6     Infrastructure Investment

Key Issues

·       Investment in infrastructure is vital to the ongoing delivery of essential services to the Tasmanian community. It can also play an important role in supporting economic and jobs growth through both short term business activity and by supporting changes in the efficiency and competitiveness of the economy.

·       The Budget continues the Government's ongoing investment in infrastructure. In total, over the 2016‑17 Budget and Forward Estimates, the Government has allocated $1.8 billion in funding to support the development of infrastructure in Tasmania.

·       In the 2016‑17 Budget, the Government has committed to $180.4 million in new infrastructure funding over the Budget and Forward Estimates with a particularly strong emphasis on supporting capital investment in education and protecting the most vulnerable in our community.

·       The 2016‑17 Budget provides an additional $50 million in funding to improve Tasmania's primary schools, high schools, colleges and TasTAFE training facilities. This brings the total funding allocated to improving education infrastructure over the 2016‑17 Budget and Forward Estimates period to $113 million.

·       In 2015, the Government announced the Affordable Housing Strategy to improve the provision of affordable housing to Tasmanians. The 2016‑17 Budget provides further support for this important strategy through the provision of additional funding of $60 million over the next three years. This is in addition to the existing 2015-16 funding commitment of $13.5 million and the allocation of further funding from within the broader housing program.

·       The Government continues to progress Tasmania's largest ever health infrastructure project with the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment being allocated funding of $457.2 million over the 2016‑17 Budget and Forward Estimates period.

·       In the 2015‑16 Budget the Government provided $60 million in funding to support the Northern Cities Major Development Initiative. In the 2016‑17 Budget the Government provides a further $30 million in funding for this initiative. Immediate projects under active consideration include the Devonport Living City project and the Launceston and Burnie University of Tasmania Campus relocation projects.

·       In the 2016‑17 Budget the Government has also announced a 12 month increase in the First Home Owner Grant from $10 000 to $20 000. This will assist in supporting Tasmanians to build their first home, assist in creating new housing stock within the State and provide further opportunities for the Tasmanian construction industry.


Overview

Over the 2016‑17 Budget and Forward Estimates period, the Government will invest over $1.8 billion in vital community infrastructure projects, with $534.9 million to be invested in 2016‑17 across:

·       schools and education;

·       hospitals and health;

·       human services and housing;

·       law and order;

·       roads and rail;

·       information and communication technology;

·       tourism, recreation and culture; and

·       other infrastructure.

The $1.8 billion General Government Sector 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. In accordance with established Budget management practice it also includes an unallocated provision for future infrastructure investment. A provision of $185 million has been set aside over the 2016‑17 Budget and Forward Estimates period to 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 investment of $1.8 billion in infrastructure over a four year period is significant and is above long‑term historical infrastructure investment levels. It is essential that a strong Budget position is achieved in order to facilitate the funding of infrastructure investment on a sustainable basis. The infrastructure program has been formulated having regard to the Government's Fiscal Principles contained in its Fiscal Strategy and will deliver on Strategic Action 5, namely, infrastructure investment will maintain existing assets, respond to economic and population growth and reflect the changing needs of the community.


 

Chart 6.1 outlines the infrastructure investment from 2005‑06 to 2015‑16 and the 2016‑17 Budget and Forward Estimates. The chart illustrates the provision for future infrastructure investment and includes a provision for future Australian Government Roads Funding in what will be the first year of the next Australian Government State Roads program, in 2019‑20.

Chart 6.1:          Infrastructure Investment, 2005-06 to 2019‑20

Title: Infrastructure Investment, 2005-06 to 2019-20 - Description: This chart shows that returns from Government businesses are expected to increase by $50.4 million in 2016 17 compared to the 2015 16 Budget, but will decrease across the Forward Estimates. The increase in 2016 17 reflects the $40 million TT-Line Company Pty Ltd special dividend, Variability is not uncommon with returns from Government businesses, which are generally subject to some volatility.


 

Infrastructure Investment Projects By Agency

Table 6.1 details infrastructure investment expenditure by agency, the provision for future infrastructure investment and estimated future Australian Government Roads Funding.

Table 6.1:          Infrastructure Expenditure by Agency1

 

2015‑16


Budget

2016‑17

 

Budget

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

2019‑20

Forward

Estimate

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

34.5

56.2

22.8

18.1

17.3

Health and Human Services

127.4

181.4

289.7

161.0

23.0

Justice

1.2

1.9

0.8

0.9

0.5

Legislature-General

….

