Australian Government, 2009‑10 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures

Attorney‑General's

Africa — law and justice frameworks — Australian assistance

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre - 1.9 1.9 1.9 2.0
Australian Federal Police - 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2
Attorney-General's Department - 1.0 1.2 1.0 1.3
Total - 4.1 4.3 4.2 4.4
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre - 0.3 - - -

The Government will provide $17.3 million over four years (including capital funding of $0.3 million in 2009‑10 for an office fit‑out and computers) to assist African countries to develop effective law and justice frameworks. The Australian Federal Police, the Attorney‑General's Department and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre will provide technical assistance tailored to the needs and requirements of African partners. Assistance will include training for forensics specialists and financial intelligence units, as well as legal workshops.

This measure will contribute to the ability of African countries to maintain security and stability in support of broader human development outcomes as well as enabling greater cooperation between Australia and Africa to achieve mutually beneficial security and economic outcomes.

Air Security Officer program — continuation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $8.5 million in 2009‑10 to continue the Air Security Officer (ASO) program. Under the program, ASOs provide a protective security and anti‑hijacking capability for Australian civil aviation.

Future funding arrangements will be reviewed in the 2010‑11 Budget.

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

Australian Federal Police — contribution to the United Nations Mission in Sudan

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - 1.4 1.3 - -
Australian Taxation Office - -0.3 -0.4 .. -

The Government will provide $2.7 million over two years to maintain the contribution of 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.

The measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.7 million over two years as Australian Federal Police officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Australian Federal Police — increase Australia's law enforcement contribution to Pakistan

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - 3.2 5.8 5.3 3.4
Australian Federal Police - 1.0 - - -

The Government will provide $18.8 million over four years (including $1.0 million in capital funding in 2009‑10 for vehicles and an office fit‑out) to increase Australia's law enforcement contribution to Pakistan.

This measure will develop the capacity of Pakistani law enforcement agencies to investigate transnational crime and terrorism, while strengthening the Australian Federal Police's ability to assist investigations and collect, analyse and disseminate criminal intelligence relating to Pakistan.

Australian Federal Police — logistics and security arrangements for the deployment in Afghanistan — further efficiency

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police -6.6 -8.8 - - -
Australian Federal Police -3.9 - - - -

The Government has identified total savings of $19.4 million over two years (including $3.9 million in capital savings in 2008‑09 for vehicles) by having the Australian Defence Force, rather than private contractors, provide force protection and logistical support to Australian Federal Police officers deployed in Afghanistan.

The Australian Federal Police deployment in Afghanistan builds the capacity of the Afghan National Police in the areas of police reform, counter‑narcotics investigation and criminal intelligence development.

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre — efficiencies in reporting entity compliance

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre - -0.7 -0.7 -0.7 -0.7

The Government has identified total savings of $2.8 million over four years by refining the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre's (AUSTRAC) approach to reporting entity compliance under the Anti‑Money Laundering and Counter‑Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (the AML/CTF Act) to better reflect risk management practices. The AML/CTF Act requires reporting entities (for example, banks and other financial institutions) to provide compliance reports to AUSTRAC which provide information on measures taken to manage the risks of money laundering.

This measure will not impact on AUSTRAC's other role which is to collect, analyse and disseminate financial intelligence to designated agencies.

Automated border processing (SmartGate) — maintenance

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - - -

The Government will provide $18 million over four years from 2009‑10 for the maintenance and support of the specialised biometric hardware and software of the SmartGate kiosks located at the International Airports in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne and Auckland.

SmartGate kiosks give eligible travellers arriving into Australia's international airports the option to self‑process through passport control. SmartGate uses the electronic information in the ePassport and facial recognition technology to perform the customs and immigration checks usually conducted by a customs officer.

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

Aviation security — Airport Police Commanders

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $5.2 million in 2009‑10 to maintain Airport Police Commanders at the 11 major Australian airports. Airport Police Commanders provide operational coordination of security and law enforcement activities.

Future funding arrangements will be reviewed in the 2010‑11 Budget.

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

Aviation security — Airport Uniform Police supplementary funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - 9.0 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $9.0 million in 2009‑10 to meet increases in the cost of maintaining the current level of operational capability for Airport Uniform Police at the 11 major Australian airports (Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney). The Airport Uniform Police provide a community police presence and response capability in the airport environment.

