Australian Government, 2012‑13 Budget
Budget

Appendix A: Policy Decisions taken since the 2012-13 Budget (Continued)

Expense Measures

Table 2: Expense measures since the 2012‑13 Budget(a)

  2011‑12
$m
2012‑13
$m
2013‑14
$m
2014‑15
$m
2015‑16
$m
AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FORESTRY          
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry          
Changes to agricultural production levies(b)
Portfolio total
ATTORNEY‑GENERAL'S          
Attorney‑General's Department          
Asian Football Cup — assistance
Emergency services and natural disaster resilience — contribution to the Australian Capital Territory Government 4.0 4.0
More convenient access to online government services
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity          
Law enforcement agencies — improving integrity
Australian Crime Commission          
Law enforcement agencies — improving integrity
Tax compliance — maintaining the integrity of the tax and superannuation system(b) 0.8 0.8 0.8
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service          
Anti‑dumping — feasibility study into an independent Commonwealth authority
Asian Football Cup — assistance
Customs' compliance assurance system — expansion(b) 0.5 4.5 4.2 4.3
Law enforcement agencies — improving integrity
Australian Federal Police          
Asian Football Cup — assistance
Law enforcement agencies — improving integrity
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation          
Asian Football Cup — assistance
Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments — establishment 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2
Family Court of Australia          
Courts — additional funding and changes in fees 4.0 7.2 6.7 6.9
Federal Court of Australia          
Courts — additional funding and changes in fees 1.2 1.5 1.1 1.1
Federal Magistrates Court of Australia          
Courts — additional funding and changes in fees 1.3 1.8 0.7 0.7
Portfolio total 13.2 22.0 15.8 16.0
BROADBAND, COMMUNICATIONS AND THE DIGITAL ECONOMY          
Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy          
National Broadband Network — metropolitan rollout 20.0
Portfolio total 20.0
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY          
Clean Energy Regulator          
Energy Brix Australia Corporation — assistance ‑27.9 ‑29.4 ‑33.5
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency          
Legal assistance — ex‑gratia payment
Low Carbon Communities — additional funding ‑0.5 0.5
Voluntary Action Pledge Fund — deferral
Portfolio total ‑0.5 ‑27.4 ‑29.4 ‑33.5
CROSS PORTFOLIO          
Various Agencies          
Courts — additional funding and changes in fees ‑1.7 ‑0.9 ‑0.9 ‑0.9
Targeted savings — public service efficiencies
Whole of Government Savings from Paused Grants Programs ‑157.5 20.9 35.9 11.4
Portfolio total ‑159.2 20.0 35.0 10.5
DEFENCE          
Department of Defence          
Australia's Contribution to the Sustainment of the Afghan National Security Forces 76.8 77.5
Bushmaster vehicles — acquisition(c)
Portfolio total - - 76.8 77.5
EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS          
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations          
Building Australia's Future Workforce - Productivity Education and Training Fund - revised arrangements
Caltex workers — assistance
Centre for Workplace Leadership — establishment 1.7 3.6 3.4 3.4
Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations — redirection of funding ‑0.1 ‑0.1 ‑0.1
Fair Entitlements Guarantee — enhancement ‑0.7 ‑1.1 0.8 0.8
Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters — amended implementation arrangements .. .. 4.2 10.1
Improving educational outcomes - Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience 1.4
Improving educational outcomes - Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr School
Mature Age Participation — job seeker assistance — extended eligibility
More convenient access to online government services
Office of Asbestos Safety — establishment
OneSteel workers — assistance
Queensland Public Sector Workers — assistance
Remote Jobs and Communities Program — reclassification of five Alice Springs town camps and other boundary changes
