Australian Government, 2012‑13 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Adjustment to the HECS‑HELP Benefit for Early Childhood Education Teachers

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education 0.4 0.7 1.1 1.9 3.2
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -
Total - Expense 0.4 0.7 1.1 1.9 3.2
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education - .. .. -0.1 -0.2

The Government will expand the HECS‑HELP Benefit for early childhood education teachers by broadening the eligibility criteria at a cost of $7.6 million over four years. This will involve:

  • doubling the number of eligible postcode areas by including inner regional cities; and
  • removing the current requirement for teachers to spend 50 per cent of their working week teaching. Qualified early childhood education teachers providing pedagogical support to other staff, but carrying a teaching load of less than 50 per cent will now be able to obtain the HECS‑HELP Benefit.

The HECS‑HELP Benefit for early childhood education teachers reduces the HECS‑HELP debt of early childhood education teachers working in regional, remote or high disadvantage areas through an annual remission of up to $1,745 (in the 2011‑12 financial year), indexed annually for a maximum of five equivalent full‑time years (or 260 working weeks).

Further information can be found in the press release of 1 December 2011 issued by the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 6.2 5.1 3.0 2.7

The Government will provide $17 million over four years from 2012‑13 to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to enable it to deliver the national education reform priorities set by the Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood.

An increased budget for the period 2012‑13 to 2015‑16 will allow ACARA to continue work against its three key deliverables: the Australian Curriculum; the National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) which measures students' progress; and the MySchool website which provides national data collection and reporting of school resourcing and outcomes.

Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment Package — Labour Market Element — continuation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $15.6 million over five years (including $5.0 million in 2016‑17) to continue the Labour Market Element of the Automotive Industry Structural Adjustment Package until 30 June 2017.

This measure will continue to provide assistance to workers made redundant from eligible manufacturing firms in the automotive industry, enabling these workers to access intensive employment assistance such as job search, career advice and training tailored to local labour market conditions.

This measure has the capacity to assist approximately 3,000 workers.

The cost of this measure will be met from within existing resourcing of the New Car Plan for a Greener Future package.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 22 March 2012 issued by the Minister for Industry and Innovation and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

BackTrack — contribution

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 -

The Government will provide $0.8 million over four years (including $0.2 million in 2011‑12) to support BackTrack, a not‑for‑profit initiative that helps prevent disadvantaged and at risk youth in the Armidale region from entering the juvenile justice system.

BackTrack runs a number of programs to engage young people who may be at risk of becoming disengaged or are having a difficult time due to, for example, homelessness or substance abuse. The programs are intended to help them become skilled and confident workers in areas such as trades and agriculture.

The funding will be used to help run the Iron Man Welders Shed — a fully operational welding workshop; the Paws Up program which helps teach self discipline through boys training working dogs; and AgLads, which offers boys formal as well as on‑the‑job training on local farms.

Bribie Island Youth Camp Facilities — one‑off grant

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 1.9 - - - -

The Government will provide a one‑off grant of $1.9 million in 2011‑12 to St Andrews Greek Orthodox Theological College to help complete the final phase of the Bribie Island Youth Camp facilities. The grant will support the completion of a multi‑purpose youth and community retreat and education centre, including 20 camp sites, further amenities, a self‑contained accommodation unit and a caretaker's residence. The Camp facilities will be used as a retreat for young members of the Orthodox Church and will be available for use by the wider community.

Further information can be found in the press release of 25 March 2012 issued by the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

Building Australia's Future Workforce — changes to ABSTUDY eligibility

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Human Services 0.6 0.2 - - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -0.7 -1.3 -1.4 -1.4
Total - Expense 0.6 -0.6 -1.3 -1.4 -1.4

The Government will change the eligibility age for ABSTUDY payment rates to align with the revised eligibility ages for Youth Allowance and Newstart Allowance, introduced as part of the Building Australia's Future Workforce package in the 2011‑12 Budget. This measure will result in savings of $4.1 million over five years.

The maximum age of eligibility for the basic rate of ABSTUDY will be increased from 20 to 21 years and the minimum age of qualification for the maximum rate of ABSTUDY will be increased from 21 to 22 years. Eligibility for the Youth Disability Supplement to ABSTUDY will also extend from 21 to 22 years. Existing recipients, who are 21 years of age as at 1 July 2012 will continue to receive the maximum ABSTUDY rate.

