6 Infrastructure Investment

Key Issues

       Investment in infrastructure is a key element of the Government's fiscal, service delivery and economic growth strategies. In particular, investment in infrastructure is essential to the ongoing delivery of quality services to the Tasmanian community. In the immediate term, a well targeted investment program can also assist in maintaining the momentum and supporting jobs growth, particularly in areas that have not benefitted as strongly in the recent upturn in the Tasmanian economy.

       In the 2015-16 Budget, the Government has committed additional funding of $179 million over the Budget and Forward Estimates with total infrastructure expenditure of $1.8 billion over this period.

       In addition to the allocated infrastructure investment expenditure, the Government has set aside $220.4 million of capital provisions over the 2015‑16 Budget and Forward Estimates period, which will be allocated to future infrastructure investment projects or used to provide capacity to meet cost variation and the impact of the re‑scheduling of projects.

       The Government continues to progress the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment with funding of $495.6 million allocated over the 2015‑16 Budget and Forward Estimates period. This project will provide a significant level of construction activity in the south of the State.

       The Government has also provided significant additional funding for a number of new infrastructure projects in the north of the State including the allocation of $60 million over three years, commencing in 2016‑17, for the Northern Cities Major Development Initiative. This Initiative will help revive communities through infrastructure investment projects. Immediate projects under consideration include the Devonport Living City project and the Launceston University of Tasmania Campus relocation project.

       Other additional infrastructure funding for projects in the north of the State includes:

-  $54.2 million for northern-based education infrastructure projects;

-  $6 million for a North West Youth Accommodation and Training Facility; and

-  $3 million for Launceston General Hospital Allied Health Clinics.

       In addition to direct Government investment in infrastructure projects, there remains a strong focus on creating an economic environment that encourages private sector infrastructure investment through planning reform initiatives and providing appropriate support to major private sector infrastructure projects including the parliament square project and the Myer redevelopment.

       The Government will also extend the First Home Builder Boost which will expand new housing stock within the State and provide further opportunities for the Tasmanian construction industry.


Overview

The Government's infrastructure program is designed to drive the economy, create jobs and support efficient and effective Government service delivery, through strategic investment in productive infrastructure. Over the 2015‑16 Budget and Forward Estimates period, the Government will invest $1.8 billion in infrastructure projects, with $409.8 million to be invested in 2015‑16 General Government Sector agency infrastructure projects in the following areas:

       schools and education;

       hospitals and health;

       human services and housing;

       law and order;

       roads and rail;

       information and communication technology; and

       tourism, recreation and culture.

This chapter provides information on infrastructure investment in the General Government Sector. Infrastructure investments made by Government Business Enterprises or State‑owned Companies are outside the General Government Sector and are therefore not included in the definition of infrastructure investment for the purpose of this chapter.

The Government's $1.8 billion infrastructure investment program includes state funding for co‑funded (Australian and State Government) roads projects, the Government's Roads for Our Future Program and the continued delivery of the Government's infrastructure related 2014 election commitments. As part of this $1.8 billion program, the Government has committed additional funding of $179 million to agency infrastructure projects.

Taken as a whole, the four-year infrastructure program presented in this Budget is $215 million, or 14 per cent, larger than the four-year program contained in the 2014‑15 Budget. Of particular note, the infrastructure program for education is nearly two‑thirds larger than in the 2014‑15 Budget, and health and human services infrastructure investment has increased by $30 million.

A long‑term view has been adopted in the management of the State's core infrastructure to deliver the Government's vision to attract investment and create jobs. The Government has established Infrastructure Tasmania to provide advice on major infrastructure in Tasmania, including rail, major roads and ports. The Government will ensure that decisions about Tasmania's future infrastructure needs are properly understood and driven in the context of the best interests of the State's long‑term future.

The investment of $1.8 billion in infrastructure is significant and is well above long-term historical infrastructure investment levels. From a Fiscal Strategy perspective, the level of infrastructure investment continues to exceed depreciation in 2015‑16 and across the Forward Estimates period.


 

Chart 6.1 outlines the infrastructure investment from 2005‑06 to 2014‑15 and the 2015‑16 Budget and Forward Estimates.

Chart 6.1: Infrastructure Investment, 2005-06 to 2018‑19

Title: Chart 6.1: Infrastructure Investment, 2005 06 to 2018 19 - Description: Contains infrastructure investment from 2005 06 to 2018 19, showing the actual infrastructure investment from 2005 06 to 2013 14, allocated infrastructure investment from 2014 15 to 2018 19, and the provision for future infrastructure investment from 2016 17 to 2018 19.
The chart shows the expenditure of the Government's $1.8 billion infrastructure program over the Budget and Forward Estimates period.

