Australian Government, 2009‑10 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Australian National Audit Office — enhanced professional capability

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Australian National Audit Office - 2.9 4.7 5.8 5.8
Australian National Audit Office - 0.2 0.7 - -

The Government will provide $20.1 million over four years (including capital funding of $0.9 million) to increase the ANAO's resource base. This will allow the ANAO to enhance its auditing activities, including performance audits, information technology audits and other specialist audit activities and increase technical support and quality assurance capability.

Border protection — combating people smuggling — Australian Government management of border security and maritime people smuggling

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 1.2 1.2 - -
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 0.4 - - -

The Government will provide $2.8 million over two years to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to manage border security and maritime people smuggling issues, including the development of policy advice and to provide support to the newly created Border Protection Committee of Cabinet.

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.

Community Cabinet — enhancement

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.1

The Government will provide an additional $4.2 million over four years to enhance the Community Cabinet program and further direct engagement with the general community. The funding will help to meet the cost of logistical support and briefing, reporting and analysis of issues raised by the community.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 1.8 1.8 1.8 1.8

The Government will provide additional funding of $7.2 million over four years to enable the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to sustain its role as a central policy agency and support the Government's program delivery.

National Australia Day activities

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9

The Government will provide $3.7 million over four years to continue funding for the National Australia Day Council, for Australia Day activities, including the Australian of the Year Awards announcement and the Australia Day Live concert.

National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy — strategy support

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

The Government will provide $0.6 million over four years to the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) for the National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy. The APSC will develop training and best practice advice for agencies and managers, and establish and support disability network forums.

The cost of this measure will be absorbed by the Australian Public Service Commission.

See also related expense measure titled National Mental Health and Disability Employment Strategy — Disability Support Pension wage subsidy pilot in the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations portfolio.

National Security Adviser Group — establishment

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - - - - -
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - - - - -

The Government will provide $17.9 million over five years (including $0.7 million in capital funding in 2008‑09) to establish the National Security Adviser Group within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The National Security Adviser Group will support the implementation of the recommendations of the Homeland and Border Security Review conducted by Mr Ric Smith AO PSM, including improvements to strategic leadership and coordination of national security in Australia.

National Security Legislation Monitor — establishment

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
Attorney-General's Department - -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $1.4 million over four years to establish the National Security Legislation Monitor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, to review the operation of counter‑terrorism and national security legislation.

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

Office of National Assessments — new accommodation

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Office of National Assessments - 0.7 2.0 2.2 2.3

The Government will provide $7.2 million over four years as a contribution to the higher costs of the Office of National Assessments arising from its relocation to new accommodation.

Office of the Information Commissioner — establishment

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 3.0 5.0 5.0 5.1
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - 2.5 - - -

The Government will provide $20.1 million over four years (including $2.5 million in capital funding) to establish the Office of the Information Commissioner. The establishment of the Office will include the appointment of an Information Commissioner and a Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner. The existing Office of the Privacy Commissioner will also be incorporated into the new agency. As a result, information policy, privacy protection and FOI functions will be combined in one agency. The legislation to establish the new Office will also contain reforms to the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

Further information can be found in the press release of 24 March 2009 issued by the Cabinet Secretary.

Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio — further efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13
Office of the Privacy Commissioner - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Old Parliament House - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Australian Institute of Family Studies - -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3
Office of National Assessments - -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3
Australian Public Service Commission - -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.3
National Archives of Australia - -0.5 -0.5 -0.6 -0.6
Total - -1.9 -1.9 -1.9 -1.9

The Government will reduce funding for a range of agencies within the Prime Minister and Cabinet portfolio, with savings achieved through reductions in non‑essential agency operating expenditure.

This measure will provide savings of $7.6 million over four years.

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