Aviation security — Joint Airport Investigation Teams

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $9.1 million in 2009‑10 to maintain the Joint Airport Investigation Teams at five major Australian airports (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth). The Joint Airport Investigation Teams comprise Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers, Customs officers and state and territory police. This measure will maintain the AFP's capacity to investigate serious and organised crime in the aviation sector.

Future funding arrangements will be reviewed in the 2010‑11 Budget.

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

Aviation security — Unified Policing Model — lease and operating costs for accommodation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide funding for the leasing of accommodation for the Australian Federal Police at the 11 Australian major airports (Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney). This measure will enable the Australian Federal Police to maintain its capacity to provide a timely and effective response to airport incidents.

Border protection — combating people smuggling — communications campaign

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 1.5 2.5 - -

The Government will provide $4.0 million over two years to deliver a communications campaign to counter people smugglers' marketing of maritime people smuggling ventures as a safe, low‑risk option to achieve a migration outcome. The communications campaign will target a range of audiences, including communities in high‑risk source and transit countries and key regional government agencies. This measure forms part of the Australian Government's layered response to the resurgent maritime people smuggling threat. The focus is on preventative overseas interventions through strengthened operational, diplomatic and regional capacity‑building efforts — balanced by appropriate on‑water and aerial surveillance responses

Border protection — combating people smuggling — enhancing Australian Federal Police and regional capability

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - 15.0 12.5 5.7 5.4
Australian Taxation Office - 1.4 1.9 - -
Australian Federal Police - 2.9 - - -

The Government will provide $41.6 million over four years (including capital funding of $2.9 million in 2009‑10) to fund additional Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers for the People Smuggling Strike Team; establish a technical investigation unit in Indonesia; and deploy AFP liaison officers to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

The People Smuggling Strike Team will enhance the AFP's capability to investigate organised criminal elements by engaging with foreign law enforcement agencies to dismantle syndicates. The technical investigation unit will enhance the surveillance and technical capability of the Indonesian National Police and improve its effectiveness in combating people smuggling. The AFP liaison officers will develop relationships with overseas law enforcement organisations to support Australia's interests and to pursue strategies to address transnational organised crime, including people smuggling.

It is estimated the Australian Taxation Office will receive revenue of $3.3 million over two years as a result of the tax treatment of the income and benefits received by AFP officers posted overseas.

This measure forms part of the Australian Government's layered response to the resurgent maritime people smuggling threat. The focus is on preventative overseas interventions through strengthened operational, diplomatic and regional capacity‑building efforts — balanced by appropriate on‑water and aerial surveillance responses.

Border protection — combating people smuggling — increased aerial surveillance of Australia's northern waters

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 8.2 8.2 - -

The Government will provide $62.9 million over four years from 2009‑10 for aerial surveillance of Australia's northern waters. Aerial surveillance contributes to enforcement of Australia's maritime borders through detecting illegal activity, including illegal foreign fishing and people smuggling.

This measure includes an increase in aerial surveillance of 2,215 hours per year in 2009‑10 and 2010‑11. It will provide a consolidated capacity of 19,428 hours per year of aerial surveillance in 2009‑10 and 2010‑11 and 17,213 hours per year of aerial surveillance for the two years thereafter. These aerial surveillance hours will be delivered through aircraft provided and operated by commercial contractors. This measure forms part of the Australian Government's layered response to the resurgent maritime people smuggling threat. The focus is on preventative overseas intervention through strengthened operational, diplomatic and regional capacity‑building efforts — balanced by appropriate on‑water and aerial surveillance responses.

Provision for funding of $46.5 million over four years has already been included in the forward estimates.

Border protection — combating people smuggling — increased maritime response capability

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 3.4 2.9 - -

The Government will provide $6.3 million over two years for additional maritime patrol and response capacity in Australia's northern waters. This funding will allow the Southern Ocean Patrol Vessel, routinely deployed to patrol the Southern Ocean, to be deployed in Australia's northern waters for 80 days per year. This measure forms part of the Australian Government's layered response to the resurgent maritime people smuggling threat. The focus is on preventative overseas interventions through strengthened operational, diplomatic and regional capacity‑building efforts — balanced by appropriate on‑water and aerial surveillance responses.

