Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Appendix A: Policy decisions taken since the 2013‑14 Budget (Continued)

Expense Measures (Continued)

Infrastructure and Regional Development

AusLink Programme — National Land Transport Projects

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of the Treasury 1,072.5 1,554.1 1,755.3 ‑110.6
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development ‑19.7 458.8 65.0 20.0
Total — Expense 1,052.8 2,012.9 1,820.3 ‑90.6

The Government will provide an additional $8.2 billion over six years (including $1.6 billion in 2017‑18 and $1.8 billion in 2018‑19) for land transport infrastructure projects. This additional funding will encompass the remaining period of the current National Partnership Agreement and the next National Partnership Agreement from 2014‑15 to 2018‑19, and brings the total funding to be provided over the period 2013‑14 to 2018‑19 to $34.5 billion.

Significant projects to be funded under the AusLink programme, include the:

  • Bruce Highway (Queensland);
  • Gateway Upgrade North (Queensland);
  • Toowoomba Range Crossing (Queensland);
  • Pacific Highway (New South Wales);
  • South Road Upgrade (South Australia);
  • East West Link (Victoria);
  • Sydney Motorways Programme (WestConnex) — M4 and M5 extension (New South Wales);
  • F3 to M2 (New South Wales);
  • Midland Highway (Tasmania);
  • Warrego Highway (Queensland);
  • Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail;
  • Princes Highway Duplication (Victoria);
  • Perth Airport Gateway (Western Australia);
  • Swan Valley Bypass (Western Australia);
  • F3 Productivity Package (New South Wales);
  • Tiger Brennan Drive Widening (Northern Territory);
  • Great Ocean Road (Victoria);
  • Ravenswood Interchange (Victoria); and
  • Ipswich Motorway — Rocklea to Darra (Queensland).

The Government's funding also includes $9.5 billion over six years for transport infrastructure programmes, including:

  • Roads to Recovery;
  • Road Safety Blackspots;
  • Network Regeneration: Maintenance;
  • Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity;
  • Bridges Renewal Program; and
  • Planning, Research and Evaluation.

Funds will be redirected towards meeting the cost of significant projects through savings from the Government cancelling the Liveable Cities/Liveable Communities programme and from no longer providing funding for the following projects:

  • Parramatta Epping Rail Link;
  • Hobart Light Rail;
  • Melbourne Metro;
  • Tonsley Park Public Transport Project;
  • Brisbane Cross River Rail;
  • Perth Public Transport Package;
  • Gawler Rail Line Electrification;
  • Adelaide Transport Movement Study;
  • Perth Airport Planning; and
  • raising the southern approach to the Mulgrave River Bridge.

A new National Partnership Agreement with the States and Territories is being negotiated which may result in a revised expenditure profile.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Final update on Federal Coalition Election Policy Commitments.

AusLink Programme — Reinstated National Land Transport Projects

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of the Treasury 10.0 144.0 386.8 244.9
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Total — Expense 10.0 144.0 386.8 244.9

The Government will provide $995.7 million over six years (including $160.0 million in 2017‑18 and $50.0 million in 2018‑19) to fund infrastructure projects previously funded under the Regional Infrastructure Fund. The Government will fund these productivity enhancing projects without the failed minerals resource rent tax.

Funding will be provided to the following projects:

  • Newcastle Port — Kooragang Island (New South Wales);
  • Mt Ousley Upgrades (New South Wales);
  • North West Coastal Highway — Minilya to Barradale (Western Australia);
  • Great Northern Highway — Muchea to Wubin (Western Australia);
  • Cape York Region Package (Queensland);
  • Anangu Pitjanjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands (South Australia);
  • Bolivia Hill (New South Wales); and
  • Scone Level Crossing (New South Wales).

Aviation Safety Regulation Review

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 1.0

The Government will provide $1.0 million to fund an external review of aviation safety and regulation in Australia.

The aviation safety regulation review will be undertaken by a panel of three eminent and experienced members of the international aviation community with the support of a Secretariat from within the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the press release of 14 November 2013 issued by the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Community Development Grants programme — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 22.0 160.0 140.0 20.0

The Government will provide $342.0 million over four years to fund the Community Development Grants programme to deliver projects in regional Australia as well as provide funding for other selected regional projects and selected community infrastructure projects.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the press release of 4 December 2013 issued by the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Community Infrastructure Grants — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development ‑27.9 ‑17.7

The Government will achieve savings of $45.5 million over two years by withdrawing the remaining funding for the Community Infrastructure Grants measure announced in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2010‑11.

The Government will instead fund community infrastructure projects through the Community Development Grants programme.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Keys2Drive — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 2.0 4.0 4.0

The Government will provide an additional $10.0 million over three years to support the Keys2Drive programme.

Keys2Drive is a learner driver education programme provided by the Australian Automobile Association and state motoring clubs. It provides each participating learner driver, and their supervising driver (usually a parent), with a free coaching session from a professional driving instructor.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy to Improve Road Safety.

Latrobe Valley economic diversification — reduction

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 2.0 3.7 ‑0.2 ‑3.9
Department of Industry ‑5.0 ‑0.5
Total — Expense ‑3.0 3.2 ‑0.2 ‑3.9

The Government will achieve savings of $9.6 million over six years from 2013‑14 by partially reversing the Latrobe Valley economic diversification measure published in the 2013 Economic Statement.

The Government will continue funding of $10.9 million over six years from 2013‑14 for the following projects to support economic diversification in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria:

  • $7.5 million for the Moe Rail Revitalisation Project, with contributions from the Victorian Government ($4.0 million) and the Latrobe City Council ($2.9 million); and
  • $3.4 million for the Warragul Station Precinct Project to which the Victorian Government has committed a further $22.7 million.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Lord Howe Island aerodrome improvement works — reversal

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development ‑1.0 ‑3.0

The Government will achieve savings of $4.0 million over two years by not proceeding with funding for the Lord Howe Island aerodrome improvement works measure, announced in the 2013 Economic Statement.

The Government will instead fund improvements to the Lord Howe Island aerodrome project through the Community Development Grants programme.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Payment scheme for Airservices Australia en‑route charges

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 0.5 1.0 1.0 1.0

The Government will provide an additional $3.5 million over four years to fund a payment scheme for Airservices Australia's (AA) en‑route navigation charges incurred by airlines operating commercial services to targeted regional and remote areas. Under the scheme, a qualifying airline operator will receive a partial reimbursement of AA en‑route navigation charges to help support low volume and new routes to small and remote communities.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy for Aviation.

Regional and Rural Research and Development Grants — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development ‑0.2 ‑0.2 ‑0.2 ‑0.2

The Government will achieve savings of $0.9 million over four years by ceasing the Regional and Rural Research and Development Grants programme.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Regional development projects in Northern Australia — reversal

Expense ($m)
  2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development ‑8.5 ‑13.7 ‑9.0 ‑2.0

The Government will achieve savings of $33.2 million over four years by not proceeding with funding for the Regional Development Projects in Northern Australia measure announced in the 2013 Economic Statement.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

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