Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Border Security — Combating people smuggling — enhanced intelligence capability

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Secret Intelligence Service 7.4 7.3
Related capital ($m)
Australian Secret Intelligence Service 0.2

The Government will provide $14.8 million over two years to enhance the intelligence‑related capabilities of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.

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

Border Security — international engagement to prevent and disrupt maritime people smuggling

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 4.5 4.5
Various Agencies ‑8.6
Total ‑8.6 4.5 4.5

The Government will provide $9.0 million over two years to enable the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to continue existing preventative people smuggling initiatives. This measure will continue Australia's increased engagement with key regional countries on people smuggling.

This measure provides funding for the continuation of the Canberra based Ambassador for People Smuggling, Canberra based support staff, positions in Jakarta, Colombo, Islamabad and Kuala Lumpur and the annual Bali process meetings at ministerial and senior official levels.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling. The people smuggling measures are partially offset by a $8.6 million reduction in funding set aside in the 2010‑11 Official Development Assistance provision in the Contingency Reserve. The reduction does not impact on the Government reaching the target spending of 0.33 per cent of Gross National Income on Official Development Assistance in 2010‑11.

Consular Services — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 4.0

The Government will provide $4.0 million in 2011‑12 to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to supplement consular services. The funding is being provided following a number of recent events which have placed significant pressure on existing resources, including the Christchurch and Japan natural disasters and the civil unrest in Egypt and Libya.

International Australian Television Service — The Australia Network

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Government will provide up to $223.1 million over 10 years for the continuation of an international Australian television service. The Australia Network is designed to promote Australia's image in the Asia‑Pacific region. It will also be used to provide consular information to Australians living abroad, particularly in times of crisis. This service has been provided since 1993, at times by commercial broadcasters, and is currently provided by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation under a five year contract with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Government has decided that the next Australia Network contract will be for a 10 year period (2011‑2021) and a request for tender for the service was issued on 4 February 2011.

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

Further information can be found in the press release of 23 November 2010 issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami — donation to the Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 10.0

The Government donated $10.0 million to the Red Cross Japan and Pacific Disaster Appeal Fund to support relief operations and to provide emergency relief, equipment and assistance to affected communities and families in Japan following the earthquakes and tsunamis of 11 March 2011. The Australian Red Cross is managing and distributing assistance from the Appeal Fund.

Further information can be found in the press release of 21 March 2011 issued by the Prime Minister.

National Security — Baghdad Embassy civilian security arrangements — final transition

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 13.4
Department of Defence
Total 13.4
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Taxation Office ‑0.2 ..
Related capital ($m)
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 3.1

The Government will provide $17.5 million in 2011‑12 (including capital funding of $3.1 million) to continue security measures for the Australian embassy and staff in Baghdad. The funding will enable the final transition of responsibility for security from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The cost of the ADF component ($1.0 million) will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Defence. This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.2 million in 2011‑12, as ADF personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

This measure is in addition to the Baghdad Embassy — transition towards civilian security arrangements measure announced in the 2010‑11 Budget.

National Security — reprioritisation of resources — savings

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Secret Intelligence Service ‑7.4 ‑7.4

The Government has identified savings of $14.8 million over two years through implementing a range of efficiencies in the intelligence gathering effort of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.

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

See also the related expense measure titled Border Security — combating people smuggling — enhanced intelligence capability.

National Security — United Nations Security Council — final phase

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Government will provide $10.5 million over two years to continue Australia's campaign for a non permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

This measure will support: additional positions in New York and Canberra; additional funding for small posts; Special Envoys; and public diplomacy.

This measure builds upon previous measures United Nations Security Council Candidacy announced in the 2009‑10 Budget and the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2008‑09; and will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Official development assistance — Australian Civilian Corps — deployment funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
AusAID 5.0 7.0 10.0 10.0

The Government will provide $32.0 million over four years to fund small‑scale Australian Civilian Corps (ACC) deployments. The ACC provides a capability to deploy civilian specialists to countries experiencing or emerging from a natural disaster or conflict. The deployment funding will ensure civilian specialists can be deployed at short notice. These civilian specialists will contribute to Australia's efforts to assist stabilisation and recovery in affected countries.

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 Australia's official development assistance over the long term.

Further information on the first deployment of ACC specialists can be found in the measure Official development assistance — Australian Civilian Corps — Haiti deployment.

Official development assistance — Australian Civilian Corps — Haiti deployment

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
AusAID 0.3 0.3

The Government will provide $0.7 million over two years to fund an Australian Civilian Corps (ACC) deployment to Haiti. An ACC deployed specialist will be seconded to the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission to assist with coordinating and monitoring international donor activities.

The ACC was established in 2009 as an initiative to deploy civilian specialists to support stabilisation and recovery efforts to countries experiencing or emerging from natural disasters or conflicts.

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 forms part of the Government's commitment to increase Australia's official development assistance over the long term.

