Australian Government, 2007–08 Budget

Table 3: Strengthening National Security

  2007-08
$m
2008-09
$m
2009-10
$m
2010-11
$m
Total
$m
EXPENSE MEASURES          
ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S          
Attorney-General’s Department          
Strengthening National Security          
– continuation of funding for the national crisis management Watch Office - - - - -
– continuation of funding for the National Security Hotline - - - - -
– expanding the counter-terrorism exercise programme 1.2 1.9 1.9 1.9 6.9
– public information campaign 10.0 10.0 - - 20.0
Australian Federal Police          
Strengthening National Security          
– aviation security accommodation 8.5 0.8 1.8 1.1 12.1
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation          
Strengthening National Security          
– improving state office accommodation 3.0 7.2 6.1 6.2 22.4
Sub Total 22.7 19.8 9.7 9.2 61.5
CROSS PORTFOLIO          
Various Agencies          
Strengthening National Security          
– implementing the Anti-Terrorism Act (No. 2) 2005 9.6 8.1 7.9 7.9 33.6
– reducing national e-security risk 12.9 15.0 15.9 18.7 62.6
Sub Total 22.5 23.2 23.9 26.6 96.1
DEFENCE          
Department of Defence          
Strengthening National Security          
– enhanced protective security 33.1 33.5 34.0 34.8 135.4
– improved Defence intelligence capability 9.6 13.7 28.0 31.6 82.9
Sub Total 42.7 47.2 62.0 66.4 218.3
EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TRAINING          
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation          
Strengthening National Security          
– priority counter-terrorism research - - - - -
Sub Total - - - - -
HEALTH AND AGEING          
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency          
Strengthening National Security          
– enhancing Australia’s approach to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.9 4.0
Department of Health and Ageing          
Strengthening National Security          
– enhancing Australia’s approach to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security 1.5 1.4 1.0 0.9 4.8
Sub Total 2.6 2.5 2.0 1.8 8.8
PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET          
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet          
Strengthening National Security          
– enhancing Australia’s approach to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security 0.8 0.8 - - 1.5
– enhanced research support for counter-terrorism 2.9 5.0 5.1 5.2 18.3
Sub Total 3.6 5.8 5.1 5.2 19.8
TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL SERVICES          
Department of Transport and Regional Services          
Strengthening National Security          
– accredited air cargo agent scheme 5.6 3.7 3.1 3.4 15.8
– checked baggage screening 8.3 5.7 0.3 0.3 14.7
– enhanced aviation security audit and compliance 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.2 16.8
– international aviation security liaison 0.8 1.3 1.3 1.6 5.0
Sub Total 19.0 14.8 8.9 9.6 52.3
Total Expense measures 113.0 113.3 111.6 118.8 456.8
CAPITAL MEASURES          
ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S          
Attorney-General’s Department          
Strengthening National Security          
– expanding the counter-terrorism exercise programme 0.3 0.4 - - 0.7
– continuation of the Australian Secure Network - 1.5 1.5 - 3.0
Australian Federal Police          
Strengthening National Security          
– aviation security accommodation 37.9 86.7 14.6 - 139.3
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation          
Strengthening National Security          
– improving state office accommodation 56.3 - - - 56.3
Sub Total 94.6 88.6 16.1 - 199.4
CROSS PORTFOLIO          
Various Agencies          
Strengthening National Security          
– implementing the Anti-Terrorism Act (No. 2) 2005 2.2 - - - 2.2
– reducing national e-security risk 6.7 2.5 0.7 1.1 11.0
Sub Total 8.8 2.5 0.7 1.1 13.2
DEFENCE          
Department of Defence          
Strengthening National Security          
– improved Defence intelligence capability 8.3 13.2 1.9 0.2 23.6
Sub Total 8.3 13.2 1.9 0.2 23.6
HEALTH AND AGEING          
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency          
Strengthening National Security          
– enhancing Australia’s approach to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security 0.7 - - - 0.7
Department of Health and Ageing          
Strengthening National Security          
– enhancing Australia’s approach to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security 0.4 1.6 1.0 0.5 3.5
Sub Total 1.1 1.6 1.0 0.5 4.1
TRANSPORT AND REGIONAL SERVICES          
Department of Transport and Regional Services          
Strengthening National Security          
– accredited air cargo agent scheme 2.8 - - - 2.8
– checked baggage screening 0.7 - - - 0.7
– enhanced aviation security audit and compliance 1.4 - - - 1.4
Sub Total 4.9 - - - 4.9
Total Capital measures 117.7 105.9 19.7 1.8 245.2
SUMMARY OF EXPENDITURE          

Total expense measures

113.0 113.3 111.6 118.8 456.8

Total capital measures

117.7 105.9 19.7 1.8 245.2
Total expenditure 230.8 219.2 131.4 120.6 702.0

Total revenue measures

- - - - -
Net additional expenditure 230.8 219.2 131.4 120.6 702.0



Strengthening National Security — continuation of funding for the national crisis management Watch Office

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department - - - -

The Government will provide $5.5 million over four years to continue the operation of the national crisis management Watch Office. This is a continuously operating security facility that provides a whole-of-government coordination point for matters of national security (including those related to terrorism), politically motivated violence, and protective security.

