Australian Government, 2007–08 Budget

Realising Our Potential — Higher Education Endowment Fund

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training - 304.0 304.0 304.0

The Government will establish a new, perpetual Higher Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) with an initial investment of $5 billion funded from the 2006-07 surplus. This significant investment will broadly double the existing financial investments and endowments accumulated in the university sector. The HEEF will be invested to earn income which will be distributed by the Minister for Education, Science and Training, after receiving advice from a panel of experts, to individual institutions for capital works and research facilities on an annual basis.

The HEEF will be structured so that it can receive philanthropic donations from the private sector and, if asked, manage individual institutions’ endowments. The HEEF will encourage philanthropic support for universities from individuals and the corporate sector. Donations to the HEEF by members of the public will be tax deductible.

The Future Fund Board of Guardians will be responsible for managing and investing the capital component of the HEEF.

It is intended that capital contributions will be made to the HEEF from future budget surpluses to grow, over time, a Fund which will finance the building of first class institutions in the Australian higher education sector.

Realising Our Potential — increasing university funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 156.8 143.2 133.6 126.0
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training - 0.2 0.8 1.7
Related capital ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $559.6 million over four years to simplify university funding structures and to better target national skills priorities.

From 1 January 2008 the Government will reduce the number of clusters funded under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) from 12 to 7, allowing universities more flexibility to allocate places across different disciplines and respond to student and employer demand.

The Government will increase CGS funding to the disciplines of Mathematics, Statistics, Allied Health, Engineering, Science, Surveying, Clinical Psychology, Education, Nursing, Social Studies, Behavioural Science, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

CGS funding for Accounting, Administration, Economics and Commerce will be adjusted downwards to match the Commonwealth contribution for Law reflecting the commercial nature of these courses. At the same time, Accounting, Administration, Economics and Commerce will also move into the same HECS-HELP band as Law, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. This will increase the maximum HECS-HELP contribution that students in Accounting, Administration, Economics and Commerce may make.

Amounts lent under the Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP) are treated as financial assets and therefore do not impact on the fiscal balance. Payments by students of the indexation and loan fee components of their HELP loan are treated as interest revenue. The additional public debt interest incurred by the Commonwealth in financing the loans is separately accounted for in the Budget papers.

See also the related measure Realising Our Potential – improving the practical component of teacher education in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

Realising Our Potential — allowing more responsive universities

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 51.3 56.6 57.1 58.2
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.3 2.9 3.6 4.2
Related capital ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

In order to ensure universities can respond appropriately to demands from students and the labour market in determining their course mix and place numbers, the Government will provide $223.2 million over four years to relax the caps placed currently on university places.

The new arrangements will provide universities with full additional funding for over-enrolments of up to five per cent (up from the current one per cent). Further, the current penalties which may apply for universities which over-enrol by more than five per cent will be abolished.

The new arrangements will continue to guarantee that there will be no Commonwealth Grants Scheme (CGS) funding reduction for universities which under-enrol by up to one per cent. Funding will automatically reduce for unfilled places beyond the first one per cent. However, a new minimum funding guarantee will mean that there will be no CGS funding reductions for under-enrolments beyond five per cent.

Universities will be able to seek agreement from the Minister for Education, Science and Training for Masters by Coursework qualifications to be funded under the CGS, where they are an entry requirement to a profession or are part of a restructure of existing course requirements. Students in these courses will also become eligible for income support under the related expense measure Realising Our Potential — extending income support to Masters students in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

CGS funding agreements with universities will move to a three-year basis from 1 January 2009. Institutions that are able to finalise a three-year agreement during 2007 will be able to take advantage of the new agreements from 1 January 2008.

The new agreements will reduce administrative costs, provide greater scope for universities to plan ahead and contain improved requirements for university governance, financial accountability, quality and data reporting.

By 1 January 2008 the Government will remove all caps on the proportion of domestic full-fee paying places. Students obtaining a domestic full-fee place will continue to be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan as per current arrangements. Although FEE-HELP students only currently make up three per cent of domestic enrolments, this will allow the creation of niche, world’s best courses in particular disciplines and institutions. The Government will continue to require providers to deliver a specified number of Commonwealth-supported places in agreed disciplines such as nursing and medicine.

Amounts loaned under the Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP) are treated as financial assets and therefore do not impact on the fiscal balance. Payments by students of the indexation and loan fee components of their HELP loan are treated as interest revenue. The additional public debt interest incurred by the Government in financing the loans is separately accounted for in the Budget papers.

