Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Attorney‑General's

Anti‑money laundering and counter‑terrorism financing activities — continuation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

The Government will provide $125.9 million over four years to continue operation of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre's anti‑money laundering and counter‑terrorism financing (AML/CTF) regime.

AML/CTF activities under the Anti‑Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act 2006 help to identify, mitigate and manage risks associated with money laundering and terrorism financing.

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

Attorney‑General's Department — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5

The Government will achieve further efficiencies in the operations of the Attorney‑General's Department. This measure will provide savings of $2.0 million over four years and is in addition to the application of the efficiency dividend.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Australian Crime Commission — reduced involvement in Project Wickenby

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Crime Commission ‑1.3 ‑1.3

The Government has identified savings of $2.5 million over two years by discontinuing a component of the Australian Crime Commission's (ACC) involvement in addressing tax fraud involving the use of offshore tax havens (Project Wickenby).

The saving will be achieved through a reduction in staff and associated project expenses.

Funding for the other component of the 2009‑10 Budget measure will be retained, leaving the ACC with $6.0 million over the forward estimates to finalise litigation of several cases that were investigated as part of the original Project Wickenby initiative.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service — savings

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ‑5.3
Related capital ($m)
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ‑4.0

The Government has identified savings of $9.3 million in 2014‑15 (including $4.0 million in capital funding) within the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. These savings will be achieved through a targeted reduction in capital spending and other low‑risk organisational activities that will not compromise the delivery of core services.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities..

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre — operational efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre ‑3.1 ‑3.0 ‑3.0 ‑3.0

The Government has identified savings of $12.1 million over four years from operational efficiencies in the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC).

These savings will be targeted at lower priority support functions so that they do not compromise the effectiveness of AUSTRAC's operations.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Border Security — ACV Triton — extension of lease

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 30.4 31.5

The Government will provide $61.8 million over two years to extend the lease of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service vessel ACV Triton to 30 June 2013.

This vessel is leased to operate in Australia's northern waters to support surveillance and enforcement activities against maritime people smuggling and other illegal activities.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Border Security — Aerial surveillance — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ‑4.1 ‑4.1 ‑4.2 ‑8.4

The Government has identified savings of $20.8 million over four years through the discontinuation of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) Dornier aircraft capability. Surveillance requirements will be met instead by alternative aircraft, which have lower operating costs.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Border Security — Australian Security Intelligence Organisation protective security assessments — improved targeting

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation ‑1.7 ‑1.7 ‑1.7 ‑1.7

The Government has identified savings of $6.9 million over four years through risk‑based targeting of additional security checking of applicants for Protection Visas by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. Irregular Maritime Arrivals will remain subject to mandatory security checks and there will be no impact on the processing time for any visa category.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Border Security — counter people smuggling communications campaign

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 1.5 1.5

The Government will provide $3.0 million over two years to maintain the delivery of an offshore communications campaign to counter the marketing of maritime people smuggling ventures in source and transit countries. The communications campaign aims to deter people smuggling by alerting potential irregular immigrants to the dangers of people smuggling ventures, and educating them about the obstacles to being resettled in Australia.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Border Security — enhancing regional capability to combat people smuggling

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Federal Police 4.9 5.8
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Taxation Office ‑0.2 ‑0.2
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police 0.1

The Government will provide $10.8 million over two years to continue the deployment of seven Australian Federal Police (AFP) liaison officers to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

The AFP liaison officers will continue liaising with overseas law enforcement organisations to pursue strategies to address transnational crime, including people smuggling.

This measure includes $7.9 million over two years to be offset from the expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve and therefore this amount has no net impact on the budget position. This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase official development assistance over the long term.

The measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.4 million over two years as a result of the tax treatment of the income and benefits received by deployed officers posted overseas.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Border Security — maintaining increased aerial surveillance of Australia's northern waters

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 7.6 7.7

The Government will provide $15.3 million over two years to maintain increased aerial surveillance of Australia's northern waters. The surveillance contributes to the enforcement of Australia's maritime borders through detecting illegal activity, including illegal foreign fishing and people smuggling.

The aerial surveillance will be delivered through aircraft provided and operated by commercial contractors.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Border Security — passenger facilitation at international airports — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ‑7.7 ‑8.7 ‑8.7 ‑8.9

The Government has identified savings of $34.0 million over four years through efficiencies in the passenger facilitation function at Australia's eight international airports.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will reduce operational staff allocated to the passenger facilitation function across the eight Australian international airports. All border clearance requirements will continue to be met, and processing rates will be at similar levels to other international airports around the world.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Border Security — post‑interdiction management of suspected irregular entry vessels

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 0.7 0.7

The Government will provide $1.5 millon over two years for the post‑‑interdiction management of Suspected Irregular Entry Vessels (SIEVs). This funding comprises an increase of $10.4 million to enhance the capability of post interdiction management of SIEVs, which will be partially offset by a reduction in costs of $9.1 million related to the management, towing, caretaking and destruction of intercepted SIEVs.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Border Security — strengthening Customs and Border Protection Service's operational engagement overseas

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 4.0 4.0
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Taxation Office ‑0.1 .. ..

