Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Infrastructure

In 2013‑14, the Commonwealth will provide funding of $5.0 billion to support state infrastructure services, as detailed in Table 2.9.

Table 2.9: Payments to support state infrastructure services
$million 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
National Partnership payments          
Abt Railway 6.0 - - - -
Centenary of Canberra 2013 — a gift to the national capital - - 10.0 - -
Community Infrastructure Grants — Glenbrook Precinct Upgrade 1.8 0.8 - - -
East Kimberley Development Package — other infrastructure projects 0.6 - - - -
Interstate road transport 77.7 80.8 84.1 87.4 90.9
Liveable cities 13.0 7.0 nfp nfp nfp
Local Government and Regional Development — infrastructure employment projects 4.6 - - - -
Managed motorways 10.0 24.4 - - -
Nation Building Plan for the Future          
Building Australia Fund          
Rail 567.4 891.0 500.0 732.1 -
Road 323.0 58.0 64.5 20.0 -
Major cities          
Rail 101.2 - - - -
Nation Building Program          
Black spot projects 63.8 64.5 60.0 60.0 60.0
Heavy vehicle safety and productivity 2.3 40.0 48.0 40.0 40.0
Improving local roads 1.0 - - - -
Improving the national network 0.8 0.8 - - -
Investment          
Rail 110.4 297.8 387.7 133.0 23.5
Road 1,520.3 2,722.7 2,147.5 2,079.2 2,070.6
Off-network projects          
Rail 200.0 170.6 458.1 470.4 288.0
Road 141.2 116.3 423.8 11.5 240.4
Supplementary 8.5 - - - -
Roads to Recovery 349.8 373.2 349.8 349.8 349.8
National transport regulator reforms          
National Heavy Vehicles Regulator 14.9 - - - -
National Rail Safety Regulator 8.0 - - - -
Parliament House Walk 0.1 - - - -
Regional Infrastructure Fund 105.3 163.3 613.8 648.6 775.4
Townsville Convention and Entertainment Centre 10.0 15.0 10.0 17.0 -
Total 3,641.7 5,026.3 5,177.3 4,669.1 3,958.6
Memorandum item — payments direct to local governments included in payments above          
East Kimberley Development Package — other infrastructure projects 0.6 - - - -
Liveable cities 9.1 3.8 nfp nfp nfp
Local Government and Regional Development — infrastructure employment projects 2.6 - - - -
Nation Building Program          
Off-network projects          
Rail 2.0 2.3 - - -
Road 4.0 4.2 - - -
Supplementary 8.5 - - - -
Roads to Recovery 335.2 359.6 331.5 331.5 331.5
Townsville Convention and Entertainment Centre 10.0 15.0 10.0 17.0 -
Total 372.0 384.9 351.5 358.5 341.5

National Partnership payments for infrastructure

Abt Railway
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - - - - 6.0 - - 6.0
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

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

Funding for the Abt Railway will be a new spending measure in the 2013‑14 Budget. This measure is discussed in Budget Paper No. 2: Budget Measures 2013‑14.

Centenary of Canberra 2013 — a gift to the national capital
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - - - - - - - -
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - 10.0 - 10.0
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the National Partnership on the Centenary of Canberra 2013. A contribution was provided toward the development of the National Arboretum Canberra, which opened in February 2013. A contribution will be provided for the redevelopment of Constitution Avenue, including a dedicated cycle lane and shared commuter paths.

Further details of Commonwealth funding provided for the Centenary of Canberra 2013 can be found in the Other section of this Part.

Community Infrastructure Grants — Glenbrook Precinct Upgrade
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 1.8 - - - - - - - 1.8
2013‑14 0.8 - - - - - - - 0.8
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

The Commonwealth is providing funding to improve facilities for visitors in the Glenbrook precinct of the Blue Mountains National Park, which is a major gateway to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

National Partnership on the East Kimberley Development Package — other infrastructure projects(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - - 0.6 - - - - 0.6
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

(a) All payments are made direct to local governments.

The Commonwealth is providing funding to the Western Australian government, the Wyndham Shire and associated Indigenous organisations in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia for transport and community infrastructure projects. Investment in transport and community infrastructure projects will help in building a 'sense of place' within the community, as well as improving liveability and economic growth in the East Kimberley region. This project is expected to be completed in 2012‑13.

