Australian Government, 2008‑09 Budget
Budget

Attorney‑General's

Election Commitments

Albert Hall, Canberra — restoration assistance grant

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department - - 0.5 - -

The Government will provide $0.5 million in 2009‑10 to the Australian Capital Territory Government to assist with repairs to and restoration of the Albert Hall. The Albert Hall is an historic building in the Australian Capital Territory located close to Parliament House which has, for many years, been used for a wide range of community and commercial events, cultural and musical performances, and events of national significance.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Anti‑whaling — Oceanic Viking deployment

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Customs Service 1.3 - - - -

The Government provided $1.3 million in 2007‑08 to deploy the leased vessel, Oceanic Viking, to monitor the activities of the Japanese Whaling Fleet in the Southern Ocean.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Australian Federal Police retention and recruitment program

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Federal Police 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $25.0 million over five years to fund an Australian Federal Police retention and recruitment program. This will help enable the Australian Federal Police to meet its recruitment targets for new staff and implement programs to improve the retention of existing staff.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Clarke Inquiry into the case of Dr Mohamed Haneef

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department - 2.2 - - -

The Government will provide $2.2 million in 2008‑09 to establish an independent non‑statutory inquiry headed by former New South Wales Supreme Court Judge, the Hon John Clarke QC, to inquire into the handling of the case of Dr Mohamed Haneef. The Inquiry will also examine and report on the effectiveness of cooperation, coordination and interoperability between Commonwealth agencies and with state law enforcement agencies relating to these matters.

Total costs for the Inquiry will be approximately $4.2 million over two years from 2007‑08. Funding of $2.0 million will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Attorney‑General's Department.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Human rights and civil responsibilities — national consultation

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -

The Government will provide $2.8 million over two years from 2007‑08 to facilitate national public consultations about the recognition and protection of human rights and the recognition of civil responsibilities. The consultation process will also facilitate discussion of possible frameworks to address these issues. The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Attorney‑General's Department.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Lismore Flood Management Plan — Infrastructure upgrade

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -

The Government will provide $0.1 million in 2008‑09 to facilitate the upgrade of the Browns Creek Pumping Station and the Lismore Flood Levee as part of the Lismore Flood Management Plan.

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

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Port security — increased inspection capacity

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Customs Service - 3.1 3.1 3.2 3.4
Australian Customs Service - 3.3 - - -

The Government will provide $16.0 million over four years to the Australian Customs Service to increase its capacity to inspect and examine containers at regional ports in Launceston, Darwin, Townsville and Newcastle for illicit and potentially dangerous goods and other border risks.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Removal of differential treatment of same‑sex couples and their children — law reform

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.1 11.8 -7.4 -30.3 -32.1
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.1 9.7 -18.5 -25.2 -30.5
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 6.4 6.1 6.7 7.5
Department of Defence - 2.7 2.8 3.0 3.2
Comsuper - 1.6 - - -
Department of Veterans' Affairs - 1.2 3.7 3.4 3.7
Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 0.4 .. .. ..
Department of Health and Ageing - 0.3 0.9 0.9 1.0
Medicare Australia - 0.2 - - -
Attorney-General's Department - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Australian Taxation Office - - 0.9 0.6 0.4
Various Agencies - - -1.0 -1.1 -1.6
Total 0.2 34.5 -12.4 -41.8 -48.2
Australian Taxation Office - -0.4 3.2 -0.8 -1.0
Comsuper - 0.3 - - -
Department of Veterans' Affairs - 0.2 - - -
Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 0.1 - - -
Total - 0.6 - - -

The Government will prospectively remove differential treatment of same‑sex couples and their children from Commonwealth laws (except where they rely on the Family Law Act 1975 definitions and presumptions) in the areas of Australian Government (defined benefit) superannuation schemes, social security, veterans' entitlements, workplace relations, workers' compensation, taxation, health (including Medicare, pharmaceutical benefits and hearing services) and immigration and citizenship. The measure is expected to result in net savings of $66.0 million over four years.

