Australian Government, 2012‑13 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Attorney‑General's

Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity — resource transfer

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity - 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - -0.8 -0.8 -0.8 -0.8
Total - Expense - - - - -

The Government will transfer $3.0 million over four years from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs) to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI). The transfer will provide ongoing funding for ACLEI to investigate allegations of corruption relating to the law enforcement functions of Customs.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service — Increased use of SmartGate capability

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - -3.3 -5.2 -5.4 -5.9
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 5.2 2.7 - -

The Government will provide capital funding of $7.9 million over two years to purchase additional passport control self‑processing kiosks (SmartGates) for use at Australia's major international airports. The Government will achieve net savings of $11.9 million over four years from the increased use of the SmartGate capability and by streamlining security arrangements at Sydney Airport.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service — Long Term Ashmore Reef Capability

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - 0.5 4.2 7.6 7.5
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service nfp nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide funding to acquire a surveillance and enforcement vessel for use in the vicinity of Ashmore Reef. The vessel will provide a long‑term capability and replace the Ashmore Guardian when the current lease expires on 30 June 2013. This funding will also provide for the operating costs of the new vessel.

The acquisition of a vessel continues the Government's commitment to manage suspected irregular entry vessels, protect fragile fisheries and respond to safety at sea and pollution incidents around Ashmore Reef.

The capital costs for this measure have not been published because they are subject to commercial negotiation.

Australian Federal Police — International Deployment Group — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Federal Police - -2.1 -2.1 -2.1 -2.1

The Government has identified savings of $8.6 million over four years by reducing funding provided to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) International Deployment Group, which is responsible for the overseas deployment of AFP officers.

This measure does not affect the AFP's ability to deliver its current overseas deployments and will have a minimal impact on operations.

Australian Federal Police — slowing recruitment of additional sworn officers

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Federal Police - -12.5 -5.7 -7.8 -

The Government will achieve savings of $25.9 million over three years by deferring the recruitment target for additional sworn Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers by one year.

This measure will still result in the recruitment of 500 additional sworn officers by 2015‑16, which is one year later than the previous recruitment schedule.

Australian Federal Police — continued deployment to the United Nations Mission in Cyprus

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Federal Police - 0.9 - - -
Australian Taxation Office - -0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $0.9 million in 2012‑13 to continue the Australian Federal Police (AFP) deployment to the United Nations Mission in Cyprus.

This measure will allow the AFP to maintain a presence of 15 officers in Cyprus. The officers will assist the UN peacekeeping force operating in the buffer zone separating Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities.

This measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.1 million in 2012‑13 as AFP officers are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Australian Federal Police — forensic facility

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 0.1 0.1 .. -
Australian Federal Police - -0.1 -0.1 .. -
Total - Expense - - - - -
Australian Federal Police - - - - -

The Government will provide funding to construct and fit‑out a forensic science and technical intelligence facility for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in the Australian Capital Territory. The new facility will replace the existing Forensic and Data Centre and provide AFP specialist forensic capacity to meet future needs.

Funding for the facility will be sourced from the AFP's existing Departmental Capital Budget and therefore has no net impact on the Budget. Funding of $0.2 million will be transferred from the AFP to the Department of Finance and Deregulation for the Gateway review process. This process provides quality assurance of major capital projects.

Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions - 8.8 - - -

The Government will provide $8.8 million in 2012‑13 to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) to prosecute crew and organisers of people smuggling ventures. This measure will fund the CDPP for the workload resulting from existing and anticipated cases.

Confiscated Assets Account — deferral of expenditure

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia - -13.5 -13.5 -13.5 -17.8

The Government will defer payments from the Confiscated Assets Account made under section 298 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The Attorney‑General's Department manages programs of expenditure under section 298 of the Act relating to crime prevention activities and provides advice to the Minister for Home Affairs on expenditure from the Account.

This measure will achieve savings of $58.3 million over four years.

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

CrimTrac — Ceasing Interest Equivalency Payments

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
CrimTrac Agency - -4.6 -4.6 -4.6 -4.6

As part of revised funding arrangements for CrimTrac, the Government will achieve savings of $18.6 million over four years by ceasing to provide an Interest Equivalency Payment (IEP). CrimTrac will raise sufficient revenue from criminal history checks to fund its operating requirements and capital expenses. As a consequence CrimTrac will not need an IEP to help fund its activities.