0.9

….

….

….

Police, Fire and Emergency Management

12.6

17.0

4.3

1.3

1.3

Premier and Cabinet

1.3

1.1

1.0

1.4

0.3

Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

21.4

10.5

2.9

1.3

0.6

State Growth

207.8

262.7

185.1

178.3

120.2

TasTAFE

….

….

1.5

1.5

….

Treasury and Finance

3.5

3.2

2.3

1.5

….

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLOCATED INFRASTRUCTURE EXPENDITURE

409.8

534.9

510.2

365.2

163.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for Future Infrastructure Investment2

....

….

25.0

60.0

100.0

Estimated Future Australian Government Roads Funding3

….

….

….

….

60.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL INFRASTRUCTURE EXPENDITURE

409.8

534.9

535.2

425.2

323.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets presented in chapter 4 of this Budget Paper. 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 $185 million of capital provisions over the 2016‑17 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.

3.   The existing five‑year roads funding agreement with the Australian Government expires at the end of 2018‑19. Based on Australian Government roads funding over recent years, an Estimated Future Australian Government Roads Funding allocation of $60 million has been included in 2019‑20 to provide a more accurate estimate of the likely level of infrastructure expenditure that will occur over the Forward Estimates period.


Table 6.2 provides infrastructure investment project details by agency, including projects which are continuing from a previous Budget year and new priority infrastructure projects that have been funded by the Government in the 2016‑17 Budget.

Table 6.2:          Infrastructure Investment Project Details by Agency1

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2016‑17


Budget

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

2019‑20

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austins Ferry Primary School

New

2016

2018

5.5

1.0

4.5

….

….

East Devonport Primary School

New

2018

2020

1.8

….

….

0.9

0.9

East Launceston Primary School

New

2016

2018

4.5

1.0

3.5

….

….

Glenorchy Primary School

Existing

2015

2017

4.0

3.5

….

….

….

Hobart College

New

2018

2020

2.5

….

….

0.8

1.7

Kings Meadows High School

Existing

2015

2017

7.2

4.0

….

….

….

Latrobe High School

Existing

2015

2017

10.0

8.0

….

….

….

Lenah Valley Primary School

New

2016

2018

3.0

0.8

2.2

….

….

LINC Tasmania Burnie

Existing

2015

2016

2.8

1.0

….

….

….

Montagu Bay Primary School

New

2018

2020

1.8

….

….

0.8

1.0

Montrose Bay High School

Existing

2015

2017

5.8

5.0

….

….

….

Northern Support School

Existing

2015

2016

4.6

2.0

….

….

….

Parklands High School

Existing

2015

2017

9.1

8.4

….

….

….

Prospect High School

Existing

2015

2017

8.5

5.5

….

….

….

Queechy High School

New

2018

2020

3.0

….

….

1.5

1.5

Riverside High School

Existing

2017

2019

12.0

….

2.4

7.2

2.4

Riverside Primary School

New

2018

2020

2.5

….

….

0.8

1.7

School of Special Education North West

Existing

2015

2016

4.5

3.1

….

….

….

Smithton High School

Existing

2015

2017

7.0

5.7

….

….

….

Snug Primary School

New

2018

2020

2.5

….

….

1.3

1.3

Somerset Primary School

New

2016

2018

1.8

0.8

1.0

….

….

Sorell School

New

2018

2020

3.8

….

….

1.9

1.9

 


 

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

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2016‑17


Budget

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

2019‑20

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Hobart Primary School

Existing

2015

2017

3.6

3.1

….

….

….

St Marys District School

New

2018

2020

5.0

….

….

1.0

4.0

Tasman District High School

New

2016

2018

4.0

0.8

3.2

….

….

Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office

New

2018

2020

3.0

….

….

2.0

1.0

Windermere Primary School

New

2016

2018

5.5

1.0

4.5

….

….

Year 7‑12 Implementation Plan - capital

Existing

2014

2018

6.0

1.5

1.5

….

….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

56.2

22.8

18.1

17.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Services and Housing Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affordable Housing Strategy2

New

2015

2019

60.0

20.0

20.0

20.0

….

Housing Fund

Existing

2008

2021

60.0

3.3

1.2

1.3

1.0

Housing Program3

Existing

 

Ongoing

na

18.8

15.3

14.7

13.8

Neighbourhood House Program

Existing

2013

2017

4.0

0.4

....

....

....

North West Youth Accommodation and Training Facility

Existing

2016

2017

6.0

1.5

4.5

….

