Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia's civilian engagement in Afghanistan — an integrated whole‑of‑government approach

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
AusAID - 60.3 44.5 - -
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 34.1 34.3 - -
Department of Defence - 19.6 - - -
Australian Federal Police - 13.8 16.6 - -
Total - 127.8 95.5 - -
Australian Taxation Office - -2.2 -1.2 .. -
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 16.9 - - -
AusAID - 4.0 - - -
Australian Federal Police - 1.2 0.5 - -
Total - 22.0 0.5 - -

The Government will provide $245.9 million over two years (including capital funding of $22.6 million) to enhance Australia's civilian and police contribution to developing local capacity in Afghanistan, focusing on the Oruzgan Province.

This measure will support a whole‑of‑government approach to assist Afghan authorities to build capability at national and provincial levels in order to deliver security and enforce the rule of law. The funding will also enable AusAID to further increase humanitarian and development assistance to Afghanistan, and enable the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to maintain and strengthen Australia's engagement with the Afghan Government.

As part of this measure, funding will be provided to Defence in 2010‑11 to protect Australian Federal Police officers, other Australian Government employees and their contractors operating in Southern Afghanistan. This is in line with normal practices whereby Defence operations are funded on a year‑by‑year basis.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $3.5 million over three years as Australian Federal Police and Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

The AusAID and Australian Federal Police components of this measure have been assessed as overseas development assistance eligible and will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

The measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's overseas development assistance over the long term.

Australian Trade Commission — extension of TradeStart

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

The Government will provide $14.4 million over four years to continue the TradeStart program. TradeStart, a co‑funded partnership with State and Territory governments, is a national network of export assistance offices which assists small and medium‑size enterprises, particularly in regional Australia, to become established exporters. TradeStart also assists established exporters to expand their markets.

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

Australia's Contribution to the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat

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

The Government will provide $0.3 million over four years to fund Australia's membership contributions to the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. The Secretariat provides support for work carried out under the Antarctic Treaty, including the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and the publication of the ATCM annual report. The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Baghdad Embassy — transition towards civilian security arrangements

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 23.8 28.1 - -
Department of Defence - 9.2 -1.3 1.8 -
Total - 33.0 26.8 1.8 -
Australian Taxation Office - -1.2 -0.1 - -

The Government will provide $61.6 million over three years to continue security measures for the Australian embassy and staff in Baghdad. The funding will enable the transition of responsibility for key elements of security from the Australian Defence Force to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The reduction in expenditure for the Department of Defence in 2011‑12 represents a reduction in forecast remediation costs.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $1.3 million over two years as Australian Defence Force personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Enhancing Australia's engagement with India

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority - - - - -
Australian Sports Commission - - - - -
Australian Trade Commission - - - - -
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism - - - - -
Department of the Treasury - - - - -
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - - - - -
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - - - - -
Total - - - - -
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - - - - -
Australian Trade Commission - - - - -
Department of the Treasury - - - - -
Total - - - - -

The Government will provide $129.9 million over five years from 2009‑10 (including $26.9 million in capital funding) to grow and strengthen Australia's relationship with India. This measure will provide:

  • $44.4 million over five years to the Australia‑India Strategic Research Fund to support science and research cooperation between Australia and India;
  • $60.6 million over four years (including $26.2 million in capital funding) to upgrade and expand Australia's consulates and official presence in Mumbai and Chennai;
  • $13.2 million over four years (including $0.4 million in capital funding) to establish a Trade Commissioner for Investment; a Trade Commissioner for Sport; a Treasury Minister‑Counsellor; and a Resources, Energy and Tourism Counsellor;
  • $6.0 million over four years (including $0.4 million in capital funding) to establish eight new trade offices in India to enhance Australia's trade and commercial links with India;
  • $5.2 million over five years to provide sport‑based activities that aim to provide development opportunities for groups such as youth, women and people with a disability in targeted communities; and
  • $0.5 million over two years from 2009‑10 to assist India enhance its sports anti‑doping infrastructure in preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi, by providing specialist advice and training to the Indian National Anti‑Doping Agency.

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

This measure was announced by the Prime Minister on 12 November 2009.

National Security — enhanced intelligence capability

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Australian Secret Intelligence Service - 1.5 - - -
Australian Secret Intelligence Service - 0.3 - - -

The Government will provide funding of $10.1 million over two years (including capital funding of $0.3 million) to enhance the Australian Secret Intelligence Service's intelligence gathering capability.

Provision for $8.3 million of this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

National Security — Improved Passport Integrity and Strengthened Issuance Systems

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - 2.5 5.2 11.0 10.4
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total - 2.5 5.2 11.1 10.4
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - - - 1.9 1.8

The Government will provide $100.8 million over six years (including $48.4 million in capital funding) to replace the existing passport IT system with a centralised system. The replacement system will more effectively meet the projected increase in passport demand and introduce greater security and fraud prevention systems.

Of the $48.4 million in capital funding, $40.0 million will be offset from the ICT Business‑as‑Usual Reinvestment Fund, established as part of the Review of the Australian Government's Use of Information Technology.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will return efficiencies of $0.3 million in 2013‑14, $3.9 million in 2014‑15, $6.0 million in 2015‑16 and $6.1 million ongoing in subsequent years through the funding arrangements for passports.

