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Investing in Australia’s Security

The 2002-03 Budget announced measures totalling $1.3 billion over five years to upgrade Australia’s domestic security, concentrating on improved aviation security, the identification of security threats, and an increased capacity to respond to security incidents.

The 2003-04 Budget announced additional measures in a package known as A Safer Australia, totalling $411 million over five years. This package included initiatives aimed at safeguarding infrastructure, protective guarding and enhancing intelligence.

Additional funding of $103 million and $143 million was also announced at Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2002-03 (MYEFO) and MYEFO 2003-04, respectively.

This package, Investing in Australia’s Security, provides a further $754.5 million (including $143.5 million capital funding) over the five years from 2003-04. In total, the Government will have committed $3.1 billion over the seven years since the 2002-03 Budget for a range of national security initiatives. (This total includes $364 million in 2006-07 and 2007-08 for previously announced but ongoing programmes).

The Investing in Australia’s Security package provides $270 million to strengthen Australia’s intelligence capabilities. Increased resources to Australia’s intelligence agencies will improve their capacity to provide analysis and assessment of high priority areas and to meet increased operational demands. The National Security Hotline will continue, and additional funding will enhance the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre’s ability to collect, analyse and disseminate financial intelligence.

Further enhancements at a cost of $40.1 million will be made to Australia’s capacity to respond to incidents. The National Medicines Stockpile will be expanded, and improvements will be made to the Biosecurity Surveillance System.

Protective security will be upgraded with initiatives of $207.1 million in this Budget. The Air Security Officer Programme will be expanded, and a number of overseas missions in high risk locations will be relocated. Government agencies will also receive additional funding to improve critical infrastructure protection.

Funding of $150.3 million will help secure Australia’s borders. More robust identity verification processes utilising biometric technology and an integrated global visa processing system will be developed.

The Government will also spend an additional $87 million to fund improvements to security capacity and cooperation in the region. The Australian Federal Police will have an enhanced capacity to respond to terrorist attacks in the region, and to assist in strengthening the capabilities of regional law enforcement partners. Funding will also be provided to establish the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation.

Table 5: Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures

Table 5:  Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures

Table 5: Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures (continued)

Table 5:  Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures (continued)

Table 5: Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures (continued)

Table 5:  Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures (continued)

Table 5: Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures (continued)

Table 5:  Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures (continued)

Table 5: Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures (continued)

Table 5:  Investing In Australia’s Security — Summary of measures (continued)

  1. Details of this measure may be found under capital.
  2. Includes expenditure of $2.7 million in 2003-04.
  3. Includes expenditure of $35 million in 2003-04.
  4. Includes expenditure of $8.4 million in 2003-04.
Investing in Australia’s Security — National Security Hotline

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Attorney-General’s Department 6.2 - - -

The Government will provide $6.2 million in 2004-05 for the continuation of the National Security Hotline. This funding includes $1.5 million for a public awareness campaign.

The Hotline provides an effective interface, and accessible point of contact, between the Government and the Australian public in relation to national security matters.

Investing in Australia’s Security — increased funding to intelligence agencies

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 15.2 25.1 30.1 31.4
Department of Defence 10.3 12.2 12.3 12.6
Australian Secret Intelligence Service 3.9 11.3 11.6 12.7
Office of National Assessments 2.4 1.7 1.7 1.8
Total 31.8 50.3 55.7 58.5

The Government will provide additional funding of $227.8 million (including $31.5 million capital funding) over four years to intelligence agencies to enhance Australia’s counter-terrorism capabilities and strengthen our ability to protect against possible threats to Australia’s national security. This funding provides resources for these agencies to improve their capacity to provide analysis and assessment of high priority areas and to meet increased operational demands.

This is a cross portfolio measure, with funding to be provided to the Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Department of Defence and the Office of National Assessments.

Investing in Australia’s Security — Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre additional funding

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre 8.7 8.9 9.1 9.3

The Government will provide an additional $36 million over four years to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC).