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

Clontarf Foundation and Engagement Strategies for Indigenous students

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.9 2.0 0.9 -

The Government will provide $4.8 million over three years to support additional school‑based sport academies operated by the Clontarf Foundation in New South Wales. This funding will also support new programs to engage Indigenous girls.

Both elements of this measure seek to improve the health, education, training and employment outcomes of Indigenous students. The measure builds on the existing Sporting Chance Program that currently supports around 5,000 Indigenous students in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria and Queensland.

Community‑based employment advice services — continued funding

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman - - - - -

The Government will provide $7.1 million over four years to continue its support for the not‑for‑profit community‑based employment advice services. This funding will support Working Women's Centres in South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, the Employment Law Centre of Western Australia and JobWatch in Victoria.

The funding will assist these organisations to continue and expand their workplace relations education services to disadvantaged and vulnerable Australians who experience difficulties in asserting and exercising their workplace rights.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Economic Potential of Senior Australians — employment assistance

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 5.3 6.6 9.0 8.5
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 0.2 - - -

The Government will provide $29.6 million over four years to build workplaces that value the experience of older Australians and increase the recruitment and retention of mature age job seekers in the Australian workforce.

This measure includes funding for:

  • up to 10,000 jobs bonuses of $1,000 each to employers who employ an eligible mature age job seeker, payable when the employee achieves a 13 week employment outcome;
  • expanding the 'Corporate Champions' initiative to create an additional 250 projects which will include employers receiving a package of tailored assistance to help with recruitment and retention of mature age staff;
  • a centralised process for employers to learn from each other's experience through 'Corporate Champions', to be promoted to other employers through a series of national seminars; and
  • continuation of the telephone based career advisory services up to 30 June 2016. This service offers career planning and resume appraisal designed to help mature age people explore new career pathways, find employment and plan their transition to retirement. The service also assists mature age workers with access to employment services and training opportunities.

Further information can be found in the press release of 18 April 2012 issued by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing and Social Inclusion.

Economic Potential of Senior Australians — 'Experience+ Training', 'On‑the‑Job Support' and 'Job Transition Support' programs — cessation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -8.5 -7.9 - -

The Government will not proceed with the 'Experience+ Training', 'On‑the‑Job Support' and 'Job Transition Support' programs as the training and support currently delivered by these programs will now be supported by the Investing in Experience — skills recognition and training program. This measure will provide savings of $16.4 million over two years.

Mature age workers who are currently receiving assistance from 'On‑the‑Job Support' and 'Job Transition Support' programs will continue to receive such assistance until they find a job or exit from the program. Employers approved for grants under the 'Experience+ Training' program would also have their grants processed under the original terms of their application.

See also the related expense measure titled Economic Potential of Senior Australians — Investing in Experience — skills recognition and training.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support the expansion of the Corporate Champions program and the introduction of the Government's new $1000 jobs bonus for employers who recruit and retain a worker 50 years or over for more than 3 months.

Employment Services Arrangements — Job Placement Fee — changes to activity requirements and arrangements

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -40.8 -42.3 -40.6 -38.8

The Government has identified efficiencies in employment service arrangements that are estimated to deliver savings of $162.6 million over four years.

From 1 July 2012 basic servicing arrangements provided to job seekers in Stream 1 employment services will be reduced. After 26 weeks registration with Job Services Australia (JSA), a minimum of 25 hours of additional support will be delivered over a one week period. Under these new arrangements provider service fees will be adjusted to recognise that the services and support provided to Stream 1 job seekers are less intensive than current arrangements.

Stream 1 job seekers have a low level of disadvantage, the greatest level of job readiness and are more likely to find a job on their own.

To encourage JSA providers to work with job ready job seekers from the beginning of their period of unemployment more intensively than they have done so in the past, from 1 September 2012, JSA providers will be immediately eligible to receive a Job Placement Fee when a Stream 1 job seeker registers with them and the provider has sourced the position from an employer and places them into that position (previously only available after three months of servicing).

Job seeker participation requirements and compliance arrangements will not change. Job seekers in receipt of Income Support Payments will be required to actively look for work and undertake activities to become job ready in order to continue to receive payments.