Interstate road transport
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 35.8 20.9 7.4 3.1 9.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 77.7
2013‑14 37.3 21.7 7.7 3.2 9.8 0.4 0.4 0.4 80.8
2014‑15 38.8 22.6 8.0 3.3 10.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 84.1
2015‑16 40.3 23.5 8.3 3.5 10.6 0.4 0.4 0.4 87.4
2016‑17 41.9 24.4 8.6 3.6 11.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 90.9

The Commonwealth is providing funding to the States under the Interstate Road Transport Act 1985 that is equal to total revenue received from registrations made under the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme for each respective State.

National Partnership on liveable cities(a)(b)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 6.1 1.8 1.2 2.1 0.7 0.7 0.4 0.1 13.0
2013‑14 2.5 0.9 0.3 2.2 0.7 0.1 0.2 0.2 7.0
2014‑15 nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp
2015‑16 nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp
2016‑17 nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

(a) These figures include payments direct to local governments.

(b) Amounts from 2014‑15 onwards remain unallocated. These amounts have been allocated on an equal per capita basis to all States.

The Commonwealth is providing funding to help improve the planning and design of capital cities and major regional centres that are experiencing population growth pressures and housing and transport affordability cost pressures.

National Partnership on Local Government and Regional Development — infrastructure employment projects(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - 0.7 1.9 - - 2.0 - - 4.6
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

(a) These figures include payments direct to local governments.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for infrastructure employment projects under the National Partnership on Local Government and Regional Development. The program will generate jobs and increase skills by supporting key infrastructure projects in areas of need in local communities.

Further details of funding being provided under the National Partnership on Local Government and Regional Development can be found in the Other section of this Part.

National Partnership on managed motorways
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 2.1 2.5 4.9 0.5 - - - - 10.0
2013‑14 2.0 9.5 12.4 0.5 - - - - 24.4
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

The Commonwealth is providing funding for smart infrastructure technologies to reduce congestion and improve both traffic demand management and the overall efficiency of the transport network in major cities. Managed motorways integrate data collection sensors and control tools to improve real time management of motorways to secure a higher and more consistent level of motorway performance.

National Partnership on the Nation Building Plan for the Future

Three components are included in the National Partnership on the Nation Building Plan for the Future.

Building Australia Fund — rail component
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - 542.0 - - 25.4 - - - 567.4
2013‑14 - 858.0 - - 33.0 - - - 891.0
2014‑15 - 500.0 - - - - - - 500.0
2015‑16 - 500.0 - - 232.1 - - - 732.1
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -
Building Australia Fund — road component
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 323.0 - - - - - - - 323.0
2013‑14 8.0 - - - - - 50.0 - 58.0
2014‑15 - - - - - - 64.5 - 64.5
2015‑16 - - - - - - 20.0 - 20.0
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -
Major Cities — rail component
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - - 101.2 - - - - 101.2
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

The Major Cities and the Building Australia Fund components are supporting future economic growth by improving the quality and efficiency of Australia's transport networks with the intention of increasing city liveability and sustainability in the context of a growing population.

National Partnership on the Nation Building Program

The Commonwealth is providing funding for road and rail infrastructure through the National Partnership on the Nation Building Program. The program assists economic and social development regionally and nationally by providing funding to improve the performance of land transport infrastructure.

The National Partnership on the Nation Building Program comprises several components that are detailed in the tables below.

The measures taken in the 2013‑14 Budget as part of this program are discussed in Budget Paper No. 2: Budget Measures 2013‑14.

National Partnership on the Nation Building Program — black spot projects(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 20.1 15.7 12.4 7.4 4.7 1.7 0.9 0.8 63.8
2013‑14 20.2 16.1 12.5 7.5 4.7 1.8 0.9 0.8 64.5
2014‑15 19.3 13.7 12.2 6.5 4.7 1.6 1.0 1.0 60.0
2015‑16 19.3 13.7 12.2 6.5 4.7 1.6 1.0 1.0 60.0
2016‑17 19.3 13.7 12.2 6.5 4.7 1.6 1.0 1.0 60.0

(a) Figures in 2014‑15 onwards remain unallocated. These amounts have been allocated on an equal per capita basis to all States.

Black spot projects improve the safety of road sites which have been identified as high risk areas for serious crashes. Most funding goes to projects to treat sites that have a record of at least three accidents involving casualties over a five year period and can demonstrate a robust benefit to cost ratio of at least 2:1.