Resources Sector Jobs Board — increased awareness
School Education          
— Anti‑bullying project
— Attendance Data Measurement Project
— Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
— Education for Sustainability
— Greenacres Disability Services — support for Indigenous Students with disability
— Let's Read program
— Life Education Australia
— Rock the Schools Initiative
— The Big Issue Classroom
Schools          
— Indigenous Ranger Cadetships — extension
— Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership — extension
— Pathways into Teaching — redirection ‑1.4 ‑0.4
Student income support          
— general interest charge on student income support debt(b) .. .. ..
— Student Start‑up Scholarships — pause indexation ‑0.1 ‑0.2 ‑0.4 ‑0.6
Trade Training Centres in Schools program — extension and rephasing ‑35.0 ‑40.6 ‑75.0
Portfolio total 1.4 0.9 ‑34.2 ‑33.1 ‑61.4
FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS          
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs          
Baby Bonus — reduce to $3,000 for second and subsequent children 0.3 ‑169.2 ‑170.0 ‑175.7
Bali memorial service — assistance to victims and their families 3.3
Better Start for Children with Disability — extension of eligibility ‑0.2 ‑0.2 ‑0.2 ‑0.2
Improving educational outcomes — Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr School
Income Management — Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands
Low Carbon Communities — additional funding
National Regulatory System for Community Housing Providers — National Regulatory Council — Contribution
Portfolio total 3.4 ‑169.4 ‑170.1 ‑175.9
FINANCE AND DEREGULATION          
Australian Electoral Commission          
More convenient access to online government services
Department of Finance and Deregulation          
Overseas travel entitlements for the leader of the Opposition and the leaders of minority parties 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Portfolio total 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE          
AusAID          
Australia's Contribution to the Sustainment of the Afghan National Security Forces 19.2 19.4
Australian Trade Commission          
Australian Trade Commission — existing savings measures — continuation ‑2.2 ‑2.2
Export Market Development Grants program — retargeting ‑25.0 ‑25.0 ‑25.0 ‑25.0
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade          
Auschwitz‑Birkenau Foundation 0.5
Portfolio total 0.5 ‑25.0 ‑25.0 ‑8.0 ‑7.8
HEALTH AND AGEING          
Australian National Preventive Health Agency          
Advertising media campaigns — reduction ‑13.5
Preventive Health — investing in preventative health initiatives
Department of Health and Ageing          
Advertising media campaigns — reduction ‑5.2
Better Start for Children with Disability — extension of eligibility 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2
Dental health reform          
— Child Dental Benefits Schedule 0.9 191.3 604.7 636.9
— flexible grants program 50.5 55.5
— Medicare Teen Dental Plan - redirection of funding ‑35.9 ‑97.7 ‑106.5
— National Partnership Agreement for adult public dental services 0.8 0.8
Health and Hospitals Fund — Queensland Regional Acute/Subacute/Extended Inpatient Mental Health Services project — cancellation
Life Saving Drugs Program — new and amended listings ‑0.5 ‑1.2 ‑1.4 ‑1.5
Medical Indemnity Insurance — Reduction in subsidies under the Premium Support Scheme
Medicare Benefits Schedule          
— amending telehealth geographical eligibility ‑7.1 ‑28.9 ‑44.8 ‑47.7
— new and amended listings ‑2.3 ‑2.3 ‑2.8 ‑3.2
— telehealth — new items ‑0.1 ‑1.1 ‑1.8 ‑1.9
National Immunisation Program — extended listing of Gardasil® 19.4 24.5 22.1 25.6
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme          
— new and amended listings 12.8 ‑9.3 ‑48.1 ‑89.7
— price changes 2.5 2.8 2.9 3.1
— price reduction of high potency cholesterol‑lowering medicines
Preventive Health — investing in preventative health initiatives
Private Health Insurance Rebate          
— indexing the Government's contribution 3.0 ‑36.5 ‑218.9 ‑451.7
— removal of rebate on lifetime health cover loading 0.3 ‑124.2 ‑133.9 ‑140.6
