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Part II: Expense measures



Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 1: Expenses measures since the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Table 2: Expenses measures up to the 2001-02 MYEFO (continued)

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

A Stronger Tasmania
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

-

1.0

1.1

1.1

Explanation

The Government will provide $3.2 million over three years to contribute to the development of agriculture in Tasmania through the development of the Warner Creek Dam and the Northern Midlands Water Project as detailed below.

When completed, the Warner Creek Dam, also known as the Meander River Dam, will provide a reliable irrigation supply to agricultural users of the region, enhancing opportunities for economic growth. Subject to a feasibility study, the Commonwealth will provide $2.6 million for construction, on a matching basis with Tasmania, to meet the shortfall in private investment.

The Commonwealth will also provide a further $0.6 million to the Northern Midlands Water Project, on the Macquarie River. The project will provide a more reliable source of irrigation water allowing landholders to diversify and increase the productive value of agriculture in the region.

Beef Expo 2003 and Gracemere Saleyards
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

3.9

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide $5.7 million over two years towards the staging and running of the 2003 Beef Expo and for the upgrading and construction of a livestock showcase facility at the Gracemere Saleyards in Rockhampton. Funding of $1.8 million in 2001-02 is being fully absorbed within the existing resourcing of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

The Beef Expo is a major regional and tourism event held every three years, which will utilise the state-of-the-art livestock showcase facility for the display and marketing of livestock.

Boosting rural veterinary services
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

0.3

0.4

0.5

0.6

Explanation

The Government will provide $2 million over five years, including $0.2 million in 2006-07, towards five bonded scholarships per year with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS). This will help address the decline in the number of large animal practice veterinarians in rural Australia.

This measure will boost AQIS' capability during the scholarship-holders' bond and open a new pathway for veterinarians to practice in regional areas where they have an important role in Australia's post border systems of animal disease prevention, detection and response.

See also the related expense measure titled Review of Australia's veterinary profession to address the shortage of rural based large livestock veterinarians in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

Enhancing animal health infrastructure
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.5

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $10 million to enhance epidemiological resources and diagnostic capability in order to help maintain a higher level of emergency preparedness. The measure will enable the Commonwealth to better prepare for a possible major national animal disease emergency and to better deploy resources should such events ever occur.

While these improvements are primarily targeted at the animal health sector, they will also serve to improve the Commonwealth's ability to effectively respond to emergencies in, among other agricultural industries, the plant and aquatic animal areas.

Exceptional Circumstances in the northern wheatbelt region in WA
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

9.5

6.3

-

-

Department of Family and Community Services

0.4

0.4

-

-

Department of Health and Ageing

0.4

0.3

-

-

Total

10.3

7.0

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide up to $24 million over three years (including $6.7 million in 2001-02) as Exceptional Circumstances assistance to nominated shires in the northern wheatbelt of Western Australia. The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry announced the declaration of Exceptional Circumstances in this area on 7 March 2002.

This is a cross-portfolio measure between the Departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Health and Ageing and Family and Community Services, and will be administered through Centrelink. The above funding for the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry includes amounts of $0.1 million in 2001-02, $0.3 million in 2002-03 and $0.1 million in 2003-04 for Centrelink to administer this Exceptional Circumstances assistance.

Exceptional Circumstances assistance through interest rate subsidies provides short-term targeted support to assist viable farm businesses affected by adverse impacts of exceptional climatic events, including drought. Income support to farm families is also provided through the Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment.

Incentives for Environmental Management Systems in agriculture
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

-

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will allocate funding of up to $25 million to support eligible primary producers in adopting Environmental Management Systems (EMS). This incentive will support improved environmental management of Australia's natural resources, encourage sustainable agricultural production systems and reinforce Australia's reputation as a supplier of quality, environmentally friendly agricultural products. Fifty per cent of the costs of eligible EMS expenditure, up to a maximum of $3,000 per primary producer (subject to eligibility criteria) on taxable incomes up to $30,000 per annum, will be reimbursed under the programme. The level of reimbursement applying to eligible primary producers on taxable incomes between $30,000 and $35,000 per annum will reduce by $3 for every $5 in income above $30,000.