Realising Our Potential — Diversity and Structural Adjustment Fund

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 16.5 16.7 16.8 16.8

The Government will provide $208.6 million over four years to promote structural reform by universities to support greater specialisation, diversity and responsiveness to local labour market needs. Priority will be given to regional and smaller metropolitan universities.

Funding for this measure includes $30.0 million in each of the years 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 from the Learning and Teaching Performance Fund and $7.6 million in 2007-08, $4.4 million in 2008-09, $4.9 million in 2009-10 and $4.9 million in 2010-11 from the Collaboration and Structural Reform Fund which has already been included in the forward estimates.

Realising Our Potential — reducing red tape for universities

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.6 0.3 - -

The Government will provide $0.9 million to work with the States and Territories to streamline regulatory and legislative requirements and reduce the reporting burden for universities. The Australian Government will ask the States and Territories to refer regulatory powers over the financial management of universities where this would avoid duplication and reduce red tape. Specifically, there would be only one layer of financial auditing and the associated reporting requirements imposed on universities.

Realising Our Potential — additional Commonwealth Learning Scholarships

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 11.6 22.3 26.6 30.9

From 1 January 2008, the Government will provide $91.4 million over four years to increase the number of Commonwealth Learning Scholarships (CLS) which the Government will provide to students from around 8,500 to 12,000 each year. Around 2,000 of these new scholarships will be extended to students from disadvantaged backgrounds for study towards Associate Degrees. Under this measure students will be offered scholarships at the same time as they are offered a place. Scholarships will be issued by the Australian Government, and will be offered to students prior to or at the same time as offers of places are made by universities.

Realising Our Potential — extending Rent Assistance to Austudy recipients

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 13.2 24.0 24.5 25.1

The Government will provide $86.9 million over four years to extend eligibility for Rent Assistance to Austudy recipients. This will bring Austudy recipients in line with recipients of Youth Allowance and Newstart Allowance, who are currently eligible for up to $104.00 per fortnight in Rent Assistance, and support access to higher education by mature aged students.

This measure will commence from 1 January 2008 and will assist around 11,000 students aged 25 and over.

This measure includes funding for Centrelink of $1.7 million in 2007-08 and $0.3 million per annum over the following three years.

Realising Our Potential — extending income support to Masters students

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 5.5 11.2 12.5 14.1

The Government will provide $43.3 million over four years to extend eligibility for Youth Allowance and Austudy to students undertaking approved Commonwealth-funded Masters by Coursework courses that are an entry requirement to a profession or are part of a restructure of existing course requirements. This will provide comparable treatment to students in these courses as is provided to undergraduates. The maximum rates of Youth Allowance and Austudy are currently $456.00 per fortnight.

This measure will commence from 1 January 2008. It includes funding for Centrelink of $1.4 million in 2007-08, $0.5 million in 2008-09, $0.6 million in 2009-10 and $0.6 million in 2010-11.

See also the related expense measure titled Realising Our Potential – allowing more responsive universities in the Education, Science and Training portfolio.

Realising Our Potential — support for young Australian Apprentices in skill-shortage trades

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 69.3 87.1 90.7 95.4

The Government will provide $342.5 million over four years, for first and second year Australian Apprentices under 30 years of age in skill-shortage trades to receive a tax exempt payment of $1,000 per annum as a wage top-up. This will be paid in six-monthly instalments of $500 and will assist these Australian Apprentices to complete the first two years of their training.

This measure will benefit around 228,000 apprentices over four years.

Realising Our Potential — fee assistance for Australian Apprentices

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 47.8 52.2 52.9 53.6

The Government will provide $206.4 million over four years to first and second year Australian Apprentices in skill shortage trades to assist them with the cost of course fees which are part of their apprenticeship training.

Assistance to these apprentices will be provided through a voucher worth up to $500 per year to reimburse costs of course fees at a Registered Training Organisation such as a TAFE.

This measure will benefit around 252,000 apprentices over four years.

Realising Our Potential — FEE-HELP for Diploma and Advanced Diploma VET courses

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 4.3 3.4 3.5 3.4
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.8 6.8 15.1 25.3
Related capital ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will extend FEE-HELP to full-fee paying students in Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses that are accredited as Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications, where significant credit towards a university degree is guaranteed and agreement with States and Territories is reached on mechanisms to ensure TAFE fees do not increase as a consequence.