....

Northern Suburbs Community Centre

Existing

2016

2018

1.7

0.6

1.0

….

....

Strong Families, Safe Kids

New

2016

2017

0.6

0.6

….

….

….

 

 

 

 

 

45.3

42.0

36.0

14.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2016‑17


Budget

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

2019‑20

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenorchy ‑ Tier Three Community Health Services Facility

Existing

2010

2017

21.0

10.0

6.6

....

....

Health Transport and Coordination Infrastructure

Existing

2017

2018

10.0

4.6

4.9

….

....

Hospital and Health Centre Maintenance

Existing

2015

2017

8.3

4.3

0.8

….

....

Kingston ‑  Tier Three Community Health Services Facility

Existing

2013

2017

6.5

3.8

2.2

....

....

Launceston General Hospital Allied Health Clinics

Existing

2015

2016

3.0

1.5

....

....

....

Launceston General Hospital Ward Upgrades ‑ Ward 4K Upgrades

New

2016

2020

 

7.9

0.2

1.4

4.4

1.9

Mersey Hospital Upgrade

Existing

2013

2017

1.9

1.4

....

....

....

Royal Hobart Hospital Pharmacy Redevelopment

New

2017

2020

3.8

….

0.2

1.0

2.6

Rural Breast Screening Clinics ‑ Establishment and Upgrade

Existing

2013

2016

1.3

0.2

....

....

....

St Helens Hospital Redevelopment Project

New/

Existing

2016

2020

12.1

0.3

2.8

1.3

3.8

 

 

 

 

 

26.1

18.7

6.7

8.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment Funding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment4

Existing

2011

2019

469.2

110.0

229.0

118.2

….

 

 

 

 

 

110.0

229.0

118.2

….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

181.4

289.7

161.0

23.0

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

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2016‑17


Budget

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

2019‑20

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Replacement and Refurbishment ‑ Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison

New

2016

2017

0.7

0.7

….

….

….

iplan Stage Two: Integrated Planning and Building Portal

New

2017

2020

1.9

….

0.5

0.9

0.5

Office of the Public Guardian

New

2016

2017

0.2

0.2

….

….

….

Supreme Court of Tasmania Security Upgrade

New

2016

2017

0.5

0.5

….

….

….

Tasmanian Prison Infrastructure ‑ Mary Hutchinson Women's Prison

New

2016

2018

0.9

0.6

0.3

….

….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

1.9

0.8

0.9

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF POLICE, FIRE AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Headquarters and Major Support Service Building Refurbishment

New

2016

2018

2.0

1.0

1.0

….

….

Emergency Services Computer Aided Dispatch System

New/

Existing

2015

2018

17.3

8.6

2.0

….

….

Large Vessel Replacement

Existing

2014

2016

8.6

5.1

….

….

….

Upgrade Police Housing5

New/

Existing

2015

2020

7.0

2.3

1.3

1.3

1.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

17.0

4.3

1.3

1.3


 

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

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2016‑17


Budget

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

2019‑20

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PREMIER AND CABINET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integrated Tasmanian Government Contact Centre (ITGCC)6

Existing

2014

2016

0.6

….

....

....

....

Service Tasmania Shops Capital Investment

Existing

2006

Ongoing

na

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

Silverdome ‑

Maintenance and Building Compliance

New

2017

2019

2.7

0.9

0.7

1.2

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

1.1

1.0

1.4

0.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES, PARKS, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arthur Pieman Tracks

Existing

2015

2017

0.3

0.2

….

....

....

Crown Land Services ‑ Structural Asset Upgrades

Existing

 

Ongoing

na

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.6

Fisheries Integrated Licensing and Management System

New

2016

2018

1.2

0.6

0.6

….

….

Increasing Biosecurity Capability

Existing

2015

2017

2.0

1.0

….

....

....

Parks High Priority Maintenance and Infrastructure

Existing

2015

2017

8.0

5.7

….

....

....

South Coast Track

Existing

2014

2018

2.0

0.3

0.3

….

....

Three Capes Track - Stage 3

Existing

2015

2018

4.0

1.7

1.5

0.7

....

West Coast Trails Projects

Existing

2015

2016

1.7

0.6

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

10.5

2.9

1.3

0.6


 

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

 

New/

Existing

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2016‑17


Budget

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

2019‑20

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF STATE GROWTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Cities Major Development Initiative7

New/

Existing

2015

2020

90.0

15.0

20.0

20.0

35.0

Roads Program Expenditure8

New/

Existing

 

 

 

247.7

165.1

158.3

85.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

262.7

185.1

178.3

120.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY AND FINANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Information Management System Project

Existing

2014

2018

7.5

2.5

2.3

1.5

....