The Government will provide $0.3 million over six years to the Department of Finance and Deregulation for Gateway assessments.

Overseas development assistance — climate change — bilateral partnerships

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
AusAID - - 5.0 10.0 -

The Government will provide $15.0 million over two years for bilateral climate change adaptation and mitigation programs. Australia will work with partner countries to help them move onto low‑carbon development pathways with a strong focus on the energy and transport sectors.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's overseas development assistance over the long term and forms part of the Government's international climate change financing commitment to 2012 under the Copenhagen Accord.

Overseas development assistance — contribution to stabilisation in northern Sri Lanka

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
AusAID 25.0 - - - -

The Government provided an additional $25.0 million in 2009‑10 to support reconstruction efforts in northern Sri Lanka. The measure will support the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons and the rebuilding of infrastructure. This assistance is being delivered through the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations and non‑government organisations.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's overseas development assistance over the long term.

Overseas development assistance — development accessible to all

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
AusAID - 2.5 6.5 8.9 12.5

The Government will provide $30.2 million over four years to build capacity and leadership in disability and development. This measure will build AusAID capacity to address disability issues. It will also provide technical resources and assistance to partner governments, regional organisations and disabled peoples' organisations to design and manage effective disability‑inclusive activities.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's overseas development assistance over the long term.

Overseas development assistance — development partnership with Indonesia

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
AusAID - 23.6 58.3 86.7 134.3
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government - 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5
Australian Maritime Safety Authority - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
Australian Transport Safety Bureau - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
Civil Aviation Safety Authority - 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
Total - 27.2 61.9 90.3 138.0
AusAID - 1.4 4.2 - -

The Government will provide $323.0 million over four years (including $5.6 million in capital funding) to enhance Australia's development partnership with Indonesia. This measure will provide more scholarships through the Australia Awards program; improve access to health care for the poor and disadvantaged through the Australia‑Indonesia Partnership for Health System Strengthening; assist in economic and public sector reform through an extension of the Government Partnership Fund; provide AusAID with the resources and capacity to manage the expanding program; and provide training and technical advice through the Indonesian Transport Safety Assistance Package.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's overseas development assistance over the long term.

Overseas development assistance — enhancing education

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
AusAID - 30.0 55.7 97.9 119.1
AusAID - - 1.1 - -

The Government will provide an additional $303.7 million over four years (including $1.1 million in capital funding) to enhance Australia's contribution to the education Millennium Development Goal. This measure will expand the Australia Awards program by providing 2,400 additional scholarships to strengthen leadership in developing countries and will provide more people with training and internationally recognised technical qualifications that prepare them for work. It will also support global efforts to get more children into primary school and ensure more children complete primary school with reading, writing and numeracy skills.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's overseas development assistance over the long term.

Overseas development assistance — GNI methodology change

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
AusAID - -207.8 -234.3 -269.5 -314.1

The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to increase spending on Official Development Assistance (ODA) to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015‑16. Actual ODA funding levels over the forward estimates have increased by $736.6 million when compared with the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2009‑10 levels due to a stronger economic growth outlook.

Implementation of new international accounting standards has had the effect of increasing Australia's measured GNI. The Government has decided to delay the flow through of the additional ODA funding that results from the methodology changes while continuing to increase actual ODA funding and the ODA/GNI ratio over time. Delaying the flow through will result in a saving for the budget of $207.8 million in 2010‑11 and $1.0 billion over four years.

Australia is the only OECD country to have adopted the new international accounting standards (the System of National Accounts 2008 (SNA08)).

Overseas development assistance — increased assistance to Africa

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
AusAID - 36.9 77.3 98.3 121.5
AusAID - 5.9 7.1 - -

The Government will provide $346.9 million over four years (including $13.0 million in capital funding) to provide increased development assistance to Africa. This measure will expand the Australia Awards program in Africa by offering up to 1000 new short‑term and long‑term scholarships per year by 2012‑13. It will also provide AusAID with the resources and capacity to manage an expanding aid program, as well as develop stronger regional and bilateral ties with Africa.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's overseas development assistance over the long term.

Further information can be found in the press release of 3 September 2009 issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Overseas development assistance — investing in health

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
AusAID - 14.9 43.2 52.1 62.2
AusAID - - 1.1 - -

The Government will provide $173.4 million over four years (including $1.1 million in capital funding) to enhance Australia's contribution to achieving the health Millennium Development Goals in East and South East Asia, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Island countries and Timor‑Leste. This measure will provide contributions to improve health facilities, training, medical supplies and immunisations, antenatal case services and counselling and treatment services for HIV.

This measure will be fully offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's overseas development assistance over the long term.

Smartraveller information campaign — continuation

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

The Government will provide $13.6 million over four years to continue the Smartraveller consular information campaign. Smartraveller promotes public awareness of the consular information and traveller registration tools provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The campaign encourages Australians travelling overseas to understand the safety and security risks they face and to take personal responsibility to mitigate these risks.

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

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