This continues an initiative announced in the 2003-04 Budget and involves funding of $1.4 million per annum over four years from 2007-08. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Strengthening National Security — continuation of funding for the National Security Hotline

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department - - - -

The Government will provide $19.0 million over four years to continue the operation of the National Security Hotline. The hotline will continue to provide a single point of contact for members of the public to report suspicious or illegal activity that may relate to national security.

This continues an initiative first included in the 2003-04 Budget and involves funding of $4.7 million in each of 2007-08 and 2008-09, and $4.8 million in each of 2009-10 and 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Strengthening National Security — expanding the counter-terrorism exercise programme

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department 1.2 1.9 1.9 1.9
Related capital ($m)
Attorney-General’s Department 0.3 0.4 - -

The Government will provide $24.6 million over four years ($5.6 million in 2007-08, $6.5 million in 2008-09, $6.2 million in 2009-10 and $6.3 million in 2010-11) to continue and expand the annual counter-terrorism exercise programme undertaken by the National Counter-Terrorism Committee. This will help to ensure Australia is better prepared to respond to terrorist incidents.

This measure includes capital funding of $0.7 million in 2007-08 and 2008-09 for office fit-out and IT functions.

Provision of $17.0 million has already been included in the forward estimates.

Strengthening National Security — public information campaign

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department 10.0 10.0 - -

The Government will provide $20.0 million over two years to maintain public awareness of national security issues and the National Security Hotline. The campaign will be conducted through national advertising in the television, press, radio and outdoor media.

Strengthening National Security — aviation security accommodation

Capital ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 37.9 86.7 14.6 -
Related expense ($m)
Australian Federal Police 8.5 0.8 1.8 1.1

The Government will provide $151.4 million over four years (including $12.1 million in expense funding over four years) to fit-out purpose-built office, operational and training facilities to accommodate all elements of the Unified Policing Model at airports. Leasing and operating costs have not been finalised and will be provided for separately.

The Unified Policing Model consists of Counter-Terrorism First Response teams, Airport Police Commanders, Protective Security Liaison Officers, Joint Airport Investigation Teams, Joint Airport Intelligence Groups, and Airport Uniformed Police.

This measure forms part of the Government’s response to the Wheeler Report into airport security and policing arrangements.

Strengthening National Security — improving state office accommodation

Capital ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 56.3 - - -
Related expense ($m)
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 3.0 7.2 6.1 6.2

The Government will provide $78.8 million over four years to complete improvements to Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) state office accommodation. This measure builds on funding announced in the 2006-07 Budget and responds to the review of ASIO resourcing undertaken by Mr Allan Taylor in 2005.

This measure includes expense funding of $22.4 million over four years for associated running costs.

Strengthening National Security — implementing the Anti-Terrorism Act (No. 2) 2005

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Various Agencies 9.6 8.1 7.9 7.9
Related capital ($m)
Various Agencies 2.2 - - -

The Government will provide $35.7 million over four years (including $2.2 million in capital funding) to enable agencies within the Attorney-General’s portfolio to complete implementation of the arrangements under the Anti‑Terrorism Act (No. 2) 2005 (the Act).

The Act was passed by Parliament in December 2005 and allows for control orders and preventative detention, and strengthened arrangements to combat the financing of terrorism.

This measure builds on the 2006-07 Budget measure, National Security — implementing the Anti-Terrorism Act (No. 2) 2005, which provided funding of $10.5 million in 2006-07 for the commencement of implementation of the arrangements under the Act.

Strengthening National Security — reducing national e-security risk

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Various Agencies 12.9 15.0 15.9 18.7
Related capital ($m)
Various Agencies 6.7 2.5 0.7 1.1

The Government will provide $73.6 million over four years to help reduce the e-security risk to Australia’s national critical infrastructure and to the Australian Government’s information and communications technology, and to help develop users’ trust and confidence in the online environment.

This measure includes $11.0 million in capital funding for fit-out and equipment.