Job seeker support services provided through JSA are commensurate with their relative job readiness.

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

Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 10.0 13.6 16.3 15.8

The Government will provide $55.7 million over four years to continue and expand the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).

An amount of $13.8 million will be provided over three years to continue HIPPY in the existing 50 locations for one additional cohort of children, commencing in the 2013 calendar year and ending in 2014. This funding is expected to provide support to around 1,750 children.

The Government will also provide $41.9 million over four years to extend HIPPY to an additional 50 sites with a focus on Indigenous remote sites. Support will be provided for around 2,250 additional children.

HIPPY is a two‑year home‑based parenting and early childhood enrichment program that focuses on empowering parents and carers to be their child's first teacher. The program aims to build the confidence and skills of parents and carers to create a positive learning environment in preparing their child for school. The program can also offer parents and carers a supported pathway to employment and local community leadership. Parents and their children enrol in the program in the year before the child commences formal school and participate in the program for two years.

Job Services Australia Outcome Payments — simplification

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -7.3 -12.0 -12.6 -12.4

The Government will simplify Job Services Australia (JSA) outcome payments by introducing a single outcome payment for placing a job seeker in employment for 13 and 26 weeks. The current Provider Brokered Outcome and Provider Assisted Outcome payments will be discontinued from 1 July 2012 and replaced with a new single Job Service Outcome (JSO) payment. The JSO payment rate will range from $572 to $2,673 and will reduce the potential for employment providers to make incorrect payment claims.

JSA outcome payments encourage providers to establish relationships and partnerships with employers in order to secure work for job seekers.

This measure will provide savings of $44.3 million over four years. Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance Program — introduction of a package of reforms

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 33.6 37.1 61.7 85.2
Department of Human Services 0.5 5.8 0.6 0.5 0.5
Total - Expense 0.5 39.5 37.7 62.2 85.8

The Government will provide an additional $225.6 million over five years to support increased demand for JETCCFA and better target assistance. From 2016‑17 onwards, an additional $65.9 million per annum will be provided for JETCCFA, with approximately $19.3 million per annum for associated Child Care Rebate expenses.

Three key reforms will be introduced:

  • JETCCFA will now be available for study at the accredited Certificate II or higher level (not above Graduate Diploma level), but not for repeat studies at the same qualification level except where further study addresses an identified skills shortage occupation on the Skills Shortage List — Australia, Masters or Doctoral degrees;
  • Access to up to 50 hours per week of child care will be permitted where a parent undertakes at least 15 hours of work, study or training, or a maximum of 24 hours of child care for activities involving less than 15 hours per week; and
  • The parental co‑contribution to child care costs will be increased to $1.00 per hour per child, 50 per cent of which can be recovered through the Child Care Rebate.

JETCCFA supports the Australian Government's workforce participation and productivity agenda by assisting parents on eligible income support payments, predominantly sole parents, to enhance their skills by undertaking work, study or job search activities to enable them to enter or re‑enter the workforce, without the cost of child care being a barrier.

Liquid assets waiting period — amendment

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Various Agencies - 1.2 1.1 1.0 1.0
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - 12.0 12.0 12.0
Total - Expense - 1.2 13.1 13.0 13.0

The Government will increase the maximum reserve amount used in calculating the liquid assets waiting period to enable people who have become unemployed to access income support more quickly and retain more of their savings. This is estimated to cost $40.4 million over four years.

From 1 July 2013, the Government will increase the maximum reserve amount for the liquid assets waiting period for recipients of particular income support payments. Liquid assets are assets in the form of cash or those which can be easily converted into cash, including shares and term deposits. A single person without dependents will now have an increased maximum reserve amount of $5,000, while a person who is a member of a couple and/or has a dependent child will now have an increased maximum reserve amount of $10,000. The change will affect applicants for Newstart Allowance, Youth Allowance, Sickness Allowance and Austudy payments.

Mature Age Participation — job seeker assistance

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.9 5.4 7.7 10.7

The Government will provide $25.7 million over four years to assist mature age job seekers aged 55 years and over who are unemployed and would like help to re‑enter the workforce. Under this measure, approximately 6,700 mature age job seekers on Stream 1, Stream 1 (limited), Stream 2 and Stream 3 of the Job Services Australia program in particular regions or industries, as prioritised by the Government, will receive a 'silver service' for intensive job preparations. This service includes a review of the person's skills and training needs, undertaking IT training including use of social media to support job search, career counselling, financial planning support, and support for resume preparation, interview skills and job search techniques.