This measure will promote Diploma and Advanced Diploma pathways to higher education. FEE-HELP is already available where courses are accredited as higher education courses, but not if accredited as a VET course. As a result, students undertaking very similar courses are currently treated differently.

Amounts loaned under the Higher Education Loans Programme (HELP) are treated as financial assets and therefore do not impact on the fiscal balance. Payments by students of the indexation and loan fee components of their HELP loan are treated as interest revenue. The additional public debt interest incurred by the Government in financing the loans is separately accounted for in the budget papers.

Realising Our Potential — fast-track apprenticeships

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 6.4 11.8 17.3 23.0

The Government will provide $58.5 million over four years to Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to partner with industry and local employers to develop and implement fast-track apprenticeships with competency-based progression, so that apprentices can be trained more quickly and enter the workforce more quickly.

RTOs will be able to apply for up to $50,000 to work with industry partners to develop innovative on-the-job and off-the-job training that focuses on the acquisition of skills and competencies, rather than time served, with appropriate safeguards.

Realising Our Potential — Australian Technical Colleges

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.1 19.8 27.4 17.1

The Government will provide $83.6 million over five years (including $18.2 million in 2011-12) for the establishment and operation of a further three Australian Technical Colleges in the Brisbane, Sydney and Perth areas. This will take the total number of colleges to 28, accommodating up to 8,400 Year 11 and 12 students undertaking school‑based New Apprenticeships, and academic, IT and business courses. Five colleges commenced in 2006 and a further 20 colleges will be in operation by the start of 2008. The three additional colleges established under this measure will be in operation by the start of 2009.

The Government has already provided $469.8 million over seven years in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2004-05 and $117.4 million over four years in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2006-07 for the establishment and operation of 25 Australian Technical Colleges.

Realising Our Potential — national literacy and numeracy vouchers

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 70.9 120.9 131.4 134.1

The Government will provide $457.4 million over four years to build on the current Reading Assistance Voucher Programme to assist all children not meeting literacy or numeracy benchmarks with the cost of out-of-school tuition.

From 1 January 2008, the programme will provide a $700 tutorial voucher per child to parents whose children do not achieve current literacy or numeracy benchmarks in Years 3, 5 and 7. Following the agreement of the States and Territories to adopt national testing in 2008 that will also cover Year 9, vouchers will also be extended to eligible students in Year 9 from 1 January 2009.

Tutors will be required to utilise a range of teaching methods reflecting contemporary evidence, such as the findings of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy, in developing their approach to individual learning needs. The performance of tutors will be monitored under the programme.

Realising Our Potential — additional support for regional and remote schools

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 15.4 32.2 35.2 38.3

The Government will provide $121.1 million over four years to fund a regional/remote loading in addition to current funding delivered to non-government schools. State and Territory governments will be required to provide an equivalent increase in resourcing for regional/remote government schools in the 2009-12 schools funding agreement.

This measure reflects the higher cost of delivering schooling in regional and remote Australia and will help to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for children in regional and remote schools. The loading will be calculated using the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) classification, with schools in ‘Moderately Accessible’, ‘Remote’ and ‘Very Remote’ areas receiving an additional 5, 10 and 20 per cent of their socio‑economic status funding entitlement respectively.

Additional funding will be available from 1 January 2008.

Realising Our Potential — rewarding schools for improving literacy and numeracy outcomes

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 2.2 17.0 16.9 17.0

The Government will provide $53.2 million over four years to encourage schools to lift the literacy and numeracy performance of their students. Following the introduction of national literacy and numeracy tests in 2008, public and private schools that can demonstrate improvements in literacy and numeracy outcomes will be eligible to apply for rewards of up to $50,000 per annum.

This will reward excellence in teaching and recognise those schools who make demonstrable improvements in standards.

Schools can apply directly to the Department of Education, Science and Training and awards will be determined by the Minister for Education, Science and Training, taking into account advice from an independent assessment panel. Around 300 schools per year are expected to benefit from this measure from the end of 2008.

Realising Our Potential — improving the practical component of teacher education

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 18.8 19.2 19.4 19.6

The Government will provide $77.0 million over four years to improve the practical component of teacher education to ensure all teacher-education students are provided with sufficient high quality practical experience in schools before entering the teaching profession.

From 1 January 2008, this measure will provide an additional $450 per full-time equivalent student place to universities that deliver a minimum of 120 days of practical experience for each student over a three or four-year degree and a minimum of 60 days practical experience for one or two-year courses.