The Government will provide $8.0 million over two years to maintain the presence of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officials in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia to co‑ordinate Commonwealth agencies' efforts to prevent and disrupt maritime people smuggling.

This measure includes $2.4 million over two years to be offset from the expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve and therefore this amount has no net impact on the budget position. This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase official development assistance over the long term.

This measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.1 million over three years as a result of the tax treatment of the income and benefits received by deployed officers posted overseas.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Border Security — strengthening regional legal frameworks — combating people smuggling and transnational organised crime

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 3.3 3.4

The Government will provide $6.7 million over two years to combat people smuggling by providing legal assistance and training to assist countries in developing and improving their own laws aimed at combating people smuggling. The program will focus on origin and transit countries in South and South East Asia, and will be expanded to include emerging priority countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The measure will also improve Australia's capacity to extradite people smugglers to face prosecution.

This measure includes $5.6 million over two years to be offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve and that element of the measure will have no net impact on the Budget. This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's official development assistance over the long term.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Confiscated Assets Account — deferral of expenditure

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia ‑8.0 ‑8.0 ‑8.0 ‑8.0

The Government will defer payments from the Confiscated Assets Account made under section 298 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The Attorney‑General's Department manages inquiries relating to crime prevention matters and funding under the Act, and provides recommendations to the Minister for Home Affairs on expenditure from the account.

This measure will achieve savings of $32.0 million over four years.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to other Government priorities.

Crime Stoppers Australia — continuation of funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5

The Government will provide $2.0 million over four years to continue support for Crime Stoppers Australia Ltd.

This funding will enable Crime Stoppers Australia to continue to provide community services including operation of the Crime Stoppers telephone hotline and initiatives to educate the community on crime reporting and prevention.

Discrimination Commissioners

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Human Rights Commission 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7

The Government will provide $1.6 million over four years from 2011‑12 to restore the stand alone positions of Race and Disability Discrimination Commissioners within the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). This measure will assist the AHRC in its role to protect and promote human rights with separate advocates to address discrimination on the basis of race and disability.

The Government will also provide $1.2 million over four years to establish a dedicated Age Discrimination Commissioner within the AHRC. The funding will provide for additional staff to assist the Commissioner.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 27 January 2011 issued by the Attorney‑General and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Family Law and International Criminal Court — savings

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department ‑2.0 ‑2.0 ‑2.0 ‑2.1

The Government will achieve savings of $8.1 million over four years through a reduction in expenditure in administered programs delivered by the Attorney‑General's Department. Expenditure will be reduced by capping Commonwealth expenditure under existing agreements with the states and territories under the Family Law Act 1975; and by reducing funds allocated to meet Australia's contributions to the International Criminal Court and its programs.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Family Relationship Services — extension of financial support

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 1.5

The Government will provide $1.5 million in 2011‑12 to extend financial support provided under the Family Relationship Services program to assist with the transition to new fee arrangements.

In the 2010‑11 Budget, new fee arrangements for family relationship centres were adopted from 2011‑12.

Federal Magistrates Court — improved superannuation contributions

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia

The Government will increase the superannuation employer contribution rate for Federal Magistrates from 13.1 per cent to 15.4 per cent, at a cost of $1.7 million over four years. This increase will align the employer contribution rates for Federal Magistrates with most Australian Government employees and office holders.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Federal Magistrates Court.

Financial Assistance Schemes for Commonwealth legal matters — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department ‑0.7 ‑3.2 ‑3.2 ‑3.2

The Government has identified savings of $10.4 million over four years from financial assistance schemes for Commonwealth legal matters.

Savings will be achieved initially through streamlining administration. From 2012‑13 additional savings will also be achieved through legislative changes which will enable the further rationalisation of financial assistance schemes.

Financial assistance schemes provide grants to individuals requiring assistance to address matters involving Commonwealth law, with most schemes administering hardship and reasonableness tests for eligibility.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

High Court — increase in base level funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
High Court of Australia 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.6

The Government will provide $6.1 million over four years to increase the base level funding for the High Court of Australia. This funding will assist the High Court in managing unavoidable increases in costs primarily relating to the High Court's accommodation.

Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia 13.8 15.8 18.1 20.7
Related revenue ($m)
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia 12.4 15.7 18.3 22.1

The Government will provide $68.5 million over four years to the Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia (ITSA). This measure will assist ITSA to continue to provide insolvency services to those facing bankruptcy including the administration of personal bankruptcies and debt agreement proposals.