This measure will be funded from within the existing resources of the Natural Heritage Trust.

Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

-

-

-

4.7

Explanation

The Government will provide an additional $4.7 million in 2005-06 to continue the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy. The programme identifies quarantine risks to northern Australia and provides early warning of quarantine risks and pest incursions.

This measure will provide continued protection of Australia's animal, plant and human health and the environment through a programme of monitoring, surveillance and public awareness across northern Australia and in neighbouring areas of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor.

The additional $4.7 million in 2005-06 brings the total funding to $16.9 million over four years.

Northern Mallee Pipeline - Stage 7 South
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

-

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide $4 million in 2002-03 to extend the Northern Mallee Pipeline to cover the Patchewollock and Cannie Ridge Districts of the existing pipeline project area in north-western Victoria. The extended pipeline will replace the existing open channel stock and domestic water supply system and aims to provide a more secure stock and domestic water supply to a further 100,000 hectares of farmland. The Commonwealth funding is subject to a matching contribution from the Victorian Government.

This measure will be funded from within the existing resources of the Natural Heritage Trust.

Reprioritisation of funding for the Southern Bluefin Tuna Scientific Research Programme
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

-1.2

-1.8

-

-

Explanation

The Government will reallocate $3 million from the Agriculture - Advancing Australia FarmBis - Skilling Farmers for the Future and Agriculture Development Partnerships programmes to the new Southern Bluefin Tuna Scientific Research Programme.

This reallocation will come from the uncommitted Commonwealth/State component of the programmes and will not affect existing agreements with the States. The revised level of funding will more accurately reflect estimated demand under the programmes.

See also the related expense measure titled Southern Bluefin Tuna Scientific Research Programme in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio.

Reprioritising funding for the National Food Industry Strategy
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

-3.5

-5.8

-

-10.8

Explanation

The Government announced the $102.4 million, five year National Food Industry Strategy on 28 September 2001, which aims to ensure that the Australian food industry will continue to be a significant global player with a sustainable and profitable role in the global food production system.

This measure will offset elements of the cost of the strategy by reprioritising $9.3 million over 2002-03 and 2003-04 from the Agriculture - Advancing Australia FarmBis Programme. This reallocation will come from the uncommitted Commonwealth/State component of FarmBis and will not affect existing agreements with the States. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is absorbing $22.6 million over 2005-06 and 2006-07 from within existing resources.

Southern Bluefin Tuna Scientific Research Programme
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1.0

1.0

1.0

-

Explanation

The Government will provide $3 million to contribute to a scientific research programme aimed at improving knowledge on the status of the global Southern Bluefin Tuna stock and enable appropriate decisions about resource use.

The scientific research programme is administered by the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna in which Australia is an active participant.

See also the related expense measure titled Reprioritisation of funding for the Southern Bluefin Tuna Scientific Research Programme in the Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio.

Attorney-General's

Australian Law Online
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

1.3

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $1.3 million to the Attorney-General's Department to allow the continuation of the Australian Law Online initiative in 2002-03. Australian Law Online is designed to make it easier for Australians to access family law information and services by using the internet and national telephone services free of charge.

Continue to support community legal services
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

1.3

1.3

1.3

1.4

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $5.3 million for the continuation of regional community legal outreach services in rural and regional Australia. The community legal services programme provides cost effective legal services to disadvantaged members of the Australian community.

Expanding the capacity of Crime Stoppers
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

0.2

0.2

0.3

0.3

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $1 million for the establishment of a national coordination centre for the Crime Stoppers programme. The national centre will allow for centralised fundraising and coordination activities, currently being co-managed by seven Crime Stoppers programmes.

Increased funding for HIH Royal Commission
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

9.8

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide funding in order to extend the HIH Royal Commission reporting date from 30 June 2002 to 28 February 2003.

