Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard   

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 981

(Question No. 4896)

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 13 November 1986:

Is his Department involved in overseeing State projects where funding is being provided by the Commonwealth; if so, (a) why, (b) which State projects are affected, (c) how many departmental officers are involved and (d) what is the cost of this activity, including details of man-days and salaries.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a), (b), (c) and (d) While the Federal Government provides financial assistance to the States and Northern Territory for arterial and local roads, funding responsibility for these road categories rests primarily with State and local government authorities. Accordingly, the construction and maintenance standards for these roads are entirely a matter for the relevant State or local authorities. The Department is not involved in inspections of these works and it only monitors the implementation of approved projects in these categories to ensure compliance with legislated financial requirements. It is not possible to disaggregate the proportion of Departmental officers' time devoted to, or the costs involved in these duties, however such costs would represent only a very small proportion of total funds allocated to States for road construction purposes.