Strengthening National Security — enhanced protective security

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Defence 33.1 33.5 34.0 34.8

The Government will provide $135.4 million over four years to maintain current protective security arrangements for Defence infrastructure, personnel and assets at Defence bases and establishments.

This measure continues funding announced in the 2005-06 Budget measure Providing for Australia’s Security – enhanced protective security.

Strengthening National Security — improved Defence intelligence capability

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Defence 9.6 13.7 28.0 31.6
Related capital ($m)
Department of Defence 8.3 13.2 1.9 0.2

The Government will provide $106.5 million over four years for an improved capability to meet high priority Defence intelligence requirements. This measure includes $23.6 million in capital funding for infrastructure and equipment costs.

Strengthening National Security — priority counter-terrorism research

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - - - -

The Government will provide $24.0 million over four years to develop new technologies that will assist Australia to enhance its preparedness in the event of a major national security incident and to establish the capacity to maintain business continuity for the nation.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

Strengthening National Security — enhancing Australia’s approach to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Health and Ageing 1.5 1.4 1.0 0.9
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency 1.1 1.1 1.0 0.9
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.8 0.8 - -
Total 3.4 3.2 2.0 1.8
Related capital ($m)
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency 0.7 - - -
Department of Health and Ageing 0.4 1.6 1.0 0.5
Total 1.1 1.6 1.0 0.5

The Government will provide $14.5 million over four years for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Security Strategy. The CBRN Security Strategy has been developed in response to the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Review of Hazardous Materials. The Strategy provides a framework to strengthen and enhance Australia’s national counter-terrorism arrangements for CBRN security.

The initiative includes funding of $8.3 million over four years for the Department of Health and Ageing to manage the security risks posed by security-sensitive biological agents, and $4.7 million over four years to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency to develop a national system of reporting security incidents and a national register for high activity radiological sources. A national regulatory scheme, including the development of standards and guidelines, will minimise the risk that such material can be used for the purposes of terrorism.

The funding includes $1.5 million over two years for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to provide secretariat support to the National Counter-Terrorism Committee’s CBRN Security Sub-Committee. The Sub‑Committee will be responsible for the national coordination of the CBRN Security Strategy and the recommendations of the COAG Review of Hazardous Materials.

This measure includes $4.1 million over four years in capital costs for a secure IT communication system and database.

This measure forms part of a package of counter-terrorism measures adopted by COAG on 13 April 2007. Further information can be found in the Communiqué, available from www.coag.gov.au.

Strengthening National Security — enhanced research support for counter-terrorism

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2.9 5.0 5.1 5.2

The Government will provide $23.6 million over five years (including $5.3 million in 2011-12) to enhance research support for counter-terrorism.

Funding available for grants under the Research Support for Counter–Terrorism National Grant Programme will be increased to $3.5 million per annum. Additional funding of $1.4 million a year will support Australia’s international collaborative efforts, including current research programme obligations with the United States of America.

The funding will also support the administration costs of the programme.

Strengthening National Security — accredited air cargo agent scheme

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Transport and Regional Services 5.6 3.7 3.1 3.4
Related capital ($m)
Department of Transport and Regional Services 2.8 - - -

The Government will provide $18.6 million over four years to introduce an industry accreditation scheme that increases security assurance for land transportation of cargo within the air cargo supply chain through identification and training of participants beyond the airport environs.

This measure includes capital funding of $2.8 million in 2007-08 for office fit-out and to develop a database capable of securely maintaining participant information and compliance records for the scheme.

Strengthening National Security — checked baggage screening

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Transport and Regional Services 8.3 5.7 0.3 0.3
Related capital ($m)
Department of Transport and Regional Services 0.7 - - -

The Government will provide $15.4 million over four years to assist the introduction of checked baggage screening at 26 regional airports that are serviced by regular passenger transport jet aircraft. This measure extends checked baggage screening requirements to all Australian airports that receive regular passenger transport jet aircraft.

The funding will provide explosive trace detection equipment to the 26 airports, and fully or partially fund x-ray screening equipment at 18 airports (depending upon the number of passenger movements at the airport). This measure includes $0.7 million in capital funding in 2007-08 for office fit-out.

Strengthening National Security — enhanced aviation security audit and compliance

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Transport and Regional Services 4.3 4.2 4.1 4.2
Related capital ($m)
Department of Transport and Regional Services 1.4 - - -

The Government will provide $21.0 million over four years to enhance aviation security, particularly audit and compliance activities undertaken by transport security officers in relation to airlines, airports and the general aviation sector. This measure includes $1.4 million in capital funding for office fit-out.