Keeping people out of the courts
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

7.0

6.6

6.7

6.9

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $27.2 million for the continuation of funding for community-based counselling and mediation programmes. This measure will assist families in resolving their problems without going to court in order to minimise the stress and financial costs associated with separation and divorce.

Expand the research and development capability of the Australian Federal Police
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

0.3

0.4

0.4

0.5

Explanation

The Government will provide $1.6 million to expand the research, forensic science and development capabilities of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). This measure will ensure that the AFP is able to keep pace with new and emerging forensic techniques and technologies for use in areas such as information technology and electronic crime.

Extension of the National Heroin Signature Programme (NHSP) to cocaine and amphetamines
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

1.2

1.2

1.2

1.1

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $4.7 million to extend the profiling capabilities of the National Illicit Drug Strategy to cocaine and amphetamines, following the success of the NHSP. The NHSP carries out physical and chemical analysis of heroin seizures (including packaging) in order to construct a better intelligence picture of where the drugs are coming from facilitating improved use of police resources in targeted operations.

Additional funding for the centenary celebrations of the High Court of Australia
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

High Court of Australia

0.2

0.7

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide $0.9 million to the High Court of Australia to fund special sittings and a related legal conference to mark the centenary of the High Court's first sitting.

Upgrading domestic security

In response to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the Government is providing funding of $1,308 million (including $130.4 million in 2001-02) over five years to upgrade security within Australia. The Upgrading Domestic Security package includes initiatives to upgrade and enhance Australia's airport security, identify possible security threats, and increase our capacity to respond to security incidents.

Funding will be provided through the Attorney-General's, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Health and Ageing, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Transport and Regional Services Portfolios.

Table 3: Upgrading Domestic Security: Summary of measures

Table 3: Upgrading Domestic Security: Summary of measures

Table 3: Upgrading Domestic Security: Summary of measures (continued)

Table 3: Upgrading Domestic Security: Summary of measures (continued)

Table 3: Upgrading Domestic Security: Summary of measures (continued)

Table 3: Upgrading Domestic Security: Summary of measures (continued)

(a) Total does not include net additional expenditure of $130.4 million in 2001-02.

Improved aviation security

Enhanced aviation security
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

-

-

-

-

Australian Federal Police

30.5

30.8

31.2

31.6

Total

30.5

30.8

31.2

31.6

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $144.8 million over five years (including $20.7 million in 2001-02) to the Australian Protective Service. This funding will enhance aviation security arrangements by upgrading security at Australia's airports and implementing the Air Security Officer Programme. Additional APS personnel will be deployed at airports. The programme involves the placement of specially trained officers on domestic and international flights. This will provide greater deterrence against potential attacks on Australian airports and domestic flights.

The Australian Protective Services is currently within the Attorney-General's Department. From 1 July 2002 it will become part of the Australian Federal Police.

Improved data access for border control agencies
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Customs Service

6.6

7.0

13.0

6.4

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $33 million to strengthen Australia's border security. This measure will provide border control authorities with access to international air computer reservation and departure control systems and facilitate data sharing between border control authorities including immigration systems. This will increase the capacity to screen arriving and departing international passengers to enable better detection and interception of illegal activities, principally directed at terrorism, but also helpful in the fight against drug trafficking and people smuggling.

See also the related capital measure titled Improved data access for border control agencies in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Increased number of explosive detector dogs at Australian airports
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

1.1

1.1

1.1

1.1

Explanation

The Government will provide $4.4 million for additional explosive detection capability by increasing the number of explosive detector dogs at Australian airports.

Strengthening air safety
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Transport and Regional Services

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

Explanation

As part of the Government's commitment to strengthening air safety, the Department of Transport and Regional Services will be funded on an ongoing basis for additional aviation security surveillance and enforcement.

Identification of security threats

Enhanced technical capacity
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

3.1

3.1

2.8

2.0

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

9.6

7.1

7.0

5.3

National Crime Authority

2.5

1.8

1.7

0.9

Total

15.2

12.0

11.5

8.2

Explanation

The Government allocated additional funding of $46.9 million to fund the further development of technical investigative capacity in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australian Federal Police and National Crime Authority to strengthen intelligence and detection in relation to terrorist threats.

