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Monday, 21 February 2011
Page: 863


Mr Baldwin asked the the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government, in writing, on 22 November 2010 :

In respect of the Regional Infrastructure Fund:

(1)   What is its total monetary value.

(2)   Is it in whole or in part contingent on the introduction of the Minerals Resources Rent Tax; if partly contingent, what is the monetary value of that part.

(3)   As at 1 November 2010, what sum of money was (a) allocated; and (b) unallocated, to the fund; and what monetary proportion of part (a) is allocated to each State and Territory.

(4)   What States and/or Territories are eligible to apply for funding under the Regional Development Australia (RDA) stream of the fund.

(5)   Will the regions of (a) Sydney, (b) Brisbane City, (c) Southern Melbourne, (d) Western Melbourne, (e) Perth, and (f) Adelaide Metropolitan, be eligible for funding under the RDA stream of the fund.

(6)   For 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14, (a) what total sum of funding is available, and (b) what proportion of this funding is available from the $573 million allocated to the RDA stream.


Mr Crean (Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and Minister for the Arts) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   $6 billion.

(2)   The RIF comprises $5.6 billion of revenue from the Resources Super Profits.

(3) (a)   $400 million

(b)   $5.6 billion

(4)   The eligibility of proponents will be outlined in program guidelines which will be finalised shortly.

(5)   The eligibility of proponents will be outlined in program guidelines which will be finalised shortly.

(6)   The current allocation of funding for the RIF over the forward estimates is outlined in the Mid Year Financial Outlook.