Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Defence

Afghanistan — transition of Uruzgan Province to International Security Assistance Force leadership

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 1.3 1.7
Department of Defence 108.5
Total 109.8 1.7
Related capital ($m)
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 0.2

The Government will provide $111.7 million over two years from 2010‑11 to meet the additional costs arising from the transition of the leadership of coalition forces in the Uruzgan province from the Netherlands to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led Combined Team — Uruzgan. Under ISAF leadership, Australia and the United States will perform the majority of functions previously provided by Dutch Forces.

Additional costs for the Australian Defence Force include the acquisition and maintenance of hardened living and working accommodation, transport of personnel and equipment, detainee management, communications equipment required for an expanded area of operations, and integration with US Forces.

Additional costs for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade relate to the implementation of detainee monitoring arrangements.

Coastal Surveillance — Operation Resolute

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Defence

The Government will provide $9.8 million in 2011‑12 for the net additional cost of extending Operation Resolute, the military contribution to whole of government maritime security activities to protect Australia's offshore resources and deter people smuggling.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Defence.

Enhanced internet access for Australian Defence Force personnel on deployment

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Defence 3.6 5.8 5.8 2.3

The Government will provide $19.9 million over four years to improve internet amenities for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed on operations. The measure will establish a single contract that will standardise the delivery of internet service for ADF personnel on operations with predetermined levels of service and defined support arrangements.

This measure includes $2.5 million which will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Defence.

Increased efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Defence ‑160.4 ‑304.3 ‑315.1 ‑315.8
Related capital ($m)
Department of Defence ‑66.1 ‑16.4 ‑3.6 ‑3.3

The Government will realise additional efficiencies in corporate and support functions in the Defence portfolio. This measure will result in savings of $1,185.0 million over the forward estimates.

Reforms to shared services and other efficiency measures mean that Defence can realise savings, including through a net reduction of 1,000 in the overall growth forecast for the civilian workforce over the period 2011‑12 to 2013‑14; and reduced supplier costs.

The savings will not affect the capability associated with the 2009 Defence White Paper, nor the operational capability of the Australian Defence Force.

Middle East Area of Operations — continuation of Australia's military contribution

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Defence 8.0 959.0 115.4 93.9
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Defence 40.9
Australian Taxation Office ‑57.6 ‑5.6
Total ‑16.8 ‑5.6

The Government will provide $1,176.3 million over four years for the net additional cost of continuing Operation Slipper, Australia's military contribution to international efforts in Afghanistan and the wider Middle East Area of Operations to combat terrorism, counter piracy and promote maritime security. This cost will be reduced by the recovery of $40.9 million from other Coalition Forces for logistic support provided by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), primarily at the Multi‑National Base Tarin Kot. Australia's commitment will be extended until June 2012.

For 2011‑12, the total net additional cost of Operation Slipper is $1,221.8 million, comprising this measure and previously approved funding of $303.7 million.

The measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $63.2 million over two years as ADF personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Royal Australian Air Force Base Williamtown — improving aircraft noise management

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Defence

The Government will address the issue of aircraft noise in Port Stephens through development of a long‑term plan in conjunction with the implementation of the Joint Strike Fighter project at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown.

A Williamtown Aircraft Noise Strategic Taskforce comprising Federal, State and local agencies and local residents will be convened to address ongoing issues surrounding the RAAF Base Williamtown and development and planning in Port Stephens. The Taskforce will consider all options to reduce aircraft noise, including those being proposed by local residents.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Defence.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Solomon Islands — continued Australia Defence Force assistance to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Defence 42.8 1.2 0.1
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Defence 1.0
Australian Taxation Office ‑1.8 ‑0.2
Total ‑0.8 ‑0.2

The Government will provide $44.1 million over three years for the net additional cost of extending Operation Anode, Australia's military contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. This cost will be reduced by the recovery of $1.0 million from the New Zealand Defence Force for contract logistics support provided by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Australia's commitment will be extended until June 2012.

For 2011‑12, the total net additional cost of Operation Anode is $43.5 million, comprising this measure and previously approved funding of $1.7 million.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $1.9 million over two years as ADF personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Timor‑Leste — continuation of Australia's commitment to helping to maintain security and stability

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Defence 137.9 2.2 0.6
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Defence 4.5
Australian Taxation Office ‑6.9 ‑0.9
Total ‑2.4 ‑0.9

The Government will provide $140.7 million over three years for the net additional cost of continuing Operation Astute, Australia's military contribution to maintaining stability in East Timor. The cost will be reduced by the recovery of $4.5 million from the New Zealand Defence Force for contracted logistics support provided by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Australia's commitment will be extended until June 2012.

For 2011‑12, the total net additional cost of Operation Astute is $160.2 million, comprising this measure and previously approved funding of $26.8 million.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $7.8 million over two years as ADF personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

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