See also the related capital measure titled Enhanced technical capacity in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Enhancement of guarding services by the Australian Protective Service
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

-

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government provided additional funding of $6.9 million in 2001-02 to increase protective security measures for diplomatic and consular missions.

Enhancement of national security coordination and counter-terrorism capabilities
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

3.6

3.6

3.6

3.6

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $16.2 million over five years (including $1.8 million in 2001-02) to the Attorney-General's Department to meet the ongoing costs associated with upgrading the Protective Security Coordination Centre to continuous high level operation and departmental support operations.

E-security national agenda
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

Australian Federal Police

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.7

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

1.4

1.4

1.5

1.5

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

-

-

-

-

Department of Defence

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

Total

6.0

6.0

6.1

6.1

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $24.2 million to improve security awareness and management of the national information infrastructure. The E-security national agenda is designed to protect Australia's critical information technology infrastructure from attack.

This is a cross portfolio measure between the Attorney-General's Department, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australian Federal Police, the National Office for the Information Economy and Defence Signals Directorate. The National Office for the Information Economy will contribute $1 million over four years but absorb the cost within its existing resources.

See also the related capital measure titled E-security national agenda in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Additional container x-ray machines
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Customs Service

-

5.2

8.0

12.8

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $26 million for the ongoing operational costs associated with additional container x-ray machines in Brisbane and Fremantle. This measure expands the container x-ray procurement programme, currently being implemented in Sydney and Melbourne and will enable enhanced screening of imported goods and greater interception of illegal goods.

See also the related capital measure titled Additional container x-ray machines in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Additional pallet x-ray machines
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Customs Service

-

0.8

1.3

2.7

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $4.8 million to the Australian Customs Service for the ongoing operational costs associated with four additional pallet x-ray machines to be located in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. The additional machines will enable greater interception of illegal goods entering Australia by increasing the number of cargo inspections.

See also the related capital measure titled Additional pallet x-ray machines in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Enhanced Coastwatch communications capability
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Customs Service

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.1

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $8.1 million to upgrade the communications capability of Coastwatch. These funds will enable inter-operability of communications equipment with existing air and surface assets and facilitate secure and reliable communications with surveillance command and control centres.

High frequency surface wave radar
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Customs Service

3.0

3.2

3.2

3.4

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $12.8 million to the Australian Customs Service for the provision of a high frequency surface wave radar system to be provided through contractual arrangement. This system will provide greater and more continuous coverage against air and surface targets. The radar will allow the current surveillance assets to be redeployed to other high security threat areas.

Enhanced analytical and predictive crime capability for the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

1.4

2.8

2.9

3.9

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $11 million for the implementation and management of an automated screening and crime recognition facility within the Australian Law Enforcement and Targeting System (ALERT). This facility will allow ALERT to automatically compare intelligence data with information held in the Australian Criminal Intelligence Database (ACID).

See also the related capital measure titled Enhanced analytical and predictive crime capability for the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Enhancement of protective security services
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

27.1

27.4

27.7

27.9

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $116.1 million over five years (including $6 million in 2001-02) to the Australian Federal Police to meet the costs associated with increased security including close personal protection services and counter-terrorism crime capacity.

See also the related capital measure titled Enhancement of protective security services in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Expansion of the Law Enforcement Cooperation Programme
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

3.8

11.8

13.7

13.7

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $43 million to expand the Law Enforcement Cooperation Programme. This measure will fund an additional 16 strategically placed Australian Federal Police officers overseas. The programme will enhance cooperation with overseas law enforcement agencies. This will increase the flow of intelligence information on activities that may impact adversely on Australian security.

