Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

457 visa program — compliance activities by the Fair Work Ombudsman

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.9

The Government will provide $3.4 million over four years to enable the Fair Work Ombudsman to monitor and enforce employer compliance with 457 visa conditions. This will build on the compliance work conducted by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to strengthen the integrity of the 457 visa program.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 18 March 2013 issued by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.

Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education — expansion and extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

The Government provided $4.4 million over four years from 2012‑13 to extend and expand the Achieving Results Through Indigenous Education (ARTIE) program run by the Former Origin Greats.

The funding increase will allow ARTIE to expand its operations into high schools in Townsville and primary schools across Queensland, while maintaining current initiatives that encourage Indigenous students to stay in school. ARTIE is expected to benefit 1,900 Indigenous students per year, approximately 250 primary and 1,650 secondary students. The funding will also support a two year extension of the program to the end of 2015.

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 10 December 2012 issued by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer and the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth.

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 3.4 2.8 2.4 1.7
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.2 0.1

The Government will provide $10.5 million over four years to establish the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency as a national independent authority commencing from 1 July 2013. This new agency will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of a national strategic plan to improve asbestos management and awareness in Australia, including working with jurisdictions to achieve a nationally consistent approach on asbestos eradication.

This measure includes funding for staff responsible for the functions of the new agency, an Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council to advise the Chief Executive Officer and the relevant Minister, and research and communication activities to improve asbestos awareness.

Further information can be found in the press release of 20 March 2013 issued by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

Award Modernisation Process — industry grants

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

The Government will provide $4.0 million over two years for grants to employee and employer peak bodies to assist them to participate in the award modernisation process of reviewing and rationalising awards in the national workplace relations system.

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

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — Low Socio‑Economic Status School Communities — re‑direction

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Department of the Treasury ‑84.5 ‑174.0
Total — Expense ‑84.5 ‑174.0

The Government will redirect funding of up to $258.5 million over four years from the National Partnership on Low Socio‑Economic Status School Communities to the Government's new needs‑based funding model for schools. The level of funding to be re‑directed will be subject to the agreement of state and territory governments to terminate the National Partnership and participate in the new funding model. The National Partnership Agreement will terminate on 31 December 2013. This will be replaced by the Government's new funding model.

The proposed reforms included in Better Schools: National Plan for School Improvement focus on providing educational support to students from economically disadvantaged families.

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — continued support for students with disabilities

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of the Treasury 30.9 46.4
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 17.0 15.4 2.8 1.1
Total — Expense 47.9 61.7 2.8 1.1
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.4 0.2 0.2

The Government will provide $114.4 million over four years to support students with disabilities. Funding of $100.0 million over two years, in 2013‑14 and 2014‑15, will provide for a 12 month extension of the More Support for Students with Disabilities National Partnership and funding of $14.4 million over four years will support implementation of a nationally consistent data collection model for school students with disability.

Following further work to develop a new loading for students with disability, it is intended that the loading will become part of the Schooling Resource Standard from
1 January 2015.

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — Empowering Local Schools — re‑direction

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of the Treasury ‑288.0
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ‑1.0 ‑122.0 ‑1.0
Total — Expense ‑1.0 ‑409.9 ‑1.0

The Government will redirect funding of $412.0 million over three years from the Empowering Local Schools (ELS) National Partnership to the Government's new needs‑based funding model for schooling.

The ELS program supports principals to take greater responsibility for running their schools. The first phase of implementation (10 per cent of schools) is currently underway and is expected to be completed by 30 June 2014. No agreement has been entered into on the second phase of implementation which was expected to commence in 2015‑16. This phase will no longer be provided through a National Partnership.

As part of the Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvements, schools will be given greater autonomy to administer their funding and direct it in ways that best suit the needs of their students. For example, principals will be given more power to make decisions over the way they allocated budgets, staffing and resources.

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — implementation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 17.7 9.7 17.7 12.6 7.1

The Government will provide $64.7 million over five years ($71.8 million over six years) to support implementation of new school funding arrangements, that are part of Better Schools: A National Plan for School Improvement.

This measure includes additional funding of:

  • $19.2 million over four years ($25.7 million over six years) to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority to develop further resources relating to the implementation of national curriculum and school assessments. Funding would provide for the development of a new curriculum for priority Asian languages, the development and maintenance of online assessments, and a new NAPLAN scale that would allow for international benchmarking;
  • $14.3 million over four years ($14.9 million over six years) to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership to develop resources for teachers and principals. Funding would support the development of guidelines for graduate teachers and management frameworks for school principals. Resources will also help build Asia‑relevant capability as part of reforms set out in the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper;
  • $7.5 million over three years to Education Services Australia to deliver resources for teachers in relation to Phase 3 of the Australia Curriculum. Phase 3 will include health and physical education, civics and citizenship, and economics and business;
  • $2.8 million over four years to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to promote partnerships between schools, businesses and the community to increase Asia literacy, including engagement of Asian language speakers in schools; and
  • $21.0 million over two years to conduct an information campaign on the changes being introduced through the new arrangements.

