Australian Government, 2009‑10 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures

Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

Action on Energy Efficiency — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -6.9 -6.9 -6.0 -6.0

The Government will terminate the lapsing Action on Energy Efficiency program on 30 June 2009, providing savings of $25.8 million over four years. This program is being replaced by the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — Energy efficiency labelling — enhancement, National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — Minimum performance standards for appliances and equipment — expansion and National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning High Efficiency Systems Strategy — contribution measures.

See also the related expense measures titled National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — Energy efficiency labelling — enhancement, National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — Minimum performance standards for appliances and equipment — expansion and National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning High Efficiency Systems Strategy — contribution.

Art Indemnity Australia — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -3.4 -4.0 -4.1 -4.2

The Government will redirect funding from the Art Indemnity Australia program. This measure will provide savings of $15.8 million over four years from 2009‑10 to offset the costs of establishing a replacement art exhibitions insurance program and other arts and culture measures in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

See also the related expense measure titled Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance program — establishment in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

Arts Training Organisations — additional contribution

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 1.1 1.3 1.3 1.7

The Government will contribute $5.4 million over four years towards operational funding for the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australian Ballet School and Australian Youth Orchestra. The funding will be used for salaries, rent and utilities costs, and touring expenses, to enable these organisations to continue to deliver elite training to young Australians pursuing careers in theatre, dance and music.

ArtStart — establishment

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australia Council - 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4

The Government will provide $9.6 million over four years to support young and emerging artists. One‑off grants of up to $10,000 will be provided to individual graduate artists to enable them to create a major work or event to build their portfolio and increase their self‑sufficiency. A minimum of 200 grants will be provided in each year of the program.

Australia — Antarctica Airlink — continuation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will provide $11.7 million in 2009‑10 to continue the operations of the Australia — Antarctica Airlink. Funding beyond 2009‑10 will be considered after the first full flying season is completed in 2009.

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

Australian Government international exhibitions insurance program — establishment

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - 2.0 2.0 2.1

The Government will provide $6.1 million over three years from 2010‑11 to support the touring of significant cultural exhibitions (valued between $50.0 million and $2.0 billion) from international institutions and private cultural collections to venues across Australia.

The program will assist eligible Australian not‑for‑profit organisations, including public collecting institutions and organisations which curate or manage international exhibitions, with the purchase of cover from either Comcover or a private provider. The program replaces the existing Art Indemnity Australia program.

See also the related expense measure titled Art Indemnity Australia — redirection of funding in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Portfolio.

Australia's National and Commonwealth historic built heritage — protection and conservation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - 5.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $14.9 million over three years from 2010‑11 for competitive grants for high‑priority activities to protect and conserve Australia's National‑listed and Commonwealth‑listed historic built heritage.

Funding of $6.0 million in 2009‑10 will also be provided for the conservation of National‑listed and Commonwealth‑listed historic built heritage sites, through the Government's Jobs Fund.

See also the related expense measure titled Jobs and Training Compact — Jobs Fund in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

Bioremediation and revegetation trials

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 1.0 7.0 2.0 - -

The Government will provide $10.0 million over three years for bioremediation and revegetation trials in newly‑identified suitable sites in and around South Australia's Lower Lakes. The trials will engage and involve local communities.

This measure was agreed with the Australian Greens as part of negotiating the Nation Building and Jobs Plan announced on 3 February 2009.

Books Alive — continuation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

The Government will provide $8.0 million over four years to continue the Books Alive program. The program promotes the reading of books, in particular those of Australian writers. The measure will be delivered by the Australia Council.

Bureau of Meteorology — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Bureau of Meteorology - 2.2 4.8 4.6 4.5

The Government will provide net additional funding of $16.1 million over four years to the Bureau of Meteorology following a review of the agency's functions and finances.

The Bureau will retain all revenue received from providing specialised weather services to the aviation and defence sectors from 1 January 2010, rather than the revenue being paid into consolidated revenue. This net additional funding will enable the Bureau to cease the current practice of cross‑subsidising these specialist services from other services.

Bureau of Meteorology — Next generation weather forecast and warning system — national roll‑out

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Bureau of Meteorology - 1.9 4.1 5.1 4.3
Bureau of Meteorology - 1.6 3.0 2.8 2.7

The Government will provide $30.5 million over five years (including $5.1 million in 2013‑14) to roll out advanced weather forecasting and warning technology throughout Australia. The system is currently in place in Victoria. The national roll‑out will enable more efficient and enhanced weather service delivery, including seven day forecasts for 650 locations and increased accuracy and responsiveness to the public and emergency services organisations during emergency events such as bushfires.