Official development assistance — Australia's contribution to international debt relief

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

The Government will provide $106.8 million in 2010‑11 to finance Australia's share of contributions to the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC), the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI), arrears clearance provided by the World Bank and compensation to the International Development Association for grants foregone.

HIPC is a joint International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank initiative for debt reduction where the international financial community work together to reduce to sustainable levels, the external debt burdens of the most heavily indebted poor countries.

MDRI enables the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the IMF to provide 100 per cent relief on eligible debt to a group of low‑income countries that are pursuing sound adjustment and reform programs, to help them advance toward the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.

The fiscal impact is in 2010‑11 with payments to be made over 10 years.

This measure includes $72.0 million to be offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve, and was included as a "decision taken but not yet announced" in the 2010‑11 Budget. The remaining $34.8 million will be met from within existing AusAID resources.

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

Official development assistance — Expanding aid in Indonesia and South East Asia

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
AusAID 41.8 79.6 220.6 353.7
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Taxation Office .. .. .. ..
Related capital ($m)
AusAID 1.1 0.4

The Government will provide $697.1 million over four years (including $1.4 million in capital funding) to expand aid in Indonesia and the South East Asian region. This measure will address aid priorities in Indonesia ($492.8 million) through assistance for basic and tertiary education, including the construction of 2,000 additional junior secondary schools in poorer districts.

It will also fund water and sanitation initiatives ($148.7 million), reducing violence against women initiatives ($34.3 million) and tackling avoidable blindness initiatives ($21.3 million) in the South East Asian region.

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 also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.1 million over four years as AusAID officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

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

Official development assistance — Expanding aid to Africa, South and Central Asia and the Middle East

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
AusAID 44.0 31.1 131.2 242.1 376.2
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Taxation Office ‑0.1 ‑0.1 ‑0.1 ‑0.1
Related capital ($m)
AusAID 0.7 1.8

The Government will provide $827.1 million over five years (including $44.0 million in 2010‑11 and $2.5 million in capital funding) to expand aid in Africa, South and Central Asia and the Middle East.

This measure will address aid priorities in Africa by contributing to initiatives in maternal and child health, community engagement, humanitarian and peace building and assist in providing basic services in the Middle East. In addition, this measure will fund cross‑regional initiatives to address water, sanitation and hygiene issues and reduce violence against women.

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 also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.2 million over four years as AusAID officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

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

Official development assistance — Non‑Government Organisations, Volunteer and Community programs

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
AusAID 18.7 40.1 78.1 107.1

The Government will provide $244.0 million over four years to expand AusAID's existing Non‑Government Organisations (NGO), Volunteer and Community Programs. This funding will deliver on the Government's election commitment to increase the number of new volunteers recruited each year to 1,000 as part of Australia's volunteer program and will double the size of the AusAID NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). The expansion of the ANCP will enhance existing community‑based programs in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

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 Australia's official development assistance over the long term.

Official development assistance — sixteenth replenishment of the World Bank's International Development Association

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
AusAID
Related capital ($m)
AusAID

The Government will provide a contribution to maintain Australia's share in the International Development Association (IDA). This payment will have a fiscal impact of $206.0 million in 2010‑11, including a supplementary contribution of $100.0 million.

IDA is the concessional lending arm of the World Bank which aims to reduce poverty by providing interest‑free credits and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities and improve people s living conditions.

The Government will also contribute an additional $517.6 million over 10 years to IDA as a loan component. The provision of loans from the Budget and their repayment affect only the composition of Government assets and as such this loan component has no impact on the fiscal balance.

Funding for this measure will be met from within the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve and from existing AusAID resources, and was included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the 2010‑11 Budget.

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

Official development assistance — support for education and ending violence against women in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
AusAID 4.4 8.7 51.2 86.2
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Taxation Office .. .. .. ..

The Government will provide $150.6 million over four years to increase development and humanitarian assistance in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Pacific. This includes $124.5 million to expand the access that children have to basic education and ensure they have opportunities to better access further education, training and employment. This funding will focus on assisting children in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga and Samoa.

$26.0 million will also be provided to expand existing programs addressing high levels of violence against women in PNG and the Pacific by increasing existing support to the United Nations and civil society organisations and working with partner governments to improve health services for women who have experienced violence.

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 also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.1 million over four years as AusAID officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

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

Official development assistance — termination of the Pacific Land Program

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
AusAID ‑21.8 ‑22.3 ‑22.8 ‑23.3

The Government has identified savings of $90.2 million over four years by ceasing the 2008‑09 Budget measure Overseas development assistance — Pacific land program.

Land reform remains an important economic and livelihood issue in the Pacific region. Australia will continue to support land reform in a flexible way, through supporting the efforts of Pacific countries reflecting the unique circumstances of each country. Ongoing funding for this reform agenda will therefore be accommodated in individual country programs and not through a regional initiative.

These savings will be redirected to fund other official development assistance priorities.

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