AUSTRAC is Australia’s sole financial intelligence and anti-money laundering agency. This funding will enhance AUSTRAC’s ability to collect, analyse and disseminate financial intelligence to Australia’s law enforcement, revenue and national security agencies.

Investing in Australia’s Security — Biosecurity Surveillance System

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Health and Ageing 6.4 1.3 1.2 1.2

The Government will provide $10.1 million over four years to improve the Biosecurity Surveillance System.

This system will enhance Australia’s capability to identify the release of chemical, biological or radiological agents among Australia’s population and to detect the occurrence of an infectious disease that represents a significant public health risk. Proposed improvements to the existing telephone and correspondence based system will include:

  • development of a more secure information-sharing network to allow improved information flow between health personnel;
  • implementation of a web-based outbreak reporting system to collect epidemiological data from multiple sites;
  • upgrading the existing National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System; and
  • development of the Sentinel Global Positioning Surveillance System which will allow surveillance of clinical syndromes as they are detected in medical practices.
Investing in Australia’s Security — radioactive material security and emergency response capability

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

The Government will provide $4.4 million (including $0.5 million capital funding) over four years to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) to enhance the physical protection of, and regulatory control over, Australia’s highest hazard radioactive materials. This will help enable Australia to adequately respond to an incident involving radioactive materials.

This funding will allow ARPANSA to establish teams of trained radiation specialists equipped for in-the-field analysis of any radioactive material. It will also help further develop and implement national physical protection standards for radioactive sources, compile an electronic register of high-hazard sources and implement an export control scheme for radioactive sources.

The capital funding will be provided to install a secure, high speed communication system to support the activities of ARPANSA and upgrade incident response infrastructure, including the purchase of specialised radiation measurement equipment and protective clothing.

Investing in Australia’s Security — national health security and counter-terrorism response capability

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Health and Ageing 3.0 2.5 2.6 2.2

The Government will provide $10.3 million over four years to strengthen national health security, preparedness and response capability in the event of a terrorist attack or national health emergency. This measure is made up of four components: funding for the Australian Health Disaster Management Policy Committee; enhancement of Australia’s public health laboratory capacity; development and implementation of new national public health legislation; and funding for enhanced capability of the national health incident room.

Investing in Australia’s Security — critical infrastructure protection

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Attorney-General’s Department 7.3 9.6 6.1 6.2
Department of Defence 1.2 1.6 1.6 1.6
Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 1.2 1.4 1.3 1.3
Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources 0.7 1.2 1.0 0.3
Department of Transport and Regional Services 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Department of Health and Ageing 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
Geoscience Australia 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Australian Broadcasting Authority 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Australian Federal Police - - - -
Total 11.6 15.0 11.3 10.6

The Government will provide funding of $50.2 million (including $1.7 million capital funding) over four years as part of continuing efforts to ensure there are adequate levels of protective security in respect of critical infrastructure, minimal single potential points of failure and rapid, tested recovery arrangements. This funding provides resources for nine Government agencies for a range of activities to progress three key areas of critical infrastructure protection. They are:

  • national coordination and leadership — including activities such as the provision of expanded Secretariat support to the Trusted Information Sharing Network for Critical Infrastructure;
  • infrastructure vulnerability identification, analysis and remediation  — including activities such as the testing of Australian Government and private sector national information infrastructure; and
  • infrastructure interdependence modelling and analysis — including activities to model and analyse interdependencies between different critical systems and networks.

The Government will assume a leadership role in these three core areas of activity, working in partnership with the States and industry to progress critical infrastructure protection.

Investing in Australia’s Security — diplomatic guarding

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Attorney-General’s Department 15.6 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $15.6 million in 2004-05 to ensure that Australia continues to comply with its international obligations with respect to the protection of foreign diplomatic and consular interests. The funding will also enhance the protection to be provided to Australian Holders of High Office and Internationally Protected Persons.

Investing in Australia’s Security — Air Security Officer Programme

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Federal Police 3.9 3.6 3.9 4.2

The Government will provide additional funding of $15.7 million over four years to the Australian Federal Police to allow expansion of the Air Security Officer Programme to priority international destinations based on intelligence and risk assessments.