Structured Infrastructure Investment Review Process

The Structured Infrastructure Investment Review Framework includes the Road Planning Process (managed by the Department of State Growth) and the Structured Infrastructure Investment Review Process (SIIRP) (managed by the Department of Treasury and Finance).

SIIRP is a staged review and assessment process for General Government Sector infrastructure investment proposals. The process ensures that infrastructure investment proposals, funded from the Budget:

       appropriately meet the needs of the community;

       have been properly scoped and planned; and

       are based on reliable and realistic cost estimates.

Under the SIIRP, infrastructure investment proposals are subject to a series of decision points prior to being considered for funding and are required to meet reporting requirements during the development and following the completion of each project. At each of the points, an assessment is made as to whether the project should proceed to the next stage, be the subject of further work, or not be progressed further.

An allocation of $2 million per annum is provided through Finance‑General to support infrastructure investment proposal identification and planning.

Further information on the SIIRP is provided at www.treasury.tas.gov.au.

Infrastructure Investment outside of the General Government Sector

Infrastructure investment undertaken by Government Business Enterprises or State‑owned Companies is outside of the General Government Sector and is therefore not included as infrastructure investment for the purpose of this chapter.

The 2015‑16 Budget does, however, include funding to Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd and Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd to undertake major infrastructure works.

Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd

Funding of $7.5 million per annum over the Budget and Forward Estimates period will be provided as an equity contribution to Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd. This funding completes the implementation of the Government's $30 million 2014 election commitment.

This funding will be allocated towards the development of second tranche irrigation schemes in the State, including proposed schemes in the Circular Head, Evandale, Scottsdale, Swan Valley and Southern Highlands regions. As with other schemes developed by Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd, the development of these schemes is a public‑private partnership and depends on financial contributions from the Australian Government and the private sector (irrigators and/or investors).

Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd

As part of the 2015‑16 Budget, the State will contribute an additional $37.2 million over the Budget and Forward Estimates to rail infrastructure projects via grants to Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd. This funding includes a reprioritisation of Forward Estimates funding set aside in the 2014‑15 Budget for international shipping, which is no longer required given the extension of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme for international exports being shipped to mainland ports. This funding is in addition to the existing 2014‑15 Budget provision for rail funding of $22.6 million, bringing total State rail funding to $59.8 million over the Budget and Forward Estimates period. The Australian Government will also provide funding of $59.8 million to match the State's contribution.


Infrastructure Investment Projects By Agency

Table 6.1 details the infrastructure investment expenditure by agency and the provision for future infrastructure investment, while Table 6.2 details the estimated cost of individual infrastructure investment projects by agency. Costs will vary as projects proceed to tender and some re‑scheduling of individual projects is likely to occur over the life of projects.

Table 6.1: Infrastructure Expenditure by Agency1

 

2014‑15


Budget

2015‑16

 

Budget

2016‑17

Forward

Estimate

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

30.8

34.5

49.3

3.9

7.2

Health and Human Services

144.3

127.4

212.0

205.8

94.0

Justice

8.6

1.2

....

....

....

Police and Emergency Management

0.5

12.6

9.6

....

....

Premier and Cabinet

1.2

1.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

12.8

21.4

7.0

1.3

0.6

State Growth

191.6

207.8

227.7

172.7

179.7

Treasury and Finance

1.3

3.5

3.6

1.5

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLOCATED INFRASTRUCTURE EXPENDITURE

391.1

409.8

509.5

385.5

281.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for Future Infrastructure Investment2

....

....

15.0

62.6

142.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL INFRASTRUCTURE EXPENDITURE

391.1

409.8

524.5

448.1

424.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1. This Table includes expenditure (both Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets and associated expenses) for all infrastructure projects, but does not include minor asset purchases for non‑infrastructure projects. For these reasons, the Table is not equivalent to the Net Acquisition of Non‑Financial Assets presented in Appendix 1 ‑ Uniform Government Reporting. Table 6.4 provides a reconciliation of Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets to Total Infrastructure Expenditure.

2. In addition to the allocated infrastructure investment expenditure, the Government has set aside $220.4 million of capital provisions over the 2015‑16 Budget and Forward Estimates period, which will be allocated to future infrastructure investment projects or used to provide capacity to meet cost variation and the impact of the re‑scheduling of projects.


Table 6.2 provides infrastructure investment project details by agency, including existing projects which are continuing from a previous Budget year and new priority infrastructure projects identified through SIIRP review and agency submissions. This table also continues to show election commitments that were fully funded in the 2014‑15 Budget.

Table 6.2: Infrastructure Investment Project Details by Agency1

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2015‑16


Budget

2016‑17

Forward

Estimate

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridgewater Child and Family Centre2

Existing

2009

2015

8.1

0.3

....

....

....

Brooks High School

Existing

2013

2016

7.3

5.9

....

....

....

Devonport High School

Existing

2014

2015

0.9

0.8

....