This measure also includes incentives of up to $500 per job seeker for items associated with job preparation, for example internet connection or other IT‑related hardware.

National Career Development Strategy under the National Partnership Agreement on Youth Attainment and Transitions — cessation

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -5.8 -7.6 -3.7 - -

The Government will achieve savings of $17.0 million over three years by ceasing funding for the National Career Development Strategy from 30 June 2012.

The National Career Development Strategy was introduced as part of the National Career Development program to assist young people aged 15‑24 to transition from schooling into further education, training or employment.

The Government will continue to fund existing National Career Development initiatives under the National Partnership Agreement on Youth Attainment and Transitions which terminates on 31 December 2013.

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

Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate — operational efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate - -3.0 -3.0 -3.0 -3.0

The Government will establish the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate to replace the current Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner. The new agency will receive a funding allocation of $124.8 million over five years from 2011‑12.

Savings of $12.0 million over four years will be achieved from improved operational efficiencies.

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

Parenting Payment — changed eligibility for 1 July 2006 grandfathered recipients

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Human Services .. 32.0 3.1 1.7 2.1
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -128.9 -207.8 -161.0 -227.0
Total - Expense .. -96.9 -204.7 -159.3 -224.9

The Government will align Parenting Payment (PP) eligibility for all recipients. PP for existing recipients covered by grandfathering arrangements will be brought into alignment with all other PP recipients.

From 1 January 2013, all PP recipients who were on payment prior to 1 July 2006 will be assessed under the same eligibility requirements as new PP recipients. Under this measure grandfathered recipients with their youngest child aged six years or over (for partnered recipients) or eight years or over (for single recipients) will cease to be eligible for PP and will transition onto Newstart Allowance (NSA) unless they move into employment.

This measure extends the 2011‑12 Budget measure Building Australia's Future Workforce — incentives for single parents and Parenting Payment reforms to the remaining cohort of grandfathered recipients. It will align PP eligibility for all parents, encourage re‑entry into the workforce, and make the system fairer through reduced financial disincentives to engage in paid work.

Parents who transition onto NSA will be eligible for the more generous income test taper that will take effect from 1 January 2013. The new more generous income test reduces NSA payments by 40 cents (rather than the previous 50 cents) for every dollar of income earned above the income‑free area (currently $62 per fortnight).

The Government is providing $3.2 million for professional career advisory services for single parents through employment service providers. This will assist single parents to improve their skills and also plan effectively for a transition into the workforce when they move off PP.

This measure is estimated to provide savings of $685.8 million over four years to be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Essay Competition — establishment

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government will provide $25,000 in 2012‑13 to establish the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Essay Competition as an additional special category in the 2012 National History Challenge.

The essay competition is part of a package of measures to mark the 60th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The competition will be open to primary and secondary school students with a primary and secondary winner in each state and territory.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Further information can be found in the press release of 7 February 2012 issued by the Prime Minister.

Remote Jobs and Communities Program — establishment

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 6.3 116.2 108.2 162.7
Department of Human Services - 3.0 -5.2 -5.5 -5.5
Department of Finance and Deregulation - 0.1 - - -
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - - -190.8 -194.9 -198.6
Total - Expense - 9.3 -79.8 -92.1 -41.5
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 4.6 - - -

The Government will provide $745.6 million over four years to establish the new Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP). The RJCP will commence on 1 July 2013 and replace existing remote employment services, delivered by multiple providers under a range of programs, including Job Services Australia (JSA), Disability Employment Services (DES) and the Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP). The RJCP will provide a more integrated and streamlined service intended to promote greater workforce participation, community engagement and development in remote Australia.

Under these new arrangements, regionally embedded service providers will work with job seekers in each remote region to deliver individually case‑managed assistance and support. A Participation Account will be established to provide a flexible source of funding for providers to draw upon to help job seekers overcome vocational and non‑vocational barriers. Job seekers will be engaged in meaningful activities in line with their participation requirements and to the level of their capacity. People who fail to participate will have their payments suspended.