Investing in Australia’s Security — research support for counter-terrorism

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.0 2.0 2.1 2.1

The Government will provide $7.2 million over four years to support research in counter-terrorism technology. Funding will enhance Australia’s counter-terrorism efforts by stimulating new research and enabling Australia to engage in international research projects.

See also the related expense measure titled Backing Australia’s Ability — National Competitive Grants Programme in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

Investing in Australia’s Security — Inspector of Transport Security

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Transport and Regional Services 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

The Government will provide $1.6 million over four years to support the establishment within the Department of Transport and Regional Services of an Inspector of Transport Security. The Inspector will investigate major incidents and systemic transport security weaknesses to ensure security vulnerabilities are identified and addressed.

Investing in Australia’s Security — regional airport security

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Transport and Regional Services -5.0 -9.0 - -

The Government will provide $35 million in 2003-04 to fund a security programme to upgrade security at 140 regional airports. A risk assessment of airports is being undertaken and the funding will be used to enhance basic physical security. Where required, this will include fencing of key areas within the boundary of the airports, basic lighting of key areas, back-to-base alarm systems and guard service or regular surveillance.

This funding includes the bring forward to 2003-04 of $14 million initially expensed to 2004-05 and 2005-06, as announced by the Minister for Transport and Regional Services on 4 December 2003. Airport owners and operators will not be required to match Government funding.

Investing in Australia’s Security — increased funding for container examination

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Customs Service 7.1 3.5 - -

The Government will provide additional funding of $10.6 million over two years to the Australian Customs Service. This funding will meet additional logistics costs resulting from increased levels of cargo container examinations at the Container X-ray Examination Facilities located at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle ports.

Investing in Australia’s Security — strengthening border control measures

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs 0.9 1.1 0.9 0.6
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6
Total 1.4 1.7 1.5 1.2

The Government will provide $9.2 million over four years (including $3.4 million capital funding) to the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to further strengthen existing border control measures for Australia.

Investing in Australia’s Security — global processing systems to improve border security

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs 11.9 15.3 15.0 12.8

The Government will provide additional funding of $67.9 million (including $12.9 million capital funding) over four years to develop an integrated global processing system to replace the current fragmented and ageing visa processing systems in order to enhance border control and visa processing.

The global processing system will be linked to the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs’ intelligence and security databases to ensure visa and entry decisions are assisted by information from a consolidated, reliable source.

The capital funding will meet the cost of the development of an integrated electronic visa processing system, available globally and in real time.

Investing in Australia’s Security — information technology systems disaster recovery

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs 10.2 6.8 6.7 6.8

The Government will provide an additional $30.5 million over four years for the establishment of disaster recovery facilities and capabilities for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs mainframe and other key information technology infrastructure.

These facilities will enable the timely recovery and continuity of the Department’s business in the event of failure of its border and related data systems.

The Department will meet $6.7 million of these costs from internal cash reserves.

Investing in Australia’s Security — document examination

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs 4.9 4.9 4.9 4.9

The Government will provide an additional $19.6 million over four years to support security measures in Australian international airports.

The funding will enable the deployment of additional Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs’ officers to manage additional referrals arising from the fraudulent travel document detection systems introduced in 2003-04. The new document readers are an advanced system for the detection of fraudulent travel documents and form part of the Government’s response to the need for enhanced border security.

Investing in Australia’s Security — tri-partite border strengthening project

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Transport and Regional Services - - - -
Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs - - - -
Australian Customs Service - - - -
Total - - - -

The Government will provide $1 million over 2004-05 and 2005-06 to help build on existing programmes to enhance the capacity of regional countries to strengthen their border control mechanisms to combat terrorism.

The two year project provides for regional country scoping studies to assess the border management requirements of each country, followed by the conduct of workshops in conjunction with recipient countries and their border agencies. The cost of this measure is being absorbed within the existing resourcing for the Australian Customs Service ($0.3 million), Department of Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs ($0.4 million) and the Department of Transport and Regional Services ($0.3 million).

