Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Active After‑School Communities program — extension

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Sports Commission 21.8 22.1

The Government will provide $43.9 million over 2011‑12 and 2012‑13 to continue the Active After‑School Communities program for one calendar year until December 2012. The Active After‑School Communities program provides funding to around 2,000 primary schools and 1,300 out‑of‑school‑hours care services to deliver quality sport and other structured physical activity programs.

Australian Sports Commission — administrative savings

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Australian Sports Commission ‑1.4 ‑1.4

The Government will achieve savings of $2.8 million over two years from 2013‑14 through reduced administrative costs for the Australian Sports Commission.

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

Commonwealth Ombudsman — scrutiny of processing of refugee claims

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

The Government will provide $0.9 million over two years to the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman (OCO) to sustain its independent scrutiny of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's processing of refugee claims made by irregular maritime arrivals. The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the OCO.

Contemporary Music Touring Program

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

The Government will provide $1.6 million over four years to continue funding for the Contemporary Music Touring Program. This program provides grants of up to $15,000 to enable professional artists to perform contemporary music in regional and remote Australia, where this would otherwise be commercially unviable.

Council of Australian Governments — additional resources to support the COAG reform agenda

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6

The Government will provide $6.5 million over four years to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to maintain support for the delivery of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reform agenda.

This measure continues funding provided in the 2010‑11 Budget measure titled Council of Australian Governments reform agenda — additional funding.

Enhancements from the Review of the Australian Independent Screen Production Sector

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Screen Australia 2.5 3.5 3.5 3.5
Australian Taxation Office ‑2.5 ‑1.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5
Total 2.0 3.0 3.0

The Government will provide $43.0 million to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and $13.0 million to Screen Australia over four years from 2011‑12 for a package of enhancements to the film tax offsets program including: lowering the threshold of the Producer Offset to $500,000; providing direct funding for low budget (under $500,000) documentaries in place of the Producer Offset; increasing the rate of the Location Offset from 15 per cent to 16.5 per cent; increasing the Post, Digital and Visual Effects Offset from 15 per cent to 30 per cent; permitting some additional screen production costs to be claimed as Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure (QAPE) under the film tax offsets; allowing television series to benefit from the Producer Offset for the first 65 broadcast hours (replacing the current 65 episode limit); and providing funds to Screen Australia to commission a screen industry survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

These changes will be partly offset by $48.0 million in savings over four years from 2011‑12 by removing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) amounts from QAPE for the film tax offsets and increasing the minimum expenditure thresholds for documentaries to $500,000 in production (from the current threshold of $250,000).

The measure is in response to the findings of the 2010 Review of the Australian Independent Screen Production Sector.

The measure is jointly administered by Screen Australia and the ATO.

Get Reading! — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑0.4 ‑0.4 ‑0.4 ‑0.4

The Government will achieve savings of $1.6 million over four years from the Get Reading! program. The Get Reading! Program, an annual promotion of books and reading, will be delivered in a more cost‑effective way, including utilising digital technology and e‑publishing.

Illicit Drugs in Sport and the Sport Anti‑Doping programs — savings

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑1.7 ‑1.6 ‑1.2 ‑1.1

The Government will achieve savings of $5.6 million over four years from 2010‑11 from the testing and research components of the Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) program and the research component of the Sport Anti‑Doping program. The savings from the IDIS will be limited to those testing and associated result management components for which there is currently no demand.

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

National Archives Preservation Facility

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of Finance and Deregulation 0.1 0.1
National Archives of Australia ‑0.1 ‑0.1
Total

The Government will provide funding to the National Archives of Australia (NAA) to address long‑term requirements for additional archives preservation and storage capacity. The funding will allow the NAA to lease a new preservation and storage facility and to refurbish existing facilities.

There is no net impact on the Budget over the forward estimates period as costs will be fully absorbed by the NAA until 2014‑15. The NAA will receive $0.5 million in 2015‑16, $15.7 million in 2016‑17, $8.2 million in 2017‑18 and $8.4 million in 2018‑19, an additional $4.2 million a year for 10 years from 2019‑20 to 2028‑29.

As part of this measure, the Department of Finance and Deregulation will receive $0.3 million over four years from 2013‑14 to fund Gateway reviews of the project. This will be fully offset by a reduction in funding for the NAA. The Government's Gateway Review Process provides quality assurance to ensure that the objectives of major government projects are achieved.

New Support for the Arts

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.0 1.5 2.5 2.5

The Government will provide $10.0 million over five years (including $2.5 million in 2015‑16) in additional support for Australian art work. The Australia Council will fund new artistic works, presentations and fellowships focussing on areas including support for young and emerging artists, the creation of new Australian work and additional presentations to Australian audiences.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

New Zealand earthquake — contribution to recovery effort

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 5.0

The Government will donate $5.0 million in 2010‑11 to the New Zealand Red Cross earthquake appeal to help with the earthquake recovery effort in New Zealand.

Further information can be found in the press release of 23 February 2011 issued by the Prime Minister.

Supporting football in the lead up to the 2015 Asian Cup

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 10.8 4.6 4.2 8.8 14.2
Australian Sports Commission ‑0.2 ‑1.1 ‑1.1 ‑1.1 ‑1.1
Total 10.6 3.5 3.1 7.7 13.1

The Government will provide up to $38.0 million to the organisation and staging of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup and to ensure the sustainability of football in the lead up to the event. This includes $23.9 million in funding will be held in the contingency reserve subject to the finalisation of the costs of the Local Organising Committee (LOC). The States and Territories that are hosting games will also be contributing to the costs.

A taskforce will also be established within the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet at a cost of $4.6 million over five years to coordinate the Commonwealth's role in supporting the 2015 Asian Cup and to work with the Football Federation Australia (FFA), the LOC, Commonwealth agencies and state and territory governments.

This measure is partially offset by administrative savings of $4.6 million over five years from the Australian Sports Commission.

United States Studies Centre — contribution

Expense ($m)
2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.6 0.6 0.6
Office of National Assessments ‑0.1 ‑0.1 ‑0.1
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ‑0.2 ‑0.2 ‑0.2
Department of Defence ‑0.3 ‑0.3 ‑0.3
Total 0.0 0.0 0.0

The Government will provide $2.0 million over three years to the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney for a three‑year study entitled 21st Century Australia‑United States Alliance. The study will focus on collaboration between Australian and United States institutions in the areas of an emerging Asia, cyber security, energy security and climate change, trade and investment, and education and innovation. The study will inform policy discussion on the Alliance.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Office of National Assessments, Department of Defence and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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