Funding of $44.4 million will also be provided over three years through the RJCP to establish the Remote Youth Leadership and Development Corps, which will provide young people under 25 years of age in remote communities with assistance to successfully transition from school to employment. Up to 1,000 places will be available under the program in 2013‑14 and this will increase yearly by 1,000 places to a maximum of 3,000 places by 2015‑16.

This measure also includes $2.5 million in 2012‑13 for an Expression of Interest process to select suitable RJCP service providers. A further $54.8 million over four years from 1 July 2012 will be provided to: transition existing job seekers to the new RJCP; deliver training to service providers to improve the operation of the compliance framework in remote areas; upgrade IT systems to underpin the delivery of employment services; support remote service providers; and evaluate the RJCP.

The establishment of the RJCP will be funded by rolling in JSA, DES, the Indigenous Employment Program in remote Australia and the CDEP. This will provide overall savings of $62.0 million over four years.

This measure will also provide $2.5 million over two years from 1 July 2013 to transition existing CDEP participants in non‑remote locations by ensuring that they continue to have the option to engage in CDEP‑type activities delivered through JSA until 30 June 2015, after which these arrangements will be reviewed.

Under this measure $0.1 million in 2012‑13 will be provided to the Department of Finance and Deregulation for an Implementation Readiness Assessment that will be undertaken to advise on implementation risks.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 26 April 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development.

See also the related expense measures titled Remote Jobs and Communities Program — establishment of the Community Development Fund and Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program — continuation of grandfathered wage arrangements in the Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs portfolio.

Review of Funding for Schooling — additional work

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 5.1 0.7 - -

The Government will provide $5.8 million over two years to conduct further policy and technical work to refine and verify elements of the recommendations made in the Review of Funding for Schooling. The need to conduct this work was noted in the final Review Report, as well as the Government's high‑level response to the Review.

The Government is currently working through the reform proposals in collaboration with states and territories, and other education stakeholders. This measure also provides funding to support stakeholder consultations to inform this process.

Schools — Australian Baccalaureate — postpone development

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - -2.2 -4.5 -1.9

The Government will postpone the development of the Australian Baccalaureate for two years.

The Australian Baccalaureate is intended to be a voluntary internationally recognised qualification that will complement existing senior secondary school qualifications. Consultations for its development were due to begin in 2013‑14 with rollout expected in 2015 or 2016. However, components of the National Curriculum that are intended to support the Australian Baccalaureate have been delayed, which in turn will delay the rollout of the Baccalaureate.

The measure will provide savings of $8.5 million over three years, which will be redirected to support other Government priorities.

Schools — Digital Education Revolution — project pool — redirection

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -24.4 - - - -

The Government will reduce funding under the Digital Education Revolution (DER) project pool in 2011‑12 to provide savings of $24.4 million.

The DER project pool was established to provide funding for national initiatives that support the aims of the DER, such as the National Digital Learning Resources Framework. Funding of $6.0 million in 2012‑13 and $4.0 million in 2013‑14 will be available to continue funding these national initiatives.

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

Schools — National Rewards for Great Teachers — amendment

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - - -

The Government has changed the eligibility requirements for the Rewards for Great Teachers program to link the payments with the National Professional Standards for Teachers.

The program will no longer provide a bonus payment of up to ten per cent of salary to the top ten per cent of teachers. Instead, teachers who achieve certification at the two highest levels of the Standards (Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher) will be eligible to receive a one‑off reward payment of $7,500 and $10,000 respectively. The payments will be funded from within the existing estimates for the Rewards for Great Teachers program.

Further information can be found in the press release of 25 November 2011 issued by the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

Schools — National Trade Cadetships — postponement

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -3.1 -9.4 - - -

The Government will postpone the implementation of the National Trade Cadetships (NTC) initiative by one year to 2013‑14.

In 2011‑12 an NTC Advisory Panel was formed under the leadership of Professor Denise Bradley to guide the development and implementation of the NTC initiative. A delay in the implementation of the initiative will allow the Government to incorporate the Panel's recommendations into the development of the program.

From 2013, students from Year 9 to 12 will be offered a new Cadetship as an option under the Australian Curriculum. The Cadetship will be delivered through local Trade Training Centres and other eligible venues.

This measure will provide savings of $12.5 million over two years from 2011‑12 to support other Government priorities.