Springfield Cancer Care Centre 0.9 10.4 10.1
Tasmania's Health System — additional funding 6.9 41.8 54.1 54.1
Therapeutic Goods Administration — blueprint reforms 2.3 4.0 4.0 1.3
Video conferencing for the after hours GP helpline — staged implementation ‑20.0
Portfolio total 0.5 35.7 199.9 ‑65.4
HUMAN SERVICES          
Department of Human Services          
Baby Bonus — reduce to $3,000 for second and subsequent children 6.0 1.8 0.5 0.3
Bali memorial service — assistance to victims and their families
Better Start for Children with Disability — extension of eligibility .. .. .. ..
Building Australia's Future Workforce — Change to eligibility criteria for Connections Interviews
Dental health reform          
— Child Dental Benefits Schedule 0.5 12.1 15.5 16.3
— Medicare Teen Dental Plan — redirection of funding ‑1.2 ‑5.9 ‑6.0
Income Management — Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands ‑0.1 ..
Medicare Benefits Schedule          
— amending telehealth geographical eligibility 1.3 ‑0.2 ‑0.3 ‑0.3
— new and amended listings 0.2 0.1 .. ..
— telehealth — new items 0.6 0.1 0.1 0.1
More convenient access to online government services
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — new and amended listings 0.2 0.1 0.1 ..
Private Health Insurance Rebate          
— indexing the Government's contribution 0.2 0.3 ..
— removal of rebate on lifetime health cover loading 1.3 1.2 0.7 0.7
Student income support          
— general interest charge on student income support debt(b) 2.0 2.7 1.8
— Student Start‑up Scholarships — pause indexation ..
Portfolio total 10.1 16.3 13.3 12.8
IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP          
Department of Immigration and Citizenship          
Asian Football Cup — assistance
Biometrics — introduction into selected Australian visa processing arrangements overseas
More convenient access to online government services
Response to the expert panel          
— Humanitarian migration program — additional places from 2012‑13 92.4 107.4 114.0 117.9
— Irregular Migration — research
— Permanent migration program - additional family stream places from 2012‑13 8.2 13.7 15.8 17.0
— Regional capacity building initiatives 10.0
Portfolio total 110.6 121.1 129.8 134.9
INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, SCIENCE, RESEARCH AND TERTIARY EDUCATION          
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education          
Alcoa's Point Henry aluminium smelter — assistance 42.0
Australian Apprenticeship Access Program — reduction ‑3.0 ‑4.0 ‑4.0
Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program          
— modifications ‑10.3 ‑18.9 ‑9.8 ‑1.3
— remove standard recommencement incentive payment for non‑NSNL workers ‑3.5 ‑3.5 ‑3.4 ‑3.4
Australian Paper's Maryvale Pulp and Paper Mill — assistance 4.2 2.9 2.4
Energy Brix Australia Corporation — assistance 25.8 9.8 38.0 61.7
Green Building Fund — redirection ‑0.5 ‑0.6
Higher Education - Facilitation Funding — cessation ‑52.6 ‑106.9 ‑110.6
Manufacturing Leaders Group 0.7 1.0 1.1 1.3
Parenting Payment recipients — additional training support for grandfathered recipients
Premium Fresh Tasmania — assistance 0.3
South‑East South Australia Innovation and Investment Fund — redirection ‑1.4
Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope — pre‑construction activities
Student Income Support — delay Masters by coursework for a further three years ‑32.3 ‑66.5 ‑68.2
Student income support — Student Start‑up Scholarships — pause indexation ‑2.7 ‑12.7 ‑26.3 ‑39.1
Sustainable Research Excellence - sustainable growth ‑79.4 ‑158.6 ‑154.0 ‑106.8
Targeting skills in need          
— Better targeting part‑time and casual incentives ‑19.2 ‑77.4 ‑90.4 ‑89.8
— Kickstart for trades 1.7 35.5 20.3
— Removing incentives for Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas ‑1.8 ‑23.0 ‑29.5 ‑29.3
— Support for Adult Australian Apprentices -amended arrangements ‑17.6 ‑12.0 ‑25.9 ‑25.6
Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Structural Adjustment Program — redirection ‑2.3 ‑2.3 ‑2.4
Unique Student Identifier — introduction ‑2.5 ‑2.0 ‑2.1
United States Studies Centre — additional support