Realising Our Potential — Australian Government Summer Schools for Teachers

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 30.0 24.8 23.2 23.6

The Government will provide $101.7 million over four years to fund the establishment and ongoing operation of Australian Government Summer Schools for Teachers to improve teacher quality. The Schools will provide up to 1,000 teachers per annum with professional development in one of five disciplines: Literacy and Numeracy; Australian History; Maths; Science; and English.

The Government will fund the full cost of teachers participating in the 10-day residential programme, including travel and accommodation expenses. The Government will also reward each teacher with a $5,000 bonus on completion of the course.

Teachers will be recommended for participation by their school and selected by the Australian Government. The first Summer School will be in January 2008.

Realising Our Potential — national teacher training and registration standards

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 2.7 2.2 - -

The Government will work with state and territory education authorities, representatives of the teaching profession and other stakeholders to develop national teacher training and registration standards. This will provide improvements to teacher education and more consistent, high-quality teaching across Australia. This measure includes $5.0 million to allow the Department of Education, Science and Training to work with stakeholders to agree on the national standards.

The adoption of the agreed national teacher training and registration standards will be a condition of Australian Government funding under the next schools funding agreement.

Realising Our Potential — core curricula standards

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 4.4 8.6 - 0.1

The Government will provide $13.0 million over two years to work with the States and Territories to develop core curricula standards in English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Australian History for Years 11 and 12, and English, Maths, Science and Australian History for Year 10, to assist in raising standards in schools. This advances the recent commitment made by governments at the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA) to develop nationally-consistent curricula for English, Maths and Science. Further information can be found in the MCEETYA Information Statement of 13 April 2007.

Adopting the resulting standards, as well as externally-moderated assessment for Year 12 exit certificates and common descriptions of levels of attainment, will be conditions of funding in the 2009-12 schools funding agreement with the States and Territories.

See also the related expense measures titled COAG – development of national standards for teaching literacy and numeracy and COAG – literacy and numeracy leadership standards for principals.

Realising Our Potential — national student aptitude test for tertiary admission

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 4.9 4.8 4.8 -

The Government will provide $14.5 million over three years to trial the use of student aptitude tests by universities as a supplementary or alternative mechanism for assessing Year 12 students seeking entrance to a tertiary course. This does not seek to replace tertiary entrance scores as the primary selection tool for entrance to university. However, where appropriate, student aptitude test results could be incorporated by universities as a broader indicator of a student’s ability to succeed at university.

This measure will enable around 20,000 students per year to participate in a three-year trial starting in 2008 using an existing test, such as uniTEST, currently being trialled by Monash University and the Australian National University, or the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), used for alternative (mostly mature-age) entry to many Australian universities.




Other measures in the Education, Science and Training portfolio

Australian Institute of Marine Science — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Institute of Marine Science 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.2

The Government will provide $5.0 million over four years to the Australian Institute of Marine Science to maintain existing research in north-east Australia and expand its research in north-west Australia.

This measure provides funding for research that will contribute to the sustainable use of marine resources.

Australian Institute of Marine Science — move to quadrennial funding agreement and continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Institute of Marine Science - - - -

The Government will provide $106.1 million over four years to the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). This measure involves funding of $25.3 million in 2007-08, $26.3 million in 2008-09, $26.7 million in 2009-10 and $27.8 million in 2010-11. Provision for this has already been included in the forward estimates.

In addition, a quadrennial funding agreement will replace the previous triennial funding agreement. Quadrennial funding has been agreed to provide greater budget certainty and a more appropriate timeframe for scientific research and programme review.

Further information can be found in the press release of 9 January 2007 issued by the Minister for Education, Science and Training.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — additional funding for the Open Pool Australian Light-water reactor

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5

The Government will provide $22.0 million over four years to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation to fund additional insurance, water, electricity and fuel expenses required for the operation of the new Open Pool Australian Light-water reactor (OPAL).

The increased operating costs reflect the increased power and capacity of OPAL when compared to the High Flux Australian Reactor it replaces.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — move to quadrennial funding agreement and continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - - - -

The Government will provide $507.9 million over four years to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. This measure involves funding of $121.4 million in 2007-08, $133.8 million in 2008-09, $125.9 million in 2009-10 and $126.8 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

In addition, a quadrennial funding agreement will replace the previous triennial funding agreement. Quadrennial funding has been agreed to provide greater budget certainty and a more appropriate timeframe for scientific research and programme review.