Investing in Australia’s Security — rapid deployment capability

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Federal Police 8.7 8.0 8.3 8.5

The Government will provide $36.8 million (including $3.4 million capital funding) over four years to enable the Australian Federal Police to enhance its capacity to respond to terrorist attacks in the region and to assist in strengthening the counter-terrorism capabilities of regional law enforcement partners.

The counter-terrorism rapid response capability will allow the Australian Federal Police to respond to requests from regional police authorities for assistance with post-incident investigation and pre-emptive operations. It will involve professional investigation capacity with forensic intelligence, communication, technical and financial investigative expertise. The capital component is for the purchase of communications and forensic equipment.

Investing in Australia’s Security — Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Federal Police 8.0 5.9 6.1 6.3

The Government will provide $36.8 million (including capital funding of $3.8 million) over five years to support the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation. This includes funding of $7.2 million in 2008-09 (including a capital component of $0.5 million). The funding to the Australian Federal Police also allows for resources and services to be provided by the Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation and Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre.

The Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation is a key component of the Government’s Regional Counter-Terrorism Strategy and will offer operational support and capacity building to Indonesian and other regional law enforcement agencies in dealing with aspects of transnational crime, and particularly terrorism.

Investing in Australia’s Security — strengthening regional financial intelligence units

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre 2.5 2.4 2.5 2.6

The Government will provide $10.0 million over four years to allow the Australian Transaction and Reports Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) to work with counterpart financial intelligence units (FIUs) in Southeast Asia to enhance their counter-terrorism financing capabilities.

Funding of $6.6 million is being provided for AUSTRAC to help the FIUs build collective skills and knowledge of terrorist financing, detect patterns of financial transactions which may be forms of terrorist financing and assist in the development of broader Asia-Pacific counter-terrorist financing methodologies.

Funding of $3.4 million is being provided for AUSTRAC to assist FIUs to develop the information technology capability to capture, store and analyse financial information that may relate to terrorist financing.

Investing in Australia’s Security — enhanced regional consequence management training

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Defence - - - -

The Government will provide $0.7 million over four years to extend its counter-terrorism consequence management training with regional countries.

This measure will involve funding of $0.1 million in 2004-05, $0.2 million in 2005-06, $0.2 million in 2006-07, and $0.2 million in 2007-08. This measure is being fully absorbed within the existing resourcing of the Department of Defence.

Investing in Australia’s Security — enhanced regional training and exercise programme

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Defence - - - -

The Government will provide an additional $1.6 million over four years to expand the Department of Defence’s regional training and exercise programme.

This measure will involve funding of $0.1 million in 2004-05, $0.5 million in 2005-06, $0.5 million in 2006-07, and $0.5 million in 2007-08. This measure is being fully absorbed within the existing resourcing of the Department of Defence.

Investing in Australia’s Security — enhanced regional cooperation

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Defence - - - -

The Government will provide $0.8 million over four years to the Department of Defence to enhance cooperation with its regional counterparts on regional counter-terrorism issues.

This measure will involve funding of $0.2 million in each year from 2004-05 to 2007-08. This measure is being fully absorbed within the existing resourcing of the Department of Defence.

Investing in Australia’s Security — securing radioactive sources in the Asia-Pacific region

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation 1.6 1.9 1.0 -

The Government will provide $4.5 million over three years to enable the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation to participate in coordinated international initiatives to secure radioactive sources in the Asia-Pacific region. The programme will build on existing regional relationships through the provision of support and training in radioactive source identification and the provision of safeguards advice.

Investing in Australia’s Security — border management and control

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs 1.4 - - -

The Government will provide $1.4 million in 2004-05 for an independent assessment to be undertaken of the border management and control systems of countries within the Asia-Pacific region. A range of strategic, tactical and operational issues will be examined with a view to identifying the additional requirements for more secure border management.

