Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Australia‑China Science and Research Fund — establishment

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 2.0 4.0 3.0

The Government will provide $9.0 million over three years to establish the Australia‑China Science and Research Fund as part of a targeted science and research collaboration strategy with China. The fund will assist collaboration between Australian and Chinese scientists by providing support for building bilateral research relationships, linking Australian and Chinese research institutions and researchers, and supporting collaborative research activities.

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

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation 2.5 4.2 1.0 1.0

The Government will provide $8.7 million over four years to continue the decommissioning of the National Medical Cyclotron at Camperdown and the ongoing maintenance of the safe enclosure period of the High‑Flux Australian Reactor at the Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre.

This measure builds on support for decommissioning in previous budgets.

Buy Australian at Home and Abroad

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 5.1 9.5 10.1 9.8

The Government will provide $34.4 million over four years to encourage better linkages between major projects in the resources sector and capable Australian firms. This includes:

  • $12.1 million over four years to expand the Supplier Advocates Program to engage an additional four supplier advocates to target sectors where capability gaps and opportunities are identified;
  • $15.5 million over four years to expand the Enterprise Connect program by engaging an additional 11 business advisers and increasing the number of tailored advisory services implementation grants and group development projects;
  • $4.4 million over four years to expand the Supplier Access to Major Projects program to position an industry capability specialist in the procurement team of some of Australia's major resources sector projects to ensure that the capabilities of local suppliers are appropriately represented; and
  • $2.5 million over four years to establish a Resources Sector Supplier Advisory Forum (the Forum) and to employ a Resources Sector Supplier Envoy to maximise the participation of Australian firms in the resources sector. The Forum will comprise representatives from major resources companies, manufacturers, mining technology firms and unions.

Collaborative Research Networks — redirect funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research ‑10.3 ‑10.4

The Government will achieve savings of $20.7 million over two years from the Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) program.

Funding will remain available to continue to provide assistance to encourage less research‑intensive higher education institutions to develop their research capability by teaming up with other institutions with established research expertise.

This measure delivers on the government's election commitment.

Cooperative Research Centres — redirect funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research ‑2.5 ‑9.6 ‑14.2 ‑7.1

The Government will redirect $33.4 million over four years from the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) program.

The CRC program delivers economic, environmental and social benefits to Australia by supporting research partnerships between publicly funded researchers and end‑users to address major challenges that require medium to long term collaborative efforts.

A component of the savings ($26.3 million over three years to 2013‑14) delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Enterprise Connect — redirect funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research ‑2.0 ‑2.0 ‑2.0

The Government will achieve savings of $6.0 million over three years from the Enterprise Connect program. Funding of $101.3 million over four years will remain available to continue to provide assistance for the program.

Enterprise Connect offers support and advice to Australian small and medium enterprises. This includes the provision of business reviews and grant assistance to implement recommendations flowing from business reviews.

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

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

National Construction Code — increased funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.5

The Government will provide $6.5 million over four years to increase its contribution to support the implementation of the National Construction Code (NCC) as agreed by the Council of Australian Governments and to continue the Australian Building Codes Board's ongoing code development activities. The funding will also support the continued integration of the plumbing and building codes into the NCC to reduce regulatory overlap and move towards nationally consistent regulation in the building and construction industry.

This measure will increase total Commonwealth funding to $11.5 million over five years, from 2010‑11, matching the contribution from the state and territory governments to a combined total of $23.0 million over five years.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — capping the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Vehicle Scheme

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research ‑41.4 ‑24.6 ‑30.0

The Government will cap the number of grants under the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Vehicle Scheme to 25,000 claims per annum for the remaining three years of the program. The cap will commence on 1 July 2011 and will provide savings of $96.0 million to be redirected to the Government's contribution towards rebuilding natural disaster affected regions.

Savings from this measure will be used to meet the costs of supporting 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 — cessation of the Green Car Innovation Fund

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research ‑40.9 ‑7.5 ‑102.3 ‑102.9 ‑180.6

The Government will close the Green Car Innovation Fund (GCIF) program and redirect funding to the Government's contribution to the reconstruction efforts following the Queensland floods and other priority spending measures. Closure of the GCIF will provide savings of $601.0 million over the life of the program, including $434.2 million over the forward estimates. Sufficient funding remains in the forward estimates to meet current contractual commitments.