This proposal will be fully offset through a continuation of ITSA's cost recovery arrangements. Future funding and related cost recovery will be adjusted as necessary to reflect changes in future bankruptcy activity.

Legal aid costs in Commonwealth law‑related cases

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 17.6 4.2 7.1

The Government will provide $28.9 million over three years to reimburse costs incurred by State and Territory Legal Aid Commissions in providing legal assistance in Commonwealth law‑related cases. Funding for the Legal Aid Commissions will be made available through the Expensive Commonwealth Criminal Cases Fund.

Marriage Celebrants Program — reform

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 0.7 0.7
Related revenue ($m)
Attorney‑General's Department 4.2 4.0

The Government will provide $4.3 million over four years to reform the administration of the Marriage Celebrants Program to improve professional standards and to ensure Marriage Celebrants comply with their legislative obligations.

The funding for the measure includes $2.9 million to establish the Marriage Celebrants Program on a full cost recovery basis, which will be met from within the existing resources of the Attorney‑General's Department.

The reform will include the introduction of a registration fee for Marriage Celebrants from 2013‑14 which will recover the costs of the Program, with revenue estimated at $8.2 million over two years.

National Broadband Network — regional legal assistance

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 0.5 1.2 1.1 1.1

The Government will provide $4.0 million over four years to improve access to legal assistance services for people living in regional Australia through the use of the National Broadband Network. Grants will be provided to legal assistance providers to enable National Broadband Network based delivery of legal services, and to attract and retain professional staff in selected regional areas.

National Security — Australian Federal Police — forensics facility project

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Finance and Deregulation 0.2
Australian Federal Police ‑0.2
Total

The Government will provide $0.2 million to fund a Gateway review of the proposed specialist forensics facility for the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The Gateway review process provides quality assurance of major capital projects before final decisions are made to proceed. Costs of the Gateway review will be offset by a reduction in AFP funding.

National Security — Australian Federal Police — United Nations Mission in Sudan — contribution

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Federal Police 1.4 1.4
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Taxation Office ‑0.3 ‑0.2 ..

The Government will provide $2.8 million over two years to maintain the contribution of 10 Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers to the United Nations Mission in Sudan. The personnel will be deployed in advisory, mentoring and training roles to support the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that was signed on 9 January 2005.

Funding for this measure will be offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve and therefore has no net impact on the budget position. This measure is part of the Government's commitment to increase official development assistance over the long term.

The measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.6 million over three years as AFP officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

National Security — Australian Security Intelligence Organisation — operating costs of new central office

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation ‑25.3 ‑7.5 28.0 21.1 14.2
Related capital ($m)
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation ‑5.8 0.3 5.1 0.1 0.4

The Government will provide $30.6 million over four years to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) towards increased operating costs for its new central office accommodation in Canberra. The balance of the operating costs will be met from within existing resources.

National Security — Australian Security Intelligence Organisation training and overseas liaison activities — savings through improved targeting

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation ‑2.2 ‑2.2 ‑2.2 ‑2.2

The Government has identified savings of $8.8 million over four years in the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). Savings will be achieved through a risk‑based re‑prioritisation of resources for training and overseas liaison activities.

This will not impact on ASIO's operational capabilities.

Saving from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

National Security — National Counter‑Terrorism Committee — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department ‑3.0 ‑3.0 ‑3.0 ‑3.0

The Government has identified savings of $12.0 million over four years through a range of efficiencies in the operations of the National Counter‑Terrorism Committee (the Committee). Reductions in the costs of the Committee will be achieved by, for example, reducing recurrent operating expenses and through greater use of teleconferencing facilities. The savings will not impact on the effective operation of the Committee.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

National Security — National Emergency Call Centre surge capability — continuation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department

The Government will provide $1.7 million in 2011‑12 to enable the National Security Hotline database and telephony facilities to continue to interface with surge facilities in other Australian Government call centres. See also the related measure titled National Security — National Emergency Call Centre Connectivity — continuation in the 2010‑11 Budget.

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

National Security — protecting Australia from terrorist use of chemicals

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 2.8 3.4 2.8 1.0

The Government will provide $10.0 million over four years to continue work to protect Australia from the use of chemicals by terrorists. The risks of chemicals of security concern will be assessed and, where appropriate, mechanisms will be developed to reduce the risk. This program was established following the Council of Australian Governments' 2008 Agreement on Australia's National Arrangements for the Management of Security Risks Associated with Chemicals.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

National Security — public information campaign

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 0.6

The Government will provide $0.6 million in 2011‑12 to continue the operation of the national security public information campaign, which promotes the National Security Hotline to the Australian public. The Hotline provides an effective interface and accessible point of contact between the Government and the Australian public in relation to national security matters.

