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BUDGET 2010 - 2011: Budget Paper No. 2: Part 2: Expense Measures



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Part 2: Expense Measures

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AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

98 Border Security - Illegal foreign fishing - securing Australia’s northern waters - continuation - - - - -

90 Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Fisheries initiative - establishment - 0.2 0.4 0.3 -

92 Southern Ocean Maritime Patrol and Response program - continuation of funding for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority - - - - -

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

98 Border Security - Illegal foreign fishing - securing Australia’s northern waters - continuation - - - - -

163 Caring for our Country - reducing duplication - -1.5 -2.4 -3.2 -3.7

Drought assistance

85 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for primary producers 40.9 125.2 - - -

86 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for small business 2.7 8.3 - - -

86 - professional advice and planning - extension - 15.8 - - -

87 - re-establishment assistance - extension - 24.4 - - -

87 - transitional income support - extension - - - - -

88 Drought policy reform - pilot of new measures in Western Australia 0.2 5.0 0.3 0.1 0.1

280 Enhanced and amalgamated mediation services for the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Horticulture Code of Conduct, the Oilcode, and the Produce and Grocery Industry Code of Conduct - 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

89 Fisheries Research program - reduction in funding - -0.3 - - -

89 Maintain funding for Quarantine Border Security - - - - -

90 Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Fisheries initiative - establishment - 0.6 0.4 0.5 -

90 Promoting Australian Produce (Major Events) - extension - - - - -

Reform of Australia’s biosecurity system

90 - foundation elements of biosecurity reform - 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0

91 - moving core business towards reform - 31.8 29.5 - -

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AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY (continued)

91 Reform of Australia’s export certification services - additional funding - 65.0 - - -

92 Regional Food Producers’ Innovation and Productivity program - reduction in funding - -1.5 -4.0 - -

Portfolio total 43.8 278.4 29.5 2.9 1.6

ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

276 Australian Business Number and Business Names Registration System - expansion - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Attorney-General’s Department

93 Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing reforms - continuation - - - - -

94 Australian Human Rights Framework - 3.0 2.9 2.6 3.3

98 Border Security - Illegal foreign fishing - securing Australia’s northern waters - continuation - - - - -

Christmas Island Strategy

101 - essential infrastructure and services 4.6 - - - -

101 - projects to support increased population - 7.4 6.2 6.4 2.2

321 Cocos (Keeling) Islands runway - refurbishment(b) - - 2.5 2.5 2.5

115 Cyber-safety enhancement - 1.5 1.8 1.4 1.5

102 Family Relationship Services program - increased efficiencies - - -1.5 -1.5 -1.5

103 Improving Access to Justice - -1.9 -1.5 -1.2 -1.2

104 Law and Justice Advocacy Development program - redirect funds to establish the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4

105 National Chemical, Biological and Radiological Capability Improvement program - discontinuation - -2.4 -2.4 -2.4 -2.5

105 National leadership and coordination for intercountry adoption in Australia - continuation - - - - -

National Security

106 - Countering violent extremism - 1.3 1.9 1.8 1.8

108 - National Emergency Call Centre Connectivity - continuation - - - - -

108 - National leadership of identity security policy - continuation - - - - -

110 - telecommunications interception capability - continuation - - - - -

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ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S (continued)

112 Personal Property Securities Register - additional resourcing - 12.6 - - -

294 Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal - Commonwealth contribution -0.3 - - - -

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity

93 Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity - resource transfer - 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Australian Crime Commission

105 National Indigenous Violence and Child Abuse Intelligence Task Force - continuation - 3.3 3.4 - -

National Security

108 - Organised crime - establishment of a Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability - 3.3 3.6 3.4 3.5

110 - telecommunications interception capability - continuation - - - - -

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

94 Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - efficiencies - -32.9 -33.0 -33.2 -33.3

96 Automated border processing between Australia and New Zealand - feasibility study - - - - -

Border Security

96 - sea passenger risk assessment - feasibility study - - - - -

97 - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - Bay Class replacement - 2.5 6.1 12.0 22.0

97 - continuation of Ashmore Guardian lease - - 7.9 7.8 -

98 - Illegal foreign fishing - securing Australia’s northern waters - continuation - - - - -

99 - strengthening passenger and air cargo security - 5.1 4.7 0.4 0.4

89 Maintain funding for Quarantine Border Security - - - - -

107 National Security - Fraudulent Travel Document Detection System - continuation - - - - -

Australian Federal Police

194 Australia’s civilian engagement in Afghanistan - an integrated whole-of-government approach - 13.8 16.6 - -

93 Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity - resource transfer - -0.4 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4

Border Security

98 - Illegal foreign fishing - securing Australia’s northern waters - continuation - - - - -

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ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S (continued)

Border Security

99 - strengthening passenger and air cargo security - 17.3 3.9 4.0 4.0

100 - Unified Policing Model - continuation - - - - -

103 Illegal foreign fishing - preventative action at source - -0.4 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4

National Security

106 - Australian Federal Police - efficiencies to fund key law enforcement initiatives - - - - -

109 - Pacific Police Development program - inclusion of Tonga and Vanuatu - 2.7 2.4 - -

109 - Regional law enforcement counter-terrorism liaison and capacity building - continuation - - - - -

110 - telecommunications interception capability - continuation - - - - -

110 - Timor-Leste Police Development program - continuation - 15.3 13.8 19.0 17.5

111 - United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste - continued contribution - 6.2 7.3 -0.1 -

112 Northern Territory policing presence - staged transition - 7.8 1.4 - -

113 Reducing the impact and incidence of missing persons cases - continuation - - - - -

Australian Human Rights Commission

94 Australian Human Rights Framework - 1.0 1.4 2.1 2.1

104 National Action Plan on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security - continuation - - - - -

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

95 Australian Security Intelligence Organisation - increased efficiencies - -3.7 -3.7 -3.8 -3.8

99 Border Security - strengthening passenger and air cargo security - 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8

286 Independent review of the Intelligence Community -3.0 - - - -

National Security

107 - Counter-Terrorism Control Centre - establishment - - - - -

110 - telecommunications interception capability - continuation - - - - -

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

95 Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre - regulatory activities cost recovery - 2.2 3.7 3.6 3.6

315 National Security - Combating organised crime - enhanced analytical capability(b) - 1.0 0.9 2.3 2.3

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ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S (continued)

Family Court of Australia

102 Family Court of Australia - increased efficiencies - -2.5 -2.6 -2.7 -2.7

103 Improving Access to Justice - -0.1 -1.2 -1.3 -1.3

Federal Court of Australia

103 Improving Access to Justice - -0.6 -0.7 -0.7 -0.7

High Court of Australia

315 High Court of Australia - addressing occupational health and safety and structural issues(b) - 0.2 - - -

Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia

102 Easing debt pressures on those in financial stress - 2.7 1.6 1.7 1.8

National Native Title Tribunal

103 Improving Access to Justice - -2.1 -2.4 -2.6 -2.3

106 National Native Title Tribunal - increased efficiencies - -1.5 -1.7 -2.0 -2.7

Office of Parliamentary Counsel

297 Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform - development and implementation - 0.5 1.1 1.1 1.1

Portfolio total 1.2 63.1 44.5 20.8 17.6

BROADBAND, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

116 Digital Television Switchover - Regional Blackspot Solution nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

Australian Communications and Media Authority

115 Cyber-safety enhancement 1.4 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.5

116 Digital Television Switchover - Regional Blackspot Solution 5.7 5.6 4.1 3.0 1.7

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

114 Australian Broadband Guarantee - refocusing -4.1 -4.9 -4.0 - -

114 Community broadcasters’ transition to digital television - - - - -

115 Cyber-safety enhancement -25.8 2.8 -0.4 -0.7 -3.0

116 Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy - program efficiencies - -1.9 -0.4 -0.7 -

116 Digital Television Switchover - Regional Blackspot Solution 13.6 20.0 41.8 38.7 45.6

117 National Broadband Network - implementation -0.9 14.0 3.9 2.6 1.8

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation

116 Digital Television Switchover - Regional Blackspot Solution nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

Portfolio total -10.2 39.9 49.5 47.4 50.6

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CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

119 Climate change - Foundation Campaign - - - - -

119 Energy Efficient Homes program - modifications - - - - -

120 Green Loans program - redesign -6.3 109.0 - - -

288 Office of the Coordinator-General - continued operations -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 - -

Renewable Energy Target

123 - enhancement - -1.5 - - -

294 - industry reviews - -1.0 -1.0 -1.0 -1.0

Portfolio total -6.7 106.3 -1.1 -1.0 -1.0

CROSS PORTFOLIO

Various Agencies

126 Australian Government personnel security vetting - centralisation - -0.7 -0.9 -0.9 -1.0

9 Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme - deferral(c) -107.0 -429.7 -3,155.9 -7,141.2 -7,472.1

321 Information and Communication Technology Business-as-Usual Reinvestment Fund(b) - - -0.4 -0.6 -0.7

192 Major office machines - whole-of-government procurement arrangements - -0.8 -0.7 -2.0 -2.0

266 Migration Program - allocation of places for 2010-11 - -7.8 -19.6 -33.0 -47.6

124 Renewable Energy Future Fund - 42.0 352.0 149.0 109.5

Portfolio total -107.0 -396.9 -2,825.4 -7,028.8 -7,413.8

DEFENCE

Department of Defence

125 Afghanistan - enhancement of force protection measures for Australian troops 2.0 59.1 - - -

194 Australia’s civilian engagement in Afghanistan - an integrated whole-of-government approach - 19.6 - - -

126 Australian Government personnel security vetting - centralisation 0.1 1.2 - - -

196 Baghdad Embassy - transition towards civilian security arrangements - 9.2 -1.3 1.8 -

Middle East Area of Operations

126 - continuation and enhancement of Australia’s military contribution - 915.6 207.2 136.1 -

127 - infrastructure development 16.8 31.9 - - -

271 Moorebank Intermodal Terminal - implementation strategy - 13.7 21.5 - -

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DEFENCE (continued)

127 Solomon Islands - continued Australian Defence Force assistance to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) - 42.5 1.4 - -

127 Timor Leste - reduction in the number of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed -14.1 - - - -

128 Timor-Leste - continuation of Australia’s commitment to helping to maintain security and stability - 151.1 25.6 7.7 -

Portfolio total 4.8 1,243.9 254.4 145.6 -

EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

170 A new scheme of income management in the Northern Territory - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

129 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan - - - - -

129 Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority programs - consolidation - - - - -

130 Australian Learning and Teaching Council - reduction in funding - - -5.9 -6.1 -6.4

130 Boys Education National Initiative - abolition -0.6 -1.3 -1.4 -1.7 -1.0

131 Budget Base Funded Child Care Services - improved standards - 10.9 17.5 18.2 12.9

131 Building the Education Revolution - Implementation Taskforce - 9.4 3.8 - -

172 Bulk Verification of Community Housing Rent - 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3

132 Centre for International Finance and Regulation - establishment - 5.1 9.0 8.0 2.0

132 Child Care Rebate - return the annual cap of $7,500 and pause indexation - -6.1 -13.9 -25.1 -42.0

133 Child Care Services Support program - streamlining administration - -7.6 -7.7 -7.8 -7.9

301 Clarke Review - reclassify submarine special operations that were conducted in the period 1978 to 1992 as warlike service - -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3

133 Clean Sustainable Skills package - Green Skills Agreement - implementation - 1.8 2.2 1.2 0.1

285 Commonwealth Ombudsman - enhanced role for international students - -1.2 -1.3 -1.2 -1.2

285 Council of Australian Governments reform agenda - additional funding - 1.0 - - -

Disability Employment Services

134 - assistance to job seekers with an intellectual disability - 3.7 3.7 - -

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS (continued)

Disability Employment Services

134 - information technology -0.4 -0.1 - - -

135 - streamlined access to employment assistance - 0.2 0.2 - -

Drought assistance

135 - Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme - extension - 7.2 2.0 - -

85 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for primary producers 3.5 10.8 - - -

86 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for small business 0.2 0.7 - - -

88 Drought policy reform - pilot of new measures in Western Australia - 0.2 - - -

10 Education Services for Overseas Students Assurance Fund - loan(c) - - - - -

136 Enhanced scrutiny of the financial viability of the largest long day care providers - new framework - 0.7 - - -

136 Fair Work system - trade union education foundation grant 10.0 - - - -

137 Family Day Care Start Up Payment - cessation - -3.6 -3.7 -3.7 -3.8

Fraud prevention and compliance

258 - Centrelink debts - improvements to the tax garnishee process - - - - -

259 - Centrelink debts - review of non-standard debt repayment rates - - - - -

259 - enhanced capability for Centrelink to detect and respond to emerging fraud risks - -7.6 -21.4 -21.6 -21.8

137 Graduate Skills Assessment - cessation of funding - -0.5 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7

137 Indigenous public sector employment strategy for non-Australian Public Service agencies - 1.6 - - -

138 Insulation workers adjustment package - - - - -

138 Job Capacity Account - one-off reduction - - -8.0 - -

139 Job Capacity Assessment - more efficient and accurate assessments for Disability Support Pension and employment services - -14.4 -119.3 -29.9 68.0

140 Job Ready program - onshore international graduates in trade occupations - new skills assessment - 25.9 23.1 25.3 17.8

141 Jobs and Training Compact - savings from Jobs Fund -22.8 -25.8 - - -

141 Loan to GoodStart for purchase of ABC Learning Centres - - - - -

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS (continued)

National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care

142 - Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority - establishment - - 3.0 5.9 6.1

143 - National Childcare Accreditation Council and Accreditation Decision Review Committee - cessation - - -11.3 -22.8 -23.2

143 - National Partnership implementation - 9.1 19.7 37.7 64.0

144 - National Partnership transition support - -0.5 6.2 - -

145 National School Chaplaincy program - extension 0.1 47.0 3.5 - -

146 National workplace relations system for the private sector - implementation 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 -

147 Neighbourhood Model Occasional Care - cease funding assistance provided to State and Territory Governments - -3.1 -3.1 -3.2 -3.2

147 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation - additional funding 0.9 1.5 0.9 0.5 0.5

288 Office of the Coordinator-General - continued operations -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 - -

168 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards - expansion -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -

148 Productive Ageing Package .. 10.0 12.0 11.3 9.9

183 Reform of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program in the Torres Strait - 7.3 12.6 14.2 14.6

148 School Enrolment and Attendance Trial - continuation - 0.8 0.2 - -

Skills for Sustainable Growth

149 - A Training System for the Future - A National Entitlement to a Quality Training Place - 40.1 40.3 42.1 37.0

150 - A Training System for the Future - MySkills website - 2.2 0.7 0.6 0.6

151 - A Training System for the Future - National Vocational Education and Training Regulator - establishment - 15.6 34.0 28.3 27.6

152 - A Training System for the Future - Quality Skills Incentive - - 43.3 43.3 43.3

152 - Fast-Track Apprenticeships - redirection of funding - -15.0 -10.4 -5.4 -

153 - Foundation Skills Package - language, literacy and numeracy for job seekers - expansion - 14.2 17.4 17.6 17.8

153 - Foundation Skills Package - National Core Skills and Outreach Project - 4.9 7.1 5.6 5.9

154 - Foundation Skills package - workplace and community language, literacy and numeracy - expansion - 4.7 6.6 8.0 9.4

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS (continued)

Skills for Sustainable Growth

155 - Innovation Employer Incentive for Australian Apprentices - redirection of funding - -4.9 -8.8 -9.0 -9.2

155 - National Audit and Registration Agency and National Quality Council - redirection of funding - -1.8 -4.5 -4.6 -4.7

156 - Productivity Places Program National Partnership - redirection of funding - - - - -

156 - Productivity Places Programs - redirection -20.0 -15.0 -15.0 -15.0 -15.0

157 - Securing Australian Apprenticeships through Registered Training Organisations - redirection of funding -3.9 -4.0 - - -

157 - Skills for Recovery - Apprenticeship Kickstart Bonus II - 28.6 50.8 - -

158 - Skills for Recovery - Critical Skills Investment Fund - 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0

158 - Skills for Recovery - smarter apprenticeships - 6.5 5.4 5.0 3.0

159 Skills for the Carbon Challenge - Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot - discontinuation -5.0 -5.0 -5.0 -5.0 -

187 Streamlining notification processes for compensation recipients - - -6.8 -10.6 -10.8

Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform

38 - 50 per cent discount for interest income(c) - - 2.1 2.1 2.2

47 - standard deduction for work-related expenses and the cost of managing tax affairs(c) - - - 2.7 10.4

Student income support

160 - establishment of a Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund - 20.0 - - -

160 - extending eligibility -7.0 -19.6 -1.5 12.9 14.6

188 Weekly income support payments to vulnerable Australians - - - - -

255 Western Australia’s Children’s Health Telethon - donation - - - - -

Fair Work Australia

146 National workplace relations system for the private sector - implementation 2.1 3.1 3.2 3.4 -

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman

146 National workplace relations system for the private sector - implementation 10.9 21.4 19.9 20.3 -

182 Paid Parental Leave - implementation - 0.2 1.8 1.4 1.0

Portfolio total -32.3 229.5 152.7 192.7 268.3

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ENVIRONMENT, WATER, HERITAGE AND THE ARTS

Australia Council

162 Australia Council - continuation of base funding - - - - -

Bureau of Meteorology

166 National Plan for Environmental Information - establishment - 1.3 2.3 2.6 3.0

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

162 Australia Business Arts Foundation - continuation - 1.6 1.6 - -

162 Australia-Antarctica Airlink - continuation - - - - -

163 Business Skills for Visual Artists (Cultural Development Program element) - termination - -0.5 -0.5 -0.5 -0.5

163 Business Skills for Visual Artists (National Arts and Crafts Industry Support element) - continuation - - - - -

163 Caring for our Country - reducing duplication - -8.8 -12.9 -17.1 -31.6

164 Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program - reduction in funding - -2.0 -1.0 - -

164 Contemporary Music Touring program - continuation - 0.4 - - -

164 CONTROL: The Business of Music Management - establishment - - - - -

165 Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - further efficiencies -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2

166 National Indigenous Television - continuation - 15.2 - - -

166 National Plan for Environmental Information - establishment - 0.8 0.5 - -

167 National Waste Policy - implementation - 4.5 5.1 5.2 5.3

167 Point Nepean - University of Melbourne rental guarantee - termination -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4 -0.4

168 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards - expansion - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

183 Reform of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program in the Torres Strait - 5.1 5.6 5.5 5.5

168 Regional Marine Planning - continuation - -0.8 - - -

Water for the Future

319 - accelerated water buy-backs for the Murray-Darling Basin(b) 4.9 5.0 4.4 3.7 -4.4

169 - National Rainwater and Greywater initiative - reduced funding -20.0 -22.6 -55.0 -45.0 -37.1

169 - National Urban Water and Desalination Plan - reduced funding - - -20.0 -50.3 -

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ENVIRONMENT, WATER, HERITAGE AND THE ARTS (continued)

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

165 Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - ensuring the resilience of the reef - 4.0 4.1 - -

Portfolio total -15.5 2.8 -66.2 -96.4 -60.1

FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

170 A new scheme of income management in the Northern Territory 0.7 16.3 16.9 18.3 18.9

171 Act of Grace Payments - ongoing arrangements 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

172 Adventure playgrounds - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

256 An Innovation and Higher Education System for the 21st Century - Student income support - additional funding for service delivery - 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.1

172 Bulk Verification of Community Housing Rent - 0.3 0.6 0.7 0.7

Clarke Review

300 - lower the age to establish domicile to under 21 years for British Commonwealth and Allied veterans - .. .. .. ..

301 - provide Australian Defence Force British nuclear test participants with compensation equivalent to non-warlike or hazardous service - -2.4 -2.7 -3.0 -3.3

301 - reclassify submarine special operations that were conducted in the period 1978 to 1992 as warlike service - -0.6 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7

Community Development Employment

Projects

173 - indexation reform - -0.4 -0.7 -3.3 -4.4

173 - redirection - -3.0 - - -

173 Community engagement strategy for people with disability - - - - -

174 Drought assistance - Family Support Drought Response Teams program - extension - 7.7 - - -

88 Drought policy reform - pilot of new measures in Western Australia - 0.9 - - -

302 Extend qualifying service to service in Ubon for the period 31 May 1962 to 27 July 1962 - -0.9 -1.0 -1.0 -1.1

303 F-111 Deseal/Reseal maintenance workers - further support .. .. .. .. ..

174 Family Relationship Services for Carers - continuation - - - - -

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FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS (continued)

175 Family Tax Benefit Non-lodger Fortnightly Payment Prohibition - more flexible arrangements - - - - -

176 Family Tax Benefit Part A - improved participation requirements for 16 to 20 year olds -0.7 -20.4 -20.7 -21.1 -21.3

Fraud prevention and compliance

258 - Centrelink debts - improvements to the tax garnishee process - - - - -

259 - Centrelink debts - review of non-standard debt repayment rates - - - - -

259 - enhanced capability for Centrelink to detect and respond to emerging fraud risks - -7.9 -14.3 -16.6 -16.4

177 Income management in cases of child neglect and by voluntary choice - continuation of trial - 6.5 - - -

178 Indigenous Communities Strategic Investment program - reduction -1.7 -15.5 -15.8 -12.6 -2.6

178 Indigenous Land Corporation - new funding arrangements - - - - -

139 Job Capacity Assessment - more efficient and accurate assessments for Disability Support Pension and employment services - 0.3 -20.5 -197.9 -348.4

179 National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples - establishment 3.0 6.2 6.8 8.3 4.9

179 National Disability Strategy - coordination - - - - -

180 National Find and Connect Service for the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants - 4.5 7.7 7.3 5.3

NSW Mid-North Coast floods

181 - assistance for March 2009 event 0.3 - - - -

181 - assistance for November 2009 event 11.0 - - - -

288 Office of the Coordinator-General - continued operations -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 - -

182 Paid Parental Leave - implementation 0.3 2.9 0.1 0.1 0.1

294 Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal - Commonwealth contribution -0.3 - - - -

183 Reform of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program in the Torres Strait - -11.6 -17.7 -8.2 -5.7

184 Remote Service Delivery National Partnership Flexible Funding Pool - establishment - 17.0 17.0 12.0 -

184 Samoan tsunami and Sumatran earthquakes - assistance 0.5 - - - -

148 School Enrolment and Attendance Trial - continuation - 0.1 - - -

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FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS (continued)

185 Social Security Appeals Tribunal - training - -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2

185 South West Queensland floods - assistance 11.2 1.3 - - -

186 Special Disability Trusts - greater accessibility - .. 0.1 0.2 0.3

187 Streamlining notification processes for compensation recipients - 0.2 -7.1 -12.8 -14.3

Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform

38 - 50 per cent discount for interest income(c) - - 26.9 32.1 32.1

47 - standard deduction for work-related expenses and the cost of managing tax affairs(c) - - - 57.6 148.2

187 Victorian storms - assistance 2.1 0.3 - - -

305 War Widow/er pension - removal of entitlement for new claimants who enter a de facto relationship - .. 0.1 0.1 0.2

188 Weekly income support payments to vulnerable Australians - - - - -

188 Western Australian bushfires - assistance 0.6 - - - -

255 Western Australia’s Children’s Health Telethon - donation - - - - -

Indigenous Business Australia

176 Home Ownership Program - transfer of funding from the Home Ownership on Indigenous Land Program - 15.3 1.0 1.1 1.2

Indigenous Land Corporation

178 Indigenous Land Corporation - new funding arrangements - - - - -

Torres Strait Regional Authority

173 Community Development Employment Projects - indexation reform - .. .. -0.2 -0.3

183 Reform of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program in the Torres Strait - 0.5 -5.6 -18.0 -17.7

Portfolio total 26.9 18.7 -28.8 -156.6 -223.4

FINANCE AND DEREGULATION

Australian Electoral Commission

190 Australian Electoral Commission - funding for the forthcoming federal election - 9.2 - - -

191 Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters - implementation of recommendations - 1.9 0.7 .. -2.8

Comsuper

192 Superannuation governance and

administration reform - -0.5 -6.3 -7.3 -8.3

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Department of Finance and Deregulation

97 Border Security - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - Bay Class replacement - 0.1 - 0.1 -

190 Central Budget Management System - comprehensive redevelopment nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

285 Council of Australian Governments reform agenda - additional funding - 1.0 - - -

191 Data centre strategy - whole-of-government procurement arrangements - - - - -

134 Disability Employment Services - information technology 0.4 0.1 - - -

192 Major office machines - whole-of-government procurement arrangements 1.3 - - - -

271 Moorebank Intermodal Terminal - implementation strategy - 21.6 13.9 - -

117 National Broadband Network - implementation - 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.4

National Health and Hospitals Network

323 - Aged care - one-stop shops(b) - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

229 - Hospitals - activity based funding 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

198 National Security - Improved Passport Integrity and Strengthened Issuance Systems - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

192 Superannuation governance and

administration reform 1.9 9.0 6.2 4.7 0.5

193 Sydney Airports Corporation Limited (SACL) stamp duty litigation - additional funding for trial and judgement review - 1.9 - - -

193 Travel services - additional savings from whole-of-government procurement - -8.2 -8.2 -8.2 -8.2

Portfolio total 3.6 36.8 7.2 -9.9 -18.2

FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

AusAID

194 Australia’s civilian engagement in Afghanistan - an integrated whole-of-government approach - 60.3 44.5 - -

Overseas development assistance

199 - climate change - bilateral partnerships - - 5.0 10.0 -

121 - climate change - International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative - - 78.6 99.6 -

121 - climate change - International Forest Carbon Initiative - - 28.0 28.0 -

122 - climate change - multilateral climate change financing 5.0 - 40.6 60.6 -

199 - contribution to stabilisation in northern Sri Lanka 25.0 - - - -

200 - development accessible to all - 2.5 6.5 8.9 12.5

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Overseas development assistance

201 - development partnership with Indonesia - 23.6 58.3 86.7 134.3

202 - enhancing education - 30.0 55.7 97.9 119.1

202 - GNI methodology change - -207.8 -234.3 -269.5 -314.1

203 - increased assistance to Africa - 36.9 77.3 98.3 121.5

203 - investing in health - 14.9 43.2 52.1 62.2

Australian Secret Intelligence Service

98 Border Security - Illegal foreign fishing - securing Australia’s northern waters - continuation - - - - -

198 National Security - enhanced intelligence capability - 1.5 - - -

Australian Trade Commission

195 Australian Trade Commission - extension of TradeStart - - - - -

197 Enhancing Australia’s engagement with India - - - - -

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

194 Australia’s civilian engagement in Afghanistan - an integrated whole-of-government approach - 34.1 34.3 - -

195 Australia’s Contribution to the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat - - - - -

196 Baghdad Embassy - transition towards civilian security arrangements - 23.8 28.1 - -

197 Enhancing Australia’s engagement with India - - - - -

198 National Security - Improved Passport Integrity and Strengthened Issuance Systems - 2.5 5.2 11.0 10.4

204 Smartraveller information campaign - continuation - - - - -

Portfolio total 30.0 22.2 270.9 283.5 145.8

HEALTH AND AGEING

Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency

223 National Health and Hospitals Network - Aged care - strengthening arrangements for complaints - 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.8

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

197 Enhancing Australia’s engagement with India - - - - -

Australian Sports Commission

208 Australian Sports Commission - investing in Australia’s sporting success - 60.9 65.8 67.5 68.4

197 Enhancing Australia’s engagement with India - - - - -

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Department of Health and Ageing

205 Addressing domestic violence - continuing training for health workers in regional and rural areas - - - - -

205 Aged care - meeting demand for high-level aged care - 21.6 10.5 4.2 -1.6

206 Aged care assessment teams - continuation of funding - - - - -

207 Aged care assessments - improving access and entry - continuation of funding - - - - -

209 Bernie Banton Foundation - donation - - - - -

209 Better access to radiation oncology services - further efficiency - -21.8 -22.2 -22.6 -23.0

209 Blood products - assessing new listings - 1.2 0.9 0.5 0.5

Clarke Review

300 - lower the age to establish domicile to under 21 years for British Commonwealth and Allied veterans - .. .. .. ..

301 - provide Australian Defence Force British nuclear test participants with compensation equivalent to non-warlike or hazardous service - -0.6 -0.6 -0.7 -0.8

301 - reclassify submarine special operations that were conducted in the period 1978 to 1992 as warlike service - .. .. .. ..

210 COAG Health Services - aligning services in rural and remote areas - more efficient arrangements - -2.1 -2.1 -2.1 -2.1

210 Combating illicit drug use - continuation of media campaign funding - -1.1 -1.2 -0.8 -0.9

211 Combating petrol sniffing - expanding the supply and uptake of Opal fuel - 6.0 8.2 12.1 12.2

211 Community Care Grants and Flexible Care Grants - further efficiency -0.5 -1.1 -1.2 -1.4 -0.8

212 Department of Health and Ageing grant programs - reprioritisation - -13.3 -18.6 -25.4 -31.5

Drought assistance

85 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for primary producers 0.5 2.4 - - -

86 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for small business .. 0.2 - - -

212 - Mental Health Support for Drought-Affected Communities program - extension - 5.5 - - -

88 Drought policy reform - pilot of new measures in Western Australia - 0.9 - - -

302 Extend qualifying service to service in Ubon for the period 31 May 1962 to 27 July 1962 - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

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303 F-111 Deseal/Reseal maintenance workers - further support .. -0.3 -0.4 -0.5 -0.5

212 Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement - -133.2 -113.7 -126.5 -117.5

214 Health Workforce - supporting nurses back into the workforce - redirection of funding - -1.3 -2.2 -2.5 -1.6

215 Jigsaw Foundation - support for craniofacial surgery - 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3

Medicare Benefits Schedule

215 - restructure of items to provide better primary care services 1.5 -0.5 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4

216 - new and revised listings -0.2 -1.3 -1.4 -1.6 -1.8

217 - rebates for cataract-related items - revision 10.9 12.4 13.0 14.1 15.3

217 - removal of practice accreditation requirements for General Practice Focussed Psychological Strategies services - -0.3 -0.5 -0.5 -0.6

218 - revision of access for specialist consultation items - 2.1 3.7 4.4 5.2

218 National Binge Drinking Strategy - expansion - 9.5 11.8 14.3 14.3

219 National Cord Blood Collection Network - continuation and increased funding - 5.7 4.0 4.1 4.2

National Health and Hospitals Network(d)

219 - Aged care - expand access to multi-purpose services - 50.7 35.5 35.5 0.3

220 - Aged care - expansion of zero real interest loans - 72.1 72.1 0.4 0.4

221 - Aged care - improving access to General Practice and primary health care - 13.4 14.1 35.2 34.5

221 - Aged care - improving the viability of community care providers - 2.3 2.5 2.6 2.7

222 - Aged care - increasing business efficiency - 0.3 2.1 2.2 2.2

323 - Aged care - one-stop shops(b) - 3.2 2.5 5.3 5.4

222 - Aged care - protecting savings - 5.3 5.1 5.2 5.3

324 - Aged care - reform of roles and responsibilities - Home and Community Care and related programs(b) - 7.0 5.4 - -

223 - Aged care - strengthening arrangements for complaints - 9.6 11.9 12.7 13.7

223 - Aged care - supporting long stay older patients - 1.0 1.0 0.4 0.4

224 - Building the foundations for reform - information and awareness 9.9 18.3 1.1 0.2 -

225 - eHealth - personally controlled electronic health records - 185.6 281.2 - -

226 - expansion of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care - 0.7 7.2 11.6 12.7

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National Health and Hospitals Network

226 - General practice and primary care - coordinated diabetes care - 4.3 9.8 179.2 242.7

227 - General practice and primary care - establishing Medicare Locals and improving access to after hours primary care - 13.4 66.6 156.1 179.7

228 - General practice and primary care - improved primary care infrastructure - 56.7 179.4 119.1 -

229 - General practice and primary care - improving access to primary care - - - - -

229 - Hospitals - activity based funding - 1.6 2.2 19.1 17.4

230 - Hospitals - flexible funding for emergency departments, elective surgery and sub-acute care - 0.2 0.2 0.1 -

230 - Hospitals - four hour national access target for emergency departments - facilitation and reward funding - 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

231 - Hospitals - four hour national access targets for emergency departments - capital funding - 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.2

231 - Hospitals - improving access to elective surgery - capital funding - 0.4 0.4 - -

232 - Hospitals - improving access to elective surgery - facilitation and reward funding - 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5

233 - Hospitals - new sub-acute hospital beds - 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4

233 - Independent Hospital Pricing Authority - 3.8 31.8 28.5 27.7

234 - Mental health - additional mental health nurses - 5.3 7.7 - -

234 - Mental health - expanding the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre model - 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5

235 - Mental health - flexible care packages for patients with severe mental illnesses - -3.0 5.2 2.5 1.4

235 - Mental health - more youth friendly services - 10.8 19.9 23.8 24.3

236 - National Performance Authority - 22.3 23.6 29.4 34.2

237 - Prevention - national tobacco campaign - more targeted approach - - - - -

237 - Prevention - plain packaging of tobacco products - 1.3 1.0 0.2 0.1

238 - rebalancing financial responsibility in the federation - - 321.1 356.7 384.0

239 - Workforce - building nursing careers - 1.6 4.8 7.0 7.6

240 - Workforce - expanding clinical placement scholarships for allied health students - 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6

240 - Workforce - exploring regulation of the personal care workforce - 1.1 1.5 0.8 -

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National Health and Hospitals Network

241 - Workforce - more general practice training rotations for junior doctors - 7.0 8.9 11.5 11.7

241 - Workforce - more places on the General Practice Training Program - 0.6 19.2 76.3 158.5

242 - Workforce - nurse practitioners - 2.1 6.8 6.3 3.4

242 - Workforce - research into aged care staffing levels - 0.3 0.3 - -

243 - Workforce - rural locum scheme for allied health professionals - 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3

243 - Workforce - rural locum scheme for nurses - 7.9 6.9 6.9 7.1

244 - Workforce - support for practice nurses - 0.3 66.7 140.7 161.3

244 - Workforce - supporting a professional aged care workforce - - - - -

245 - Workforce - training and education incentive payments - 11.3 14.3 17.0 17.4

246 - Workforce - training specialist doctors - 14.0 28.8 43.4 58.4

246 National Male Health Policy - Building on the strengths of Australian males - - - - -

325 National Medical Stockpile - replenishment(b) - 0.9 - - -

247 Penrith Valley Sports Hub - contribution - 1.0 - - -

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

247 - biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs - more cost-effective arrangements - nfp nfp nfp nfp

248 - community information on generic medicines - 4.2 2.7 1.6 1.6

248 - further pricing reform - -28.7 -180.2 -499.4 -517.2

250 - minor new listings 6.8 18.7 26.8 34.6 40.9

251 Port Augusta magnetic resonance imaging unit - discontinuation - -1.2 -1.2 -1.2 -1.2

251 Practice Incentives Program - changes to incentive payments for cervical cancer screening - - -8.0 -7.9 -8.0

252 Private health insurance - supporting lifetime health cover - 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

183 Reform of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program in the Torres Strait - 2.2 2.7 2.8 2.6

253 Revised arrangements for efficient funding of chemotherapy drugs - 37.0 20.6 6.3 7.9

253 Rural Health - additional funding for cataract surgery - 1.0 1.1 1.3 1.6

Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform

38 - 50 per cent discount for interest income(c) - - 0.3 2.5 3.1

47 - standard deduction for work-related expenses and the cost of managing tax affairs(c) - - - 0.5 1.7

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254 Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump program - increased subsidies -0.5 0.5 .. -0.3 -0.2

305 War Widow/er pension - removal of entitlement for new claimants who enter a de facto relationship - .. .. .. ..

255 Western Australia’s Children’s Health Telethon - donation - - - - -

General Practice Education and Training Limited

National Health and Hospitals Network

241 - Workforce - more general practice training rotations for junior doctors - 19.1 24.9 32.3 32.8

241 - Workforce - more places on the General Practice Training Program - 2.6 11.1 26.0 44.8

National Health and Medical Research Council

226 National Health and Hospitals Network - expansion of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care - - 1.0 1.0 1.0

Professional Services Review

252 Professional Services Review - supporting more investigations of inappropriate practice - 2.0 - - -

Portfolio total 28.2 551.3 1,131.3 879.2 970.0

HUMAN SERVICES

Centrelink

170 A new scheme of income management in the Northern Territory 5.2 82.8 76.0 69.7 70.2

256 An Innovation and Higher Education System for the 21st Century - Student income support - additional funding for service delivery 2.2 7.3 7.1 7.1 6.3

172 Bulk Verification of Community Housing Rent - 1.8 -0.6 -1.3 -1.4

132 Child Care Rebate - return the annual cap of $7,500 and pause indexation 0.4 0.4 - - -

Drought assistance

135 - Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme - extension - 0.5 - - -

85 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for primary producers 1.4 2.7 - - -

86 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for small business 0.1 0.3 - - -

257 - mobile service and rural servicing support - extension - - - - -

86 - professional advice and planning - extension - 2.0 - - -

87 - re-establishment assistance - extension - 0.4 - - -

87 - transitional income support - extension - - - - -

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HUMAN SERVICES (continued)

88 Drought policy reform - pilot of new measures in Western Australia 0.6 2.9 - - -

175 Family Tax Benefit Non-lodger Fortnightly Payment Prohibition - more flexible arrangements 0.3 1.6 0.2 0.2 0.2

176 Family Tax Benefit Part A - improved participation requirements for 16 to 20 year olds 12.7 10.1 9.2 9.2 9.2

Fraud prevention and compliance

258 - Centrelink debts - improvements to the tax garnishee process - 2.1 0.2 0.1 ..