Border protection — combating people smuggling — international engagement to prevent and disrupt maritime people smuggling

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 5.7 5.1 2.1 2.1
Australian Taxation Office - 0.3 0.4 0.1 -

The Government will provide $15.1 million over four years to enhance engagement with countries from which people smuggling originates or through which asylum seekers transit. Funding will be provided to establish new Australian Customs and Border Protection Service posts in Colombo and Kuala Lumpur and for additional Customs officers to be deployed to an existing post in Jakarta. The Customs officers will work with other regional posts to coordinate operations, liaise with counterpart border agencies and strengthen regional prevention and disruption efforts.

These additional deployments support Customs' new role in leading whole‑of‑government strategic policy development, coordinating the counter‑people smuggling intelligence effort and coordinating international engagement.

The Government will also establish a regional capacity‑building fund for the development and implementation of projects aimed at improving port security and border management processes in source and transit countries. It is estimated the Australian Taxation Office will receive revenue of $0.7 million over three years as a result of fringe benefits tax payable by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

This measure forms part of the Australian Government's layered response to the resurgent maritime people smuggling threat. The focus is on preventative overseas interventions through strengthened operational, diplomatic and regional capacity‑building efforts — balanced by appropriate on‑water and aerial surveillance responses.

Border protection — combating people smuggling — maritime surveillance — extension of contract for ACV Triton

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 26.8 26.6 - -
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 0.8 - - -

The Government will provide $54.3 million over two years (including $0.8 million of capital funding in 2009‑10) to extend the lease of the Australian Customs and Border Protection vessel ACV Triton to 30 June 2011. This vessel is leased to operate in Australia's northern waters to support surveillance and enforcement activities against illegal foreign fishing and maritime people smuggling.

This measure forms part of the Australian Government's layered response to the resurgent maritime people smuggling threat. The focus is on preventative overseas interventions through strengthened operational, diplomatic and regional capacity‑building efforts — balanced by appropriate on‑water and aerial surveillance responses.

Border protection — combating people smuggling — post‑interdiction management of illegal entry vessels

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 8.0 8.1 2.9 3.0

The Government will provide $22.0 million over four years to tow and dispose of intercepted vessels that enter Australian waters illegally as part of people smuggling ventures.

Vessels apprehended in Australia's northern waters will be towed to facilities in Broome or Darwin and, if required, destroyed by the Australian Fisheries and Management Authority on behalf of the Australian Border Protection and Customs Service. This measure forms part of the Australian Government's layered response to the resurgent maritime people smuggling threat. The focus is on preventative overseas interventions through strengthened operational, diplomatic and regional capacity‑building efforts — balanced by appropriate on‑water and aerial surveillance responses.

Border protection — combating people smuggling — specialist prosecution unit

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions - 4.6 6.7 - -

The Government will provide $11.3 million to establish a specialist prosecution unit for people smuggling offences. The unit, to be established within the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, will provide legal advice during investigations, assess briefs of evidence and conduct prosecutions for people smuggling offences. It will also draft material for requests for extradition and mutual assistance as well as participate in the training and liaison coordinated by the Attorney‑General's Department for agencies of foreign governments, including Indonesia. This measure forms part of the Australian Government's layered response to the resurgent maritime people smuggling threat. The focus is on preventative overseas interventions through strengthened operational, diplomatic and regional capacity‑building efforts — balanced by appropriate on‑water and aerial surveillance response.

Border protection — combating people smuggling — strengthening regional people smuggling laws and prosecutions

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - 1.1 1.1 - -

The Government will provide $2.3 million over two years from 2009‑10 to combat people smuggling by providing technical legal assistance and training to major countries of origin and transit for people smuggling in South‑East Asia. The Attorney‑General's Department will work with foreign counterparts to develop and improve laws aimed at combating people smuggling. The measure will also improve Australia's capacity to extradite people smugglers to face prosecution.

This measure forms part of the Australian Government's layered response to the resurgent maritime people smuggling activity. The focus is on preventative overseas interventions through strengthened operational, diplomatic and regional capacity‑building efforts — balanced by appropriate on‑water and aerial surveillance response.