This measure continues funding announced in the 2003-04 Budget measures A Safer Australia – enhanced screening at Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands airports and A Safer Australia – aviation security information management system. Provision of $2.8 million over four years has already been included in the forward estimates.

Strengthening National Security — international aviation security liaison

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Transport and Regional Services 0.8 1.3 1.3 1.6

The Government will provide $5.0 million over four years to enhance the ability of the Australian Government to monitor and influence the international aviation security agenda.

The funding will provide for two transport security officers to be posted to the United States to engage directly with United States aviation security authorities and liaise with the International Civil Aviation Organization on aviation security matters. The posted officers will also engage with other transport security authorities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Strengthening National Security — continuation of the Australian Secure Network

Capital ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department - 1.5 1.5 -

The Government will provide $21.2 million over four years to continue and improve the operation of the Australian Secure Network.

This funding will ensure the continued provision of secure communications infrastructure, messaging and voice capabilities for a diverse range of state, territory and Australian Government agencies.

This measure includes funding of $4.4 million in 2007-08, $6.0 million in 2008-09, $6.1 million in 2009-10 and $4.7 million in 2010-11. Funding of $18.2 million has previously been included in the forward estimates and the balance of $3.0 million over two years from 2008-09 will be provided as additional capital funding to the Attorney‑General’s Department.




Other measures in the Attorney-General’s portfolio

Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve — law enforcement and environmental management

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Customs Service 8.5 7.5 7.6 7.6
Related capital ($m)
Australian Customs Service 0.5 - - -

The Government will provide $31.7 million over four years (including $0.5 million in capital funding in 2007-08) for the Australian Customs Service to wet lease a charter vessel and acquire two high-speed response craft. These vessels will provide an operational platform and accommodation for law enforcement and environmental management officers engaged in the protection of the Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve. The charter vessel will replace the Australian Customs Vessel that has been on permanent station at the Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve since 2000.

Australian Crime Commission — additional funding to target money laundering and fraud

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Crime Commission - - - -

The Government will provide $30.8 million over four years to target crime involving money laundering and fraud against the Commonwealth. This measure will enable the Government to continue its enhanced capacity to detect and deter organised crime through financial transactions, and recover the proceeds of those crimes.

This continues an initiative included in the 2003-04 Budget, and involves funding of $7.7 million per annum until 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Australian Federal Police — accommodation scoping study

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 3.3 - - -

The Government will provide $3.3 million in 2007-08 to the Australian Federal Police for a scoping study into consolidating accommodation for its training and specialist operational facilities in Canberra. The scoping study will include the establishment of a new International Deployment Group facility, and the relocation of the Australian Federal Police’s training college and tactical training facilities.

Australian Federal Police — contribution to Afghanistan

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police - - - -

The Government will provide $5.4 million over three years (including $1.9 million in 2006-07) for the deployment of four Australian Federal Police officers to Afghanistan to provide counter-narcotics training and advice to the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan and the Afghan National Police.

This funding includes mission-based expenses only. Funding for salaries, training and other general expenses was included in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2006-07 measure Australian Federal Police — International Deployments.

The cost of this measure in 2006-07 will be met from within the existing resourcing of AusAID. This measure involves funding of $2.6 million in 2007-08 and $0.9 million in 2008-09, provision for which has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information can be found in the press release of 31 January 2007 issued by the Minister for Justice and Customs.

Australian Federal Police — contribution to East Timor

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 12.3 11.1 13.1 -
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police - - - -

The Government will provide $67.1 million over four years (including $30.7 million in 2006-07) for an Australian Federal Police-led deployment of civilian police personnel in support of the National Police Service of Timor-Leste to restore law and order in East Timor. This includes a contribution of police personnel from December 2006 to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste.

The measure includes $0.4 million in capital funding in 2006-07 for communications and IT equipment for the deployed personnel.

This funding includes mission-based expenses only. Funding for salaries, training and other general expenses was included in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2006-07 measure Australian Federal Police — International Deployments.

Further information can be found in the press release of 26 August 2006 issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

COAG — harmonise and rationalise the law on personal property securities

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department 4.8 19.3 29.8 30.2
Related revenue ($m)
Attorney-General’s Department - 4.2 29.0 29.8
Related capital ($m)
Attorney-General’s Department 17.5 9.5 - -

The Government will provide $113.3 million over five years (including $2.1 million in 2006-07) to harmonise personal property securities law and establish an online national register of personal property securities. The reform will provide a credible system to assist those who wish to register or check security interests over most types of personal property (which may include, for example, boats, vehicles and other valuable consumer goods).

This measure includes $27.0 million in capital funding for office fit-out and IT infrastructure to establish the register.

