Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Attorney‑General's

Addressing gang violence and organised crime — Australian Ballistics Identification Network

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
CrimTrac Agency 0.9 1.3 1.2 1.2
CrimTrac Agency 4.5

The Government will provide $9.1 million over four years (including $4.5 million in capital funding in 2013‑14) for the establishment of an Australian Ballistics Identification Network (ABIN). The ABIN will support police activities to address illegal firearms by providing national, state and territory law enforcement agencies with advanced technology to undertake ballistics analysis of firearms.

CrimTrac will establish a national information technology network which will allow police from every jurisdiction to access a database of all weapons used in crimes recovered by police in each state and territory. This information will improve intelligence capability and enhance police targeting and compliance activities.

This measure forms part of the Government's package of reforms to address organised crime and gang violence in the community.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 6 March 2013 issued by the Prime Minister, the Attorney‑General and the Minister for Home Affairs.

Addressing gang violence and organised crime — National Anti‑Gang Taskforce, Gang Intelligence Centre and Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Federal Police 15.1 16.2 16.4 14.7
Department of Finance and Deregulation 0.1
Total — Expense 0.1 15.1 16.2 16.4 14.7
Australian Federal Police 1.5 0.1

The Government will provide $64.0 million over four years (including $1.6 million in capital funding over two years from 2013‑14) to establish a National Anti‑Gang Taskforce to fight gang‑related crime across Australia, and a new Australian Gang Intelligence Centre. The funding will also provide additional resources for the Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce.

The National Anti‑Gang Taskforce will comprise 70 members from the Australian Federal Police and State Police forces as well as officers from the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, the Australian Taxation Office and Centrelink.

Funding of $0.1 million will be provided to the Department of Finance and Deregulation for an Implementation Readiness Assessment that will be undertaken to advise on implementation risks on the Government's package to address organised crime and gang violence in the community.

This measure forms part of the Government's package of reforms to address organised crime and gang violence in the community.

Further information can be found in the press release of 3 March 2013 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Home Affairs.

Addressing gang violence and organised crime — National Border Targeting Centre

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 3.3 4.5 1.9
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 16.1 4.4

The Government will provide $30.2 million over three years from 2014‑15 (including $16.1 million in 2014‑15 and $4.4 million in 2015‑16 in capital funding) to establish a National Border Targeting Centre that will enhance risk assessments of international passengers and cargo. The Centre will improve access to analysis, coordination and sharing of border‑related data and aims to improve interoperability and collaboration among Australia's border protection agencies. Funding will be provided for the upgrade of facilities and information technology equipment to increase the volume and speed of data analysed.

This measure forms part of the Government's package of reforms to address organised crime and gang violence in the community.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 3 March 2013 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Home Affairs.

Addressing gang violence and organised crime — National Crime Prevention Fund

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Attorney‑General's Department 0.2 20.2 20.2 0.3

The Government will provide $40.9 million over four years for the establishment of a National Crime Prevention Fund (the Fund) to target street crime and gang violence.

The Fund will provide grants for projects that enhance community safety, such as closed circuit television systems and other security related infrastructure. The Fund will also provide grants for diversionary and educational activities for at‑risk young people.

This measure forms part of the Government's package of reforms to address organised crime and gang violence in the community.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 12 April 2013 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Home Affairs.

Addressing gang violence and organised crime — waterfront taskforces

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia 5.6

The Government will provide funding of $5.6 million in 2013‑14 from the Confiscated Assets Account to assist with the costs of State police participation in multi‑agency law enforcement taskforces in Brisbane and Melbourne. The aim of the taskforces will be to target serious and organised crime on the waterfront.

This measure forms part of the Government's package of reforms to address organised crime and gang violence in the community.

Further information can be found in the joint press release from the Prime Minister and the Minister for Home Affairs on 3 March 2013.

Anti‑Dumping and Countervailing System — enhancements

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 6.5 6.4 6.7 6.5
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 1.7

The Government will provide $27.7 million over four years (including $1.7 million in capital funding in 2013‑14) to implement a package of improvements to Australia's anti‑dumping and countervailing system.