Investing in Australia’s Security — international transport security

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of Transport and Regional Services 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.1

The Government will provide $4.7 million over four years to assist countries in the Asia-Pacific region to improve transport security. Assistance will be aimed at improving local skills in areas such as passenger screening, access control management and security planning.

Other measures in the Attorney-General’s portfolio

Attorney-General’s Department — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Attorney-General’s Department 6.2 - - -

The Government will provide $6.2 million in 2004-05 to fund increased expenses associated with increased responsibilities for the Attorney-General’s Department. The Department has experienced an increase in its workload arising from the heightened security environment following 11 September 2001. The additional funding will help the Department to meet these increased demands.

A provision has been made in the Contingency Reserve for possible additional funding from 2005-06, pending a review of the Department’s resourcing by the Department of Finance and Administration in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Department.

Australian Federal Police — continued funding for people smuggling strike team

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Federal Police 4.3 4.3 4.4 4.5

The Government will provide $17.4 million over four years for the continuation of a strike team made up of officers from the Australian Federal Police and the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. The strike team aims to detect, dismantle and disrupt organised people smuggling syndicates operating onshore and offshore.

Australian Federal Police — continued presence and support in Melanesia

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Federal Police 5.0 5.0 5.1 5.2
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
Total 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5

The Government will provide funding of $20.3 million over four years to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to continue work with Pacific law enforcement agencies to tackle transnational crime before it reaches Australia. The programme currently funds eight AFP officers in Suva, Port Vila, Honiara, Port Moresby and Canberra to undertake a range of law enforcement liaison, cooperation and training activities.

The Government will also provide funding of $1.2 million over four years to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation to continue to provide counter-terrorism training and advice to Melanesia.

Australian Federal Police — supplementation for Bali investigation costs

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Federal Police - - - -

The Government will provide $12.7 million in 2003-04 to supplement the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for the costs incurred in investigating the Bali bombings of 12 October 2002.

In the aftermath of the bomb blasts, the AFP sent investigative and forensic officers to Bali to assist the Indonesian National Police in their investigation. The investigation produced a significant number of arrests and convictions of those responsible for the Bali bombings.

Commonwealth legal aid — equitable access

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Attorney-General’s Department 13.1 13.1 13.1 13.4

The Government will provide an additional $52.6 million over four years for Commonwealth legal aid.

This measure will increase funding for Commonwealth legal aid by approximately 10 per cent, and will enable redistribution of legal aid funds across jurisdictions to meet demographic changes, an increase in certain caps on grants associated with family law matters, establishment of a family duty lawyer service and an increase in the base legal aid fee payable to private practitioners to $120 an hour in Tasmania, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

Court security measures

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Federal Magistrates Court - - - -
Family Court of Australia - - - -
Federal Court of Australia - - - -
National Native Title Tribunal - - - -
High Court of Australia - - - -
Attorney-General’s Department - - - -
Administrative Appeals Tribunal - - - -
Total - - - -

The Government will provide $15.3 million over four years to fund security measures in the federal courts, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the National Native Title Tribunal. Of this funding, an amount of $1.7 million will be used by the Attorney-General’s Department to reimburse the States for security measures in federal courts undertaken by them on behalf of the Australian Government.

The cost of this measure is being fully absorbed within the existing resourcing of the relevant agencies.

Handguns — continued funding for storage of imports prior to sale

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Customs Service - -0.4 -0.4 -

The Government will commit $0.4 million in 2004-05 to meet the costs of the storage of imported handguns prior to sale to an authorised end user, pending the outcome of a review of the firearm import legislation.

As funding has already been included in the forward estimates to the end of 2006-07, no additional funding is required for 2004-05 and the provisions for 2005-06 and 2006-07 have been removed.

International Criminal Court — contribution

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Attorney-General’s Department 1.6 1.7 1.7 1.7

The Government will provide $6.7 million over four years for Australia’s contribution to the operation of the International Criminal Court. Australia has an obligation under Article 115 of the International Criminal Court Statute to contribute financially to the Court.