259 - Centrelink debts - review of non-standard debt repayment rates - 8.0 10.0 5.2 5.3

259 - enhanced capability for Centrelink to detect and respond to emerging fraud risks - 17.6 18.3 12.2 12.4

177 Income management in cases of child neglect and by voluntary choice - continuation of trial - 10.9 - - -

139 Job Capacity Assessment - more efficient and accurate assessments for Disability Support Pension and employment services - 8.3 82.7 86.4 91.2

Jobs and Training Compact

261 - improved participation requirements for 15-20 year olds - additional funding for service delivery 9.6 5.5 4.4 4.1 3.6

261 - Youth Attainment and Transitions National Partnership - additional funding 2.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

NSW Mid-North Coast floods

181 - assistance for March 2009 event 0.2 - - - -

181 - assistance for November 2009 event 2.0 - - - -

182 Paid Parental Leave - implementation 0.4 3.5 4.3 2.9 2.3

183 Reform of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program in the Torres Strait - 0.6 1.4 0.8 0.8

184 Samoan tsunami and Sumatran earthquakes - assistance 0.4 - - - -

148 School Enrolment and Attendance Trial - continuation - 2.4 - - -

262 Secure and sustainable pension reform - additional funding for service delivery -0.9 2.5 3.0 2.8 2.8

185 South West Queensland floods - assistance 2.1 0.2 - - -

186 Special Disability Trusts - greater accessibility - 0.3 .. .. ..

187 Streamlining notification processes for compensation recipients - 6.1 15.3 13.6 13.7

187 Victorian storms - assistance 0.4 .. - - -

188 Western Australian bushfires - assistance 0.3 - - - -

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HUMAN SERVICES (continued)

Department of Human Services

170 A new scheme of income management in the Northern Territory - 5.9 6.0 6.0 6.0

257 Child Support Income Estimates - transitional arrangements and long-term solution - - - - -

Fraud prevention and compliance

260 - improving compliance with child support obligations - 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9

260 - new approaches to reduce fraud and support compliance - 2.0 2.0 - -

Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform

38 - 50 per cent discount for interest income(c) - 0.4 1.4 1.1 0.4

47 - standard deduction for work-related expenses and the cost of managing tax affairs(c) - - 0.7 0.6 1.4

Medicare Australia

205 Addressing domestic violence - continuing training for health workers in regional and rural areas - - - - -

212 Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement 0.4 10.7 9.4 4.9 4.6

262 Medicare Australia - continuation of funding for Medicare Australia Access Points - - - - -

Medicare Benefits Schedule

215 - restructure of items to provide better primary care services -0.1 -2.0 -2.1 -2.2 -2.3

216 - new and revised listings .. .. .. .. ..

218 - revision of access for specialist consultation items - 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3

National Health and Hospitals Network

221 - Aged care - improving access to General Practice and primary health care 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.1

226 - General practice and primary care - coordinated diabetes care - 1.3 2.1 3.3 3.6

227 - General practice and primary care - establishing Medicare Locals and improving access to after hours primary care - 0.6 .. 0.4 -

235 - Mental health - flexible care packages for patients with severe mental illnesses 0.1 0.1 .. -0.1 -0.1

241 - Workforce - more general practice training rotations for junior doctors - 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2

241 - Workforce - more places on the General Practice Training Program - - 0.2 1.0 2.1

244 - Workforce - support for practice nurses - 2.1 0.5 0.7 0.5

250 Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme - minor new listings 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.4

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HUMAN SERVICES (continued)

251 Practice Incentives Program - changes to incentive payments for cervical cancer screening - 0.3 .. - -

252 Private health insurance - supporting lifetime health cover - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

253 Revised arrangements for efficient funding of chemotherapy drugs 0.1 1.9 1.7 0.8 0.5

Portfolio total 40.4 206.7 255.9 232.1 236.0

IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Border Security

263 - biometrics for border and visa processing - 28.7 15.5 11.6 12.5

263 - engagement with Indonesia - 5.7 21.2 2.4 2.0

98 - Illegal foreign fishing - securing Australia’s northern waters - continuation - - - - -

264 - Regional Movement Alert System - continuation - - - - -

99 - strengthening passenger and air cargo security - 2.1 1.5 1.3 1.2

264 Department of Immigration and Citizenship - efficiency improvements - -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3

265 Grant to the Refugee Council of Australia - - - - -

326 Immigration detention facilities - expanded accommodation(b) 4.8 3.9 3.4 3.4 3.4

265 Indexation reform - settlement services for migrants and refugees - -0.6 -1.4 -2.2 -5.2

266 Migration program - General Skilled Migration eligibility changes 16.0 -2.9 -5.5 -5.7 -4.0

267 Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre - - - - -

267 Offshore Asylum Seeker Management - officer deployment to Afghanistan - 2.9 2.9 - -

268 Systems for People - ongoing maintenance funding - 41.7 45.0 42.0 41.0

Portfolio total 20.8 81.0 82.3 52.5 50.7

INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

274 National Transport Regulators - establishment - 5.1 - - -

201 Overseas development assistance - development partnership with Indonesia - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

274 National Transport Regulators - establishment - 0.8 - - -

201 Overseas development assistance - development partnership with Indonesia - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

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Civil Aviation Safety Authority

269 Aviation Safety - Civil Aviation Safety Authority funding strategy - 23.1 22.6 22.1 22.1

270 Civil Aviation Safety Authority - strengthened capability - - - - -

201 Overseas development assistance - development partnership with Indonesia - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government

269 Additional aviation capacity for the Sydney region - development of an Aviation Strategic Plan - 8.5 - - -

99 Border Security - strengthening passenger and air cargo security - 38.3 46.1 20.6 23.8

270 Local government payments - accelerating payments 511.6 -511.6 - - -

271 Moorebank Intermodal Terminal - implementation strategy - - - - -

274 National Transport Regulators - establishment - 2.3 - - -

288 Office of the Coordinator-General - continued operations -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 - -

201 Overseas development assistance - development partnership with Indonesia - 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5

275 Regional and Local Community Infrastructure program and Local Government Reform Fund - administration - - - - -

275 Remote Aviation Infrastructure Fund - priority airstrips upgrades - 3.9 2.0 - -

Portfolio total 511.2 -426.1 74.2 46.4 49.6

INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

277 - additional funding for decommissioning costs - 9.7 - - -

277 - efficiency dividend - -0.3 -0.5 -0.8 -1.0

278 - repatriation of waste - 0.9 0.9 1.6 1.6

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

276 Australian Business Number and Business Names Registration System - expansion - 14.7 14.0 12.2 11.1

278 Cairns Institute Tropical Innovation Hub - contribution - 15.0 4.5 - -

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INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH (continued)

279 Commonwealth Australian National University Strategic Relationship - 68.2 24.2 3.4 2.6

280 Enhanced and amalgamated mediation services for the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Horticulture Code of Conduct, the Oilcode, and the Produce and Grocery Industry Code of Conduct -0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5

197 Enhancing Australia’s engagement with India - - - - -

281 Green Car Innovation Fund - reduction in funding - - -50.0 -75.0 -75.0

329 National Measurement Institute - maintenance of Pymble facility(b) - 0.1 - - -

296 Standard Business Reporting - ongoing funding -0.2 - - - -

281 Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Capability program - additional funding - 5.0 - - -

Portfolio total -0.6 113.9 -6.4 -58.1 -60.2

PARLIAMENTARY DEPARTMENTS

Department of Parliamentary Services

282 Operation Sunlight - development of policies by non-Government parties - 0.5 - - 0.5

330 Parliament House security - upgrade(b) - 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.8

Department of the House of Representatives

282 Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety 0.1 0.1 - - -

Portfolio total 0.1 1.2 0.8 0.8 1.3

PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Australian National Audit Office

287 NBN Co Limited - financial statements audit 0.1 0.5 1.0 1.7 2.0

Australian Public Service Commission

283 Australian Public Service Reform - 14.4 10.7 10.1 -

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

283 COAG Reform Council - review of capital city strategic planning systems 0.4 0.7 0.3 - -

284 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011 0.8 17.9 39.5 - -

285 Council of Australian Governments reform agenda - additional funding - 1.5 - - -

286 Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - additional funding - 4.0 4.0 4.0 -

286 Independent review of the Intelligence Community - 1.5 1.5 - -

288 Office of the Coordinator-General - continued operations 1.6 1.0 0.4 - -

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PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET (continued)

National Archives of Australia

287 National Archives of Australia - continued presence in states and territories 0.7 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

Commonwealth Ombudsman

284 - Christmas Island processing oversight - continuation - 0.4 0.4 - -

285 - enhanced role for international students - 1.2 1.3 1.2 1.2

Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator

123 Renewable Energy Target - enhancement - 1.5 - - -

Portfolio total 3.7 46.1 60.5 18.4 4.6

RESOURCES, ENERGY AND TOURISM

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism

289 China Approved Destination Status scheme - continuation - 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

280 Enhanced and amalgamated mediation services for the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Horticulture Code of Conduct, the Oilcode, and the Produce and Grocery Industry Code of Conduct - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

197 Enhancing Australia’s engagement with India - - - - -

289 FutureGen Alliance - not proceed with membership -15.0 - - - -

290 Geoscience Australia - additional resourcing - -5.0 -24.3 -25.8 -10.2

290 Montara - Commission of Inquiry 3.5 0.9 - - -

291 National Tourism Accreditation Framework - establishment - 2.2 1.2 1.3 0.7

Geoscience Australia

290 Geoscience Australia - additional resourcing - 5.0 24.3 25.8 10.2

Portfolio total -11.5 4.0 2.1 2.2 1.6

TREASURY

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

292 Implementation of Unfair Contract Terms Provisions of the Australian Consumer Law 0.6 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2

118 NBN Co Limited - regulatory framework 3.4 5.8 5.9 4.5 4.5

293 Petrol Commissioner and formal monitoring of petrol prices - continuation - 2.1 2.1 - -

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

296 Standard Business Reporting - ongoing funding - - 0.6 0.8 0.6

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Australian Securities and Investments Commission

276 Australian Business Number and Business Names Registration System - expansion - 7.0 7.7 7.3 7.1

296 Standard Business Reporting - ongoing funding -0.1 - 0.7 0.8 0.8

299 Sustaining the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal’s capabilities - 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5

Australian Taxation Office

13 ATO compliance program - dealing with the cash economy(c) - 19.4 40.3 43.0 45.1

276 Australian Business Number and Business Names Registration System - expansion - -1.3 -5.8 -6.0 -6.0

292 Film tax offsets - change in eligibility - 0.7 1.1 2.2 2.9

258 Fraud prevention and compliance - Centrelink debts - improvements to the tax garnishee process - 1.3 0.2 0.2 0.2

23 Fuel tax - amending the arrangements for fuel ethanol(c) - - 3.5 - -2.0

27 GST compliance program - working together to improve voluntary compliance(c) - 62.4 86.8 90.7 91.1

296 Standard Business Reporting - ongoing funding -1.3 16.0 18.7 14.4 13.5

Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform

38 - 50 per cent discount for interest income(c) - 2.9 19.7 8.3 7.7

297 - development and implementation 0.3 1.4 - - -

39 - early start to the company tax rate cut for small business companies(c) - - 4.7 0.6 1.2

40 - Government superannuation contributions tax rebate for low income earners(c) - - 0.7 10.4 35.2

41 - increasing concessional contribution caps for individuals over 50 with low superannuation balances(c) - 10.8 14.4 25.3 23.4

42 - increasing the superannuation guarantee rate to 12 per cent(c) - 0.6 7.0 13.8 11.2

43 - phasing down interest withholding tax on financial institutions(c) - - 0.1 0.1 0.1

44 - raising the superannuation guarantee age limit from 70 to 75(c) - - - - 3.2

297 - resource exploration refundable tax offset - 0.5 521.6 601.2 681.2

45 - resource super profits tax(c) - 7.7 23.9 32.2 27.3

46 - small business instant asset write-off and simplified pooling(c) - - - 2.0 -

47 - standard deduction for work-related expenses and the cost of managing tax affairs(c) - - 1.9 19.9 36.7

298 Superannuation - permanent reduction to the superannuation co-contribution matching rate and maximum payable - - - -175.0 -175.0

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Superannuation co-contribution

298 - enhancing administration -33.9 -30.8 -31.1 -41.6 -41.6

299 - pause to the indexation of the income threshold for two years - -35.0 -70.0 -95.0 -95.0

Department of the Treasury

206 Aged care assessment teams - continuation of funding - - - - -

13 ATO compliance program - dealing with the cash economy(c) - 5.7 24.1 48.9 68.0

131 Building the Education Revolution - Implementation Taskforce - -9.4 -3.8 - -

284 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011 - nfp nfp - -

285 Council of Australian Governments reform agenda - additional funding - 1.5 - - -

Drought assistance

85 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for primary producers 51.4 156.2 - - -

86 - Exceptional Circumstances assistance for small business 3.2 9.6 - - -

88 Drought policy reform - pilot of new measures in Western Australia - 1.1 3.4 1.1 1.2

197 Enhancing Australia’s engagement with India - - - - -

GST

23 - Government response to Board of Taxation report: GST cross-border transactions(c) - - - * *

24 - Government response to Board of Taxation report: minor changes(c) * * * * *

25 - Reform to the arrangement for exempting taxes, fees and charges from the GST(c) - * * * *

25 - Reforms to the GST financial supply provisions(c) - - - 1.0 7.0

26 - Reforms to the GST margin scheme(c) - - - - -

26 - Sale of boats for export within 12 months of delivery(c) - - * * *

27 GST and cross-border transport supplies(c) - .. .. .. ..

27 GST compliance program - working together to improve voluntary compliance(c) - 216.9 391.9 478.2 474.3

214 Health Workforce - supporting nurses back into the workforce - redirection of funding - -6.6 -8.8 -9.8 -6.3

28 Improvements to the Tax Running Balance Account Provisions(c) - - * * *

103 Improving Access to Justice - 22.0 23.1 23.3 23.4

271 Moorebank Intermodal Terminal - implementation strategy - -35.2 -35.4 - -

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Nation Building Program

271 - road infrastructure - Anthony’s Cutting and Western Ring Road 150.0 -150.0 - - -

272 - road infrastructure - Douglas Arterial Road 44.0 -14.0 -15.0 -15.0 -

272 - road infrastructure - Holbrook Bypass 201.5 -55.0 -55.0 -55.0 -36.5

272 - road infrastructure - Ipswich Motorway 500.0 -391.8 -108.2 - -

273 - road infrastructure - Superway and Northern Expressway 56.0 -56.0 - - -

273 - road infrastructure - Tiger Brennan Drive 25.1 -25.1 - - -

National Health and Hospitals Network

223 - Aged care - supporting long stay older patients - - - - -

230 - Hospitals - flexible funding for emergency departments, elective surgery and sub-acute care 125.0 25.0 25.0 25.0 -

230 - Hospitals - four hour national access target for emergency departments - facilitation and reward funding - 150.0 100.0 100.0 150.0

231 - Hospitals - four hour national access targets for emergency departments - capital funding 100.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 -

231 - Hospitals - improving access to elective surgery - capital funding 75.0 50.0 25.0 - -

232 - Hospitals - improving access to elective surgery - facilitation and reward funding - 300.0 118.0 116.0 116.0

233 - Hospitals - new sub-acute hospital beds - 233.6 317.6 446.6 625.5

234 - Mental health - expanding the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre model - 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9

238 - rebalancing financial responsibility in the federation - - -38.1 -61.7 -77.0

51 - Prevention - increasing the excise and excise-equivalent customs duty on tobacco products 25.0 115.0 115.0 120.0 130.0

144 National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care - National Partnership transition support - 7.7 13.1 21.3 19.1

332 Overseas development assistance - World Bank - increased capital for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)(b) - - - - -

293 Population Strategy - 1.3 - - -

294 Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal - Commonwealth contribution 0.5 - - - -

156 Skills for Sustainable Growth - Productivity Places Program National Partnership - redirection of funding - - - - -375.9

295 St James Ethics Centre - additional funding - 0.6 - - -

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296 Standard Business Reporting - ongoing funding -3.2 3.9 4.3 4.5 4.5

297 Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform - development and implementation 8.1 41.5 10.3 5.2 -

297 Stronger, Fairer, Simpler tax reform - Infrastructure Fund - - - 700.0 735.0

48 Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform - growth dividend(c) - - - 32.0 62.0

11 Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) - addition of new participant countries(c) - 2.0 2.8 2.9 3.7

Productivity Commission

294 Renewable Energy Target - industry reviews - 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

Portfolio total 1,330.6 731.2 1,623.3 2,604.1 2,606.8

VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

205 Aged care - meeting demand for high-level aged care - -7.9 -12.7 -12.1 -11.0

300 Centenary of ANZAC - seed funding - - - - -

Clarke Review

300 - lower the age to establish domicile to under 21 years for British Commonwealth and Allied veterans - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

301 - provide Australian Defence Force British nuclear test participants with compensation equivalent to non-warlike or hazardous service 0.1 8.6 8.6 9.8 11.0

301 - reclassify submarine special operations that were conducted in the period 1978 to 1992 as warlike service - 1.8 3.1 4.2 6.0

302 Extend qualifying service to service in Ubon for the period 31 May 1962 to 27 July 1962 - 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.9

303 F-111 Deseal/Reseal maintenance workers - further support 2.2 18.4 13.3 11.8 11.1

212 Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement - -7.3 -8.4 -7.7 -7.3

Medicare Benefits Schedule

215 - restructure of items to provide better primary care services -0.1 -1.7 -1.7 -1.7 -1.6

216 - new and revised listings .. -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

217 - rebates for cataract-related items - revision 0.8 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9

218 - revision of access for specialist consultation items - 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2

National Health and Hospitals Network

226 - General practice and primary care - coordinated diabetes care - 0.1 0.1 0.7 0.8

241 - Workforce - more general practice training rotations for junior doctors - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

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National Health and Hospitals Network

241 - Workforce - more places on the General Practice Training Program - - 0.2 0.7 1.4

244 - Workforce - support for practice nurses - - 3.4 6.2 6.4

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme

247 - biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs - more cost-effective arrangements - nfp nfp nfp nfp

248 - further pricing reform - -2.0 -10.9 -29.0 -29.2

250 - minor new listings 0.3 0.9 1.4 1.8 2.1

304 Preventable Admissions and Improved Community Care program .. 8.6 -10.2 -38.4 -54.2

253 Revised arrangements for efficient funding of chemotherapy drugs - 3.2 2.0 1.6 1.6

Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform

38 - 50 per cent discount for interest income(c) - - - 0.2 0.2

47 - standard deduction for work-related expenses and the cost of managing tax affairs(c) - - - - ..

305 Veterans’ Ambulance Travel Funding - changed fee arrangements - - - - -

305 War Widow/er pension - removal of entitlement for new claimants who enter a de facto relationship - -0.1 -0.3 -0.6 -0.8

Portfolio total 3.1 25.8 -9.1 -49.2 -60.5

Decisions taken but not yet announced(e) 50.0 449.2 510.4 201.4 126.3

Depreciation expense 1.5 39.2 78.2 95.5 111.9

Total impact of expense measures(f) 1,916.1 3,468.0 1,690.6 -2,574.4 -3,194.3

* The nature of the measure is such that a reliable estimate cannot be provided. .. Not zero, but rounded to zero. - Nil.

nfp not for publication. (a) A minus sign before an estimate indicates a reduction in expenses, no sign before an estimate indicates increased expenses. (b) These measures can also be found in the capital measures summary table. (c) These measures can also be found in the revenue measures summary table. (d) Funding in the National Health and Hospitals Network measures reflects national roll-out of the

reform.

(e) These include defence contracts and measures that are commercially sensitive, under negotiation or relate to national security. (f) Measures may not add due to rounding.

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AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY

Drought assistance — Exceptional Circumstances assistance for primary producers

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 51.4 156.2 - - -

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 40.9 125.2 - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 3.5 10.8 - - -

Centrelink 1.4 2.7 - - -

Department of Health and Ageing 0.5 2.4 - - -

Total 97.6 297.3 - - -

The Government will provide $394.9 million over two years to continue support for primary producers in regions that have been declared eligible for Exceptional Circumstances assistance.

Exceptional Circumstances assistance provides interest rate subsidies and income support to assist viable farm businesses and farm families who have been adversely affected by prolonged drought. Eligible recipients are also provided with a health care concession card and access to Youth Allowance for their children.

The off-farm income exemption of $20,000 per annum and the off-farm assets exemption of $750,000 will remain. This will enable assistance to continue to be provided to a wider range of primary producers in areas declared eligible for Exceptional Circumstances assistance.

Further information can be found in various press releases issued by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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Drought assistance — Exceptional Circumstances assistance for small business

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 3.2 9.6 - - -

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2.7 8.3 - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.2 0.7 - - -

Centrelink 0.1 0.3 - - -

Department of Health and Ageing .. 0.2 - - -

Total 6.2 19.1 - - -

The Government will provide $25.3 million over two years to continue support for small businesses with up to 100 employees that are dependent on business from farmers in regions declared eligible for Exceptional Circumstances assistance.

The small business assistance provides interest rate subsidies and income support to assist viable farm-dependent businesses and families who have been adversely affected by prolonged drought. Eligible recipients are also provided with a health care concession card and access to Youth Allowance for their children.

The non-business salaries and wages exemption of $20,000 per annum and the non-business assets exemption of $750,000 will remain. This will enable assistance to continue to be provided to a wider range of small businesses in areas declared eligible for Exceptional Circumstances assistance.

Further information can be found in various press releases issued by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Drought assistance — professional advice and planning — extension

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 15.8 - - -

Centrelink - 2.0 - - -

Total - 17.8 - - -

The Government will provide $17.8 million in 2010-11 to continue to provide taxable grants of up to $5,500 to eligible farmers in Exceptional Circumstances-declared areas for professional business and financial planning advice. The grants may be used to undertake a farm business viability assessment and to obtain financial and agronomic advice on changes that may be necessary to ensure the farm business recovers from drought.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

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Drought assistance — re-establishment assistance — extension

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 24.4 - - -

Centrelink - 0.4 - - -

Total - 24.8 - - -

The Government will provide $24.8 million in 2010-11 to continue to assist primary producers in severe financial difficulty who decide to leave their farms.

The assistance includes one-off exit grants of up to $150,000. The net assets limit for determining eligibility for the full exit grant remains at $350,000. The assistance also includes grants of up to $10,000 for advice and retraining, as well as up to $10,000 to assist farming families to relocate. The assistance is not dependent on primary producers being eligible for Exceptional Circumstances assistance.

Drought assistance — transitional income support — extension

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - - - - -

Centrelink - - - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $13.9 million in 2010-11 to continue providing eligible farm families experiencing hardship with up to 12 months of income support payments equivalent to the Newstart Allowance. Eligibility criteria for assistance will include a similar income test to the Newstart Allowance and a limit on the net value of assets of $1.5 million. Recipients of Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payments are not eligible for this support. Applicants will be required to obtain and act on business viability advice and training available through the Australia’s Farming Future — Climate Change Adjustment program. The funding includes $1.2 million in 2010-11 for Centrelink to deliver the program.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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Drought policy reform — pilot of new measures in Western Australia

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 0.2 5.0 0.3 0.1 0.1

Centrelink 0.6 2.9 - - -

Department of the Treasury - 1.1 3.4 1.1 1.2

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.9 - - -

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.9 - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.2 - - -

Total 0.8 11.0 3.7 1.1 1.2

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - .. .. - -

The Government will provide $18.0 million over five years from 2009-10 to pilot new drought reform measures in selected regions of Western Australia. The measures are designed to encourage farmers and farm families to adopt self-reliant approaches to managing farm risks and adjust to the impacts of climate change and reduced water availability.

The 12-month pilot will commence on 1 July 2010 and will be delivered and funded in partnership with the Government of Western Australia, which has agreed to contribute $5.0 million. This brings the total cost of the pilot to $23.0 million over five years, with the State Government contributing approximately 20 per cent.

The pilot includes $4.9 million for income support for eligible farmers experiencing hardship. Recipients will be eligible for the beneficiary tax offset and may be eligible for a health care concession card, Youth Allowance for their children and early release of superannuation benefits. A $0.3 million Farm Exit Support component will assist eligible primary producers in severe financial difficulty who leave their farms.

The pilot will also provide up to $3.6 million for farmers to undertake business planning and to develop a strategic business plan for their farm enterprise. Up to $8.4 million will be provided under the Building Farm Businesses component for grants of up to $60,000 that assist eligible farmers to prepare for climate change and reduced water availability.

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The pilot includes $3.3 million for Farm Social Support to enhance and better coordinate social support services. A $1.1 million Stronger Rural Communities component will enhance social and community services. Funding will also be provided for communications and a review of the pilot.

Further information can be found in the press release of 5 May 2010 issued by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Fisheries Research program — reduction in funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - -0.3 - - -

The Government will redirect $0.3 million from the Fisheries Research program in 2010-11 to partially fund the Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Fisheries initiative.

See also the related expense measure titled Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Fisheries initiative in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio.

Maintain funding for Quarantine Border Security

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - - - - -

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $265.5 million over two years to maintain funding for quarantine border protection activities. The funding includes $137.6 million for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service and $127.9 million for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to maintain the enhanced level of quarantine screening in response to emerging quarantine risks and threats.

This measure involves funding of $132.3 million in 2010-11 and $133.2 million in 2011-12. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

See also the related expense measures titled Reform of Australia’s biosecurity system — foundation elements of biosecurity reform and Reform of Australia’s biosecurity system — moving core business towards reform in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio.

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Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Fisheries initiative — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 0.6 0.4 0.5 -

Australian Fisheries Management Authority - 0.2 0.4 0.3 -

Total - 0.8 0.8 0.8 -

The Government will provide $2.4 million over three years to enable Australia to take a leadership role in establishing a new legal framework for maritime surveillance and enforcement with Pacific Island countries, and to improve fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance throughout the region.

Promoting Australian Produce (Major Events) — extension

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.0 million over two years ($3.0 million in 2009-10 and $1.0 million in 2010-11) to continue support for the staging of major national and international events that facilitate the exchange of information and the promotion of Australian agricultural products. Applicants will be expected to fund a share of project costs.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Reform of Australia’s biosecurity system — foundation elements of biosecurity reform

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0

Related revenue ($m)

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $20.0 million over four years to continue to progress the reform of Australia’s biosecurity system. This includes development of a risk-based approach to biosecurity operations, and the enhancement of data collection and analysis capabilities within the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

91

The cost of this measure will be met by increasing the level of cost recovery from Australia Post for the quarantine clearance of incoming international mail from 1 July 2010.

See also the related expense measure titled Maintain funding for Quarantine Border Security in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio.

Reform of Australia’s biosecurity system — moving core business towards reform

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 31.8 29.5 - -

Related revenue ($m)

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 3.9 - - -

The Government will provide $61.3 million over two years to maintain core quarantine border protection activities and to commence work on the initial elements of biosecurity reform as recommended by the One Biosecurity: A Working Partnership report. The funding will also enable continuation of the Office of the Interim Inspector General of Biosecurity, the expanded Eminent Scientists Group and the recently appointed Biosecurity Advisory Council.

The measure includes funding of $3.9 million in 2010-11 for the development of the project concept for future arrangements for post-entry quarantine facilities. The cost of this component will be recovered from relevant industry sectors under existing cost recovery arrangements.

See also the related expense measure titled Maintain funding for Quarantine Border Security in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio.

Reform of Australia’s export certification services — additional funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 65.0 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $88.0 million over two years (including $12.3 million in 2009-10) for the development and implementation of more efficient approaches to the delivery of export regulatory services. The additional funding will provide further transitional support to industry to adjust to the termination of the 40 per cent subsidy for the cost of export certification and inspection work undertaken by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.

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The funding includes $75.0 million for a fee rebate for industry and a further $13.0 million to assist exporters to transition from the existing inspectorate-based certification arrangements to a more efficient audit-based approach.

This funding builds on the $39.4 million the Government provided for the reform of export certification services in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2009-10.

Provision for funding of $12.3 million in 2009-10 and $10.7 million in 2010-11 has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information can be found in the press release of 24 November 2009 issued by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Regional Food Producers’ Innovation and Productivity program — reduction in funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - -1.5 -4.0 - -

The Government will reduce funding for the Regional Food Producers’ Innovation and Productivity program. The program will continue to provide $14.3 million over two years to fund matching grants to Australia’s food producers to assist them in becoming more competitive through productivity and innovation improvements.

The measure will provide savings of $5.5 million over two years.

Southern Ocean Maritime Patrol and Response program — continuation of funding for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Fisheries Management Authority - - - - -

The Government will provide $13.2 million over four years from 2010-11 for the continued participation of officers of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority on patrols in the Southern Ocean (including the Heard and McDonald Islands Exclusive Economic Zone) to detect, apprehend and deter illegal foreign fishing.

This measure involves funding of $3.3 million per year over four years from 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Attorney-General’s

93

ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S

Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing reforms — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - - - - -

The Government will provide $1.8 million over four years to continue the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing program. This measure will continue the program on an ongoing basis and expand its scope to regulate additional industries in order to enhance Australia’s ability to detect and deter money laundering and terrorism financing.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity — resource transfer

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity - 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Australian Federal Police - -0.4 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4

Total - - - - -

The Government will transfer $1.6 million over four years from the Australian Federal Police to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI). This transfer will provide additional resources to help address an increasing number of issues being referred to ACLEI.

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Australian Customs and Border Protection Service — efficiencies

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - -32.9 -33.0 -33.2 -33.3

Related capital ($m)

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - -2.0 -3.8 -4.0 -4.0

The Government has identified savings of $146.3 million over four years (including $13.8 million in capital funding) through a number of efficiencies within the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. These efficiencies will be achieved through

more efficient processing of apprehended illegal foreign fishers and their vessels; an improved risk-based approach to compliance assurance and revenue risk; modified aircraft search processes; a reduction in the number of patrol days undertaken in the Southern Ocean based on a revised assessment of the risks in this region; a targeted reduction to internally funded capital investments; and a reallocation of aerial surveillance resources.

These efficiencies result from the improved allocation of resources underpinned by risk-based approaches to identified border threats and can be delivered without a material impact on border management effectiveness.

These savings have been redirected to fund national security priorities.

Australian Human Rights Framework

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - 3.0 2.9 2.6 3.3

Australian Human Rights Commission - 1.0 1.4 2.1 2.1

Total - 4.0 4.3 4.6 5.4

The Government will provide $18.3 million over four years to implement a new framework for the protection and promotion of human rights in Australia. The framework will raise human rights awareness in the community and the public sector through targeted education initiatives, increased parliamentary scrutiny, consolidated anti-discrimination laws and a National Action Plan on Human Rights.

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Australian Security Intelligence Organisation — increased efficiencies

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation - -3.7 -3.7 -3.8 -3.8

The Government has identified savings of $15.1 million over four years through the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) adopting strategic work practices that will ensure that it operates more effectively and efficiently.

This will not impact on ASIO’s operational activities, nor affect service delivery to operational areas.

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre — regulatory activities cost recovery

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre - 2.2 3.7 3.6 3.6

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre - - 29.6 29.4 30.0

Related capital ($m)

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre - 4.6 - - -

The Government will provide funding of $17.6 million over four years (including capital funding of $4.6 million) to establish and administer fees on banks and other financial institutions to recover the costs of the legislated regulatory activities of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC).

The fees will be imposed from 1 July 2011, and will recover AUSTRAC’s costs associated with business-as-usual regulatory activities, including activities to ensure compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006.

This measure will increase revenue by $89.0 million over three years from 2011-12 which will be used to offset AUSTRAC’S Combating Organised Crime — Enhancing Analytical Capability.

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Automated border processing between Australia and New Zealand — feasibility study

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - - -

The Government will provide $1.4 million in 2010-11 to allow the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs) to study the feasibility of using the Australian and New Zealand Governments’ investment in the SmartGate automated border processing capability to streamline travel between Australia and New Zealand. This study supports work under the Australian and New Zealand Government Single Economic Market program to facilitate the trans-Tasman flow of people and goods.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of Customs.

Border Security — sea passenger risk assessment — feasibility study

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - - -

The Government will provide $0.5 million in 2010-11 to study the feasibility of enhancing the risk assessment process for sea passengers seeking to enter Australia. The study, to be managed by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs), will consider the strategic and technical merit of collecting, analysing and sharing additional information to allow more efficient identification of high-risk individuals seeking to enter Australia by sea.

The cost of this measure will be met from within existing resourcing of Customs.

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Border Security — Australian Customs and Border Protection Service — Bay Class replacement

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 2.5 6.1 12.0 22.0

Department of Finance and Deregulation - 0.1 - 0.1 -

Total - 2.6 6.1 12.0 22.0

Related capital ($m)

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide funding to commence replacement of the Bay Class patrol vessels used by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to patrol against, and respond to, civilian threats to Australia’s maritime domain. The replacement vessels will provide an enhanced capability that reduces operational risk and provides flexibility to respond to an evolving maritime security environment.

The current Bay Class patrol vessels are reaching the end of their operational life. It is anticipated that the first replacement vessel will become available during 2012-13 and that the full complement of eight replacement vessels will be operational by 2015-16.

The Government will provide $42.6 million over four years to support: the procurement, construction and commissioning process, crew training and anticipated additional crew, and vessel running costs.

Capital costs are subject to commercial negotiation.

As part of this measure, the Department of Finance and Deregulation will receive $0.1 million in 2010-11 and $0.1 million in 2012-13 to fund a Gateway Review of the project. The Government’s Gateway Review process provides quality assurance so that the intended outcomes of major government projects are achieved.

Border Security — continuation of Ashmore Guardian lease

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - 7.9 7.8 -

The Government will provide $15.7 million over two years to extend the lease of the Ashmore Guardian vessel from 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2013. The Ashmore Guardian will provide the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service with a specialist vessel suitable for patrolling against threats to Ashmore Reef. It will be primarily used for apprehension of illegal foreign fishers; monitoring environmental compliance; and countering people smuggling operations.

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Border Security — Illegal foreign fishing — securing Australia’s northern waters — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - - -

Attorney-General’s Department - - - - -

Australian Federal Police - - - - -

Australian Fisheries Management Authority - - - - -

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - - - - -

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - - - - -

Australian Secret Intelligence Service - - - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $163.2 million over four years to continue efforts to secure Australia’s northern waters against illegal foreign fishing. This includes funding for activities aimed at: preventing illegal foreign fishing at source countries; maintaining a cross-agency coordination and planning capability; engaging Indigenous communities to support coastal surveillance; responding to quarantine and security issues associated with illegal landings; and maintaining on-land capability in support of on-water surveillance.

The funding provided will enable continuation of the apprehension, transfer, processing, detention, investigation and prosecution of illegal foreign fishers.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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Border Security — strengthening passenger and air cargo security

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 38.3 46.1 20.6 23.8

Australian Federal Police - 17.3 3.9 4.0 4.0

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 5.1 4.7 0.4 0.4

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 2.1 1.5 1.3 1.2

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation - 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8

Total - 63.5 56.9 27.0 30.2

Related capital ($m)

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 8.4 4.9 - -

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 3.3 - - -

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 3.2 - - -

Australian Federal Police - 0.9 - - -

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation - - - - -

Total - 15.8 4.9 - -

The Government will provide $199.2 million over five years (including $0.9 million in 2014-15 and capital funding of $15.8 million in 2010-11 and $4.9 million in 2011-12) to enhance and strengthen the aviation security regime in Australia, in response to current threat assessments and the recommendations of the review of Australia’s aviation security conducted by the National Security Adviser following the attempted terrorist attack in the United States on 25 December 2009. The following enhancements will be implemented to improve the safety and security of the travelling public:

• Screening at International Gateway Airports — funding of $82.6 million over five years (including $0.9 million in 2014-15 and capital funding of $1.4 million in 2010-11) for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government (DITRDLG) to facilitate the introduction of a new range of technologies at passenger and cargo screening points.

• Regional and Domestic Aviation Security — funding of $32.1 million over four years (including $1.6 million in capital funding) administered by DITRDLG to enable the early introduction of passenger and checked baggage screening at a number of additional regional airports that are currently served by large passenger turboprop aircraft.

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• Firearms and Explosives Detector Dog (FEDD) Capability — funding of $17.8 million over four years (including $0.9 million in capital funding) for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to increase FEDD capability at major international airports by 50 per cent.

• AFP Presence at Airports — funding of $12.3 million in 2010-11 for the AFP to maintain its community policing presence at the major airports.

• International and Regional Engagement on Aviation Security — funding of $18.3 million over four years for DITRDLG to improve security around incoming international flights by strengthening bilateral and multilateral engagement and cooperation in the Asia Pacific region on aviation security. The posting of Office of Transport Security officers at the last ports of call to Australia will also be enhanced.

• Enhanced Passenger Assessment and Clearance and Next Generation Border Security — funding of $36.3 million over four years (including $3.3 million in capital funding) for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to improve early detection of high-risk individuals seeking to travel to Australia.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 9 February 2010 issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, and the Minister for Home Affairs.

Border Security — Unified Policing Model — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $759.4 million over four years to maintain Australian Federal Police aviation security commitments under the Unified Policing Model at the 11 major Australian airports (Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney). This measure will consolidate funding for these commitments into one ongoing funding stream to provide the AFP with greater resourcing flexibility to respond to changing threats in the aviation security environment.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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Christmas Island Strategy — essential infrastructure and services

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department 4.6 - - - -

Related capital ($m)

Attorney-General’s Department 23.4 14.0 8.0 - -

The Government will provide $50.0 million over three years (including capital of $45.4 million) to upgrade essential services on Christmas Island. The funding will enable the delivery of additional infrastructure for water management and power generation, and increased education and health services to the Christmas Island community. The funding also supports an examination of the need for additional infrastructure upgrades on the island.

Further information can be found in the press release of 15 December 2009 by the Minister for Home Affairs.

