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Tuesday, 14 August 2012
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Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

(Question No. 940)


Mr Morrison asked the Minister for Home Affairs , in writing , on 22 March 2012 :

For (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08, (c) 2008-09,(d) 2009-10, (e) 2010-11, and (f) 2011-12, and over the forward estimates, what number of staff were engaged, and what sum of funding was allocated to (i) risk assessment, (ii) operational activity responding to threats and suspected breaches at the national border, (iii) investigation and prosecution related to breaches of the border, (iv) intelligence and targeting activities for the identification of people and goods of interest, and (v) evaluation and deployment of detection technologies, under Outcome 1, Program 1.3 of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.


Mr Clare: The answer to the honourable member 's question is as follows:

(a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) Program 1.3 - Border Protection and Enforcement, largely covers our Enforcement and Investigations and Intelligence and Targeting Divisions. It does not include cargo inspection activities, including inspection and examination of air, sea and mail cargo which is undertaken by the Cargo Division and reported under Program 1.2 - Trade Facilitation.

The tables below outline the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's estimated resourcing and Full Time Equivalents (FTE) staffing numbers for each of the requested activities undertaken under Program 1.3 - Border Protection and Enforcement. We have utilised data from the agency's Budget and Resource Management Framework which aligns generally, although not exactly, with the requested categories.

Prior to 2009-10 Customs and Border Protection reported on an outputs basis, rather than Programs, as per the Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS). It is not possible to provide accurate details of FTE staff or funding on a detail basis for these years as there was no framework in place at the time to capture this data at the level required. In 2009-10 a new costing methodology was introduced which allows analysis at this level to be undertaken. As a result of the limitations noted above, we are unable to accurately provide reliable results for the years prior to 2009-10.

Similarly, we have been unable to provide accurate cost figures, at the level required, for the forecast years 2012-13 through 2014-15 as Customs and Border Protection is still undertaking its internal budgeting and business planning processes.

Direct Cost

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

Outcome 1 Program 1.3

$'000

$'000

$'000

(i) risk assessment

$ 9,133

$ 9,756

$ 10,578

(ii) operational activity responding to threats & suspected breaches at the national border

$ 87,928

$ 81,810

$ 82,317

(iii) investigation and prosecution related to breaches of the border

$ 16,330

$ 16,235

$ 16,437

(iv) intelligence and targeting activities

$ 27,428

$ 29,330

$ 33,134

(v) evaluation and detection technologies

$ 7,853

$ 10,547

$ 10,540

Outcome 1 Program 1.3 Direct Cost

$ 148,671

$ 147,678

$ 153,005

 

Direct FTE

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

Outcome 1 Program 1.3

FTE

FTE

FTE

(i) risk assessment

87

88

91

(ii) operational activity responding to threats & suspected breaches at the national border

604

578

550

(iii) investigation and prosecution related to breaches of the border

118

119

119

(iv) intelligence and targeting activities

280

299

321

(v) evaluation and detection technologies

29

39

39

Outcome 1 Program 1.3 Direct FTE

1118

1124

1120