National Security — reduced costs in responding to illegal foreign fishing in northern waters

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Fisheries Management Authority ‑1.0 ‑2.1 ‑2.1 ‑2.1
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ‑2.5 ‑2.5 ‑2.5 ‑2.5
Total ‑1.0 ‑4.6 ‑4.6 ‑4.6 ‑2.5

The Government has identified savings of $17.3 million over five years including through efficiencies in the management of vessels of illegal foreign fishers including the destruction of unseaworthy vessels. Savings will also be achieved through the use of more cost effective accommodation for detained illegal foreign fishers.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

National Security — United Nations Mission in Cyprus — reduced contribution

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Federal Police ‑0.9 ‑2.0 ‑2.0 ‑2.0

The Government has identified savings of $6.9 million over four years from reducing the Australian Federal Police (AFP) contribution to the United Nations Mission in Cyprus.

Under this measure, the number of AFP officers deployed to the mission in Cyprus will be reduced from 16 to five. The five AFP officers will continue to contribute to the peacekeeping force operating in the buffer zone.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance to individuals affected by floods in Queensland and other states

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 704.3
Department of Human Services
Centrelink 13.6
Department of the Treasury 0.2
Total 718.1

The Government is providing $718.1 million in 2010‑11 to assist people adversely affected by severe flooding in Queensland and other states in late 2010 and early 2011 and to support delivery of the assistance through Centrelink.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments (AGDRP) were made available to eligible people residing in affected areas. Ex‑gratia payments equivalent to the AGDRP were made available to New Zealand Special Category Visa holders who otherwise met the eligibility requirements of the AGDRP and were prevented due to their residency status from applying for the AGDRP.

Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy payments, a fortnightly payment of up to the maximum rate of Newstart Allowance, were made available to employees, small business persons and farmers who lost income as a direct result of the flooding.

Additionally, the Government is providing Centrelink with funding to deliver relief payments to those in the affected areas.

This measure is one of a range of actions taken by the Government to support individuals, businesses and local communities affected by natural disasters in 2010‑11 to recover and rebuild.

Further information can be found in the press release of 27 January 2011 issued by the Prime Minister.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance to individuals affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasi

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 314.1
Centrelink 6.4
Department of Human Services
Total 320.5

The Government is providing $320.5 million in 2010‑11 to assist people adversely affected by Tropical Cyclone Yasi in early 2011 and support delivery of the assistance through Centrelink.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments (AGDRP) were made available to eligible people residing in affected areas. Ex‑gratia payments equivalent to the AGDRP were made available to New Zealand Special Category Visa holders who otherwise met the eligibility requirements of the AGDRP and were prevented due to their residency status from applying for the AGDRP.

Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy Payments, a fortnightly payment of up to the maximum rate of Newstart Allowance, were made available to employees, small business persons and farmers who lost income as a direct result of the Cyclone.

Additionally, the Government is providing Centrelink with funding to deliver relief payments to those in the affected areas.

This measure is one of a range of actions taken by the Government to support individuals, businesses and local communities affected by natural disasters in 2010‑11 to recover and rebuild.

Further information can be found in the joint press releases of 3 February 2011 issued by the Prime Minister and the Attorney‑General.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Floods

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 1.0 1.0
Various Agencies ‑1.0 ‑1.0
Total

The Government will provide $2.2 million over two years to fund the Commonwealth's involvement in the Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland Floods.

The funding will allow the Attorney‑General to appoint legal counsel to represent the Commonwealth's interests before the Commission and to support the Attorney‑General's Department in coordinating whole‑of‑government responses to the Commission's findings.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of various agencies.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — donation to the Perth Lord Mayor's Appeal Fund

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department ‑0.5
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑0.5
Department of the Treasury 1.0
Total

The Government committed $1.0 million in 2010‑11 to the Perth Lord Mayor's Appeal Fund established for the assistance of those adversely affected by natural disaster events in Western Australia.

This measure is one of a range of actions taken to support individuals, businesses and local communities affected by natural disasters in 2010‑11 to recover and rebuild.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Attorney‑General's Department and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — donations to flood appeals

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department
Department of the Treasury 13.1
Total 13.1

The Government has committed $13.1 million in 2010‑11 to state based relief funds established for the assistance of those adversely affected by natural disaster events in Queensland and Victoria, including:

  • $11.0 million to the Queensland Premier's relief fund and $1.0 million to the Red Cross Victorian Floods Appeal fund, matching the contributions of the Queensland and Victorian Governments; and
  • $1.1 million to the Queensland Premier's relief fund, matching the funds raised by Cricket Australia and donations to the Premier's relief fund on 30 January 2011.

This measure is one of a range of actions taken by the Government to support individuals, businesses and local communities affected by natural disasters in 2010‑11 to recover and rebuild.

Secure Schools Program — continuation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Attorney‑General's Department 5.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $15.0 million over three years from 2011‑12 to continue the Secure Schools Program, which provides security infrastructure for schools at risk of attacks motivated by religious or racial intolerance.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

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