Schools — One Laptop per Child Australia

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 11.7 - - - -

The Government will provide a one‑off grant of $11.7 million to One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Australia to support expansion of this initiative to primary school students in partnering regional and remote communities and low SES schools. This will help OLPC Australia to roll out additional custom‑built laptops to thousands of primary school students and to provide helpdesk and online support to participating schools.

See also the revenue measure titled Philanthropy — updating the list of specifically listed deductible gift recipients.

Schools — Reward Payments for School Improvement — reduction

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - - - -4.4 -8.9
Department of the Treasury - - - -8.1 -16.2
Total - Expense - - - -12.5 -25.0

The Government will reduce the reward payments payable to primary and secondary schools under the proposed Reward for School Improvement program. Reward payments will decrease from $75,000 to $50,000 for primary schools and from $100,000 to $75,000 for secondary schools. The number of schools receiving payments is unchanged.

The Rewards for School Improvement Program will provide payments to schools that have shown the most improved performance over 12 months, based on the proposed National School Improvement Framework.

This measure will provide savings of $37.5 million over two years to support other Government priorities.

Schools — Student Resilience and Wellbeing Program — establishment

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -1.3 -2.1 -2.4 -4.4 -

The Government will achieve savings of $10.3 million over four years by consolidating the National School Drug Education Strategy, and the Values Education and Values Drugs programs into one program to create the Student Resilience and Wellbeing Program.

Consolidation of these programs will achieve administrative and financial efficiencies and allow for the development of a national approach to building student resilience and wellbeing while still supporting the policy intent of the original programs.

Savings under this measure will offset an increase in funding to the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority for the development of, amongst other things, a Health and Physical Education Curriculum. The curriculum will provide opportunities to support students to develop the resilience, knowledge and skills to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.

Schools — Supporting implementation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of the Treasury 0.5 0.3 .. - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -0.5 -0.3 .. - -
Total - Expense - - - - -

The Government will provide $1.0 million to support government and non‑government education authorities to implement the National Partnership for More Support for Students with Disabilities. Of this funding, $228,000 will be provided to non‑government schools. This funding has been reallocated from the departmental funding provided to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The National Partnership for More Support for Students with Disabilities provides funding to contribute to improvements in the learning experiences and educational outcomes of students with disabilities by strengthening the capacity and expertise of schools and teachers to provide these students with additional support.

Schools — Teach Next Program changes

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education .. 0.1 0.1 .. -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -2.1 .. .. - -
Total - Expense -2.1 .. 0.1 .. -
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education - .. .. .. ..

The Government will modify the Teach Next Program to provide additional support to facilitate involvement in the program. This additional support is offset by reducing the number of participants to reflect a more realistic number of placement offers expected to be secured for 2012. Overall, this will result in savings of $2.0 million over five years.

Teach Next was allocated $18.1 million in the 2011‑12 Budget to establish a new pathway into teaching for 450 career‑change professionals with relevant qualifications and experience to address known critical teacher shortages in specialised areas such as mathematics and science.

Following consultation with stakeholders and providers, the Government has agreed to provide additional financial assistance to:

  • program participants to assist with study costs and relocation;
  • teacher employers to support participant selection, placement and mentor release; and
  • providers to assist in meeting the costs of recruitment and course delivery.

Participants may also be eligible for a FEE‑HELP loan to fund the difference between the Commonwealth's contribution and the cost of the course.

The changes to the program will also revise participant numbers downwards from 450 to 395 and will be managed in four separate intakes over the four years of the program.

Further information can be found in the Teach Next 2012‑15 Program Guidelines on the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website.

Schools — Teach Remote — Stage Two

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 3.3 5.7 5.3 -

The Government will provide $14.3 million over three years to expand the Teach Remote Program, an initiative of the National Alliance of Remote Indigenous Schools (NARIS). NARIS consists of 170 schools from Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales, enrolling around 16,500 Indigenous students.

The Teach Remote Program is focused on establishing a remote teacher network and standardising professional development for teachers in core subjects relating to the teaching of Indigenous students in remote communities.

Under Stage 2 of the program, the Government will provide support for:

  • salary supplements of $10,000 in the first year and $20,000 in the second year to attract and retain up to 200 teachers; and
  • one‑off payments of $1,000 to teachers to undertake professional development training in best practice in working with Indigenous students in remote sittings.