University of Tasmania — Experimental Aquaculture Facility and the National Institute for Future Forest Industries
Unique Student Identifier Agency          
Unique Student Identifier — introduction 2.5 2.0 2.1
Portfolio total 67.8 ‑125.1 ‑320.5 ‑433.7 ‑472.7
INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT          
Department of Infrastructure and Transport          
Macquarie Point Railyards Precinct — remediation
Nation Building 2 Program — Northern Territory Regional Roads Productivity Package
Nation Building Program — Kennedy Highway road projects
Portfolio total
REGIONAL AUSTRALIA, LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ARTS AND SPORT          
Australian Sports Commission          
Football Federation Australia — debt forgiveness 4.0
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport          
Adelaide's West Beach recreation reserve — contribution 1.0
Asian Football Cup — assistance
Australian Ballet's new production facility — contribution 2.0
Australian Workers Heritage Centre — contribution 0.8
Boyer Mill Structural Adjustment — assistance
Burnie City Council stormwater infrastructure project
Centre of Excellence for Hockey — contribution
Community projects in North Queensland — contribution 0.3
Construction of a safe anchorage at Mission Beach — contribution
Energy Brix Australia Corporation — assistance ‑9.8 .. ‑22.7 30.0
Greater Western Sydney Australian Football League Club — Multicultural Centre — contribution
Hobart City Council Accelerated Energy Efficient Street Light Roll Out project — contribution 3.4
Illicit Drugs in Sport — reduction in funding ‑1.2 ‑1.2 ‑1.2
Major Sporting Events Taskforce — additional funding
Moonah Arts Centre — redevelopment 4.0
National Integrity of Sports Unit — establishment 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.5
New Town Bay Centre for Rowing Education — contribution 2.5
Norfolk Island — financial assistance 4.5
Premium Fresh Tasmania — assistance ‑0.3
Queensland reconstruction — funding the use of local council day labour
Regional Structural Adjustment Assistance Program — monitoring framework
Tamworth community facilities for children — additional contribution 0.1
Wellesley Park sporting facilities — upgrade 1.2
Portfolio total 19.2 ‑5.2 ‑0.7 ‑23.5 29.3
RESOURCES, ENERGY AND TOURISM          
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism          
Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program — establishment ‑19.0 19.0
Contract for Closure program — cessation
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism — departmental funding 9.0 10.5
Energy Brix Australia Corporation — assistance 25.0
Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund - reduction in funding ‑100.0
Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund — establishment 8.5 11.0 9.5 7.0
Portfolio total 25.0 17.5 21.5 ‑9.5 ‑74.0
SUSTAINABILITY, ENVIRONMENT, WATER, POPULATION AND COMMUNITIES          
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities          
Australia‑Antarctica shipping capability - second stage business case
Director of National Parks          
World Parks Congress 2014
Portfolio total
TREASURY          
Australian Bureau of Statistics          
Online retail sales — tracking
Australian Securities and Investments Commission          
Australian Securities and Investments Commission — additional operational funding 10.0 10.0
Bank accounts and life insurance policies — reform of arrangements relating to transfer of unclaimed monies to ASIC 16.0 0.3 0.3 0.4
Company monies — reform of arrangements relating to transfer of unclaimed monies 4.3 0.4 0.4 0.4
Future of Financial Advice Reform — accountant's exemption — transitional relief ‑2.0 ‑5.9 ‑1.4 2.8
Australian Taxation Office          
Conservation tillage offset — change to eligibility criteria
Linking the Australian carbon pricing mechanism and European Union emissions trading scheme(b)
Monthly PAYG instalments for large companies(b) 2.4 4.0 2.6 2.5
More convenient access to online government services
Private Health Insurance Rebate          
— indexing the Government's contribution 2.2 1.6 0.1 0.1
— removal of rebate on lifetime health cover loading 1.2 1.1 2.8 0.1