State Revenue System Replacement ‑ Payroll Tax and Duties

Existing

2014

2017

2.1

0.7

….

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

3.2

2.3

1.5

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEGISLATURE‑GENERAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Security Works ‑ Parliament House

New

2016

2016

0.9

0.9

….

….

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

0.9

….

….

….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TasTAFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAFE Training Infrastructure

New

2017

2019

3.0

 

….

1.5

1.5

….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

….

1.5

1.5

….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ALLOCATED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

 

 

 

 

534.9

510.2

365.2

163.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.   Implementation of the Affordable Housing Strategy commenced in 2015‑16 with the allocation of $13.5 million in capital and recurrent funding. It will also be supported through the redirection of a proportion of Housing Tasmania revenue towards the priorities set by the Action Plan.

3.   More details on the Housing Program are provided in the Department of Health and Human Services chapter in Government Services Budget Paper No 2.

4.   The Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment 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.

5.   The 2015‑16 Budget provided new funding of $1 million per annum in 2015‑16 and 2016‑17 to implement a structured program to address police housing issues. The 2016‑17 Budget provides additional funding of $5 million across the Budget and Forward Estimates period to enhance that program.

6.   The actual value of this project in 2016‑17 is $5 000. This is not visible in the table due to rounding.

7.   The 2015‑16 Budget provided $60 million for the Northern Cities Major Development Initiative. The 2016‑17 Budget provides a further allocation of $30 million.

8.   The Roads Program includes new funding of $6.3 million for the Great Eastern Drive. Further details on this, and other Roads Program items, are included at Table 6.3.

 

Major Areas of Infrastructure Investment In 2016‑17

This section provides details on the key projects in 2016‑17 within each of the major areas of infrastructure expenditure. Details of other 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 2016‑17 infrastructure expenditure by classification.

Chart 6.2:          2016‑17 Infrastructure Investment by Classification

Title: 2016-17 Infrastructure Investment by Classification - Description: This chart shows that the largest area of infrastructure investment in 2016 17 is Roads and Rail (46.4%), followed by Hospitals and Health (25.4%) and Schools and Education (10.5%).


 

Schools and Education

In 2016‑17, total Schools and Education infrastructure expenditure is $56.2 million. The 2016‑17 Budget includes $50 million in new Education infrastructure commitments across 15 projects. These projects include:

Hobart College

Funding of $2.5 million has been allocated for a two year project commencing in 2018‑19 to refurbish the Hobart College Theatrette. The works will update the facility providing a contemporary and safe environment for the school and wider community.

Latrobe High School

Funding of $8 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 to provide modern contemporary flexible learning environments, visual and performing arts, hospitality and gymnasium facilities at Latrobe High School.

Montrose Bay High School

Funding of $5 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 to redevelop teaching and gymnasium facilities at Montrose Bay High School.

Parklands High School

Funding of $8.4 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 to refurbish teaching areas and provide modern contemporary flexible learning environments.

Prospect High School

Funding of $5.5 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 to refurbish and modernise existing teaching areas and hospitality facilities.

Smithton High School

Funding of $5.7 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 for the redevelopment of learning facilities at Smithton High School. This will include the modernisation of science facilities and provision of a visual and performing arts facility at the school.

Snug Primary School

Funding of $2.5 million has been allocated to construct a new gymnasium and presentation hall at Snug Primary School. Work on this project will commence in 2018‑19.

Sorell School

Funding of $3.8 million has been allocated for the first stage to provide contemporary learning areas at Sorell School commencing in 2018‑19.


 

Human Services and Housing

In 2016‑17, total Human Services and Housing infrastructure funding is budgeted to be $45.3 million. The major infrastructure projects include:

Affordable Housing Strategy

Tasmania's Affordable Housing Strategy 2015-2025 sets the key outcomes to measure the success of Government's strategies over the next decade to improve housing affordability in Tasmania, including a decrease in the proportion of low income Tasmanians experiencing housing stress and a decrease in the proportion of Tasmanians experiencing homelessness.

Additional funding of $60 million over three years is provided to implement the Government's priorities under Tasmania's Affordable Housing Action Plan 2015‑2019. The Government's target is to provide assistance to 1 600 vulnerable Tasmanian households over the four year term of the Action Plan, including construction of 941 new homes and support to access affordable homes in the private market. This additional investment will be supported through the redirection of a proportion of Housing Tasmania revenue towards the priorities set by the Action Plan.

