Australian Government, 2008‑09 Budget
Budget

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Election Commitments

Australian National Audit Office — defence equipment projects

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian National Audit Office - 0.8 1.5 1.5 1.5

The Government will provide $5.3 million over four years for the Australian National Audit Office to audit and report annually to Parliament on the Defence Materiel Organisation's top 30 acquisition projects. The objective of the annual review is to provide greater accountability to Parliament on major Defence equipment projects.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Community Cabinets

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.2 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.5

The Government will provide $10.8 million over five years to support the Government's commitment to hold Community Cabinet meetings across Australia. The purpose of Community Cabinet meetings is to help the general community to discuss matters of importance to them with senior members of the Government.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Lobbyists Register — establishment

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.1 0.3 - - -

The Government will provide $1.6 million over five years to establish and maintain a lobbyists register within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The register will provide information on who is engaged in lobbying activities with Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries and the interests they represent.

This measure includes $0.4 million in capital funding to purchase Information Technology equipment.

Office of National Security — establishment

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.6 0.8 1.2 1.3 1.3
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation .. -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Attorney-General's Department .. -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Australian Federal Police .. -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3
Department of Defence -0.3 -0.4 -0.6 -0.6 -0.6
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $5.2 million over five years to establish an Office of National Security within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, headed by a National Security Adviser. The objective of the Office of National Security is to develop, advise on and coordinate whole of government national security policy.

The cost of this measure will be partially met from within the existing resourcing of the Australian Federal Police, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Department of Defence, Attorney‑General's Department and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Office of Work and Family — establishment

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.3 2.1 1.5 1.5 1.5
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs -0.3 -0.5 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.3 -0.5 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4
Total 0.7 1.1 0.7 0.7 0.8

The Government will provide $7.9 million over five years to establish an Office of Work and Family within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Office will provide policy coordination and advice on work and family matters, and will also develop a new system for family impact statements in Cabinet Submissions.

The cost of this measure will be partially met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Social inclusion agenda

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.0 3.5 3.2 3.6 3.3
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.3 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs -0.3 -0.5 -0.5 -0.5 -0.5
Total 0.5 3.8 3.4 3.7 3.4

The Government will provide $14.6 million over five years to establish a Social Inclusion Unit in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The unit will have a role in policy advice and coordination of the Government's social inclusion agenda, operating in conjunction with the new Social Inclusion Board.

This measure will also provide $2.5 million over four years to establish a social inclusion team within the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to oversee the implementation of social inclusion initiatives across the portfolio, provide resources for the development of a National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy and support work to improve techniques to identify levels of disadvantage to assist in the development of strategies to achieve social inclusion.

The cost of this measure will be partially met from with the existing resourcing of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Other measures

Accommodation costs — former Governors‑General

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet .. 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3

The Government will provide $1.3 million over five years to cover increases in the costs of providing full office facilities for former Governors‑General.

Australia 2020 Summit

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2.6 - - - -

The Government has provided $2.6 million in 2007‑08 to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for the Australia 2020 Summit held on 19 and 20 April 2008. The Summit involved 1,000 participants and was aimed at harnessing ideas for building a modern Australia ready for the challenges of the 21st Century. An initial report to the Prime Minister included results across ten streams, including ambitions, priority themes and top ideas. A 2020 Youth Summit and 2020 Schools Summit were also held in conjunction with the Australia 2020 Summit.

Further information can be found in the press release of 3 February 2008 issued by the Prime Minister.

Bravery medals from the Battle of Long Tan

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - - - - -

The Government will provide $0.2 million in 2007‑08 to appoint an independent panel to review the treatment of award recommendations stemming from the Battle of Long Tan.

The review will consider the nature and context of the Battle of Long Tan and the process that followed concerning individual and collective recognition, examining the documentary evidence available and seeking to arrive at a fair and sustainable response to claims for further recognition.