China — Australian Customs and Border Protection Service — continuation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - - -
Australian Taxation Office - -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2

The Government will provide $7.2 million over four years to continue Customs' presence in Beijing. The post will maintain Australia's capacity to engage with China on customs and trade matters, as well as transnational crime.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates. This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.7 million over four years as Customs personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Cole Inquiry Taskforce — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - 1.4 - - -
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions - 0.9 - - -
Attorney-General's Department - 0.8 - - -
Total - 3.1 - - -

The Government will provide $3.1 million in 2009‑10 to continue the work of the taskforce established to investigate and prosecute individuals and companies following the completion of the Cole Inquiry into the United Nations Oil‑For‑Food Program.

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions — efficiencies from in‑house legal services

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions - -0.6 -0.6 -0.6 -0.6

The Government has identified savings of $2.4 million over four years by reducing in‑house legal services for matters that are ancillary to the prosecution function of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions. This measure will not impact upon the ability of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to carry out prosecutions.

Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting 2011 — funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - 0.5 1.1 0.9 -

The Government will provide $2.6 million over three years to enable Australia to host the 2011 Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting (CLMM). The CLMM is a triennial meeting of the First Law Officers of the Commonwealth of Nations, which provides a forum to identify and resolve law and justice matters of common concern, including in relation to counter‑terrorism, intellectual property, human rights, crime prevention and access to justice.

Continuity of Government — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -
Australian Secret Intelligence Service - - - - -
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $7.4 million over four years to maintain the Continuity of Government Plan, which provides for executive decision making during a national security incident or a major emergency.

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

Counter‑terrorism — regional legal assistance

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - - -1.7 -1.8 -1.8

The Government will provide $1.7 million in 2009‑10 to continue work to assist countries to address shortcomings in counter‑terrorism legislative arrangements. This funding will provide assistance to legislators in regional countries with the drafting, passage and implementation of counter‑terrorism legislation.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Attorney‑General's Department. The measure will cease on 30 June 2010, returning savings of $5.3 million over three years from 2010‑11.

Critical Infrastructure Protection program — continuation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -
Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy - - - - -
Australian Communications and Media Authority - - - - -
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism - - - - -
Department of Health and Ageing - - - - -
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - - - - -
Department of Defence - - - - -
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $36.6 million over four years to continue the Critical Infrastructure Protection program. The program helps to ensure there are adequate risk management frameworks in place for critical infrastructure, such as electricity, communications and water supplies, to protect against natural disasters, accidents and terrorism.

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

Customs — risk‑based approach to air cargo inspections

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - -4.2 -4.2 -4.3 -4.4

The Government has identified total savings of $17.1 million over four years by strengthening the risk‑based approach to inspections and examinations of air cargo. This measure will maintain Customs' current focus on high‑risk air cargo arriving at Australian airports.

Customs — risk‑based approach to first port boarding inspections

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - -2.1 -2.1 -2.2 -2.2

The Government has identified total savings of $8.6 million over four years by strengthening the risk‑based approach to first port boarding inspections. These boardings are undertaken on vessels when they first arrive in Australia so that officials can perform a range of border processing functions, including customs and immigration checks. Customs will continue to assess the risk of all vessels before arrival and board those vessels with a risk rating of high or medium. The rate at which low‑risk vessels are boarded will be reduced.

Customs — risk‑based approach to sea cargo inspections

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - -8.2 -8.2 -8.1 -8.0

The Government has identified total savings of $32.4 million over four years by strengthening the risk‑based approach to inspections and examinations of sea cargo. This measure will maintain Customs' current focus on high‑risk sea cargo arriving at Australian ports.

Diplomatic Guarding program — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $122.4 million over four years from 2009‑10 to continue the Diplomatic Guarding program. The program enables the Australian Federal Police to provide protective security to diplomatic and consular missions and to official establishments used by Australian High Office holders throughout Australia.

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

Disaster Resilience — continuation and expansion of support for aerial firefighting

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department 4.0 3.5 3.3 3.1 2.9

The Government will provide $38.8 million over five years (including $4.0 million in 2008‑09) to maintain and expand aerial firefighting capability across Australia in bushfire seasons by extending the lease arrangements on aerial firefighting aircraft. The increase in funding recognises the threat posed by extended bushfire seasons. The additional funding will be provided to the National Aerial Firefighting Centre, which is responsible for the national coordination and sharing of aerial firefighting resources.