The Government will also provide additional funding to NARIS to maintain existing streams of work and to undertake new work such as resolving teacher registration and mobility issues.

Seasonal Labour Mobility Program with Pacific Island Countries and East Timor — establishment

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 1.5 1.1 1.6 1.8
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman - 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2
Total - Expense - 1.8 1.4 1.9 2.2
Department of Immigration and Citizenship - 0.6 0.8 1.0 1.3

The Government will provide $18.0 million over four years to establish a seasonal labour mobility program that will provide workers from Pacific Island countries and East Timor with the opportunity to work in selected Australian industries experiencing unmet demand for labour. The program will build on the existing Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme in the horticultural industry.

The program will commence on 1 July 2012 with the following countries invited to participate: East Timor, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Employers will only be able to recruit seasonal workers if they can demonstrate that they have an unmet demand for labour and a demonstrated commitment to Australian job seekers. Up to 12,000 places over four years will be available, with 10,450 places available in the horticultural industry and 1,550 places over three years trialled in the broader agriculture, fisheries and tourism industries.

Funding for this measure includes $7.2 million from the provision within the Contingency Reserve for expanded aid funding and $10.8 million from within the existing resources of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, the Fair Work Ombudsman, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Agency for International Development.

The measure is also expected to lead to a revenue gain of $3.7 million over four years resulting from increased numbers of visa application fees.

For further information see the related revenue measure titled Seasonal Labour Mobility Program — improved tax treatment.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 18 December 2011 issued by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the Minister for Resources and Energy and Minister for Tourism.

Social and Community Services — Queensland pay equity regulation — back pay

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3.5 3.5 3.0 - -
Department of Health and Ageing 2.3 2.3 2.0 - -
Attorney-General's Department 1.1 1.1 0.9 - -
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.6 0.6 0.5 - -
Department of Veterans' Affairs 0.2 0.2 0.2 - -
Department of Immigration and Citizenship 0.1 0.1 0.1 - -
Department of the Treasury 7.7 - - - -
Total - Expense 15.5 7.7 6.6 - -

The Government will provide $29.9 million over three years to assist Queensland social and community services sector employers meet their obligations under the new Australian Government regulation for back pay to employees in the sector who were employed between 27 March 2011 and 29 February 2012.

The regulation affects certain Queensland social and community services sector employers that would have transitioned back to the state workplace relations system from 27 March 2011 in the absence of the state's referral of workplace relations powers to the Australian Government. Under the regulation such employers are required to back pay affected employees the difference between the amount paid during that period and the amount that would have been payable if their wages had been set by the 2009 Queensland Industrial Relations Commission's decision on the State award.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 10 February 2012 issued by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Financial Services and Superannuation and the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations.

Spreading the Benefits of the Boom — new income support supplement

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 113.2 230.8 236.4 242.1
Various Agencies - 39.3 67.7 68.8 70.4
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - 0.2 0.5 0.5 0.5
Total - Expense - 152.7 298.9 305.7 313.0

The Government will provide $1.1 billion over four years for a new supplement for eligible income support recipients to assist with cost of living pressures.

The supplement will be an ongoing, non‑taxable payment to recipients of Newstart Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY, Special Benefit, Parenting Payment Single, Parenting Payment Partnered, Transitional Farm Family Payment and the Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment. The new supplement will provide $210 per annum for eligible singles and $175 per annum for each member of an eligible couple.

The supplement will be paid in two instalments, in March and September each year, with the first payment commencing on 20 March 2013.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Reducing Substance Abuse Program — redirection

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -0.5 -0.9 -0.9 -1.0

The Government will redirect savings of $3.3 million over four years ($9.5 million over ten years) from ceasing three pilot projects under the Reducing Substance Abuse Program at the end of current contractual arrangements on 31 December 2012.

The pilot projects have been testing ways the Youth Connections service providers, engaged under the Youth Connections Program, can provide at risk Indigenous youth with diversionary education activities that form a pathway back into education, training or employment.

The Government's support for other programs such as the broader Petrol Sniffing Strategy more adequately responds to addressing substance abuse and covers a larger geographic region across Indigenous communities.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other spending on Indigenous priorities in the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

See also the related expense measures in the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Building a Quality School Workforce

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 17.6 nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide $187.3 million over four years ($411.8 million over ten years) to continue funding for three initiatives to support improved schooling outcomes for Indigenous children.