....

....

Dunalley Primary School3

Existing

2015

2016

1.0

1.0

....

....

....

Glenorchy Primary School

Existing

2015

2017

4.0

0.5

3.5

....

....

Kings Meadows High School

Existing

2015

2016

2.2

2.1

....

....

....

Kings Meadows High School ‑ Additional 2015‑16 Funding

New

2015

2017

5.0

1.0

4.0

....

....

Latrobe High School

New

2015

2017

10.0

2.0

8.0

....

....

Lauderdale Primary School

Existing

2014

2016

1.6

1.6

....

....

....

LINC Tasmania Burnie

New

2015

2016

2.8

0.8

2.0

....

....

Montrose Bay High School

Existing

2015

2017

5.8

1.2

4.6

....

....

New Town High School

Existing

2013

2016

2.8

2.5

....

....

....

Parklands High School

Existing

2015

2017

4.1

0.5

3.6

....

....

Parklands High School ‑ Additional 2015‑16 Funding

New

2015

2016

5.0

0.2

4.8

....

....

Prospect High School

New

2015

2017

8.5

0.5

8.0

....

....

Riverside High School4

New

2017

2019

12.0

....

....

2.4

7.2

School of Special Education North5

New

2015

2016

4.6

2.6

....

....

....

School of Special Education North West

Existing

2016

2016

0.8

0.3

0.6

....

....

 


 

Table 6.2: Infrastructure Investment Project Details by Agency (continued)1

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2015‑16


Budget

2016‑17

Forward

Estimate

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School of Special Education North West ‑ Additional 2015‑16 Funding

New

2015

2016

3.7

3.7

....

....

....

Smithton High School

New

2015

2017

7.0

1.4

5.6

....

....

South Hobart Primary School

Existing

2015

2017

3.6

0.5

3.1

....

....

Taroona High School

New

2015

2016

2.1

2.1

....

....

....

Wynyard High School Trades Room

Existing

2014

2016

0.3

0.2

....

....

....

Year 7‑12 Implementation Plan - capital

Existing

2014

2018

6.0

2.9

1.5

1.5

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

34.5

49.3

3.9

7.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Services and Housing Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church Street Youth Accommodation and Training Facility

Existing

2013

2015

11.4

3.3

....

....

....

Housing Fund

Existing

2008

2023

60.0

1.6

1.2

1.2

1.3

Housing Program6

Existing

 

Ongoing

na

16.7

14.3

14.3

14.2

Neighbourhood House Program

Existing

2013

2015

4.0

1.2

....

....

....

North West Youth Accommodation and Training Facility

New

2016

2017

6.0

....

1.5

4.5

....

Northern Suburbs Community Centre

New

2016

2018

1.7

0.1

0.9

0.7

....

 

 

 

 

 

22.9

17.9

20.7

15.5

Table 6.2: Infrastructure Investment Project Details by Agency (continued)1

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2015‑16


Budget

2016‑17

Forward

Estimate

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flinders Island Multi Purpose Centre Upgrade7

Existing

2010

2015

6.0

0.1

....

....

....

Glenorchy ‑ Tier Three Community Health Services Facility

Existing

2010

2017

21.0

10.7

6.4

....

....

Health Transport and Coordination Infrastructure

New

2017

2018

10.0

....

5.0

5.0

....

Hospital and Health Centre Maintenance8

New

2015

2017

8.3

3.3

4.3

0.8

....

King Island Hospital and Health Centre Upgrade

Existing

2009

2015

5.0

0.1

....

....

....

Kingston ‑ Tier Three Community Health Services Facility

Existing

2013

2017

6.5

2.0

4.4

....

....

Launceston General Hospital Allied Health Clinics

New

2015

2016

3.0

3.0

....

....

....

Mersey Hospital Upgrade

Existing

2013

2016

1.9

1.4

....

....

....

National Health and Hospitals Network Reform2

Existing

2010

2016

29.6

0.8

....

....

....

Redevelopment of Ravenswood Community Health Centre

Existing

2013

2016

2.4

0.8

....

....

....

Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Fund9

Existing

2005

2016

35.0

0.6

....

....

....

Rural Breast Screening Clinics ‑ Establishment and Upgrade

Existing

2013

2016

1.3

1.2

....

....

....

Statewide Cancer Services6,10

Existing

2010

2016

63.0

9.6

....

....

....

St Helens Hospital Redevelopment Project

New/

Existing

2016

2020

12.1

....

0.3

2.8

4.0

 

 

 

 

 

33.9

20.4

8.6

4.0

Table 6.2: Infrastructure Investment Project Details by Agency (continued)1

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2015‑16


Budget

2016‑17

Forward

Estimate

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Funding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Hobart Hospital (Hospitals Capital Fund)

Existing

2009

2016

100.0

16.2

....

....

....

Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment6

Existing

2011

2019

436.9

12.0

173.8

176.6

74.5

Royal Hobart Hospital Women's and Children's Precinct2

Existing

2010

2016

100.0

42.5

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

70.7

173.8

176.6

74.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

127.4

212.0

205.8

94.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jefferson Audio Video System (JAVS) Upgrade

New

2015

2016

0.5

0.5

....

....

....

Prison Infrastructure Redevelopment Program

Existing

2011

2014

20.2

0.7

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

1.2

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF POLICE AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency Services Computer Aided Dispatch System

New

2015

2017

15.3

6.6

8.6

....

....

Large Vessel Replacement

Existing

2014

2016

5.0

5.0

....

....

....

Upgrade Police Housing

New

2015

2017

2.0

1.0

1.0

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

12.6

9.6

....

....

Table 6.2: Infrastructure Investment Project Details by Agency (continued)1

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2015‑16


Budget

2016‑17

Forward

Estimate

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PREMIER AND CABINET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integrated Tasmanian Government Contact Centre (ITGCC)

Existing

2014

2016

0.6

0.6

....

....

....

Service Tasmania Shops Capital Investment

Existing

2006

Ongoing

na

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

Silverdome ‑ Maintenance

New

2015

2016

0.5

0.5

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

1.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES, PARKS, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Pieman Tracks

Existing

2015

2017

0.3

0.2

0.2

....

....

Crown Land Services ‑ Structural Asset Upgrades

Existing

 

Ongoing

na

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.6

Dip Falls Bridge

Existing

2015

2015

0.1

0.1

....

....

....

Georges Bay Walkway

Existing

2015

2016

0.5

0.3

....

....

....

Increasing Biosecurity Capability

New

2015

2017

2.0

1.0

1.0

....

....

Meander Falls Access Bridges

Existing

2014

2016

0.5

0.5

....

....

....

Parks High Priority Maintenance and Infrastructure

New

2015

2017

8.0

4.0

4.0

....

....

South Coast Track

Existing

2014

2018

2.0

1.0

0.3

0.3

....

Three Capes Track11

Existing

2010

2015

25.3

10.5

....

....

....

Three Capes Track - Additional

Existing

2015

2018

4.0

2.5

1.0

0.5

....

West Coast Trails Projects

Existing

2015

2016

1.7

0.9

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

21.4

7.0

1.3

0.6

Table 6.2: Infrastructure Investment Project Details by Agency (continued)1

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2015‑16


Budget

2016‑17

Forward

Estimate

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE GROWTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Cities Major Development Initiative

New

2015

2018

60.0

....

20.0

20.0

20.0

Roads Program Expenditure (for details refer to Table 6.3)

Existing

 

 

 

207.4

207.7

152.7

159.7

TMAG Building Roof Maintenance

New

2015

2016

0.5

0.5

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

207.8

227.7

172.7

179.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Information Management System Project

Existing

2014

2017

7.5

2.8

2.9

1.5

....

State Revenue System Replacement ‑ Payroll Tax and Duties

Existing

2014

2017

2.1

0.7

0.7

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

3.5

3.6

1.5

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ALLOCATED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

 

 

 

 

409.8

509.5

385.5

281.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1. This Table does not include irrigation or rail related expenditure, as this type of expenditure is in the form of grants or equity injections to entities outside of the General Government sector and the resulting infrastructure is not held within the General Government Sector.

2. This Project is fully funded by the Australian Government.

3. This represents funding of the final costs associated with the rebuild of Dunalley Primary School.

4. Additional funding of $2.4 million will be provided in 2019‑20.

5. Additional funding of $2 million is expected to be made available for this project following the sale of surplus property.

6. This Project is funded by both the State and Australian Government. More details are provided in the Department of Health and Human Services chapter in Government Services Budget Paper No 2.

7. Total funding for the Flinders Island Multi Purpose Centre Upgrade is $6.2 million and includes a $200 000 contribution from the Tasmanian Health Service.

 

8. These projects are: HPH Chiller and Heat Pump Installation; LGH Substation Upgrade; Emergency Power Supplies Project; Launceston Ambulance Station Structural Works; Flinders Island Sewer Plant Upgrade; LGH ICU/ED Lift Upgrade; Energy Management/Recurrent Cost Reduction; Fire Systems Protection Upgrade; and Body Protection Wiring Rectification.

9. This funding is shown within Health Infrastructure as it relates to an original commitment of funding from the Tasmanian Government to progress the redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital.

10. Total funding for Statewide Cancer Services is $63 million, consisting of $36.3 million from the Australian Government, $23.9 million from the State Government and donated contributions of $1.6 million from the Elphinstone Group Companies, $600 000 from the Menzies Centre and $600 000 from the Cancer Council.