Christmas Island Strategy — projects to support increased population

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - 7.4 6.2 6.4 2.2

Related capital ($m)

Attorney-General’s Department - 7.1 8.0 10.0 -

The Government will provide $47.3 million over four years (including capital funding of $25.1 million) to maintain essential services and expand infrastructure on Christmas Island. The funding will enable ongoing maintenance of infrastructure facilities, provide additional housing and support the continuation of health and education services to the Christmas Island community.

See also the related measure, Christmas Island Strategy — essential infrastructure and services.

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Easing debt pressures on those in financial stress

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia - 2.7 1.6 1.7 1.8

Related revenue ($m)

Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia - 3.0 3.2 3.2 3.2

Related capital ($m)

Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia - 4.8 - - -

The Government will provide funding of $12.6 million over four years (including capital of $4.8 million in 2010-11), to improve services and accessibility to assist people facing insolvency. This measure will assist those considering bankruptcy to investigate their options, and where possible, reorganise their affairs to avoid bankruptcy.

To offset the cost of this proposal, the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia will pursue cost recovery arrangements from 2010-11 with the introduction of an up-front fee (for those with capacity to pay).

Family Court of Australia — increased efficiencies

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Family Court of Australia - -2.5 -2.6 -2.7 -2.7

The Government will not proceed with filling four vacancies for judicial officers within the Family Court and the Federal Magistrates Court. This reflects an expected reduction in the workload and improved administrative systems. This will deliver savings of $10.5 million over four years.

Family Relationship Services program — increased efficiencies

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - - -1.5 -1.5 -1.5

The Government will improve the efficiency of the delivery of counselling services provided under the Family Relationship Services program, as part of arrangements to streamline Family Support programs. The program will combine the delivery of counselling services with other types of post-separation services, realising administrative efficiencies and improving service delivery. This will provide savings of $4.5 million over three years from 2011-12.

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Illegal foreign fishing — preventative action at source

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Federal Police - -0.4 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4

The Government will achieve savings of $1.5 million over four years through the Australian Federal Police (AFP) absorbing the cost of the liaison officer function that it has in Jakarta. The function assists countries in deterring illegal foreign fishing and this savings measure will not affect that capability.

Funding of $1.5 million over four years, which had previously been provided to the AFP for this purpose and included in the forward estimates, will be returned to the Budget.

Improving Access to Justice

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - 22.0 23.1 23.3 23.4

Family Court of Australia - -0.1 -1.2 -1.3 -1.3

Federal Court of Australia - -0.6 -0.7 -0.7 -0.7

Attorney-General’s Department - -1.9 -1.5 -1.2 -1.2

National Native Title Tribunal - -2.1 -2.4 -2.6 -2.3

Total - 17.3 17.3 17.5 17.8

Related revenue ($m)

Federal Magistrates Court of Australia - 9.2 - - -

Federal Court of Australia - 3.3 5.3 5.3 5.3

Family Court of Australia - 2.6 9.9 9.9 10.0

Administrative Appeals Tribunal - 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.0

High Court of Australia - 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.5

Total - 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7

The Government will provide $154.0 million over four years to increase the resources available to legal assistance service providers. The funding will help implement the Government’s Strategic Framework for Access to Justice through increasing resourcing for legal aid commissions, community legal centres and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.

The funds will be provided under a National Partnership Agreement with the States and Territories on legal assistance services. The agreement will facilitate reform in the legal assistance sector and improve access to justice for disadvantaged Australians.

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The additional funding for legal assistance providers will be offset by reductions in funding of $84.0 million over four years in programs administered by the Attorney-General’s Department, and by increasing efficiency in the Family Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and the National Native Title Tribunal.

In addition, revenue of $66.2 million over four years will be raised by increasing hearing and filing fees for Commonwealth courts and tribunals and changing fee waivers and exemptions.

This measure will make more strategic use of the resources that are available across the sector as a whole and encourage early resolution of disputes without resort to the courts.

Law and Justice Advocacy Development program — redirect funds to establish the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4

The Government will redirect funding from the Law and Justice Advocacy Development (LJAD) program. This measure will provide savings of $1.2 million over five years to help offset the cost of establishing the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (the new national Indigenous representative body was announced on 22 November 2009).

Funding of $12.2 million over five years from 2009-10 will remain available under the LJAD program to support Indigenous organisations to undertake advocacy, research and community-level education in relation to law and justice issues.

National Action Plan on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Human Rights Commission - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.3 million over four years to continue the Community Partnerships for Human Rights program, which is one component of the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security. The funding will continue to support efforts to address isolation, discrimination and marginalisation among ethnic and minority groups. The program will also support communities with significant international student populations.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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National Chemical, Biological and Radiological Capability Improvement program — discontinuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - -2.4 -2.4 -2.4 -2.5

The Government will discontinue the National Chemical, Biological and Radiological Capability Improvement program as the objectives of the program have been met. The program was established to initiate research to support emergency services personnel

and establish partnerships with other research organisations. Ongoing research for national security will be coordinated through the National Security Science and Technology Branch of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

This measure will provide savings of $9.7 million over four years.

National Indigenous Violence and Child Abuse Intelligence Task Force — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Crime Commission - 3.3 3.4 - -

The Government will provide $6.6 million over two years to the Australian Crime Commission for continuation of the National Indigenous Violence and Child Abuse Intelligence Task Force. Focus will be placed upon those Indigenous communities at high risk of exposure to organised crime, family violence and abuse.

National leadership and coordination for intercountry adoption in Australia — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - - - - -

The Government will provide $11.1 million over four years to continue its role providing national leadership and coordination for intercountry adoption in Australia. The funding will assist in the harmonisation of state and territory laws and the provision of safeguards and monitoring to ensure intercountry adoption arrangements comply with standards in The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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National Native Title Tribunal — increased efficiencies

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

National Native Title Tribunal - -1.5 -1.7 -2.0 -2.7

The Government has identified savings of $7.8 million over four years by rationalising the number of registries for the National Native Title Tribunal. Registry operations in the Northern Territory and Victoria will be amalgamated with those in South Australia and New South Wales respectively, allowing the National Native Title Tribunal to

realise efficiencies whilst meeting its statutory functions.

National Security — Australian Federal Police — efficiencies to fund key law enforcement initiatives

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government has identified savings of $23.5 million over four years from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) through efficiencies from implementing the recommendations of the Federal Audit of Police Capabilities.

Savings will be realised through the implementation of a new model for delivering a police presence at airports; rationalisation of drug investigation processes at airports; and improvements to the AFP’s corporate service delivery.

The savings will be retained by the AFP to enable work on high-impact criminal investigations relating to transnational and domestic crime, counter-terrorism, high-tech crime, fraud, money laundering, people smuggling, drug trafficking, and child sex exploitation.

National Security — countering violent extremism

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - 1.3 1.9 1.8 1.8

The Government will provide $9.7 million over four years for targeted programs to reduce violent extremism in Australia. The programs will focus on high-risk hotspot areas and will assist frontline workers and communities to identify and address violent extremist influences.

The funding for this measure includes $2.9 million over four years which will be reallocated from the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security program (for which funding is already included in the forward estimates).

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National Security — Counter-Terrorism Control Centre — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation - - - - -

The Government will provide $9.1 million over four years to establish a multi-agency Counter-Terrorism Control Centre in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), consistent with the announcement in the 2010 Counter-Terrorism White Paper. The Centre will strengthen the integration of counter-terrorism capabilities by setting and managing counter-terrorism priorities, identifying intelligence requirements, and ensuring that the collection and distribution of counter-terrorism information is harmonised and effective across the spectrum of Australia’s counter-terrorism activity.

The cost of this measure will be met from within ASIO’s existing resources.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 23 February 2010 issued by the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

National Security — Fraudulent Travel Document Detection System — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - - -

The Government will provide funding of $5.9 million over four years to maintain the Fraudulent Travel Document Detection System (FTDDS). The FTDDS is used by Australian Customs and Border Protection officers to verify travel documents presented by international travellers entering and leaving Australia via international airports.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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National Security — National Emergency Call Centre Connectivity — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - - - - -

The Government will provide $1.7 million in 2010-11 to enable the National Security Hotline database and telephony facilities to interface with surge facilities in other Australian Government call centres.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Security — National leadership of identity security policy — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - - - - -

The Government will provide $23.6 million over four years to continue to provide national leadership on identity security policy. This will maintain and further develop a comprehensive identity security policy covering digital identity, cyber security, online service delivery and document verification.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Security — Organised crime — establishment of a Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Crime Commission - 3.3 3.6 3.4 3.5

Related capital ($m)

Australian Crime Commission - 0.2 0.3 0.2 -

The Government will provide $14.5 million over four years (including capital funding of $0.6 million) to establish a Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability within the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). Key law enforcement staff from across the Commonwealth with access to law enforcement databases will be co-located within the ACC to improve sharing of intelligence between partner agencies in relation to serious and organised crime.

This measure will support the Government’s framework for a more integrated and collaborative response to combat organised crime.

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National Security — Pacific Police Development program — inclusion of Tonga and Vanuatu

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Federal Police - 2.7 2.4 - -

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - -0.2 -0.4 .. -

Related capital ($m)

Australian Federal Police - .. .. - -

The Government will provide $5.8 million over two years (including capital funding of $28,000) for initiatives to increase police capacity in Tonga and Vanuatu, as part of the Pacific Police Development program. This cost will be offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers will be deployed to Tonga and Vanuatu to accelerate police development and strengthen public confidence in the capacity of police to maintain the rule of law and public order.

This measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.7 million over three years as AFP officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment. This reduction in revenue will be offset by a corresponding reduction in funding for the AFP.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

National Security — Regional law enforcement counter-terrorism liaison and capacity building — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Federal Police - - - - -

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

The Government will provide funding of $21.2 million over four years to enable the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to continue and expand the capacity and skills of law enforcement officers in regional countries to counter and investigate terrorism. The

measure will also enhance law enforcement cooperation in the region and support the AFP’s capacity to respond to terrorist incidents offshore that affect Australia’s interests.

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Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

The measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.3 million over four years as AFP officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

National Security — telecommunications interception capability — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation - - - - -

Attorney-General’s Department - - - - -

Australian Crime Commission - - - - -

Australian Federal Police - - - - -

Total - - - - -

Related capital ($m)

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation - - - - -

The Government will provide $101.6 million over four years (including capital funding of $9.5 million) to key Commonwealth security and law enforcement agencies to maintain and develop telecommunication interception capabilities and associated delivery systems.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Security — Timor-Leste Police Development program — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Federal Police - 15.3 13.8 19.0 17.5

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - -1.8 -1.7 -2.2 -2.3

Related capital ($m)

Australian Federal Police - 0.2 0.1 0.7 ..

The Government will provide $74.7 million over four years (including capital funding of $1.0 million) to continue the Timor-Leste Police Development program. This cost will be offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure will deploy Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers to support the local police force through targeted police and leadership development. This support will contribute to internal security and public order.

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This measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $8.0 million over the forward estimates period as AFP officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment. This reduction in revenue will be offset by a corresponding reduction in funding for the AFP.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

National Security — United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste — continued contribution

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Federal Police - 6.2 7.3 -0.1 -

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - -1.6 -1.6 -0.1 -

Related capital ($m)

Australian Federal Police - 0.1 .. - -

The Government will provide $16.8 million over two years (including capital funding of $0.1 million) to maintain the contribution of Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers to the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste. This cost will be offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

The deployed AFP officers will provide strategic support to the Government of Timor-Leste and the United Nations to maintain public order.

This measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $3.2 million over three years as AFP officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment. This reduction in revenue will be offset by a corresponding reduction in funding for the AFP.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

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Northern Territory policing presence — staged transition

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Federal Police - 7.8 1.4 - -

Related capital ($m)

Australian Federal Police - .. - - -

The Government will provide $9.2 million over two years (including capital funding of $6,000 in 2010-11) to the Australian Federal Police to extend the deployment of officers to the Northern Territory as part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response. Deployed officers will provide community policing and support the Northern Territory Police to address child abuse and community safety in Indigenous communities. This deployment is an interim arrangement while Northern Territory Police officers are recruited and trained to assume the role.

Personal Property Securities Register — additional resourcing

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Attorney-General’s Department - 12.6 - - -

Related revenue ($m)

Attorney-General’s Department - - 6.0 6.0 6.0

Related capital ($m)

Attorney-General’s Department - 5.3 - - -

The Government will provide $17.9 million in 2010-11 (including $5.3 million of capital) to complete the establishment of the Personal Property Securities Register agreed by the Council of Australian Governments in April 2007. A national register will be established which will replace individual state and territory registers and will provide a national service for business and individuals to search for and register personal property security interests. The register will be computer-based and publicly accessible.

This measure provides funding in addition to that provided for the Personal Property Securities Register in the 2007-08 and 2009-10 Budgets. The cost recovery operations announced in the 2007-08 Budget will be increased by $6.0 million per year over three years from 2011-12 to offset the funding provided in this measure.

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Reducing the impact and incidence of missing persons cases — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $3.1 million over four years for the Australian Federal Police to continue to support the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre.

The Coordination Centre provides a coordinated national response to the complex and diverse needs of missing persons and their families.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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BROADBAND, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

Australian Broadband Guarantee — refocusing

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy -4.1 -4.9 -4.0 - -

The increased availability of metro-comparable broadband services to residential and small business premises has reduced the funds required for the delivery of the Australian Broadband Guarantee by $16.4 million over three years. The Government will raise the minimum standard for services provided under the program to increase speed and download limits. The level of financial assistance available to eligible residents or businesses is not affected.

Some of the savings from the Australian Broadband Guarantee will be provided to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy for a $3.5 million investment in continued technical advice and geospatial mapping capacity.

Community broadcasters’ transition to digital television

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy - - - - -

The Government will provide $2.6 million in 2009-10 to assist the community television broadcasting sector to meet the costs of commencing digital simulcasts.

The Government will also temporarily allocate vacant spectrum, previously known as Channel A, to the community broadcasting sector until 2013. This will allow community television licensees in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to simulcast their analog television services until the switch to digital-only television in capital cities in 2013. A new community licensee in Perth will commence digital-only broadcasts in early 2010.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Further information can be found in the press release of 4 November 2009 by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

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Cyber-safety enhancement

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Communications and Media Authority 1.4 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.5

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy -25.8 2.8 -0.4 -0.7 -3.0

Attorney-General’s Department - 1.5 1.8 1.4 1.5

Total -24.4 8.6 5.9 5.2 3.0

Related capital ($m)

Australian Communications and Media Authority 0.8 0.8 - - -

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy - 0.1 - - -

Total 0.8 0.9 - - -

The Government will reallocate existing cyber-safety funding of $40.8 million available over five years and provide additional ongoing funding of $3.0 million per annum to enhance a range of initiatives to help protect children from inappropriate material on the internet.

The Government will introduce legislative amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to require all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to filter overseas-hosted Refused Classification (RC) material on an RC content list to be maintained by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). On receipt of a complaint regarding material not already on the RC content list, the material will be referred by the ACMA to the Classification Board within the Attorney-General’s Department for formal classification.

The Government will also introduce a grants program to assist and encourage ISPs to offer to customers wider forms of filtering on a commercial basis. Additional funding will also be provided to the ACMA to enhance cyber-safety education, awareness raising and counselling services.

This measure delivers on the Government’s election commitment. Further information can be found in the media release of 15 December 2009 from the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

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Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy — program efficiencies

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy - -1.9 -0.4 -0.7 -

The Government will terminate the ABC and SBS Digital Interference Scheme a year early due to limited demand, providing savings of $1.5 million in 2010-11.

The Government will also reduce funding under the Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme due to reduced demand, providing savings of $1.5 million over three years.

Digital Television Switchover — Regional Blackspot Solution

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 13.6 20.0 41.8 38.7 45.6

Australian Communications and Media Authority 5.7 5.6 4.1 3.0 1.7

Australian Broadcasting Corporation nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

Total 19.3 25.5 45.9 41.8 47.3

Related capital ($m)

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy 0.5 0.3 0.1 .. ..

Australian Broadcasting Corporation nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

Australian Communications and Media Authority 3.5 - - - -

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

Total 4.0 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0

The Government will provide $375.4 million over 12 years to assist commercial and national broadcasters provide a digital television satellite solution for those Australians unable to receive a terrestrial digital transmission.

The funding will be used to:

• build a new digital satellite broadcasting service for remote and regional viewers who are unable to receive digital television;

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• assist broadcasters in upgrading a number of existing regional analog ‘self-help’ transmission facilities to transmit in digital; and

• provide satellite conversion subsidies to eligible households currently served by analog television self-help retransmission sites that are not converted to digital by the broadcasters.

This measure includes funding of $23.6 million over six years to the Australian Communications and Media Authority for spectrum planning, licensing and regulatory requirements associated with digital conversion and for the cessation of analog television broadcasts.

The expenditure for the National Broadcasters is not for publication (nfp) as contracts with satellite service providers are commercial-in-confidence.

Further information on the regional blackspot solution can be found in the media releases of 5 January 2010 and 14 April 2010 from the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

National Broadband Network — implementation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy -0.9 14.0 3.9 2.6 1.8

Department of Finance and Deregulation - 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.4

Total -0.9 14.6 4.4 3.1 2.2

The Government will provide $23.4 million over five years to continue to support the implementation of the National Broadband Network.

Funding of $12.9 million over four years will be provided to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy to support the implementation and regulation of the National Broadband Network including: policy and regulatory support for the rollout; overseeing construction of the regional backbone transmission links; and managing the Government’s shareholding in NBN Co. A further $2.1 million over four years will be provided to the Department of Finance and Deregulation to assist in managing the Government’s shareholding in NBN Co, given the department’s role in advising the Minister for Finance and Deregulation as joint shareholder.

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The Government will also provide a further $16.0 million over two years to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy for a national information campaign, focused on raising public awareness of the value of superfast broadband which will be delivered to Australian households, businesses and organisations through the rollout of the National Broadband Network. Of this, $7.6 million in 2009-10 will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

NBN Co Limited — regulatory framework

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission 3.4 5.8 5.9 4.5 4.5

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Communications and Media Authority 3.4 5.8 5.9 4.5 4.5

The Government will provide $24.0 million over five years to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to establish and deliver the proposed regulatory arrangements for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

This measure will fund the ACCC to regulate NBN Co, including for:

• implementing specific access arrangements for the NBN, as well as initial preparatory work and industry consultation;

• undertaking regulatory reporting requirements; and

• providing advice on pricing and quality of service.

The costs of this measure will be fully recovered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority from annual carrier licence charges collected under the Telecommunications (Carrier Licence Charges) Act 1997.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 24 February 2010 by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

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Climate change — Foundation Campaign

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency - - - - -

The Government will provide $30.0 million over two years ($17.0 million in 2009-10 and $13.0 million in 2010-11) for a national campaign to educate the community on climate change, including on climate change science. Information will be provided through print, radio and television and a website.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Climate Change and Energy Efficiency portfolio.

Energy Efficient Homes program — modifications

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency - - - - -

The Government has introduced a number of changes to its Energy Efficiency Homes programs. These changes are aimed at improving household safety, supporting the insulation industry and continuing to provide households with opportunities to save

money on energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Home Insulation Program was closed from 19 February 2010 and the Solar Hot Water Rebate was reduced to $1,000 for solar hot water systems and $600 for heat pumps under the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme for systems ordered and purchased from 20 February 2010. The remaining funding for the Home Insulation Program and Solar Hot Water Rebate has been redirected to the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme.

The Home Insulation Safety Program has been established to carry out safety inspections of at least 150,000 homes that had non-foil insulation installed under the Home Insulation Program, targeted at homes that are most likely to have safety issues.

The inspectors will also be able to carry out simple remediation work where required.

The Foil Insulation Safety Program has been established to inspect approximately 50,000 homes that had foil insulation installed under the Home Insulation Program. The program will also fund either the removal of the foil insulation or the installation of safety switches.

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The Insulation Industry Assistance Package has been established to assist firms that participated in the Home Insulation Program to meet the cost of insulation stock-holdings, through the deferral of GST payment obligations and a $15.0 million grants program administered by AusIndustry.

Costs associated with the Home Insulation Safety Program, the Foil Insulation Safety Program and the Insulation Industry Assistance Package will be met from funding for the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme. Any residual funding will be returned to the Budget.

Further information can be found in various press releases issued by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts and the Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency between 10 February 2010 and 22 April 2010.

Green Loans program — redesign

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency -6.3 109.0 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $102.7 million to deliver over 600,000 home sustainability assessments, in addition to the 360,000 already available, under the redesigned and extended Green Loans program. The less popular loans component of the program was discontinued from 22 March 2010 due to the low take- up, and the Green Rewards Card will no longer be available to households receiving assessments after 11 May 2010. The home sustainability assessments provide advice to households on ways to improve energy and water efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In order to better manage demand for the home assessments, caps of 5,000 assessors and 15,000 assessment bookings per week have been introduced. These new arrangements will apply until the end of 2010.

Further information can be found in the press release of 19 February 2010 issued by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.

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Overseas development assistance — climate change — International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - - 78.6 99.6 -

The Government will provide $178.2 million over two years in additional funding for the International Climate Change Adaptation Initiative. This funding will build on the $150.0 million over three years for the Tackling Climate Change — adaptation to climate change measure announced in the 2008-09 Budget. The initiative will focus on countries in the Pacific and the Caribbean, and small island states. These programs will enable partner countries to better adapt to the impacts of climate change through improved scientific information, planning and assessment and financing of adaptation measures.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term and forms part of the Government’s international climate change financing commitment to 2012 under the Copenhagen Accord.

Overseas development assistance — climate change — International Forest Carbon Initiative

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - - 28.0 28.0 -

The Government will provide $56.0 million over two years in additional funding for the International Forest Carbon Initiative. The initiative is working to help build the capacity of developing countries to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This takes the total funding for this program to $273.0 million over six years to 2012-13.

The International Forest Carbon Initiative includes partnerships with Indonesia and Papua New Guinea to support the development of national strategies and forest carbon measurement.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

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This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term and forms part of the Government’s international climate change financing commitment to 2012 under the Copenhagen Accord.

Further information can be found in the Prime Minister’s speech of 17 December 2009.

Overseas development assistance — climate change — multilateral climate change financing

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID 5.0 - 40.6 60.6 -

The Government will provide $106.2 million over four years (including $5.0 million in 2009-10 for the Least Developed Countries Fund) for partnerships with multilateral agencies to help partner countries transition to lower carbon growth and prepare for the impacts of climate change. This measure will build on Australia’s involvement in the Climate Investment Funds, two trust funds created by the World Bank.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term and forms part of the Government’s international climate change financing commitment to 2012 under the Copenhagen Accord.

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Renewable Energy Target — enhancement

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator - 1.5 - - -

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency - -1.5 - - -

Total - - - - -

Related revenue ($m)

Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator - * * * *

Related capital ($m)

Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator - 4.5 - - -

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency - -4.5 - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $6.0 million in 2010-11 for the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator to implement enhancements to the Renewable Energy Target from 1 January 2011. This includes $4.5 million in capital funding to modify and expand the existing information technology system to facilitate the settlement of Renewable Energy Certificates under the enhanced scheme.

The enhancements to the Renewable Energy Target will provide more certainty within the renewable energy industry by separating the target into two parts: the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target and the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. The Large-scale Renewable Energy Target will cover significant renewable energy projects,

such as wind farms, and commercial solar and geothermal projects, and deliver most of the Renewable Energy Target. The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme will cover small-scale technologies, such as solar panels and solar hot water systems, and provide a fixed price for Renewable Energy Certificates of $40 per megawatt hour of electricity produced.

These changes are expected to deliver more renewable energy than the original 20 per cent target. The impact on Government revenues will depend on any change in the trade of Renewable Energy Certificates. Revenue is received from a number of statutory fees, including the Renewable Energy Shortfall Charge and fees for the creation and surrender of Renewable Energy Certificates.

The cost of this measure will be met from the existing resourcing of the Climate Change and Energy Efficiency portfolio.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 26 February 2010 issued by the Minister for Climate Change and Water and the Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change.

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CROSS PORTFOLIO

Renewable Energy Future Fund

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Various Agencies - 42.0 352.0 149.0 109.5

The Government will provide $652.5 million over four years to establish a Renewable Energy Future Fund to support Australia’s transition to a low pollution economy prior to the future commencement of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

This Fund will form part of the Government’s expanded $5.1 billion Clean Energy Initiative.

The Fund will provide additional support for the development and deployment of large- and small-scale renewable energy projects. It will include partnerships between the Government and the private sector to make critical early-stage investments to

leverage private funds to support the commercialisation of renewable technologies.

The Fund will also be used to enhance Australia’s take-up of energy efficiency, helping businesses and households reduce their energy consumption.

Funding will be delivered through a number of departments and agencies, with the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency coordinating Fund priorities and progress. Details of the specific commitments will be announced in the future and, hence, provision has been made in the Contingency Reserve for the funding at this stage.

All funding resulting from the deferral of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, as well as some existing departmental funding from within the Climate Change and Energy Efficiency portfolio, will be used to offset the cost of this measure. See also the related revenue measure titled Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme — deferral.

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DEFENCE

Afghanistan — enhancement of force protection measures for Australian troops

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Defence 2.0 59.1 - - -

Related capital ($m)

Department of Defence - 162.5 - - -

The Government will provide $1,135.5 million to enhance force protection measures for Australian troops deployed to Afghanistan. The measures include improved route clearance capabilities; enhanced protection and firepower for Protected Mobility Vehicles; new night fighting equipment; improved body armour; new biometrics capabilities; additional military working dogs; and a suite of improved intelligence, sensor and reconnaissance capabilities. These enhancements are aimed at preserving life and reducing injuries from small arms, improvised explosive devices and indirect fire encountered in active service abroad.

These investments will be predominantly funded from within Defence’s existing capital program, with $911.9 million to be met from within the Department’s existing resources. Of the $223.6 million in new funding provided in the forward estimates, $171.9 million in new funding will be met within the Defence 2009 White Paper funding commitment by reducing Defence funding beyond the forward estimates. Defence will be provided additional supplementation of $61.1 million for operational costs relating to these capabilities while they are deployed on operations.

These enhancements build upon the $246.0 million in force protection enhancements that were provided as part of the measure Global terrorism — enhancing Australia’s commitment to Afghanistan in the 2009-10 Budget. It is also additional to the $239.2 million for existing force protection elements identified in the related expense measure titled Middle East Area of Operations — continuation and enhancement of Australia’s military contribution.

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Australian Government personnel security vetting — centralisation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Defence 0.1 1.2 - - -

Various Agencies - -0.7 -0.9 -0.9 -1.0

Total 0.1 0.5 -0.9 -0.9 -1.0

The Government will provide $1.3 million over two years to establish a central security vetting agency in the Department of Defence for Commonwealth security clearances. The central vetting agency will ensure public servants and contractors have a single security clearance transferable across government, remove unnecessary regulation and generate ongoing efficiency savings from 2010-11. Efficiency savings will be returned to the Government through an agency user surcharge.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 1 December 2009 issued by the Attorney-General, the Minister for Finance and Deregulation and the Minister for Defence.

Middle East Area of Operations — continuation and enhancement of Australia’s military contribution

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Defence - 915.6 207.2 136.1 -

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - -62.9 -5.5 - -

The Government will provide $1258.8 million for the net additional cost of continuing and enhancing Operation SLIPPER, Australia’s military contribution to international efforts to combat terrorism in Afghanistan and the wider Middle East Area of Operations, including anti-piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. Australia’s commitment will be extended until June 2011.

The measure includes $239.2 million in funding for pre-existing force protection capabilities in Afghanistan that will provide direct protection for Australian Defence Force members from small arms, improvised explosive devices and direct fire. See also the related measure titled Afghanistan — enhancement of force protection measures for Australian troops.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $68.4 million over two years as Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

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Middle East Area of Operations — infrastructure development

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Defence 16.8 31.9 - - -

The Government will provide $48.7 million over two years for infrastructure upgrades at Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan. These upgrades will provide increased protection for Australian Defence Force personnel and expanded facilities to support the maintenance of vehicles and equipment.

Funding for 2009-10 for this measure was provided at the 2009-10 Additional Estimates.

Solomon Islands — continued Australian Defence Force assistance to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Defence - 42.5 1.4 - -

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - -1.5 -0.2 - -

The Government will provide $44.0 million over two years for the net additional cost of extending Operation ANODE, Australia’s military contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands until June 2011.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $1.7 million over two years as Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Timor Leste — reduction in the number of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Defence -14.1 - - - -

In February 2010, the Government reduced the number of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to Timor-Leste as part of the International Security Force from approximately 650 personnel to approximately 420. This decision was taken as a result of the improved security conditions in Timor-Leste. A reduction in costs of $14.1 million in 2009-10 is anticipated as a result of this drawdown.

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Timor-Leste — continuation of Australia’s commitment to helping to maintain security and stability

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Defence - 151.1 25.6 7.7 -

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - -6.9 -1.0 - -

The Government will provide $184.4 million over three years for the net additional cost of extending Operation ASTUTE, Australia’s military contribution to maintaining stability in Timor-Leste, until June 2011.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $7.9 million over two years as Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

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EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $15.4 million over four years to support the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010-2014. The Action Plan will set out an agreed national approach to meeting the Closing the Gap targets through initiatives that aim to strengthen the education outcomes of Indigenous students. The education targets are set out in the Council of Australian Government’s National Education Agreement, National Indigenous Reform Agreement, National Partnership of Early Childhood Education and National Partnership on Indigenous Early Childhood Development.

The cost of this measure will be met from existing resourcing within the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority programs — consolidation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will consolidate the three existing programs that provide funding for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) into one program. Creating a single program is consistent with ACARA’s role as a statutory authority and will streamline the administrative and reporting requirements associated with managing ACARA funding. It will also facilitate greater transparency regarding the Government’s funding contributions to ACARA in future.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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Australian Learning and Teaching Council — reduction in funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - -5.9 -6.1 -6.4

The Government will reduce the funding for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council once the new national regulator, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), is established.

The Government’s agenda in teaching and learning will be complemented through the establishment of new performance funding and the establishment of TEQSA which form part of the Government’s response to the Review of Australian Higher Education and were announced in the 2009-10 Budget. The Australian Learning and Teaching Council will also continue to support the improvement of teaching and learning quality.

This measure will provide savings of $18.4 million over three years from 2011-12, which will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Boys Education National Initiative — abolition

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.6 -1.3 -1.4 -1.7 -1.0

The Government will no longer separately fund the Boys Education National Initiative which was announced in 2003 as a number of programs deliver similar initiatives for teaching boys, including the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Teacher Quality.

This measure will provide savings of $5.9 million over five years from 1 January 2010.

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Budget Base Funded Child Care Services — improved standards

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 10.9 17.5 18.2 12.9

The Government will provide $59.4 million over four years to improve the existing infrastructure of budget base funded (BBF) long day care centres and increase the qualifications of staff in all BBF child care services. Ongoing funding for maintenance of qualifications and infrastructure will also be provided.

BBF child care services operate in areas where the child care market is unable to provide places, largely in rural, remote and Indigenous communities. They are reliant on Australian Government funding for their operations. This measure will provide for substantial improvement in workforce qualifications, particularly in remote areas through a variety of delivery methods, and will build the governance and administrative capacity of BBF services. Opportunities to better integrate early childhood, preschool, schools and other services will be considered and taken forward as part of the BBF work program.

The investment will improve infrastructure and staff qualifications in the services that support some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and assist them in meeting key aspects of the new National Quality Agenda for early childhood education and care.

Building the Education Revolution — Implementation Taskforce

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 9.4 3.8 - -

Department of the Treasury - -9.4 -3.8 - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will redirect $13.2 million over two years to establish a Building the Education Revolution (BER) Implementation Taskforce to investigate the administration and operation of the BER program and the value-for-money of individual school infrastructure projects.

Funds will be redirected out of the BER administrative funding provided to the States (and Block Grant Authorities), on a proportionate basis per investigation, to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations who will provide Secretariat support to the taskforce.

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The work of the taskforce will involve receiving, investigating and responding to complaints regarding all aspects of the BER. The taskforce will report publicly on its investigations and will offer the Government recommendations for changes to policy, contracts or projects required to ensure the objectives of the BER are realised in a cost-effective manner.

Further information can be found in the press release of 12 April 2010 issued by the Deputy Prime Minister.

Centre for International Finance and Regulation — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 5.1 9.0 8.0 2.0

The Government will provide $24.1 million over four years for the establishment of a Centre for International Finance and Regulation to deliver education and training for financial regulators from Australia and the Asia Pacific region and provide opportunities for research into developments in the global financial sector and into best practice financial regulation.

The Centre for International Finance and Regulation will have a regional engagement, innovation and regulatory focus. It will also seek to enhance understanding of global financial markets, their interconnectedness, and their influence on national economies. Scholarships will be available at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The Centre will be established at a host university or consortium of universities selected through a competitive tender process and the host will be expected to make a contribution towards the costs of establishing the Centre.

Child Care Rebate — return the annual cap of $7,500 and pause indexation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink 0.4 0.4 - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -6.1 -13.9 -25.1 -42.0

Total 0.4 -5.7 -13.9 -25.1 -42.0

The Government will cap the annual Child Care Rebate (CCR) to the 2008-09 level of $7,500 per child from the current annual cap of $7,778 per child and pause the indexation of the cap for four years from 1 July 2010. Reducing the cap will not alter the percentage of out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed by the Commonwealth, which will remain at 50 per cent up to the annual cap.

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Currently, the maximum amount of CCR that can be claimed per child is indexed each financial year. The combination of the return of the annual cap to $7,500 per child and pause in indexation will provide savings of $86.3 million over four years.

Child Care Services Support program — streamlining administration

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -7.6 -7.7 -7.8 -7.9

The Government has identified administrative efficiencies in the Child Care Services Support program that will deliver savings of $31.1 million over four years. The administration of the Inclusion Support Subsidy (ISS) will move from the existing multiple provider model to a single national provider. The rationalisation of the management is intended to deliver consistent processes and improve the management of the ISS program, including tighter controls on the payment of claims.

This will streamline and enhance the management of the program without impacting on service delivery as well as providing a nationally consistent approach to program implementation.

Clean Sustainable Skills package — Green Skills Agreement — implementation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.8 2.2 1.2 0.1

The Government will provide $5.3 million over four years to implement the National Green Skills Agreement, announced by the Government on 30 July 2009 as part of its Clean Sustainable Skills package.

The aim of the Green Skills Agreement is to ensure that Australia’s Vocational Education and Training system is positioned to support the structural shift to a sustainable, low carbon economy.

Under the National Green Skills Agreement, the Government will provide:

• $2.3 million for Industry Skills Councils to revise and rewrite training packages;

• $2.5 million to state and territory Technical and Further Education providers to implement and evaluate a pilot for up-skilling Vocational Education and Training instructors and teachers in green skills;

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• $0.05 million for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to review training packages; and

• $0.4 million to develop and implement a strategy to re-skill vulnerable workers.

Further information can be found in the press release of 30 July 2009 issued by the Prime Minister.

See also the related savings measure titled Skills for the Carbon Challenge — Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot — discontinuation.

Disability Employment Services — assistance to job seekers with an intellectual disability

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 3.7 3.7 - -

The Government will provide $7.4 million to fund a two-year trial of a 70 per cent loading on selected service fees, on placement fees and on outcome fees available to Disability Employment Services providers. These loadings will be available to providers who help job seekers with moderate intellectual disability, enabling the delivery of additional support and resources to help those job seekers prepare for and secure sustainable work of more than 15 hours per week.

Disability Employment Services — information technology

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Finance and Deregulation 0.4 0.1 - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.4 -0.1 - - -

Total - - - - -

Related capital ($m)

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $26.2 million over four years from 2009-10 to fully implement information technology arrangements to support the delivery of the new Disability Employment Services announced in the 2009-10 Budget.

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As part of the measure, the Government is committing $0.4 million over two years to fund a Gateway Review of the implementation. The Gateway Review process provides quality assurance during the implementation of major government projects to ensure the intended outcomes of the projects are achieved.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Disability Employment Services — streamlined access to employment assistance

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.2 0.2 - -

The Government will provide funding of $0.5 million over two years to pilot new arrangements for certain young people with a disability to access Disability Employment Services. Young people with a disability who access state government transition-to-work programs before entering Disability Employment Services, or who access specialist employment assistance within 12 months of leaving school, will no longer be required to undergo a Job Capacity Assessment before entering Disability Employment Services. This proposal will streamline arrangements for young people with a disability to transition from school to employment assistance.

Drought assistance — Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme — extension

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 7.2 2.0 - -

Centrelink - 0.5 - - -

Total - 7.7 2.0 - -

The Government will provide $9.7 million over two years to extend the Distance Education Allowance Supplement of $1,084 per annum per student until 30 June 2011, the Additional Boarding Allowance of $1,000 per annum per student and the consequential ABSTUDY Boarders’ rate for School Fees Allowance until 31 December 2011.

The extension of these measures, which are specifically targeted at geographically isolated families, will help ensure that current levels of financial assistance are maintained for rural families who may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of living in drought-affected areas.

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Enhanced scrutiny of the financial viability of the largest long day care providers — new framework

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.7 - - -

The Government will provide $0.7 million in 2010-11 to develop a framework for the assessment of the financial viability for all long day care (LDC) providers with more than 25 child care centres. Scrutinising the financial viability of the largest child care providers will help provide advance warning of risks to continuity of care posed by providers facing financial difficulties.

The framework will identify benchmarks for assessing the financial viability of such LDC providers. The Minister will consult with industry prior to considering the introduction of the framework.

Fair Work system — trade union education foundation grant

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 10.0 - - - -

The Government will provide a one-off grant of $10.0 million to the Trade Union Education Foundation in 2009-10 for the development and delivery of national workplace education programs. The Foundation is a non-profit education trust administered by a Board comprised of employer and union representatives.