Migration litigation reforms

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Federal Magistrates Court 6.4 7.7 7.9 8.0

The Government will provide $34.2 million over four years (including $4.2 million capital funding) for the appointment of eight additional federal magistrates and to fit out accommodation for the new magistrates.

These appointments will reduce the time taken to consider migration matters in the Federal Magistrates Court and deal with a backlog of migration cases, and will complement other legislative and administrative reforms, such as streamlining the availability of judicial review of migration decisions, to reduce delays in handling migration matters.

National Community Crime Prevention Programme

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Attorney-General’s Department 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $20 million over four years to establish a National Community Crime Prevention Programme.

The programme will provide grants to community organisations to enable them to respond to local crime and safety issues. The programme will support projects addressing concerns such as crime in indigenous communities; youth crime; alcohol-related crime; family violence; and crime prevention initiatives for seniors.

Office of Film and Literature Classification — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Office of Film and Literature Classification 0.7 - - -

The Government will provide $0.7 million (including a $0.4 million equity injection) in 2004-05 to restore the financial base of the Office of Film and Literature Classification pending stakeholder consultation about possible alternative funding options.

Pacific governance

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Attorney-General’s Department 2.8 2.8 2.9 2.9

The Government will provide $11.4 million over four years (including $48,000 in capital funding) to enhance good governance and security in the Pacific region.

This funding will establish a South Pacific Section within the Attorney-General’s Department, to meet existing and proposed commitments, including those in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. This measure will also establish a Financial Intelligence Support Team located in Suva, Fiji, which will provide a regional approach to the provision of ongoing legal and strategic policy advice. The team will assist Pacific Island Countries to meet their international obligations regarding anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing.

Solomon Islands — health services for Australian personnel

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Federal Police 18.0 6.0 - -

The Government will provide $24 million over eighteen months for the costs of a commercial contract to provide health services to Australian officials and police participating in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands. A commercial contract has been negotiated to replace the health services provided by the Australian Defence Force that will be withdrawn from the Solomon Islands in early 2004-05.

Southern Ocean surveillance

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Customs Service 44.3 38.9 - -
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2.5 2.5 - -
Total 46.7 41.4 - -

The Government will provide additional funding of $89.2 million over two years (including $1.1 million capital funding) to conduct armed patrols of the Heard and McDonald Islands’ exclusive economic zone.

These patrols are aimed at suppressing the activities of vessels engaged in illegal fishing, as well as protecting Australia’s sovereign interests in, and the environmental values of, the Southern Ocean.

The capital funding will meet the cost of equipment and facilities required to support Australian Customs Service staff on patrol in the Heard and McDonald Islands’ exclusive economic zone.

Surveillance — enhanced capabilities and oversight

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian Federal Police 1.6 2.0 2.1 2.2
Australian Crime Commission 1.5 1.7 1.7 1.8
Administrative Appeals Tribunal 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.4
Total 3.5 4.4 4.6 4.7

The Government will provide $17.2 million over four years to modernise and expand the surveillance capabilities of Australian Government agencies. This will help law enforcement agencies to detect and successfully prosecute a range of national and transnational criminal activity including drug trafficking, terrorism, paedophilia and people smuggling. Additional resourcing will enable:

  • the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to handle workload increases in issuing warrants authorising surveillance;
  • the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission to acquire additional surveillance expertise and equipment; and
  • the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to inspect records held by other agencies and to ensure their compliance with relevant legislation.

Funding is conditional on the passage of the Surveillance Devices Bill, which will enable law enforcement agencies to make use of modern surveillance equipment including hidden microphones, cameras and homing devices.

Sydney Law Courts — refurbishment

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Attorney-General’s Department 2.4 7.0 34.3 41.2

The Government will provide $96.7 million over five years (including $11.8 million in 2008-09) towards the refurbishment of the Sydney Law Courts Building.

The building houses the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the Federal Magistrates Court and the New South Wales Supreme Court. The New South Wales Government has agreed in principle to meet its share of the costs of the refurbishment.


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