The majority of the expenditure in 2008‑09 will be to implement changes to Centrelink's payment systems.

Legislative changes are expected to take effect on 1 July 2009 with the exception of Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Safety Nets (1 January 2009) and Fringe Benefits Tax (1 April 2009). Amendments to the Australian Government (defined benefit) superannuation schemes will commence on a date to be set by proclamation, with amendments related to superannuation and taxation of death benefit payments having effect from 1 July 2008.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Safer Suburbs program

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department 1.5 6.0 7.5 - -

The Government will provide funding of $15.0 million over three years to fund grants under the Safer Suburbs program. The program aims to reduce crime, anti‑social behaviour and gang activity through a range of measures, including the installation of closed circuit television cameras and improved street lighting

Funding for this measure will be provided from the redirection of funds from the National Community Crime Prevention Program.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

See also the related savings measure titled National Community Crime Prevention Program in the Attorney‑General's portfolio.

Schools Security Program

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department 1.0 5.0 7.0 7.0 5.0

The Government will provide $25.0 million over five years to improve security at schools. Specific security needs will be identified through security assessments developed in consultation with relevant federal and state police and security organisations.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Sworn Australian Federal Police officers — increase

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Federal Police - 5.3 10.3 16.9 53.4
Australian Federal Police - 1.5 1.3 1.4 7.5

The Government will provide $191.9 million over five years (including $94.4 million in 2012‑13) to deliver an additional 500 sworn Australian Federal Police officers. The additional officers will work on high impact criminal investigations relating to transnational and domestic crime, counter terrorism, high tech crime, fraud, money laundering, people smuggling, drug trafficking, and child sexual exploitation.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Wallsend Flood Early Warning System

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department 0.1 - - - -

The Government will provide $0.1 million in 2007‑08 to facilitate the operation of a flood early warning system at Wallsend as part of the Newcastle Flood Management Plan. The system will provide early warning of possible flooding of properties located in the Iron Creek catchment area near Wallsend. This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Other measures

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity — increased operational resourcing

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity - 0.8 2.0 2.0 2.0
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity - 0.8 - - -

The Government will provide $7.5 million over four years to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity to enhance its capacity to undertake investigations and collect intelligence. This will support the Commission in its mission to investigate cases of, and help prevent, serious and systemic corruption issues in the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Crime Commission. The additional funding will also be used to enhance the agency's corporate governance and to allow it to assess the Australian Federal Police's and Australian Crime Commission's anti‑corruption plans.

Australian Customs Service — replacement of vessels project team

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Customs Service - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.9 million over two years from 2008‑09 to continue the project team that is developing replacement strategies for the maritime surveillance and response capability currently provided by the Bay class vessels.

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

Australian Federal Police — Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Federal Police 5.6 - - - -

The Government provided $5.6 million in 2007‑08 to continue the deployment of 37 Australian Federal Police personnel to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. This will allow the Australian Federal Police to maintain its 2006‑07 staffing levels through 2007‑08 in response to the civil unrest in the Solomon Islands in April 2006.

This funding relates to mission‑based expenses only, and is in addition to funding for salaries, training and other general expenses, which has already been provided for in the forward estimates.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Border protection — surveillance in Australia's northern waters

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Customs Service - 1.1 - - -

The Government will provide $1.1 million in 2008‑09 to the Australian Customs Service to continue providing 2,200 hours of aerial surveillance in Australia's northern waters to deter unauthorised arrivals. This funding is in addition to the funding already provided in the forward estimates ($12.6 million in 2008‑09, $12.7 million in 2009‑10, $12.8 million in 2010‑11 and $13.0 million in 2011‑12).

Future funding requirements will be reviewed in the 2009‑10 Budget.