This measure includes capital funding of $11.6 million over five years (including $1.5 million in 2013‑14) for the development and integration of hardware and for data storage.

Bureau of Meteorology — strategic radar enhancement project — establishment

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Bureau of Meteorology - 2.2 4.3 5.6 6.1
Bureau of Meteorology - 1.7 4.3 4.3 4.3

The Government will provide $48.0 million over seven years (including $6.9 million in 2013‑14, $4.4 million in 2014‑15 and $3.9 million in 2015‑16) for the Bureau of Meteorology to install and maintain four new weather radars at Wollongong (New South Wales), Hobart (Tasmania), Mount Isa (Queensland), and Croker Island/Maningrida (Northern Territory). The new radars will address priority radar coverage gaps.

This measure includes capital funding of $17.4 million over seven years (including $2.6 million in 2013‑14 and $40,000 per annum in 2014‑15 and 2015‑16) for the purchase and installation of radars and associated infrastructure.

Coal Mine Methane Reduction Program — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - -2.1 -2.1 -

The Government will terminate the Coal Mine Methane Reduction Program on 30 June 2010. The Strategic Review of Australian Government Climate Change Programs recommended the program be terminated as it is not complementary to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. Existing contractual commitments will be honoured.

This measure will provide savings of $4.2 million over two years from 2010‑11.

Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program — reduction in funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - -2.0 -4.0 -4.0

The Government will redirect funding from the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program. This measure will provide savings of $10.0 million over three years to offset measures in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

See also the related expense measure titled Closing the Gap — strengthening Australia's Indigenous visual arts industry — support in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

Commonwealth terrestrial reserves — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 6.3 7.6 3.5 3.2
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 3.2 2.2 - -

The Government will provide $26.0 million over four years (including capital funding of $5.5 million over two years) to support the management of Commonwealth terrestrial reserves. The measure includes funding to remove or treat asbestos in a number of buildings in Commonwealth national parks, to manage historic sites in Kakadu National Park, to repair and maintain visitor infrastructure and staff housing, and to upgrade assets in Commonwealth parks and reserves.

Director of National Parks — continued supplementation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 3.5 1.3 1.3 1.4

The Government will provide $7.6 million over four years to continue supplementation for the Director of National Parks for Kakadu National Park. The supplementation covers the period from 1 July 2009 until the reintroduction of park‑use fees on 1 April 2010, as well as the cost of an ongoing exemption from the fees for Northern Territory residents.

Energy Efficiency of Electrical Appliances — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -4.1 -4.0 -3.9 -

The Government will terminate the Energy Efficiency of Electrical Appliances program on 30 June 2009, providing savings of $12.0 million over three years. This program is being replaced by the Energy efficiency labelling — enhancement and Minimum performance standards for appliances and equipment — expansion measures.

See the Energy efficiency labelling — enhancement and Minimum performance standards for appliances and equipment — expansion expense measure in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

Green Loans Program — better targeting

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts -8.5 -20.9 -39.8 -39.8 -16.7

The Government will better target the Green Loans program, announced in the 2008‑09 Budget, by refocusing the program and reducing the number of subsidised low‑interest loans from 200,000 to 75,000 over five years. The increased availability of Government rebates, including through the recently announced Energy Efficient Homes package, is expected to reduce demand for low‑interest loans under the program.

The centrepiece of the Green Loans program will be the home assessment component. This will include home energy and water audits, and practical information to help householders to achieve energy and water savings. The tailored assessments will provide enhanced links to existing rebates and other assistance available to Australian households.

This measure will provide savings of $125.7 million over five years.

Greenhouse Challenge Plus — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -2.9 -2.9 -2.9 -2.9

The Government will terminate the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts component of the lapsing Greenhouse Challenge Plus program on 30 June 2009. The program aimed to assist companies to build the capacity to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The Strategic Review of Australian Government Climate Change Programs recommended that the program be terminated as it is not complementary to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

This measure will provide savings of $11.7 million over four years.

See also the related expense measure titled Department of Climate Change — base departmental funding in the Climate Change portfolio.

Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -1.7 - - -

The Government will terminate the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program on 30 June 2009. The Strategic Review of Australian Government Climate Change Programs recommended the program be terminated as it is not complementary to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. Existing contractual commitments will be honoured.

This measure will provide savings of $1.7 million in 2009‑10.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning High Efficiency Systems Strategy — contribution

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 0.7 0.7 0.7 -

The Government will provide $2.0 million over three years as a contribution to the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning High Efficiency Systems Strategy that has been endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Energy.

The strategy is intended to achieve whole‑of‑life improvements in the energy efficiency of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, encompassing design, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance, particularly in commercial building applications. The strategy includes the development of training activities, best practice guidance and systems documentation standards.

