and parking on highways; and upgrades to freight routes.

See also the related expense measure titled Heavy vehicle road user charging in the Treasury portfolio.

Nation Building 2 Program — Black Spots program — continuation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of the Treasury - - - 60.0 60.0
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - - - - -
Total - Expense - - - 60.0 60.0

The Government will provide $300.0 million over five years from 2014‑15 to 2018‑19 ($60.0 million per annum) to continue the Black Spots program. The program funds infrastructure projects in dangerous road locations with the aim of reducing the risk of traffic accidents.

The cost of this measure has been offset by a provision for the Nation Building 2 Program previously included in the Contingency Reserve.

Nation Building 2 Program — Roads to Recovery program — continuation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - - - 350.0 350.0

The Government will provide $1.75 billion over five years from 2014‑15 to 2018‑19 ($350.0 million per annum) to continue the Roads to Recovery program. Under the program, funding is distributed to Australia's local councils, state and territory governments responsible for local roads in areas where there are no councils, and the Indian Ocean Territories to maintain and upgrade their local road networks.

The cost of this measure has been offset by a provision for the Nation Building 2 Program previously included in the Contingency Reserve.

Nation Building Program — Northern Territory road projects

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - - - - -
Department of the Treasury 50.0 - - - -
Department of Finance and Deregulation - - - - -
Total - Expense 50.0 - - - -
Department of Finance and Deregulation - - - - -

The Government will provide $50.0 million in 2011‑12 for road projects in the Northern Territory. This funding will be applied to current projects on the Central Arnhem Road and Port Keats Road designed to provide access to Indigenous communities, and projects on roads impacted by the Ichthys LNG project being undertaken by the INPEX Corporation.

As a result of revised Northern Territory Government priorities, the funding replaces a 2009‑10 Budget commitment to provide $50.0 million from the Building Australia Fund for a possible equity contribution to the then proposed Darwin Port Expansion project.

Nation Building Program — redirection

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - - - -1.0 -1.0
Department of the Treasury - -24.7 -8.7 - -
Total - Expense - -24.7 -8.7 -1.0 -1.0

The Government will reduce the Nation Building Program by $35.4 million over four years.

Of this, $33.4 million over the two years from 2012‑13 results from cost savings on existing projects within the Program. A further reduction of $1.0 million in each of 2014‑15 and 2015‑16 has been made to the provision for the Nation Building 2 Program previously included in the Contingency Reserve.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government infrastructure priorities.

National transport planning and the High Speed Rail Unit — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - 3.0 3.0 7.0 7.0

The Government will provide $20.0 million over four years to improve national transport planning. A particular focus for the additional funding will be to support the High Speed Rail Unit to continue to evaluate a High Speed Rail project on the Eastern seaboard of Australia.

National Transport Regulatory reforms — implementation assistance

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of the Treasury 6.6 21.3 - - -
Australian Maritime Safety Authority - .. 0.2 - -
Department of Infrastructure and Transport -6.6 - - - -
Total - Expense - 21.3 0.2 - -
Australian Maritime Safety Authority - 2.4 7.5 - -

The Government will provide $37.9 million over three years to establish national transport regulators for heavy vehicles, rail safety and maritime safety. Under the National Transport Regulator reforms, States and Territories will implement national regulations to reduce the burden of having multiple jurisdictional requirements for heavy vehicles, rail and maritime operators.

The measure will provide the following funding:

  • $15.6 million over 2011‑12 and 2012‑13 to establish the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator in Queensland;
  • $9.2 million over 2011‑12 and 2012‑13 to establish the National Rail Safety Regulator in South Australia;
  • $10.1 million over 2012‑13 and 2013‑14 in capital and expenses to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to develop and purchase a national information system to support its role as the National Maritime Safety Regulator; and
  • $1.0 million in 2011‑12 to each of Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory to assist with the costs of implementing the national reforms.

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

The 2011‑12 cost of $6.6 million will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Infrastructure and Transport.

Further information can be found in the press releases of 25 February 2010, 24 August 2011 and 4 April 2012 by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Seatbelts on regional school buses — continuation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

The Government will provide $4.0 million over four years to continue the seatbelts on regional school buses program to increase the number of school buses equipped with seat belts in rural and regional areas. The program provides grants to private rural and regional bus operators, of up to $25,000 per existing in‑service bus, to enable buses to be fitted with seat belts.

Securing the Air Cargo Supply Chain — revised implementation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Infrastructure and Transport -19.6 - - - -

The Government has identified $19.6 million in savings from unspent funding in 2011‑12.

Revised air cargo security arrangements are being developed in consultation with the cargo industry.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Temporary Assistance to Tasmanian exporters accessing international markets

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Infrastructure and Transport - - - - -
Department of the Treasury 20.0 - - - -
Total - Expense 20.0 - - - -

The Government will provide $20.0 million in 2011‑12 to assist Tasmanian‑based exporters to access international markets. This funding will assist in addressing the ports and shipping issues being encountered by Tasmanian‑based exporters following the cessation of direct international liner shipping services to the state in 2011. The funds will be paid to the Tasmanian Government.

Further information can be found in the press release of 23 March 2012 issued by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

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