The Government’s cost recovery principles will be applied to the register. Consequently, the measure will be offset by approximately $62.9 million over three years in revenue collected from the users of the register, particularly insurance companies, banks and other credit providers. A small policy unit within the Attorney-General’s Department will provide advice to Government and will not be cost-recovered.

Further information on this measure can be found in the Communiqué from the 13 April 2007 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting and the COAG National Reform Agenda Regulatory Reform Plan, which are available from www.coag.gov.au.

Cole Inquiry — implementation of recommendations

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 1.3 0.9 1.0 1.0
Attorney-General’s Department - - - -
Total 1.3 0.9 1.0 1.0
Related capital ($m)
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 0.4 - - -

The Government will provide $4.6 million over four years to address a number of recommendations of the Report of the Inquiry into certain Australian companies in relation to the UN Oil-for-Food Programme. The funding will enable the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to incorporate United Nations’ and bilateral sanction regimes into Australian law, administer and coordinate their implementation and contribute to whole-of-government efforts to monitor and ensure compliance with Australian law on sanctions.

This measure includes $0.4 million in capital funding in 2007-08 for office fit-out and to enable the development and implementation of customised software.

Cole Inquiry — possible criminal offences

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 5.5 3.7 - -
Attorney-General’s Department 1.1 1.1 - -
Australian Securities and Investments Commission 1.0 1.0 - -
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions 0.9 1.3 - -
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.1 .. - -
Total 8.6 7.1 - -
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police 0.4 - - -
Attorney-General’s Department 0.2 - - -
Total 0.5 - - -

The Government will provide $20.7 million over three years (including $4.6 million in 2006-07) to investigate and prosecute possible criminal offences following the completion of the Cole Inquiry into the United Nations Oil‑For‑Food Programme.

This measure includes $0.5 million in capital funding for IT and communications equipment and accommodation fit‑out.

In 2006-07, $2.8 million of the cost of this measure is being met from within the existing resourcing of the Australian Federal Police, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney-General’s Department.

Combating illicit drugs — additional training for border security personnel

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Customs Service - - - -

The Government will provide $0.8 million over four years for training of border security personnel to enhance the detection and analysis of the precursor chemicals that are used in the manufacture of illicit drugs. Training will be provided to Customs officers who are required to undertake detection and sampling of precursor chemicals and to officers from the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service and the Australian Federal Police.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Australian Customs Service.

This measure forms part of the Government’s commitment to further combat illicit drugs, including methamphetamines, and complements the Government’s broader National Illicit Drug Strategy. See also the related expense measures titled Combating illicit drugs in the Health and Ageing and Attorney-General’s portfolios.

This measure is in addition to the measures announced by the Prime Minister on 22 April 2007.

Combating illicit drugs — Drug Use Monitoring in Australia

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Institute of Criminology 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5

The Government will provide $1.9 million over four years for the Australian Institute of Criminology to continue data gathering and analysis on the relationship between illicit drugs and crime. The institute will coordinate the analysis of urine samples and responses to questionnaires from police detainees at the Darwin and Footscray Watch Houses, as part of the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia project. These sites were previously funded on an annual basis through Proceeds of Crime funding.

This measure forms part of the Government’s commitment to further combat illicit drugs, including methamphetamines, and complements the Government’s broader National Illicit Drug Strategy. See also the related expense measures titled Combating illicit drugs in the Health and Ageing and Attorney-General’s portfolios.

Further information can be found in the press release of 22 April 2007 issued by the Prime Minister.

Combating illicit drugs — enhanced Australian Federal Police investigative capacity

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 1.4 1.4 1.5 1.5
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police 0.1 .. - -

The Government will provide $5.9 million over four years (including $0.1 million in capital funding over two years from 2007-08) to enhance the capacity of the Australian Federal Police to investigate offences involving amphetamine-type substances, including methamphetamines.

The Australian Federal Police will establish an investigation team based in Sydney with the capacity to undertake deployment to other states and overseas, if required.

This measure forms part of the Government’s commitment to further combat illicit drug use, including methamphetamines, and complements the Government’s broader National Illicit Drug Strategy. See also the related expense measures titled Combating illicit drugs in the Attorney-General’s and Health and Ageing portfolios.

Further information can be found in the press release of 22 April 2007 issued by the Prime Minister.

Combating illicit drugs — enhanced role in Oceania

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Customs Service - - - -

The Government will provide $0.7 million over four years to enhance drug detection and prevention in the Oceania region. Customs will cooperate with border agencies in the region to build capacity to detect and prevent the diversion of precursor chemicals used in the manufacture of illicit drugs.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Australian Customs Service.