The measure includes the creation of a new Anti‑Dumping Commission within the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to investigate complaints. Existing responsibilities and funding for Australia's anti‑dumping and countervailing system will be allocated to the new Commission. This reform will implement the key recommendation of the 2012 Review into Australia's Anti‑Dumping Arrangements.

Resourcing will also be provided to increase the number of anti‑dumping investigators, continue the International Trade Remedies Advisor role, and enhance IT systems. The measure also includes several improvements to anti‑dumping legislation.

Further information can be found in the press release of 4 December 2012 issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for Industry and Innovation and the Minister for Home Affairs.

Attorney‑General's Portfolio savings — redirection

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Various Agencies
Attorney‑General's Department ‑3.8 ‑4.3 ‑7.3 ‑7.3
Total — Expense ‑3.8 ‑4.3 ‑7.3 ‑7.3

The Government will achieve savings of $40.3 million over four years from programs within the Attorney‑General's Department and departmental expenses of Portfolio agencies. The Government will achieve the following savings:

  • $1.5 million over three years from 2014‑15 from the Human Rights Education Program run by the Attorney‑General's Department. This will remove an overlap with programs run by the Australian Human Rights Commission;
  • $5.0 million over four years by reducing the funding provision for the Commonwealth's contribution to the International Criminal Court (ICC), to reflect the Commonwealth's compulsory obligation to the ICC;
  • $13.2 million over four years from the operating expenses available for the Australia‑New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee, including funding for travel and hospitality expenses;
  • $3.0 million over three years from 2014‑15 by reducing the funding available for grants to organisations that conduct research into Australia's civil justice system. $4.8 million will remain available under this program over four years from 2013‑14; and
  • $17.6 million over four years from 2013‑14 from additional efficiencies within the Attorney‑General's Portfolio, through reductions in departmental expenses in most agencies in the Portfolio. These savings are in addition to the annual efficiency dividend and were included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012‑13 and are accordingly not shown in the table above.

Australian assistance with law and justice frameworks in Africa — conclusion

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Federal Police ‑1.2 ‑1.2 ‑1.2 ‑1.2
Attorney‑General's Department ‑1.2 ‑1.2 ‑1.3 ‑1.3
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre ‑1.9 ‑1.9 ‑2.0 ‑2.0
Total — Expense ‑4.3 ‑4.4 ‑4.4 ‑4.5

The Government will cease funding for the measure Africa — law and justice frameworks — Australian assistance, announced in the 2009‑10 Budget. The program's planned achievements have largely been met.

The Government continues to be committed to aid programs in Africa, with a focus on maternal and child health, water and sanitisation, agriculture and food security.

Australian Federal Police — contribution to United Nations Force in Cyprus

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Federal Police

The Government will provide $2.0 million over two years from 2013‑14 to continue the Australian Federal Police (AFP) deployment to the United Nations (UN) Force in Cyprus.

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

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the AFP.

Australian Federal Police — redirection of Surge Capacity program

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Federal Police ‑4.9 ‑4.9 ‑4.9 ‑5.0

The Government will save $19.6 million over four years by redirecting funding from the Australian Federal Police's (AFP) Surge Capacity program into other Government priorities.

The AFP will continue to have a surge capability through the Specialist Response Group (SRG), which can respond to both domestic and international crisis situations. The SRG can be deployed to provide specialist support for natural disasters, public order management, and international security matters.

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre — establishment of new data centre

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre 1.5 2.1 2.1 2.2
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre 1.5 2.5 2.5 2.5
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre 8.2

The Government will provide $16.1 million over four years (including $8.2 million in capital funding in 2013‑14) to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) for the establishment of a new data centre. The data centre will house AUSTRAC computer systems and electronic records. AUSTRAC's existing data facility will be maintained for testing and development purposes and will also be used as a disaster recovery facility.

Of the total cost of the measure, $9.1 million over four years will be cost recovered from AUSTRAC's regulated entities, which include banks and other lenders, non‑bank financial services, money service businesses, gambling and bullion businesses.