Additional funding of $16.8 million (including $4.0 million in 2008‑09) will increase the Government's contribution for aerial firefighting arrangements to $14.2 million for 2008‑09 and $14.0 million from 2009‑10.

This measure includes funding of $10.2 million in 2008‑09, $10.5 million in 2009‑10, $10.7 million in 2010‑11, $10.9 million in 2011‑12 and $11.1 million in 2012‑13 already included in the forward estimates.

Disaster Resilience — National Emergency Warning System

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department 2.6 18.5 1.7 1.7 1.8

The Government will provide funding of $26.3 million over five years (including $2.6 million in 2008‑09) to develop a new secure database which will give real‑time access to up‑to‑date telephone numbers for a telephone‑based emergency warning system to be operated and maintained by the States and Territories.

States and Territories will receive funding to research the feasibility of extending emergency warning system coverage to the delivery of location‑based emergency warnings to all mobile telephones in an affected area rather than on billing address only.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 23 February 2009 issued by the Attorney‑General and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the joint press release of 30 April 2009 issued by the Prime Minister and the Attorney‑General.

Disaster Resilience Australia Package

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - 19.2 19.6 20.0 20.5

The Government will provide a further $79.3 million over four years to increase the resilience of Australian communities to both natural and human made disasters. The Government will fund disaster mitigation efforts and better integrate the work of business and non‑government organisations to assist communities to prepare for and recover from disaster events.

This measure enhances the Government's approach to emergency management by increasing Australia's resilience to a range of disasters, including extreme weather events due to climate change.

This measure will replace existing disaster mitigation grant programs, combining available funds to allow more flexible responses to potential disaster threats.

Provision for funding of $20.0 million has already been included in the forward estimates.

Enhanced crisis coordination facilities

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - 5.8 2.2 1.8 1.9
Department of Defence - 1.7 - - -
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 0.6 0.7 0.7 0.7
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2
Total - 8.1 3.1 2.8 2.8
Attorney-General's Department - 15.2 - - -
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 3.0 - - -
Total - 18.1 - - -

The Government will provide $34.9 million over four years from 2009‑10 (including $18.1 million in capital funding) for enhanced crisis coordination facilities to support the capacity of the Government to respond to and manage national and international emergencies. This initiative supports the recommendations of the 2008 Homeland and Border Security Review, which was commissioned by the Prime Minister.

E‑Security Review

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 1.0 0.4 0.3 0.3
Total - 2.0 1.4 1.4 1.3
Attorney-General's Department - 0.5 - - -

The Government will provide $8.3 million over four years (including capital funding of $0.5 million over four years) to the Attorney‑General's Department and the Department of Finance and Deregulation (Finance) to implement the major recommendations of the E‑Security Review 2008. The measure will involve the establishment of a national computer emergency response function within the Australian Government, and a review of government internet gateways to reduce them to the minimum number required for operational efficiency and reliability.

Funding for the Attorney‑General's Department includes offsets of $1.2 million over four years to be provided from the department's component of the Critical Infrastructure Protection program. Funding for Finance includes $0.5 million over four years to be absorbed by the department.

Family Court of Australia — reduction in the number of judicial officers

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Family Court of Australia - -1.2 -1.3 -1.3 -1.3

The Government will not fill two vacancies for judicial officers of the Family Court of Australia, reflecting an expected reduction in the workload of the Court.

This measure will provide savings of $5.0 million over four years.

Federal Court of Australia — reduction in the number of judicial officers

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Federal Court of Australia - -1.6 -1.6 -1.6 -1.6

The Government will not fill two vacancies for judicial officers of the Federal Court of Australia, reflecting an expected reduction in the workload of the Court.

This measure will provide savings of $6.5 million over four years.

Federal Magistrates Court — savings from not appointing two federal magistrates

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia - -0.7 - - -
Family Court of Australia - -0.7 -1.4 -1.4 -1.4
Total - -1.4 -1.4 -1.4 -1.4

The Government will not fill two vacancies for federal magistrates of the Federal Magistrates Court, given an expected reduction in workload.

