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Thursday, 20 August 2009
Page: 5656


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 29 May 2009:

(1)   Can a list be provided, by agency, of all infrastructure and/or capital works projects that fall under the responsibility of an agency within the Minister’s portfolio.

(2)   For each of the projects in (1) above:

(a)   When was it first announced, by whom, and by what method;

(b)   If applicable, what program is it funded through;

(c)   What is its total expected cost;

(d)   What was its original budget;

(e)   What is its current budget;

(f)   What is the total Federal Government contribution to its cost;

(g)   What is the total state government contribution to its cost;

(h)   If applicable, what other funding sources are involved and what is their contribution to the project cost;

(i)   What was the expected start date of construction;

(j)   What is the expected completion date;

(k) (i)   Who is responsible for delivering the project, and (ii) if a state government is responsible for delivering the project, when will the funding be released to the relevant state government;

(l)   Is the project to be completed in stages/phases; if so, what is the timing and cost of each stage/phase;

(m)   Why was the project funded; and

(n)   What cost benefit or other modelling was done before the project was approved.


Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (DITRDLG) maintains several program websites on behalf of the Government that display all approved projects in the portfolio. Given the significant number of projects in the portfolio it is not practical to provide a single list of projects. This information can be obtained on the Department’s websites. Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s major capital works projects are listed in AMSA’s Annual Report. Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has a nil return. Airservices Australia’s capital work projects are listed in its annual report and corporate plan.

(2)   Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Where the specific information relating to the Department is available, it will be stated on the relevant web pages as per the Department’s response to Question 1 above. Australian Maritime Safety Authority Most of the questions are not relevant to AMSA’s capital works and the remainder are answered in Question 1 above. Civil Aviation Safety Authority Nil return. Airservices Australia Where applicable, this information is provided in the annual report and corporate plan.