Automated Border Processing for International Air Departures — trial

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Total — Expense
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Total — Capital

The Government will provide $8.4 million over 2013‑14 and 2014‑15 (including $4.5 million in capital funding) to trial automated border processing technology and procedures for departures from Australian airports. The trial will focus on Trans‑Tasman travellers, and will test the feasibility of giving eligible travellers the option to self‑process through passport control. Currently, automated border processing is in place for arrivals only.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Further information can be found in the press release of 10 February 2013 issued by the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice.

Combating people smuggling — law enforcement

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Federal Police 2.9
Australian Federal Police 0.1

The Government will provide $3.0 million in 2013‑14 (including $0.1 million in capital funding in 2013‑14) for the continuation of Australian Federal Police (AFP) activities to support anti‑people smuggling efforts and regional law enforcement agencies.

The funding provided will allow the AFP to continue to arrest and prosecute people smugglers, degrade criminal syndicates involved in people smuggling, pursue the deportation of people smugglers from transit countries and pursue Australian requests to extradite alleged people smugglers.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Combating people smuggling — post‑interdiction management of suspected illegal entry vessels

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

The Government will provide $3.8 million in 2013‑14 for the post‑interdiction management of suspected illegal entry vessels that enter Australian waters as part of people smuggling ventures. Funding is provided for the management, towing, caretaking and disposal of vessels.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Combating people smuggling — prevention and disruption activities

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 3.6 6.4
Department of Immigration and Citizenship 1.9 1.7
Total — Expense 5.4 8.1

The Government will provide $13.5 million over two years from 2012‑13 for engagement and communications activities to prevent and disrupt maritime people smuggling activities.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officials will be stationed in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia to coordinate Commonwealth agencies' efforts to prevent and disrupt maritime people smuggling.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship and Customs and Border Protection will also pursue domestic and international communications campaigns relating to Australia's immigration policy.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Combating people smuggling — strengthening response capability to irregular maritime arrivals

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 15.3 53.1

The Government will provide $68.4 million over two years from 2012‑13 to increase the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's operations in Australia's northern waters in response to maritime people smuggling. This measure includes funding to:

  • increase the number of patrol days for the Australian Customs Vessel (ACV) Triton in 2012‑13 and extend the lease for the vessel to 30 June 2014;
  • increase the number of patrol days for the ACV Ocean Protector in 2012‑13 and 2013‑14;
  • extend the lease for the ACV Ashmore Guardian to 31 December 2013;
  • deploy one Bay class vessel to high priority areas in 2012‑13; and
  • deploy a surveillance aircraft to high priority areas in 2012‑13 and extend the lease for two surveillance aircraft to 30 June 2014.

In addition, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will deploy officers to key locations in 2012‑13 to process irregular maritime arrivals. The cost of this will be met from within the existing resources of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

This measure is part of the Australian Government's response to people smuggling.

Community Legal Centres — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Attorney‑General's Department 2.5 2.6 2.6 2.7

The Government will provide $10.3 million over four years to community legal centres to help meet increasing demand for services. The additional funding will assist disadvantaged Australians in areas such as family law, mortgage stress and tenancy matters.

Federal Court of Australia — additional judicial resources

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Federal Court of Australia 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7
Federal Court of Australia 0.1

The Government will provide $10.8 million over four years (including $0.1 million in 2013‑14 in capital funding) to allow for the appointment of three additional judges, and support staff, to the Federal Court of Australia.

The appointments will help to reduce waiting times and improve access to justice.

Law Enforcement Cooperation Program and International Deployment Group — savings

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Federal Police ‑3.4

The Government will achieve savings of $3.4 million in 2013‑14 from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) through a saving of $1.3 million from the AFP Law Enforcement Cooperation Program, and a reduction in funding of certain corporate support activities for the International Deployment Group, saving $2.1 million.

Legal assistance — expansion of funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Attorney‑General's Department 21.0 21.0

The Government will provide $42.0 million over two years for legal assistance services. Funding of $15.0 million in each of 2013‑14 and 2014‑15 will be provided to State and Territory legal aid commissions and funding of $6.0 million each year provided to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services.

The funding will assist in meeting demand in areas such as family law and matters affecting Indigenous Australians.

