Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Defence

Afghanistan — enhancement of force protection measures for Australian troops

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Defence 2.0 59.1 - - -
Department of Defence - 162.5 - - -

The Government will provide $1,135.5 million to enhance force protection measures for Australian troops deployed to Afghanistan. The measures include improved route clearance capabilities; enhanced protection and firepower for Protected Mobility Vehicles; new night fighting equipment; improved body armour; new biometrics capabilities; additional military working dogs; and a suite of improved intelligence, sensor and reconnaissance capabilities. These enhancements are aimed at preserving life and reducing injuries from small arms, improvised explosive devices and indirect fire encountered in active service abroad.

These investments will be predominantly funded from within Defence's existing capital program, with $911.9 million to be met from within the Department's existing resources. Of the $223.6 million in new funding provided in the forward estimates, $171.9 million in new funding will be met within the Defence 2009 White Paper funding commitment by reducing Defence funding beyond the forward estimates. Defence will be provided additional supplementation of $61.1 million for operational costs relating to these capabilities while they are deployed on operations.

These enhancements build upon the $246.0 million in force protection enhancements that were provided as part of the measure Global terrorism — enhancing Australia's commitment to Afghanistan in the 2009‑10 Budget. It is also additional to the $239.2 million for existing force protection elements identified in the related expense measure titled Middle East Area of Operations — continuation and enhancement of Australia's military contribution.

Australian Government personnel security vetting — centralisation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Defence 0.1 1.2 - - -
Various Agencies - -0.7 -0.9 -0.9 -1.0
Total 0.1 0.5 -0.9 -0.9 -1.0

The Government will provide $1.3 million over two years to establish a central security vetting agency in the Department of Defence for Commonwealth security clearances. The central vetting agency will ensure public servants and contractors have a single security clearance transferable across government, remove unnecessary regulation and generate ongoing efficiency savings from 2010‑11. Efficiency savings will be returned to the Government through an agency user surcharge.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 1 December 2009 issued by the Attorney‑General, the Minister for Finance and Deregulation and the Minister for Defence.

Middle East Area of Operations — continuation and enhancement of Australia's military contribution

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Defence - 915.6 207.2 136.1 -
Australian Taxation Office - -62.9 -5.5 - -

The Government will provide $1258.8 million for the net additional cost of continuing and enhancing Operation SLIPPER, Australia's military contribution to international efforts to combat terrorism in Afghanistan and the wider Middle East Area of Operations, including anti‑piracy operations off the coast of Somalia. Australia's commitment will be extended until June 2011.

The measure includes $239.2 million in funding for pre‑existing force protection capabilities in Afghanistan that will provide direct protection for Australian Defence Force members from small arms, improvised explosive devices and direct fire. See also the related measure titled Afghanistan enhancement of force protection measures for Australian troops.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $68.4 million over two years as Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Middle East Area of Operations — infrastructure development

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Defence 16.8 31.9 - - -

The Government will provide $48.7 million over two years for infrastructure upgrades at Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan. These upgrades will provide increased protection for Australian Defence Force personnel and expanded facilities to support the maintenance of vehicles and equipment.

Funding for 2009‑10 for this measure was provided at the 2009‑10 Additional Estimates.

Solomon Islands — continued Australian Defence Force assistance to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Defence - 42.5 1.4 - -
Australian Taxation Office - -1.5 -0.2 - -

The Government will provide $44.0 million over two years for the net additional cost of extending Operation ANODE, Australia's military contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands until June 2011.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $1.7 million over two years as Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Timor Leste — reduction in the number of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Defence -14.1 - - - -

In February 2010, the Government reduced the number of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to Timor‑Leste as part of the International Security Force from approximately 650 personnel to approximately 420. This decision was taken as a result of the improved security conditions in Timor‑Leste. A reduction in costs of $14.1 million in 2009‑10 is anticipated as a result of this drawdown.

Timor‑Leste — continuation of Australia's commitment to helping to maintain security and stability

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Defence - 151.1 25.6 7.7 -
Australian Taxation Office - -6.9 -1.0 - -

The Government will provide $184.4 million over three years for the net additional cost of extending Operation ASTUTE, Australia's military contribution to maintaining stability in Timor‑Leste, until June 2011.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $7.9 million over two years as Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

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