National Partnership on the Nation Building Program — heavy vehicle safety and productivity(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 .. 2.3
2013‑14 12.2 4.6 3.6 3.7 2.9 1.8 4.9 6.3 40.0
2014‑15 15.1 10.7 8.7 5.3 3.5 1.4 0.8 2.4 48.0
2015‑16 12.6 10.0 8.1 4.5 2.8 0.8 0.7 0.4 40.0
2016‑17 12.6 10.0 8.1 4.5 2.8 0.8 0.7 0.4 40.0

(a) Some amounts in 2014‑15 onwards remain unallocated. These amounts have been allocated on an equal per capita basis to all States.

The heavy vehicle safety and productivity program addresses the safety of drivers of heavy vehicles 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 industry projects.

The measure taken in the 2013‑14 Budget as part of this program is discussed in Budget Paper No. 2: Budget Measures 2013‑14.

National Partnership on the Nation Building Program — improving local roads(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - - - 1.0 - - - 1.0
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

(a) Figures in this table represent expenses against prepayments made to the States in 2005‑06.

The Commonwealth has provided additional funding through the improving local roads program as a supplement to the Roads to Recovery program. Funding of $307.5 million was advanced in June 2006 as part of the 2006‑07 Budget.

National Partnership on the Nation Building Program — improving the national network(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - - - 0.8 - - - 0.8
2013‑14 - - - - 0.8 - - - 0.8
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

(a) Figures in this table represent expenses against prepayments made to the States in 2005‑06.

The Commonwealth provided a one‑off supplementary payment of $1.8 billion in 2005‑06 to the States to complete major works packages. Works include the Pacific and Hume highways in New South Wales, the Bruce Highway in Queensland, the Eyre, Great Eastern and Great Northern highways in Western Australia, the Sturt Highway in South Australia, the East Tamar Highway in Tasmania and the Victoria Highway in the Northern Territory. The table above provides a profile of State expenditure against this supplementary payment.

National Partnership on the Nation Building Program — investment

Rail component
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 70.5 - - 3.6 0.5 35.7 - - 110.4
2013‑14 238.6 1.3 - 22.8 0.9 34.3 - - 297.8
2014‑15 365.2 - - - - 22.5 - - 387.7
2015‑16 109.8 - - - - 23.2 - - 133.0
2016‑17 - - - - - 23.5 - - 23.5
Road component(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 510.2 156.2 474.3 211.6 92.0 12.1 0.5 63.5 1,520.3
2013‑14 1,261.3 299.5 677.8 339.7 67.6 8.6 0.4 67.8 2,722.7
2014‑15 1,029.4 407.7 457.6 117.5 72.2 45.2 0.4 17.6 2,147.5
2015‑16 1,027.9 326.1 454.7 89.5 101.4 61.7 0.4 17.6 2,079.2
2016‑17 550.2 403.9 753.3 75.8 179.7 68.7 21.5 17.6 2,070.6

(a) The amount of $21.5 million in 2016‑17 for ACT includes an unallocated amount of $21.0 million.

The investment component of the Nation Building Program targets nationally significant projects. These projects will improve the efficiency and safety of the national land transport network. Funding is provided for road and rail construction projects and network maintenance, including transport development, innovation projects and grants to land transport research entities.

In the 2013‑14 Budget, the Commonwealth is contributing $400.0 million to fund the F3 to M2 tunnel in Sydney.

National Partnership on the Nation Building Program — off‑network projects

Rail component(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 4.6 5.2 121.0 62.9 - 6.2 - - 200.0
2013‑14 20.9 3.5 124.0 22.2 - - - - 170.6
2014‑15 - 38.0 380.0 25.0 15.1 - - - 458.1
2015‑16 - 25.0 404.0 25.0 16.4 - - - 470.4
2016‑17 - 50.0 188.0 50.0 - - - - 288.0

(a) These figures include payments direct to local governments.

Road component(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 30.4 57.9 6.1 41.2 - 2.1 - 3.6 141.2
2013‑14 33.4 34.6 4.2 11.9 - 28.2 - 4.1 116.3
2014‑15 18.0 2.0 400.0 - - 3.5 0.3 - 423.8
2015‑16 - 4.0 - - - 7.5 - - 11.5
2016‑17 26.8 3.1 - 40.0 - 10.5 - 160.0 240.4

(a) These figures include payments direct to local governments.

Supplementary component(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - 0.2 - 8.3 - - - - 8.5
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

(a) The supplementary component of the off‑network projects represents expenses against prepayments made to local governments in 2006‑07.

The off‑network projects program is designed to improve rail and road infrastructure not included on the national land transport network. It improves safety, assists industry development and supports job creation in local communities.

