Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

Australia Business Arts Foundation — continuation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 1.6 1.6 - -

The Government will provide $3.2 million over two years to the Australia Business Arts Foundation. The funding will assist the Foundation to continue to encourage and facilitate private sector support for the arts.

Australia Council — continuation of base funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Australia Council - - - - -

The Government will provide $686.6 million over four years from 2010‑11 to continue base funding for the Australia Council. The Australia Council provides assistance to Australian arts organisations and artists and facilitates public access to their works. Funding for the Australia Council was previously considered on a triennial basis.

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

Australia‑Antarctica Airlink — continuation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will provide $11.7 million in 2010‑11 to continue the operation of the Australia‑Antarctica Airlink, a direct air connection between Hobart and Antarctica.

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

Business Skills for Visual Artists (Cultural Development Program element) — termination

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -0.5 -0.5 -0.5 -0.5

The Government will terminate the Cultural Development Program element of the Business Skills for Visual Artists program. The Government provides ongoing support for artists through programs funded by the Australia Council. This measure will provide savings of $2.0 million over four years to offset measures in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

Business Skills for Visual Artists (National Arts and Crafts Industry Support element) — continuation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will provide $4.0 million over four years to continue the National Arts and Crafts Industry Support (NACIS) element of the Business Skills for Visual Artists program. The primary focus of NACIS is to support the operational costs of Indigenous art centres. It also supports the delivery of professional development and business skills for Indigenous visual artists.

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

Caring for our Country — reducing duplication

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - -1.5 -2.4 -3.2 -3.7
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -8.8 -12.9 -17.1 -31.6
Total - -10.3 -15.3 -20.3 -35.3

The Government will reduce funding for the Caring for our Country program announced in the 2008‑09 Budget.

This measure will provide savings of $81.3 million over four years, redirected to other priorities. Funding for the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia will be reduced by $70.4 million and funding for Landcare by $10.9 million.

The Caring for our Country program will still provide funding of more than $1.6 billion over the next four years.

A significant proportion of the savings come from departmental expenses.

Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program — reduction in funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -2.0 -1.0 - -

The Government will redirect funding from the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program. This measure will provide savings of $3.0 million over two years to offset measures in the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

The Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program has been replaced by the National Environmental Research Program.

Contemporary Music Touring program — continuation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 0.4 - - -

The Government will provide $0.4 million in 2010‑11 to continue the Contemporary Music Touring program for one year. The program provides support to emerging musicians and bands to perform in regional and remote locations. The funding assists with the costs of touring, including transport, accommodation, venues and marketing.

CONTROL: The Business of Music Management — establishment

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - - - -

The Government will provide $0.3 million over three years (including $0.1 million in 2010‑11, $20,000 in 2011‑12 and $0.1 million in 2012‑13) to implement CONTROL: The Business of Music Management program. CONTROL is an intensive training program to improve the business skills of music industry managers to assist them to build sustainable business enterprises.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts — further efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2

The Government will achieve savings of $0.9 million over five years from 2009‑10 through further efficiencies related to departmental funding for the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority — ensuring the resilience of the reef

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - 4.0 4.1 - -
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - 2.0 1.9 - -

The Government will provide $12.0 million over two years (including $3.9 million in capital funding) to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. This measure will supplement the base funding of the Authority by $2.1 million per annum in 2010‑11 and 2011‑12 to ensure it can continue to deliver on its objectives. In addition, $4.0 million will be provided to upgrade critical infrastructure at the Reef HQ Aquarium in Townsville.

The measure also includes $3.8 million to address risks identified in the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009. This funding will enable an expansion of the community‑based Reef Guardian initiative and development of the Authority's information systems to support on‑the‑ground management.

National Indigenous Television — continuation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 15.2 - - -

The Government will provide $15.2 million in 2010‑11 to continue funding for National Indigenous Television (NITV) for one year. The funding will provide certainty to the organisation for its immediate future while a review of the Government's investment in the Indigenous broadcasting and media sector, including NITV, is undertaken. NITV is Australia's only dedicated provider of Indigenous television content.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 16 April 2010 issued by the Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts, the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

National Plan for Environmental Information — establishment

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Bureau of Meteorology - 1.3 2.3 2.6 3.0
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 0.8 0.5 - -
Total - 2.0 2.8 2.6 3.0
Bureau of Meteorology - 1.9 2.0 2.3 1.4

The Government will provide $18.0 million over four years (including $7.6 million in capital funding) to develop a National Plan for Environmental Information that will establish institutional arrangements and clear responsibilities for the consistent collection and provision of environmental information to support decision making.

The measure provides funding for the establishment of an Environmental Information Reform program in the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts ($1.3 million over two years) and an Environmental Data Coordination program in the Bureau of Meteorology ($16.7 million over four years).

National Waste Policy — implementation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 4.5 5.1 5.2 5.3

The Government will provide $23.0 million over five years (including $2.8 million in 2014‑15) to implement initial components of the National Waste Policy agreed by the Environment Protection and Heritage Council on 5 November 2009. The measure will set national directions to 2020 to promote more consistent regulation among jurisdictions and the management of waste to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. As a first step, the policy will deliver new schemes for recycling computers, televisions and tyres.

Further information can be found in the press release of 5 November 2009 issued by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.

Point Nepean — University of Melbourne rental guarantee — termination

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts -0.3 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4 -0.4

The Government will not proceed with annual contributions towards the rental costs of the University of Melbourne at Point Nepean, Victoria, announced in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2007‑08. This measure will provide savings of $2.1 million over six years (including $0.4 million in 2014‑15).

These savings will be redirected towards other Government priorities.

Prime Minister's Literary Awards — expansion

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -0.2 -
Total -0.2 - - - 0.2

The Government will provide $0.8 million over four years to expand the Prime Minister's Literary Awards to fund annual cash prizes of $100,000 in each of the two new categories: young adult fiction book of the year and children's fiction book of the year. These new categories have been included to recognise the important role children's books play in the literacy of young Australians. This funding will be in addition to the current funding for the two existing award categories — fiction and non‑fiction books of the year — and will bring the prize money to a total of $400,000 per annum.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Regional Marine Planning — continuation

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - -0.8 - - -

The Government will provide $8.1 million in 2010‑11 to continue the Regional Marine Planning Program. The funding will allow completion of the planning process and support implementation of the plans.

This measure will provide a saving of $0.8 million in 2010‑11, as provision for funding of $8.8 million has already been included in the forward estimates.

Water for the Future — National Rainwater and Greywater initiative — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts -20.0 -22.6 -55.0 -45.0 -37.1

The Government will reduce funding for the National Rainwater and Greywater initiative in response to lower than expected demand. The program provides rebates of up to $500 towards the cost of installing rainwater tanks or new piping for greywater use, or up to $10,000 to surf life saving clubs to install a rainwater tank or as a contribution towards a larger water saving project.

The measure will provide savings of $179.7 million over five years.

Water for the Future — National Urban Water and Desalination Plan — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - - -20.0 -50.3 -

The Government will reduce funding for the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan in response to lower than expected demand. The program supports desalination, recycling and stormwater harvesting projects to improve water supply security in cities with populations of over 50,000.

The plan will now provide $808.0 million over three years from 2010‑11.

This measure will provide savings of $70.3 million over two years from 2011‑12.

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