Australian Government, 2011‑12 Budget
Budget

Appendix A: Policy decisions taken since the
2011‑12 Budget

Expense Measures

Table 2: Expense measures since the 2011‑12 Budget(a)

    2010‑11
$m
2011‑12
$m
2012‑13
$m
2013‑14
$m
2014‑15
$m
AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY          
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry          
Agriculture Advancing Australia — International Agricultural Cooperation Program — reduced funding - - -0.5 -0.6 -0.6
Changes to agricultural production levies(b) - 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3
Clean Energy Future          
— Creating Opportunities on the Land — extending the benefits of the Carbon Farming Initiative - 30.9 26.3 95.0 83.0
— implementation - -0.2 -0.1 - -
Climate Change Adaptation Partnerships — Community Networks and Capacity Building and Information Services Programs — reduced funding - -0.7 - - -
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry — rationalisation of corporate functions - 1.2 -5.6 -5.6 -5.6
Drought Assistance — additional funding for Exceptional Circumstances Exit Grants - 4.4 - - -
Fisheries Resources Research Fund Program — reduced funding - -1.2 -1.2 -1.3 -1.3
Hendra virus research — support - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -
Live Animal Exports          
— Assistance to Individuals - 3.1 - - -
— Business Assistance - 24.7 6.9 3.0 3.0
Reform of Australia's export certification services — additional funding - nfp nfp nfp nfp
Regional Food Producers' Innovation — Productivity Program — reduced funding - -2.6 - - -
Tasmanian Forest Industry — adjustment package - 45.0 - - -
Western Australia Drought Pilot — additional funding for Farm Family Support - - - - -
Western Australia Drought Pilot Communication and Strategic Review programs — reduced funding - -0.4 - - -
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation          
Hendra virus research — support - 1.3 0.5 0.4 -
Portfolio total - 105.4 26.6 91.1 78.7
ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S          
Attorney-General's Department          
Flood Risk Information — enhancement - - - - -
Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding          
— Adelong Pool - - - - -
— Victorian Interest Rate Subsidy — Assistance to Businesses in Victoria - - - - -
Personal Property Securities Register — additional funding(c) - 1.4 - - -
Safer Suburbs Program Expansion - 0.1 1.7 2.1 1.1
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service          
Australia's Anti-Dumping and Countervailing System — enhancements - - - - -
Australian Federal Police          
Alice Springs Airport — withdrawal of the Australian Federal Police - -1.0 -2.4 -3.2 -3.2
Reduced Australian Federal Police contribution to the United Nations Mission in Cyprus — deferral - 0.9 - - -
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia          
Personal Property Securities Register — additional funding(c) - -0.4 - - -
Portfolio total - 0.9 -0.7 -1.1 -2.1
BROADBAND, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY          
Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy          
Digital productivity          
— Digital Communities — Digital Hubs, Local Government and Community Engagement - - - - -
— digital enterprises - - - - -
— enabled education and skills services - - - - -
Independent Inquiry into Australian Media - 1.4 - - -
National Broadband Network — enhanced commitment for the delivery of the Universal Service Obligation - - nfp nfp -
Portfolio total - 1.4 - - -
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY          
Clean Energy Regulator          
Clean Energy Future          
— Creating Opportunities on the Land — Carbon Farming Initiative - - 135.3 118.6 130.9
— Governance — Clean Energy Regulator - 38.0 50.1 54.0 57.6
— Supporting Energy Markets — Energy Security Fund - - - 1,007.2 1,059.3
— Supporting Jobs — Jobs and Competitiveness Program - - 2,654.6 2,849.7 3,088.4
— Supporting Jobs — Steel Transformation Plan - - - - -
Climate Change Authority          
Clean Energy Future — Governance — Climate Change Authority - - 6.4 9.1 9.2
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency          
Clean Energy Future          
— Creating Opportunities on the Land — Carbon Farming Initiative - 0.1 2.3 50.7 47.4
— Creating Opportunities on the Land — extending the benefits of the Carbon Farming Initiative - 0.1 4.7 5.1 5.1