The programs will enable employee representatives to increase their understanding and knowledge of the Fair Work workplace relations system, including developing and maintaining cooperative workplace relations at the enterprise level, practices and procedures for the resolution of workplace grievances and disputes, and collective bargaining.

Further information can be found in the press release of 8 January 2010 issued by the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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Family Day Care Start Up Payment — cessation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -3.6 -3.7 -3.7 -3.8

The Government will cease providing the Family Day Care (FDC) Start Up Payment ($1,500 per eligible service) and the Remote Area FDC Start Up Payment ($5,000 per eligible service) from 1 July 2010. These payments have not been successful in encouraging potential carers to establish FDC services as ongoing businesses.

This measure will provide savings of $14.8 million over four years.

Graduate Skills Assessment — cessation of funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -0.5 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7

The Government will cease funding for the Graduate Skills Assessment program from 30 June 2010. This program was announced in the 2003-04 Budget. This measure will provide savings of $2.4 million over four years, which will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

The MyUniversity website will incorporate this program.

Indigenous public sector employment strategy for non-Australian Public Service agencies

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.6 - - -

The Government will provide $1.6 million in 2010-11 for initiatives to increase Indigenous employment across Commonwealth agencies that are not part of the Australian Public Service (APS). There are approximately 90 non-APS agencies, including Australia Post and the Australian Federal Police.

Under this measure, each participating agency’s recruitment and retention strategies will be assessed and recommendations made on how to attract and retain Indigenous staff.

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Insulation workers adjustment package

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $41.2 million over two years from 2009-10 to assist insulation workers and firms who have been affected by the cancellation of the Energy Efficient Homes program.

The measure includes the reallocation of $11.5 million from the existing Local Jobs stream of the Jobs Fund program to offset:

• $10 million for an Insulation Workers Adjustment Fund to assist insulation firms to retain their workforce and offer training activities to insulation workers; and

• $1.5 million for up to 25 dedicated Insulation Employment Coordinators to support displaced insulation workers to find alternative jobs with other employers.

The measure also includes $29.7 million for 7,000 training places for people who worked in the insulation industry, funded from within the Productivity Places Program and other existing training programs.

Further information can be found in the press release of 24 February 2010 issued by the Prime Minister.

Job Capacity Account — one-off reduction

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - -8.0 - -

The Government will reduce the funds available in the Job Capacity Account from $25.0 million to $17.0 million for one year in 2011-12. Through the Job Capacity Account, Job Capacity Assessors can refer job seekers to services that will assist them to become job ready.

These services will continue to be available to job seekers through the Employment Pathway Fund. This assistance includes counselling, rehabilitation services and purchasing work uniforms and safety equipment.

This measure will provide savings of $8.0 million in 2011-12 for redirection to other Government priorities.

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Job Capacity Assessment — more efficient and accurate assessments for Disability Support Pension and employment services

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - 8.3 82.7 86.4 91.2

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.3 -20.5 -197.9 -348.4

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -14.4 -119.3 -29.9 68.0

Total - -5.7 -57.1 -141.4 -189.2

Related capital ($m)

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 3.9 0.7 0.5 0.6

Centrelink - 3.2 1.1 - -

Total - 7.1 1.9 0.5 0.6

The Government will improve assessments for disadvantaged job seekers and Disability Support Pension claimants who are currently required to undergo a Job Capacity Assessment to ensure that appropriate employment and income support are provided. Job Capacity Assessments will be refined to have a greater focus on a person’s potential to work with appropriate capacity building and rehabilitation.

From 1 July 2010, job seekers who seek a temporary exemption from participation requirements due to a medical condition will no longer require a Job Capacity Assessment. Exemption determinations will be made by Centrelink staff.

From 1 July 2011, job seekers who need to have their work capacity assessed will undergo a revised and more efficient assessment of their need for employment services, which will be conducted by an allied health professional.

Job Capacity Assessments will continue to be used to determine an individual’s eligibility for the Disability Support Pension where required under existing arrangements. From 1 January 2012, Disability Support Pension claimants without sufficient evidence of a future work capacity of less than 15 hours per week may be referred to an alternative income support payment and offered employment assistance through Job Services Australia or Disability Employment Services. These services will assist in developing the skills of job seekers or building evidence of their future work capacity for subsequent claims which may be made at any time.

This measure will provide savings of $383.4 million over four years.

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Job Ready program — onshore international graduates in trade occupations — new skills assessment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 25.9 23.1 25.3 17.8

Related revenue ($m)

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 27.2 23.7 25.8 15.5

The Government will provide $92.0 million over four years to establish the Job Ready program, which will provide new arrangements for assessing the job readiness of onshore applicants for permanent residency under the General Skilled Migration program. The new arrangements apply from 1 January 2010.

The Job Ready program will better equip international graduates who have recently obtained Australian qualifications in one of 170 skilled occupations to enter and participate in the Australian labour force.

Under previous arrangements, onshore General Skilled Migration applicants with Australian qualifications were required to perform 900 hours work experience to be eligible to apply for permanent residency. The Job Ready program provides a new four-step assessment process including:

• an initial assessment of eligibility for the Job Ready program;

• a minimum of 12 months employment in an occupation consistent with their training, including verification of the employment arrangement by Trades Recognition Australia;

• an interim assessment of their performance by a Trades Recognition Australia approved assessor; and

• confirmation of satisfactory completion of all stages by Trades Recognition Australia.

Under cost recovery arrangements applicants will pay up to $4,150 to be assessed, including up to $1,200 for training in workplace culture and English.

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Jobs and Training Compact — savings from Jobs Fund

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -22.8 -25.8 - - -

The Government will reduce funding from the Jobs Fund over two years from 2009-10.

In light of revised growth forecasts for the national economy, the need for funding in the Local Jobs and the Get Communities Working streams has diminished. This measure will provide savings of $48.6 million over two years.

The Jobs Fund was established to support jobs and skills development through projects that build community infrastructure and social capital in local communities affected by the global financial crisis. As part of the 2009-10 Budget the Government allocated funding of $650.0 million under the Jobs Fund: $500.0 million for the Local Jobs and the Get Communities Working streams, and $150.0 million for Infrastructure Employment Projects.

Loan to GoodStart for purchase of ABC Learning Centres

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government has provided a loan of $15.0 million to GoodStart to assist in its purchase of 678 ABC Learning child care centres. The loan is expected to be repaid in full over a seven-year period. An interest rate sufficient to cover the Australian Government’s cost of borrowing and administrative costs is being charged.

GoodStart has been established by four non-profit organisations: Social Ventures Australia; Mission Australia; the Brotherhood of St Laurence; and the Benevolent Society. This loan is a one-off arrangement reflecting the unique circumstances surrounding the unprecedented collapse of ABC Learning and its impact on thousands of Australian families.

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National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - 3.0 5.9 6.1

The Government will provide $15.0 million over three years to establish the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). ACECQA will oversee the implementation and management of the new National Quality Agenda (NQA) for Early Childhood Education and Care, as agreed at the December 2009 Council of Australian Governments meeting. Total funding for ACECQA, including contributions from the States and Territories, will be $29.4 million over three years.

ACECQA will commence on 1 January 2012 and will be jointly governed by Commonwealth and State and Territory governments and will replace the existing National Childcare Accreditation Council and the Accreditation Decision Review Committee.

ACECQA will have responsibility for advising the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs on the National Quality Framework and for implementing the NQA, ensuring that the new quality standards and rating levels that form the core of the NQA are uniformly applied and enforced, and maintaining a national database of assessments and ratings. ACECQA will also be responsible for education and research related to the NQA.

Further information can be found in the press release of 7 December 2009 jointly issued by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth.

See also the related measure titled National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — National Childcare Accreditation Council and Accreditation Decision Review Committee — cessation.

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National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — National Childcare Accreditation Council and Accreditation Decision Review Committee — cessation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - -11.3 -22.8 -23.2

The Government will cease funding the National Childcare Accreditation Council (NCAC) and the Accreditation Decision Review Committee (ADRC) from 1 January 2012. The NCAC and ADRC will be replaced by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, to be jointly governed between the Commonwealth, States and Territories, that will guide implementation and management of the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

The NCAC and ADRC will continue to function in their usual capacity with full funding up until 1 January 2012, at which point the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority is expected to be fully operational.

This measure will redirect funding of $57.3 million over three years, previously allocated to the NCAC and ADRC, towards the cost of establishing the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and assistance to States and Territories.

See also related measure titled National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority — establishment.

National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — National Partnership implementation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 9.1 19.7 37.7 64.0

The Government will provide $130.4 million over four years to help support parents with the introduction of new national standards in child care. The new minimum standards will improve child-to-carer ratios and staff qualifications in early childhood education and care services as set out in the National Partnership for the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

The introduction of new national standards, which include improving child care ratios, will lead to increased Government assistance through the Child Care Rebate.

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The National Partnership aims to deliver an integrated and unified national system for early childhood education and care and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC), which is jointly governed, drives continuous improvement in the quality of services, and improves educational and developmental outcomes for children attending early childhood education and care and OSHC services.

The new minimum standards will be introduced through a new National Quality Standard and Ratings Framework as agreed by the Council of Australian Governments.

The implementation of the National Partnership will be reviewed in 2014.

National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care — National Partnership transition support

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - 7.7 13.1 21.3 19.1

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -0.5 6.2 - -

Total - 7.2 19.3 21.3 19.1

The Government will provide $66.9 million over four years to assist the transition of the States and Territories, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, service providers, families and the broader community to the new National Quality Framework for childhood education and care.

As part of the National Partnership for the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care, funding of $61.2 million over four years will be provided to the States and Territories to assist with their transition costs, such as communications, staff costs, and proportional assistance for jurisdictions with very

remote services. This funding will also assist States and Territories with the cost of transitioning to new national regulatory arrangements identified in the National Partnership.

Funding of $7.8 million over two years will also assist with the transition from the current National Childcare Accreditation Council and the Accreditation Decision Review Committee to the new Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority. It will also provide assistance to transition and inform service providers, families, and the broader community of the new unified national system of regulation for ensuring quality in early childhood education and care.

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This funding will be partially offset, with $2.2 million in 2010-11 to be sourced from the 2008-09 Budget measure titled Education Revolution — Early Childhood — Strong Quality Standards in Child Care to assist the States and Territories to transition.

Further information can be found in the press release of 7 December 2009 jointly issued by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth.

National School Chaplaincy program — extension

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.1 47.0 3.5 - -

The Government will provide $50.6 million over three years to extend the National School Chaplaincy program for all participating schools until December 2011.

The National School Chaplaincy program aims to support school communities that wish to access the services of a school chaplain or secular pastoral care worker. It provides grants of up to $20,000 a year to both government and non-government eligible schools to establish new, or enhance existing, chaplaincy services. School communities will also be expected to contribute funding and support for chaplaincy programs at their school.

The extension of the program will ensure that those schools funded under the National School Chaplaincy program will be able to continue to provide support in the provision of student wellbeing services. During 2010, the Government will examine options for future support beyond 2011 through a consultation process.

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National workplace relations system for the private sector — implementation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman 10.9 21.4 19.9 20.3 -

Fair Work Australia 2.1 3.1 3.2 3.4 -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 -

Total 13.3 24.9 23.5 24.1 -

The Government will provide $85.7 million over four years for the implementation of a national workplace relations system for the private sector. All States except Western Australia referred their workplace relations power to the Commonwealth in relation to the private sector on 1 January 2010. This measure will reduce compliance costs and the level of administrative complexity for employers and employees.

The measure includes $72.5 million over four years to the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman for education and compliance activities, and the delivery of a Shared Industry Assistance project. The Shared Industry Assistance project constitutes a grants program whereby employer or industry organisations will be able to apply for grants of up to $104,000 to develop guidance material in partnership with the Fair Work Ombudsman. Grants will be targeted at small businesses in industries identified as requiring specific assistance with particular modern awards.

An additional $11.8 million over four years will be provided to Fair Work Australia for additional Fair Work Commissioners and other members and $1.4 million over four years to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for the management and administration of the national system.

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Neighbourhood Model Occasional Care — cease funding assistance provided to State and Territory Governments

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -3.1 -3.1 -3.2 -3.2

The Government will cease funding assistance provided to State and Territory governments to support Neighbourhood Model Occasional Care (NMOC). This measure will produce savings of $12.6 million over four years. Current NMOC funding is not tied to service delivery and services are not subject to quality controls, standards or learning outcomes.

This measure will help ensure that child care funding is consistent with the Government’s early childhood quality agenda. Eligible families and child care centres will continue to receive the Child Care Rebate and the Child Care Benefit.

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation — additional funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.9 1.5 0.9 0.5 0.5

Related revenue ($m)

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 1.2 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.4

The Government will provide $4.4 million over five years to increase Comcare’s ability to enforce breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (the Act). Comcare will be able to initiate additional proceedings to prosecute possible breaches and better manage proceedings initiated by others concerning its administration of the Act.

The revenue impact of the measure relates to expected penalties awarded by the court against an entity that has breached the Act. As a result of the increased enforcement activities under this measure, the Australian Government expects increased revenue of an estimated $4.7 million over five years.

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Productive Ageing Package

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations .. 10.0 12.0 11.3 9.9

The Government will provide funding of $43.2 million over five years to help mature age Australians remain engaged in the labour market. Increasing the labour market participation of mature aged workers will be an important contributor to the future of Australia’s economic growth and prosperity and will help mitigate the effects of an ageing population outlined in the 2010 Intergenerational Report.

The measure includes initiatives to support mature age workers in select industries and locations to retrain and move to a new career, or to undertake appropriate training to transition to a supervisory or training role. A consultative forum will be established to provide advice to the Government on initiatives that could lead to the higher participation of mature age workers in employment.

Further information on the Productive Ageing Package measure can be found in the press release of 1 February 2010 issued by the Treasurer and the Minister for Employment Participation, and on the Government’s Jobwise website (www.jobwise.gov.au).

School Enrolment and Attendance Trial — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - 2.4 - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.8 0.2 - -

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.1 - - -

Total - 3.2 0.2 - -

The Government will provide $3.4 million for a one-year extension of the School Enrolment and Attendance Trial announced in the 2008-09 Budget. This measure will extend the duration of the trial in existing locations in the Northern Territory and Queensland to 30 June 2011. The aim of the trial is to increase the level of school enrolment and school attendance.

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Under the trial, parents receiving Australian Government income support payments, and who have children of compulsory school age, are required to take steps to ensure their children attend school. Where parents do not take such steps, their income support payment may be suspended for up to 13 weeks. Income support payments will be reinstated with full back-pay if parents meet the requirements under this measure within the 13-week period. Other benefits, such as Family Tax Benefit, will remain available to parents during any period of suspension of income support payments.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — A National Entitlement to a Quality Training Place

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 40.1 40.3 42.1 37.0

Related revenue ($m)

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 21.7 22.8 29.9 31.4

The Government will seek State and Territory governments to undertake ambitious reforms of their vocational education and training (VET) systems. The measure will help training systems to become more responsive to the skills needs of students, businesses and the wider economy.

The form of training system improvements will vary between jurisdications and will be subject to negotiation between the Commonwealth and States and Territories. However, reforms must be significant in nature and include a training entitlement for

all young people under 25 years and others wishing to up or reskill and a commitment to improving quality and transparency. States may wish to propose other reforms to improve the performance of their training systems.

In return, the Commonwealth will provide reform jurisdications with:

• access to income-contingent loans for all publicly funded VET students studying at the Diploma level and above;

• extended access to the VET Fee Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) for all VET students studying through private providers at the Diploma level and above; and

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• the option to cash out funding available from 2011-12 for training under the National Partnership stream of the Productivity Places Program (PPP) providing States and Territories with greater flexibility in the allocation of funding. The National Partnership Agreement provides for joint Commonwealth and State and Territory government funding.

The Commonwealth would seek a partial contribution from the States and Territories for the cost of new VET loan arrangements.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — MySkills website

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 2.2 0.7 0.6 0.6

The Government will provide $4.1 million over four years to establish and maintain a website, MySkills, to provide information to users of the vocational education and training system.

The measure will support skills development through the provision of comprehensive information on vocational education and training. This will assist students and businesses identify and choose appropriate training options and increase the transparency within the sector. The MySkills website will provide performance information on Registered Training Organisations obtained from employers and students, data on the level of commencements and completions and a description of the training provided by different Registered Training Organisations.

The website is expected to be operational by July 2011.

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Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — National Vocational Education and Training Regulator — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 15.6 34.0 28.3 27.6

Related revenue ($m)

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 2.4 11.4 15.9 20.7

The Government will provide $105.5 million over four years to establish national regulatory arrangements for the vocational education and training (VET) system. The measure includes funding of $92.3 million over four years for the establishment of a National VET Regulator and $10.6 million over four years for the establishment of a new National Standards Council. The National Standards Council is expected to be operational from 1 January 2011 and the National VET Regulator is expected to commence from 1 April 2011.

The National VET Regulator will register and audit training providers and accredit courses in the VET sector. This will streamline existing regulatory arrangements by subsuming the functions of the National Audit and Registration Agency and VET regulators in all States and Territories apart from Victoria and Western Australia.

Victoria and Western Australia will continue to regulate providers operating in their States and will enact legislation to mirror the Commonwealth legislation. On a national basis, all providers wishing to operate in more than one jurisdiction or enrol international students in post-secondary educational institutions will be registered through the national regulator.

The National Standards Council will undertake functions currently performed by the National Quality Council and provide advice to the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment on national standards for regulation, including registration, quality assurance, performance monitoring, reporting, risk, audit, review and re-registration of providers, and accreditation of VET qualifications.

Consistent with current state and territory practice, the National VET Regulator will initially be funded by partial cost recovery. The Regulator will be progressively transitioned to full cost recovery by 2014-15. Consequentially, expenses will be partially offset by $50.4 million in revenue over the forward estimates.

See also the related savings measure titled Skills for Sustainable Growth — National Audit and Registration Agency and National Quality Council — redirection of funding.

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Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — Quality Skills Incentive

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - 43.3 43.3 43.3

The Government will provide $129.8 million over three years to establish the Quality Skills Incentive initiative. The funding will be available to reward Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) which meet certain performance benchmarks. Funding will be

open to the 100 largest RTOs (based on enrolments).

This measure will drive quality improvements across the sector, higher completion rates and better access for disadvantaged Australians, helping to lift the skill levels of Australians attending RTOs.

An appropriate suite of performance benchmarks will be developed in consultation with key stakeholders, including Industry Skills Councils, Skills Australia, State and Territory governments and RTOs.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Fast-Track Apprenticeships — redirection of funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -15.0 -10.4 -5.4 -

The Government will redirect funding from the Fast-Track Apprenticeships program announced in the 2007-08 Budget to provide more effective support for skills development under the Government’s Skills for Sustainable Growth package — including competency-based training and smarter apprenticeships. The measure will provide savings of $30.8 million over three years.

No further funding will be awarded under the program from 1 July 2010. However, contracts which are currently in place will conclude according to their original timeline.

See also the related expense measure titled Skills for Sustainable Growth — Skills for Recovery — smarter apprenticeships.

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Skills for Sustainable Growth — Foundation Skills Package — language, literacy and numeracy for job seekers — expansion

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 14.2 17.4 17.6 17.8

The Government will provide $67.0 million over four years to transform the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program (LLNP) to secure ongoing funding for approximately 13,570 additional training places for job seekers of working age (15 to 64 years old).

The LLNP aims to assist job seekers of working age to achieve sustainable employment. This additional funding builds on existing funding to provide a total of over 70,000 job seekers with an average of 280 hours of language, literacy and numeracy training. Investment in these skills assists job seekers to secure higher levels of social inclusion and workforce participation.

This will help ensure that job seekers can build their foundation skills and are able to fully engage in the workforce.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Foundation Skills Package — National Core Skills and Outreach Project

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 4.9 7.1 5.6 5.9

The Government will provide $23.5 million over four years to improve core employability skills, particularly language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills, among working age Australians. The initiatives that will be funded include:

• a Commonwealth contribution of $15.4 million over four years for an awareness campaign aimed at promoting LLN initiatives and reducing the stigma for people with LLN skill development needs. The Commonwealth will seek further contributions to this campaign from the States and Territories;

• $2.3 million over four years to extend the existing LLN Practitioner Scholarship Program. This program was established in the 2009-10 Budget to provide 40 scholarships a year in both 2009-10 and 2010-11 to students undertaking a course of study for the purpose of becoming a qualified LLN instructor. The extension provides for an additional 50 scholarships a year from 2010-11 to 2013-14 with an average value of $5,000 per scholarship;

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• $1.6 million over four years to give greater prominence to foundation skills in Industry Skill Council (ISC) Training Packages. This initiative will fund ISCs to re-map ISC Training Packages in order to make LLN requirements more explicit and transparent. In addition, greater support will be provided to assist trainers to address LLN skill development needs they observe in students; and

• $1.5 million over four years to develop a tool for assessing employability skills and attributes other than LLN.

The Government will also develop a National Strategy for Foundation Skills in consultation with the States and Territories by the end of 2011. The National Strategy will provide a framework for foundation skills provision across all jurisdictions for the next decade.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Foundation Skills package — workplace and community language, literacy and numeracy — expansion

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 4.7 6.6 8.0 9.4

The Government will provide $28.7 million over four years to provide up to 9,500 additional workplace and 8,000 additional community-based language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) training places.

The Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL) program provides employees with vocationally oriented intensive training and aims to assist workers to improve LLN skills to perform their work safely and effectively, progress to further vocational training and advance in the workforce. The program will be expanded with up to 1,500 additional training places in 2010-11; 2,000 places in 2011-12; 2,500 places in

2012-13; and 3,500 places in 2013-14. Industry Skills Council brokers will encourage participation by enterprises in target industries that have a high incidence of workers with low LLN skill levels.

Funding for community-based projects will deliver up to 8,000 additional training places to be provided through short courses in innovative community settings such as neighbourhood houses, men’s sheds, mothers’ groups, Indigenous support organisations and community colleges. These courses are aimed at attracting adults into further foundation skills LLN training. Up to 60 projects will be funded in 2010-11, 100 projects in 2011-12 and 120 projects each year in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

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Skills for Sustainable Growth — Innovation Employer Incentive for Australian Apprentices — redirection of funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -4.9 -8.8 -9.0 -9.2

The Government will redirect funding from the Innovation Employer Incentive for Australian Apprentices payments for new apprenticeships from 12 May 2010. The Innovation Employer Incentive was announced as part of the Support Australian Apprenticeships program in the 2002-03 Budget. It is not expected that removal of this incentive will have a major impact on the take-up of qualifications attracting this incentive.

This measure will provide savings of $31.9 million over four years that will be redirected to provide more effective support for skills development.

See also the related package of expense measures titled Skills for Sustainable Growth.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — National Audit and Registration Agency and National Quality Council — redirection of funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -1.8 -4.5 -4.6 -4.7

The Government will redirect funding from the National Audit and Registration Agency and the National Quality Council to offset the cost of establishing the new National Vocational Education and Training Regulator. The functions of these two agencies will be subsumed by the new national regulator. This measure will provide savings of $15.7 million over four years

See also the related expense measure titled Skills for Sustainable Growth — A Training System for the Future — National Vocational Education and Training Regulator — establishment.

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Skills for Sustainable Growth — Productivity Places Program National Partnership — redirection of funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

Department of the Treasury - - - - -375.9

Total - - - - -375.9

The Government will redirect funding from the forward estimates period for the Productivity Places Program National Partnership in 2013-14. This reflects the scheduled conclusion of the National Partnership. The measure will provide savings of $375.9 million and reflects the imperative to invest now as part of the Skills for Sustainable Growth package to address skill shortages and strengthen the supply and quality of training into the future.

The Productivity Places Program is part of the Government’s Skilling Australia for the Future initiative which aims to reduce skills shortages and increase the productivity of industry and enterprises. Places provided under the current National Partnership on the Productivity Places Program are funded by the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and the private sector.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Productivity Places Programs — redirection

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -20.0 -15.0 -15.0 -15.0 -15.0

The Government will redirect the funding from the Commonwealth component of the Productivity Places Program. It will reduce the number of Structural Adjustment places under the program by 4,000 in 2009-10, 3,600 places per year (over the forward estimates).

The structural adjustment element of the Productivity Places Program provides training for groups of retrenched workers who have lost their jobs or been stood down due to the global recession.

This measure will provide savings of $80.0 million over five years that will be redirected to provide more targeted support for skills development under the Government’s Skills for Sustainable Growth package.

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Skills for Sustainable Growth — Securing Australian Apprenticeships through Registered Training Organisations — redirection of funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -3.9 -4.0 - - -

The Government will redirect funding from the Securing Australian Apprenticeships through Registered Training Organisations incentive announced in the 2009-10 Budget.

The incentive provided support to trade apprentices and trainees made redundant as a result of the global financial crisis, ensuring the availability of a skilled workforce as the economy recovered. Take-up of this initiative has been low, due to alternative support provided by the States and Territories.

This measure will provide savings of $7.9 million over two years (including $3.9 million in 2009-10) that will be redirected to provide more effective support for skills development under the Government’s Skills for Sustainable Growth package.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Skills for Recovery — Apprenticeship Kickstart Bonus II

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 28.6 50.8 - -

The Government will provide $79.3 million over two years to increase the number of young Australians (aged 19 years or younger) undertaking traditional trade apprenticeships in skills shortage occupations.

Small and medium enterprises that engage and retain eligible apprentices will be eligible for a $3,350 bonus payment. The payment will be paid in two instalments. The first of $850 will be paid three months after the apprentice’s commencement and the second of $2,500 nine months after commencement. The bonus will be available for enterprises that employ new apprentices over the period 12 May 2010 to 12 November 2010.

The measure includes funding of $2.7 million over two years for Australian Apprenticeship Centres to assess the eligibility of apprentices for the Apprentice Kickstart Bonus.

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Skills for Sustainable Growth — Skills for Recovery — Critical Skills Investment Fund

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 50.0 50.0 50.0 50.0

The Government will provide $200.2 million over four years to establish the Critical Skills Investment Fund to help deliver training places and boost the number of workers available in skill shortage areas of national significance, including the resource and construction sectors.

The Critical Skills Investment Fund will leverage industry co-investment, providing support for 50 per cent of the cost of training for large firms and up to 90 per cent of the cost of training for small firms. It is estimated that up to 39,000 training places will be delivered over four years.

The training provided will support the up-skilling of the existing workforce, with a focus on the continued participation of mature-aged workers. It will also provide opportunities for jobseekers to equip themselves with the necessary skills to work in areas of strong labour demand.

Funding will be allocated through a competitive process. A board will be established to assess proposals for funding from industry and to provide advice to the Government.

Skills for Sustainable Growth — Skills for Recovery — smarter apprenticeships

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 6.5 5.4 5.0 3.0

The Government will provide $19.9 million over four years to implement a faster, more flexible, competency-based apprenticeship system. Competency-based progression in apprenticeships will help ensure skills acquisition is efficient and responsive to the needs of the economy by providing skilled workers to the market more quickly, with training focused on competency achieved rather than time served.

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The measure will provide for competitive grants to Industry Skills Councils to develop and implement competency-based training models, which achieve the broad adoption and expansion of competency based training and qualifications for apprentices. The measure will also fund the engagement of industrial relations experts to identify and propose solutions to barriers to competency-based progression for apprentices.

See also the related savings measure titled Skills for Sustainable Growth — Fast-Track Apprenticeships — redirection of funding.

Skills for the Carbon Challenge — Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot — discontinuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -5.0 -5.0 -5.0 -5.0 -

The Government will discontinue the Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot. This measure will provide savings of $20.0 million over four years from 2009-10 which will be redirected to support the National Green Skills Agreement and other Government priorities.

The Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot, announced by the Government in the 2009-10 Budget, provided a bonus of $1,000 for up to 5,000 apprentices per year to undertake vocational education and training incorporating green skills. The National Green Skills Agreement, announced by the Government on 30 July 2009 as part of its Clean Sustainable Skills package, and endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in December 2009, committed to embedding green skills in vocational education and training packages. As a result, the Skills for Sustainability Incentive Pilot is no longer required.

See also the related expense measure titled Clean Sustainable Skills — Green Skills Agreement — implementation.

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Student income support — establishment of a Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 20.0 - - -

The Government will provide $20.0 million in 2010-11 for the establishment of a Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund. The Fund will provide assistance to students aged under 25 years whose main place of residence is located in a rural or regional area and who face financial hardship in undertaking a course of higher education.

See also the related expense measure titled Student income support — extending eligibility.

Student income support — extending eligibility

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -7.0 -19.6 -1.5 12.9 14.6

The Government will extend eligibility for the student income support arrangements announced in the 2009-10 Budget.

The Government announced in the 2009-10 Budget that, from 1 January 2010, eligibility for Youth Allowance would be tightened by removing two of the three criteria for establishing workforce independence. The Government announced concessional arrangements at the 2009-10 MYEFO and these will now be extended by continuing to allow access to all workforce independence criteria to the following groups of students:

• Prior to 1 January 2011, the concessional arrangements will apply to students who took a ‘gap year’ in 2009 after completing school in 2008. To be eligible, students must come from a family with a combined annual parental income of less than $150,000 or need to live away from home because their parental home is located more than 90 minutes away from the university of their choice.

• From 1 January 2011, the concessional arrangements will apply to students who need to move away from home to study and whose parental home is located in an area defined as very remote, remote or outer regional by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification. To be eligible, students must come from a family with a combined annual parental income of less than $150,000.

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• Students who are not included in these concessional arrangements may establish independence under existing workforce participation criteria until 1 July 2010.

The cost of these changes will be offset by a reduction to the value of payments under the Student Start-Up Scholarship. The annual value of the scholarship will be reduced to $1,300 in 2010 and $2,128 (indexed) in 2011 and indexed by CPI thereafter. Payments are made bi-annually.

Further information can be found in the press release of 16 March 2010 issued by the Minister for Education.

See also related expense measure titled An Innovation and Higher Education System for the 21st Century — Student income support — additional funding for service delivery.

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ENVIRONMENT, WATER, HERITAGE AND THE ARTS

Australia Business Arts Foundation — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 1.6 1.6 - -

The Government will provide $3.2 million over two years to the Australia Business Arts Foundation. The funding will assist the Foundation to continue to encourage and facilitate private sector support for the arts.

Australia Council — continuation of base funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australia Council - - - - -

The Government will provide $686.6 million over four years from 2010-11 to continue base funding for the Australia Council. The Australia Council provides assistance to Australian arts organisations and artists and facilitates public access to their works. Funding for the Australia Council was previously considered on a triennial basis.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Australia-Antarctica Airlink — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will provide $11.7 million in 2010-11 to continue the operation of the Australia-Antarctica Airlink, a direct air connection between Hobart and Antarctica.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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Business Skills for Visual Artists (Cultural Development Program element) — termination

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -0.5 -0.5 -0.5 -0.5

The Government will terminate the Cultural Development Program element of the Business Skills for Visual Artists program. The Government provides ongoing support for artists through programs funded by the Australia Council. This measure will provide savings of $2.0 million over four years to offset measures in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

Business Skills for Visual Artists (National Arts and Crafts Industry Support element) — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.0 million over four years to continue the National Arts and Crafts Industry Support (NACIS) element of the Business Skills for Visual Artists program. The primary focus of NACIS is to support the operational costs of Indigenous art centres. It also supports the delivery of professional development and business skills for Indigenous visual artists.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Caring for our Country — reducing duplication

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - -1.5 -2.4 -3.2 -3.7

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -8.8 -12.9 -17.1 -31.6

Total - -10.3 -15.3 -20.3 -35.3

The Government will reduce funding for the Caring for our Country program announced in the 2008-09 Budget.

This measure will provide savings of $81.3 million over four years, redirected to other priorities. Funding for the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia will be reduced by $70.4 million and funding for Landcare by $10.9 million.

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The Caring for our Country program will still provide funding of more than $1.6 billion over the next four years.

A significant proportion of the savings come from departmental expenses.

Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program — reduction in funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -2.0 -1.0 - -

The Government will redirect funding from the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program. This measure will provide savings of $3.0 million over two years to offset measures in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

The Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program has been replaced by the National Environmental Research Program.

Contemporary Music Touring program — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 0.4 - - -

The Government will provide $0.4 million in 2010-11 to continue the Contemporary Music Touring program for one year. The program provides support to emerging musicians and bands to perform in regional and remote locations. The funding assists with the costs of touring, including transport, accommodation, venues and marketing.

CONTROL: The Business of Music Management — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will provide $0.3 million over three years (including $0.1 million in 2010-11, $20,000 in 2011-12 and $0.1 million in 2012-13) to implement CONTROL: The Business of Music Management program. CONTROL is an intensive training program to improve the business skills of music industry managers to assist them to build sustainable business enterprises.

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The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts — further efficiencies

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2

The Government will achieve savings of $0.9 million over five years from 2009-10 through further efficiencies related to departmental funding for the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority — ensuring the resilience of the reef

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - 4.0 4.1 - -

Related capital ($m)

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - 2.0 1.9 - -

The Government will provide $12.0 million over two years (including $3.9 million in capital funding) to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. This measure will supplement the base funding of the Authority by $2.1 million per annum in 2010-11 and 2011-12 to ensure it can continue to deliver on its objectives. In addition, $4.0 million will be provided to upgrade critical infrastructure at the Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville.

The measure also includes $3.8 million to address risks identified in the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009. This funding will enable an expansion of the community-based Reef Guardian initiative and development of the Authority’s

information systems to support on-the-ground management.

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National Indigenous Television — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 15.2 - - -

The Government will provide $15.2 million in 2010-11 to continue funding for National Indigenous Television (NITV) for one year. The funding will provide certainty to the organisation for its immediate future while a review of the Government’s investment in the Indigenous broadcasting and media sector, including NITV, is undertaken. NITV is Australia’s only dedicated provider of Indigenous television content.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 16 April 2010 issued by the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

National Plan for Environmental Information — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Bureau of Meteorology - 1.3 2.3 2.6 3.0

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 0.8 0.5 - -

Total - 2.0 2.8 2.6 3.0

Related capital ($m)

Bureau of Meteorology - 1.9 2.0 2.3 1.4

The Government will provide $18.0 million over four years (including $7.6 million in capital funding) to develop a National Plan for Environmental Information that will establish institutional arrangements and clear responsibilities for the consistent collection and provision of environmental information to support decision making.

The measure provides funding for the establishment of an Environmental Information Reform program in the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts ($1.3 million over two years) and an Environmental Data Coordination program in the Bureau of Meteorology ($16.7 million over four years).

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National Waste Policy — implementation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 4.5 5.1 5.2 5.3

The Government will provide $23.0 million over five years (including $2.8 million in 2014-15) to implement initial components of the National Waste Policy agreed by the Environment Protection and Heritage Council on 5 November 2009. The measure will set national directions to 2020 to promote more consistent regulation among jurisdictions and the management of waste to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. As a first step, the policy will deliver new schemes for recycling computers, televisions and tyres.

Further information can be found in the press release of 5 November 2009 issued by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.

Point Nepean — University of Melbourne rental guarantee — termination

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4 -0.4

The Government will not proceed with annual contributions towards the rental costs of the University of Melbourne at Point Nepean, Victoria, announced in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2007-08. This measure will provide savings of $2.1 million over six years (including $0.4 million in 2014-15).

These savings will be redirected towards other Government priorities.

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards — expansion

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -

Total -0.2 - - - 0.2

The Government will provide $0.8 million over four years to expand the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards to fund annual cash prizes of $100,000 in each of the two new categories: young adult fiction book of the year and children’s fiction book of the year. These new categories have been included to recognise the important role children’s books play in the literacy of young Australians. This funding will be in addition to the current funding for the two existing award categories — fiction and non-fiction books of the year — and will bring the prize money to a total of $400,000 per annum.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Regional Marine Planning — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -0.8 - - -

The Government will provide $8.1 million in 2010-11 to continue the Regional Marine Planning Program. The funding will allow completion of the planning process and support implementation of the plans.

This measure will provide a saving of $0.8 million in 2010-11, as provision for funding of $8.8 million has already been included in the forward estimates.

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Water for the Future — National Rainwater and Greywater initiative — reduced funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts -20.0 -22.6 -55.0 -45.0 -37.1

The Government will reduce funding for the National Rainwater and Greywater initiative in response to lower than expected demand. The program provides rebates of up to $500 towards the cost of installing rainwater tanks or new piping for greywater use, or up to $10,000 to surf life saving clubs to install a rainwater tank or as a contribution towards a larger water saving project.

The measure will provide savings of $179.7 million over five years.

Water for the Future — National Urban Water and Desalination Plan — reduced funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - -20.0 -50.3 -

The Government will reduce funding for the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan in response to lower than expected demand. The program supports desalination, recycling and stormwater harvesting projects to improve water supply security in cities with populations of over 50,000.

The plan will now provide $808.0 million over three years from 2010-11.

This measure will provide savings of $70.3 million over two years from 2011-12.

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FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

A new scheme of income management in the Northern Territory

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink 5.2 82.8 76.0 69.7 70.2

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.7 16.3 16.9 18.3 18.9

Department of Human Services - 5.9 6.0 6.0 6.0

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

Total 5.9 105.2 99.1 94.3 95.4

Related capital ($m)

Centrelink 2.5 1.9 - - -

Department of Human Services - 0.2 - - -

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

Total 2.5 2.0 - - -

The Government will provide $410.5 million over six years (including $6 million in 2014-15) for a new scheme of income management in the Northern Territory.

The new scheme will commence from 1 July 2010. Participants in the new scheme will include:

• people aged 15 to 24 who have been in receipt of certain welfare payments for more than three of the last six months;

• people aged 25 and above on specified welfare payments such as Newstart Allowance and Parenting Payment for more than one year in the previous two years;

• people referred by child protection authorities; and

• those assessed by Centrelink social workers as requiring income management because of financial crisis or domestic violence.