Further information can be found in the press release of 9 January 2007 issued by the Minister for Education, Science and Training.

Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder radio-telescope — design, development and building

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 6.0 8.1 5.8 4.3
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.5 1.1 1.3 1.1
Total 7.5 9.2 7.1 5.4
Related capital ($m)
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - 7.7 9.9 9.9

The Government will provide $56.6 million over four years to support the design, development and building of an Australian Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Pathfinder radio-telescope in Australia. The SKA Pathfinder will be a world class radio-telescope in its own right. Further, the SKA Pathfinder will add to Australia’s role in exploring scientific and technological SKA designs and support Australia’s possible participation in the development of an international SKA radio-telescope facility.

This measure includes $27.5 million in capital funding over three years to purchase plant and equipment associated with the Australian SKA Pathfinder radio-telescope.

COAG — development of national standards for teaching literacy and numeracy

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.3 - - -

The Government will provide up to $1.3 million in 2007-08 to work with the States and Territories to develop a set of nationally consistent core standards for teaching literacy and numeracy. These standards will underpin teacher pre-service education in literacy and numeracy, registration of teachers and professional learning and development in literacy and numeracy. Costs will be shared with the States and Territories, with the Commonwealth contribution identified in this measure.

This measure will help to raise standards in schools, along with literacy and numeracy leadership standards for principals and core standards for secondary school curriculum in key areas.

This measure forms part of an agreement made by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on 13 April 2007. Further information can be found in the Communiqué, available from www.coag.gov.au.

COAG — literacy and numeracy leadership standards for principals

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 0.6 - - -

The Government will provide up to $0.6 million in 2007-08 to work with the States and Territories to develop a core set of skills, knowledge and attributes to enable principals to more effectively lead literacy and numeracy teaching and learning. Costs will be shared with the States and Territories, with the Commonwealth contribution identified in this measure.

This measure will help to raise standards in schools, along with development of national standards for teaching literacy and numeracy and core standards for secondary school curriculum in key areas.

This measure forms part of an agreement made by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on 13 April 2007. Further information can be found in the Communiqué, available from www.coag.gov.au.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation — additional funding for the Australian Animal Health Laboratory

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 2.5 3.3 4.3 6.7

The Government will provide $16.8 million over four years to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation to enhance the capacity of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory to respond to new and re‑emerging bio-security risks to Australia.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation — move to quadrennial funding agreement and continuation of funding

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

The Government will provide $2.6 billion over four years to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. This measure involves funding of $627.7 million in 2007-08, $632.9 million in 2008-09, $644.2 million in 2009-10 and $653.6 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

In addition, a quadrennial funding agreement will replace the previous triennial funding agreement. Quadrennial funding has been agreed to provide greater budget certainty and a more appropriate timeframe for scientific research and programme review.

Further information can be found in the press release of 24 January 2007 issued by the Minister for Education, Science and Training.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation National Research Flagships — Climate Adaptation and Energy

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 15.2 22.6 25.8 39.6

The Government will provide $103.2 million over four years to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for a new National Research Flagship on Climate Adaptation, and to extend the existing Energy Flagship.

Funding for the Climate Adaptation Flagship will improve the CSIRO’s climate analysis and prediction capability, which is important for the development and implementation of the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Funding for the extended Energy Flagship will accelerate the development of alternative transport fuels.

See also the related expense measure titled Climate change – Australian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation in the Environment and Water Resources portfolio.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation National Research Flagships — new manufacturing and minerals industry development

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 10.4 12.7 22.4 25.3

The Government will provide $70.8 million over four years for the establishment of two new National Research Flagships within the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

As part of Global Integration, funding of $36.2 million will be provided to a new Niche Manufacturing Flagship to support export-oriented niche manufacturing industries in targeting specific science, technology and service‑based platforms, particularly those involving the use of nanotechnology. See also the related expense measures titled Global Integration in the Industry, Tourism and Resources; Foreign Affairs and Trade; and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolios; and the related revenue measure titled Global Integration – extension of the premium 175 per cent research and development tax concession to subsidiaries of multinational enterprises in the Treasury portfolio.

Funding of $34.6 million will be provided to a new Minerals Down Under Flagship to build new tools that support the discovery and sustainable development of major new deposits, and the introduction of improved processing technologies in Australia’s mineral industries.

Further information can be found in the statement of 1 May 2007 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources.