See also the related capital measure titled Expansion of the Law Enforcement Cooperation Programme in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Extension of Project Axiom
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

3.8

4.5

4.9

5.1

Explanation

The Government will provide an additional $18.3 million to expand the Axiom undercover policing programme. This funding will enable the Australian Federal Police to conduct more effective targeted operations into a wide range of criminal activities such as money laundering, people smuggling, illicit drug trafficking and electronic crime.

See also the related capital measure titled Extension of Project Axiom in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Increased funding to intelligence agencies
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Secret Intelligence Service

1.7

5.8

6.6

6.7

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation

6.0

9.2

14.6

14.9

Department of Defence

7.4

4.3

4.3

4.3

Office of National Assessments

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.6

Total

15.7

19.9

26.1

26.5

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $88.2 million to enhance counter-terrorism capabilities. This is a cross portfolio measure, with funding to be provided to the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Office of National Assessments, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and the Department of Defence.

See also the related capital measure titled Increased funding to intelligence agencies in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Defence Communications Project
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Defence

26.3

18.5

25.3

38.5

Explanation

The Department of Defence will receive additional funding of $113.6 million (including $5 million in 2001-02) to improve secure communication systems, as a result of assessments made following 11 September 2001.

Research and development of a biometric identifier for the Australian passport
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

3.0

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide funding of $3 million for research into a biometric identifier for the Australian passport. The introduction of a biometric identifier has the capacity to strengthen border protection through more robust identity verification processes and to reduce the risk of fraud.

See also the related revenue measure titled Increase in the price of the Australian passport in the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio.

Increased capacity to respond to security incidents

Incident response capability
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Attorney-General's Department

8.4

8.4

0.5

0.5

Department of Defence

18.0

21.0

22.0

24.0

Department of Health and Ageing

10.7

0.2

0.2

0.2

Total

37.1

29.6

22.7

24.7

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $114.1 million to introduce a number of measures designed to strengthen Australia's preparedness and capacity to respond to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear And Explosive (CBRNE) incidents.

The Government is establishing within the Australian Defence Force a permanent Incident Response Regiment (IRR). The IRR will complement existing Commonwealth and state and territory capabilities dealing with CBRNE threats and incidents. It builds upon earlier capabilities funded through the Defence 2000 White Paper and interim arrangements put in place to cover events of national significance, such as the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

The IRR will be a group of highly trained Defence personnel able to respond to CBRNE emergencies in Australia and involving Australian interests overseas, including supporting hostage recovery operations with CBRNE dimensions, providing specialist and technical advice to Commonwealth, state and territory agencies and combating terrorist attacks involving an improvised nuclear device.

The Government is also enhancing the capacity of Emergency Management Australia (EMA) to deal with the consequences of terrorist attacks in Australia. EMA will acquire and maintain a reserve of deployable equipment and a training programme to provide assistance to States and Territories in the event of a CBRNE incident.

The Department of Health and Ageing will establish and maintain a centralised national drug stockpile of chemical antidotes and vaccines, which will be available in response to a major biological attack on the Australian public.

See also the related capital measure titled Incident response capability in the Defence portfolio.

Australian Federal Police rapid response capability
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

0.9

1.4

2.2

-

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $4.5 million to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for the ongoing costs associated with improved access to telecommunications infrastructure in remote locations. These funds will provide investigators in remote locations with real-time access to the AFP's computer infrastructure, including increased network access; radio communications; and a multi-user telephone system.

See also the related capital measure titled Australian Federal Police rapid response capability in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Double the strike team capacity of the Australian Federal Police
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Federal Police

5.0

13.6

12.7

12.7

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $44 million to double the Australian Federal Police's strike team capacity. The funds will provide for the deployment of an additional 116 Australian Federal Police officers around Australia. The strike teams respond to crimes such as people smuggling, terrorism and politically motivated violence.

See also the related capital measure titled Double the strike team capacity of the Australian Federal Police in the Attorney-General's portfolio.

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Queensland
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Defence

-

-

-

-

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

-

-

-

-

Total

-

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government provided additional funding of $31.9 million in 2001-02 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Coolum, Queensland in March 2002. The change in the venue and timing of CHOGM (previously scheduled for October 2001 in Brisbane), and the events of 11 September 2001 and the threat assessments arising from them, required enhanced security arrangements to ensure a secure and safe venue.