As a result of the Restructure of the Federal Courts measure, these savings will be attributed to the Family Court from 2010.

This measure will provide savings of $5.6 million over four years.

Fighting terrorism at its source

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - - - - -
Australian Taxation Office - -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2

The Government will provide $82.8 million over four years to continue funding the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to respond to, investigate and disrupt terrorist activities offshore in conjunction with its regional law enforcement partners. The AFP will also undertake new capacity building initiatives in regional countries, focusing on criminal intelligence and forensic science by redirecting resources away from activities having less impact on terrorist activities overseas.

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

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.8 million over four years as a result of the tax treatment of the income and benefits received by Australian Federal Police officers posted overseas.

High Court of Australia — additional resourcing

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
High Court of Australia - 1.1 0.9 0.7 0.8
High Court of Australia - 1.3 1.4 1.4 1.5

The Government will provide funding of $9.0 million over four years (including capital funding of $5.5 million) to allow the High Court of Australia to maintain its general assets and registry services and to improve its security arrangements.

Capital funding will allow the High Court to purchase additional library resources and implement new corporate information technology systems.

Illegal foreign fishing in northern waters — continuation of funding for on‑land support services

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - - -

The Government will provide $39.1 million over four years to maintain on‑land capability in support of on‑water surveillance and response to illegal foreign fishing in Australia's northern waters. This will enable the continued apprehension and investigation of illegal foreign fishers in remote localities and the continuation of fisheries compliance activities.

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

Indian Ocean Territories Grants — streamlined grants program

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - -0.4 -0.4 -0.4 -0.4

The Government will adjust funding for the Territories GrantsIndian Ocean Territories program administered by the Attorney‑General's Department to align future funding more closely with anticipated demand.

The program provides discretionary grant funding for residents of the Indian Ocean Territories to apply for the equivalent of any of the grant programs provided by the Western Australian Government. This program has a history of lower than budgeted expenditure.

This measure will provide savings of $1.6 million over four years.

Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia — maintaining service standards

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia - 7.0 7.3 - -
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia - 6.2 8.7 - -

The Government will provide $14.3 million over two years to maintain service delivery standards related to personal insolvency matters. This measure will allow the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia to continue to deliver services in the personal insolvency system to a standard that provides confidence and certainty to participants.

These costs will be recovered consistent with existing cost‑recovery arrangements.

International counter‑terrorism — South‑East Asia border security program

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - -2.2 -1.8 -1.8 -2.3

The Government will provide $8.1 million over four years to support the South‑East Asia border security program. This measure will provide assistance to border agencies in South‑East Asia to address counter‑terrorism and security threats before they reach Australia. Assistance will include training for intelligence collation as well as participation in exercises to improve inter‑agency border cooperation.

Provision for funding of $16.2 million over four years has already been included in the forward estimates. By amalgamating measures and better coordinating established networks, the Government will achieve efficiencies of $8.1 million over four years.

Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation — continuation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $26.7 million over four years to continue funding for the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation. The program provides operational support and capacity‑building to Indonesian and other regional law enforcement agencies to strengthen their ability to respond to transnational crime and terrorism.

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

Maritime surveillance — Bay class vessel replacement project

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 1.0 - - -
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 0.1 - - -
Total - 1.1 - - -

The Government will provide $1.1 million in 2009‑10 to develop and manage a commercial tender process for options to replace the Bay class vessels currently operated by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. The Bay class vessels contribute to Australia's capacity to patrol and respond to maritime border threats, and are reaching the end of their anticipated operating life.

As a part of this measure, the Department of Finance and Deregulation will receive $0.1 million in 2009‑10 to fund a Gateway Review of the project. The Government's Gateway Review process provides quality assurance so that the intended outcomes for major government projects will be achieved.

Maritime surveillance — Southern Ocean Maritime Patrol and Response Program

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - 60.5 59.6 60.3

The Government will provide $240.7 million over five years (including $60.3 million in 2013‑14) to continue patrols in the Southern Ocean (including the Heard and McDonald Islands Exclusive Economic Zone) to detect, apprehend and deter illegal foreign fishing. The Southern Ocean Maritime Patrol and Response Program also protects Australian sovereignty and contributes to sea search and rescue missions. The funding will meet the lease and operating costs of a vessel capable of operating in the Southern Ocean and the cost of satellite services.