Superannuation          
— reform of arrangements relating to transfer of lost member accounts to the ATO(b) 39.8 43.9 6.6 6.1
— reform of SMSF levy arrangements(b) 0.6 1.3 0.8 0.5
SuperStream — reduction in Superannuation Supervisory levy ‑2.0 ‑9.6 ‑8.4 ‑7.3
Tax compliance — maintaining the integrity of the tax and superannuation system(b) 24.3 140.7 139.0 140.8
Department of the Treasury          
Asia Pacific Financial Forum 0.3
Construction of a safe anchorage at Mission Beach — contribution 5.5
Customs' compliance assurance system — expansion(b) 7.6 7.6 7.6
Dental health reform — National Partnership Agreement for adult public dental services 200.0 295.0
Energy Security
Fringe benefits tax          
— reform of living‑away‑from‑home allowances and benefits(b) 0.7
— removal of concessional treatment of 'in‑house' fringe benefits if accessed through a salary sacrifice arrangement(b) 5.0 10.0 35.0 35.0
GST          
— reforms to the GST margin scheme(b)
— restrictions on GST refunds — revisions and changed start date(b) .. 6.0 6.0
Health and Hospitals Fund — Queensland Regional Acute/Subacute/Extended Inpatient Mental Health Services project — cancellation ‑1.9 ‑2.8 ‑5.4 ‑10.0
Indirect Tax Concession Scheme — diplomatic and consular concessions(b) .. .. .. .. ..
Lowy Institute for International Policy — establishment of a G20 Studies Centre 2.0 1.0 1.0
Macquarie Point Railyards Precinct — remediation 50.0
Nation Building 2 Program — Northern Territory Regional Roads Productivity Package
Nation Building Program — Kennedy Highway road projects 10.5
National Immunisation Program — extended listing of Gardasil® ‑17.7 ‑17.7 ‑17.5 ‑17.5
Parenting Payment recipients — additional training support for grandfathered recipients
Queensland reconstruction — funding the use of local council day labour 11.2 7.2
Schools — Literacy and Numeracy National Partnership — extension
Superannuation Consumer Centre — investment fund 1.0 2.0 7.0
Tasmania's Health System — additional funding 31.9 46.7 49.6 40.0
Tax compliance — maintaining the integrity of the tax and superannuation system(b) 61.8 6.0 6.2 6.3
Tax laws — miscellaneous amendments(b) .. .. .. ..
Trade Training Centres in Schools program — extension and rephasing 9.1 ‑48.1 ‑115.8
Women on Boards Accelerator Program 0.2
Portfolio total 68.2 177.8 260.0 391.3 393.8
VETERANS' AFFAIRS          
Department of Veterans' Affairs          
Medicare Benefits Schedule          
— amending telehealth geographical eligibility ‑0.4 ‑1.4 ‑2.0 ‑2.4
— new and amended listings ‑0.1 ‑0.1 ‑0.1 ‑0.1
— telehealth — new items .. ‑0.1 ‑0.1 ‑0.1
More convenient access to online government services
Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme          
— new and amended listings ‑0.7 ‑2.9 ‑6.0 ‑9.0
— price changes 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2
— price reduction of high potency cholesterol‑lowering medicines
Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme — new listing and price amendments .. .. .. ..
Student income support — Student Start-up Scholarships — pause indexation .. .. ‑0.1 ‑0.1
Supplementary Allowance — extension 0.1 0.3 0.2 0.2
Portfolio total ‑0.9 ‑4.1 ‑7.8 ‑11.3
Decisions taken but not yet announced ‑15.0 177.3 613.9 448.1 449.6
Depreciation expense 0.5 0.9 0.9
Total impact of expense measures(d) 167.0 215.5 529.9 595.9 223.5

* The nature of the measure is such that a reliable estimate cannot be provided.

.. Not zero, but rounded to zero.

- Nil.

nfp not for publication.

(a) A minus sign before an estimate indicates a reduction in expenses, no sign before an estimate indicates increased expenses.

(b) These measures can also be found in the revenue measures summary table.

(c) These measures can also be found in the capital measures summary table.

(d) Measures may not add due to rounding.

If www.budget.gov.au responds slowly or you are having trouble downloading a document, try one of the Budget Website Mirrors

Note: Where possible, Budget documents are available in HTML and for downloading in Portable Document Format(PDF). If you require further information on any of the tables or charts on this website, please contact The Treasury.