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Recipients of welfare payments may apply for an exemption from income management in certain circumstances, such as where they can demonstrate responsible parenting or participation in education, training, or paid work.

Under income management arrangements, 50 per cent of welfare payments (70 per cent in child protection cases) and 100 per cent of lump sum payments are quarantined. Income management aims to ensure welfare payments are spent on the essentials of life and in the interests of children.

This measure includes funding of $53.6 million over four years to deliver complementary services, such as budgeting, financial counselling and financial education, and to provide a matched savings payment of up to $500 per year for people who have completed an approved money management course and who can demonstrate a pattern of saving discretionary funds over at least 13 weeks.

This measure also includes capital funding of $4.4 million for Centrelink for the expansion of ICT systems and the issuing of new BasicsCards as a consequence of the broadened eligibility criteria, and $0.2 million for the Department of Human Services to maintain access to personal financial information through BasicsCard kiosks.

Future roll out to other locations in Australia will be informed by the evidence gained from an evaluation of income management in the Northern Territory.

Further information can be found in the press release of 25 November 2009 issued by the Minister for Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Act of Grace Payments — ongoing arrangements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

The Government will provide $1.4 million over five years to increase provision for Act of Grace payments. This is in addition to the current provision of

$170,000 per annum. In addition, funding provided to the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs for Act of Grace payments will be indexed in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Act of Grace payments may be made to individuals who have been unintentionally disadvantaged by the effects of Commonwealth legislation, actions or omissions and who have no other viable means of redress.

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Adventure playgrounds

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

The Government will provide $2.7 million over four years to continue support for five adventure playgrounds in Melbourne. The funding provides for employment of support workers who supervise the activities and provide referral services to families. The Commonwealth has been providing direct funding since 1978.

These adventure playgrounds provide young people from disadvantaged and/or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with access to a safe play environment, and cultural and recreational activities that are usually not accessible due to social or financial constraints.

Bulk Verification of Community Housing Rent

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - 1.8 -0.6 -1.3 -1.4

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.3 0.6 0.7 0.7

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3

Total - 2.2 0.3 -0.3 -0.3

The Government will provide $1.9 million over four years to introduce a process of bulk verification by Centrelink of the rent paid by tenants of community housing organisations.

Currently, community housing tenants are required to provide rental information to Centrelink every six months to confirm their ongoing eligibility for Rent Assistance. Under this measure, community housing organisations will provide these updates to Centrelink on behalf of all their tenants through an online portal. The introduction of this bulk verification system will ensure that eligible recipients receive their correct Rent Assistance entitlement whilst also reducing administrative costs. This measure will increase Rent Assistance payments by $3.3 million over four years, with costs partially offset by Centrelink administrative savings of $1.4 million. The proposal delivers net savings of $0.3 million per annum from 2012-13.

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Community Development Employment Projects — indexation reform

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Torres Strait Regional Authority - .. .. -0.2 -0.3

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -0.4 -0.7 -3.3 -4.4

Total - -0.5 -0.7 -3.5 -4.7

From 1 July 2010, the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program will be indexed by a Wage Cost Index (WCI) consistent with Government indexation arrangements for all programs with substantial wage costs. This will replace the current arrangement whereby the program is annually indexed by a combination of the Consumer Price Index and the non-farm GDP deflator. This is expected to reduce expenses by $9.3 million over four years.

Community Development Employment Projects — redirection

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -3.0 - - -

The Government will reduce funding under the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program by $3.0 million in 2010-11. This funding will be redirected to other government priorities. CDEP will retain $905.4 million over four years from 2010-11 to continue to provide comprehensive access to work readiness activities and community development projects.

Community engagement strategy for people with disability

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide $0.5 million in 2010-11 to disability and carer peak bodies to engage and seek input from people with a disability, their families and carers on the proposed National Disability Strategy and the proposed National Carer Strategy, and on the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into a long-term disability care and support scheme. Funding will also be provided to facilitate input from peak bodies themselves. This measure will help ensure that the development of policies in these key areas is responsive to the needs and aspirations of people with a disability.

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The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Drought assistance — Family Support Drought Response Teams program — extension

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 7.7 - - -

The Government will provide $7.7 million in 2010-11 to continue social and emotional counselling services to support families who are living in drought-declared areas. Support will be provided by 25 Family Support Drought Response Teams, as part of the Family Relationship Services Program. The measure will ensure families dealing with drought can access the services they need, including crisis intervention, counselling, relationship education and skills training, referral services, family support, home visiting and case management.

Family Relationship Services for Carers — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide $9.0 million over the four years to 2013-14 to continue the Family Relationship Services for Carers program. This program provides parents and other family members with access to family mediation and counselling services plus information, referrals and support to help make financial, accommodation and care arrangements for their child with a disability.

Services provided through the Family Relationship Services for Carers program are available free of charge and are provided in every State and Territory in Australia. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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Family Tax Benefit Non-lodger Fortnightly Payment Prohibition — more flexible arrangements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink 0.3 1.6 0.2 0.2 0.2

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

Total 0.3 1.6 0.2 0.2 0.2

The Government will put in place a more flexible arrangement for the 2008-09 Budget measure Responsible Economic Management — Family Tax Benefit — cease fortnightly payments for recipients who do not lodge tax returns. Under the 2008-09 Budget measure, all Family Tax Benefit (FTB) recipients who had not lodged tax returns for more than 12 months and had not responded to Centrelink requests to do so, would no longer receive FTB payments through fortnightly instalments until they lodged their tax returns. Lodgment of tax returns is necessary to reconcile a person’s FTB entitlement on the basis of their actual taxable income. This ensures people only receive their correct entitlements.

This measure will retain these arrangements in general but will ensure that payments continue to be made in two circumstances: where people do not have any FTB debt; or where ceasing payments would cause undue hardship. There is no impact on the fiscal balance from these arrangements as the fiscal balance is based on when an entitlement accrues rather than when payment is made. The measure does not affect whether a person accrues eligibility for FTB, only when it is paid.

This measure will cost $2.6 million over five years for Centrelink to administer.

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Family Tax Benefit Part A — improved participation requirements for 16 to 20 year olds

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink 12.7 10.1 9.2 9.2 9.2

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs -0.7 -20.4 -20.7 -21.1 -21.3

Total 12.0 -10.3 -11.4 -11.8 -12.1

Related capital ($m)

Centrelink 2.4 - - - -

The Government will further strengthen participation requirements announced in last year’s Budget measure, Jobs and Training Compact — improved participation requirements for 15 to 20 year olds. Under the 2009-10 Budget measure, for families with children aged 16-20 who do not have a Year 12 or equivalent qualification to remain eligible for Family Tax Benefit Part A (FTB-A), the children would have had to participate in full-time education or training, or part-time education or training in combination with other approved activities, leading to a Year 12 or equivalent qualification.

These participation requirements will be strengthened prior to the measure commencing on 1 July 2010. Participation in full-time education or training will be required in order for such families to remain eligible for FTB-A. This measure complements the Compact with Young Australians established by COAG on 30 April 2009, which guarantees an education or training place for every Australian under 25 years old.

This measure will lead to a net reduction in expenses of $31.2 million over five years, including Centrelink administrative costs of $52.9 million.

Home Ownership Program — transfer of funding from the Home Ownership on Indigenous Land Program

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Indigenous Business Australia - 15.3 1.0 1.1 1.2

Related revenue ($m)

Indigenous Business Australia - -0.3 .. 0.3 0.7

The Government will transfer $56.0 million of unutilised capital from the Home Ownership on Indigenous Land (HOIL) program to the Home Ownership Program (HOP) while further land reform takes place on Indigenous land in remote communities. This will enable more people to access the oversubscribed HOP.

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HOP provides concessional loans secured by freehold title typically in cities and regional towns. This transfer will see approximately 250 additional home loans for Indigenous Australians made available in urban and regional areas. The HOIL program provides concessional loans secured by leases on community-title land typically in remote Indigenous communities. This capital will be made available to HOIL customers as demand for that program accelerates.

The transfer of $56.0 million has no impact on the fiscal balance, other than the net interest impact of providing additional concessional loans, which will be $18.0 million over five years.

The measure will enable greater flexibility in the use of housing funds to improve the housing outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

Income management in cases of child neglect and by voluntary choice — continuation of trial

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - 10.9 - - -

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 6.5 - - -

Total - 17.3 - - -

Related capital ($m)

Centrelink - .. - - -

The Government will provide $17.4 million in 2010-11 (including capital funding of $28,000) to continue the trial of income management in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and metropolitan Perth. The trial was first announced in the 2008-09 Budget and commenced in November 2008.

The trial will be amended to be consistent with the new scheme of income management in the Northern Territory, in that 50 per cent of welfare payments (70 per cent in child protection cases) and 100 per cent of lump sum payments are quarantined. It also includes:

• payment of $250 for every six months a person remains in the voluntary income management scheme; and

• up to $500 (a one-off matched savings payment) for eligible people who have been referred by child protection authorities and have completed an approved money management course and can demonstrate a pattern of saving discretionary funds over at least 13 weeks.

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Financial management support services will be expanded across the Perth metropolitan and Kimberley regions through the provision of additional financial counsellors and money management outreach services.

Indigenous Communities Strategic Investment program — reduction

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs -1.7 -15.5 -15.8 -12.6 -2.6

The Government will reduce funding for the Indigenous Communities Strategic Investment program by $48.3 million over five years from 2009-10, with these funds to be used towards the establishment of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and a Flexible Funding Pool to support the implementation of the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership.

Remaining funding for the Indigenous Community Strategic Investment program of $78 million over four years from 2010-11 will continue to be available to fund individual and community capacity building activities.

Indigenous Land Corporation — new funding arrangements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

Indigenous Land Corporation - - - - -

Total - - - - -

From 1 July 2010, the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) will receive a regular funding stream set at $45 million per annum from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account (the Land Account). This amount will be indexed to the Consumer Price Index. The Government will make additional payments to the ILC if the returns from investments made from the Land Account exceed this guaranteed minimum, while ensuring the indexed capital value of the Land Account is not eroded.

The Land Account was previously indexed by the Gross Non-Farm GDP (trend) implicit price deflator, which has varied significantly from year to year. A more regular funding stream will assist the ILC to manage its investments and operations. Provision for funding from the Land Account to the Indigenous Land Corporation has already been included in the forward estimates.

The ILC was established to assist in the acquisition of land for people unlikely to achieve Native Title rights.

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National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3.0 6.2 6.8 8.3 4.9

The Government will provide $29.2 million over five years from 2009-10 to establish the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. The new national representative body will enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to engage directly with government on policy development and the performance of government programs. The Government is committed to resetting the relationship with Indigenous Australians and working together to form new partnerships based on trust, goodwill and mutual respect.

This measure has been implemented in response to the Australian Human Rights Commission report Our Future in Our Hands, Creating a Sustainable Representative Body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Further information can be found in the press release of 22 November 2009 issued by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

National Disability Strategy — coordination

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

Related capital ($m)

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide $6.2 million over four years to establish a policy coordination and secretariat unit within the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to further develop and implement the National Disability Strategy. The unit will engage stakeholders; develop action plans; establish governance arrangements to negotiate and implement the National Disability Strategy with the States and Territories; and ensure robust reporting on outcomes achieved.

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This measure also includes the development of a comprehensive information portal covering disability programs, services and support, which will be provided through australia.gov.au.

Funding for this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

National Find and Connect Service for the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 4.5 7.7 7.3 5.3

Related capital ($m)

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 1.6 - - -

The Government will provide $26.5 million over four years to deliver a National Find and Connect Service for the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. The Forgotten Australians and former child migrants are the 500,000 children who were placed in care during the 20th century, some of whom suffered abuse and/or lost contact with their families.

The National Find and Connect Service will provide a phone service and website as a central contact point for the Forgotten Australians and former child migrants. Where people wish, they will be referred to case managers who will provide an Australia-wide records tracing service to assist in locating personal records and to reunite them with their family where possible. Counselling and support services will also be made available where required.

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NSW Mid-North Coast floods — assistance for March 2009 event

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.3 - - - -

Centrelink 0.2 - - - -

Total 0.5 - - - -

The Government provided $0.5 million in 2009-10 as ex-gratia assistance to people who, on or after 29 September 2009, were still adversely affected by the floods that occurred in the Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of NSW in March 2009. This assistance is in addition to other support provided to the regions by the Government under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, including personal hardship and distress assistance to low-income earners and concessional loans to small business operators and primary producers.

To assist communities still impacted by the floods, one-off payments of $1,000 per household were made available until 18 December 2009 to homeowners who could demonstrate that, as a direct result of the flooding, their home still required repairs estimated to cost $1,000 or more.

Further information can be found in the press release of 20 November 2009 issued jointly by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Attorney-General.

NSW Mid-North Coast floods — assistance for November 2009 event

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 11.0 - - - -

Centrelink 2.0 - - - -

Total 12.9 - - - -

The Government provided $12.9 million in 2009-10 under the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment program to assist people adversely affected by the floods in the Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers regions of NSW in November 2009.

Payments of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child were made available to people who were seriously injured, whose principal place of residence was destroyed or significantly damaged, who were unable to return home, or who were isolated by the floodwaters for a period of 24 hours or more.

Further information can be found in the press release of 8 November 2009 issued by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

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Paid Parental Leave — implementation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink 0.4 3.5 4.3 2.9 2.3

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.3 2.9 0.1 0.1 0.1

Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman - 0.2 1.8 1.4 1.0

Total 0.7 6.6 6.2 4.4 3.3

The Government will provide $21.2 million over five years to support the implementation of the Paid Parental Leave scheme announced in the 2009-10 Budget. The measure is aimed at ensuring that employers and employees can access their rights, gain their entitlements and meet their responsibilities under the scheme.

Funding of $18.0 million over five years will be provided to Centrelink, the Fair Work Ombudsman and the Social Security Appeals Tribunal to ensure that:

• employers meet their obligations under the Paid Parental Leave scheme, including making payments to employees as required; and

• employers are able to seek a review of a decision that they must pay Paid Parental Leave to an employee (while all entitlements will be funded by the Government, from 1 July 2011 employers will usually be required to make the payment of Paid Parental Leave entitlements to employees).

Funding of $3.2 million will be provided to enhance existing Paid Parental Leave communication activities ($8.8 million over two years was provided in the 2009-10 Budget) to ensure employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities.

The Government’s Paid Parental Leave scheme provides 18 weeks of leave at the level of the national minimum wage to eligible new mothers from 1 January 2011.

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Reform of Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program in the Torres Strait

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 7.3 12.6 14.2 14.6

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 5.1 5.6 5.5 5.5

Department of Health and Ageing - 2.2 2.7 2.8 2.6

Centrelink - 0.6 1.4 0.8 0.8

Torres Strait Regional Authority - 0.5 -5.6 -18.0 -17.7

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -11.6 -17.7 -8.2 -5.7

Total - 4.0 -1.1 -2.9 0.0

The Government will provide $44.3 million over four years to reform the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program in the Torres Strait to bring it into line with the national reforms implemented on 1 July 2009.

The CDEP reforms will have an increased focus on work readiness, getting more people into jobs where opportunities exist, extending local training opportunities and promoting community development.

Reforms in the Torres Strait will be implemented over two years. From 1 July 2010 all CDEP participants will be required to be registered with Job Services Australia.

From 1 July 2011 new CDEP entrants will be required to look for work or participate in training while on income support. Grandfathering arrangements will be implemented to allow existing participants to continue to receive CDEP wages until 30 June 2012, with CDEP wages to be progressively removed from 1 April 2012.

The reforms will also provide a Jobs Package to allow for the conversion of CDEP positions into properly paid jobs that currently support government service delivery.

This measure will be funded from existing national community development funding ($38.5 million over four years) and by pausing indexation of the national CDEP program for two years from 2010-11 ($5.8 million over two years).

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Remote Service Delivery National Partnership Flexible Funding Pool — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 17.0 17.0 12.0 -

The Government will provide $46.0 million over three years to establish a Flexible Funding Pool to support the implementation of the Remote Service Delivery National Partnership agreement that targets 29 remote Indigenous communities.

The Flexible Funding Pool will allow the Government to respond flexibly and quickly to Indigenous communities’ priorities as identified in Local Implementation Plans. The Local Implementation Plans will be agreed with Indigenous communities, State and Territory governments and the Commonwealth Government.

Further information can be found in the Prime Minister’s Closing the Gap ministerial statement to Parliament of 11 February 2010.

Samoan tsunami and Sumatran earthquakes — assistance

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.5 - - - -

Centrelink 0.4 - - - -

Total 0.9 - - - -

The Government provided $0.9 million in 2009-10 to assist Australians adversely affected by the Samoan tsunami and Sumatran earthquakes on 30 September 2009 and 1 October 2009.

Payments of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child through the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment were made available to people who, as a direct result of the disasters, were: seriously injured; eye witnesses to the disaster events; the immediate family members of Australians who lost their lives; declared missing; or seriously injured.

The Government also made available one-off ex-gratia payments of $5,000 for funeral costs and related expenses to the immediate family of Australians who lost their lives as a consequence of either disaster.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 6 October 2009 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

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Social Security Appeals Tribunal — training

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2

The Government will provide $0.3 million over four years to provide Commonwealth administrative law training for appointees to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT). The training will be provided by the Australian Government Solicitor and will ensure SSAT appointees meet the requirement that they understand administrative law necessary for sound decision making, including the privacy and confidentiality aspects of the decision making process. The SSAT is the first level of external review of decisions made by Centrelink and the Child Support Agency about social security, family assistance and child support payments.

This measure continues the 2006-07 Budget measure Support for Social Security Appeals Tribunal (SSAT) Recruitment. Savings of $0.7 million over four years arise as the original measure also provided funding to train potential appointees to the SSAT.

South West Queensland floods — assistance

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 11.2 1.3 - - -

Centrelink 2.1 0.2 - - -

Total 13.3 1.5 - - -

The Government is providing $14.8 million over two years from 2009-10 under the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment program to assist people adversely affected by severe flooding in south-west Queensland in March 2010.

Payments of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child were made available to people who were seriously injured, whose principal place of residence was destroyed or was significantly damaged, who were unable to return home or were isolated by the floodwaters for 24 hours or more, or who experienced utility failure for 48 hours or more.

Further information can be found in the press releases of 4 March 2010 and 6 March 2010 issued by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

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Special Disability Trusts — greater accessibility

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - 0.3 .. .. ..

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - .. 0.1 0.2 0.3

Total - 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.3

The Government will provide $1.0 million over four years to amend the eligibility criteria and allowable uses for Special Disability Trusts, to make them more accessible and increase uptake.

Special Disability Trusts enable parents and immediate family members to put money aside for the future care and accommodation needs of a family member with a severe disability. Under Special Disability Trusts, up to $551,750 (indexed annually) and the family home can be kept in the trust without being counted as income or assets under the pension means tests for the beneficiary of the trust.

These changes will expand the definition of a beneficiary to include people with a disability who can work up to seven hours per week (excluding work in an Australian Disability Enterprise). In addition, this measure will amend the allowable uses for the trust to include all medical expenses, including membership costs of private health funds, maintenance expenses of Special Disability Trust property and discretionary spending of up to $10,000 per year.

This measure is in addition to the Australian Government’s initial response to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs report Building trust: Supporting families through Disability Trusts announced as part of the 2009-10 Budget.

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Streamlining notification processes for compensation recipients

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - 6.1 15.3 13.6 13.7

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.2 -7.1 -12.8 -14.3

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - -6.8 -10.6 -10.8

Total - 6.4 1.4 -9.7 -11.3

Related capital ($m)

Centrelink - 3.2 0.9 - -

The Government will require compensation payers, such as insurance companies, to notify Centrelink prior to making compensation payments to clients, from 1 July 2011. Centrelink will then use this information to assess the recipient’s ongoing entitlement to receive Centrelink benefits.

Currently, Centrelink recipients are required to notify Centrelink when they or their partner are entitled to receive a compensation payment. Centrelink then requests more information from the compensation payer. This measure will mean all compensation settlements will be advised to Centrelink directly by the compensation payer. Having Centrelink assess all compensation payments will reduce the risk of individuals receiving Centrelink benefits they are not entitled to.

This measure will provide savings of $9.1 million over four years.

Victorian storms — assistance

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 2.1 0.3 - - -

Centrelink 0.4 .. - - -

Total 2.5 0.3 - - -

The Government is providing $2.8 million over two years from 2009-10 under the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment program to assist people adversely affected by severe storms in Melbourne in March 2010.

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Payments of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child were made available to people who were seriously injured or whose principal place of residence was destroyed or was significantly damaged.

Further information can be found in the press release of 19 March 2010 issued by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Weekly income support payments to vulnerable Australians

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government is making weekly income support payments available for up to 12,000 vulnerable people to assist them to better budget their income, including to meet their rent payments. Le gislation allowing payments to be made weekly was passed in March 2010.

Making payments weekly rather than fortnightly will help reduce the risk of homelessness and delivers on the Government’s commitment announced in December 2008 in the White Paper on Homelessness: The Road Home.

While this measure has no impact on the expenses of the Commonwealth, there will be an impact on the underlying cash balance of $2.2 million over five years from 2009-10, reflecting additional costs associated with making the first week of a previously fortnightly payment in an earlier financial year.

Western Australian bushfires — assistance

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.6 - - - -

Centrelink 0.3 - - - -

Total 0.9 - - - -

The Government provided $0.9 million in 2009-10 under the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment program to assist people adversely affected by the bushfires in the Western Australian shires of Toodyay, Coorow and Dandaragan in December 2009.

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Payments of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child were made available to people who were seriously injured, whose principal place of residence was destroyed or was significantly damaged, who were unable to return home for 24 hours or more, or who experienced a utility failure for 48 hours or more.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 31 December 2009 issued by the Minister for Housing and the Parliamentary Secretary for Western and Northern Australia.

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FINANCE AND DEREGULATION

Australian Electoral Commission — funding for the forthcoming federal election

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Electoral Commission - 9.2 - - -

The Government will provide $9.2 million in 2010-11 to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to supplement funding for the forthcoming federal election.

The additional funding will give the AEC the capacity to meet increased election costs, including higher costs of casual staff, supplier costs and venue costs.

Central Budget Management System — comprehensive redevelopment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Finance and Deregulation nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

Related capital ($m)

Department of Finance and Deregulation nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will redevelop the Central Budget Management System (CBMS) underpinning the budget and financial management of the Australian Government. The objective of the redevelopment is to enhance the provision of timely and accurate financial information.

The cost to redevelop the CBMS will be met from the ICT Business As Usual Reinvestment Fund, established as part of the Review of the Australian Government’s Use of Information and Communication Technology, with expected annual savings from 2013-14 to be returned to the budget.

For commercial confidentiality reasons, the financial impact of this measure is not for publication.

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191

Data centre strategy — whole-of-government procurement arrangements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Finance and Deregulation - - - - -

The Government will provide $11.9 million over three years from 2010-11 to implement a whole-of-government data centre strategy for the procurement of data centre facilities and services. These arrangements will be applied to all agencies subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and will be made available to Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 bodies and other Australian jurisdictions.

The cost of this measure will be met from the ICT Business As Usual Reinvestment Fund, established as part of the Review of the Australian Government’s Use of Information and Communication Technology. Ongoing administration costs from 2013-14 will be met by participating agencies.

The whole-of-government procurement efficiencies from the data centre strategy are estimated to be around $1.0 billion over the next 10 to 15 years.

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters — implementation of recommendations

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Electoral Commission - 1.9 0.7 .. -2.8

The Government will implement a range of recommendations in the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Report on the conduct of the 2007 Federal Election and matters related thereto. This includes recommendations that relate to simplifying the evidence of identity requirements for enrolment, measures to encourage electoral participation and responding to increased demand for early voting.

This measure is budget neutral over four years to 2013-14.

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Major office machines — whole-of-government procurement arrangements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Finance and Deregulation 1.3 - - - -

Various Agencies - -0.8 -0.7 -2.0 -2.0

Total 1.3 -0.8 -0.7 -2.0 -2.0

The Government will establish a coordinated procurement arrangement for major office machines purchased by agencies subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. This arrangement will be available to Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 agencies and other bodies where appropriate.

The arrangement is expected to result in net whole-of-government savings of $4.2 million over five years to 2013-14 (including establishment costs of $1.3 million in 2009-10).

Superannuation governance and administration reform

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Finance and Deregulation 1.9 9.0 6.2 4.7 0.5

Comsuper - -0.5 -6.3 -7.3 -8.3

Total 1.9 8.5 -0.1 -2.6 -7.8

The Government will implement further reforms to improve the administration arrangements of Australian Government superannuation schemes. The reforms include outsourcing the administration of the Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan. They also include initiatives to improve member superannuation data, ComSuper’s IT infrastructure and defined benefits administration systems. The reforms will not affect members’ benefits or entitlements.

The reforms are expected to result in no net budget impact over the five years to 2013-14 and provide ongoing savings from 2014-15.

Further information can be found in the press release of 26 November 2009 issued by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

Finance and Deregulation

193

Sydney Airports Corporation Limited (SACL) stamp duty litigation — additional funding for trial and judgement review

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Finance and Deregulation - 1.9 - - -

The Government will provide $1.9 million to the Department of Finance and Deregulation in 2010-11 in relation to litigation in the NSW Supreme Court, regarding the stamp duty assessment issued by the New South Wales Government on the sale of the Commonwealth shares in the SACL.

Travel services — additional savings from whole-of-government procurement

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Finance and Deregulation - -8.2 -8.2 -8.2 -8.2

The Government has appointed 4 domestic airlines, 13 international airlines and 5 Travel Management Service providers to supply travel services across the Commonwealth Government to Public Service agencies as well as Parliamentarians and their staff.

The new arrangements will commence on 1 July 2010. This measure will save $32.8 million over the forward estimates period in respect of parliamentarians and their staff. This is in addition to savings of $128 million over four years for Public Service agencies.

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FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE

Australia’s civilian engagement in Afghanistan — an integrated whole-of-government approach

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - 60.3 44.5 - -

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 34.1 34.3 - -

Department of Defence - 19.6 - - -

Australian Federal Police - 13.8 16.6 - -

Total - 127.8 95.5 - -

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - -2.2 -1.2 .. -

Related capital ($m)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 16.9 - - -

AusAID - 4.0 - - -

Australian Federal Police - 1.2 0.5 - -

Total - 22.0 0.5 - -

The Government will provide $245.9 million over two years (including capital funding of $22.6 million) to enhance Australia’s civilian and police contribution to developing local capacity in Afghanistan, focusing on the Oruzgan Province.

This measure will support a whole-of-government approach to assist Afghan authorities to build capability at national and provincial levels in order to deliver security and enforce the rule of law. The funding will also enable AusAID to further increase humanitarian and development assistance to Afghanistan, and enable the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to maintain and strengthen Australia’s engagement with the Afghan Government.

As part of this measure, funding will be provided to Defence in 2010-11 to protect Australian Federal Police officers, other Australian Government employees and their contractors operating in Southern Afghanistan. This is in line with normal practices whereby Defence operations are funded on a year-by-year basis.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $3.5 million over three years as Australian Federal Police and Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

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195

The AusAID and Australian Federal Police components of this measure have been assessed as overseas development assistance eligible and will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

The measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

Australian Trade Commission — extension of TradeStart

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Trade Commission - - - - -

The Government will provide $14.4 million over four years to continue the TradeStart program. TradeStart, a co-funded partnership with State and Territory governments, is a national network of export assistance offices which assists small and medium-size enterprises, particularly in regional Australia, to become established exporters. TradeStart also assists established exporters to expand their markets.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Australia’s Contribution to the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - - - - -

The Government will provide $0.3 million over four years to fund Australia’s membership contributions to the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. The Secretariat provides support for work carried out under the Antarctic Treaty, including the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and the publication of the ATCM annual report. The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Baghdad Embassy — transition towards civilian security arrangements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 23.8 28.1 - -

Department of Defence - 9.2 -1.3 1.8 -

Total - 33.0 26.8 1.8 -

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - -1.2 -0.1 - -

The Government will provide $61.6 million over three years to continue security measures for the Australian embassy and staff in Baghdad. The funding will enable the transition of responsibility for key elements of security from the Australian Defence Force to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The reduction in expenditure for the Department of Defence in 2011-12 represents a reduction in forecast remediation costs.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $1.3 million over two years as Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Enhancing Australia’s engagement with India

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority - - - - -

Australian Sports Commission - - - - -

Australian Trade Commission - - - - -

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism - - - - -

Department of the Treasury - - - - -

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - - - - -

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - - - - -

Total - - - - -

Related capital ($m)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - - - - -

Australian Trade Commission - - - - -

Department of the Treasury - - - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $129.9 million over five years from 2009-10 (including $26.9 million in capital funding) to grow and strengthen Australia’s relationship with India. This measure will provide:

• $44.4 million over five years to the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund to support science and research cooperation between Australia and India;

• $60.6 million over four years (including $26.2 million in capital funding) to upgrade and expand Australia’s consulates and official presence in Mumbai and Chennai;

• $13.2 million over four years (including $0.4 million in capital funding) to establish a Trade Commissioner for Investment; a Trade Commissioner for Sport; a Treasury Minister-Counsellor; and a Resources, Energy and Tourism Counsellor;

• $6.0 million over four years (including $0.4 million in capital funding) to establish eight new trade offices in India to enhance Australia’s trade and commercial links with India;

• $5.2 million over five years to provide sport-based activities that aim to provide development opportunities for groups such as youth, women and people with a disability in targeted communities; and

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• $0.5 million over two years from 2009-10 to assist India enhance its sports anti-doping infrastructure in preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi, by providing specialist advice and training to the Indian National Anti-Doping Agency.

Provision for this funding has already been included in forward estimates.

This measure was announced by the Prime Minister on 12 November 2009.

National Security — enhanced intelligence capability

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Secret Intelligence Service - 1.5 - - -

Related capital ($m)

Australian Secret Intelligence Service - 0.3 - - -

The Government will provide funding of $10.1 million over two years (including capital funding of $0.3 million) to enhance the Australian Secret Intelligence Service’s intelligence gathering capability.

Provision for $8.3 million of this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Security — Improved Passport Integrity and Strengthened Issuance Systems

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 2.5 5.2 11.0 10.4

Department of Finance and Deregulation - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Total - 2.5 5.2 11.1 10.4

Related capital ($m)

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - - - 1.9 1.8

The Government will provide $100.8 million over six years (including $48.4 million in capital funding) to replace the existing passport IT system with a centralised system. The replacement system will more effectively meet the projected increase in passport demand and introduce greater security and fraud prevention systems.

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Of the $48.4 million in capital funding, $40.0 million will be offset from the ICT Business-as-Usual Reinvestment Fund, established as part of the Review of the Australian Government’s Use of Information Technology.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will return efficiencies of $0.3 million in 2013-14, $3.9 million in 2014-15, $6.0 million in 2015-16 and $6.1 million ongoing in subsequent years through the funding arrangements for passports.

The Government will provide $0.3 million over six years to the Department of Finance and Deregulation for Gateway assessments.

Overseas development assistance — climate change — bilateral partnerships

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - - 5.0 10.0 -

The Government will provide $15.0 million over two years for bilateral climate change adaptation and mitigation programs. Australia will work with partner countries to help them move onto low-carbon development pathways with a strong focus on the energy and transport sectors.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term and forms part of the Government’s international climate change financing commitment to 2012 under the Copenhagen Accord.

Overseas development assistance — contribution to stabilisation in northern Sri Lanka

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID 25.0 - - - -

The Government provided an additional $25.0 million in 2009-10 to support reconstruction efforts in northern Sri Lanka. The measure will support the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons and the rebuilding of infrastructure. This assistance is being delivered through the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations and non-government organisations.

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This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

Overseas development assistance — development accessible to all

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - 2.5 6.5 8.9 12.5

The Government will provide $30.2 million over four years to build capacity and leadership in disability and development. This measure will build AusAID capacity to address disability issues. It will also provide technical resources and assistance to partner governments, regional organisations and disabled peoples’ organisations to design and manage effective disability-inclusive activities.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

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Overseas development assistance — development partnership with Indonesia

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - 23.6 58.3 86.7 134.3

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5

Australian Maritime Safety Authority - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

Australian Transport Safety Bureau - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

Total - 27.2 61.9 90.3 138.0

Related capital ($m)

AusAID - 1.4 4.2 - -

The Government will provide $323.0 million over four years (including $5.6 million in capital funding) to enhance Australia’s development partnership with Indonesia. This measure will provide more scholarships through the Australia Awards program; improve access to health care for the poor and disadvantaged through the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Health System Strengthening; assist in economic and public sector reform through an extension of the Government Partnership Fund; provide AusAID with the resources and capacity to manage the expanding program; and provide training and technical advice through the Indonesian Transport Safety Assistance Package.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

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Overseas development assistance — enhancing education

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - 30.0 55.7 97.9 119.1

Related capital ($m)

AusAID - - 1.1 - -

The Government will provide an additional $303.7 million over four years (including $1.1 million in capital funding) to enhance Australia’s contribution to the education Millennium Development Goal. This measure will expand the Australia Awards program by providing 2,400 additional scholarships to strengthen leadership in developing countries and will provide more people with training and internationally recognised technical qualifications that prepare them for work. It will also support global efforts to get more children into primary school and ensure more children complete primary school with reading, writing and numeracy skills.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

Overseas development assistance — GNI methodology change

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - -207.8 -234.3 -269.5 -314.1

The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to increase spending on Official Development Assistance (ODA) to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015-16. Actual ODA funding levels over the forward estimates have increased by $736.6 million when compared with the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2009-10

levels due to a stronger economic growth outlook.

Implementation of new international accounting standards has had the effect of increasing Australia’s measured GNI. The Government has decided to delay the flow through of the additional ODA funding that results from the methodology changes while continuing to increase actual ODA funding and the ODA/GNI ratio over time. Delaying the flow through will result in a saving for the budget of $207.8 million in 2010-11 and $1.0 billion over four years.

Australia is the only OECD country to have adopted the new international accounting standards (the System of National Accounts 2008 (SNA08)).

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Overseas development assistance — increased assistance to Africa

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - 36.9 77.3 98.3 121.5

Related capital ($m)

AusAID - 5.9 7.1 - -

The Government will provide $346.9 million over four years (including $13.0 million in capital funding) to provide increased development assistance to Africa. This measure will expand the Australia Awards program in Africa by offering up to 1000 new short-term and long-term scholarships per year by 2012-13. It will also provide AusAID with the resources and capacity to manage an expanding aid program, as well as develop stronger regional and bilateral ties with Africa.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

Further information can be found in the press release of 3 September 2009 issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Overseas development assistance — investing in health

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

AusAID - 14.9 43.2 52.1 62.2

Related capital ($m)

AusAID - - 1.1 - -

The Government will provide $173.4 million over four years (including $1.1 million in capital funding) to enhance Australia’s contribution to achieving the health Millennium Development Goals in East and South East Asia, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Island countries and Timor-Leste. This measure will provide contributions to improve health facilities, training, medical supplies and immunisations, antenatal case services and counselling and treatment services for HIV.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

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Smartraveller information campaign — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - - - - -

The Government will provide $13.6 million over four years to continue the Smartraveller consular information campaign. Smartraveller promotes public awareness of the consular information and traveller registration tools provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The campaign encourages Australians travelling overseas to understand the safety and security risks they face and to take personal responsibility to mitigate these risks.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

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HEALTH AND AGEING

Addressing domestic violence — continuing training for health workers in regional and rural areas

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -

Medicare Australia - - - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $1.8 million in 2010-11 to continue providing incentives and support payments for practice nurses and Aboriginal health workers in regional and rural areas to undertake training to help them recognise the signs of domestic violence, and to assist them to provide appropriate referrals to available resources in the community.

Provision of this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Aged care — meeting demand for high-level aged care

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 21.6 10.5 4.2 -1.6

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - -7.9 -12.7 -12.1 -11.0

Total - 13.7 -2.2 -7.9 -12.6

The Government will redirect funding of $247.7 million over four years from high-level residential aged care to high-level community aged care to ensure new high-level community aged care places are made available as quickly as possible. This will be achieved by temporarily adjusting the balance between high level community care and high level residential care within the target ratio for operational aged care places. The Government’s overall target of 113 operational places per 1,000 people 70 years and over by 2011 will continue to be met.

This measure reflects the current preference of many older people to stay in their own home for as long as possible while accessing care services.

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Future funding arrangements for the delivery of aged care will be reviewed in light of the findings of the Productivity Commission inquiry into aged care.

This measure will provide savings of $9.0 million over four years due to the lower costs associated with delivering care at home, while increasing the number of high-level community aged care places.

Aged care assessment teams — continuation of funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - - - - -

Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $18.6 million over two years from 2010-11 to continue payments to the States and Territories announced in the 2006-07 Budget measure titled COAG Health Services — Improving arrangements for aged care assessments and access to Home and Community Care services and the 2004-05 Budget measure titled Investing in Australia’s Aged Care — improving assessment. This funding will ensure aged care assessment teams have the capability to undertake an adequate number of assessments in a timely manner to meet the demand for residential aged care.

As part of this measure, the Government will continue to provide incentives under the Aged Care Assessment Program to State and Territory governments that meet established benchmarks for timeliness, consistency and quality of aged care assessments.

Future funding arrangements for the delivery of aged care will be reviewed in light of the findings of the Productivity Commission inquiry into aged care.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

See also the related expense measure titled Aged care assessments — improving access and entry — continuation of funding in the Health and Ageing portfolio.

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Aged care assessments — improving access and entry — continuation of funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -

The Government will provide $15.9 million over two years to continue Commonwealth own-purpose elements of the 2006-07 Budget measure titled COAG Health Services — improving arrangements for aged care assessments and access to Home and Community Care services and the 2004-05 Budget measure titled Investing in Australia’s Aged Care — improving assessment. This funding will help to improve access and entry to residential and community aged care.

