Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Defence

Australia to host the Group of 20 in 2014 — Australian Defence Force support

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Defence

The Government will provide $7.1 million in 2013‑14 for the net additional cost of a range of security capabilities provided by the Australian Defence Force in support of the Group of 20 (G‑20) Leaders' Summit, to be held in Brisbane on 15 and 16 November 2014, and two G‑20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' meetings, to be held in Sydney and Cairns earlier in the year.

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

This measure builds on the 2012‑13 Budget measure titled Australia to host the Group of 20 in 2014.

Australia's contribution to the United Nations Trust Fund for the African‑led International Support Mission in Mali

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Defence

The Government provided $5.0 million in 2012‑13 to the United Nations (UN) Trust Fund supporting the African‑led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA). The UN Trust Fund will help fund AFISMA's operational costs such as military staffing, logistics requirements and acquisition of equipment to support the AFISMA mission.

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

A further $5.0 million was contributed by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The AusAID contribution will fund Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible activities to help meet Mali's humanitarian needs.

Funding for the AusAID contribution will be met from within the existing resources of AusAID.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 30 January 2013 issued by the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Coastal Surveillance — continuation of Operation Resolute

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Defence

The Government will provide $9.9 million in 2013‑14 for the net additional cost of continuing Operation Resolute, the military contribution to Border Protection Command led surveillance activities to protect Australia's offshore resources and deter people smuggling.

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

Defence Abuse Reparation Payment Scheme

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Defence
Australian Taxation Office

The Government will provide $83.9 million over two years for reparation payments and related expenses as part of its response to the DLA Piper Report of the Review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence.

Payments to individuals under the Scheme will be capped at $50,000, with the amount provided to each complainant determined on a case‑by‑case basis taking into account their individual circumstances.

The Government will exempt these reparation payments from income tax. There will be no revenue impact as a result of these legislative amendments.

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

Further information can be found in the press release of 14 March 2013 issued by the Minister for Defence.

See also the related expense measure titled Defence Abuse Response Taskforce in the Defence portfolio.

Defence Abuse Response Taskforce

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Defence

The Government will provide $37.1 million over two years to fund an independent Taskforce as part of its response to the DLA Piper Report of the Review of allegations of sexual and other abuse in Defence.

The independent Taskforce will assess the allegations of abuse made to DLA Piper and investigate new allegations that occurred prior to 11 April 2011. The Taskforce will be based in the Attorney‑General's Department and is expected to complete its work by 31 May 2014.

The cost of this measure, which covers the operational costs of the Taskforce, will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Defence.

Further information can be found in the press releases of 26 November 2012 and 14 March 2013 issued by the Minister for Defence.

See also the related expense measure titled Defence Abuse Reparation Payment Scheme in the Defence portfolio.

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

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Defence 534.2 9.2 32.6 9.7
Department of Defence 10.7
Australian Taxation Office ‑32.0 ‑17.0
Total — Revenue ‑21.3 ‑17.0

The Government will provide $585.7 million over four years for the net additional cost of continuing Operation Slipper, Australia's contribution to international stabilisation and counter‑terrorism efforts in Afghanistan and the Middle East Area of Operations. This funding covers the extension of Australia's operations to June 2014. The cost will be reduced by the recovery of $10.7 million from other Coalition Forces for logistic support provided by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

For 2013‑14, the total net additional cost of Operation Slipper is $874.9 million, comprising this measure and previously agreed funding of $351.5 million. This includes $192.0 million for the transition and redeployment of ADF personnel and equipment from Uruzgan Province. Approximately 1,000 ADF personnel will return to Australia in late 2013, following the closure of Multi‑National Base Tarin Kot.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $49.0 million over two years as a result of the tax treatment of the income and benefits received by deployed officers overseas.

Relocation and establishment of a jointly‑operated United States C‑band space surveillance radar

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Defence

The Government has provided $0.5 million in 2012‑13 for the development of a detailed project plan for the relocation and establishment of a jointly‑operated United States (US) C‑band space surveillance radar at the Harold E. Holt Naval Communication Station in Western Australia.

The relocation of the radar will strengthen the ability of the US Global Space Surveillance Network to track space assets and debris, and will provide satellite operators around the world with warnings of possible collisions between space objects, thereby reducing the danger posed by space debris.

The cost of relocating and operating the radar will be shared by the Australian and US Governments. The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Defence.

This measure was announced at the Australia‑United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) in November 2012 and builds upon the Space Situational Awareness Partnership established at AUSMIN in November 2010. Further information can be found in the press release of 15 November 2012 issued by the Minister for Defence.

Timor‑Leste — transition of Australia's security commitment and future Defence engagement

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Defence
Australian Taxation Office

The Government will provide $34.0 million in 2012‑13 and $5.4 million in 2013‑14 for the net additional cost of the security transition of Operation Astute, Australia's military contribution to maintaining stability in East Timor through the International Stabilisation Force (ISF). The cost in 2013‑14 will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Defence.

On 22 November 2012 the Australian‑led ISF ceased its security operations in East Timor and began a staged drawdown following the peaceful East Timorese parliamentary elections in July 2012.

The Government will support an ongoing Defence engagement with the Government of East Timor through the Defence Cooperation program, including training and exercises.

This measure is also expected to lead to a reduction in revenue of $1.1 million over two years as a result of the tax treatment of the income and benefits received by deployed officers overseas.

Funding for this measure was included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012‑13.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 21 November 2012 issued by the Minister for Defence and the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

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