11. This Project is funded by both the State and Australian Government. More details are provided in the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment chapter in Government Services Budget Paper No 2.

Major Areas of Infrastructure Investment In 2015‑16

This section provides details on the key projects in 2015‑16 within each of the major areas of infrastructure expenditure. Specific details on infrastructure projects not included in this section are available in individual agency chapters in Government Services Budget Paper No 2.

Chart 6.2 provides a breakdown of 2015‑16 infrastructure expenditure by classification.

Chart 6.2: 2015‑16 Infrastructure Investment by Classification

Title: Chart 6.2: 2015 16 Infrastructure Investment by Classification - Description: Contains infrastructure investment by classification in 2015-16, showing a pie chart of the data investment with the proportion and value of investment for each purpose  e.g. for health and hospitals.
This chart shows that the largest area of infrastructure investment in 2015 16 is Roads and Rail (50.6%), followed by Hospitals and Health (25.4%) and Schools and Education (8.4%).

Schools and Education

In 2015‑16, total Education infrastructure expenditure is $34.5 million. The 2015-16 Budget includes $56.3 million in new Education infrastructure commitments across 10 projects, with $54.2 million allocated for education facilities in the North and North West of the State. The major infrastructure projects include:

Brooks High School

Funding of $5.9 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 for construction and development of general learning areas at Brooks High School.

New Town High School

Funding of $2.5 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 for the entrance and administration block construction at New Town High School.

School of Special Education North

Funding of $2.6 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 to amalgamate the two School of Special Education North campuses.

School of Special Education North West ‑ Additional 2015‑16 Funding

Funding of $3.7 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 for the refurbishment and relocation of the Special School of Education North West campuses.

Year 7 ‑ 12 Implementation Plan

Funding of $2.9 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 for the construction of new classrooms required to facilitate the Government's $6 million election commitment target of extending 21 rural and regional High Schools to year 11 and 12.

Hospitals and Health

In 2015‑16, total Hospitals and Health infrastructure expenditure is budgeted to be $104.5 million. Total funding for Hospitals and Health infrastructure investment over the Budget and Forward Estimates period is $562.5 million. The major infrastructure projects include:

Glenorchy‑Tier Three Community Health Services Facility

Funding of $10.7 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 for the Glenorchy ‑ Tier Three Community Health Services Facility. This project will expand and replace the existing Glenorchy Community Health Centre at a new site. The Centre will be a standalone integrated facility adjacent to the Glenorchy City Central Business District.

Hospital and Health Centre Maintenance

Funding of $3.3 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 to fund the maintenance, replacement or upgrade of existing hospital and health centre infrastructure across the State, including at the Hobart Private Hospital, Launceston General Hospital, Flinders Island Hospital, Launceston Ambulance Station and at rural hospital locations. Over the Budget and Forward Estimates period total additional funding of $8.3 million has been provided for hospital and health centre maintenance.

Launceston General Hospital Allied Health Clinics

Funding of $3 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 to expand and refurbish the existing Specialist Clinic at the Launceston General Hospital, and for minor works in the Launceston General Hospital Allied Health Outpatient Services.

Statewide Cancer Services

Funding of $9.6 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 to infrastructure for medical oncology and radiation therapy services and associated education and support facilities at the North West Regional Hospital ($9.1 million) and the development of supporting IT systems for cancer centres across the State ($483 000).

Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment

Funding of $70.7 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 for the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment. Since recommencement in 2014‑15, total project funding has increased to $636.9 million (original funding allocation for this project was $565 million). An increased State Government contribution of $71.9 million was approved in December 2014 as a result of the Royal Hobart Hospital Rescue Taskforce Review. The project is due to be completed by 30 June 2019.

Funding for this project is provided for three different elements:

       Royal Hobart Hospital (Hospitals Capital Fund) ‑ This funding will be directed to complete works that had commenced prior to the project being placed on hold pending the outcome of the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Taskforce Review, and to complete construction of the new inpatient precinct;

       Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment ‑ Funding for a major redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital was secured following an application in late 2010 to the Board of the Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF). The $436.9 million commitment to redevelop the Royal Hobart Hospital is a combined Australian and State Government project with $240 million being provided by the Australian Government and $196.9 million provided by the State Government (including the additional allocation of $71.9 million); and

       Royal Hobart Hospital Women's and Children's Precinct ‑ Funding of $100 million has been provided by the Australian Government to fund the construction of a Women's and Children's Precinct within the broader redevelopment program of the Royal Hobart Hospital.

St Helens Hospital Redevelopment

New funding of $4 million has been provided in 2018‑19 for the St Helens Hospital Redevelopment. This takes total funding over the Budget and Forward Estimates period to $7.1 million. This funding will enable a full study of the long‑term health infrastructure needs of the Break O'Day area and North East Tasmania to be completed, the new facility to be planned, and construction commenced.