This measure forms part of the Government’s commitment to further combat illicit drugs, including methamphetamines, and complements the Government’s broader National Illicit Drug Strategy. See also the related expense measures titled Combating illicit drugs in the Attorney-General’s and Health and Ageing portfolios.

This measure is in addition to the measures announced by the Prime Minister on 22 April 2007.

Combating illicit drugs — expansion of the Australian Federal Police international liaison officer network

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 0.8 1.1 1.1 1.3
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $4.5 million over four years (including $0.1 million in capital funding in 2007-08) to deploy one Australian Federal Police (AFP) officer to Laos and to supplement the existing AFP post in China. The officers will liaise on criminal intelligence collection and multilateral investigations into the importation and manufacture of amphetamine-type substances, including methamphetamines.

This measure forms part of the Government’s commitment to further combat illicit drug use, including methamphetamines, and complements the Government’s broader National Illicit Drug Strategy. See also the related expense measures titled Combating illicit drugs in the Attorney-General’s and Health and Ageing portfolios.

Further information can be found in the press release of 22 April 2007 issued by the Prime Minister.

Combating illicit drugs — improved intelligence and analysis

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Crime Commission 4.8 5.0 5.0 5.0
Related capital ($m)
Australian Crime Commission 0.2 - - -

The Government will provide $20.0 million over four years (including $0.2 million in capital funding in 2007-08) to increase the Australian Crime Commission’s capability to produce tactical and strategic intelligence, investigate the development of new illicit drugs, and analyse drug use trends, production methods for these drugs and the harms generated.

This measure forms part of the Government’s commitment to further combat illicit drugs, including methamphetamines, and complements the Government’s broader National Illicit Drug Strategy. See also the related expense measures titled Combating illicit drugs in the Attorney-General’s and Health and Ageing portfolios.

Further information can be found in the press release of 22 April 2007 issued by the Prime Minister.

Combating illicit drugs — National Illicit Drug Strategy — enhanced technical capacity

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Crime Commission 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1
Australian Federal Police - - - -
Total 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1

The Government will provide $16.2 million over four years to continue and expand the Australian Crime Commission programme that supports the investigation of illicit drug trafficking and other major crimes.

This measure includes funding of $12.0 million over four years, consisting of $2.0 million per annum from 2007-08 for the Australian Crime Commission and $1.0 million per annum from 2007-08 for the Australian Federal Police. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

The new funding in this measure forms part of the Government’s commitment to further combat illicit drugs, including methamphetamines, and complements the Government’s broader National Illicit Drug Strategy. See also the related expense measures Combating illicit drugs in the Attorney-General’s and Health and Ageing portfolios.

Combating illicit drugs — upgraded detection equipment

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Customs Service 0.5 0.2 .. ..
Related capital ($m)
Australian Customs Service 0.5 - - -

The Government will provide $1.2 million over four years to improve the ability of the Australian Customs Service to detect methamphetamines, other synthetic drugs and their precursor chemicals.

This measure includes $0.5 million in capital funding in 2007-08 for additional infra-red spectroscopes and portable fume hoods to be used when drawing samples from commercial-sized chemical shipments at container examination facilities and secondary container examination locations.

This measure forms part of the Government’s commitment to further combat illicit drugs, including methamphetamines, and complements the Government’s broader National Illicit Drugs Strategy. See also the related expense measures titled Combating illicit drugs in the Attorney-General’s and Health and Ageing portfolios.

Further information can be found in the press release of 22 April 2007 issued by the Prime Minister.

Combating trafficking in persons — extension and expansion

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 2.7 2.1 2.1 2.2
Department of Immigration and Citizenship 1.0 0.8 0.8 0.8
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions 0.9 1.9 2.7 2.7
Australian Institute of Criminology 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Attorney-General’s Department 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.5
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.4
Total 6.0 6.1 7.0 7.1
Related capital ($m)
Attorney-General’s Department 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $26.3 million over four years to extend and expand the Government’s strategy to combat people trafficking. This funding will enable the relevant agencies to expand their investigations and prosecutions into emerging areas of exploitation and is in addition to ongoing funding of $12.0 million already included in the forward estimates.

This measure includes $0.1 million in capital funding for office fit-out.

This funding is in addition to the measure Combating trafficking in persons – whole of government strategy announced in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2003-04.

Covert intelligence — enhanced management of criminal intelligence

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Crime Commission 1.2 1.0 1.0 1.0

The Government will provide $4.3 million over four years to enhance the management and sharing of criminal intelligence, including by developing additional functionality in the Australian Criminal Intelligence Database.