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

Cabinet Committee Secretariat Support — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $3.3 million over four years in additional funding for the Cabinet Committee secretariat within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. To facilitate the development and implementation of the Government's policy agenda, six new Cabinet Committees have been established and an enhanced role has been given to the Expenditure Review Committee. The additional funding will establish the appropriate level of secretariat and coordination services within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to support the ongoing operation of the new and enhanced Cabinet Committee structure.

This measure includes $0.1 million in capital funding in 2008‑09 to purchase IT equipment.

Career Transition and Support Centre

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Australian Public Service Commission 0.4 1.4 0.6 - -
Australian Public Service Commission 0.1 - - - -

The Government will provide $2.5 million over three years (including $0.1 million in capital funding in 2007‑08) for the establishment of the Career Transition and Support Centre within the Australian Public Service Commission. The Centre will provide career transition advice and support services to Australian Public Service employees, coordinate cross‑Australian Public Service redeployment of excess employees, and provide strategic advice to agencies on recruitment and redeployment matters.

COAG — Human Influenza Pandemic Prevention and Preparedness

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2.0 2.7 - - -
Department of Health and Ageing -2.0 -2.7 - - -
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.7 million over two years to ensure a whole of government approach to pandemic preparedness in Australia. This includes both coordination across State and Territory governments and Australian Government agencies.

The cost of this measure will be offset from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Health and Ageing.

COAG — Inter‑jurisdictional exchange of criminal history information on people working with children — scoping study

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.2 - - - -
Attorney-General's Department -0.2 - - - -
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $0.2 million in 2007‑08 as a contribution to a Commonwealth‑State scoping study relating to improving access to a consistent and expanded range of inter‑jurisdictional criminal history information by child‑related employment screening schemes to improve the safety and protection of children.

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

COAG — National Health Security Legislation

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.9 - - - -
Department of Health and Ageing -0.9 - - - -
Total - - - - -

The Government has provided $0.9 million in 2007‑08 to develop legislation to formalise existing voluntary arrangements between the Commonwealth, States and Territories in relation to communicable disease outbreaks and other significant public health events.

The cost of this measure has been offset from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Health and Ageing.

COAG Reform Council

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.9 1.2 1.2 0.4 -
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.2 .. .. - -

The Government will provide $3.8 million over four years (including $0.2 million in capital funding from 2007‑08 to 2009‑10) for the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) Reform Council to monitor progress in implementing National Reform Agenda initiatives and reforms to Commonwealth‑State financial arrangements.

This funding meets the Australian Government's commitment to provide half the funding for the Council, with the States and Territories to also provide the remaining funding.

Further information can be found in the COAG Communique release of 13 April 2007 issued by the Council of Australian Governments.

Council of Australian Governments — additional resources to support the COAG reform agenda

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Treasury - 3.1 3.1 1.6 1.6
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.3 3.1 3.1 1.6 1.6
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0
Total 0.3 8.2 8.3 4.3 4.3

The Government will provide $25.2 million over five years of additional funding to support the expanded Council of Australian Governments reform agenda.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet — enhanced strategic capacity

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 8.6 9.4 9.5 9.5
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 1.0 - - -

The Government will provide $38.1 million over four years (including $1.0 million in capital funding in 2008‑09) to allow the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to take on an expanded role in supporting the Government in delivering key priorities. These priorities include progressing initiatives identified at the Australia 2020 Summit.

This measure (including $1.0 million in capital funding in 2008‑09) to purchase IT equipment.

Homeland and Border Security — review

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.1 - - - -

The Government will provide $0.1 million in 2007‑08 for a comprehensive review of homeland and border security arrangements in Australia. The Homeland and Border Security Review is a part of the Government's commitment to examine Australia's homeland and border security arrangements. The review will report by 30 June 2008.

One National Circuit — adjustment for leasing expenses

Expense ($m)
2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.2 1.0 0.9 0.7 0.5

The Government will provide $4.4 million over five years for office lease expenses of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to ensure compliance with accounting standards.

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