This measure will continue the Aged Care Assessment Program which provides support to teams across Australia undertaking aged care assessments — a necessary first step for ageing Australians before taking up a Government-supported residential aged care place. This funding will also help deliver national standards and coordination by providing training, learning and development tools and a range of development opportunities for State- and Territory-employed assessment team staff.

The Government will also continue to work with the States and Territories to streamline access to Home and Community Care services for ageing Australians through the national network of Home and Community Care Access Point Demonstration Projects.

Future funding arrangements for the delivery of aged care will be reviewed in light of the findings of the Productivity Commission inquiry into aged care.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

See also the related expense measure titled Aged care assessment teams — continuation of funding in the Health and Ageing portfolio.

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Australian Sports Commission — investing in Australia’s sporting success

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Sports Commission - 60.9 65.8 67.5 68.4

The Government will provide $324.8 million over four years to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), including $62.1 million already provided for in the forward estimates, to support the long-term sustainability of the Australian sport system, as

part of its final response to the Independent Sport Panel’s report The Future of Sport in Australia.

This measure will provide $195.2 million over four years for a range of sport initiatives at both the elite and community level, including:

• providing talent identification and development opportunities for up to an additional 5,000 athletes;

• increasing support for athletes to compete in international competitions;

• increasing direct support for up to 665 of Australia’s international and emerging athletes;

• providing additional support for the development of up to 112 national coaches; and

• education initiatives and coaching and officiating training for community sport.

This measure also includes $67.5 million over four years to continue support for the ASC’s high performance programs ($51.6 million), the Australian Paralympic Committee’s high performance programs ($14.9 million) and the broadcast of the 2012 London Paralympic Games ($1.0 million).

The Government will also continue to provide $62.1 million over four years to enable the Australian Institute of Sport to better support elite sport through coaching, talent identification and improved sports science and medicine.

Health and Ageing

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Bernie Banton Foundation — donation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -

The Government will provide $100,000 in 2009-10 to the Bernie Banton Foundation as a contribution to the Foundation’s fundraising campaign to assist asbestos disease sufferers and their families.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Health and Ageing.

Better access to radiation oncology services — further efficiency

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - -21.8 -22.2 -22.6 -23.0

The Government will cease funding for the capital component of the Better Access to Radiation Oncology (BARO) measure announced in the 2006-07 Budget.

The Government has provided $1.3 billion over six years from the Health and Hospitals Fund to support infrastructure to deliver a world-class cancer care system in Australia, including funding for capital and infrastructure costs of regional cancer

centres, in the 2009-10 Budget measure titled Health and Hospitals Fund — national cancer statement.

This measure will provide savings of $89.4 million over four years.

Blood products — assessing new listings

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.2 0.9 0.5 0.5

The Government will provide $3.1 million over four years to assess proposals to list new blood products under the National Blood Agreement. This will ensure that timely advice is provided to the Government; that these proposals are dealt with consistently and efficiently; and that publicly funded products and services reflect best clinical practice. Expert advice will be provided to support a rigorous and transparent assessment process.

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COAG Health Services — aligning services in rural and remote areas — more efficient arrangements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - -2.1 -2.1 -2.1 -2.1

The Government will cease funding the 2006-07 Budget measure titled COAG Health Services — aligning services in rural and remote areas, from 1 July 2010.

This measure has funded a strategy to consolidate and streamline health service delivery in communities with populations of less than 7,000 people. This strategy will now be delivered through the establishment of Local Hospital Networks and Medicare Locals under the National Health and Hospitals Network reforms.

This measure will provide savings of $8.4 million over four years.

Combating illicit drug use — continuation of media campaign funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - -1.1 -1.2 -0.8 -0.9

The Government will provide $21.2 million over four years to continue a national media campaign to promote the avoidance and cessation of illicit drug use.

This program is a component of the broader National Drugs Campaign that aims to reduce illicit drug use through social marketing campaigns and information distribution. This measure provides funding for campaigns aimed at reducing and reversing emerging trends in the use of illicit drugs. Current campaigns funded through this program focus on ecstasy, methamphetamine and cannabis use by young people.

Provision for funding this program has already been included in the forward estimates and this measure will provide savings of $4.0 million over four years through changing the focus of campaign activities.

Health and Ageing

211

Combating petrol sniffing — expanding the supply and uptake of Opal fuel

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 6.0 8.2 12.1 12.2

The Government will provide $38.5 million over four years to reduce the health and community impacts of petrol sniffing by expanding the voluntary roll-out of Opal fuel. By 2012-13, Opal fuel is expected to be available at an additional 39 petrol supply sites around 11 communities in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia.

Opal fuel contains lower levels of aromatic hydrocarbons, which eliminates the ‘high’ that can occur when petrol is sniffed. Its production, storage and distribution is subsidised by the Government to ensure it is competitive with regular unleaded petrol.

The funding will provide an additional subsidy per litre paid to the manufacturer of Opal fuel to cover the additional costs associated with the expanded distribution of Opal fuel, including the construction of additional storage facilities.

This measure also includes funding for a communications strategy to inform the community on the use of Opal fuel and a monitoring program to report on and evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative on the prevalence of petrol sniffing, including behavioural and community changes, and the incidence of people transferring to other substances.

Complementary programs to deliver diversionary activities in these communities, including youth services and sports and recreational facilities, will be provided from existing funding.

Community Care Grants and Flexible Care Grants — further efficiency

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing -0.5 -1.1 -1.2 -1.4 -0.8

The Government will decrease funding for the Community Care Grants program and the Flexible Care Grants program by reducing the number of establishment grants available to providers of Community Aged Care, Extended Aged Care at Home, and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia packages.

The funding decrease aligns with the declining number of applications for grants and is not expected to impact on the level of services provided. This measure will provide savings of $5.1 million over five years.

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The Government has committed to provide additional support for older Australians through the National Health and Hospitals Network package.

Department of Health and Ageing grant programs — reprioritisation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - -13.3 -18.6 -25.4 -31.5

The Government will redirect unallocated funding from a number of grant programs. Savings will be redirected to support other Government priorities in the Health and Ageing portfolio. No existing commitments will be affected.

This measure will provide savings of $88.9 million over four years.

Drought assistance — Mental Health Support for Drought-Affected Communities program — extension

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 5.5 - - -

The Government will provide $5.5 million in 2010-11 to continue the mental health component of the Mental Health — increased mental health services for drought-affected communities measure announced in the 2007-08 Budget. This component supports mental health professionals and community leaders to respond to the psychological impact of drought.

Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Medicare Australia 0.4 10.7 9.4 4.9 4.6

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - -7.3 -8.4 -7.7 -7.3

Department of Health and Ageing - -133.2 -113.7 -126.5 -117.5

Total 0.4 -129.8 -112.8 -129.2 -120.3

Related capital ($m)

Medicare Australia - 4.6 3.4 - -

The Government and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia have signed a new five-year Community Pharmacy Agreement to commence on 1 July 2010. The new arrangements will support the community pharmacy network and more patient-centred approaches and services, while also providing value for money for the Government and taxpayers.

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The agreement will see the Government provide an estimated $15.4 billion over five years from 2010-11 for community pharmacies (including $3.3 billion in 2014-15). This represents an increase of $3.8 billion over the previous agreement, which ends on 30 June 2010.

The new agreement will deliver gross savings of around $1.0 billion compared to the forward estimates, less $0.4 billion in additional funding, over five years from 2010-11. This will result in a net saving of $0.6 billion over the life of the agreement (including $112.7 million in 2014-15). The Government will provide $0.4 million in 2009-10 to Medicare Australia to implement necessary system changes.

Taking into account the funding to Medicare Australia, this measure will provide savings of $985.4 million over six years (including $207.7 million in 2014-15). Under the measure:

• the 40 cent payment for prescriptions processed using PBS Online by community and private hospital pharmacists will cease (saving $417.7 million);

• in 2010-11 and 2011-12, indexation applied to the dispensing fee, currently $6.42, will be frozen (saving $281.5 million);

• a number of underperforming professional pharmacy programs will cease (saving $226.4 million);

• private hospital pharmacy remuneration will be reduced in line with public hospital pharmacy counterparts (saving $35.3 million);

• in 2010-11, the indexation applied to the Community Service Obligation funding pool used to ensure timely delivery of medicines by wholesalers to pharmacies, will be frozen (saving $19.2 million); and

• the freight allowance paid to non-metropolitan pharmacists in Western Australia will cease (saving $5.3 million).

The measure will also provide funding of $375.3 million over six years (including $91.8 million in 2014-15) to implement new initiatives under the agreement. These include:

• a range of new patient-focused pharmacy programs including patient medication monitoring (at a cost of $285.5 million);

• a 15 cent payment to pharmacists for every prescription processed electronically with a National E-Health Transition Authority specifications (at a cost of $82.6 million); and

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• collection of data on pharmaceuticals that are priced below the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme general co-payment (currently $33.30) including patient, prescriber and dispenser demographic data (at a cost of $7.2 million).

In addition, the increase to the special handling fee announced in the 2009-10 Budget measure titled Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — Interim increase in the handling fee under the section 100 Remote Aboriginal Health Service Program, will be maintained at $2.69 (previously increased from $1.14) and indexed annually from 1 July 2010, at a cost of $13.9 million over six years (including $3.2 million in 2014-15).

Capital funding of $8.1 million will be provided to Medicare Australia over 2010-11 to 2011-12 to implement changes to payment systems.

Further information can be found in the press release of 3 May 2010 issued by the Minister for Health and Ageing.

Health Workforce — supporting nurses back into the workforce — redirection of funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - -1.3 -2.2 -2.5 -1.6

Department of the Treasury - -6.6 -8.8 -9.8 -6.3

Total - -8.0 -11.0 -12.3 -7.9

The Government will redirect funding for the 2008-09 Budget measure titled Health and Hospitals Reform — Health Workforce — supporting nurses back into the workforce. Existing participants will continue to be eligible for payments.

The Government will continue to ensure the health workforce will be able to meet Australia’s needs. The Government will spend a total of $1.2 billion as part of the National Health and Hospitals Network (NHHN) reforms to address current workforce constraints faced by general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals — see the new health workforce expense measures in the NHHN package.

As a part of the NHHN health workforce package, $531.6 million will be targeted at retaining and upskilling the nursing workforce.

This measure will provide savings of $39.1 million over four years, which will be redirected towards other priorities.

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Jigsaw Foundation — support for craniofacial surgery

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3

The Government will provide $5.0 million over four years to the Jigsaw Foundation to establish a Chair in Plastic/Craniofacial Surgery and fund several PhD research positions in the Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. This funding is conditional on the Jigsaw Foundation obtaining matched funding from the Victorian Government and other donors.

This funding will strengthen leadership in the Department of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery and enhance collaboration between clinical practice, education and research in craniofacial surgery.

Medicare Benefits Schedule — restructure of items to provide better primary care services

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing 1.5 -0.5 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4

Department of Veterans’ Affairs -0.1 -1.7 -1.7 -1.7 -1.6

Medicare Australia -0.1 -2.0 -2.1 -2.2 -2.3

Total 1.2 -4.3 -4.0 -4.2 -4.3

The Government will encourage the provision of better primary healthcare services by increasing rebates for long and complex consultations with general practitioners (GPs). The rules governing eligibility to claim these items will also be clarified.

From 1 May 2010 the Government has also streamlined the Medicare Benefits Schedule by merging items providing similar services, and simplifying the structure of other items, such as those for after-hours attendances and case-conferencing services.

This measure will provide savings of $15.5 million over five years.

Further information can be found in the press release of 14 December 2009 issued by the Minister for Health and Ageing.

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Medicare Benefits Schedule — new and revised listings

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Medicare Australia .. .. .. .. ..

Department of Veterans’ Affairs .. -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Department of Health and Ageing -0.2 -1.3 -1.4 -1.6 -1.8

Total -0.2 -1.4 -1.5 -1.7 -1.9

The Government will amend the Medicare Benefits Schedule and Veterans’ Benefits for new and revised listings since the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2009-10.

The amendments to the Medicare Benefits Schedule include:

• revision of two items and addition of five new items for cytogenetic studies, a branch of genetics that studies the structure and function of chromosomes using techniques such as banding and fluorescently labelled probes;

• revision of three items for the use of argon plasma coagulation in the treatment of intestinal bleeding;

• revision of three items to provide for Botulinum Toxin (Botox) injections for the treatment of dynamic foot deformity for patients of 18 years of age and older who have responded to this treatment as an adolescent; and

• the addition of six new items for the use of sacral nerve stimulation therapy for the treatment of certain urinary conditions.

Further information is available in the summary of changes included in the Medicare Benefits Schedule issued by the Department of Health and Ageing.

This measure will provide savings of $6.8 million over five years.

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Medicare Benefits Schedule — rebates for cataract-related items — revision

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing 10.9 12.4 13.0 14.1 15.3

Department of Veterans’ Affairs 0.8 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9

Total 11.6 13.5 14.0 15.1 16.2

The Government will modify elements of the 2009-10 Budget measure titled Medicare Benefits Schedule — ensuring the appropriate use of clinical procedures and adjusting to modern technologies that relate to the reduction in rebates for cataract operations. The schedule fee for these items will be reduced by 12 per cent, instead of 50 per cent.

The revision to this measure will result in reduced savings of $70.4 million over five years.

Medicare Benefits Schedule — removal of practice accreditation requirements for General Practice Focussed Psychological Strategies services

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - -0.3 -0.5 -0.5 -0.6

The Government will change the rules governing eligibility to provide Medicare-subsidised Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS) services. FPS services include cognitive therapy, workshops to improve patients’ communication skills and stress management techniques.

Currently, only doctors who work in practices that are accredited by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) can provide these services. From 1 July 2010, doctors will be able to provide Medicare-subsidised FPS services even if they do not work in practices accredited by the RACGP. This is expected to increase the total number of FPS services being provided to Australians with a mental illness.

This measure will provide savings of $1.9 million over four years, as FPS services are less likely to result in the prescribing of pharmaceuticals to the patient. FPS services also have lower Medicare safety net flow-on costs as they have higher levels of bulk billing which results in no out-of-pocket expenses for patients.

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Medicare Benefits Schedule — revision of access for specialist consultation items

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 2.1 3.7 4.4 5.2

Medicare Australia - 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2

Total - 2.5 4.0 4.8 5.6

The Government will provide $16.9 million over four years to extend access to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for three newly recognised medical specialties. From 1 November 2010, specialists in the fields of Sexual Health Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Sports and Exercise Medicine will be able to provide

Medicare-subsidised specialist attendance services.

National Binge Drinking Strategy — expansion

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 9.5 11.8 14.3 14.3

The Government will provide $50.0 million over four years to build upon existing initiatives designed to address binge drinking in the community. The measure will reduce visible alcohol promotion at public events, expand community-level programs to combat binge drinking culture and support people with alcohol misuse problems.

Funding of $25.0 million will be used to provide grants to local sporting and other organisations as an alternative source of sponsorship to fund their activities, replacing funding that may have been supplied by the alcohol industry. Further funding of $20.0 million will be spent on expanding community-level initiatives. In addition, $5.0 million will be spent on expanding existing telephone counselling services for people addressing alcohol problems, and possible expansion of existing social marketing campaigns.

This takes the Government’s commitment to the National Binge Drinking Strategy to a total of $103.5 million since the 2008-09 Budget.

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National Cord Blood Collection Network — continuation and increased funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 5.7 4.0 4.1 4.2

The Government will provide $18.1 million over four years to continue and increase the level of funding for the National Cord Blood Collection Network (also known as AusCord). The National Cord Blood Collection Network, which is jointly funded with the States and Territories, collects, processes and stores stem cells ready for transplantation to individuals with leukaemia, lymphoma and other similar life threatening diseases.

This increase in funding will improve the sustainability of the National Cord Blood Collection Network and bring funding in line with support for other blood products. The Government will continue to work with the States and Territories and the National Cord Blood Collection Network to ensure the supply of cord blood units is adequate to meet the needs of the Australian population.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — expand access to multi-purpose services

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 50.7 35.5 35.5 0.3

The Government will provide $122.0 million over four years to establish new, and increase the capacity of existing, multi-purpose services facilities. Up to 286 additional beds are expected to be available by 2012-13. Multi-purpose services provide a combination of services including acute care, residential aged care, community health, home and community care and other health-related services. These services ensure small communities who have difficulty supporting a range of independently run services have access to more coordinated and cost-effective services.

This measure will provide more flexible places in rural and regional areas to patients who require either sub-acute (geriatric, rehabilitation and interim care) or aged care services.

As a result, it is expected that this measure will free existing bed capacity in hospitals, providing around 33,000 more acute services each year when fully implemented.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health and the joint press release issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Ageing of 12 April 2010.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — expansion of zero real interest loans

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 72.1 72.1 0.4 0.4

The Government will provide an additional $300.0 million in zero real interest loans to assist in expanding the availability of residential aged care beds. These loans will be available to aged care providers to build or expand aged care homes in areas of high need, in particular those areas with higher numbers of long stay older patients. The additional funding will provide loans up to $120,000 per aged care place which will allow for an additional 2,500 places nationally. Loan recipients will pay interest at a rate equal to the Consumer Price Index.

The loans will be administered through two rounds, totalling $150.0 million in 2010-11 and $150.0 million in 2011-12.

In addition, the guidelines governing the Zero Real Interest Loan program will be modified by:

• expanding the definition of ‘high need area’, to include areas with higher numbers of Long Stay Older Patients in public hospitals;

• extending eligibility criteria to allow aged care providers to seek loans in respect of allocations of places that they already hold but have not yet succeeded in bringing those places into operation; and

• extending the repayment period for new zero interest loans from the current 12 years to 22 years.

The net impact of this measure will be $145 million over four years. Loans are treated as financial assets and therefore only the concessional interest cost of offering the loan impacts on the fiscal balance. The interest revenue foregone is an upfront cost to the Budget in the years that the funds are lent out, amortised over the life of the loan.

This measure builds on the 2008-09 Budget measure titled Health and Hospitals Reform — Aged Care — Residential aged care — zero real interest loans.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health and the joint press release issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Ageing of 12 April 2010.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — improving access to General Practice and primary health care

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 13.4 14.1 35.2 34.5

Medicare Australia 0.2 0.5 0.2 0.1 0.1

Total 0.2 13.9 14.2 35.3 34.6

Related capital ($m)

Medicare Australia - 0.3 0.1 - -

The Government will provide $98.6 million over five years to support additional primary care services for older Australians in aged care.

Funding will be used to target gaps in primary health care services by offering financial incentives to general practitioners, nurses, geriatricians and allied health professionals to provide bulk-billed health services, including call out and regular check up visits, to residents of aged care facilities.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health and the joint press release issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Ageing of 12 April 2010.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — improving the viability of community care providers

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 2.3 2.5 2.6 2.7

The Government will provide $10.1 million over four years to increase the viability supplement paid to eligible community care providers from 1 July 2010.

This funding will be used to pay community care providers in regional, rural and remote Australia the same incentives that are paid to residential care providers. These incentives recognise the additional cost for providers of services in these regions compared with metropolitan areas. The increased payment will be paid to eligible community care providers, multi-purpose services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flexible services.

This funding will further assist older Australians living in regional, rural and remote areas to continue to access high-quality community aged care close to where they live.

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Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health and the joint press release issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Ageing of 12 April 2010.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — increasing business efficiency

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.3 2.1 2.2 2.2

Related capital ($m)

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.3 - - -

The Government will provide $7.0 million over four years only (including $0.3 million in capital) to improve the business efficiency of aged care providers by establishing a new provider benchmarking system. The new benchmarking system will allow aged care providers to compare their operational and service performance with other providers, and identify areas where they can improve their performance. This information will also be available to consumers to inform their choice of an aged care service provider.

Eligible aged care providers will also have access to financial advisory services to improve their operational efficiency. This will include financial advice on strategic planning, business analysis, operational reviews and human resources management.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — protecting savings

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 5.3 5.1 5.2 5.3

Related capital ($m)

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.0 - - -

The Government will provide $21.8 million over four years (including $1.0 million in capital funding) to enhance the protection of accommodation bonds held by aged care providers by applying more stringent requirements on how accommodation bonds can be invested. In addition, criminal penalties for the misuse of accommodation bonds will be introduced.

Reporting requirements in relation to how bonds are used will also be strengthened. The Government will consult with consumers and industry with a view to putting the new arrangements in place by 1 July 2011.

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Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health and the joint press release issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Ageing of 12 April 2010.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — strengthening arrangements for complaints

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 9.6 11.9 12.7 13.7

Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency - 0.5 0.7 0.7 0.8

Total - 10.1 12.6 13.4 14.5

The Government will provide $50.6 million over four years to improve complaints handling processes for consumers of aged care services.

This measure increases funding for the Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme to improve its ability to respond to users of aged care services, or their relatives or advocates, who raise concerns or queries about the care they receive. Better access to mediation and conciliation services will also be provided through this measure.

Additional funding will also be provided for the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency to meet the likely rise in referrals from the expanded Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health and the joint press release issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Ageing of

12 April 2010.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Aged care — supporting long stay older patients

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.0 1.0 0.4 0.4

Department of the Treasury - - - - -

Total - 1.0 1.0 0.4 0.4

The Government will redirect funding of $276.4 million over three years from 2011-12 from high care residential aged care places to the State and Territory governments to provide similar levels of care for Long Stay Older Patients (LSOP) in public hospitals.

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This will cover patients who, after receiving acute medical attention and having been assessed as needing aged care, cannot be discharged until their care arrangements have been finalised.

As the numbers of LSOP are expected to decline over time as a result of other reforms announced as part of the National Health and Hospitals Network package, this measure funds up to 2,000 places in 2011-12, up to 1,700 places in 2012-13 and up to 1,400 places in 2013-14. The cost of these places will be met from within existing funding in the forward estimates for aged care places.

This measure also provides for the continuation of the existing LSOP initiative for a further two years to 2011-12. This initiative supports hospitals and multi-purpose services to deliver more flexible care to older people. Through this initiative the Commonwealth is providing $37.5 million per year to States and Territories, allocated on the basis of the population of aged persons in each State and Territory. The LSOP initiative was agreed by COAG in 2006 and was a 2006-07 Budget measure titled COAG Health Services — improving care for older patients in public hospitals.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network : Further Investments in Australia’s Health and the joint press release issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Ageing of 12 April 2010.

Provision for this funding, except for the implementation costs, has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Building the foundations for reform — information and awareness

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing 9.9 18.3 1.1 0.2 -

The Government will provide $29.5 million to deliver a national communications campaign to inform Australians about the changes and improvements to health services to be implemented under the National Health and Hospitals Network.

The campaign will fund national advertising, information products and a website to provide detailed information to consumers and health professionals about the individual initiatives and reforms.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — eHealth — personally controlled electronic health records

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 185.6 281.2 - -

The Government will provide $466.7 million over two years to establish the key components of the personally controlled electronic health record system for Australia. This secure online system will enable improved access to health care information, commencing in 2012-13.

This funding will provide the capability to produce nationally consistent patient health summaries from existing and compliant information sources. Patients who choose to participate will be able to securely access, and permit their healthcare providers to access, their health information. Personally controlled health records will over time be capable of incorporating a range of health information, such as a patient’s general health history, pathology and radiology summaries and prescription information. This will support more informed clinical assessments and decision making, improve continuity of care for patients and introduce efficiencies in health care service delivery.

The measure builds on the Healthcare Identifiers Service, which is being developed as a foundation service for eHealth initiatives in Australia. Healthcare identifiers will allow for accurate identification of patients and health care providers and provider organisations. Subject to the passage of legislation, $0.5 million per annum in existing funding will be provided to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for regulatory support in relation to health care identifiers in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

In order to fully realise the significant benefits of this Commonwealth investment, State and Territory governments will also need to continue their planned or expected investments in core health information systems. The States and Territories will also need to provide the complementary investments to build their capacity in readiness for connection to this national system.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — expansion of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.7 7.2 11.6 12.7

National Health and Medical Research Council - - 1.0 1.0 1.0

Total - 0.7 8.2 12.6 13.7

The Commonwealth Government will provide $35.2 million over four years to jointly fund, with the States and Territories, the continuation and expansion of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) to support improvements in safety and quality in health care. The Commission, which has been operating within the Department of Health and Ageing, will be established as a permanent and independent agency.

The Commission will help develop national clinical safety and quality guidelines and standards, and a national system of accreditation for care in hospitals, primary health care and mental health. The Commission will also undertake data analysis and more frequent reporting on clinical practice to support improved performance and to meet national reporting requirements.

National Health and Hospitals Network — General practice and primary care — coordinated diabetes care

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 4.3 9.8 179.2 242.7

Medicare Australia - 1.3 2.1 3.3 3.6

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - 0.1 0.1 0.7 0.8

Total - 5.7 12.0 183.2 247.0

Related capital ($m)

Medicare Australia - - 1.3 - -

The Government will provide $449.2 million over four years (including capital of $1.3 million) to improve the quality and coordination of primary health care services provided to people with diabetes from 1 July 2012.

Patients will have the choice to enrol with a general practice that will:

• receive pooled payments to be used for managing their care, including the development of a personalised care plan;

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• help organise access to additional specialist services they may need, such as care from a dietician, as set out in the personalised care plan; and

• be paid, in part, on the basis of their performance in keeping their patients healthy and out of hospital.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health of 12 April 2010 and the joint press release of 31 March 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Health and Hospitals Network — General practice and primary care — establishing Medicare Locals and improving access to after hours primary care

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 13.4 66.6 156.1 179.7

Medicare Australia - 0.6 .. 0.4 -

Total - 14.0 66.6 156.5 179.7

The Government will provide $416.8 million to establish a nation-wide network of Primary Health Care Organisations to be known as Medicare Locals, and improve access to after hours primary care.

Medicare Locals will be responsible for improving the delivery of primary care in local communities by better connecting hospital, general practices, allied health, aged care and Indigenous health services, making it easier for patients to get the care they need, after hours.

To ensure that all communities have access to general practice services after hours, $126.3 million over four years will be provided to establish high quality, integrated after-hours care services, coordinated by Medicare Locals.

After hours services will be accessible through a telephone-based advice and diagnostic service, staffed by nurses and general practitioners. Where necessary, the call centre will arrange for them to be seen by a general practitioner in their local community. The availability of general practitioner services, after hours, in local communities will be coordinated by Medicare Locals.

Medicare Locals will be responsible for a range of functions aimed at making it easier for patients to access more integrated care. For example, they will;

• facilitate allied health care services and support for people with chronic diseases, as identified in general practitioner care plans;

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• support collaboration between service providers; and

• identify groups of people missing out on general practitioner and primary care services, and better target services which respond to these gaps.

Where possible, Medicare Locals will be developed from existing Divisions of General Practice with approximately $180.0 million in contractual funding for Divisions being redirected to Medicare Locals following the completion of existing contracts. This is in addition to the $290.5 million in new funding for Medicare Locals announced in this measure. Medicare Locals will facilitate strong links to local communities, health professionals, and service providers.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health of 12 April 2010 and the press release of 12 April 2010 issued by the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Health and Hospitals Network — General practice and primary care — improved primary care infrastructure

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 56.7 179.4 119.1 -

The Government will provide $355.2 million over three years to improve access to primary health care by establishing an additional 23 GP Super Clinics and providing approximately 425 grants to expand existing general practices and primary care, community health and Indigenous medical services, to deliver GP Super Clinic style services.

GP Super Clinics will assist the delivery of multidisciplinary care services by co-locating general practitioners with nurses, allied health professionals and other health care providers in community settings. This will promote more coordinated and integrated care for patients, in particular for those with chronic and complex conditions.

The capacity building grants will be provided to existing facilities to assist the delivery of team-based care and provide GP Super Clinic-style services, including providing expanded accommodation for general practitioners and other health professionals, extended opening hours and clinical training facilities.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — General practice and primary care — improving access to primary care

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -

The Government will continue the 2006-07 Budget measure COAG Health Services — improving access to primary care in rural and remote areas. This measure provides emergency departments and outpatient clinics in state government hospitals with the ability to provide Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) eligible services. These arrangements apply to eligible emergency departments and outpatient clinics located in an area of workforce shortage, with a population of less than 7,000. State government hospitals are generally not permitted to provide MBS-eligible services as state hospital services are funded through the National Healthcare Specific Purpose Payment (between the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments) and are provided free of charge to patients.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates, including $2.0 million over four years to administer this program.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Hospitals — activity based funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.6 2.2 19.1 17.4

Department of Finance and Deregulation 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Total 0.1 1.7 2.3 19.2 17.5

Related capital ($m)

Department of Health and Ageing - 66.0 35.8 4.5 16.3

The Government will provide $163.4 million over five years to develop the infrastructure and applications framework needed to accelerate of the implementation of the activity based funding ahead of what was previously agreed to be implemented at COAG November 2008.

It will also enable the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority and National Performance Authority to analyse and report on relevant activity based funding data.

See also the related expense measures titled National Health and Hospitals Network — Governance — National Performance Authority and National Health and Hospitals Network — Governance — Independent Hospital Pricing Authority.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Hospitals — flexible funding for emergency departments, elective surgery and sub-acute care

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 125.0 25.0 25.0 25.0 -

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.2 0.2 0.1 -

Total 125.0 25.2 25.2 25.1 -

The Government will provide $200.4 million over four years from 2009-10 to increase hospital capacity and improve services to patients through a flexible funding pool for States and Territories to drive improvements to emergency departments, elective surgery and sub-acute care.

Further information can be found in the COAG communiqué of 20 April 2010.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Hospitals — four hour national access target for emergency departments — facilitation and reward funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - 150.0 100.0 100.0 150.0

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4

Total - 150.5 100.5 100.4 150.4

The Government will provide $501.9 million over four years to introduce a four-hour national access target to reduce the time taken to treat patients in public hospital emergency departments. Of this, $250 million will be provided from 2010-11 to help States and Territories move towards the new national four-hour target for emergency departments, with a further $250 million available in reward payments for those States and Territories that meet this target. The facilitation and reward payments will be made available to the States and Territories under a National Partnership Agreement.

The four-hour national access target for emergency departments will require hospitals to admit, refer or discharge patients within four hours of presenting at a hospital emergency department where it is clinically appropriate to do so. The implementation of the four-hour target will be staggered over time, so that it will first apply, in 2011, to those cases in the most urgent category of clinical need and will be progressively applied to the less urgent clinical triage categories so that by 1 January 2015, all triage category patients will be subject to the access target.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health of 12 April 2010 and the press release of 11 April 2010 issued by the Prime Minister.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Hospitals — four hour national access targets for emergency departments — capital funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 100.0 50.0 50.0 50.0 -

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.2

Total 100.0 50.4 50.4 50.3 0.2

The Government will provide $251.4 million over five years to expand capacity within the hospital system for emergency department treatment.

The expansion of emergency departments and associated facilities will help achieve the Government’s new four-hour national access target. This target will require emergency departments to admit, refer or discharge patients within four hours of presenting at a hospital emergency department where clinically appropriate. This funding will allow for the upgrade of public hospital emergency departments in order to meet these new targets and will be distributed on a needs basis.

See also the related expense measure titled National Health and Hospitals Network — Hospitals — four hour national access target for emergency departments — facilitation and reward funding in the Health and Ageing portfolio.

Further information can be found in the COAG communiqué of 20 April 2010 and the press releases of 11 April 2010 issued by the Prime Minister.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Hospitals — improving access to elective surgery — capital funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 75.0 50.0 25.0 - -

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.4 0.4 - -

Total 75.0 50.4 25.4 - -

The Government will provide $150.7 million over three years to boost elective surgery capacity in public hospitals.

Expanding the capacity to perform elective surgery will help to achieve the Government’s new national target for elective surgery and the National Access Guarantee for Elective Surgery. This target seeks to ensure that 95 per cent of elective surgery patients are seen within clinically recommended times by 2015. The guarantee seeks to ensure that elective surgery will be provided rapidly and free of charge to patients in either the public or private sector if the clinically recommended time for the

operation has elapsed.

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See also the related expense measure titled National Health and Hospitals Network — Hospitals — improving access to elective surgery — facilitation and reward funding in the Health and Ageing portfolio.

Further information can be found in the COAG Communiqué of 20 April 2010 and the joint press releases of 12 April 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Hospitals — improving access to elective surgery — facilitation and reward funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - 300.0 118.0 116.0 116.0

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5

Total - 300.6 118.6 116.5 116.5

The Government will provide $652.3 million over four years to reduce the waiting times for elective surgery in public hospitals. Of this, $300 million will be provided to the States and Territories in 2010-11 to help reduce elective surgery backlogs, with a further $350 million available in reward payments for those States and Territories that meet the announced targets. These funds will be made available to the States and Territories under a National Partnership Agreement.

The introduction of a National Access Guarantee for elective surgery from 1 July 2012 will mean that free treatment in public or private hospitals will be rapidly provided if patients wait longer than the clinically recommended time for elective surgery. The elective surgery target will specify that by the end of 2015, 95 per cent of all public elective surgery patients will be seen within the clinically recommended time.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 12 April 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Hospitals — new sub-acute hospital beds

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - 233.6 317.6 446.6 625.5

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4

Total - 234.3 318.2 447.1 625.9

The Government will provide $1.6 billion over four years to provide funding for at least 1,300 addition beds for sub-acute services.

Under the measure States and Territories will need to commit to and establish an agreed number of new sub-acute beds each year to receive a payment from the Commonwealth. These beds could be provided in public hospitals, as well as in private hospitals or in community settings. This funding will provide beds for palliative, rehabilitative and geriatric care, as well as sub-acute mental health treatment.

Further information can be found in the COAG Communiqué and the joint press release of 20 April 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 3.8 31.8 28.5 27.7

The Government will provide $91.8 million over four years to establish an Independent Hospital Pricing Authority to manage the development of national activity based funding arrangements and set the efficient price for public hospital services. In setting the efficient price of public hospital services, the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority will take into account the need to ensure reasonable and equitable access and clinical safety. Price determinations will recognise key factors such as remoteness and hospital size.

The Authority will also provide independent arbitration on cost allocation issues between the Commonwealth and States and Territories, and on cross-border charging between States and Territories.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Mental health — additional mental health nurses

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 5.3 7.7 - -

The Government will provide $13.0 million over two years to increase funding for the Mental Health Nurse Incentive program. The program funds community-based general practices, private psychiatric practices and other similar organisations to engage mental health nurses to assist in providing coordinated clinical care for people with severe mental health disorders.

Mental health nurses work in collaboration with psychiatrists and general practitioners to provide services such as monitoring a patient’s mental state, medication management and improving links to other health professionals and clinical service providers.

Further information can be found in the COAG communiqué and the joint press release of 20 April 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Mental health — expanding the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre model

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5

Total - 6.5 6.3 6.4 6.4

The Government will provide $25.5 million over four years to establish new Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centres (EPPIC) in partnership with states and territories. This measure will build on the EPPIC model currently operating in Victoria. EPPIC provides an integrated and comprehensive psychiatric service to help address the needs of people aged 15-24 with emerging psychotic disorders. Services provided include early intervention and clinical treatment.

Further information can be found in the Council of Australian Governments’ communiqué of 20 April 2010 and the joint press releases of 12 April 2010.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Mental health — flexible care packages for patients with severe mental illnesses

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Medicare Australia 0.1 0.1 .. -0.1 -0.1

Department of Health and Ageing - -3.0 5.2 2.5 1.4

Total 0.1 -3.0 5.1 2.4 1.3

The Government will provide $58.5 million over five years to establish personal multidisciplinary care packages for patients with severe mental illness.

The existing Access to Allied Psychological Services program will be expanded and enhanced to allow approximately 6,000 patients per year to receive a package of customised treatment. Customised treatment packages will cover a range of services, including those provided by allied health professionals such as mental health nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and social support services.

These packages will be coordinated through organisations such as Medicare Locals to be established under the National Health and Hospitals Network package.

This measure provides $5.9 million over five years, with the remaining costs to be met through the rationalisation of the Better Access to Mental Health Care program.

Further information can be found in the COAG communiqué of 20 April and the press release of 20 April 2010 issued by the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Mental health — more youth friendly services

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 10.8 19.9 23.8 24.3

The Government will provide $78.8 million over four years to establish up to 30 new Headspace sites, to provide additional funding to existing sites and expand telephone and web-based mental health services for young people. This investment will support an additional 20,000 young people a year once the new sites are established.

This measure builds on the existing headspace program which provides community-based support and assistance to Australians aged 12-25 with, or at risk of, mental illness.

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Further information can be found in the COAG communiqué and the joint press release of 20 April 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Health and Hospitals Network — National Performance Authority

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 22.3 23.6 29.4 34.2

The Government will provide $118.6 million over four years to establish a National Performance Authority to monitor and report on the performance of Local Hospital Networks, Medicare Locals and public and private hospitals. The National Performance Authority will provide transparent public reporting against new national standards. It will report on hospitals through Hospital Performance Reports, and on primary care through Healthy Community Reports. These reports will help Australians make more informed choices about their health services.

This measure also includes funding for the Department of Health and Ageing to ensure the Commonwealth can establish they key design principles for Local Hospital Networks and provide leadership to support their development.

The Government will partially offset the cost of the new governance arrangements by adjusting funding for the existing Hospital Accountability and Performance Program to ensure there is no duplication. This offset will provide a saving of $9.1 million ($5.1 million in 2011-12 and $3.9 million in 2012-13), resulting in an estimated net cost of this measure of $109.5 million.

In light of the significant National Health and Hospital Network reforms, the Government during 2010-11 will undertake a strategic review of the ongoing administrative arrangements within the Health and Ageing portfolio.

This measure forms part of the Government’s National Health and Hospitals Network package.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Prevention — national tobacco campaign — more targeted approach

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -

The Government will provide $27.8 million over four years to fund anti-tobacco social marketing campaigns to groups within the community that have been harder to reach by traditional methods.