Domestic security industry — investigation of organised crime

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Crime Commission 4.2 4.3 - -
Related capital ($m)
Australian Crime Commission 0.3 - - -

The Government will provide $8.7 million over two years for the Australian Crime Commission to gather intelligence and investigate organised crime’s involvement in, and exploitation of, the private domestic security industry.

This measure includes capital funding of $0.3 million in 2007-08 for IT and surveillance equipment.

Federal Magistrates Court of Australia — additional magistrates for family law

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.4
Family Court of Australia -1.3 -1.4 -1.4 -1.4
Total - - - -

The Government will provide $6.1 million over five years (including $0.7 million in 2006-07) to appoint four additional magistrates to deal with increased family law workloads in the Federal Magistrates Court.

The cost of the additional magistrates will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Family Court of Australia, as new judges will not be appointed to fill recent vacancies.

Firearms import permit administration and policy development — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department - - - -

The Government will provide $4.8 million over four years for the Attorney-General’s Department to meet the ongoing costs of administering firearms import permits and providing firearms policy advice.

This measure extends the 2003-04 Budget measure Firearms policy development — continuation of funding and involves funding of $1.2 million per annum over four years from 2007-08.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Helping separated parents and their children

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Family Court of Australia 3.2 1.8 1.0 1.0
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia 2.6 2.6 2.7 2.7
Attorney-General’s Department 1.0 8.3 12.8 12.3
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.5 1.0 0.9 0.7
Total 7.2 13.7 17.4 16.7
Related capital ($m)
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia 0.3 - - -
Attorney-General’s Department 0.2 - - -
Family Court of Australia .. - - -
Total 0.6 - - -

The Government will provide $55.6 million over four years to develop two new counselling services to be jointly delivered by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Attorney-General’s Department and the Family Court of Australia. This measure will also enable the appointment of one judge and four magistrates to the federal judiciary to manage increased workloads due to the proposed referral to the Commonwealth of jurisdiction over de facto property matters.

This measure includes $0.6 million in capital funding for property fit-out and IT.

This funding is in addition to the $465 million committed to a new family law system, including the Family Relationship Centres, in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 Budgets.

Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia — maintaining service standards

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia 2.8 2.8 - -

The Government will provide $5.6 million over two years to maintain service standards related to personal insolvency matters. This measure will allow Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia to continue to deliver services in the personal insolvency system, such as the processing of debt agreement proposals, to a standard that will provide confidence and a degree of certainty to participants.

Intellectual property crime — investigation and prosecution

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 2.7 4.9 - -
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions 1.5 2.6 - -
Total 4.2 7.5 - -
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police 0.7 .. - -

The Government will provide $12.4 million over two years to the Australian Federal Police and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to investigate and prosecute serious intellectual property crime.

The funding will allow the Australian Federal Police to target major importers and sellers of intellectual property infringing products. It will also allow the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute additional cases arising from the expanded enforcement effort.

This measure includes $0.7 million in capital funding over two years for accommodation fit-out, IT requirements and police equipment.

Judges’ pension scheme — funding of superannuation surcharge

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department 0.5 - - -

The Government will provide $0.5 million in 2007-08 to meet the superannuation surcharge debt of federal judges which arises under the Superannuation Contributions Tax (Assessment and Collection) Act 1997. This measure will ensure that relevant federal judges meet their superannuation obligations through a reduced pension benefit, instead of a lump sum payment when they retire.

Legal aid services — support for legislative changes and regional initiatives

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department 4.8 4.9 4.9 5.0

The Government will provide $19.7 million over four years to supplement its commitment to legal aid via the Commonwealth Criminal Law — Expensive Cases Fund. This funding will also be used to support recent changes to child support arrangements and to help ensure that national security measures and criminal trials can proceed without delays.

Further, the measure will aim to improve access to legal aid services in regional and remote communities by encouraging the employment of young lawyers.

Maritime security — Australian Maritime Identification System

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Customs Service 17.7 18.7 18.5 17.9
Related capital ($m)
Australian Customs Service 4.4 1.7 0.5 0.1

The Government will provide $79.5 million over four years (including $6.6 million in capital funding) to develop, implement and operate the new Australian Maritime Identification System (AMIS). When completed, AMIS will consolidate maritime data currently collected by several agencies to help form a coordinated picture of activity in Australia’s maritime region. The capital funding is for fit-out and equipment.

This measure builds on the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2006-07 measure Maritime Security Australian Maritime Identification System.

National Illicit Drug Strategy — Australian Federal Police communications network

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police - - - -

The Government will provide $5.2 million over four years to continue the connection of Australian Federal Police overseas posts to the national computer system, AFPNet.