Healthy Active Australia — promoting healthy living

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 0.8 1.2 - -
Department of Health and Ageing 0.6 0.4 - -
Total 1.4 1.5 - -

The Government will provide $3.0 million over two years to develop a wellbeing plan for children. The plan will contain easy-to-access information and practical suggestions for parents to promote healthy eating and physical activities in children.

This funding includes $2.0 million for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation to produce the plan for publication, drawing on its research and knowledge on nutrition and food science.

This funding also includes $1.0 million for the Department of Health and Ageing to review and update the core food groups, the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, and Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents.

See also the related expense measures titled Healthy Active Australia in the Communications, Information Technology and the Arts and the Health and Ageing portfolios.

Higher Education Information Management System — maintain funding

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -
Related capital ($m)
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $22.0 million over four years from 2007-08 for ongoing maintenance, support and development of the Higher Education Information Management System. The system assists the administration of the Higher Education Loans Programme and facilitates the transfer of financial and statistical data between higher education institutions and the Government.

This measure involves funding of $5.4 million in 2007-08, $5.5 million in 2008-09, $5.5 million in 2009-10 and $5.6 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

This measure includes $9.1 million in capital funding over four years from 2007-08 to upgrade an IT system.

Humanitarian settlement initiatives — increased per capita funding for English as a Second Language

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 28.4 31.4 33.1 34.9

The Government will provide $127.8 million over four years to double the existing per capita rate of funding paid to state and territory governments and non-government education bodies for eligible humanitarian entrants under the English as a Second Language — New Arrivals Programme. The new per capita rate of $10,554 will support 12 months of intensive English language support for newly arrived humanitarian entrants in Australian schools.

Additional Australian Government administration costs of $1.1 million over four years to implement this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Education, Science and Training.

See also the related expense measures titled Humanitarian settlement initiatives in the Immigration and Citizenship; Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; and Heath and Ageing portfolios.

Investing In Our Schools Programme — continuation

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 190.1 5.8 - -

The Government will provide an additional $195.9 million over two years to undertake a fourth and final funding round of the Investing in Our Schools Programme. This final funding round will particularly target those schools which have not yet received a grant under the programme.

This measure involves funding for government schools of $127.0 million and funding for non-government schools of $54.0 million. Funding of $14.9 million will be provided to the Department of Education, Science and Training to administer the programme.

This measure extends arrangements announced as part of the 2004 election commitment titled Investing in Our Schools: a billion dollar investment in our School Infrastructure and is included in the Schools Assistance (Learning Together – Achievement Through Choice and Opportunity) Act 2004.

Further information can be found in the press release of 19 February 2007 issued by the Prime Minister.

Learned Academies — support of operations

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

The Government will provide $8.0 million over four years to support the operations of the nation’s Learned Academies, comprising the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and their umbrella organisation, the National Academies Forum.

The cost of this measure will be partially offset by $1.0 million per annum provided from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Education, Science and Training.

Museum of Economic Botany — refurbishment

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $1.1 million in 2006-07 to conserve and restore the Museum of Economic Botany in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. This will support the Museum’s role as a centre for public scientific exhibitions and a resource for science teaching and learning. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Further information can be found in the press release of 2 February 2007 issued by the Minister for Finance and Administration.

National Disability Coordination Officer Programme

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training 2.4 2.1 2.1 2.1

The Government will provide $18.3 million over four years to implement the National Disability Coordination Officer Programme. This measure will combine and enhance two existing programmes, the Disability Coordination Officer Programme and the Regional Disability Liaison Officer Programme. The National Disability Coordination Programme will commence on 1 July 2007, and will build on the Government’s commitment to assist people with a disability to access post-school education and training.

This measure involves current funding of $2.3 million in 2007-08, $2.4 million in 2008-09, $2.4 million in 2009-10 and $2.5 million in 2010-11. Provision for the current funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

The additional cost of this measure will be partially offset from savings within the expense measure Fraud and Compliance — consolidation and expansion of risk profile reviews for student payments in the Human Services portfolio.

Workplace English Language and Literacy Programme — continuation

Expense ($m)
2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Department of Education, Science and Training - - - -

The Government will provide $66.7 million over four years to continue the Workplace English Language and Literacy Programme. The programme provides funding to organisations to train workers in English language, literacy and numeracy skills.

This measure involves funding of $16.2 million in 2007-08, $16.5 million in 2008-09, $16.8 million in 2009-10 and $17.2 million in 2010-11. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.