Hot water system phase out — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will terminate the Hot water system phase out program on 30 June 2009. This program is being replaced by the Energy efficiency labelling — enhancement measure. There are no related savings as the cost of this program was met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

See the Energy efficiency labelling — enhancement expense measure in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

Local Greenhouse Action — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -3.4 -3.4 -3.0 -3.0

The Government will terminate the lapsing Local Greenhouse Action program on 30 June 2009. The program aimed to improve the energy efficiency of local government operations and to encourage engagement with their communities on climate change issues. The Strategic Review of Australian Government Climate Change Programs recommended that the program be terminated as it is not complementary to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

This measure will provide savings of $12.9 million over four years.

Low Emissions Technology and Abatement — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -5.0 -2.0 - -

The Government will terminate the lapsing Low Emissions Technology and Abatement program on 30 June 2009. The program provided funding for small abatement and technology projects in industry, local government and communities. The Strategic Review of Australian Government Climate Change Programs recommended that the program be terminated as it is not complementary to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

This measure will provide savings of $7.0 million over two years.

Maintaining Australia's presence in Antarctica — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 12.0 13.2 - -

The Government will provide $25.2 million over two years to meet the increased costs of maintaining Australia's presence in Antarctica. This expansion of funding for the current Australian Antarctic program will contribute to the maintenance of station operations and Antarctic science projects.

Melba Foundation — continued support

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australia Council - 1.0 0.8 0.5 -

The Government will provide $2.3 million over three years to continue support for the Melba Foundation to undertake classical recordings, while the Foundation secures funding from non‑government sources.

The Melba Foundation is a charitable trust that promotes Australia's finest classical musicians and artists in both the international and national markets.

National collecting institutions touring and outreach program — establishment

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

The Government will provide $4.0 million over four years from 2009‑10 to support the touring of cultural collections by the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Museum of Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Bundanon Trust and National Film and Sound Archive.

The measure will enable the national collecting institutions to: develop and tour cultural collections across Australia, providing greater access throughout Australia to national collections; tour Australian cultural material overseas; and bring international cultural material and touring exhibitions to Australia.

National Energy Efficiency Initiative — establishment

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 100.0 - - -

The Government will provide $100.0 million in 2009‑10 for investment in an integrated system of renewable energy, smart grid and smart meter technology and infrastructure in a regional city of at least 25,000 people.

Subject to an implementation study, a competitive grant is expected to be provided to a consortium of state and local government, public and private energy companies and other private sector providers. The initiative is aimed at creating, in one Australian city, town or region, an energy network that integrates a smart grid with smart meters in homes, thereby enabling greater energy efficiency, reduced emissions and use of alternative energy sources such as solar power.

The funding has been accounted for in the budget estimates as a grant expense. However, as part of the implementation study, the Government will investigate the options of equity funding in the consortium or the provision of loans repayable in certain circumstances.

National Library of Australia — business case for digitisation of the national collections

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
National Library of Australia - 0.8 - - -

The Government will provide $0.8 million in 2009‑10 to develop a business case for infrastructure that would enable the National Archives of Australia, National Film and Sound Archive and National Library of Australia to digitise their existing collections and collect, manage and improve public access to their digital collections. The business case will inform future government consideration of whether to proceed with the project.

National Museum of Australia — accommodation of off‑site collections — business case

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
National Museum of Australia - - - - -

The Government will develop a business case for options that would improve accommodation and public access to the National Museum of Australia's off‑site collections. The business case will inform future government consideration of whether to proceed with the project.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the National Museum of Australia.

National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — Building Code of Australia requirements for commercial buildings — enhancement

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 1.5 0.8 0.5 0.5

The Government will provide $3.3 million over four years to increase the energy efficiency requirements for commercial buildings in the 2010 version of the Building Code of Australia. The new requirements will apply to new buildings and new work in existing buildings. A package of energy efficiency measures with a benefit‑to‑cost ratio in the order of two‑to‑one will be developed, including elements such as glazing, artificial lighting, and heating, ventilation and air‑conditioning systems.

Elements of this measure are subject to a Regulatory Impact Analysis.

Further information can be found in the press release of 30 April 2009 issued by the Prime Minister.

National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — commercial building energy efficiency — mandatory disclosure

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 1.5 1.5 1.3 1.1

The Government will provide $5.3 million over four years to accelerate and expand a national regime for the mandatory disclosure of commercial building energy efficiency at the point of sale or lease to improve awareness of building energy performance. The regime will commence in 2010 for office buildings larger than 2,000 square metres, with coverage to expand to a wider range of commercial buildings by 2012.