This continues an initiative included in the 2003-04 Budget and involves funding of $1.3 million per annum over four years from 2007-08. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Illicit Drug Strategy — Australian Federal Police law enforcement cooperation programme

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police - - - -

The Government will provide $8.8 million over four years to continue efforts aimed at the offshore disruption of transnational criminal threats. The programme facilitates cooperation with overseas law enforcement agencies to increase the flow of criminal intelligence. This continues an initiative included in the 2003-04 Budget.

This measure involves funding of $2.2 million per annum from 2007-08. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Illicit Drug Strategy — Australian Federal Police overseas liaison network

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police - - - -

The Government will provide $6.0 million over four years to continue to support Australia’s drug law enforcement intelligence, and enhance participation in joint investigations with overseas law enforcement agencies to disrupt the supply of illicit drugs reaching Australia.

This measure continues an initiative included in the 2003-04 Budget and involves funding of $1.5 million per annum over four years from 2007-08. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Newcastle courts — strategic assessment of accommodation needs

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Family Court of Australia 0.2 - - -

The Government will provide $0.2 million in 2007-08 for a strategic assessment of the long-term accommodation requirements of federal courts in the Newcastle region.

Overseas Deployment Law Unit — establishment

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Attorney-General’s Department - - - -

The Government will provide $0.9 million over three years for the Attorney-General’s Department to establish an Overseas Deployment Law Unit. This will increase the Department’s capacity to conduct legal work for military and civilian overseas deployments.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Attorney-General’s Department.

Papua New Guinea — improving border security capability

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Customs Service 4.0 1.7 1.2 0.9

The Government will provide $7.8 million over four years to help improve the border security capability of Papua New Guinea (PNG) Customs with particular emphasis on preventing people smuggling and improving the capacity of PNG Customs to collect revenue. This will involve supplying border security equipment, including boats, x-ray machines, and ionscans; upgrading existing infrastructure, including an IT upgrade to the Automated System for Customs Data; and support for the use of this equipment. The funding will also provide for an independent audit to help quantify forgone revenue.

This measure builds on the 2004-05 Budget measure, Papua New Guinea deployment, which provided funding to assist PNG in the areas of policing, law, justice, economic reform and border management under the Enhanced Cooperation Programme.

Passenger facilitation survey

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Customs Service 1.5 - - -

The Government will provide $1.5 million in 2007-08 for the Australian Customs Service to undertake a survey which will provide performance and facilitation information needed to develop airport performance measures and international traveller facilitation standards.

The survey will be undertaken in peak and non-peak periods, with data being collected for all stages of travellers’ movements through the international airport terminal, including the check-in process, outwards and inwards clearance, and baggage collection. The survey will also measure the impact that commercial retail outlets have on the movement of international travellers through the terminal.

Proceeds of crime legislation — additional prosecutions

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.2
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
Total 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6

The Government will provide $21.3 million over four years to continue and expand the number of prosecutions made by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and for the control and realisation of seized assets by the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia.

This measure includes $15.0 million over four years for which provision has already been made in the forward estimates. This consists of funding for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of $3.0 million in each of 2007-08 and 2008-09, and $3.1 million in each of 2009-10 and 2010-11, and $0.7 million per annum from 2007-08 to 2010-11 for the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia.

Strategy to prevent people smuggling — increased human source capacity for the Australian Federal Police

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 1.4 1.1 1.1 1.1
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $4.7 million over four years to increase offshore intelligence collection on people smuggling through the creation of a new Australian Federal Police team dedicated to managing human sources of intelligence.

This measure includes $0.1 million in capital funding for the purchase of communications equipment and accommodation fit-out.

See also the related expense measures titled Strategy to prevent people smuggling in the Immigration and Citizenship, and Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolios.

Sudan — providing an Australian Federal Police contribution for the United Nations Mission in Sudan

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Federal Police 1.1 1.0 0.4 -

The Government will provide $2.5 million over three years to contribute 10 Australian Federal Police officers to the United Nations Mission in Sudan.

The personnel will be deployed in advisory, mentoring and training roles to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that was signed on 9 January 2005 to end the North-South civil war.

This measure includes funding for mission-based expenses only. Funding for salaries, training and other general expenses was included in the measure Australian Federal Police — International Deployments in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2006-07.

Workplace Relations Reform — additional resourcing for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8
Related capital ($m)
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $7.3 million over four years to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission to meet the additional workload anticipated to arise from changes to the Workplace Relations Act 1996.

This measure includes $0.1 million in capital funding for office fit-out.

This funding is in addition to $1.8 million provided in the 2006-07 Budget measure Workplace Relations Reform — additional resourcing for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.