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — Literacy and Numeracy funding — re‑direction

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ‑243.0 ‑162.0 ‑162.0

The Government will redirect funding of $567.1 million over three years from literacy and numeracy funding to the Government's new needs‑based funding model for schooling. The current National Partnership Agreement will terminate on
31 December 2013. This will be replaced by the Government's new funding model.

The new funding model will provide ongoing support for those students who require additional assistance to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations will retain funding of $500,000 per annum for continued evaluation of literacy and numeracy outcomes.

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — new school funding model

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 473.3 478.7 737.2 1,110.6
Department of Finance and Deregulation 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total — Expense 473.4 478.8 737.3 1,110.7

The Government will provide an additional $9.8 billion over six years to implement a new needs‑based funding model for schools, as part of the National Plan for School Improvement.

This funding is in addition to the provisions for increasing funding for schools already incorporated into the forward estimates that now form part of the National Plan for School Improvement. The additional funding incorporates the Government's commitment to maintain its existing funding allocations and to grow these allocations at a fixed rate of 4.7 per cent per annum.

Under the former approach of growing these allocations in line with Average Government Schools Recurrent Costs (AGSRC), schools funding growth could have fallen below these levels. Had the AGSRC fallen to 3 per cent per annum (as suggested by current State estimates, on average), then the total additional investment in schools under the National Plan for School Improvement would equate to approximately $16.2 billion over six years (2014 to 2019).

In total, the new funding arrangements are expected to take Commonwealth funding to schools to $104.3 billion over six years (2014 to 2019).

The new needs‑based funding model is based on a new Schooling Resource Standard, comprising a base amount for every primary school student ($9,271 in 2014) and secondary school student ($12,193 in 2014), and extra funding through a series of loadings for schools and students requiring extra support, including regional and remote schools, small schools, low socioeconomic status students, Indigenous students, students with low English proficiency and students with disabilities.

The Government has made an offer to the states and territories and non‑government education authorities to implement the new funding model. The Commonwealth will fund around 65 per cent of the additional funding required to lift funding levels for schools and school systems towards the Schooling Resource Standard, with the states funding around 35 per cent of the additional funding.

As at 10 May 2013, New South Wales has agreed to the new reforms. The Government is in ongoing negotiations with the remaining states and territories and non‑government education authorities, and the offer will remain open until 30 June 2013. States and territories that do not sign up to the reforms will be covered by a modified version of the existing national education agreement.

The Government will also provide $0.3 million over four years for the Department of Finance and Deregulation to pay for and coordinate Assurance Reviews relating to the implementation of the new reforms.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 14 April 2013 issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, and the Parliamentary Secretary for School Education.

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — non‑government school capital grants — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

The Government will provide $772.4 million over five years to 31 December 2019 ($146.9 million in 2015, $150.6 million in 2016, $154.4 million in 2017, $158.3 million in 2018 and $162.2 million in 2019) to continue existing capital grants funding for non‑government schools, following the cessation of current funding.

Capital grants funding is provided by the Government to non‑government schools in partnership with relevant authorities, particularly for; disadvantaged school communities; supporting major school expansions; and the establishment of new schools.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — Rewards for Great Teachers — redirection

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ‑14.0 ‑43.6 ‑87.2 ‑87.2
Department of the Treasury ‑26.0 ‑81.4 ‑162.8 ‑162.8
Total — Expense ‑40.0 ‑125.0 ‑250.0 ‑250.0

The Government will redirect funding of up to $665.0 million over four years from the Rewards for Great Teachers National Partnership to the Government's new needs‑based funding model for schooling. The level of funding to be redirected will be subject to the agreement of state and territory Governments to terminate the National Partnership and participate in the new funding model. This National Partnership Agreement will terminate on 31 December 2013. This will be replaced by the Government's new funding model.

The proposed reforms included in Better Schools: National Plan for School Improvement focus on supporting and recognising teachers and their ongoing professional development.

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — Rewards for School Improvement — redirection

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ‑4.9 ‑5.6 ‑17.8 ‑28.6 ‑28.6
Department of the Treasury ‑10.0 ‑9.0 ‑19.7 ‑39.6 ‑39.6
Total — Expense ‑14.9 ‑14.6 ‑37.5 ‑68.1 ‑68.1

The Government will redirect funding of up to $203.2 million over five years from the Rewards for School Improvement National Partnership to the Government's new needs‑based funding model for schooling.

The proposed reforms in the National Plan for School Improvement will provide all schools with the level of resourcing required to improve results and give all students the best possible education. This is consistent with the objective of Australia being in the top five countries in the world in reading, science and maths by 2025.