Document Verification Service — extension to the private sector

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Attorney-General's Department - - 1.7 2.1 2.3
Attorney-General's Department - - 1.0 2.3 3.5
Attorney-General's Department - - 1.5 - -

The Government will provide $7.5 million over three years from 2013‑14 to extend the Document Verification Service (DVS) to the private sector. The DVS will provide a tool to help reduce the incidence of identity fraud and improve the integrity of consumer identification used by the banking and finance, telecommunications, aviation and maritime security industries.

This measure includes the introduction of a transaction fee which will recover the costs of the program with revenue estimated at $6.9 million over three years from 2013‑14.

Economic Potential of Senior Australians — countering negative stereotypes and promoting positive media portrayal of older Australians

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Human Rights Commission - 0.5 0.7 0.6 0.4
Australian Human Rights Commission - - .. .. -

The Government will provide $2.1 million over four years to the Australian Human Rights Commission to enable the Age Discrimination Commissioner to undertake a project to address the stereotyping of older Australians through the media and among the broader Australian community. The project will include research into the media portrayal and identification of community attitudes towards older people, media roundtables to address the key barriers identified to the positive portrayal of older people by the media, and community education and awareness activities to promote positive portrayal of older people.

Revenue of $20,000 per annum will be recovered in 2013‑14 and 2014‑15 in relation to the provision of media industry training.

Illegal Foreign Fishing in Northern Waters — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - -1.5 -1.5 -1.5 -1.5

The Government will achieve savings of $6.0 million over four years from the management of illegal foreign fishing vessels including from funding for aircraft charter, caretaking and the destruction of unseaworthy vessels. This measure reflects a lower than expected number of illegal foreign fishers in Australian northern waters.

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

Indigenous Law and Justice Programs — redirection of funding

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Attorney-General's Department - -6.5 -5.7 -5.8 -5.9

The Government will redirect $23.9 million over four years from Indigenous law and justice programs to support Indigenous community safety initiatives in the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package comprising:

  • $4.1 million from the expensive cases component within the Indigenous Legal Aid and Policy Reform Program;
  • $4.5 million from the early intervention grant component within the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Program; and
  • $15.3 million from Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory law and order measures.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 28 March 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Attorney‑General, the Minister for Indigenous Health and the Senator for the Northern Territory, Senator Trish Crossin.

Maritime Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Capability — share arrangement for Southern Ocean surveillance

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - 6.4 6.5
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service - - - 0.5 -

The Government will provide the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service with $13.5 million to fund the operational costs of the shared use of the Department of Defence Offshore Support Vessel from 2014‑15 to 2015‑16. This measure will maintain a Southern Ocean patrol and law enforcement capability, including satellite surveillance, protecting against illegal fishing and fulfilling Australia's obligations under international agreements.

See also the related expense measure titled Maritime Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Capability — acquisition of an Offshore Support Vessel in the Defence portfolio.

National Children's Commissioner — establishment

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Human Rights Commission - 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - -0.5 -0.5 -0.5 -0.5
Total - Expense - 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

The Government will provide $3.5 million over four years to establish a National Children's Commissioner within the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

This measure will assist the AHRC in its role in protecting and promoting human rights in Australia. The Children's Commissioner will promote public awareness of issues affecting children, conduct research and education programs, consult children, and monitor Commonwealth legislation, policies and programs.

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs will contribute $0.5 million per year by redirecting funding from within the Family Support Program.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 29 April 2012 issued by the Attorney‑General, the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Minister for Community Services.

National Native Title Tribunal reform — increased efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Federal Court of Australia - 19.7 19.4 19.5 19.7
National Native Title Tribunal - -24.4 -24.1 -24.2 -24.4
Total - Expense - -4.8 -4.8 -4.8 -4.8
Federal Court of Australia - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
National Native Title Tribunal - -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
Total - Revenue - - - - -

The Government will achieve savings of $19.0 million over four years through efficiencies in the operation of the native title system.

