Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)
Resources, Energy and Tourism
China Approved Destination Status scheme — continuation
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The Government will provide $4.1 million over four years to continue the Approved Destination Status (ADS) tourism arrangement between China and Australia. This funding will allow continued monitoring of existing ADS tourism operators, vetting and monitoring of new ADS applications, and provide training for operators on the ADS arrangements. The ADS scheme is a bilateral tourism arrangement between the Chinese and Australian Governments. It enables Chinese tourists to travel to Australia as part of organised tour groups while maintaining a quality control program for Chinese leisure in Australia. The ADS also permits the Australian Government, through Tourism Australia, to promote Australia as a leisure travel destination in China.
Further information can be found in the press release of 22 April 2010 issued by the Minister for Tourism.
FutureGen Alliance — not proceed with membership
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The Government will not proceed with FutureGen Alliance membership at this time.
The FutureGen Alliance is a public‑private partnership between the United States Department of Energy and a consortium of international energy and resource companies, including companies from Australia, which was formed to develop a near zero emissions coal power plant.
Since announcing FutureGen Alliance membership funding in the 2007‑08 Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the Government has committed $2.0 billion in funding to the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships program to support the construction and demonstration of large‑scale integrated carbon capture and storage projects in Australia.
The Government has also committed $400 million over four years from 2008‑09 to the recently launched Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute in order to accelerate the worldwide commercial deployment of at‑scale carbon capture and storage.
This measure will provide savings of $15.0 million in 2009‑10.
Geoscience Australia — additional resourcing
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The Government will provide $65.3 million over four years to Geoscience Australia to continue its role in providing geoscience products and services, many of which are used in examining and mitigating the risks of climate change. The role includes work on water management, geothermal projects and providing information on how the landscape is changing over time. Geoscience Australia will continue to provide technical advice on carbon capture and storage in Australia and internationally.
The cost of this measure is offset by redirecting $65.3 million over four years from the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program.
Montara — Commission of Inquiry
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The Government will provide $5.3 million over two years to fund the Commission of Inquiry into the Montara well head platform uncontrolled hydrocarbon release. This inquiry will identify the facts, events and the likely causes relevant to the uncontrolled release of oil and gas which occurred from 21 August 2009 to 3 November 2009 at the Montara oil field in the Timor Sea. The inquiry will also make recommendations on measures that might help to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.
Further information can be found in the press release of 5 November 2009 issued by the Minister for Resources and Energy.
National Tourism Accreditation Framework — establishment
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The Government will provide $5.5 million over four years to establish a National Tourism Accreditation Framework (NTAF).
The NTAF will offer tourism accreditation program providers the opportunity to co‑brand with the NTAF and benefit from being associated with a nationally and internationally recognised mark. The NTAF will provide an incentive for tourism businesses to examine and improve the quality of their products and services, and it will also improve consumers' capacity to identify quality tourism products and services.
Further information can be found in the Launch of the National Long‑Term Tourism Strategy speech delivered by the Minister for Tourism on 15 December 2009.
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