Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Finance and Deregulation

Australian Electoral Commission — funding for the forthcoming federal election

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Australian Electoral Commission - 9.2 - - -

The Government will provide $9.2 million in 2010‑11 to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to supplement funding for the forthcoming federal election.

The additional funding will give the AEC the capacity to meet increased election costs, including higher costs of casual staff, supplier costs and venue costs.

Central Budget Management System — comprehensive redevelopment

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Finance and Deregulation nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp
Department of Finance and Deregulation nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will redevelop the Central Budget Management System (CBMS) underpinning the budget and financial management of the Australian Government. The objective of the redevelopment is to enhance the provision of timely and accurate financial information.

The cost to redevelop the CBMS will be met from the ICT Business As Usual Reinvestment Fund, established as part of the Review of the Australian Government's Use of Information and Communication Technology, with expected annual savings from 2013‑14 to be returned to the budget.

For commercial confidentiality reasons, the financial impact of this measure is not for publication.

Data centre strategy — whole‑of‑government procurement arrangements

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Finance and Deregulation - - - - -

The Government will provide $11.9 million over three years from 2010‑11 to implement a whole‑of‑government data centre strategy for the procurement of data centre facilities and services. These arrangements will be applied to all agencies subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and will be made available to Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 bodies and other Australian jurisdictions.

The cost of this measure will be met from the ICT Business As Usual Reinvestment Fund, established as part of the Review of the Australian Government's Use of Information and Communication Technology. Ongoing administration costs from 2013‑14 will be met by participating agencies.

The whole‑of‑government procurement efficiencies from the data centre strategy are estimated to be around $1.0 billion over the next 10 to 15 years.

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters — implementation of recommendations

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Australian Electoral Commission - 1.9 0.7 .. -2.8

The Government will implement a range of recommendations in the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Report on the conduct of the 2007 Federal Election and matters related thereto. This includes recommendations that relate to simplifying the evidence of identity requirements for enrolment, measures to encourage electoral participation and responding to increased demand for early voting.

This measure is budget neutral over four years to 2013‑14.

Major office machines — whole‑of‑government procurement arrangements

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Finance and Deregulation 1.3 - - - -
Various Agencies - -0.8 -0.7 -2.0 -2.0
Total 1.3 -0.8 -0.7 -2.0 -2.0

The Government will establish a coordinated procurement arrangement for major office machines purchased by agencies subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. This arrangement will be available to Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 agencies and other bodies where appropriate.

The arrangement is expected to result in net whole‑of‑government savings of $4.2 million over five years to 2013‑14 (including establishment costs of $1.3 million in 2009‑10).

Superannuation governance and administration reform

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Finance and Deregulation 1.9 9.0 6.2 4.7 0.5
Comsuper - -0.5 -6.3 -7.3 -8.3
Total 1.9 8.5 -0.1 -2.6 -7.8

The Government will implement further reforms to improve the administration arrangements of Australian Government superannuation schemes. The reforms include outsourcing the administration of the Public Sector Superannuation Accumulation Plan. They also include initiatives to improve member superannuation data, ComSuper's IT infrastructure and defined benefits administration systems. The reforms will not affect members' benefits or entitlements.

The reforms are expected to result in no net budget impact over the five years to 2013‑14 and provide ongoing savings from 2014‑15.

Further information can be found in the press release of 26 November 2009 issued by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

Sydney Airports Corporation Limited (SACL) stamp duty litigation — additional funding for trial and judgement review

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 1.9 - - -

The Government will provide $1.9 million to the Department of Finance and Deregulation in 2010‑11 in relation to litigation in the NSW Supreme Court, regarding the stamp duty assessment issued by the New South Wales Government on the sale of the Commonwealth shares in the SACL.

Travel services — additional savings from whole‑of‑government procurement

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Finance and Deregulation - -8.2 -8.2 -8.2 -8.2

The Government has appointed 4 domestic airlines, 13 international airlines and 5 Travel Management Service providers to supply travel services across the Commonwealth Government to Public Service agencies as well as Parliamentarians and their staff.

The new arrangements will commence on 1 July 2010. This measure will save $32.8 million over the forward estimates period in respect of parliamentarians and their staff. This is in addition to savings of $128 million over four years for Public Service agencies.

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