National Security — establishment of Australian Cyber Security Centre

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Attorney‑General's Department
Australian Crime Commission
Australian Federal Police
Department of Defence
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
Total — Expense

The Government will establish a multi‑agency Australian Cyber Security Centre (the Centre). The Centre will co‑locate existing capabilities for cyber defence and facilitate improved industry access to Australia's cyber security practitioners.

The Centre will bring together capabilities from across the Department of Defence, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, the Australian Federal Police, the Attorney‑General's Department and the Australian Crime Commission.

The cost of the initiative will be met from within the existing resources of contributing agencies.

Further information can be found in the press release of 24 January 2013 issued by the Prime Minister.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance for communities affected by the 2012‑13 Queensland floods

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of the Treasury 6.6 28.3 22.2
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 10.8
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education 1.0 1.0
Attorney‑General's Department
Total — Expense 7.6 40.1 22.2

The Government will provide $69.9 million over five years (including $7.6 million in 2012‑13) to assist communities that were adversely affected by flooding that occurred in Queensland in early 2013. This includes funding for flood recovery and reconstruction in conjunction with the Queensland Government and local governments in affected areas.

The funding also includes $40 million for a betterment fund, that can be used to fund enhancements to local government assets to improve their resilience to natural disasters. The Commonwealth funding will also enable clean up and recovery efforts, including funding so that local councils can use existing resources directly for reconstruction and recovery rather than contracting outside organisations. This will include funding for waterways in affected communities.

The Government will provide concessional loans of up to $650,000 (including a grant component of up to $50,000) to eligible businesses and primary producers who have suffered extreme damage.

The funding also includes Commonwealth support to small business and agricultural providers in the region through funding small business advisory services, financial counselling services, and industry recovery officers.

The funding also provides for community recovery, including mental health services, community events and facilities designed to help communities in the aftermath of the flooding.

This funding includes $57.2 million exceptional circumstances funding in addition to the estimated $1.8 billion of assistance to be provided to Queensland under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery arrangements for the Cyclone Oswald response.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 28 February 2013 issued by the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, the Minister for Emergency Management and the Minister Assisting on Queensland Flood Recovery.

See also the related expense measure titled Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance to individuals affected by disasters and Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — donation to the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance to individuals affected by disasters

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Attorney‑General's Department 216.1

The Government is providing assistance to people adversely affected by natural disasters in 2012‑13 in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. The assistance payments to date total approximately $216.1 million.

Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments (AGDRP) were made available to eligible people residing in affected areas. Ex‑gratia payments equivalent to the AGDRP were made available to New Zealand Special Category Visa holders who otherwise met the eligibility requirements of the AGDRP and were prevented due to their residency status from applying for the AGDRP.

Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy payments, a fortnightly payment of up to the maximum rate of the Newstart Allowance, were made available to employees, small business persons and farmers who lost income as a direct result of the disasters.

This funding is in addition to the estimated $6.2 billion of assistance to be provided to states and territories under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements over the five years commencing from 2012‑13.

Further information on the availability of disaster assistance can be found at www.disasterassist.gov.au.

See also the related expense measure titled Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — donation to the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 and Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance for communities affected by the Queensland Floods.

Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — donation to the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Attorney‑General's Department
Department of the Treasury 1.0
Total — Expense 1.0

The Government provided $1.0 million in 2012‑13 to the Queensland Floods Appeal 2013 for the assistance of those adversely affected by natural disaster events in Queensland.

Further information can be found in the transcript of the joint press conference of 31 January 2013, held by the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer.

See also the related expense measure titled Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance for communities affected by the Queenslands floods and Natural Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding — assistance to individuals affected by disasters.

Natural disaster support — Commonwealth Disaster Recovery Allowance

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Attorney‑General's Department
Department of Human Services
Total — Expense

The Government will legislate for a disaster income support payment to start on 1 October 2013. Amendments will be made to the Social Security Act 1991 so that for future declared disasters, Disaster Recovery Allowance payments will be provided to eligible people who have had their pre‑disaster income temporarily affected as a direct result of the disaster, subject to income testing. The Disaster Recovery Allowance will replace the current Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy payment.

The associated implementation costs will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Human Services.

