Australian Government, 2012‑13 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Defence

Afghanistan — enhanced detainee management framework

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Defence - - - - -

The Government provided $2.2 million in 2011‑12 to enhance detainee management in Afghanistan.

The measure funded the upgrading of the Initial Screening Area and the deployment of an interrogation capability to the Multi‑National Base at Tarin Kot, Uruzgan. This increased the capacity of the Australian Defence Force to detain and screen suspected insurgents until their release or transfer to Afghan or United States authorities.

Funding for this measure was included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2011‑12.

Further information can be found in the press release of 1 February 2012 issued by the Minister for Defence.

Coastal Surveillance — continuation of Operation Resolute

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Defence - - - - -

The Government will provide $9.5 million in 2012‑13 for the net additional cost of continuing Operation Resolute, the military contribution to Border Protection Command‑led surveillance activities to protect Australia's offshore resources and deter people smuggling.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Defence.

Middle East Area of Operations — continuation of Australia's military contribution

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Defence - 911.5 212.3 131.5 50.0
Department of Defence - 21.3 - - -
Australian Taxation Office - -72.2 -1.6 - -
Total - Revenue - -50.9 -1.6 - -

The Government will provide $1.3 billion over four years for the net additional cost of continuing Operation Slipper, Australia's military contribution to international stabilisation and counter‑terrorism efforts in Afghanistan and the wider Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO). This cost will be reduced by the recovery of $21.3 million from other Coalition Forces for logistic support provided by the Australian Defence Force (ADF), primarily at the Multi‑National Base at Tarin Kot, Uruzgan. This funding covers the extension of Australia's operations to June 2013 based on the continued deployment to Afghanistan and the MEAO of an average of 2380 ADF personnel.

This measure includes an indicative cost of $374.9 million over four years for the deployment of a Force Transition Team (FTT) comprising up to approximately 250 ADF personnel. The FTT will be responsible for planning and co‑ordinating Australia's transition from a provincial focus based in Uruzgan to a nationally‑focused mission based in Kabul.

For 2012‑13, the total net additional cost of Operation Slipper is $1.2 billion, comprising this measure and previously approved funding of $299.6 million.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $73.8 million over two years as ADF personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Solomon Islands — continued Australian Defence Force assistance to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Defence - 43.1 1.4 1.1 -
Department of Defence - 1.6 - - -
Australian Taxation Office - -2.6 -0.1 - -
Total - Revenue - -1.0 -0.1 - -

The Government will provide $45.6 million over three years for the net additional cost of extending Operation Anode, Australia's military contribution to the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, until June 2013. This cost will be reduced by the recovery of $1.6 million from the New Zealand Defence Force for logistics support provided by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

For 2012‑13, the total net additional cost of Operation Anode is $42.9 million, comprising this measure and previously approved funding of $1.4 million.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $2.7 million over two years as ADF personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

Timor‑Leste — continuation of Australia's commitment to helping to maintain security and stability

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Defence - 78.4 -0.1 0.6 -
Department of Defence - 1.5 - - -
Australian Taxation Office - -3.7 -0.1 - -
Total - Revenue - -2.2 -0.1 - -

The Government will provide $78.8 million over three years for the net additional cost of extending Operation Astute, Australia's military contribution to maintaining stability in Timor‑Leste (East Timor), until December 2012. The cost will be reduced by the recovery of $1.5 million from the New Zealand Defence Force for contracted logistics support provided by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Government will further consider Australia's military contribution following the East Timorese parliamentary elections to be held in mid‑2012.

For 2012‑13, the total net additional cost of Operation Astute is $87.6 million, comprising this measure and previously approved funding of $10.7 million.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $3.7 million over two years as ADF personnel are taxed concessionally on their base pay and allowances while on deployment.

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