National Native Title Tribunal — increased efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
National Native Title Tribunal - -0.5 -1.0 -1.1 -1.1

The Government has identified efficiencies in the National Native Title Tribunal that will lead to savings of $3.7 million over four years. Savings will be achieved through streamlining several aspects of the Tribunal's corporate and related services.

National security public information campaign — continuation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department -3.0 1.0 1.0 - -

The Government will provide $2.0 million over two years to continue the operation of the national security public information campaign which promotes the National Security Hotline to the community. There are also savings of $3.0 million in 2008‑09 from the program due to a decision to limit spending in that year.

Office of Parliamentary Counsel — additional resourcing

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Office of Parliamentary Counsel - 0.5 1.0 1.1 1.1

The Government will provide $3.7 million over four years to assist the Office of Parliamentary Counsel to sustain its role in the drafting of Bills for introduction into either House of the Parliament.

Personal Property Security Reform — additional resourcing

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - 1.4 - - -

The Government will provide $1.4 million in 2009‑10 to provide additional testing equipment and specialist IT staff to support implementation of the personal property security register (PPSR) being developed by the Attorney‑General's department. The additional equipment and staff will enable the department to undertake an extended system testing regime, and will assist business operators to adapt IT and business processes to take advantage of the new system.

Currently most of the States, Territories and the Australian Government maintain registers for some kinds of personal property securities. The introduction of the PPSR will bring these together into one, definitive register.

Police Aviation Liaison Officers — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - -1.5 - - -

The Government will provide $3.0 million in 2009‑10 to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to continue the Police Aviation Liaison Officer (PALO) network at Australian airports. The PALO network facilitates the management of security at airports.

Future funding arrangements will be reviewed in the 2010‑11 Budget.

Provision for funding of $3 million has already been included in the forward estimates. As $1.5 million of the cost of the measure will be met from within the existing resources of the AFP, $1.5 million of the amount already in the forward estimates will be returned to the budget.

Regional Rapid Deployment Teams — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $18.3 million over four years to continue the Australian Federal Police's Regional Rapid Deployment Team capability, which provides a deterrence and response capacity to security threats at Australian regional airports.

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

Respondent funding for Native Title claims — increased efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - -0.6 -0.6 -0.7 -0.7

The Government will adjust funding for the Native Title Respondent Funding Scheme. This adjustment will result in a saving of $2.6 million over four years.

This measure reduces non‑government respondent parties' involvement in Native Ttitle claims. It will ensure that non‑government respondent parties are directed towards early resolution of issues affecting them, thereby enabling more timely resolution of Native Title claims.

Restructure of the Federal Courts

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Family Court of Australia - 21.2 42.6 43.0 43.3
Federal Court of Australia - 6.9 13.8 13.9 14.0
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia - -28.9 -58.2 -58.4 -59.4
Total - -0.8 -1.9 -1.6 -2.0

The Government will improve access to justice, particularly in family law matters, by streamlining court structures. This will reduce the duplication of court administrative structures and corporate services by merging the existing Federal Magistrates Court into new, lower divisions of the Family Court and the Federal Court. This will provide savings of $6.3 million over four years.

Associated staff and resources will be transferred to the Family Court and Federal Court.

Further information can be found in the press release of 5 May 2009 issued by the Attorney‑General.

Royal Commission into the February 2009 Victorian Bushfires

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department 2.2 7.3 - - -

The Government will provide funding of $9.6 million over two years (including $2.3 million in 2008‑09) to assist the Attorney‑General's Department to co‑ordinate the Australian Government's involvement in the Royal Commission into the Victorian Bushfires established by the Victorian Government on 16 February 2009.

Surge Capacity Phase Two — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide $19.7 million over four years to continue the Australian Federal Police's Surge Capacity capability to deploy protective security to special events and at‑risk sites.

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

Wireless Priority Service System

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -

The Government will provide $6.8 million over two years from 2009‑10 for the continuation and upgrade of the Wireless Priority Service System (WPSS). The WPSS enables key decision makers and emergency service providers to communicate in a crisis via priority access to the mobile telephone network.

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

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