Housing Fund

Funding of $3.3 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 from the Housing Fund for the purpose of increasing the supply of affordable housing. The funds contribute towards the continuation of support for the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), with funding towards the development of up to 1 500 properties under NRAS Stage 4.

Housing Program

Funding of $18.8 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 from the Housing Program for Major Housing Program projects including:

·       funding under the Family Violence Action Plan towards establishing Women's Crisis Accommodation ($1.5 million);

·       Government equity purchases under the HomeShare Program ($1.8 million); and

·       new stock purchases, including land and existing dwellings ($7.9 million).

Projects under Housing - New Projects also support projects and actions in the Affordable Housing Action Plan.

The Department of Health and Human Services will also make a principal loan repayment of $7.6 million to the Australian Government due under the former Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement (CSHA).

North West Youth Accommodation and Training Facility

Funding of $1.5 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 as part of a total allocation of $6 million 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.

Strong Families, Safe Kids

Additional capital funding of $550 000 is provided for immediate upgrades to the Child Protection Information System. These upgrades will allow enhancements that will deliver a higher level of data integration than is currently available, including integration with the Kids Intelligence Data System (KIDZ).

Hospitals and Health

In 2016‑17, total Hospitals and Health infrastructure expenditure is budgeted to be $136.1 million. Total funding for Hospitals and Health infrastructure investment over the Budget and Forward Estimates period is $517 million. The major infrastructure projects include:

Glenorchy ‑ Tier Three Community Health Services Facility

Funding of $10 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 for the Glenorchy ‑ Tier Three Community Health Services Facility. This project will replace the existing Glenorchy Community Health Centre at a new site. The Centre will be a standalone facility adjacent to the Glenorchy City Central Business District.

Health Transport and Coordination Infrastructure

Funding of $4.6 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 for health transport infrastructure projects. These funds will be used for investment in improved infrastructure associated with changes to patient coordination, transport and accommodation arising from the One State, One Health System, Better Outcomes reforms.

Hospital and Health Centre Maintenance

Funding of $4.3 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 for hospital and health centre infrastructure maintenance. This funding will support the sustainable delivery of safe and efficient health care services across the State and will be used to fund the maintenance, replacement or upgrade of existing hospital and health centre infrastructure, including at the Hobart Private Hospital, Launceston General Hospital, Flinders Island Hospital, Launceston Ambulance Station and at rural hospital locations.

Kingston ‑ Tier Three Community Health Services Facility

Funding of $3.8 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 for the Kingston ‑ Tier Three Community Health Services Facility. This project will replace the existing Kingston Community Health Centre at a new site.

Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment

Funding of $110 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 for the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment. The $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment is Tasmania's largest ever health infrastructure project and will deliver a modern health facility for future generations.

The total cost for the Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment has increased since the publication of the 2015‑16 Budget Papers. The State Government announced an additional contribution of $32.3 million in December 2015 for a new hyperbaric chamber and additional contingency funds. The project is contracted to be completed in 2018.


 

This project is jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments. Funding for this project is provided by the following elements:

·       Royal Hobart Hospital (Hospitals Capital Fund) ‑ Total funding of $100 million was provided from this source. The balance of this allocation will be fully expended during 2015‑16 and will be directed towards construction of the new inpatient precinct and early works;

·       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 $469.2 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 $229.2 million provided by the State Government (including the additional allocation of $32.3 million); and

·       Royal Hobart Hospital Women's and Children's Precinct ‑ Funding of $100 million was 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. The balance of this funding will be fully expended during 2015‑16.

The total cost for the Redevelopment of $689 million, also includes $20.1 million for the RHH Cancer Centre, which was delivered under the now completed Statewide Cancer Centres Capital output.

Law and Order

In 2016‑17, total Law and Order Infrastructure funding is $18.9 million. The major infrastructure projects include:

Capital Replacement and Refurbishment ‑ Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison

Funding of $700 000 has been allocated in 2016‑17 to upgrade the electronic security systems within the Ron Barwick Minimum Security Prison, to ensure critical security requirements continue to operate effectively.

District Headquarters and Major Support Service Building Refurbishment

Funding of $1 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 to improve major police facilities across the state such as the Tasmanian Police Academy, district headquarters and support services buildings. All buildings are due for major works to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the Tasmanian community and are safe, functional and able to meet the Government's policy objectives. 

