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Communications, Information Technology and The Arts

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Australian Broadcasting Corporation - - - -

The Government will maintain base funding to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in real terms for the period 2003-04 to 2005-06.

This measure will involve funding of $488.7 million in 2003-04, $501.4 million in 2004-05 and $512.9 million in 2005-06. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation - continuation of funding for Radio Australia

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Australian Broadcasting Corporation 3.0 3.0 3.1 -

Funding of $9.1 million for the triennium 2003-04 to 2005-06 will be provided to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to maintain the reach of Radio Australia services through FM retransmission, shortwave transmission and digital satellite distribution to the Asia-Pacific region.

Bundanon Trust

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 0.2 0.4 0.8 1.0

The Government will provide funding to the Bundanon Trust of $2.3 million over four years to place it on a sustainable basis. Funding will be phased in from 2003-04 with the full amount commencing from 2006-07. The Bundanon Trust will also utilise $1.6 million available in its Investment Fund to meet its operating expenses during the period 2003-04 to 2005-06.

Funding will be administered by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts through the Cultural Development Programme.

See also the related expense measures titled Cultural Agencies Review and National Institute of Dramatic Art - additional funding in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio.

Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Portfolio - decreased resourcing in 2003-04

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Portfolio -0.5 - - -

The Government has identified savings of $0.5 million in 2003-04 which will be effected across the portfolio.

Contemporary Visual Arts and Crafts Inquiry - Government response

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 3.0 4.5 6.0 6.0

The Government will provide funding of $19.5 million over four years in response to the Contemporary Visual Arts and Craft Inquiry (Myer Report). The funding will be used to provide grants to individuals and organisations to improve the overall performance of the contemporary visual arts and craft sector.

This funding is conditional on the State and Territory governments providing matching funding.

Cultural Agencies Review

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts -0.4 -0.4 -0.6 -0.6
National Gallery of Australia -0.2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4
National Museum of Australia -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
National Archives of Australia -0.6 -0.7 -0.9 -1.1

The Government's Review of Cultural Agencies within the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Portfolio recommended that agencies review their accounting treatment of cultural and heritage assets in 2003-04. As a result of this review, it is expected increased funding will be made available to agencies to expand preservation and conservation activities.

The additional flexibility and efficiency of this new framework will provide agencies with scope to reduce their costs. As a result, savings of $6.9 million over four years, with ongoing savings of $2.2 million per annum thereafter, have been identified and will be used to meet increased funding requirements of the Bundanon Trust and the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

This measure also impacts on Old Parliament House and ScreenSound Australia, which are funded through the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

See also the related expense measures titled Bundanon Trust and National Institute of Dramatic Art - additional funding in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio.

Film Finance Corporation

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts - - - -

The Government will maintain base funding for the Film Finance Corporation Australia for 2004-05 to 2006-07 at current levels. This measure provides long-term certainty for investors in Australian feature films, television drama and documentaries in an industry where projects have long lead-times.

Funding of $50 million per annum will be provided in 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Freephone and Local Rate telephone number auctions

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Australian Communications Authority 1.6 0.6 0.4 0.4

The Government will provide $3 million over four years to establish an internet-based auction system to allocate special business telephone numbers. The telephone numbers affected by this initiative include Freephone (1800-* numbers), Local Rate numbers (1300-* numbers and 13-* numbers) and phonewords phone numbers.

Funding will be provided to allow the Australian Communications Authority to implement and maintain the new auction system, which will include preferential arrangements for charities.

See also the related capital measure titled Freephone and Local Rate telephone number auctions in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Portfolio.

Government Bookshop Network - closure

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
National Office for the Information Economy -4.9 -7.6 -7.5 -7.4

Sales of government publications through the Government Bookshop Network have declined markedly in recent years. This is a result of agencies increasingly using alternative methods of information dissemination, including online methods. As a result, the Government Bookshop Network will be closed. Forgone revenue of $14.9 million over four years will be more than offset by reduced expenses of $27.4 million over the same period, resulting in a saving of $12.5 million over four years.