— Creating Opportunities on the Land — natural resource management for climate change - - 7.9 3.9 1.6
— implementation - 31.6 0.6 - -
— Improving Energy Efficiency - 1.8 0.8 - -
— Improving Energy Efficiency — household advice - 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4
— Improving Energy Efficiency — Low Carbon Communities - 0.3 30.4 75.4 80.7
— Putting a Price on Pollution — Voluntary Action Pledge Fund and GreenPower purchases(b) - 0.9 0.7 0.5 0.4
— Supporting Energy Markets — Energy Security Fund - 1,000.0 - - -
— Supporting Jobs — Energy Efficiency Information Grants - 6.3 12.4 11.9 9.5
Portfolio total - 1,080.5 2,907.6 4,187.4 4,491.4
CROSS PORTFOLIO          
Various Agencies          
Reducing the cost of Government administration — one-off efficiency dividend - - -500.0 -495.0 -495.0
Social and Community Services — Equal Remuneration - nfp nfp nfp nfp
Portfolio total - - -500.0 -495.0 -495.0
EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS          
Comcare          
Amendments to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 — Fair Protection for Firefighters - - - - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations          
BlueScope Steel workers — assistance - 5.7 2.3 1.0 0.7
Building Australia's Future Workforce Measures — consequential amendments - - -1.0 -1.4 -1.4
Child Care — Enhanced scrutiny of the financial viability of large long day care providers - 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.3
Clean Energy Future          
— Helping Households — tax cuts and increased payments(b) - 255.0 121.9 255.7 226.3
— Supporting Jobs — Clean Energy Skills Package - - - - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations — departmental efficiencies - - -2.0 -1.5 -1.8
Digital Education Revolution — project pool — redirection - - -20.0 -20.0 -
Digital productivity — enabled education and skills services - - - - -
Early intervention to prevent debts for customers commencing employment - - -43.4 -32.5 -32.5
Education Services for Overseas Students          
— Tuition Protection Service — implementation - -5.7 5.2 0.2 0.2
— Tuition Protection Service Levy(b) - - 6.3 6.3 6.3
Employment Pathway Fund — redirection of funding - -14.9 - - -
Higher Education — reinstate Band 2 student contributions for mathematics, statistics and science units - - -46.8 -136.1 -216.0
Higher Education Reward Funding — reduction - -3.2 -12.4 -105.4 -119.8
Job Capacity Assessment — additional funding 40.0 - - - -
Live Animal Exports — Assistance to Individuals - 0.6 0.2 0.1 -
Long Day Care services — one-off grants in the transition to the National Quality Framework - 5.0 - - -
National Foundation Skills Strategy — redirect funding - - -0.5 -1.0 -1.2
Personal income tax          
— 50 per cent tax discount for interest income — deferral(b) - - -1.2 -1.0 -
— standard deduction for work-related expenses and the cost of managing tax affairs — deferral(b) - - -2.7 -7.7 -
Philanthropy — updating the list of specifically listed deductible gift recipients(b) - -0.1 -0.8 -0.8 -0.8
Schools          
— National Rewards for Great Teachers — revised implementation - - 10.0 -85.0 -125.0
— Reward Payments for School Improvement — revised implementation - - -11.8 -27.4 -15.4
SkillsConnect          
— Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring and Accelerated Australian Apprenticeships Programs — broaden eligibility - - - - -
— Integration of the Critical Skills Investment Fund with the National Workforce Development Fund — bring forward - - - - -
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory          
— expansion of the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure - - 1.1 1.6 0.9
— Indigenous Employment Program — redirection of funding - - -0.7 -1.6 -2.0
Structural Adjustment Fund — redirection - -21.0 -7.1 - -
Student Income Support          
— changes to the rate of Student Start-up Scholarships - -18.2 -37.9 -38.8 -39.8
— delay masters by coursework by two years - -12.4 -60.3 -35.5 -3.0
— Relocation Scholarship — increased payments for regional students - 2.2 2.9 2.9 3.0
— Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund — redirection - -16.3 - - -
— support for reform - 0.5 0.1 0.4 0.6
— Workforce Participation Criteria — remove regional distinctions - 28.1 64.9 66.4 68.1
— Youth Allowance Regional Advertising Campaign - 0.7 - - -
Student Visa Simplification - - - - -
Tasmanian Forest Industry — adjustment package - 4.2 3.6 3.5 1.4