Emergency Services Computer Aided Dispatch System

Funding of $8.6 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 to the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management to continue the process of procurement of 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. The total cost of the project is $17.3 million.

Large Vessel Replacement

Funding of $5.1 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 to procure a second police vessel capable of deploying out to 200 nautical miles in a range of circumstances and weather conditions. The total cost of the project is now $8.6 million.

Upgrade Police Housing

Additional funding of $1.3 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 (and in each year of the Forward Estimates period), increasing the State's total investment to $2.3 million in 2016‑17, to refurbish residential housing for police officers and their families stationed in remote and regional areas of Tasmania. This new and continuing funding will ensure that the housing is of good condition and fit for purpose, and will help to encourage officers and their families to continue to take up residence in remote locations. 

Roads and Rail

Funding of $247.7 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 for roads infrastructure projects with total roads funding over the Budget and Forward Estimates period of $656.3 million plus a provision of $60 million for the next roads agreement.

In addition, funding of $62.3 million for rail infrastructure has been allocated in 2016‑17 for Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd with total rail funding over the Budget and Forward Estimates period of $114.8 million.

Significant roads and rail funding in 2016‑17 includes:

·       continuation of significant works on the Brooker Highway, Elwick, Goodwood and Howard Roads intersections;

·       continuation of significant works on the Midland Highway;

·       continuation of construction works on Esk Main Road;

·       commencement of construction on the Highland Lakes Road;

·       commencement of construction of the Huon Highway/Summerleas Road intersections;

·       commencement of construction on the Murchison Highway;

·       ongoing road and bridge maintenance;

·       continued implementation of the Positive Cycling Policy to improve cycling access and safety; and

·       continuation of the Tasmanian Freight Rail Revitalisation Program.

Additional funding of $6.3 million has been provided in this Budget over the Forward Estimates period to fund capital works in the form of turn‑out bays to enhance the visitor experience on Tasmania's iconic Great Eastern Drive tourist route.

The Australian Government's Land Transport Infrastructure Investment Program will contribute $233.4 million for roads over three years with an estimated provision for future funding of $60 million included in 2019‑20. Funding of $48.6 million over the 2016‑17 Budget and Forward Estimates has also been provided in relation to rail projects. Australian Government Rail funding is provided as a grant to Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd and is therefore not reflected in general government sector infrastructure investment budgets.

Further details of the Roads Program and Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd are provided in a separate section of this chapter.

Information and Communication Technology

In 2016‑17, Information and Communication Technology funding is $4.8 million. The major infrastructure projects include:

Budget Information Management System Project

Funding of $2.5 million has been allocated to the Department of Treasury and Finance in 2016‑17 to progress the replacement of the legacy Budget Management System.

Fisheries Integrated Licensing Management System

Funding of $575 000 has been allocated to the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment in 2016‑17 for the development of a Catch and Effort Module within Tasmania's fisheries management and compliance system. The new module will support the sustainable management of Tasmania's fisheries resources though improved systems for research, compliance and fisheries management.

State Revenue System Replacement

Funding of $718 000 has been allocated to the Department of Treasury and Finance in 2016‑17 to progress implementation of Stage 2 of the Client View Project (payroll tax and duties).

Tourism, Recreation and Culture

In 2016‑17, total Tourism, Recreation and Culture infrastructure expenditure is budgeted to be $9.2 million. The major projects include:

Parks High Priority Maintenance and Infrastructure

The Government committed $8 million over two years from 2015‑16 aimed at high priority maintenance and infrastructure renewal in Parks and Reserves. The Department has undertaken consultation with local councils and other stakeholders to identify priority asset projects which can improve visitation and community benefit. During 2015‑16, improvements were made to popular walks within the Cradle Mountain National Park, including enabling disability access to one walk. The Mt Field Visitor Centre has been upgraded and repairs made to historic houses at Cape Bruny. Upgrades to the Marakoopa Caves Visitor Centre are currently underway. The 2016‑17 works program will include: an upgrade of campground and facilities at Fortescue Bay; upgrades to the amenities at Pirates Bay; replacement of the Mt Mawson day shelter; carpark expansion and new amenities at the Gardens near St Helens; amenities and infrastructure improvements at Cape Bruny; construction of new amenities at the northern end of Wineglass Bay; and construction of a new track linking the Freycinet Visitor Centre to the Wineglass Bay car park.