Human Services and Housing

In 2015‑16, total Human Services and Housing infrastructure funding is budgeted to be $22.9 million. The major infrastructure projects include:


 

Church Street Youth Accommodation and Training Facility

Funding of $3.3 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 to complete construction of the Church Street Youth Accommodation and Training Facility. The project will deliver a mixed accommodation facility that will provide tenants with stable, supported, long‑term accommodation, which will enable them to access key services, to reconnect with their family and community and to focus on employment, education and training opportunities. Construction works are underway and it is anticipated that construction will be completed in 2015‑16.

North West Youth Accommodation and Training Facility

Funding of $6 million has been allocated over two years, commencing in 2016‑17, to build a supported accommodation facility in Devonport with specialist support services for youth. The Youth Accommodation and Training Facility will provide around 25 units of accommodation for low income young people in the Devonport area, who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. The facility will also include safe and secure accommodation options and support services suitable for young people living with disability.

Housing Fund

Funding of $1.6 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 from the Housing Fund for the purpose of increasing the supply of affordable housing.

Major projects to be funded from the Housing Fund in 2015‑16 include the:

       continuation of support for the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), with funding towards the development of up to 1 400 properties under NRAS stage 4 ($1.1 million); and

       acquisition of suitable land for the development of affordable housing sites ($465 000).

Housing Program

Funding of $16.7 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 from the Housing Program for Major Housing Program projects including:

       the construction of adaptable dwellings in Lindisfarne ($300 000);

       Government equity purchases under the HomeShare Program ($2.4 million);

       new stock purchases, including land and existing dwellings ($4.7 million); and

       redevelopment of Somerset Primary School ($1.7 million).

The Department of Health and Human Services will also make a principal loan repayment of $7.5 million to the Australian Government due under the former Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA).

Neighbourhood Housing Program

Funding of $1.2 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 for the Neighbourhood House Program. These funds will provide for both minor and more substantial capital works that will improve the suitability and sustainability of neighbourhood houses to deliver current, contemporary activities and programs.

Law and Order

In 2015‑16, total Law and Order Infrastructure funding is $13.8 million. The major infrastructure projects include:

Jefferson Audio Video System (JAVS) Upgrade

Funding of $500 000 has been allocated in 2015‑16 for a major upgrade of the Magistrate Courts' digital audio recording system. The software and hardware for the current Jefferson Audio Video System (JAVS) will be updated to the latest versions consistent with other Courts and Tribunals.

Prison Infrastructure Redevelopment Program ‑ Stage D

Funding of $700 000 has been allocated in 2015‑16 for construction of facilities associated with the Prison Infrastructure Redevelopment Program ‑ Stage D. Construction is expected to be completed during 2015.

Emergency Services Computer Aided Dispatch System

Funding of $6.6 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 to the Department of Police and Emergency Management to procure a common, integrated emergency services computer aided dispatch (ESCAD) system for Tasmania's emergency services (Tasmania Police, Ambulance Tasmania, the Tasmania Fire Service and the State Emergency Service). Computer Aided Dispatch systems are the principal application used by emergency service communication centres to manage police, fire, medical and emergency incidents and are important in keeping the community and emergency service responders safe.

Large Vessel Replacement

Funding of $5 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 to procure a second police vessel capable of deploying out to 200 nautical miles in a range of circumstances and weather conditions.

Upgrade Police Housing

Funding of $2 million has been allocated over two years, commencing in 2015‑16, to implement a structured program to address police housing issues. This infrastructure investment will improve facilities to support officers engaged in remote area policing. 

Roads and Rail

Funding of $207.4 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 for roads infrastructure projects with total funding over the Budget and Forward Estimates period of $727.5 million. This represents State and Australian Government Funding. In addition to this funding there will also be an allocation of $37.4 million for rail infrastructure with total rail funding over the Budget and Forward Estimates of $119.6 million (rail funding is provided as a grant to Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd and is therefore not reflected in general government sector infrastructure investment).


 

Significant roads funding in 2015‑16 includes:

       $64.6 million for the Midland Highway;

       $65.2 million for road maintenance;

       $12.7 million for road safety and traffic management;

       $12.1 million for the Brooker Highway ‑ Elwick, Goodwood, Howard Roads; and

       $12 million for Tasman Ramps.

The Australian Government's Land Transport Infrastructure Investment Program for road and rail will contribute $353.2 million over the 2015‑16 Budget and Forward Estimates.

Further details of the Roads Program are provided in a separate section of this chapter.

Information and Communication Technology

In 2015‑16, total Information and Communication Technology funding is $4.1 million. The major infrastructure projects include:

Budget Information Management System Project

Funding of $2.8 million has been allocated to the Department of Treasury and Finance in 2015‑16 to progress the replacement of the legacy Budget Management System.