New campaigns will be developed and delivered to highlight the danger of tobacco use to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with mental illness, prisoners and Indigenous Australians. These groups within the community have a higher rate of tobacco use and have shown a smaller decrease in tobacco use in response to previous Government anti-smoking messages.

Funding for this measure has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Prevention — plain packaging of tobacco products

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.3 1.0 0.2 0.1

The Government will provide $2.6 million over four years to implement plain packaging for tobacco products. This measure will prohibit the use of tobacco industry logos, colours, brand imagery and promotional text on tobacco products to continue efforts to reduce the level of smoking in the community.

Legislation regulating tobacco products will be changed so that, from 1 January 2012, tobacco packaging will contain only the brand name and product name in a standard font style, colour and position. These changes are designed to reduce the attractiveness and appeal of tobacco products to consumers and increase the prominence of health warnings.

Further information can be found in the press release of 29 April 2010 issued by the Prime Minister.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — rebalancing financial responsibility in the federation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - - 321.1 356.7 384.0

Department of the Treasury - - -38.1 -61.7 -77.0

Total - - 283.0 295.0 307.0

Related revenue ($m)

Department of Health and Ageing - - 283.0 295.0 307.0

On 20 April 2010, the Council of Australian Governments, with the exception of Western Australia, agreed to establish a National Health and Hospitals Network. In establishing the National Health and Hospitals Network, the Government will become the majority funder of public hospital services, and take full funding and policy responsibility for GP, primary health care, and aged care.

This measure will be implemented from 2011-12. The Commonwealth will fund its increased responsibilities through a combination of:

• the current National Healthcare Specific Purpose Payment (SPP);

• an agreed amount of GST retained and dedicated to health and hospital services, estimated to be around one-third of total GST; and

• from 2014-15, additional top-up funding paid by the Commonwealth, reflecting its greater responsibility for financing growth in health costs.

Through the years 2011-12 to 2013-14, the amount of dedicated GST will be determined annually based on actual health expenditure of the States and Territories for agreed responsibilities. This approach ensures that the rebalancing of financial responsibility is budget-neutral over the forward estimates period.

Current estimates of retained and dedicated GST are $13.7 billion in 2011-12, $14.9 billion in 2012-13 and $16.3 billion in 2013-14. These estimates are based on projections using data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Further details of the allocation of responsibilities under the NHHN, and data and payment methods are to be agreed with the states and territories. These estimates exclude Western Australia.

The amount of dedicated GST will be fixed from 2014-15, based on 2013-14 health care costs and indexed annually at the rate of overall GST growth.

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From 2014-15, the Commonwealth will provide additional funding, over and above the existing National Healthcare Specific Purpose Payments and the fixed dedicated share of GST, in order to meet its new health care funding responsibilities. Under the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement, the Commonwealth has guaranteed to pay no less than $15.6 billion in such top-up payments to the States and Territories between 2014-15 and 2019-20.

The changes to roles and responsibilities for Home and Community Care and related programs required the transfer of funding shown in the table above between the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments. The reduced expense for Treasury reflect the changes to roles and responsibilities are budget neutral over the forward estimates, funded through a reduction in the National Healthcare Specific Purpose Payment. The increased expense for the Department of Health and Ageing is to pay for people aged 65 and over (50 and over for Indigenous people) accessing services through the Home and Community Care program and specialist disability services under the National Disability Agreement. The related revenue is funding from State and Territory Governments to pay for people aged under 65 (under 50 for Indigenous people) in residential aged care or using packaged aged care programs.

Further information can be found in the Council of Australian Governments’ Communiqué of 20 April 2010.

Further details of these new arrangements are provided in Budget Paper No. 3.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — building nursing careers

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.6 4.8 7.0 7.6

The Government will provide $21.0 million over four years for an additional 600 enrolled nursing training places and 300 undergraduate nursing scholarships, commencing in January 2011. These training places and scholarships will be specifically for people working in the aged care sector.

Under this measure, $18,000 will be provided to registered training organisations for each enrolled nursing training place provided. Scholarships of $30,000 will be provided to aged care workers undertaking an undergraduate course in nursing. These payments will cover the entire period of training or study.

This measure builds on current workforce training programs that provide training support for people already working in the aged care sector who wish to upgrade their skills and continue their career in aged care.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — expanding clinical placement scholarships for allied health students

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6

The Government will provide $6.5 million over four years to provide 100 additional clinical placement scholarships per year for allied health students who, as part of their studies, undertake clinical placements for up to six weeks in rural and remote communities.

The scholarships will enhance allied health services in regional areas and will be available to students in disciplines such as psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and podiatry.

This measure builds on the 2008-09 Budget measure titled Health and Hospitals Reform — Rural Health — Australian Allied Health Rural and Remote Clinical Placement Scholarship program.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health of 12 April 2010.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — exploring regulation of the personal care workforce

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.1 1.5 0.8 -

The Government will provide $3.5 million over three years to explore a national scope of practice and competency framework for personal care workers and assistants in nursing, including in aged care facilities.

Currently, there is no national standard approach to regulation or setting of minimum qualifications for the approximately 121,000 personal care workers and assistants in nursing in Australia. This will provide a basis for a proposal to consider registration of personal care workers as part of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — more general practice training rotations for junior doctors

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

General Practice Education and Training Limited - 19.1 24.9 32.3 32.8

Department of Health and Ageing - 7.0 8.9 11.5 11.7

Medicare Australia - 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Total - 26.4 34.1 44.2 44.9

The Government will provide $149.6 million over four years to deliver, by 2012-13, approximately 575 additional places per year in the Prevocational General Practice Placement program. When combined with existing initiatives this is expected to bring the total number of annual places up to 975 by 2013. The program provides opportunities for junior doctors to gain clinical experience in primary care with the aim of encouraging them to take up general practice as a career.

These new places are in addition to the 2009-10 Budget measure titled Prevocational training for doctors in general practice.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health of 12 April 2010 and the joint press release of 15 March 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — more places on the General Practice Training Program

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

General Practice Education and Training Limited - 2.6 11.1 26.0 44.8

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.6 19.2 76.3 158.5

Medicare Australia - - 0.2 1.0 2.1

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - - 0.2 0.7 1.4

Total - 3.3 30.8 104.0 206.9

The Government will provide $344.9 million over four years to increase the number of General Practitioner (GP) training places, to improve access and availability of GP services and help take pressure off the hospital system.

The number of GP training places will grow to 900 in 2011 and up to 1,200 from 2014.

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Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health of 12 April 2010 and the joint press release of 15 March 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — nurse practitioners

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 2.1 6.8 6.3 3.4

The Government will provide $18.7 million over four years for projects to develop, test and evaluate workforce models for the use of nurse practitioners in aged care. These projects will allow aged care facilities to identify workforce models that work well, and then promote these models across the aged care sector, providing better access to primary care for aged care residents.

This proposal builds on the findings from a pilot study into the use of nurse practitioners in aged care. The study found that nurse practitioners played a valuable role in improving resident care, in educating and encouraging other staff, and in

liaising with other medical professionals.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — research into aged care staffing levels

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.3 0.3 - -

The Government will provide $0.5 million over two years to conduct research into aged care staffing levels. Research will examine the relationship between staffing and the quality of care, supervision and support for residents with particular types of care needs.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — rural locum scheme for allied health professionals

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3

The Government will provide $5.3 million over four years to establish a rural locum scheme for allied health professionals. The scheme will provide around 100 locum placements annually, allowing allied health professionals, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and podiatrists, in rural areas to undertake professional development opportunities and take leave.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health of 12 April 2010.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — rural locum scheme for nurses

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 7.9 6.9 6.9 7.1

The Government will provide $28.8 million over four years to establish a rural locum scheme for nurses. The scheme will allow nurses in rural areas to take leave and undertake continuing professional development.

The locum service will provide around 750 locum nurses per year with living costs assistance, including accommodation and travel support. It will also provide a locum allowance to improve the attractiveness of locum posts.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — support for practice nurses

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Medicare Australia - 2.1 0.5 0.7 0.5

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.3 66.7 140.7 161.3

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - - 3.4 6.2 6.4

Total - 2.5 70.7 147.6 168.2

Related capital ($m)

Medicare Australia - 1.4 - - -

The Government will provide $390.3 million over four years (including capital costs of $1.4 million), to introduce a new practice nurse grants initiative, which will replace existing incentives for general practices to engage practice nurses. This new initiative will be available to general practices that are accredited to access the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and will subsidise the cost of hiring a practice nurse. Practices will receive $25,000 towards the cost of the salaries of registered nurses and $12,500 towards the salaries of enrolled nurses. These payments will be limited to a maximum of five full-time equivalent nurses per practice.

One-off grants of $5,000 will also be provided to practices seeking to attain PIP accreditation. This funding will help cover the costs of attaining accreditation, such as increased staff training and appropriate vaccine storage requirements.

These changes will come into effect on 1 July 2011.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — supporting a professional aged care workforce

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -

The Government will provide $211.2 million over four years to refocus the existing aged care workforce development programs to deliver more flexible training initiatives that will improve clinical care, assist industry recruitment and retention and create career paths in aged care.

This measure will help increase the number of registered and enrolled nurses in residential aged care by:

• providing more targeted education and support for registered nurses through improved clinical training and placements in aged care homes, including the provision of clinical supervisor positions;

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• facilitating the establishment of teaching nursing homes;

• offering financial incentives for aged care providers operating structured graduate programs; and

• restructuring the undergraduate scholarship scheme to encourage nurses to return to the workforce.

This measure will also focus on improving clinical governance within the aged care sector through more targeted postgraduate scholarships, with specific provision for nurse practitioners and clinical leadership training and mentoring skills.

The training to be offered under this measure will include short courses, certificate qualifications, undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships and clinical placements.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — training and education incentive payments

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 11.3 14.3 17.0 17.4

The Government will provide $59.9 million over four years for incentives to aged care workers to undertake further studies to enhance their career as a personal carer, an enrolled nurse or a registered nurse. Incentive payments will be made in two instalments, one for commencement of studies and the second payment on completion of the qualification.

Incentive payments under this measure will include the following:

• Certificate III and IV — $500 on commencement of study, $500 on completion;

• Enrolled Nurse — $1,000 on commencement of study, $1,500 on completion; and

• Registered Nurse — $2,000 on commencement of study, $3,000 on completion.

This measure builds on current workplace training programs that support people working in the aged care sector, and will reward existing aged care workers who undertake further studies to upgrade qualifications and build their career in aged care.

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National Health and Hospitals Network — Workforce — training specialist doctors

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 14.0 28.8 43.4 58.4

The Government will provide $144.5 million over four years to enhance and expand the existing Specialist Training program. The Specialist Training program currently provides approximately 360 places per year to enable medical specialist trainees to rotate through an expanded range of settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals. This measure will provide for an increase of training places sufficient to bring the total number of annual places up to 900 by 2014.

Further information can be found in the publication A National Health and Hospitals Network: Further Investments in Australia’s Health of 12 April 2010 and the joint press release of 15 March 2010 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Health and Ageing.

National Male Health Policy — Building on the strengths of Australian males

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -

The Government will invest $16.7 million to assist in addressing male health challenges in Australia. The measure will provide:

• $3.0 million for the Australian Men’s Sheds Association. Men’s sheds provide a valuable meeting place in the community setting;

• $6.9 million to establish the first Australian longitudinal study into the social, economic and behavioural determinants of health that affect the length and quality of life of Australian men;

• $6.0 million to promote the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men in their communities, and encourage them to actively participate in their children’s and families’ lives, particularly during the antenatal period and in early childhood;

• $0.4 million for regular bulletins on male health to further build the evidence base in male health and inform health professionals, policy developers and consumers;

• $0.4 million to develop health promotion materials targeting males at key transition points in life; and

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• $50,000 to support GPs to better engage with and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males through the Andrology Australia forum in June 2010.

The National Male Health Policy sets out six priority areas for investment. It recognises that while the life expectancy of the Australian man at 78.7 years is among the highest in the world, this is still five years shorter than the expected life of an Australian woman at 83.7 years.

Funding from this measure will be met from within existing resources.

Further information can be found in the press release of 6 May 2010 issued jointly by the Prime Minister, Minister for Health and Ageing and Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health.

Penrith Valley Sports Hub — contribution

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.0 - - -

The Government will provide $1.0 million in 2010-11 as a final instalment to fulfil its 2007 election commitment of $5.0 million for the construction of improved sporting facilities in Penrith, NSW. This funding will contribute towards upgrading the existing grandstand facilities and delivering improved public amenities at Penrith Football Stadium. It will also provide for an expanded cricket facility at Howell Oval, including new change rooms and multi-purpose rooms to be used for sports administration and sports injury treatment. This measure will facilitate increased use of the sports hub by a range of community and sporting groups.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs — more cost-effective arrangements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - nfp nfp nfp nfp

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - nfp nfp nfp nfp

Total - - - - -

The Government will implement more cost-effective arrangements for funding biological disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (bDMARDs) listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. These new arrangements will only apply to bDMARDs used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Under the new arrangements the price paid by the Government (the PBS listed price) for bDMARDs will be reduced. The level of price reduction will be determined following negotiation with the manufacturers of affected drugs. In addition, new restrictions will apply for patients receiving bDMARDs treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. The current access restrictions will be modified to allow up to five bDMARDs treatment courses in a lifetime.

Both the price reduction and the restrictions changes will be consistent with the December 2009 recommendations of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — community information on generic medicines

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 4.2 2.7 1.6 1.6

The Government will provide $10.0 million over four years to the National Prescribing Service to develop and implement a public awareness and education campaign about the safety and effectiveness of generic medicines.

The National Prescribing Service provides information on medicines and resources for consumers and health professionals.

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — further pricing reform

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - -2.0 -10.9 -29.0 -29.2

Department of Health and Ageing - -28.7 -180.2 -499.4 -517.2

Total - -30.7 -191.2 -528.4 -546.4

The Government will introduce further reforms to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS), negotiated and agreed with Medicines Australia, to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the PBS and RPBS.

There will be changes to the way prices are determined for medicines on Formulary 2 (F2). F2 medicines are those listed on the PBS and RPBS that currently attract a statutory price reduction when a single brand medicine becomes subject to direct competition, usually when a patent expires.

Pricing of F2 medicines will be reduced firstly by strengthening price disclosure and secondly, by implementing three statutory price reductions.

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From 1 October 2010 all F2 medicines will be subject to price disclosure. Price disclosure requires the manufacturer to disclose to the Government the actual price at which the medicine is sold to wholesalers and pharmacies. Over time the price that the Government pays for these medicines will be reduced to reflect the price at which manufacturers are able to supply medicines to the market.

In addition to strengthening price disclosure three further statutory price reductions will be applied to F2 medicines. There are currently two sub-groups of F2 medicines, F2A and F2T. F2T medicines are those F2 medicines which, under previous PBS reforms, were identified as having a significant difference between the price paid by the Government and the price sold to the market. F2A medicines were those medicines where no significant price difference was identified. These sub-groups will be combined on 1 October 2010 and the following price reductions will occur:

• the statutory 12.5 per cent price reduction that currently occurs when medicines move from F1 (single branded medicines) to F2, will be increased to 16 per cent. This change will apply to medicines moving from F1 to F2 on or after 1 February 2011;

• a 2 per cent price reduction to medicines formerly identified as F2A medicines will occur on 1 February 2011, in addition to the scheduled 2 per cent price reduction on 1 August 2010; and

• an additional 5 per cent price reduction to medicines formerly identified as F2T medicines will occur on 1 February 2011.

This measure will provide savings of $1.9 billion over five years (including $570.9 million in 2014-15).

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Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — minor new listings

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing 6.8 18.7 26.8 34.6 40.9

Department of Veterans’ Affairs 0.3 0.9 1.4 1.8 2.1

Medicare Australia 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.4

Total 7.1 19.7 28.4 36.7 43.3

Related revenue ($m)

Department of Health and Ageing nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government has agreed to a number of minor new listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme since the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2009-10, at a cost of $135.1 million over five years. This includes funding for administering payments through Medicare Australia. Pricing agreements negotiated between the Government and the drug manufacturers allow for offsets to the gross cost of some of the minor new listings.

The minor new listings (including extensions to current listings) are medicines that have been listed at either no additional cost to the Budget (because they replace existing listings) or at an estimated cost of less than $10.0 million per annum per listing.

Minor new listings include:

• Atripla®, for the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus;

• Effient®, for the treatment of acute coronary syndrome;

• Sutent®, for the treatment of certain tumours in the digestive tract; and

• Volibris®, for the treatment of increased blood pressure in the lungs.

Further information can be found in the press releases of 1 October 2009, 1 November 2009, 1 December 2009, 1 January 2010, 1 April 2010 and 1 May 2010 issued by the Minister for Health and Ageing and the updates to the Schedule of Pharmaceutical Benefits issued by the Department of Health and Ageing.

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Port Augusta magnetic resonance imaging unit — discontinuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - -1.2 -1.2 -1.2 -1.2

The Government will not proceed with the initiative to provide Medicare eligibility for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit in Port Augusta, South Australia.

The Government was unable to identify a suitable operator able to provide a viable, ongoing Medicare-eligible MRI service as part of a comprehensive radiology practice. As a result, the Government is unable to proceed with this initiative.

This measure will provide savings of $4.8 million over four years.

Practice Incentives Program — changes to incentive payments for cervical cancer screening

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Medicare Australia - 0.3 .. - -

Department of Health and Ageing - - -8.0 -7.9 -8.0

Total - 0.3 -8.0 -7.9 -8.0

Related capital ($m)

Medicare Australia - 0.1 - - -

The Government will increase the target that general practices need to achieve in order to receive the Cervical Screening Incentive payment that is available under the Practice Incentives Program.

Practices that screen 50 per cent of eligible patients (women aged between 20 and 69 years of age) currently receive the Cervical Screening Incentive payment. This measure will lift that target to 65 per cent, encouraging practices to screen more eligible women. The increased screening activity will lead to improved early detection and diagnosis of cervical cancer.

This measure will provide savings of $23.5 million over four years.

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Private health insurance — supporting lifetime health cover

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

Medicare Australia - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

Total - 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

Related revenue ($m)

Department of Health and Ageing - 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6

The Government will continue to provide information about the lifetime health cover surcharge to individuals who are approaching their 31st birthday and new migrants approaching the one-year anniversary of being eligible for Medicare payments. The lifetime health cover surcharge adds a financial loading to private health insurance premiums to encourage people to take out private health insurance earlier in life and to maintain their cover. A mailout to these individuals will reduce the risk of them making decisions without having information about the lifetime health cover surcharge.

The cost of this measure will be met from contributions from private health insurers.

Professional Services Review — supporting more investigations of inappropriate practice

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Professional Services Review - 2.0 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $2.0 million in 2010-11 to the Professional Services Review (PSR) to expand the number of investigations of inappropriate practice by health care professionals.

The PSR has had a substantial increase in its caseload following the expansion of Medicare Australia’s compliance audit program announced in the 2008-09 Budget measure titled Responsible Economic Management — Medicare Benefits Schedule — increase compliance audits. This measure provided increased audit powers, including access to medical records where appropriate, to assist Medicare Australia in ensuring the appropriate claiming of items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule. This funding will assist the PSR in managing the increased caseload from a larger number of medical professionals being referred since the implementation of Medicare Australia’s compliance audit program.

The finalisation of these cases within a reasonable timeframe assists the Government in limiting inappropriate practice and referrals, which in turn helps to maintain the integrity of the Medicare Benefits Scheme and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

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Revised arrangements for efficient funding of chemotherapy drugs

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 37.0 20.6 6.3 7.9

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - 3.2 2.0 1.6 1.6

Medicare Australia 0.1 1.9 1.7 0.8 0.5

Total 0.1 42.1 24.3 8.7 10.0

Related capital ($m)

Medicare Australia - 1.7 1.1 - -

The Government will implement new arrangements to reduce wastage in the dispensing of intravenous drugs used for chemotherapy treatment. These new arrangements replace the 2008-09 Budget measure titled Responsible Economic Management — Chemotherapy Drugs — more efficient arrangements. The arrangements have been negotiated, and agreed, with the Pharmacy Guild of Australia, on behalf of relevant stakeholders.

Drugs used for chemotherapy treatment are provided in vials of varying size and this measure will ensure pharmacists are remunerated in a manner which encourages efficient use of vial sizes. Current arrangements result in some infusions being prepared in excess of the prescribed amount or being prepared and not used by the patient.

A new infusion fee of $68.75 will be provided to pharmacists for each infusion in addition to the standard dispensing fee, currently $6.42.

As these revised arrangements deliver a smaller level of savings than the 2008-09 Budget measure, the revised arrangements impose a cost to the Budget of $95.4 million over six years (including $7.4 million in 2014-15).

Rural Health — additional funding for cataract surgery

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - 1.0 1.1 1.3 1.6

The Government will provide $5.0 million over four years to provide additional cataract eye operations to patients in rural and remote areas of Australia. These services will be provided through the existing Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (MSOAP), which provides financial assistance to specialists to cover the costs of travelling to rural and remote locations to provide clinical services.

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This measure will also provide funding to the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists to administer a database of eye specialist s willing to be part of MSOAP, and to promote the availability of these services.

Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump program — increased subsidies

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing -0.5 0.5 .. -0.3 -0.2

The Government has increased the maximum subsidy for insulin pumps available under the Type 1 Diabetes Insulin Pump program from $2,500 to 80 per cent of the pump price, capped at $6,400. This program was introduced in 2008-09 to assist with the cost of purchasing an insulin pump for eligible people under the age of 18 who have type 1 diabetes and a clinical need for an insulin pump.

The program continues to be means-tested with the maximum subsidy available to eligible young people with an annual family income of up to $64,240, gradually reducing to $500 or 10 per cent of the pump price (whichever is greater) where annual family income is up to $101,045, and no subsidy where annual family income exceeds $101,045. The income thresholds will be indexed on 1 July each year.

Funding for the Insulin Pump program will remain capped at $5.5 million over four years to 2011-12.

Further information can be found in the press release of 7 February 2010 issued by the Minister for Health and Ageing.

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Western Australia’s Children’s Health Telethon — donation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $1.5 million in 2009-10 to Channel 7’s 2009 Annual Telethon Appeal. The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is a charitable trust supporting children’s health in Western Australia. Funds raised support the work of the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research and the Telethon Speech and Hearing Centre.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Departments of Health and Ageing; Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; and Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

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HUMAN SERVICES

An Innovation and Higher Education System for the 21st Century — Student income support — additional funding for service delivery

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink 2.2 7.3 7.1 7.1 6.3

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.1

Total 2.2 7.7 7.2 7.2 6.4

Related capital ($m)

Centrelink 4.6 0.4 0.3 - -

The Government will provide $36.1 million over five years (including $5.4 million in capital over three years) for service delivery costs associated with implementing reforms to student income support announced in the 2009-10 Budget. The reforms aim to create a fairer and more equitable allocation of Government support to students.

The additional funds will enable Centrelink to implement changes to the eligibility requirements for Youth Allowance, including the criteria for independence and the personal income tests. These changes will provide greater access to Youth Allowance for people from lower income backgrounds. The funding also supports implementation of the Relocation Scholarship and the extension of Youth Allowance to eligible students studying a masters by coursework, and provides additional resources for the Social Security Appeals Tribunal to ensure people affected by this measure have access to their appeal rights.

See also related expense measure titled Student income support — extending eligibility.

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Child Support Income Estimates — transitional arrangements and long-term solution

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Human Services - - - - -

The Government will improve the process for reconciling estimated parental income against actual income levels by reducing the income estimate period to a maximum of 12 months. This change will align a customer’s income estimates to a financial year, which will simplify and reduce the cost of the reconciliation process. The change will commence from 1 July 2010. The Government will introduce transitional arrangements to manage the reconciliation process for income estimates that arise before 1 July 2010 by auditing only those estimates most at risk of an underestimate or where the customer has requested an audit.

The cost of this measure will be met from existing resources within the Department of Human Services.

Drought assistance — mobile service and rural servicing support — extension

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.7 million in 2010-11 for two mobile offices (drought buses) and associated support staff to maintain the Australian Government Drought Assistance Mobile Service. The funding provides for Centrelink staff, including specialist Rural Services Officers and a social worker, to provide a range of services for families living in drought-affected areas without a Centrelink Customer Service Centre. The service will also facilitate customer access to other Australian, state and local government initiatives from one place.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of Centrelink.

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Fraud prevention and compliance — Centrelink debts — improvements to the tax garnishee process

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - 2.1 0.2 0.1 ..

Australian Taxation Office - 1.3 0.2 0.2 0.2

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

Total - 3.4 0.4 0.3 0.3

Related capital ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - 1.4 - - -

The Government will provide $5.8 million over four years (including $1.4 million in capital in 2010-11) to improve the current process for garnishing tax returns of ex-Centrelink customers who have an outstanding debt with Centrelink and no arrangement in place to repay that debt. The funding will enable the Australian Taxation Office to automatically intercept tax refunds on behalf of Centrelink.

The measure will affect around 64,000 people who have a capacity to repay their debt to Centrelink. It will also continue to ensure people suffering financial hardship have the option to enter into an alternative repayment arrangement with Centrelink.

This measure will reduce welfare debts by an estimated $71.6 million over four years. These debt recoveries improve the underlying cash balance of the Australian Government but do not change the fiscal balance.

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Fraud prevention and compliance — Centrelink debts — review of non-standard debt repayment rates

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - 8.0 10.0 5.2 5.3

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - - - -

Total - 8.0 10.0 5.2 5.3

The Government will provide $28.5 million over four years to review the repayment rates of people repaying debts to Centrelink at a rate below the standard repayment of 15 per cent of their welfare benefit. From 1 January 2011, people repaying their debt at a rate below the standard rate will have their circumstances reviewed after three months. People who are suffering financial hardship will continue to have the option to make repayments at a lower rate.

This measure will increase repayment of debts by $42.4 million over four years. These debt recoveries improve the underlying cash balance of the Australian Government but do not change the fiscal balance.

Fraud prevention and compliance — enhanced capability for Centrelink to detect and respond to emerging fraud risks

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink - 17.6 18.3 12.2 12.4

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -7.6 -21.4 -21.6 -21.8

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -7.9 -14.3 -16.6 -16.4

Total - 2.1 -17.4 -25.9 -25.8

Related capital ($m)

Centrelink - 5.3 4.7 0.4 -

The Government will provide $71.0 million over four years (including $10.4 million in capital over four years) to Centrelink to act on information from government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to identify and prevent abuse of the social welfare system by organised crime groups. This measure will enable Centrelink to employ specialist analysts and investigators to increase referrals to law enforcement agencies and refer serious cases to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

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This measure is estimated to provide savings of $127.6 million over four years, resulting in net savings of $56.6 million over four years.

Fraud prevention and compliance — improving compliance with child support obligations

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Human Services - 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9

The Government will provide $3.7 million over four years to develop and implement an enhanced compliance capability to help ensure that parents meet their child support obligations.

The funding will enable the Child Support Agency to use sophisticated statistical analysis tools and data to identify, analyse, and mitigate new and emerging compliance risks. The new capability will enable the Child Support Agency to identify those parents at greatest risk of not meeting their financial obligations to their children and respond to those risks earlier.

Fraud prevention and compliance — new approaches to reduce fraud and support compliance

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Human Services - 2.0 2.0 - -

The Government will provide $4.0 million over two years to pilot new ways of preventing fraud and supporting compliance in the social, health and welfare payments system. A number of short-term programs will be assessed for their potential to become part of the ongoing strategy to redirect resources to where they best reduce fraud and support compliance.

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Jobs and Training Compact — improved participation requirements for 15-20 year olds — additional funding for service delivery

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink 9.6 5.5 4.4 4.1 3.6

Related capital ($m)

Centrelink 3.0 - - - -

The Government will provide $30.2 million over five years (including $3.0 million in capital in 2009-10) to continue the implementation of the 2009-10 Budget measure Jobs and Training Compact — Improved participation requirements for 15- 20 year olds.

This measure will fund Centrelink to provide young people with information about eligibility requirements for Youth Allowance (Other) and provide referrals to Job Services Australia for vocational and non-vocational training. In this way, Centrelink will support young people without a Year 12 or equivalent qualification to meet their participation requirements in order to receive Youth Allowance (Other).

Jobs and Training Compact — Youth Attainment and Transitions National Partnership — additional funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink 2.2 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

Related capital ($m)

Centrelink 1.6 - - - -

The Government will provide $5.5 million over five years (including $1.6 million in capital in 2009-10) to continue delivery of the 2009-10 Budget measure Jobs and Training Compact — Youth Attainment and Transitions National Partnership which includes combining the Youth Pathways and Connections programs into one program. This measure aims to assist young people to engage with education and further training, and to improve their ability to make positive life choices.

The measure will fund Centrelink to register and refer up to 6,000 additional young people to the Youth Connection program and make necessary systems changes. Centrelink will be able to assist young people who are most at risk of disengaging from education, family and community by delivering a more comprehensive and holistic service to 13-19 year olds and expand this service nationally.

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Medicare Australia — continuation of funding for Medicare Australia Access Points

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Medicare Australia - - - - -

The Government will provide $7.7 million in 2010-11 to continue funding for 800 Medicare Australia Access Points. Funding beyond 2010-11 will be considered in the 2011-12 Budget.

The Access Points provide a network of self-service outlets for accessing certain government services including Medicare rebate claims, registration for the Australian Organ Donor Register, assistance with family payments, and information on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The network provides online services in rural, remote and metropolitan areas where there is no access to a Medicare Branch Office. The Access Points are located in a range of outlets including pharmacies, post offices, general stores and health centres.

Provision of this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Secure and sustainable pension reform — additional funding for service delivery

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Centrelink -0.9 2.5 3.0 2.8 2.8

Related capital ($m)

Centrelink 1.6 2.4 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $14.2 million over five years (including $4.0 million in capital in 2009-10 and 2010-11) for Centrelink to implement the reforms under the Secure and Sustainable Pensions package which was announced in the 2009-10 Budget.

The pension package included an increase in the pension of $32.49 per week for single pensioners and $10.14 per week for pensioner couples (combined), a tightening of the income test, a consolidated pension supplement and the introduction of a new Carer Supplement. The package also included replacing the Pension Bonus Scheme with Work Bonus to better encourage workforce participation.

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Border Security — biometrics for border and visa processing

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 28.7 15.5 11.6 12.5

Related capital ($m)

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 1.0 - - -

The Government will provide $69.4 million over four years (including $1.0 million in capital funding) to introduce a biometric-based visa system for certain visa applicants. From 2010-11, visa applicants in ten overseas locations may be required to submit fingerprints and facial images, which would be matched against the biometric databases of Australia and partner countries. The Australian Passports Office will also further develop its biometric capability to better combat the fraud exposure of genuine

Australian passports.

This builds on the measure Biometrics for visa and border processing — commencement announced in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2009-10.

Further information can be found in the press release of 23 February 2010 issued by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

Border Security — engagement with Indonesia

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 5.7 21.2 2.4 2.0

The Government will provide $32.9 million over four years to enhance Indonesia’s capacity to manage irregular migration flows in the region.

This measure will support Indonesia’s Directorate-General of Immigration in managing irregular migration flows and combating people smuggling activities. The measure includes assistance to Indonesia to improve the integrity of their visa application determination and granting process, and the processing of involuntary returns; additional funding to the International Organisation for Migration to support the Indonesian Government in upgrading a number of immigration detention facilities; and extra funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the processing of refugee status determinations.

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The cost of this measure will be partially offset by $31.2 million from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve. The remaining $1.6 million will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

This measure is part of the Government’s commitment to increase Australia’s overseas development assistance over the long term.

Border Security — Regional Movement Alert System — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - - - - -

The Government will provide $9.2 million over four years to continue the Regional Movement Alert System (RMAS). The RMAS is a counter-terrorism initiative endorsed by Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders in 2005 that allows participating countries to automatically verify the status of passports.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Department of Immigration and Citizenship — efficiency improvements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3

The Government will reduce the administrative cost of grants programs administered by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship by consolidating the existing Diverse Australia program and the National Action Plan to Build Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security program to form the Diversity and Social Cohesion program.

This measure will provide savings of $1.1 million over four years.

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Grant to the Refugee Council of Australia

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - - - - -

The Government will provide a grant of $140,000 per year, starting in 2009-10, to the Refugee Council of Australia to ensure its continued solvency.

The Refugee Council of Australia is a peak national body representing the views of the refugee and humanitarian sector and is made up of some 130 organisational members and 200 individual members.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Indexation reform — settlement services for migrants and refugees

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - -0.6 -1.4 -2.2 -5.2

Indexation of a number of services provided under the Settlement Services for Migrants and Refugee program will be amended to a Wage Cost Index as new contracts are entered into between 2010-11 and 2013-14. This is consistent with Government indexation arrangements for other programs with substantial wage cost components.

This measure will provide savings of $9.4 million over four years compared to current indexation arrangements.

Three Settlement Services programs are affected by this change: the Adult Migrant English program (AMEP) which provides English lessons to eligible migrants; the Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) program which provides humanitarian migrants with initial intensive settlement services; and the Grants for Community Settlement Services (CSS) program which provides grant funding to help migrants participate equitably in Australian society.

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Migration Program — allocation of places for 2010-11

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Various Agencies - -7.8 -19.6 -33.0 -47.6

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - 15.0 30.3 45.1 60.6

The Government will provide up to 168,700 places in the 2010-11 Migration Program, unchanged from the 2009-10 planning level. However, the composition of the Migration Program will be shifted towards the skill stream in order to focus the program more on Australia’s economic needs and help to alleviate emerging capacity

constraints. The 2010-11 Migration Program will comprise 113,850 skill stream places, 54,550 family stream places and 300 special eligibility places.

The net impact on the fiscal balance is expected to be an increase of $258.9 million over four years.

Migration program — General Skilled Migration eligibility changes

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship 16.0 -2.9 -5.5 -5.7 -4.0

Related capital ($m)

Department of Immigration and Citizenship 2.1 - - - -

The Government will provide $33.0 million over five years (including capital of $2.1 million in 2009-10 for information technology changes) to reform eligibility requirements for General Skilled Migration (GSM) applicants following the review of the Migration Occupations in Demand List (MODL). The reforms will ensure the GSM program is more responsive to the needs of industry and employers and better addresses the nation’s future skill needs.

Reforms include revoking the MODL from 8 February 2010, implementing a new and more targeted Skilled Occupations List, phasing out the Critical Skills List and changing the Migration Act 1958 to give the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship the power to set the maximum number of visas that may be granted to applicants in any one occupation. Around 20,000 offshore General Skilled Migration program applications lodged before 1 September 2007 will be cancelled and the visa application charges refunded to all affected applicants.

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The cost of this measure includes departmental expenses to implement the reforms ($18.6 million over four years) and visa application charge refunds ($14.4 million in 2009-10). From 2010-11, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship will reprioritise $33.0 million from its existing resources to fully offset the cost of the measure.

Further information can be found in the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship’s press release of 8 February 2010.

See also the related revenue measure Migration program — General Skilled Migration eligibility changes — visa revenue in the Immigration and Citizenship portfolio.

Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - - - - -

The Government will provide an additional $0.6 million in 2010-11 towards the construction of a multicultural centre in Mirrabooka, Western Australia. A $1.0 million contribution towards the construction of the centre was included in the 2008-09 Budget.

Mirrabooka is an area of high migrant and refugee settlement. The multicultural centre, to be built in partnership with the City of Stirling, will include homework and support services for young people and an outreach service for women. It will also facilitate organised sporting and recreation activities to help newly arrived migrants integrate into the community.

The cost of this measure will be offset from the Grants for Community Settlement Services program.

Offshore Asylum Seeker Management — officer deployment to Afghanistan

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 2.9 2.9 - -

The Government will provide $5.8 million over two years to deploy two officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to Kabul, Afghanistan.

The officers will liaise with the Afghan Government and relevant international organisations to assist with the appropriate settlement and re-integration of returned Afghan nationals.

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Systems for People — ongoing maintenance funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 41.7 45.0 42.0 41.0

The Government will provide an additional $169.6 million over four years for business-as-usual funding to maintain the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC’s) Systems for People information and communication technology infrastructure.

Systems for People was approved in the 2006-07 Budget to address deficiencies in DIAC’s information systems identified in the Palmer and Comrie reports.

The cost of this measure has been offset by a provision previously included in the Contingency Reserve, and therefore has no net impact on the budget position.

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INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Additional aviation capacity for the Sydney region — development of an Aviation Strategic Plan

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 8.5 - - -

The Government will provide $8.5 million in 2010-11 to jointly develop with the New South Wales Government an Aviation Strategic Plan for the Sydney Region. The Plan will consider options for additional aviation capacity in the Sydney region, including the identification of potential sites and an evaluation of investment strategies. The Plan will also consider future planning, zoning, and the release of land at the Commonwealth’s Badgerys Creek site.

The New South Wales Government will make a similar overall contribution toward the cost of the Plan.

Further information can be found in the National Aviation White Paper — Flight Path to the Future, released on 16 December 2009 by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Aviation Safety — Civil Aviation Safety Authority funding strategy

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - 23.1 22.6 22.1 22.1

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Taxation Office - 20.7 21.8 22.9 24.6

The Government will provide $89.9 million over four years to strengthen the capacity of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to maintain and enhance aviation safety. The additional funding ensures that CASA can: continue random testing for alcohol and other drugs within the aviation industry; develop and maintain safety standards; regulate expanding areas of aviation activity; and implement a state safety program. It will also enable CASA to strengthen their technical capability and regulatory oversight ability; expand technical training capacity for its technical staff; and continue funding for its five-member Board.

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The additional funding for CASA will be provided through an increase in the excise and excise-equivalent customs duty on aviation fuels to $0.03556 per litre. This increase will take effect from 1 July 2010. The revenue measure is expected to raise $89.9 million over the forward estimates period.