Trade Training Centres in Schools Program — rephasing - - - -11.6 -
Transitional Australian Apprenticeships Support Services - - - - -
University of Notre Dame Australia — additional Commonwealth supported places - 2.3 6.1 9.6 11.7
Weekly income support payments to vulnerable Australians — expansion - - - - -
Workforce Innovation Program — redirect funding - - -1.3 -1.6 -0.9
Fair Work Australia          
Road Safety Remuneration System — establishment - - 2.8 2.5 2.5
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman          
Road Safety Remuneration System — establishment - - 1.0 1.6 1.4
Portfolio total 40.0 213.1 -21.0 -156.7 -236.2
FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS          
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs          
Australian Institute of Family Studies — transfer - - - - -
Baby Bonus — reset to $5,000 and pause indexation for three years - 0.2 -89.1 -125.1 -145.6
Better Targeting of Immunisation Incentives - 0.4 -79.8 -82.8 -86.0
Clean Energy Future          
— Helping Households — Essential Medical Equipment Payment - - 15.3 15.7 16.2
— Helping Households — tax cuts and increased payments(b) - 1,126.7 553.6 1,565.2 1,638.8
— Improving Energy Efficiency — Low Carbon Communities - 4.9 8.2 7.7 9.1
— Renewable Energy — Remote Indigenous Energy Program - 0.2 3.6 12.3 12.0
Community Development Employment Projects Program — redirection - - -10.0 -10.2 -10.4
Community Investment Program — redirection of funding - 6.0 -3.8 -4.6 -4.8
Disability Care and Support — Laying the foundations for a National Disability insurance scheme - - - - -
Early intervention to prevent debts for customers commencing employment - - -16.6 -12.5 -12.5
Family Tax Benefit — Cease fortnightly payments to families who have zero entitlement for two consecutive years - 0.1 -0.9 -1.2 -1.2
National Carer Strategy - 10.5 9.2 9.7 10.0
Personal income tax          
— 50 per cent tax discount for interest income — deferral(b) - - -15.9 -13.3 -
— standard deduction for work-related expenses and the cost of managing tax affairs — deferral(b) - - -57.6 -90.6 -
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory          
— Food security — strengthening remote stores - - 4.5 4.7 4.4
— Tackling Alcohol Abuse - - 3.2 6.3 5.7
Superannuation — reduction in the minimum payment amounts for account-based pensions in 2012‑13(b) - - 9.0 - -
Weekly income support payments to vulnerable Australians — expansion - - - - -
Western Australia's Appealathon and Telethon — contribution - - - - -
Portfolio total - 1,149.0 333.1 1,281.3 1,435.7
FINANCE AND DEREGULATION          
Department of Finance and Deregulation          
Clean Energy Future — Governance — Clean Energy Regulator - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Portfolio total - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE          
AusAID          
Official development assistance          
— Australian Civilian Corps — deployments to Afghanistan - 3.6 3.8 3.6 -
— Australia's Contribution to the Global Partnership for Education - 5.0 10.0 60.0 95.0
Official development assistance          
— Australia's Contribution to the Horn of Africa Drought and Famine - 30.0 - - -
— Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — Australia Africa Food Security Initiative - - 2.0 3.0 4.0
Official Development Assistance — Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — Australian Mining for Development - 10.4 17.3 30.3 33.3
Official development assistance          
— Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — Global Polio Eradication Initiative - 4.0 10.0 15.0 20.0
— Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — Support of Commonwealth Democracy and Development - - - - -
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research          
Official development assistance — Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting — Australia Africa Food Security Initiative - 3.8 9.6 10.1 13.1
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade          
Bali Peace Park — contribution - 0.5 - - -
Ex gratia payments          
— Families of the victims of September 11 terrorist attacks - - - - -
— families of the victims of the 2009 Kokoda plane crash - - - - -
Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea — Australian participation - 8.5 1.5 - -
Portfolio total - 65.8 54.2 122.0 165.4

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