This measure primarily involves the transfer of the National Native Title Tribunal functions of native title claims mediations to the Federal Court of Australia. The reform involves consolidating the corporate services areas of the two agencies, drawing on the Federal Court's case management processes and expertise. The reform will contribute to a more efficient and effective native title system. The National Native Title Tribunal will operate as an independent statutory authority but will no longer be a separate agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. The National Native Title Tribunal will continue to play a central role in the effective functioning of the native title system.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support Government initiatives in the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance to Toowoomba City Council

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -

The Government will provide up to $10 million in 2011‑12, as part of its response to the natural disasters in Queensland, to support the early completion of flood mitigation works in the Gowrie Creek Catchment, Toowoomba.

The cost of this measure will be met from within existing resources by the reallocation of up to $10 million in 2011‑12 from the Natural Disasters Queensland Local Governments Package funded under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. The project will be jointly funded by the Commonwealth, Queensland State Government and the Toowoomba City Council in the ratio 40:40:20 respectively.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — donation to Queensland flood appeal

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -
Department of the Treasury 2.0 - - - -
Total - Expense 2.0 - - - -

The Government has provided $2.0 million in 2011‑12 to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal for assistance to people adversely affected by flooding events in Queensland in 2012. The Australian Red Cross is assisting the Queensland Government in distributing assistance from the appeal fund.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — New Zealand Special Category Visa Holders Ex‑Gratia Payments

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Attorney-General's Department - - - - -

The Government will provide $0.2 million in 2011‑12 to assist New Zealand Special Category Visa holders adversely affected by flooding in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria in 2011‑12. Ex‑gratia payments equivalent to the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) are being made available to those who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements of the AGDRP and who are prevented from applying for the AGDRP due to their residency status.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Attorney‑General's Department.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 22 March 2012, 23 March 2012, 12 April 2012 and 27 April 2012 issued by the Attorney‑General and Minister for Emergency Management and the Minister for Human Services; and the press release of 16 March 2012 issued by the Attorney‑General and Minister for Emergency Management.

Official development assistance — extension of AFP commitment to the UN Mission in Timor‑Leste

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Federal Police - 3.4 - - -
AusAID - -3.5 - - -
Total - Expense - -0.1 - - -
Australian Taxation Office - -0.8 - - -
Australian Federal Police - 0.1 - - -
Australian Taxation Office - - - - -
Total - Capital - 0.1 - - -

The Government will provide $3.5 million in 2012‑13 (including capital funding of $0.1 million) to maintain the contribution of Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers to the United Nations Mission in Timor‑Leste (UNMIT).

This measure will allow the AFP to maintain its existing deployment of 50 officers to UNMIT until the UN commences its withdrawal of the Mission in December 2012. The deployed officers will continue to provide strategic support to the Government of Timor‑Leste and the UN to maintain public order.

Funding for this measure will be offset from within existing resources of AusAID and therefore has no net impact on the budget position. This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.8 million in 2012‑13 as a result of the tax treatment of the income and benefits received by deployed officers overseas.

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

Official development assistance — Pacific Police Development Program — continuation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Australian Federal Police - 21.4 21.5 22.3 23.2
Attorney-General's Department - 1.7 1.7 2.2 2.3
AusAID - -13.5 -7.3 - -
Total - Expense - 9.5 15.9 24.5 25.5
Australian Taxation Office - -0.4 -0.6 -0.6 -0.6
Total - Revenue - -0.4 -0.6 -0.6 -0.6
Australian Federal Police - 0.7 0.1 - -
Total - Capital - 0.7 0.1 - -

The Government will provide $97.1 million over four years (including capital funding of $0.8 million) for the continuation of the Pacific Police Development Program, including a presence in Papua New Guinea.

The Australian Federal Police and the Attorney‑General's Department (AGD) will continue deployments to a number of Pacific countries to enhance the operational community policing capabilities of Pacific police organisations and strengthen public confidence in the capacity of police to maintain the rule of law and public order.

Funding for this measure includes $76.2 million to be offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve, $20.8 million from within existing resources of AusAID and $0.2 million from within the existing resources of AGD.

This measure is expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $2.2 million over four years as a result of the tax treatment of the income and benefits received by deployed offices posted overseas.

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

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