A new business model for the distribution of Commonwealth publications is to be introduced to better reflect customer preferences in accessing this material. Existing distribution methods employed by individual agencies will be augmented by measures such as the establishment of a panel of contractors for printing and distribution of publications and the development of a central electronic register of government publications.

See also the related revenue measure titled Government Bookshop Network - closure in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Portfolio.

MacArthur Museum Project - Commonwealth contribution

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 0.4 - - -

Funding of $350,000 will be provided in 2003-04 to the General Douglas MacArthur Brisbane - Memorial Trust for the MacArthur Museum Project. This funding matches that provided by the Queensland Government.

National Institute of Dramatic Art - additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2

The Government will provide additional funding of $4.6 million over four years to the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) through the Cultural Development Programme administered by the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. This funding will enable NIDA to meet increased operating expenses associated with its Stage II facilities, which were opened in late 2001.

See also the related expense measures titled Cultural Agencies Review and Bundanon Trust in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Portfolio.

NetAlert

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 0.5 0.5 0.5 -
Australian Broadcasting Authority -0.5 -0.5 -0.5 -

The Government will continue funding for NetAlert for the three years 2003-04 to 2005-06. NetAlert provides information and facilitates research to raise community awareness about the control of offensive online content.

Funding of $0.5 million per annum for three years will be reallocated from the Australian Broadcasting Authority.

Olympic and Paralympic Games in Athens 2004

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Australian Sports Commission 1.0 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $1 million in 2003-04 to assist elite athletes preparing for the 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Athens.

Premium rate telephone numbers - service provider rules

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Australian Communications Authority 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.1

The Government will provide funding of $0.6 million over the next four years to the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) to develop, monitor and enforce service provider rules for premium rate numbers (190-numbers).

This funding will enable the ACA to make, where appropriate, service provider rules to regulate the supply of higher cost services, and to address concerns about unexpected high bills for these services.

Expenses for this measure will be fully recovered by the ACA from industry one year in arrears.

See also the related revenue measure titled Premium rate telephone numbers - cost recovery for service provider rules in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts portfolio.

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation - - - -

The Government will maintain current base funding for the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation for the period 2003-04 to 2005-06.

This measure will involve funding of $82.6 million in 2003-04, $83.6 million in 2004-05 and $85.1 million in 2005-06. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation - exemption from the Efficiency Dividend

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation 0.8 1.7 2.6 -

The Government will ensure that the existing level of the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation's (SBS's) triennial funding is maintained in real terms by exempting the SBS from the efficiency dividend. This will provide SBS with additional funding of $5.1 million for the triennium 2003-04 to 2005-06.

Special Broadcasting Service Corporation - overseas programme acquisition

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation 3.6 3.7 3.7 -

The Government will provide an additional $11 million to the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation for the period 2003-04 to 2005-06 to assist in meeting the increasing costs of purchasing overseas programming.

Submarine telecommunications cables - protection

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Australian Communications Authority 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.2

The Government will provide funding of $1.4 million over the next four years to increase protection for submarine telecommunications cables through the establishment of protection zones over cables of national importance.

Costs will be recovered from industry, one year in arrears, by the Australian Communications Authority.

See also the related revenue measure titled Submarine telecommunications cables - protection and cost recovery in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Portfolio.

Surf Life Saving Australia, Royal Life Saving Society Australia, Austswim and the Australian Ski Patrol Association - additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 0.5 0.5 - -

The Commonwealth will provide an additional $0.5 million in each of 2003-04 and 2004-05 to four recreation safety organisations: Surf Life Saving Australia, the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, Austswim and the Australian Ski Patrol Association.

Tough On Drugs In Sport - drug testing

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Australian Sports Drug Agency 1.7 1.7 1.8 1.8
National Office of the Information Economy -0.4 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4
Australian Sports Commission -0.4 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4

Funding of $7 million over four years will be provided to the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) to continue the Tough on Drugs in Sport Programme (TODIS) which conducts drug testing and drug education programmes for elite athletes. This funding will enable TODIS to maintain testing at peak activity levels.

This increase in funding will be partially offset by reductions in resourcing for the Australian Sports Commission and National Office for the Information Economy.


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