Counter-terrorism: improving operational capacity
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Defence

10.2

-

-

-

Explanation

The Department of Defence will receive additional funding of $15 million, with $4.8 million provided in 2001-02, to improve real time communications in support of the war against terrorism.

Enhanced protective security
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Defence

27.9

-

-

-

Explanation

In light of the heightened state of alert resulting from the war against terrorism, the Government has provided additional funding to protect important Defence assets including, increased guarding, patrolling and protective searches. Funding of $27 million was also provided in 2001-02.

See also the related capital measure titled Enhanced protective security in the Defence portfolio.

Enhancement to Defence's tactical response capability
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Defence

32.6

37.8

28.8

33.4

Explanation

Following the events of 11 September 2001, the Government has decided to double the tactical assault capability of the Australian Defence Force by establishing a permanent Tactical Assault Group on the east coast of Australia. This group will supplement the existing Tactical Assault Group located on the west coast. Funding of $23.1 million was provided in 2001-02 to establish an interim east coast Tactical Assault Group.

A Tactical Assault Group is a special forces unit trained to conduct counter terrorism activities in a range of situations, including the recovery of hostages. A full strength permanent group will be drawn immediately from the existing Australian Defence Force. The funding provided allows for the purchase of specialist military equipment for the new Tactical Assault Group and for the recruitment and training of new personnel to replace those personnel drawn into the new Tactical Assault Group.

See also the related capital measure titled Enhancement to Defence's tactical response capability in the Defence portfolio.

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

A national media-based youth arts festival
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australia Council

1.0

1.0

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide $2 million to support the third national media-based youth arts festival. Like its predecessors, the festival will promote the work of thousands of young Australians in television, radio, print and online media.

Continuation of funding for the Major Festivals Initiative
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australia Council

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

Explanation

The Government will provide $3 million for continuation of the Major Festivals Initiative, which supports the development of large scale works in the performing arts for presentation at Australia's major arts festivals and for international touring.

Continuation of funding for the Young and Emerging Artists Initiative
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australia Council

1.3

1.3

1.3

1.3

Explanation

The Government will provide $5 million for the continuation of the Young and Emerging Artists Initiative, which assists new and younger artists with career development and exposure of their work.

Enhanced facilities at the Australian Institute of Sport
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Australian Sports Commission

-

-

-

0.7

Explanation

The Government will provide additional depreciation funding associated with the upgrading of facilities at the Australian Institute of Sport, including $1.7 million in 2006-07 and $2.6 million from 2007-08 ongoing.

See also the related capital measure titled Enhanced facilities at the Australian Institute of Sport in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio.

Additional funding for the National Institute of Dramatic Art
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

0.7

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government will provide $0.7 million to the Cultural Development Programme for the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). This funding will assist NIDA to meet increased expenses associated with operating its new main building.

NIDA received $25 million from the Federation Fund to assist in the construction of this building.

Australia Business Arts Foundation
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

1.6

1.6

1.6

1.6

Explanation

The Government will provide additional funding of $6.4 million to the Australia Business Arts Foundation (ABAF). ABAF encourages private sector support for the arts and culture, and Government funding will be leveraged into higher ongoing private sector support for the arts.

Better targeting of the telecommunications needs of indigenous communities
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

-8.3

-

-

-

Explanation

The Government has decided to service the telecommunications needs of certain remote indigenous communities through alternative means than through the construction of mobile phone towers under the 2001-02 Budget measure Telecommunications Service Inquiry response - extending mobile phone coverage to communities of more than 500 people.

These alternatives include fixed line and internet connections.

See the related expense measure titled Telecommunications Action Plan for remote indigenous communities in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio.

Commercial Radio Black Spots Programme
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

1.0

2.0

2.0

-

Explanation

The Government will provide $5 million to extend the coverage of commercial radio in areas of regional and remote Australia where it is not commercially viable for licensees to provide coverage. This funding will provide one-off grants to eligible communities for equipment and site establishment costs.