State Revenue System Replacement

Funding of $745 000 has been allocated to the Department of Treasury and Finance in 2015‑16 to progress implementation of Stage 2 of the Client View Project (payroll tax and duties).

Integrated Tasmanian Government Contact Centre (ITGCC)

Funding of $555 000 has been allocated to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2015‑16 to complete the ITGCC project.

Tourism, Recreation and Culture

In 2015-16, total Tourism, Recreation and Culture infrastructure expenditure is budgeted to be $20.3 million. The major projects include:

Parks High Priority Maintenance and Infrastructure

Funding of $4 million has been allocated in 2015-16 for high priority maintenance and infrastructure renewal in Parks and Reserves. The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment will undertake consultation with local councils and other identified stakeholder groups to identify priority asset projects which can improve visitation and community benefit.


 

South Coast Track

Funding of $1 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 towards upgrading the South Coast Track (from Melaleuca to Cockle Creek) to improve access. The funding is being used to upgrade existing infrastructure and complete minor rerouting where the established tracks have become difficult to access and provide safe access to beach areas.

Silverdome ‑ Maintenance

Funding of $500 000 has been allocated to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2015‑16 for vital upgrades to ensure that the Silverdome complex remains compliant with workplace health and safety regulations.

Three Capes Track

Funding of $10.5 million has been allocated in 2015‑16 to continue construction of the Three Capes Track. This initiative is comprised of the State's initial $12.8 million commitment coupled with Australian Government funding of $12.5 million. When complete this will be one of Australia's iconic coastal walking experiences, taking in the dramatic cliff top vistas of the Tasman National Park and will complement other iconic walks such as the Overland Track. Opening to the public in November 2015, this section of the track will provide an easy 4 day 3 night experience with hut‑based accommodation commencing with a short boat journey from Port Arthur and finishing at Fortescue Bay via Cape Pillar and Cape Hauy. The walk will support the growth of tourism on the Tasman Peninsula and throughout the State.

Funding of $2.5 million has also been allocated in 2015‑16 towards construction of Stage Three of the track which will provide access to the third cape, Cape Raoul. The Government is seeking support from the Australian Government to ensure that this work is finalised.

Other Infrastructure

In 2015-16, total Other Infrastructure expenditure is $2.3 million. The major project is increasing biosecurity capability.

Increasing Biosecurity Capability

Funding of $1 million has been allocated in 2015-16 for the upgrade and development of biosecurity infrastructure and operating systems. The funding will be utilised to upgrade and develop ageing laboratory equipment and information systems and upgrade communications including signage at points of entry. This commitment will ensure that Tasmania continues to meet its state, national and international diagnostic responsibilities and standards. The improved capabilities will enhance Tasmania's biosecurity system and build on the capability and capacity to protect Tasmania's primary industries, natural environment and social amenity.

Roads Program

The Roads Program comprises new works projects and the upgrade and maintenance of established roads. In 2015-16, total roads expenditure is $207.4 million. This includes a State Government allocation of $94.2 million and an Australian Government allocation of $113.2 million.

Table 6.3: Roads Program Expenditure

 

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2015-16

 

Budget

2016-17

Forward

Estimate

2017-18

Forward

Estimate

2018-19

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATE FUNDED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-contribution Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooker Highway ‑ Elwick, Goodwood, Howards Roads1,2

2015

2017

6.4

1.0

4.4

1.0

....

Domain Highway Planning1,2

2017

2017

1.0

....

1.0

....

....

Huon Highway/Summerleas Road1,2

2016

2018

4.4

....

3.4

1.0

....

Midland Highway1,2,3

2014

2019

30.0

4.0

2.0

9.0

13.0

Midland Highway ‑ Road Safety Program4

2015

2018

20.0

1.0

14.0

5.0

....

 

 

 

 

6.0

24.8

16.0

13.0

Roads for Our Future Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge Strengthening on Esk and Tasman Highways1

2016

2019

10.0

0.5

0.5

4.1

4.9

Bruny Island Main Road1

2015

2019

3.7

0.3

....

1.7

1.5

Colebrook Main Road1

2016

2019

6.5

0.5

1.0

3.5

1.5

Esk Main Road1

2015

2019

13.0

1.0

1.0

2.8

7.7

Highland Lakes Road1

2015

2018

4.0

....

2.0

1.9

....

Huon Highway Upgrade - Glendevie1

2015

2018

8.0

....

6.0

1.8

....

Murchison Highway1

2015

2018

8.0

1.0

4.0

2.0

....

South Arm Highway/Rokeby Main Road Stage 21

2015

2017

15.0

6.0

2.0

....

....

 

 

 

 

9.3

16.5

17.8

15.6

Other Roads Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset Management

 

Ongoing

na

5.3

5.4

5.5

5.7

Environmental Management

 

Ongoing

na

0.5

0.6

0.6

0.6

Forward Planning

2014

2015

1.1

1.1

....

