Australian Government, 2009‑10 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures

Finance and Deregulation

Australian Electoral Commission — savings measures

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

The Government will reduce funding for the Australian Electoral Commission with savings to be achieved by reducing expenditure on Electoral Education Centres, the use of in‑house legal advice rather than external legal providers and through implementing general efficiency measures.

Savings will also be achieved by closing the Electoral Education Centres located in Melbourne and Adelaide, and ceasing financial support for the Western Australian Electoral Education Centre. The internet and printed material will provide alternative means of providing electoral education.

This measure will provide savings of $6.1 million over four years.

Commonwealth Grants Framework

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 1.0 1.0 0.8 0.7

The Government will provide $3.5 million over four years to establish a Grants Framework Unit in the Department of Finance and Deregulation. The unit will implement the new Commonwealth Grants Policy Framework comprising Commonwealth Grant Guidelines (CGGs) and a range of regulatory and reporting reforms. The CGGs will provide whole‑of‑government guidance on grants administration.

Further information can be found in the press release of 9 December 2008 issued by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

Department of Finance and Deregulation — increased efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Finance and Deregulation - -1.1 -1.1 -1.1 -1.1

The Government will reduce funding for the Department of Finance and Deregulation, with efficiencies to be achieved in several areas including by reducing administrative support provided to the Finance portfolio ministers and other parliamentarians, and streamlining activity relating to information technology standards and public — private partnerships advice.

This measure will provide savings of $4.3 million over four years.

Ministerial and Opposition staff — additional positions

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 7.9 8.3 8.8 9.2

The Government will provide $34.2 million over four years to increase the number of Ministerial, Opposition, Australian Greens and Independent staff by a total of 44 positions.

The proposed increase in staffing is consistent with recommendations made by an independent review conducted by Mr Alan Henderson PSM and reflects the review's assessment of the excessive demands on staff in the face of the challenges facing the Australian Government.

Property management — improved framework

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 3.6 2.3 2.1 2.1

The Government will provide $10.1 million over four years to implement a Commonwealth Property Management Framework. The framework will outline whole‑of‑government policy and governance arrangements in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of property management across Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 agencies.

Recruitment advertising — guidelines

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Finance and Deregulation - - - - -

The Government will develop and issue Guidelines on Recruitment Advertising that specify the maximum size and placement of recruitment advertisements.

The use of the guidelines will result in more efficient recruitment advertising expenditure across Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 agencies, delivering value for money for taxpayers.

West Block refurbishment project — stage one

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 0.8 .. - -

The Government will provide $0.9 million over two years to the Department of Finance and Deregulation for planning and preparation of a detailed business case for the West Block refurbishment project. West Block is a heritage‑listed building occupied by the Australian Electoral Commission in the Australian Capital Territory. The refurbishment project will address the capacity of the building to achieve current building and energy efficiency standards.

Whole‑of‑government procurement contracting — Microsoft volume sourcing agreement

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of Finance and Deregulation - - - - -

The Government has decided that the Department of Finance and Deregulation will manage a volume sourcing agreement (VSA) made with Microsoft for supply of Microsoft products to Australian Government agencies. The centralised VSA provides an opportunity to achieve savings by utilising the Commonwealth's combined purchasing power and reducing administration costs. The savings will be retained by agencies.

The Department of Finance and Deregulation will receive funding from agencies to cover the cost of the across government VSA.

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