In the 2013‑14 Budget, the Commonwealth is investing in two key urban passenger rail projects, providing $715.0 million to fund the Brisbane Cross River Rail project and $3.0 billion to the Melbourne Metro rail project.

National Partnership on the Nation Building Program — Roads to Recovery(a)(b)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 99.2 72.2 71.2 52.2 31.5 11.4 1.9 10.2 349.8
2013‑14 119.7 74.6 66.8 54.6 31.1 12.9 - 13.4 373.2
2014‑15 97.5 71.2 71.2 51.2 31.5 11.4 5.6 10.2 349.8
2015‑16 97.5 71.2 71.2 51.2 31.5 11.4 5.6 10.2 349.8
2016‑17 97.5 71.2 71.2 51.2 31.5 11.4 5.6 10.2 349.8

(a) These figures include payments direct to local governments.

(b) Payments to South Australia include funding in 2012‑13 and 2013‑14 paid to local government through the State.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the Roads to Recovery program for road construction and maintenance projects at a local level. Decisions on projects to be funded are made locally and reported to the Commonwealth.

National transport regulator reforms

In August 2011, COAG committed to the implementation of national safety regulatory systems through the signing of new Intergovernmental Agreements on heavy vehicles, rail and maritime safety.

National Heavy Vehicles Regulator component
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - 14.9 - - - - - 14.9
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

The Commonwealth is providing funding in 2012‑13 to meet the establishment costs of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, established in Queensland on 21 January 2013. The Commonwealth is also providing funding for the project implementation team.

National Rail Safety Regulator component
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - - - 8.0 - - - 8.0
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

The Commonwealth has provided funding to meet the establishment costs of the National Rail Safety Regulator, which commenced operations in New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory on 20 January 2013. The Commonwealth has also provided funding for the project implementation team.

National Partnership on the Parliament House Walk
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - - - - - 0.1 - 0.1
2013‑14 - - - - - - - - -
2014‑15 - - - - - - - - -
2015‑16 - - - - - - - - -
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

The Government will provide funding to the ACT Government as a contribution toward the cost of constructing the Parliament House Walk between the Civic Centre and Parliament House in Canberra.

This measure is discussed in Budget Paper No. 2: Budget Measures 2013‑14.

Regional Infrastructure Fund

The Commonwealth remains committed to supporting the infrastructure needs of Australia's regions through the Regional Infrastructure Fund (RIF), which runs for 11 years to 2020‑21.

Projects from the RIF will be delivered in three streams. Streams 1 and 2 are payments to the States and are reported below. Stream 3 provides funding for the Regional Development Australia Fund, which is made direct to eligible local governments and not‑for‑profit organisations for local projects identified by Regional Development Australia committees. Funding for Stream 3 was previously reported in Budget Paper No. 3 but is now reported under the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport portfolio.

Stream 1 and 2(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 1.7 1.2 75.7 25.8 0.7 0.1 0.1 0.1 105.3
2013‑14 15.0 - 95.0 53.3 - - - - 163.3
2014‑15 38.2 10.4 340.4 214.8 8.0 0.9 0.7 0.4 613.8
2015‑16 38.6 1.2 253.0 340.2 15.4 0.1 0.1 0.1 648.6
2016‑17 64.0 1.7 194.4 489.6 25.5 0.1 0.1 0.1 775.4

(a) Some amounts from 2014‑15 onwards remain unallocated. These amounts have been allocated on an equal per capita basis to all States.

Stream 1 provides funding for projects committed to by the Government in the 2010 election.

Stream 2 provides funding over nine years to support ongoing investment in economic infrastructure. Projects that are eligible for consideration for funding include rail, roads, ports, airports, energy, communications, water and other critical infrastructure, as well as project development work. Stream 2 also includes $10.0 million for regional infrastructure plans.

The measure taken in the 2013‑14 Budget as part of this program is discussed in Budget Paper No. 2: Budget Measures 2013‑14.

Townsville Convention and Entertainment Centre(a)
$million NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT Total
2012‑13 - - 10.0 - - - - - 10.0
2013‑14 - - 15.0 - - - - - 15.0
2014‑15 - - 10.0 - - - - - 10.0
2015‑16 - - 17.0 - - - - - 17.0
2016‑17 - - - - - - - - -

(a) All payments are made direct to local governments.

The Commonwealth is providing funding for the construction of the Townsville Convention and Entertainment Centre to deliver on a commitment made as part of the 2010 election.

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