....

....

Hadspen Bridge Walkway

2014

2015

0.1

0.1

....

....

....

Infrastructure Development

 

Ongoing

na

0.1

0.1

0.9

1.0

 

Table 6.3: Roads Program Expenditure (continued)

 

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2015-16

 

Budget

2016-17

Forward

Estimate

2017-18

Forward

Estimate

2018-19

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infrastructure Maintenance

 

Ongoing

na

57.9

59.4

61.1

62.7

Launceston Northbank

2015

2018

1.4

0.7

0.7

....

....

North East Freight Roads2

2009

2015

8.5

....

0.2

....

....

Program Management

 

Ongoing

na

1.0

1.1

1.2

1.2

Road Safety and Traffic Management

 

Ongoing

na

5.5

5.6

5.8

5.9

Road Safety Strategy ‑ Infrastructure4

 

2017

na

2.9

2.3

....

....

Strategic Planning and Policy

 

Ongoing

na

2.8

2.8

2.9

3.0

Tasman Highway St Helen's Point Road

2014

2015

1.4

0.9

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

78.8

78.2

77.9

80.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL STATE FUNDED ROADS

 

 

 

94.2

119.5

111.8

108.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooker Highway ‑ Elwick, Goodwood, Howards Roads 2

2015

2017

25.6

11.1

12.2

....

....

Midland Highway2,3,4

2014

2019

200.0

59.6

50.0

30.0

40.0

Tasman Ramps

2013

2016

15.0

12.0

....

....

....

Contingency Funding

2014

2016

0.6

0.6

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

83.3

62.2

30.0

40.0

Off-Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domain Highway Planning2

2015

2016

4.0

4.0

....

....

....

Huon Highway/Summerleas Road Intersection 2

2015

2017

17.5

6.8

10.5

....

....

North East Freight Roads2

2009

2015

34.0

2.3

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

13.1

10.5

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Roads Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge Renewal

 

Ongoing

na

4.8

1.2

1.2

1.2

Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity

 

Ongoing

na

0.4

2.7

0.9

0.9

Road Safety and Traffic Management

 

Ongoing

na

4.3

4.3

1.6

1.6

 

Table 6.3: Roads Program Expenditure (continued)

 

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2015-16

 

Budget

2016-17

Forward

Estimate

2017-18

Forward

Estimate

2018-19

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road Specific Maintenance

 

Ongoing

na

7.3

7.3

7.3

7.3

 

 

 

 

16.8

15.5

11.0

11.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDED ROADS

 

 

 

113.2

88.2

41.0

51.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ROADS PROGRAM EXPENDITURE

 

 

 

207.4

207.7

152.7

159.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.   Funding for these projects is provided as part of the State Government's election commitment of $110 million for the roads funding package which includes the co-contribution and Roads for Our Future Projects.

2.   These projects include both State and Australian Government funding.

3.   The Australian Government commitment for the Midland Highway is $400 million over 10 years. $200 million is included in the current five-year agreement, with the remainder subject to future agreements.

4.   The State's co-contribution to Australian Government roads infrastructure projects includes $20 million sourced from the Road Safety Levy receipts for safety upgrades to the Midland Highway. Unless extended, the road safety levy will cease in December 2017.


 

Reconciliation between Infrastructure Investment and Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets

Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets is an accounting classification under the Australian Accounting Standards. It appears on the Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement and reflects purchases of non‑financial assets such as land, buildings, plant and equipment, infrastructure, and intangible assets. Whilst the majority of the Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets is comprised of Infrastructure Investment projects, there is a portion of Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets expenditure which is not included in this chapter. Such items include Budget allocations for:

       the Government's fleet management services;

       ambulance, surgical and medical equipment;

       computer software; and

       other smaller capital items.

Conversely, Infrastructure Investment projects can include allocations of expenditure which are not classified as a Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets under the Australian Accounting Standards but are directly related to infrastructure projects. This expenditure can include items such as employee entitlements, infrastructure maintenance, Australian Government Loan Repayments and other supplies and consumables.

Table 6.4 provides a reconciliation between the two measures.

Table 6.4: Reconciliation between Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets and Infrastructure Investment

 

2014‑15

 

Budget

2015‑16

 

Budget

2016‑17

Forward

Estimate

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets1

400.3

410.4

546.1

442.1

417.8

Less Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets excluded from Infrastructure Investment

74.8

59.7

74.2

47.7

48.2

Plus Infrastructure Investment not included in Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets

65.5

59.1

52.6

53.8

54.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equals TOTAL INFRASTRUCTURE EXPENDITURE

391.1

409.8

524.5

448.1

424.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1. Reflects Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets within the General Government Cash Flow Statement.