South Coast Track

Funding of $250 000 has been allocated in 2016‑17 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 and Building Compliance

Funding of $850 000 has been allocated to the Department of Premier and Cabinet in 2016‑17 to enable important maintenance to be undertaken at the Silverdome.

Three Capes Track ‑ Stage 3

Funding of $1.7 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 towards construction of Stage Three of the track which, once completed, will provide improved access to the third cape, Cape Raoul.

Other Infrastructure

In 2016‑17, total Other Infrastructure expenditure is $16.7 million. The major projects include:

Increasing Biosecurity Capability

Funding of $1 million represents the second year of funding that has been allocated 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.

Northern Cities Major Development Initiative

Funding of $15 million has been allocated in 2016‑17 for infrastructure investment projects which demonstrate community revitalisation benefits. The Northern Cities Major Development Initiative will see the Government working in close collaboration with Northern Tasmanian councils to help revive communities through infrastructure investment projects. Immediate projects include Devonport Living City, the Launceston University of Tasmania campus relocation project, and the commencement of discussions regarding the enhanced presence of the University of Tasmania on the North West Coast. Total funding allocated to this initiative over four years is $90 million.

Depending on the final nature of the Government's contribution to the separate projects, there may be a future reclassification of expenditure between infrastructure and grant payments.


 

Roads Program

The Roads Program comprises new works projects and the upgrade and maintenance of established roads. In 2016-17, total roads expenditure is $247.7 million. This includes a State Government allocation of $110.1 million and an Australian Government allocation of $137.6 million.

Table 6.3:          Roads Program Expenditure

 

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2016-17

 

Budget

2017-18

Forward

Estimate

2018-19

Forward

Estimate

2019-20

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATE FUNDED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-contribution Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooker Highway ‑ Elwick, Goodwood, Howards Roads1,2

2015

2017

6.4

3.4

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

2.0

9.0

13.0

....

Midland Highway ‑ Road Safety Program4

2015

2018

20.0

9.2

9.6

....

....

 

 

 

 

19.0

20.6

13.0

....

Roads for Our Future Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridge Strengthening on Esk and Tasman Highways1

2016

2019

10.0

0.5

4.1

4.9

....

Bruny Island Main Road1

2015

2019

3.7

0.5

1.9

0.8

....

Colebrook Main Road1

2016

2019

6.5

0.7

4.0

1.3

....

Esk Main Road1

2015

2019

13.0

3.0

5.0

4.0

....

Highland Lakes Road1

2015

2018

4.0

2.0

1.9

....

....

Huon Highway Upgrade - Glendevie1

2015

2018

8.0

3.0

1.8

....

....

Murchison Highway1

2015

2018

8.0

2.9

2.8

0.3

....

South Arm Highway/Rokeby Main Road Stage 21

2015

2017

15.0

0.2

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

12.8

21.5

11.3

....

Other Roads Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asset Management

 

Ongoing

na

5.4

5.5

5.7

5.8

Environmental Management

 

Ongoing

na

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.6

Great Eastern Drive

2018

2020

6.3

....

0.3

3.0

3.0

Hadspen Bridge Walkway

2014

2016

0.1

0.1

....

....

....

Infrastructure Development

 

Ongoing

na

0.1

0.9

1.0

1.0

Infrastructure Maintenance

 

Ongoing

na

59.4

61.1

62.7

64.4

Launceston Northbank

2015

2017

1.4

0.7

....

....

....

Table 6.3:          Roads Program Expenditure (continued)

 

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2016-17

 

Budget

2017-18

Forward

Estimate

2018-19

Forward

Estimate

2019-20

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North East Freight Roads2

2009

2016

8.5

0.2

....

....

....

Program Management

 

Ongoing

na

1.1

1.2

1.2

1.2

Road Safety and Traffic Management

 

Ongoing

na

5.6

5.8

5.9

6.1

Road Safety Strategy ‑ Infrastructure4

 

2017

na

2.3

....

....

....

Strategic Planning and Policy

 

Ongoing

na

2.8

2.9

3.0

3.0

 

 

 

 

78.3

78.3

83.1

85.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL STATE FUNDED ROADS

 

 

 

110.1

120.3

107.4

85.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooker Highway ‑ Elwick, Goodwood, Howards Roads 2

2015

2017

25.6

14.4

....

....

....

Midland Highway2,3,4

2014

2019

200.0

85.6

30.0

40.0

....

Tasman Ramps

2013

2016

15.0

0.4

....

....

....

Contingency Funding

2014

2017

0.6

0.6

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

101.0

30.0

40.0

....

