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Budget 2007: $470.0 million in 2007-08 Defence funding for Melbourne.



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THE HON DR BRENDAN NELSON MP Minister for Defence

BUDGET 2007-08

Tuesday, 8 May 2007 B27/2007

$470.0 MILLION IN 2007-08 DEFENCE FUNDING FOR MELBOURNE

The Defence presence in Melbourne includes office accommodation at Defence Plaza Melbourne and associated Defence industry.

The Australian Government through Defence will continue its strong support to the economy of Melbourne based on a continuing significant military presence. The current military population of the electorate includes over 1,100 ADF members, Defence civilians and ADF cadets. Defence families make up an integral part of the Melbourne community.

The Government will continue to make an extensive financial contribution of around $470.0 million in 2007-08, to the funding of both Defence facilities and personnel serving in Melbourne.

Valuing our Personnel:

As part of the ongoing commitment to supporting and valuing our ADF personnel and their families the following improvements will be made: • a modern and more flexible pay structure for other ranks;

• a new home loans assistance package with higher subsidies and greater choice to encourage home ownership and provide for higher benefits as members serve on for longer periods;

• creating a transition and career advice function within Defence Force Recruiting to assist those who might be considering alternative careers;

• investment in the professional development of Defence medical officers;

• better marketing to showcase the Navy, Army and Air Force as employers of choice;

• the introduction of a new Defence Apprenticeship scheme to assist 16-17 year olds commence an apprenticeship and then join the ADF.

Local cadets will benefit from an expansion and enhancement of the Defence Force Cadet scheme - giving our young people the life, leadership and employability skills valued by employers and community leaders.

Media contacts Nigel Blunden (Dr Nelson) 02 6277 7800 0407 632 931

Defence Media Liaison 02 6265 3343 0408 498 664

www.defence.gov.au

Facilities:

Defence facilities in Victoria will benefit from $119.7 million in funding for 2007-08.

$49.0 million has been allocated to approved Defence facilities projects. A further $70.7 million will be spent on Defence Estate upkeep works.