Like other Government allowances, the Disaster Recovery Allowance will be eligible for the beneficiary tax offset.

Further information can be found in the press release of 20 March 2013 issued by the Attorney‑General.

Official development assistance — Australian Federal Police contribution to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Federal Police 1.1 1.0
Australian Taxation Office
Total — Expense 1.1 1.0
Australian Taxation Office ‑0.2 ‑0.3 ‑0.2

The Government will provide $2.1 million over two years from 2013‑14 to maintain Australia's contribution of 10 Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers to the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan.

The officers are deployed in advisory, mentoring and training roles to assist law enforcement capacity building in the Republic of South Sudan.

Funding for this measure will be offset from the provision for expanded aid funding held in the Contingency Reserve.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $0.7 million over three years from 2013‑14 as a result of the tax treatment of the income and benefits received by deployed officers overseas.

Past Forced Adoption Practices — Support for people affected

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Health and Ageing 1.5 0.4 0.3 0.3
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 0.5 1.6 1.5 1.5
Attorney‑General's Department
Total — Expense 2.0 2.0 1.8 1.8

The Government is providing $12.6 million over five years to fund the Commonwealth's response to people affected by past forced adoption practices. This funding comprises:

  • $7.6 million to provide those affected by past forced adoption practices with access to a range of social and support services, and the development of guidelines and training materials for mental health professionals to assist in the treatment of those affected;
  • $2.5 million for additional services provided through the Access to Allied Psychological Services Program. This cost will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Health and Ageing;
  • $1.5 million for a public exhibition coordinated by the National Archives of Australia, which will document the experiences of individuals affected by forced adoption. This cost will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs; and
  • $1.0 million in 2012‑13 for the National Forced Adoptions Apology given by the Prime Minister on 21 March 2013. This cost was met from within the existing resources of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Further information can be found in the press release of 22 February 2013 issued by the Attorney‑General.

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Attorney‑General's Department 41.1 101.1 103.4 100.4
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 7.0 12.4 12.7 12.8
Total — Expense 48.1 113.6 116.0 113.2
Attorney‑General's Department 18.7 16.9 2.9 4.9

The Government will provide $434.1 million over four years (including $66.8 million in 2012‑13 and $43.2 million in capital funding) to fund the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Commission will inquire into institutional responses to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse and also what institutions and governments should do to better protect children against sexual abuse in institutional contexts in the future. While the Commission has commenced its operations, the level of activity and the number of complaints and allegations and the number and location of hearings needed, will become clearer as the Commission progresses. In future budget processes, the Government will review the need for any changes to the Commission's funding as additional information becomes available, in consultation with the Royal Commission.

The funding includes $45.0 million over four years from 2012‑13 for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to provide expert services to help support survivors of child sexual abuse.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 11 January 2013 issued by the Prime Minister, the Attorney‑General and the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Strengthening the response to organised crime at the border and in the supply chain

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Attorney‑General's Department 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
CrimTrac Agency
Total — Expense 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Attorney‑General's Department 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
CrimTrac Agency
Total — Revenue 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Attorney‑General's Department 0.3
CrimTrac Agency
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Total — Capital 0.3

The Government will provide funding of $2.2 million over four years to strengthen the integrity of the secure areas of ports and airports. This includes $0.7 million over four years (including $0.3 million in capital funding) for AusCheck, within the Attorney‑General's Department (AGD), to support new legislation enabling the Secretary of AGD to suspend an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) or Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) if the cardholder is charged with a serious criminal offence. The list of serious offences will be prescribed by regulation.

CrimTrac will allocate funding of $1.5 million (including $0.6 million in capital funding in 2013‑14) from its existing budget to upgrade the National Police Reference System. This will enable police to access information on ASIC and MSIC cardholders and to allow AusCheck to integrate information into its system.

The Government will also amend the Customs Act 1901 by creating a number of new obligations and offences for cargo terminal operators and stevedores in order to strengthen the Commonwealth's response to organised crime at the border and in the cargo supply chain.

The AusCheck component of this measure will be offset by an increase in the fees charged for an ASIC or MSIC. The cost of an ASIC or MSIC will increase by $1.50 from $98.00 to $99.50.

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