Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Infrastructure and Transport

Abt Railway — Contribution

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Department of the Treasury 6.0
Total — Expense 6.0

The Government will provide $6.0 million as a contribution to support capital works on Tasmania's Abt Railway, including restoring the line to an appropriate safety standard.

Since its establishment in 2002 the railway has carried over 400,000 passengers, created 33 direct jobs and injected approximately $10 million per year into Tasmania's West Coast communities. The measure will provide support to the tourism industry and jobs in the region. The funding is contingent on the Tasmanian Government finding an operator for the line and underwriting its ongoing operational costs for the next four years.

Further information can be found in the press release of 24 February 2013 issued by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

Adelaide Airport Noise Amelioration Program

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Infrastructure and Transport 2.0 3.0
Department of Infrastructure and Transport 2.0 3.0

The Government will provide $5.0 million over two years to install noise insulation at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Thebarton in Adelaide, South Australia under the Adelaide Airport Noise Amelioration program. The cost of the measure will be offset through the collection of a noise levy for approximately six months at Adelaide Airport under the Aircraft Noise Levy Act 1995 and the Aircraft Noise Levy Collection Act 1995.

The Adelaide Airport Noise Amelioration program was established in 2000 to fund the installation of noise insulation for eligible residences and public buildings in the vicinity of Adelaide Airport.

Infrastructure Australia — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Infrastructure and Transport 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0

The Government will provide an additional $12.0 million over four years to Infrastructure Australia (IA) to engage additional project and legal expertise to appraise and monitor the progress of infrastructure projects for designation, for the Infrastructure Finance Reform (special taxation provisions for infrastructure projects) measure.

For further information on the tax loss incentive can be found in the 2011‑12 Budget revenue measure titled Infrastructure — enhanced loss utilisation for designated projects.

Jobs Fund — Infrastructure Employment Projects — Cairns Entertainment Precinct — not proceeding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Infrastructure and Transport ‑10.1 ‑28.0

The Government will achieve savings of $38.1 million from the Jobs Fund — Infrastructure Employment program as a result of the Cairns Entertainment Precinct project not proceeding. The Commonwealth had signed a Funding Agreement with Cairns Regional Council agreeing details of the Cairns Entertainment Precinct project and requiring funding contributions from the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments and Cairns Regional Council. The project was cancelled following the Queensland Government's withdrawal of its share of funding and a decision of the Cairns Regional Council, to suspend the project.

Nation Building Program — Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Department of the Treasury
Total — Expense

The Government will provide an additional $10.0 million in 2013‑14 for projects under the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program. The Program funds projects aimed at improving safety and productivity of the heavy vehicle industry through the construction of rest stops and parking bays, upgrading the capacity of roads (including bridges) and technology trials which will improve heavy vehicle productivity. The projects eligible for assistance have been extended to include livestock transport.

The cost of this measure will be met from unallocated funds within the Nation Building program.

Nation Building Program — next phase

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Department of the Treasury ‑150.0 ‑50.0 ‑678.0
Total — Expense ‑150.0 ‑50.0 ‑678.0

The Government will continue Commonwealth contributions to major infrastructure projects over five years from 2014‑15 to 2018‑19 as part of the next phase of the Nation Building Program.

The next phase of the Nation Building Program will include funding previously announced under the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF) — Stream 2.

In addition to the various projects and programs already committed under the next phase of the Nation Building Program, the Government will provide $2.0 billion over five years from 2014‑15 to 2018‑19 to continue transport infrastructure programs including:

  • $1.8 billion ($350.0 million per annum) for Network Maintenance;
  • $61.0 million ($11.0 million per annum between 2014‑15 to 2016‑17 and $14.0 million per annum in both 2017‑18 and 2018‑19 for Planning, Research and Evaluation); and
  • an additional $100.0 million ($20.0 million per annum) funding for the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity program, bringing the total value of the program to $200.0 million over five years.