Continuation of funding for heritage collections
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

Explanation

The Government will provide $1.2 million to build on the work of the Heritage Collections Council. This work is supported by the Commonwealth, States and Territories and develops strategies for the care and management of heritage items held in museums, libraries and galleries, particularly in regional Australia.

Continuation of funding for the Australian Museums Online Programme
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

Explanation

The Government will provide $1 million to continue the Australian Museums Online initiative, which supports online links between museums and galleries across Australia, provides virtual tours of their collections, and improves access to conservation, collection management and training resources.

Continuation of funding for the Contemporary Music Touring Programme
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

Explanation

The Government will provide $1 million for continuation of the Contemporary Music Touring Programme. This programme assists touring opportunities for Australian musicians and facilitates wider access to live Australian contemporary music.

Continuation of funding for the National Institute of Circus Arts
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

0.7

1.4

1.4

1.4

Explanation

The Government will provide $4.8 million to the Cultural Development Programme for the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) to enable it to continue to provide training courses in performing arts.

Maintaining community broadcasting infrastructure and multicultural funding
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

1.6

1.6

1.7

1.7

Explanation

The Government will provide $6.6 million to continue support for community broadcasting services throughout Australia. Funding will support multicultural community broadcasting and community broadcasting infrastructure, including the community access network, the community broadcasting database and the community radio satellite service.

Reprioritisation of funding from the Online Technical Assistance Programme
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

-1.0

-1.0

-

-

Explanation

The Government will reallocate $2 million from the Online Technical Assistance Programme to support increased funding for the National Museum of Australia. Surplus funds have been identified due to lower than expected demand under the Online Technical Assistance Programme.

See also the related expense measure titled Additional funding for the National Museum of Australia in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio.

Telecommunications Action Plan for remote indigenous communities
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

2.3

3.8

2.2

-

Explanation

The Government will provide $8.3 million for a package of initiatives to improve access to priority telecommunications services. The measure includes assistance for fixed telephone and internet connections, improved pay phone services and development of relevant online content.

See also the related expense measure titled Better targeting of the telecommunications needs of indigenous communities in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio.

Television Black Spots - alternative technical solutions
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

3.9

7.0

2.4

-

Explanation

The Government will provide $13.3 million to further improve television reception in regional areas. Building on the Television Black Spots Programme, which supports improved reception through analog retransmission, this funding will support the development of alternative reception solutions including digital multi-channelling, direct to home satellite links and local cabling.

Reprioritisation of funding from the National Archives of Australia
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

National Archives of Australia

-1.0

-1.0

-1.0

-1.0

Explanation

Consistent with a better appreciation of ongoing funding needs, the Government will reallocate $4 million from the National Archives of Australia to support increased funding for the National Museum of Australia.

See also the related expense measure titled Additional funding for the National Museum of Australia and the related capital measure titled Reprioritisation of capital expenditure from the National Archives of Australia in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio.

Additional funding for the National Museum of Australia
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

National Museum of Australia

9.0

9.2

9.4

9.6

Explanation

The Government will provide $37.2 million for the National Museum of Australia, following a review of the Museum's first year of operation. This additional funding will ensure that the National Museum is able to maintain its current range and level of activities.

See also the related expense measures titled Reprioritisation of funding from the Online Technical Assistance Programme, and Reprioritisation of funding from the National Archives of Australia and the related capital measure titled Reprioritisation of capital expenditure from the National Archives of Australia in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio.

Extension of SBS Television to population areas with 5,000 to 10,000 people
Expenses ($m)

 

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation

0.3

1.4

2.0

2.0

Explanation

The Government will provide $5.7 million to fund new SBS television extension services to towns with populations of 5,000 to 10,000 people. This funding will also meet the costs of maintaining existing SBS television services in areas where services were established through self-help arrangements (which require local community groups and Councils to meet establishment and maintenance costs).

 


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