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Australian Honours and Awards System — information technology development

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor General 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4

The Government will provide $1.3 million over four years for the operation and maintenance of a new information system, which will assist in the processing of honours and awards to meet the community expectation for timely processing of awards nominations.

The capital funding of $0.6 million will be used to redevelop the Australian Honours information technology system. The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor General will meet this cost from internal cash reserves.

Budget Estimates and Framework Review — enhanced auditing

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Australian National Audit Office 2.0 1.7 1.7 1.7

The Government will provide $7.1 million over four years to enable the Australian National Audit Office to complete its audit of agencies’ annual financial statements as soon as the financial year ends.

This will assist the Australian National Audit Office with managing workload issues associated with implementing the recommendations of the Budget Estimates and Framework Review, which requires agencies to produce annual audited financial statements each year by 20 July, starting with the statements for the 2004-05 financial year.

National Campaign for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.6 - - -

The Government will provide funding of $6.7 million over two years (including $5.1 million in 2003-04) to enhance the National Campaign for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Ombudsman — new roles and better delivery of services

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman 1.5 1.4 1.4 1.5

The Government will provide $5.8 million over four years to strengthen the Ombudsman’s capacity to promote public sector accountability in relation to law enforcement legislation and in rural and regional Australia, and to improve on-line services.

The funding will enable the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to undertake real time complaint investigation, twenty-four hours a day, in respect of the ASIO Amendment (Terrorism) Act 2003, and to increase inspections of specific enforcement activities under other law enforcement legislation.

The funding will also support remote outreach activities to promote awareness and accessibility to the Office’s services by, and to deliver effective on-line services to, regional communities.

Prime Minister and Cabinet — long term departmental accommodation

Expense ($m)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.5 0.5 - -

The Government will provide $1 million over two years to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) for project management costs associated with the fit-out of and move to a purpose built leased building. This will provide PMC with efficient and secure accommodation for expanded staffing resources and to accommodate task forces that are formed to respond to urgent and emerging issues.

Provisions have been made in the Contingency Reserve for the cost of the fit-out and additional funding for rent from 2006-07 to bring the resources provided to PMC up to a level comparable to those provided to similarly located agencies.


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