Elements of this measure are subject to a Regulatory Impact Analysis.

Further information can be found in the press release of 30 April 2009 issued by the Prime Minister.

National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — commercial building rating tools — enhancement

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.5

The Government will provide $2.6 million over four years to increase the scope and uptake of the existing commercial building energy efficiency rating tool, the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Energy, through a more effective national governance framework. The new framework includes transferring the role of chair of the NABERS steering committee from the New South Wales Government to the Australian Government.

The measure also includes funding to develop new rating tools for the sustainable design and performance of an expanded range of commercial building types to facilitate transparency and consistency across jurisdictions. The development of the rating tools will support new measures for the mandatory disclosure of commercial building energy efficiency and will inform the development of more stringent energy efficiency requirements under the Building Code of Australia.

Further information can be found in the press release of 30 April 2009 issued by the Prime Minister.

National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — energy efficiency labelling — enhancement

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 4.2 4.7 4.8 4.6

The Government will provide $18.3 million over four years to help improve the energy efficiency of electrical appliances. The measure includes funding to:

  • revise the current six‑star energy rating label to a 10‑star system and extend it across a wider range of products;
  • continue the phase‑out of incandescent light bulbs and inefficient electric hot water systems;
  • expand the enforcement and verification testing program for electrical appliances; and
  • upgrade or expand consumer and retailer information programs and tools, including web‑based calculators and the www.energyrating.gov.au website.

Elements of this measure are subject to a Regulatory Impact Analysis.

This measure replaces the lapsing Action on Energy Efficiency program and the existing Energy Efficiency of Electrical Appliances, Phase‑out of Inefficient Light Bulbs and Hot Water System Phase‑out programs.

See also the related expense measures titled Energy Efficiency of Electrical Appliances — termination, Phase‑out of Inefficient Light Bulbs — termination and Hot Water System Phase‑out — termination in the Environment, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — Energy efficiency requirements for residential buildings — enhancement

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 2.9 2.0 1.7 2.1

The Government will provide $8.7 million over four years to increase the minimum energy efficiency requirements for all classes of new residential buildings in the 2010 version of the Building Code of Australia, in partnership with the States and Territories.

The Building Code of Australia requirements are proposed to be increased from the current five‑star to a six‑star level, or equivalent, and to include specific performance requirements for hot water systems and artificial lighting in new residential buildings. The measure also includes funding to develop an improved nationwide software tool for assessing the thermal performance of residential buildings, and to develop industry capacity to use the new rating system to deliver more energy efficient housing.

Elements of this measure are subject to a Regulatory Impact Analysis.

Further information can be found in the press release of 30 April 2009 issued by the Prime Minister.

National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — minimum performance standards for appliances and equipment — expansion

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 4.1 4.1 4.2 4.2

The Government will provide $16.6 million over four years to introduce greenhouse gas emissions‑related performance standards and expand minimum energy performance standards to a wider range of energy consuming products. The measure includes funding to:

  • develop Commonwealth legislation for the implementation of greenhouse and energy minimum standards to replace the current state‑regulated minimum energy performance standards;
  • expand the list of products covered by minimum energy performance standards and accelerate the introduction of standards for a range of products including computers and home entertainment equipment; and
  • review minimum standards every three years for all major appliances.

Elements of this measure are subject to a Regulatory Impact Analysis.

This measure replaces the lapsing Action on Energy Efficiency program and the existing Energy Efficiency of Electrical Appliances program.

See also the related expense measure titled Energy Efficiency of Electrical Appliances — termination in the Environment, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

National Strategy on Energy Efficiency — Residential building energy efficiency — mandatory disclosure

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 2.4 1.9 1.6 1.8

The Government will provide $7.8 million over four years for the development of requirements, to be phased in from 2010, to disclose publicly the energy, greenhouse and water performance of residential buildings at the time of sale or lease. This will enable home buyers and renters to assess the environmental performance of different housing options.

Mandatory disclosure will apply to houses and apartments, beginning with energy performance and extending progressively to carbon emissions and water use. The measure also includes funding to implement a nationally consistent software tool or equivalent process for assessing the energy, greenhouse and water performance of residential buildings, and to develop industry capacity to deliver home assessments to facilitate the disclosure of building performance.

Elements of this measure are subject to a Regulatory Impact Analysis.

Further information can be found in the press release of 30 April 2009 issued by the Prime Minister.

Phase‑out of Inefficient Light Bulbs — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -2.0 -1.9 -0.5 -

The Government will terminate the Phase‑out of Inefficient Light Bulbs program on 30 June 2009, providing savings of $4.4 million over three years. This program is being replaced by the Energy efficiency labelling — enhancement measure.