Drug Use Monitoring in Australia

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Institute of Criminology - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.0 million over four years from 2008‑09 to maintain the national collection of drug use data at seven designated sites. The Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program aims to monitor the impact of drug supply, harm and demand reduction initiatives. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Equine Influenza Commission of Inquiry — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department 2.5 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide additional funding of $2.6 million over two years from 2007‑08 to extend the administrative support provided to the Inquiry into the Outbreak of Equine Influenza in Australia. The additional funding will help allow the Commission to meet its reporting date of 25 April 2008.

Federal Magistrates Court of Australia — providing an additional magistrate for increased family law workloads

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia - 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Family Court of Australia - -0.5 -0.5 -0.5 -0.5
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $2.1 million over four years to appoint an additional federal magistrate to deal with increased family law workloads in the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia. Less complex family law matters can be more efficiently considered by the Federal Magistrates Court of Australia.

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

Legal aid funding for national security trials

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department 9.0 - 2.0 - -

The Government will provide $11.0 million over three years for the Expensive Commonwealth Criminal Cases Fund. This supplementation will allow the state‑based legal aid commissions to meet trial costs arising from investigations into terrorism offences in Victoria and New South Wales (Operation Pendennis), without reducing the funding available for other areas of legal aid.

National Security — Air Security Officer program

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $8.4 million in 2008‑09 to continue funding for the Air Security Officer program, which provides a discreet anti‑hijacking capability for Australian civil aviation by providing armed security personnel on board aircraft.

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

National Security — counter‑terrorism rapid deployment capability

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $34.1 million over four years from 2008‑09 to maintain the Australian Federal Police's capacity to respond to terrorist attacks in regional countries and to assist in strengthening the counter‑terrorism capabilities of regional law enforcement partners.

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

National Security — critical infrastructure protection

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -
Department of Defence - - - - -
Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy - - - - -
Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -
Australian Communications and Media Authority - - - - -
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - - - - -
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism - - - - -
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $8.8 million in 2008‑09 to continue the critical infrastructure protection program. The program helps to ensure there are adequate levels of protective security for critical infrastructure from natural and other disasters.

The Department of Defence will meet costs of $1.5 million from within its existing resourcing and provision for the remaining funding for 2008‑09 has already been included in the estimates. Funding requirements beyond 2008‑09 will be reviewed in the 2009‑10 Budget.

National Security — Critical Infrastructure Protection Modelling and Analysis program

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department - 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3
Department of Defence - - - - -
Geoscience Australia - - - - -
Total - 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3

The Government will provide $23.4 million over four years (including $9.2 million in new funding) to further develop the Critical Infrastructure Protection Modelling and Analysis program, which uses computer models to simulate the effect of disasters on Australia's people, infrastructure and economy. The program helps to develop plans to protect communities from natural and human‑made disasters.

Provision for funding of $6.0 million over four years for the Attorney‑General's Department and $0.8 million over four years for Geoscience Australia has already been included in the forward estimates.

The Department of Defence will absorb costs of $7.4 million over four years from within its existing resourcing.

Natural Disaster Mitigation Program — continuation

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department - 19.2 - - -

The Government will provide $19.2 million in 2008‑09 for the continuation of the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program, which assists the delivery of projects that mitigate the impact of natural disasters in Australia. The program operates under a cost‑sharing agreement with the States and Territories to focus mitigation activities in areas of highest need.

Patrol Vessel in Australian Northern Waters — extension

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Customs Service - - - - -
Australian Customs Service - - - - -

The Government will provide $35.7 million over two years from 2007‑08 to retain the Australian Customs Vessel TRITON in the Australian Northern Waters. The vessel will monitor illegal foreign fishing and people smuggling operations.

This measure includes capital funding of $1.1 million over two years for the improvement of onboard living conditions of Customs officers.

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

Queensland Flood Relief Appeal — government assistance

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Attorney-General's Department 0.5 - - - -

The Government will provide $0.5 million in 2007‑08 to the Premier of Queensland's 2008 Flood Relief Appeal. The appeal relates to the mid‑January 2008 floods in the Mackay and Whitsunday regions. This payment is in addition to assistance provided by the Government under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements.

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