The measure includes funding for:

  • 200 positions in schools in remote NT;
  • professional development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff to increase the number of staff with education qualifications, support and programs to enable teachers and students to achieve improved outcomes in literacy and numeracy, and professional development and support to schools to assist students with Otitis Media (middle ear disease) and Conductive Hearing and learning difficulties; and
  • the construction of 103 teacher houses in remote NT communities.

The measure will help ensure that the Council of Australia Governments' Closing the Gap targets on literacy and numeracy, year 12 or equivalent attainment and employment participation are achieved by 2020.

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013‑14 as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 2 April 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for School Education, the Minister for Indigenous Health and the Senator for the Northern Territory, Senator Trish Crossin.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Closing the Gap — Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Programs for Underachieving Indigenous Students Initiative — re‑direction of funding

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -8.0 -16.1 -16.1 -16.1

The Government will redirect savings of $56.3 million over four years ($152.9 million over ten years) from ceasing the Closing the Gap— Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Programs for Underachieving Indigenous Students initiative at the end of current contracts on 31 December 2012.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other spending on Indigenous priorities in the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

The package includes investment in quality teaching initiatives to support improvements in literacy and numeracy for Indigenous students.

See also the related expense measures in the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Community Festivals for Education Engagement — redirection

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -1.5 -3.1 -3.1 -3.1

The Government will suspend the Community Festivals for Education Engagement Program for four years from 31 December 2012, providing savings of $10.7 million over four years.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Indigenous priorities in the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

See also the related expense measures in the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Continued support for Creches established under the Northern Territory Emergency Response

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 2.7 nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide $11.4 million over four years ($30.2 million over ten years) to continue operation beyond 30 June 2012 of nine creches in remote Indigenous communities, established as part of the Northern Territory Emergency Response. The creches provide access for Indigenous children to early childhood education as well as other care programs including immunisation and health screening, parenting support and information, nutrition programs, and child abuse prevention and awareness education.

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013‑14 as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 29 March 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the Minister for Early Childhood and Childcare, the Minister for Indigenous Health, and the Senator for the Northern Territory, Senator Trish Crossin.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Indigenous Youth Leadership Program — suspension

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -0.9 -3.0 -7.2 -11.6

The Government will redirect savings of $22.8 million over four years from suspending new enrolments in the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program from the end of current contractual arrangements in December 2012.

The program will continue to support all current program participants to complete Year 12 or their three year tertiary scholarships, as well as 210 new scholars in Years 9, 10 and 11 in the 2013 school year.

The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program is aimed at improving access to quality education for remote and regional students to help them complete Year 12 and/or a university degree.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other spending on Indigenous priorities in the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

See also the related expense measures in the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Indigenous Youth Mobility Program — redirection

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - -6.0 -7.1 -7.2 -7.4

The Government will redirect savings of $27.7 million over four years from reducing funding for the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program (IYMP).

Places available through the IYMP will be reduced from 324 to 274 per year, commencing at the start of 2013. The number of enrolments will return to the original level of 324 from the second half of the 2016 calendar year. Participants who need to continue beyond 2012 to complete their degree or training will continue to be supported.

The IYMP provides post‑school pathways for remote and regional Indigenous students to assist them to obtain vocational education and training qualifications and/or a university degree.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other spending on Indigenous priorities in the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

See also the related expense measures in the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package.

Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — School Nutrition Program — continuation of funding arrangements

Expense ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014-15 2015-16
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations - 9.2 nfp nfp nfp
Department of Human Services - 0.3 nfp nfp nfp
Total - Expense - 9.6 nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide $38.5 million over four years ($64.1 million over ten years) to continue the School Nutrition Program (SNP). The SNP will continue to contribute to improving educational outcomes in the 67 target schools in remote Northern Territory by providing nutritious breakfasts, lunches and snacks that will assist to improve the ability of students to participate in school and learning.

This measure is part of the Government's Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory package. The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) from 2013‑14 as it is subject to negotiation with the Northern Territory Government.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 2 April 2012 issued by the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Minister for Indigenous Health and Senator for the Northern Territory, Senator Trish Crossin.

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