Savings of $401.0 million will be used to meet the costs of supporting individuals, businesses and local communities affected by natural disasters in 2010‑11 to recover and rebuild. The remaining saving of $200.0 million delivers on the Government's election commitment and will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

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

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — not proceeding with the Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

The Government will not proceed with implementing the Cleaner Car Rebate Scheme. Savings from this measure will be used to meet the costs of supporting individuals, businesses and local communities affected by natural disasters in 2010‑11 to recover and rebuild.

A provision of $429.7 million over the forward estimates, which was included in the Contingency Reserve for the cost of this scheme in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2010‑11, has been removed, resulting in a positive budget impact.

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

Science for Australia's Future — inspiring Australia

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 7.0 7.0 7.0

The Government will provide $21.0 million over three years for the Science for Australia's Future program to support the implementation of Inspiring Australia, a national strategy for science engagement. The program aims to enhance the level of societal understanding and engagement with science, as well as to encourage young Australians to study science and pursue science‑related careers.

The Government will retarget existing programs to meet the costs from the Enterprise Connect initiative ($6.0 million), the Cooperative Research Centres program ($7.5 million) and the Collaborative Research Networks program ($7.5 million).

See also the related savings measures titled Enterprise Connect — redirect funding, Cooperative Research Centres — redirect funding and Collaborative Research Networks — redirect funding in the Innovation, Industry, Science and Research portfolio.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Small Business Support Line — continuation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.8

The Government will provide $7.1 million over four years to continue the Small Business Support Line service. The service provides advice to small businesses, including those in regional and remote areas of Australia, on issues such as: obtaining finance; cash flow management; retail leasing; personal stress and hardship counselling; and promotion and marketing. The support line will refer small businesses to specialist advisers for more complex and detailed advice.

South‑East South Australian Innovation and Investment Fund — establishment

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 3.0 7.0

The Government will provide $10.0 million over two years to establish the South‑East South Australian Innovation and Investment Fund. The fund will be established in partnership with the South Australian Government, which will contribute a further $7.0 million, and will focus on manufacturing and manufacturing services to help create new sustainable jobs and opportunities for the region.

The fund is being established in response to Kimberly Clark Australia's decision to restructure its South Australian operations, which resulted in job losses. The Government is also supporting displaced workers through Centrelink and Job Services Australia.

Further information can be found in the press release of 25 January 2011 issued by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope — supporting the Australia‑New Zealand bid

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 8.9 11.8 10.0 9.5

The Government will provide $40.2 million over four years to support the joint Australia‑New Zealand bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. The SKA will comprise many thousands of antennas, across a range of at least 3,000 kilometres, which will be utilised for research into areas of fundamental astronomy and astrophysics by domestic and international scientists. Announcement of the successful site is expected in 2012, with construction to commence in 2016.

Funding of $6.3 million will be provided to support promotion and diplomatic efforts, development of a site proposal, and negotiation with stakeholders. The Government will also provide $34.0 million for the project pre‑construction phase, subject to the Australia‑New Zealand bid being successful, with provision for this funding made in the Contingency Reserve.

Tasmanian Information and Communication Technologies Centre — continuation

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 2.7 4.0 4.0 4.0

The Government will provide $20.0 million over five years (including $5.3 million in 2015‑16) to continue the Tasmanian Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Centre. In addition, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation will provide a matching funding contribution of $20.0 million.

The funding will be utilised to develop, manage and operate the Tasmanian ICT Centre to provide long‑term support and growth for the ICT innovation base in Tasmania. The centre undertakes activities in research fields such as sensor networks, data management and robotics. The centre also supports research training and education activities, and fosters linkages and networks with the ICT industry, the education sector and relevant research organisations in Tasmania and beyond.

WaterMark Certification Scheme — administrative arrangements

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

The Government will provide $3.6 million over four years to transfer administrative responsibility for the WaterMark Certification Scheme (WaterMark) from Standards Australia to the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), subject to the scheme operating on a full cost‑recovery basis.

WaterMark is a plumbing products certification scheme that helps ensure only safe and effective plumbing products are installed by licensed plumbers. The objective of the scheme is to mitigate the potential risk to public health and safety from poor quality or faulty plumbing products.

Transition costs of $0.6 million will be met from within the existing resourcing of the ABCB Special Account and $3.0 million will be recovered from revenue derived from a combination of licence fees and product levies.

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