See also the related expense measure titled Energy efficiency labelling — enhancement.

Reef HQ Aquarium, Townsville — continuation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - - - - -

The Government will provide $3.7 million over four years from 2009‑10 to continue support for the operations of the Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville. The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Small Business and Household Initiative — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -5.9 -0.5 -0.4 -

The Government will terminate the Small Business and Household Initiative on 30 June 2009. The initiative aimed to encourage action by households and small businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through the provision of information. The Strategic Review of Australian Government Climate Change Programs recommended the program be terminated as it is not complementary to the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

This measure will provide savings of $6.8 million over three years.

Small to medium arts organisations — extension of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australia Council - 1.0 - - -

The Government will provide $1.0 million in 2009‑10 to the Australia Council to continue support for small to medium arts organisations, and to provide international touring support for Australian artists.

This measure will give young and regionally‑based Australians increased opportunities to participate in the arts, and increase community awareness of and access to the arts.

Solar Homes and Communities Plan — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 245.3 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $271.7 million in 2009‑10 (including $26.4 million already included in the forward estimates) to continue the Solar Homes and Communities Plan until the introduction of Solar Credits as part of the expanded Renewable Energy Target. The Solar Homes and Communities Plan provides rebates of up to $8,000 for the installation of solar power panels in homes and grants for up to half of the cost of a two kilowatt system for community buildings.

This additional funding will enable household rebates to be paid for eligible applications received until the program transitions to Solar Credits under the expanded Renewable Energy Target on 1 July 2009. Following this, households, small businesses and community groups will be able to receive assistance with the upfront costs of installing micro‑generation units, including solar panel systems, through Solar Credits. Solar Credits will provide first‑time solar photovoltaic installations with a subsidy initially five times greater than large‑scale renewables, up to the first 1.5 kilowatts of installed capacity.

Further information on Solar Credits can be found in the press release of 17 December 2008 issued by the Treasurer, the Minister for Climate Change and Water and the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.

Strategic National Response — termination

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -1.2 -1.2 -1.2 -1.2

The Government will terminate the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts' component of the lapsing Strategic National Response program on 30 June 2009. The program aimed to coordinate greenhouse policy issues across government and facilitate engagement with business, industry and the community. The Strategic Review of Australian Government Climate Change Programs recommended that the program cease as a discrete program and be delivered as core business of the Department of Climate Change.

This measure will provide savings of $4.7 million over four years.

Territory orchestras — extension of funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australia Council - 0.2 - - -

The Government will provide $0.2 million in 2009‑10 to the Australia Council to continue support for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. Funding of $0.1 million for each orchestra will assist in maintaining the financial viability and operations of the orchestras.

Water for the Future — local plans for a future with less water

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will provide $200.0 million over three years from 2009‑10 for grants to local municipalities in the Murray‑Darling Basin to assist them in planning for a future with less water and to invest in associated local water savings initiatives.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure program under the Water for the Future package.

This measure was agreed with Senator Xenophon as part of negotiating the Nation Building and Jobs Plan announced on 3 February 2009.

Water for the Future — national stormwater funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will provide a minimum of $200.0 million over four years from 2009‑10 to create a new component under the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan to provide greater incentives for the development of stormwater harvesting projects that use urban stormwater to reduce demand on potable water supplies.

Funding will be provided for up to 50 per cent of project costs, capped at a maximum of $20.0 million per project. The minimum size of projects will also be reduced from the existing $30.0 million to $4.0 million to increase opportunities for smaller towns and cities to participate.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan under the Water for the Future package.

This measure was agreed with Senator Xenophon as part of negotiating the Nation Building and Jobs Plan announced on 3 February 2009.

Water for the Future — reallocation of Driving Reform in the Murray‑Darling Basin funds

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Murray-Darling Basin Authority - 41.1 37.7 19.4 19.5
National Water Commission - 2.6 4.9 - -
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission - 1.7 1.7 - -
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -52.7 -53.5 -19.4 -19.5
Total - -7.2 -9.2 - -

The Government will reallocate funding of $196.2 million over eight years (including $67.6 million over the four years from 2013‑14) from the existing Driving Reform in the Murray‑Darling Basin component of the Water for the Future package. Funding will be reallocated to the National Water Commission ($7.5 million over two years), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ($3.4 million over two years) and the Murray‑Darling Basin Authority ($185.3 million over eight years). This measure will enable these agencies to undertake new responsibilities arising from amendments to the Water Act 2007 and the signing of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Murray‑Darling Basin Reform on 3 July 2008.

This measure will also provide savings of $16.4 million over two years.

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