Australian Government, 2010‑11 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Australian Business Number and Business Names Registration System — expansion

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - 14.7 14.0 12.2 11.1
Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 7.0 7.7 7.3 7.1
Administrative Appeals Tribunal - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Australian Taxation Office - -1.3 -5.8 -6.0 -6.0
Total - 20.4 16.0 13.6 12.3
Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 9.5 38.7 39.5 40.2
Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 24.0 - - -
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research -2.9 4.5 1.8 1.5 1.4
Australian Taxation Office - 3.4 - - -
Total -2.9 31.9 1.8 1.5 1.4

The Government will provide $125.2 million over five years (including $33.7 million in capital and $29.2 million from existing resources) to continue the implementation of a seamless, online registration system for Australian Business Numbers and national business names. This measure builds on the 2007‑08 Budget measure Global Integration — Australian Business Number and business names registration system to include a whole‑of‑government, shared online service for delivering personalised information to businesses about their regulatory requirements.

The cost of this measure is expected to be more than fully offset through utilising unspent funding of $29.2 million from the existing business numbers and names measure and the $127.9 million revenue stream generated from Commonwealth business names registration and associated support activity.

This measure supports the implementation of one of the 27 deregulation priorities under the Council of Australian Governments' National Partnership Agreement to Deliver a Seamless National Economy. It will also reduce the regulatory burden for businesses, as under the COAG Business Names Agreement the States and Territories will refer their powers to the Commonwealth.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — additional funding for decommissioning costs

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - 9.7 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $9.7 million in 2010‑11 to continue the decommissioning of the High Flux Australian Research Reactor and the Moata Reactor at the Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation will also commence decommissioning of the National Medical Cyclotron at Camperdown in 2010‑11.

This measure builds on the $13.2 million provided in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2007‑08 to initiate the decommissioning activities at Lucas Heights.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — efficiency dividend

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - -0.3 -0.5 -0.8 -1.0

The Government will apply an ongoing efficiency dividend to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) commencing in 2010‑11. The standard efficiency dividend will be applied to ANSTO's administrative and corporate costs, which represent 15 per cent of ANSTO's total appropriation. This application of the efficiency dividend is consistent with the application to other Government agencies.

This measure will provide savings of $2.5 million over four years.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — repatriation of waste

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - 0.9 0.9 1.6 1.6
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation - 4.1 1.4 3.5 16.0

The Government will provide $30.0 million over four years (including $25.0 million in capital funding) to facilitate the return to Australia of the reprocessed nuclear waste generated by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The funding includes provisions for an interim storage facility. The waste has been processed in the United Kingdom and France as part of ANSTO's spent fuel management program. The Government has longstanding contractual obligations with the United Kingdom and France to repatriate the reprocessed waste.

Cairns Institute Tropical Innovation Hub — contribution

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - 15.0 4.5 - -

The Government will provide $19.5 million over two years to James Cook University as a contribution towards the construction of a new $44.0 million research facility (the Cairns Institute — Tropical Innovation Hub) on the university's Cairns campus. The new facility will support 125 research staff working on issues of significance to the tropics, including marine and climate science, public health, social and community welfare and Indigenous development.

Further information can be found in the press release of 9 December 2009 issued by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Commonwealth Australian National University Strategic Relationship

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - 68.2 24.2 3.4 2.6

The Government will provide up to $112.9 million over four years plus $2.0 million per year from 2014‑15 onwards to establish and maintain the Australian National Institute for Public Policy (the Institute) on the Australian National University (ANU) campus. Provision has been made for funding of $98.4 million over four years, with an additional $14.5 million available depending on the level of fees recovered from students of the Institute. Funding will be provided for a range of specialist schools and centres, including:

  • up to $14.0 million over four years (plus $1.5 million per year from 2014‑15 onwards) to expand the capacity of the ANU's Crawford School of Economics and Government, establish the Institute office, and create a public policy think tank, the H.C. Coombs Policy Forum, to facilitate the development of innovative public policy. Provision has been made for funding of $9.8 million over four years, with this estimate subject to change depending on fee recovery;
  • up to $17.3 million over four years (plus $0.5 million per year from 2014‑15 onwards) to establish and support a National Security College (the College) which will deliver the National Security Executive Development Program and a range of other courses on national security‑related issues. Provision has been made for funding of $7.0 million over four years, with this estimate subject to change depending on fee recovery;
  • $35.0 million in 2010‑11 to establish and support an Australian Centre on China in the World (the China Centre) which will conduct leading‑edge and innovative research on China and develop new generations of scholars with deep expertise in China;
  • $37.9 million over two years to build permanent facilities for the College, the China Centre, and the Canberra presence in the Australia and New Zealand School of Government; and
  • $0.5 million in 2010‑11 to conduct a scoping study into the possible additional accommodation requirements that could arise as a result of the establishment of the Institute.

In addition, $7.0 million will be provided in 2010‑11 to the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and $1.2 million over four years will be provided to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research to develop and manage the funding agreements associated with strengthening the strategic relationship between the Commonwealth and the ANU.

Further information on the National Security College and the Australian Centre on China in the World can be found in the press releases of 23 and 24 April 2010 and 8 May 2010 issued jointly by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Enhanced and amalgamated mediation services for the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Horticulture Code of Conduct, the Oilcode, and the Produce and Grocery Industry Code of Conduct

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research -0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Total -0.4 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6

The Government will provide $2.0 million over four years to centralise in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research the procurement and delivery of dispute resolution services for the Franchising Code of Conduct, the Horticulture Code of Conduct, the OilCode and the Produce and Grocery Industry Code of Conduct. As part of this measure the Government will also introduce an early intervention dispute resolution mechanism.

The cost of this measure is offset by:

  • savings of $0.4 million in 2009‑10 from the Small Business Advisory Services in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (shown in the table above);
  • savings from the Regional Food Producers' Innovation and Productivity Program in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (see related savings measure titled Regional Food Producers' Innovation and Productivity Program — redirection of funding); and
  • departmental savings from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

Green Car Innovation Fund — reduction in funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - - -50.0 -75.0 -75.0

The Government will reduce funding for the Green Car Innovation Fund by $200.0 million over three years, responding to lower‑than‑expected demand.

The Green Car Innovation Fund is part of the Government's A New Car Plan for a Greener Future and provides assistance to Australian companies for projects that enhance the research, development and commercialisation of Australian technologies that significantly reduce fuel consumption and/or greenhouse gas emissions of passenger motor vehicles.

Funding of $790.4 million over nine years for the Green Car Innovation Fund will still be available to provide support for eligible Australian companies.

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Capability program — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - 5.0 - - -

The Government will provide an additional $5.0 million in 2010‑11 for the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Capability program (TCF‑SCP). TCF‑SCP is an initiative announced in the 2009‑10 Budget designed to build innovative capability at the enterprise and workplace level in the textiles, clothing and footwear industries.

This measure takes total funding for the TCF‑SCP to $35.7 million over six years from 2009‑10.

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