The Government will also provide funding from 2014‑15 to 2018‑19 for new projects under the Nation Building Program including:

  • Ramp Metering (Australian Capital Territory);
  • Port Botany Upgrades Program (New South Wales);
  • F3 Productivity Package (New South Wales);
  • New England Highway Bolivia Hill Realignment (New South Wales);
  • Scone Level Crossing (New South Wales);
  • Mt Ousley Upgrades (New South Wales);
  • Sydney Motorways Program — M4 and M5 extension (New South Wales);
  • Sydney Motorways Program — F3 to M2 (New South Wales);
  • Tiger Brennan Drive Duplication (Northern Territory);
  • Regional Roads Productivity Package (Northern Territory);
  • Bruce Highway (Queensland);
  • Gateway Upgrade North (Queensland);
  • Brisbane Cross River Rail (Queensland);
  • Ipswich Motorway — Rocklea to Darra (Queensland);
  • Warrego Highway — upgrades (Queensland);
  • Managed Motorways — South Eastern Freeway (South Australia);
  • Anangu Pitjanjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands — road upgrades (South Australia);
  • South Road Upgrade (South Australia);
  • Tonsley Park Public Transport Project (South Australia);
  • Midland Highway (Tasmania);
  • Freight Rail Revitalisation (Tasmania);
  • Brooker Highway — Elwick‑Goodwood and Howard Roads (Tasmania);
  • Huon Highway/Summerleas Road Intersection Upgrade (Tasmania);
  • Domain Highway Planning (Tasmania);
  • Managed Motorways — High Street to Warrigal Road (Victoria);
  • Managed Motorways — Warrigal Road to Clyde Road (Victoria);
  • Melbourne Metro (Victoria);
  • M80 (Victoria);
  • Ballarat Freight Hub (Victoria);
  • Swan Valley Bypass (Western Australia);
  • Great Northern Highway — Muchea to Wubin (Western Australia);
  • North West Coastal Highway — Minilya to Barradale (Western Australia);
  • Leach Highway (High Street) (Western Australia);
  • Perth Public Transport Package (Western Australia);
  • Tonkin Highway — grade separations (Western Australia);
  • Gateway WA (Western Australia); and
  • Australian Rail Track Corporation — Advanced Train Management System Phase 1.

The Government will reduce funding for the RIF — Stream 2 by $2.0 billion over seven years from 2013‑14 to 2019‑20 (including $100.0 million in 2017‑18, $500.0 million in 2018‑19, and $500.0 million in 2019‑20), as a result of lower than anticipated revenues from the Minerals Resource Rent Tax, which partly contributes to RIF funding. Following this reduction, funding of more than $2.4 billion over nine years will remain in the RIF — Stream 2 and contribute to the next phase of the Nation Building Program.

Nation Building Program — redirection

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Infrastructure and Transport ‑3.0 ‑3.0 ‑3.0 ‑3.0
Department of the Treasury ‑6.8 ‑22.1 ‑3.4
Total — Expense ‑9.8 ‑25.1 ‑6.4 ‑3.0

The Government will reduce the Nation Building Program (NBP) by $44.3 million over four years from 2013‑14 as a result of cost savings on existing projects within the NBP.

The NBP is the Government's main transport infrastructure funding program aimed at lifting Australia's productivity through the development of nationally significant land transport infrastructure.

Regional Aviation Access Program — airstrip upgrade funding component — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Infrastructure and Transport 3.4 6.4

The Government will provide $9.9 million over two years to extend the Regional Aviation Access program to provide a further funding round for the Remote Airstrip Upgrade component.

The funding will provide grants for aviation safety upgrades at remote airstrips on a co‑funding basis, and will provide for a higher proportion of funding, up to 100 per cent, for works at priority remote Indigenous communities. Remote towns including Indigenous communities will benefit from the proposal by being able to undertake safety and access upgrades for their airstrips.

Sustaining Australia's maritime skills

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Infrastructure and Transport 1.6 1.7 1.7

The Government will provide $5.0 million over three years (2013‑14 to 2015‑16) to assist the Australian shipping industry to meet its future workforce training needs. Funding will be provided for:

  • a national maritime training co‑contribution subsidy of $10,000 per integrated rating trainee and $20,000 per deck and engineer officer trainee; and
  • seed funding for three years to cover the development costs of the national demand aggregation model, undertake biennial workforce censuses, support a national industry training body, and to support the Maritime Workforce Development Forum's ongoing operation.

Further information can be found in the press release of 2 May 2013 issued by the Prime Minister.

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