Off-Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domain Highway Planning2

2015

2018

4.0

1.0

3.0

....

....

Huon Highway/Summerleas Road Intersection2

2015

2017

17.5

14.0

....

....

....

North East Freight Roads2

2009

2016

34.0

2.0

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

17.0

3.0

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Roads Infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bass Highway ‑ Birralee to Exton

2015

2016

7.5

1.0

....

....

....

Bridge Renewal

 

Ongoing

na

1.7

1.9

1.2

....

Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity

 

Ongoing

na

1.4

1.0

0.8

....

Road Safety and Traffic Management

 

Ongoing

na

8.3

1.6

1.6

....

Road Specific Maintenance

 

Ongoing

na

7.3

7.3

7.3

....

 

 

 

 

19.7

11.8

10.9

....


 

Table 6.3:          Roads Program Expenditure (continued)

 

Start

Complete

Estimated

Total

Cost

2016-17

 

Budget

2017-18

Forward

Estimate

2018-19

Forward

Estimate

2019-20

Forward

Estimate

 

 

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FUNDED ROADS

 

 

 

137.7

44.8

50.9

....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ALLOCATED ROADS PROGRAM EXPENDITURE

 

 

 

247.7

165.1

158.3

85.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated Future Australian Government Roads Funding5

 

 

 

....

....

....

60.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ROADS PROGRAM EXPENDITURE

 

 

 

247.7

165.1

158.3

145.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.   Funding for these projects is provided as part of the State Government's 2014 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 funding 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.

5.   The existing five‑year roads funding agreement with the Australian Government expires at the end of 2018‑19. Based on Australian Government roads funding over recent years, an Estimated Future Australian Government Roads Funding allocation of $60 million has been included in 2019‑20 to provide a more accurate estimate of the likely level of infrastructure expenditure that will occur over the Forward Estimates period.

 


 

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. While 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 that 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

 

2015‑16

 

Budget

2016‑17

 

Budget

2017‑18

Forward

Estimate

2018‑19

Forward

Estimate

2019‑20

Forward

Estimate

 

$m

$m

$m

$m

$m

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets1

410.4

524.8

496.2

388.2

295.0

Less Purchases of Non‑Financial Assets excluded from Infrastructure Investment

59.7

75.8

49.7

48.7

46.7

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

59.1

85.9

88.7

85.6

74.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equals TOTAL INFRASTRUCTURE EXPENDITURE

409.8

534.9

535.2

425.2

323.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

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


 

Infrastructure Investment outside of the General Government Sector

This chapter provides information on infrastructure investment in 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 in the definition of infrastructure investment for the purpose of this chapter. Information on infrastructure investment undertaken by these entities can be found in entity annual reports and on entity websites.

The 2016‑17 Budget does, however, include equity and other contributions provided through the General Government Sector to Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd, Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd, and Metro Tasmania Pty Ltd to undertake major infrastructure works.

Metro Tasmania Pty Ltd

Funding of $4.5 million per annum over the 2016‑17 Budget and Forward Estimates period will be provided as an equity contribution to Metro Tasmania Pty Ltd to implement a Metro Bus Infrastructure capital initiative that will give the advanced manufacturing sector in Tasmania an opportunity to bid for customisation and fit‑out work to deliver an accelerated replacement Metro Tasmania bus fleet. This equity payment will be made by Finance‑General. This funding, together with the additional $13 million that will also be provided as an equity contribution in 2015‑16, will be used to fund Metro's bus replacement program.

Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd

As announced in the 2015‑16 Budget, funding of $7.5 million per annum over three years up to 2018‑19 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 the Southern Highlands and Swan Valley Irrigation Schemes as well as the proposed Scottsdale, Duck and North Esk Irrigation Schemes. 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).

The Australian Government also committed $60 million in funding for the second tranche irrigation schemes in 2015-16. In the event that additional funding is secured from the Australian Government to ensure all proposed schemes can be constructed, it is likely that the Tasmanian Government will be required to contribute additional funding.

Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd

As part of the 2015‑16 Budget, the Government contributed an additional $37.2 million over the Budget and Forward Estimates to rail infrastructure projects via grants to Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd. This funding was in addition to the previous 2014‑15 Budget provision for rail funding of $22.6 million, bringing total State rail funding to $59.8 million. The Australian Government will also provide funding of $59.8 million to match the State's contribution. Funding of $62.3 million has been provided in the 2016‑17 Budget for Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd, with total rail funding of $114.8 million over the Budget and Forward Estimates.