Further information can be found in the National Aviation Policy White Paper — Flight Path to the Future, released on 16 December 2009 by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority — strengthened capability

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - - - - -

The Government will provide $3.8 million in 2009-10 to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for the recruitment of specialised technical staff. This recruitment will enhance the oversight of priority areas such as helicopter activity, foreign operators flying within Australian airspace and aircraft maintenance undertaken outside Australia.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information can be found in the National Aviation Policy White Paper — Flight Path to the Future released on 16 December 2009 by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Local government payments — accelerating payments

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 511.6 -511.6 - - -

The Government will pay the first instalment of the expected 2010-11 local government financial assistance grants of $511.6 million to local councils in 2009-10 to ensure they have immediate use of these funds. This will ensure local government is able to take maximum advantage of the global recovery and to prepare for future challenges.

The provision of funding to local governments will improve the financial capacity of local governments and assist them in planning their works programs for 2010-11.

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Moorebank Intermodal Terminal — implementation strategy

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Finance and Deregulation - 21.6 13.9 - -

Department of Defence - 13.7 21.5 - -

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - - - - -

Department of the Treasury - -35.2 -35.4 - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $70.7 million over two years to the Department of Finance and Deregulation ($35.5 million) and the Department of Defence ($35.2 million). The funding will be used to develop, with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, comprehensive business cases, designs, approvals and an implementation strategy for an intermodal transport hub at Moorebank, New South Wales, and for the relocation of Defence’s School of Military Engineering to Holsworthy.

These funds will come from funds already set aside in the Nation Building program for New South Wales for the development of an intermodal terminal precinct at Moorebank.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Anthony’s Cutting and Western Ring Road

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 150.0 -150.0 - - -

The Government will bring forward $150.0 million from 2010-11 to 2009-10 to provide $50.0 million for Anthony’s Cutting and $100.0 million for the Western Ring Road to reflect both projects’ significant progress. These payments will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the Victorian Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

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Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Douglas Arterial Road

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 44.0 -14.0 -15.0 -15.0 -

The Government will bring forward $44.0 million to 2009-10 for the Douglas Arterial Road to accelerate commencement of work on the project. This payment will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the Queensland Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Holbrook Bypass

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 201.5 -55.0 -55.0 -55.0 -36.5

The Government will bring forward a payment of $201.5 million to 2009-10 for the Holbrook Bypass in order to facilitate early commencement of the project. This payment will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the New South Wales Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road Infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Ipswich Motorway

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 500.0 -391.8 -108.2 - -

The Government will bring forward $500.0 million to 2009-10 for the Ipswich Motorway to reflect the progress made on the project to date. This payment will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the Queensland Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

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Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Superway and Northern Expressway

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 56.0 -56.0 - - -

The Government will bring forward $50.0 million from 2010-11 to 2009-10 for the South Road Superway, to facilitate the early commencement of construction as part of the South Road package of works. In addition, the Government will bring forward $6.0 million from 2010-11 to 2009-10 for the Northern Expressway projects, in recognition of the imminent completion of the project. These payments will be made under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the South Australian Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

Nation Building Program — road infrastructure — Tiger Brennan Drive

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 25.1 -25.1 - - -

The Government will bring forward $25.1 million from 2010-11 to 2009-10 to make a final payment for the Tiger Brennan Drive in recognition of the imminent completion of the project. This payment will be provided under the Nation Building Program Memorandum of Understanding with the Northern Territory Government.

See also the related expense measures titled road infrastructure in the Nation Building Program package of measures.

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National Transport Regulators — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Maritime Safety Authority - 5.1 - - -

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 2.3 - - -

Australian Transport Safety Bureau - 0.8 - - -

Total - 8.3 - - -

The Government will provide $8.3 million in 2010-11 to establish national regulators for heavy vehicles, rail safety and maritime safety, and for an expanded rail and national maritime safety investigatory function.

Of this funding, $2.3 million will be provided for the Commonwealth’s contribution to set up project implementation teams in the host jurisdictions. The national heavy vehicle regulator will be established in Queensland and the national rail safety regulator in South Australia. State and Territory governments are also to contribute to this activity according to the National Transport Commission formula. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority will receive $5.1 million to take on maritime safety regulation responsibilities for all commercial vessels, and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will receive $0.8 million to establish a national investigation framework for rail and maritime safety.

National transport regulation reform is part of the national partnership agreement reached by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to deliver a seamless national economy.

Further information about the COAG agreement to implement national transport regulation reforms can be found in the COAG Communiqués of 2 July 2009 and 7 December 2009.

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Regional and Local Community Infrastructure program and Local Government Reform Fund — administration

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - - - - -

The Government will provide $5.0 million ($1.5 million in 2009-10 and $3.5 million in 2010-11) to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government for administration costs associated with the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure program and the Local Government Reform Fund.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information on the programs can be found in the joint press release of 25 June 2009 by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Remote Aviation Infrastructure Fund — priority airstrips upgrades

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 3.9 2.0 - -

The Government will provide funding of $5.9 million over two years to upgrade up to 19 remote airstrips from the ‘Charter’ safety standard to the higher ‘Regular Public Transport’ safety standard. The upgrades will help ensure that the remote Indigenous communities served by these airstrips have access to regular passenger transport services, as well as medical services and essential supplies.

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INNOVATION, INDUSTRY, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH

Australian Business Number and Business Names Registration System — expansion

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - 14.7 14.0 12.2 11.1

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 7.0 7.7 7.3 7.1

Administrative Appeals Tribunal - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Australian Taxation Office - -1.3 -5.8 -6.0 -6.0

Total - 20.4 16.0 13.6 12.3

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 9.5 38.7 39.5 40.2

Related capital ($m)

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 24.0 - - -

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research -2.9 4.5 1.8 1.5 1.4

Australian Taxation Office - 3.4 - - -

Total -2.9 31.9 1.8 1.5 1.4

The Government will provide $125.2 million over five years (including $33.7 million in capital and $29.2 million from existing resources) to continue the implementation of a seamless, online registration system for Australian Business Numbers and national business names. This measure builds on the 2007-08 Budget measure Global Integration — Australian Business Number and business names registration system to include a whole-of-government, shared online service for delivering personalised

information to businesses about their regulatory requirements.

The cost of this measure is expected to be more than fully offset through utilising unspent funding of $29.2 million from the existing business numbers and names measure and the $127.9 million revenue stream generated from Commonwealth business names registration and associated support activity.

This measure supports the implementation of one of the 27 deregulation priorities under the Council of Australian Governments’ National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy. It will also reduce the regulatory burden for businesses, as under the COAG Business Names Agreement the States and Territories will refer their powers to the Commonwealth.

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Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — additional funding for decommissioning costs

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - 9.7 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $9.7 million in 2010-11 to continue the decommissioning of the High Flux Australian Research Reactor and the Moata Reactor at the Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation will also commence decommissioning of the National Medical Cyclotron at Camperdown in 2010-11.

This measure builds on the $13.2 million provided in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2007-08 to initiate the decommissioning activities at Lucas Heights.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — efficiency dividend

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - -0.3 -0.5 -0.8 -1.0

The Government will apply an ongoing efficiency dividend to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) commencing in 2010-11. The standard efficiency dividend will be applied to ANSTO’s administrative and corporate costs, which represent 15 per cent of ANSTO’s total appropriation. This application of the efficiency dividend is consistent with the application to other Government agencies.

This measure will provide savings of $2.5 million over four years.

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Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — repatriation of waste

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - 0.9 0.9 1.6 1.6

Related capital ($m)

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - 4.1 1.4 3.5 16.0

The Government will provide $30.0 million over four years (including $25.0 million in capital funding) to facilitate the return to Australia of the reprocessed nuclear waste generated by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The funding includes provisions for an interim storage facility. The waste has been processed in the United Kingdom and France as part of ANSTO’s spent fuel management program. The Government has longstanding contractual obligations with the United Kingdom and France to repatriate the reprocessed waste.

Cairns Institute Tropical Innovation Hub — contribution

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - 15.0 4.5 - -

The Government will provide $19.5 million over two years to James Cook University as a contribution towards the construction of a new $44.0 million research facility (the Cairns Institute — Tropical Innovation Hub) on the university’s Cairns campus. The new facility will support 125 research staff working on issues of significance to the tropics, including marine and climate science, public health, social and community welfare and Indigenous development.

Further information can be found in the press release of 9 December 2009 issued by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

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Commonwealth Australian National University Strategic Relationship

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - 68.2 24.2 3.4 2.6

The Government will provide up to $112.9 million over four years plus $2.0 million per year from 2014-15 onwards to establish and maintain the Australian National Institute for Public Policy (the Institute) on the Australian National University (ANU) campus. Provision has been made for funding of $98.4 million over four years, with an additional $14.5 million available depending on the level of fees recovered from students of the Institute. Funding will be provided for a range of specialist schools and centres, including:

• up to $14.0 million over four years (plus $1.5 million per year from

2014-15 onwards) to expand the capacity of the ANU’s Crawford School of Economics and Government, establish the Institute office, and create a public policy think tank, the H.C. Coombs Policy Forum, to facilitate the development of innovative public policy. Provision has been made for funding of $9.8 million over four years, with this estimate subject to change depending on fee recovery;

• up to $17.3 million over four years (plus $0.5 million per year from

2014-15 onwards) to establish and support a National Security College (the College) which will deliver the National Security Executive Development Program and a range of other courses on national security-related issues. Provision has been made for funding of $7.0 million over four years, with this estimate subject to change depending on fee recovery;

• $35.0 million in 2010-11 to establish and support an Australian Centre on China in the World (the China Centre) which will conduct leading-edge and innovative research on China and develop new generations of scholars with deep expertise in China;

• $37.9 million over two years to build permanent facilities for the College, the China Centre, and the Canberra presence in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government; and

• $0.5 million in 2010-11 to conduct a scoping study into the possible additional accommodation requirements that could arise as a result of the establishment of the Institute.

In addition, $7.0 million will be provided in 2010-11 to the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and $1.2 million over four years will be provided to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research to develop and manage the funding agreements associated with strengthening the strategic relationship between the Commonwealth and the ANU.

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Further information on the National Security College and the Australian Centre on China in the World can be found in the press releases of 23 and 24 April 2010 and 8 May 2010 issued jointly by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Enhanced and amalgamated mediation services for the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Horticulture Code of Conduct, the Oilcode, and the Produce and Grocery Industry Code of Conduct

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research -0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Total -0.4 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6

The Government will provide $2.0 million over four years to centralise in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research the procurement and delivery of dispute resolution services for the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Horticulture Code of Conduct, the OilCode and the Produce and Grocery Industry Code of Conduct. As part of this measure the Government will also introduce an early intervention dispute resolution mechanism.

The cost of this measure is offset by:

• savings of $0.4 million in 2009-10 from the Small Business Advisory Services in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (shown in the table above);

• savings from the Regional Food Producers’ Innovation and Productivity Program in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (see related savings measure titled Regional Food Producers’ Innovation and Productivity Program — redirection of funding); and

• departmental savings from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

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Green Car Innovation Fund — reduction in funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - - -50.0 -75.0 -75.0

The Government will reduce funding for the Green Car Innovation Fund by $200.0 million over three years, responding to lower-than-expected demand.

The Green Car Innovation Fund is part of the Government’s A New Car Plan for a Greener Future and provides assistance to Australian companies for projects that enhance the research, development and commercialisation of Australian technologies that significantly reduce fuel consumption and/or greenhouse gas emissions of passenger motor vehicles.

Funding of $790.4 million over nine years for the Green Car Innovation Fund will still be available to provide support for eligible Australian companies.

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Capability program — additional funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - 5.0 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $5.0 million in 2010-11 for the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Capability program (TCF-SCP). TCF-SCP is an initiative announced in the 2009-10 Budget designed to build innovative capability at the enterprise and workplace level in the textiles, clothing and footwear industries.

This measure takes total funding for the TCF-SCP to $35.7 million over six years from 2009-10.

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PARLIAMENTARY DEPARTMENTS

Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the House of Representatives 0.1 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $140,000 over two years from 2009-10 to the Department of the House of Representatives to support the new Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety.

The Committee will report on the online environment in which Australian children currently engage, the level of risk associated with cyber-safety threats, and related issues. The Committee is due to provide its final report by 11 February 2011.

Operation Sunlight — development of policies by non-Government parties

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Parliamentary Services - 0.5 - - 0.5

The Government will provide $0.5 million in both 2010-11 and 2013-14 to enhance the capacity of the Parliamentary Library to assist non-Government parties in developing policies in the lead-up to federal elections.

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PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET

Australian Public Service Reform

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Public Service Commission - 14.4 10.7 10.1 -

Related capital ($m)

Australian Public Service Commission - 3.3 .. .. -

The Government will provide $38.7 million over three years (including capital of $3.4 million) to the Australian Public Service Commission to lead the Australian Public Service (APS) wide implementation of the recommendations in the report, Ahead of the Game: Blueprint for Reform of Australian Government Administration.

The report outlines a broad reform package that includes mechanisms to streamline and integrate service delivery, use new technology effectively and build strategic policy capability within APS agencies.

Additional funding for the Australian Public Service Commission will enable it to undertake new responsibilities and implement other reforms. This includes conducting a citizen survey, strengthening the performance framework and improving consistency in APS workplace agreements.

Further information can be found in the press release of 29 March 2010 issued by the Prime Minister.

COAG Reform Council — review of capital city strategic planning systems

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.4 0.7 0.3 - -

The Government will provide $1.5 million over three years for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council to independently review the consistency of capital city strategic planning systems with the new national criteria.

This funding meets the Australian Government’s commitment to provide half the funding for the Reform Council, with the States and Territories to provide the remaining funding.

Further information can be found in the COAG Communiqué of 7 December 2009.

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Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.8 17.9 39.5 - -

Department of the Treasury - nfp nfp - -

Total 0.8 17.9 39.5 - -

Related capital ($m)

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.2 0.3 - - -

The Government will provide $58.7 million to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet over three years from 2009-10 (including capital funding of $0.5 million) to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in 2011. This funding will provide for the effective coordination and delivery of related activities, including transport, accommodation and security.

The Government will also provide payments to the Government of Western Australia in relation to the security of the meeting.

Commonwealth Ombudsman — Christmas Island processing oversight — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman - 0.4 0.4 - -

The Government will provide $0.8 million over two years for the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to continue external independent scrutiny of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s processing of refugee claims made by irregular maritime arrivals detained on Christmas Island.

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Commonwealth Ombudsman — enhanced role for international students

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman - 1.2 1.3 1.2 1.2

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -1.2 -1.3 -1.2 -1.2

Total - .. - - -

Related capital ($m)

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman - .. - - -

The Government will provide $4.8 million (including capital of $25,000) over four years to the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to expand its jurisdiction to cover private international education providers. The new role will enable the Commonwealth Ombudsman to investigate and make formal recommendations on complaints from international students, identify and report on systemic issues which arise from these complaints and promote the industry adoption of best practice complaints handling systems.

Over time, the cost of this function will move to a cost recovery arrangement.

The cost of this measure will be fully offset from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Council of Australian Governments reform agenda — additional funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 1.5 - - -

Department of the Treasury - 1.5 - - -

Department of Finance and Deregulation - 1.0 - - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.0 - - -

Total - 5.0 - - -

The Government will provide $5.0 million in 2010-11 to the Department of Finance and Deregulation, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) to maintain support for the delivery of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform agenda.

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This measure maintains the level of funding provided to the central agencies in the first two years of the 2008-09 Budget measure titled Council of Australian Governments — additional resources to support the COAG reform agenda.

Funding for DEEWR of $1.0 million in 2010-11 maintains the COAG National Licensing Taskforce until 30 June 2011. This measure continues funding provided in the 2009-10 Budget measure titled Council of Australian Governments — Skills Recognition Taskforce.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet — additional funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 4.0 4.0 4.0 -

The Government will provide $12.0 million over three years to enable the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to support the delivery of the Government’s reform agenda and implementation of major new priorities.

Independent review of the Intelligence Community

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 1.5 1.5 - -

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation -3.0 - - - -

Total -3.0 1.5 1.5 - -

The Government will provide $3.0 million over two years to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to undertake an independent review of the Intelligence Community. The review will enable an in-depth examination of the work of the Intelligence Community to ensure its effectiveness in supporting the policy and operational needs of the Government. It is due to be completed by the end of 2011.

This would be consistent with a recommendation of the last independent review of the Intelligence Community — the 2004 Inquiry into Australian Intelligence Agencies (the Flood Inquiry) — that further external reviews be conducted periodically.

The cost of this measure will be offset by savings from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation in 2009-10.

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National Archives of Australia — continued presence in states and territories

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

National Archives of Australia 0.7 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4

The Government will not proceed with the closure of the National Archives of Australia’s Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart offices announced as a part of the Whole-of-government departmental efficiencies measure in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2009-10. This measure will reverse savings of $6.3 million over five years from 2009-10 and will enable the National Archives of Australia to maintain a local presence at a state and territory level.

The Government will pursue options to co-locate with other local institutions.

Further information can be found in the press releases of 23 February 2010 by the Cabinet Secretary.

NBN Co Limited — financial statements audit

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian National Audit Office 0.1 0.5 1.0 1.7 2.0

Related revenue ($m)

Australian National Audit Office 0.1 0.5 1.0 1.7 2.0

The Government will provide $5.3 million over five years from 2009-10 to the Australian National Audit Office to meet the additional costs related to the financial statements audit of NBN Co Limited. The Auditor-General is required to perform financial statements audits of Commonwealth companies and their subsidiaries under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.

This funding will be fully recovered through audit fees paid by NBN Co Limited.

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Office of the Coordinator-General — continued operations

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.6 1.0 0.4 - -

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 - -

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 - -

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 - -

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs -0.4 -0.3 -0.1 - -

Total 0.0 - - - -

The Government will provide $3.0 million over three years to continue the operations of the Office of the Coordinator-General within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Office’s objective is to ensure effective delivery of the infrastructure elements of the Nation Building — Economic Stimulus Plan.

The funding for the Office will be offset by savings from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

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RESOURCES, ENERGY AND TOURISM

China Approved Destination Status scheme — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism - 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

The Government will provide $4.1 million over four years to continue the Approved Destination Status (ADS) tourism arrangement between China and Australia. This funding will allow continued monitoring of existing ADS tourism operators, vetting and monitoring of new ADS applications, and provide training for operators on the ADS arrangements. The ADS scheme is a bilateral tourism arrangement between the Chinese and Australian Governments. It enables Chinese tourists to travel to Australia as part of organised tour groups while maintaining a quality control program for Chinese leisure in Australia. The ADS also permits the Australian Government, through Tourism Australia, to promote Australia as a leisure travel destination in China.

Further information can be found in the press release of 22 April 2010 issued by the Minister for Tourism.

FutureGen Alliance — not proceed with membership

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism -15.0 - - - -

The Government will not proceed with FutureGen Alliance membership at this time.

The FutureGen Alliance is a public-private partnership between the United States Department of Energy and a consortium of international energy and resource companies, including companies from Australia, which was formed to develop a near zero emissions coal power plant.

Since announcing FutureGen Alliance membership funding in the 2007-08 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the Government has committed $2.0 billion in funding to the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships program to support the construction and demonstration of large-scale integrated carbon capture and storage projects in Australia.

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The Government has also committed $400 million over four years from 2008-09 to the recently launched Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute in order to accelerate the worldwide commercial deployment of at-scale carbon capture and storage.

This measure will provide savings of $15.0 million in 2009-10.

Geoscience Australia — additional resourcing

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Geoscience Australia - 5.0 24.3 25.8 10.2

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism - -5.0 -24.3 -25.8 -10.2

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $65.3 million over four years to Geoscience Australia to continue its role in providing geoscience products and services, many of which are used in examining and mitigating the risks of climate change. The role includes work on water management, geothermal projects and providing information on how the landscape is changing over time. Geoscience Australia will continue to provide technical advice on carbon capture and storage in Australia and internationally.

The cost of this measure is offset by redirecting $65.3 million over four years from the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program.

Montara — Commission of Inquiry

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 3.5 0.9 - - -

Related capital ($m)

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 0.9 - - - -

The Government will provide $5.3 million over two years to fund the Commission of Inquiry into the Montara well head platform uncontrolled hydrocarbon release. This inquiry will identify the facts, events and the likely causes relevant to the uncontrolled release of oil and gas which occurred from 21 August 2009 to 3 November 2009 at the Montara oil field in the Timor Sea. The inquiry will also make recommendations on measures that might help to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.

Further information can be found in the press release of 5 November 2009 issued by the Minister for Resources and Energy.

Resources, Energy and Tourism

291

National Tourism Accreditation Framework — establishment

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism - 2.2 1.2 1.3 0.7

The Government will provide $5.5 million over four years to establish a National Tourism Accreditation Framework (NTAF).

The NTAF will offer tourism accreditation program providers the opportunity to co-brand with the NTAF and benefit from being associated with a nationally and internationally recognised mark. The NTAF will provide an incentive for tourism businesses to examine and improve the quality of their products and services, and it will also improve consumers’ capacity to identify quality tourism products and services.

Further information can be found in the Launch of the National Long-Term Tourism Strategy speech delivered by the Minister for Tourism on 15 December 2009.

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TREASURY

Film tax offsets — change in eligibility

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Taxation Office - 0.7 1.1 2.2 2.9

The Government will provide $6.9 million over four years from 2010-11 for changes to the film tax offsets program, administered by the Australian Taxation Office.

This measure will reduce the minimum qualifying expenditure threshold for the post, digital and visual effects (PDV) offset from $5 million to $500,000; and remove the requirement for films with qualifying expenditure of between $15 million and $50 million to have at least 70 per cent of the film’s total production expenditure as qualifying Australian expenditure in order to qualify for the location offset.

Implementation of Unfair Contract Terms Provisions of the Australian Consumer Law

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission 0.6 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2

The Government will provide $5.3 million over five years (including $0.6 million in 2009-10) to deliver guidance on, and enforce compliance with, the unfair contract term provisions of the first tranche of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL rationalises consumer laws and enhances the protection of consumers.

This measure supports the implementation of one of the 27 deregulation priorities under the Council of Australian Governments’ National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy.

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Petrol Commissioner and formal monitoring of petrol prices — continuation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - 2.1 2.1 - -

The Government will provide an additional $4.2 million over two years to continue the formal monitoring of petrol prices under Part VIIA of the Trade Practices Act 1974 and the position of a Petrol Commissioner.

Funding for the appointment of the petrol commissioner and to support the formal monitoring of petrol prices was provided until December 2010 in the 2008-09 Budget.

Population Strategy

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - 1.3 - - -

The Government will provide $1.3 million in 2010-11 to support the development of a comprehensive population strategy that will guide the formulation of policies to meet Australia’s future population needs.

The strategy will consider policies to ensure the economic and developmental opportunities this will create are harnessed. The strategy will also consider the challenges of population growth for the environment, water and urban congestion.

The establishment of a new office of Minister for Population in the Treasury portfolio was announced by the Prime Minister on 3 April 2010.

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Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal — Commonwealth contribution

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 0.5 - - - -

Attorney-General’s Department -0.3 - - - -

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs -0.3 - - - -

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $500,000 to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal Fund, which will assist families affected by monsoonal floods in south-west Queensland and Cyclone Ului in North Queensland between January and March 2010. This funding matches the Queensland Government’s donation to the Fund. The Australian Red Cross is managing and distributing assistance from the Appeal Fund on behalf of the Queensland Government.

This measure will be fully offset from within the existing resources of the Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Further information can be found in the joint media release of 22 March 2010 by the Prime Minister, the Attorney-General and the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Renewable Energy Target — industry reviews

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Productivity Commission - 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency - -1.0 -1.0 -1.0 -1.0

Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.0 million over four years to enable the Productivity Commission to assess the impact of the Renewable Energy Target on particular industries. Firms will be able to request that the Government commission the Productivity Commission to undertake an assessment of the Renewable Energy Target’s impact on their industry. The Government will not necessarily refer all requests to the Commission; it will take into account the nature and details of the request.

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The cost of this measure will be met by redirected funding from within the Climate Change and Energy Efficiency portfolio.

Further information can be found in the press release issued by the Minister for Climate Change and Water on 19 August 2009.

St James Ethics Centre — additional funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - 0.6 - - -

The Government will provide additional funding of $0.6 million in 2010-11 to the St James Ethics Centre to continue, for a further year, the promotion of corporate responsibility and awareness of responsible business practices within the business community.

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Standard Business Reporting — ongoing funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Taxation Office -1.3 16.0 18.7 14.4 13.5

Department of the Treasury -3.2 3.9 4.3 4.5 4.5

Australian Securities and Investments Commission -0.1 - 0.7 0.8 0.8

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority - - 0.6 0.8 0.6

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research -0.2 - - - -

Total -4.8 19.9 24.3 20.5 19.2

Related capital ($m)

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority - 1.5 - 0.2 -

Australian Taxation Office -3.6 0.7 - 1.5 -

Department of the Treasury -6.4 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6

Australian Securities and Investments Commission -1.7 - - - -

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research -0.2 - - - -

Total -11.9 2.6 0.6 2.2 0.6

The Government will provide $73.2 million over five years (including a movement of $16.7 million in unspent development funding from 2009-10 to 2010-11) to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of the Treasury to maintain and operate the Standard Business Reporting (SBR) program. The SBR program is an initiative to reduce the compliance burden experienced by business when reporting to Government. The measure includes $2.6 million in 2010-11 for payment to the States and Territories to manage and operate their components of the SBR system.

This measure supports the implementation of one of the 27 deregulation priorities under the Council of Australian Governments’ National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy.

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Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform — development and implementation

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury 8.1 41.5 10.3 5.2 -

Australian Taxation Office 0.3 1.4 - - -

Office of Parliamentary Counsel - 0.5 1.1 1.1 1.1

Total 8.4 43.4 11.4 6.3 1.1

The Government will provide $65.0 million over four years to the Department of the Treasury to develop and implement the Government’s response to the recommendations of Australia’s Future Tax System Review, including $38.5 million over two years to inform the community of the Australian Government’s tax reform agenda. Additional funding of $1.7 million over two years is provided to the Australian Taxation Office to increase staffing in its call centre.

The Government will also provide $3.8 million over four years to the Office of Parliamentary Counsel to meet increased demand for legislative drafting.

Stronger, Fairer, Simpler tax reform — Infrastructure Fund

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of the Treasury - - - 700.0 735.0

The Government will provide funding to establish an infrastructure fund to coincide with the introduction of the Resource Super Profits Tax on 1 July 2012. The Infrastructure Fund will commence with an initial amount of $700 million in 2012-13. The total will grow over time.

This infrastructure fund will be distributed in a manner which recognises that resource-rich States face large associated infrastructure demands. The final details of the infrastructure fund will be discussed with the States.

Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform — resource exploration refundable tax offset

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Taxation Office - 0.5 521.6 601.2 681.2

The Government will provide $1.8 billion over four years from 2010-11 for a refundable tax offset at the company tax rate for expenditure on exploration carried out in Australia, as part of its response to the Australia’s Future Tax System Review. The refundable tax offset will be available to all companies (at the company level) for eligible expenditure incurred on or after 1 July 2011, instead of the immediate deductions currently available for such expenditure.

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As part of this measure, the definition of exploration expenditure will be expanded to include expenditure incurred in exploring for geothermal energy.

The measure fulfils the Government’s election commitment to provide better support for resource exploration companies.

The measure has an impact of $1.1 billion on the underlying cash balance in the two years commencing 2012-13. This is because the fiscal balance impact occurs in the year in which the activity takes place, whereas the impact on the underlying cash balance occurs when payments are made.

Superannuation — permanent reduction to the superannuation co-contribution matching rate and maximum payable

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Taxation Office - - - -175.0 -175.0

The Government will permanently retain the matching rate for the superannuation co-contribution at 100 per cent and the maximum co-contribution that is payable on an individual’s eligible personal non-concessional superannuation contributions at $1,000. This measure is estimated to save $350 million over the forward estimates period.

This follows the measure announced in the 2009-10 Budget, Superannuation — contributing to sustainable retirement income reform by temporarily reducing the Government co-contribution.

Low-income earners will benefit from the Government’s decision to introduce a new low-income earners contribution as part of its tax reform package. See the related revenue measure titled Stronger, fairer, simpler tax reform — Government superannuation contributions tax rebate for low income earners.

Superannuation co-contribution — enhancing administration

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Taxation Office -33.9 -30.8 -31.1 -41.6 -41.6

The Government will provide $16.0 million over five years to the Australian Taxation Office to enhance the administration of the existing eligibility requirements for the superannuation co-contribution program (including $1.1 million in 2009-10).

This measure is expected to result in a reduction in claims for the superannuation co-contribution of $195.0 million over five years.

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Superannuation co-contribution — pause to the indexation of the income threshold for two years

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Taxation Office - -35.0 -70.0 -95.0 -95.0

The Government will freeze for 2010-11 and 2011-12 the indexation applied on the income threshold above which the maximum superannuation co-contribution begins to phase down. This measure is expected to deliver savings of $295.0 million over four years.

Under the superannuation co-contribution scheme, the Government provides a matching contribution for contributions made into superannuation out of after-tax income. The matching contribution is up to $1,000 for people with incomes of up to $31,920 in 2009-10 (with the amount available phasing down for incomes up to $61,920). This measure will freeze these thresholds at $31,920 and $61,920 for two years.

Sustaining the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal’s capabilities

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5

Related revenue ($m)

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority - 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5

The Government will provide $5.9 million over four years to cover the rising workload and complexity of complaints handled by the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (SCT). The SCT hears complaints on issues such as disclosure and the timing and calculation of payments and rollovers.

Funding for the SCT is fully offset by an increase in financial sector levies collected from the superannuation industry by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

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VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

Centenary of ANZAC — seed funding

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - - - - -

The Government will provide $2.3 million over four years to plan the commemoration activities to mark the Centenary of ANZAC in 2015.

The cost of the proposal will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Clarke Review — lower the age to establish domicile to under 21 years for British Commonwealth and Allied veterans

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - .. .. .. ..

Department of Health and Ageing - .. .. .. ..

Total - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

The Government will provide $700,000 over four years to allow those persons who were under 21 years of age at the time of their enlistment in a British Commonwealth and Allied (BCAL) force to establish domicile in Australia. In the absence of the legal concept of Australian citizenship until 1949, the domicile provision was adopted as a means of determining whether a BCAL veteran could be regarded as an Australian at the time of enlistment. This decision will now give these people access to the same benefits, under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, as those BCAL veterans who were 21 years of age or older when they enlisted.

This measure implements a previously unimplemented recommendation of the 2003 Review of Veterans’ Entitlements (the Clarke Review).

Veterans’ Affairs

301

Clarke Review — provide Australian Defence Force British nuclear test participants with compensation equivalent to non-warlike or hazardous service

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Veterans’ Affairs 0.1 8.6 8.6 9.8 11.0

Department of Health and Ageing - -0.6 -0.6 -0.7 -0.8

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -2.4 -2.7 -3.0 -3.3

Total 0.1 5.7 5.3 6.2 7.0

The Government will provide $24.2 million over five years to provide Australian Defence Force British nuclear test participants with access to compensation under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986. This measure recognises the unique nature of these tests and that service in these operations involved hazards beyond those of normal peacetime duties.

Participants will now gain access to veteran entitlements such as the Service Pension and health care cards. Additionally, participants will be able to qualify for the Disability Pension without having to prove a link between their service and their condition.

This measure implements a previously unimplemented recommendation of the 2003 Review of Veterans’ Entitlements (the Clarke Review).

Clarke Review — reclassify submarine special operations that were conducted in the period 1978 to 1992 as warlike service

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - 1.8 3.1 4.2 6.0

Department of Health and Ageing - .. .. .. ..

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -0.6 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7

Total - 0.8 2.1 3.2 5.0

The Government will provide $11.1 million over four years to recognise the operational service provided by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who rendered service on board submarines during special operations between 1978 and 1992.

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A Department of Defence review has determined that there is sufficient new evidence to upgrade the service status of these ADF personnel.

This measure will provide around 880 personnel with access to a range of income and health support measures provided under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986. Some personnel and their partners will transfer to Veterans’ Affairs payments from payments made under the Social Security Act 1991, while others will have their health care needs provided through enhanced compensation arrangements.

This measure implements a previously unimplemented recommendation of the 2003 Review of Veterans’ Entitlements (the Clarke Review).

Extend qualifying service to service in Ubon for the period 31 May 1962 to 27 July 1962

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - 1.8 1.7 1.8 1.9

Department of Health and Ageing - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -0.9 -1.0 -1.0 -1.1

Total - 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7

The Government will provide $2.7 million over four years to recognise the operational service provided by Australian Defence Force personnel who rendered service at Ubon Airbase in Thailand from 31 May 1962 to 27 July 1962. During this period Royal Australian Air Force personnel were on a heightened state of alert to respond to a perceived imminent threat from hostile forces.

A Department of Defence review into the Ubon RAAF operation has determined that there is sufficient new evidence to upgrade the service status of the operation to qualifying service for the period 31 May 1962 to 27 July 1962. This measure will provide around 220 personnel with access to a greater range of income and health support measures provided under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986. Some personnel and their partners will transfer to Veterans’ Affairs payments from payments made under the Social Security Act 1991, while others will have their health care needs provided through enhanced compensation arrangements.

Veterans’ Affairs

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F-111 Deseal/Reseal maintenance workers — further support

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Veterans’ Affairs 2.2 18.4 13.3 11.8 11.1

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs .. .. .. .. ..

Department of Health and Ageing .. -0.3 -0.4 -0.5 -0.5

Total 2.1 18.1 12.8 11.3 10.6

The Government will provide $55.0 million over five years as part of its response to the recommendations of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the concerns of F-111 Deseal/Reseal maintenance workers. The Parliamentary Inquiry Report was tabled on 25 June 2009.

The measure will assist Air Force personnel who have been adversely affected by their service in repairing and maintaining the fuel tanks of F-111 aircraft in a procedure known as Deseal/Reseal. The Government’s response will ensure that a greater number of personnel who have been adversely affected by their service in F-111 fuel tank maintenance will now have access to additional health care and compensation.

This measure will provide funding for:

• improved access to compensation and health care under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) and the Study of Health Outcomes in Aircraft Maintenance Personnel (SHOAMP) Health Care Scheme, for personnel temporarily posted to one or more of the maintenance squadrons that carried out sealant rework during the period 1973 to 2000, and to personnel who served in Squadrons 3AD or 501WG and who undertook similar fuel tank entry and sealant rework;

• removing the previous cut-off date of 20 September 2005 for applicants to submit claims under the SHOAMP Health Care Scheme. This will enable new personnel to gain access to the scheme and allow for health conditions that have a latency period before onset to be included;

• group counselling sessions to F-111 fuel tank workers and their families;

• the review of cases where statutory declarations had been rejected under the former ex-gratia scheme. This would address the concerns of some F-111 workers and their families who believe that an absence of official records has resulted in some applicants inappropriately missing out on ex-gratia payments and/or access to health care and compensation;

• removing the requirement to exclude the estates of those who died prior to 8 September 2001, from accessing the ex-gratia scheme;

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• a specialised implementation team and the provision of expert assistance in processing claims. This function will be undertaken by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; and

• the development of a comprehensive website by the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, dedicated to F-111 aircraft maintenance workers’ issues.

Preventable Admissions and Improved Community Care program

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Veterans’ Affairs .. 8.6 -10.2 -38.4 -54.2

Related capital ($m)

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - 0.5 0.9 - -

The Government will provide $152.7 million over five years for a new preventable admissions and improved community care program to assist veterans with chronic health conditions, such as coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. This measure will improve the care of veterans with chronic conditions and help reduce the level of unnecessary hospital admissions.

Under this measure, general practitioners will receive incentive payments to design a health care plan, coordinate care and ensure that a holistic approach to the management of chronic conditions is undertaken. General practitioners will be assisted by practice/community nurses who will conduct home visits, coordinate appointments with general practitioners and specialists, as well as assist veterans to self-monitor and self-manage their conditions. Veteran involvement in the program will be voluntary. This measure also includes an expansion of existing services under the Veterans’ Home Care program and the introduction of new social support services for veterans with chronic conditions.

This measure is expected to reduce hospital costs by $245.4 million over five years by reducing veteran hospital admissions, resulting in net savings of $92.8 million over five years.

Veterans’ Affairs

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Veterans’ Ambulance Travel Funding — changed fee arrangements

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - - - - -

The Government will negotiate new fee arrangements with States and Territories for veterans’ ambulance travel funding to address the current disparity in charges between States and Territories for these services.

Under this measure, existing Commonwealth funding arrangements for ambulance travel will be replaced with a nationally consistent flat fee for each eligible veteran or dependant.

Provision for savings from this measure has already been included in the forward estimates and the Contingency Reserve.

War Widow/er pension — removal of entitlement for new claimants who enter a de facto relationship

Expense ($m) 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - .. 0.1 0.1 0.2

Department of Health and Ageing - .. .. .. ..

Department of Veterans’ Affairs - -0.1 -0.3 -0.6 -0.8

Total - -0.1 -0.3 -0.4 -0.6

The Government will remove eligibility for the War Widow/ers Pension for people who, before applying for the War Widow/ers Pension, enter a de facto relationship following the death of their veteran partner.

This measure will remove an anomaly which currently exists under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986, which allows widow/ers who have entered into a de facto relationship following the death of the veteran partner to claim War Widow/ers Pension entitlements, while those who have since married cannot. By removing this inconsistency, neither war widow/ers who enter a de facto relationship nor those who marry following the death of their veteran spouse, before applying for the War Widow/ers Pension, will be eligible to receive war widow/er entitlements.

War widow/ers who remarry or enter a de facto relationship after claiming a war widow/ers Pension will not lose their entitlement under this measure.

This measure will result in savings of $1.4 million over four years.