Better Schools — National Plan for School Improvement — Short Term Emergency Assistance funding — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.7 1.4 1.5 1.5

The Government will provide $5.1 million over four years ($9.2 million over six years) to continue and make ongoing Short Term Emergency Assistance (STEA) funding for non‑government schools, following the cessation of current funding under the Schools Assistance Act 2008 on 31 December 2013.

STEA is available to eligible schools in the event of an unexpected circumstance causing severe, temporary financial difficulty where the school has exhausted all other sources of assistance.

Child Care Workforce — Early Years Quality Fund — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 1.5 138.4 168.1
Fair Work Commission 1.6 1.5 1.5 1.5
Total — Expense 1.5 140.0 169.6 1.5 1.5

The Government will provide $314.2 million over five years to boost the quality of early childhood education and support workplace reform.

Up to $300.0 million over two years will be provided to establish an Early Years Quality Fund to support eligible Long Day Care centres to attract and retain qualified professionals. Eligible Long Day Care centres will be able to apply for funding to supplement wage increases of $3 per hour from 1 July 2013 for Certificate III qualified educators, with proportionally adjusted wage increases for other child care employees and diploma and degree qualified educators in early childhood education. A further $8.2 million over three years will be provided to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to administer the Fund, and for the establishment of the Early Years Quality Fund Advisory Board. The Board, which will have employer and employee representatives, will oversee the operation of the Fund.

The Government will also provide $6.2 million over four years to establish a Pay Equity Unit in the Fair Work Commission to assist with data and research collection, and specialist pay equity information. The Unit will have an initial focus on the early childhood education and care sector.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 19 March 2013 issued by the Minister for Early Childhood and Youth, the Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care, and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

Child Care — more flexible arrangements — trial

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

The Government will provide $12.9 million over three years to trial flexible child care arrangements aimed at improving access to child care, particularly for families who require care outside standard operating hours.

This package includes $6.4 million over three years for Child Care Flexibility Trials and a Child Care Flexibility Fund which, working in partnership with parents, employers and unions, will support child care providers to deliver more flexible child care outside the traditional operating hours.

Funding for this measure was included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the 2012‑13 Budget.

Further information can be found in press releases of 17, 18 and 26 March 2013 issued by the Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care.

Child Care Assistance — information campaign

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 8.0

The Government will provide $8.0 million for an information campaign on the support available to families to assist with the costs of child care. Government assistance includes the Child Care Rebate and Child Care Benefit, as well as additional support for families on income support who are seeking jobs or undertaking approved training or study.

Child Care Management System — Gateway Review

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Finance and Deregulation ..
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Total — Expense ..

The Government will provide $42,500 in 2013‑14 to develop a business case (Gateway Review) to examine potential reforms and hosting arrangements for the Child Care Management System (CCMS). The information from this process will be used to determine the need for a substantial upgrade of the CCMS.

Child care services lodge child enrolment and attendance data in the CCMS, which is then used to calculate Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate payments.

Child Care Rebate — indexation pause — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services .. .. .. ..
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ‑13.9 ‑32.5 ‑59.4
Total — Expense .. .. ‑13.9 ‑32.5 ‑59.4

The Government will continue to pause the indexation of the annual cap on the Child Care Rebate (CCR) for a further three years. The maximum amount of CCR that can be paid will remain at $7,500 a year until 30 June 2017. Pausing indexation of the cap will not alter the percentage of out‑of‑pocket expenses reimbursed by the Government, which will remain at 50 per cent until the cap is reached. No family will see a reduction in payments as a result of this measure.

Child Care Workforce — improved access to Recognition of Prior Learning — increased assistance

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

The Government has, from 1 January 2013, increased the assistance available to existing early childhood education and care workers in rural and remote areas to help them access recognition of prior learning assessments. This measure modifies the initative introduced in the 2011‑12 Budget to help achieve the new staff qualification requirements set out in the National Partnership on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

Each year, approximately 500 existing early childhood education and care workers working in rural and remote areas will be eligible for rebates of their costs associated with completing the assessment process. Eligible recipients will receive up to $1,500 to assist with the fees associated with assessments and gap training and up to $2,000 assistance for travel costs. Funding will be available to early childhood educators who wish to attain a Certificate III, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma in early childhood education.

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

Connecting People with Jobs — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations .. 2.0 1.2
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations .. 0.2

The Government will provide an additional $3.5 million over two years to extend the Connecting People with Jobs (CPwJ) program for one year. Eligible job seekers will now be able to apply for assistance until 30 June 2014.

In addition to the extension, the following changes to the program will also be implemented from 1 July 2013:

  • two flat rates of relocation assistance ($4,500 for those without dependants and $6,500 for those with dependants) will be available;
  • there will be direct eligibility for all Job Services Australia and Disability Employment Service participants;
  • the wage subsidy component will be removed; and
  • assistance will be capped at 600 places.

The CPwJ program assists eligible job seekers to relocate to take up employment or an apprenticeship. It was announced as a 2010 election commitment and was previously extended until 30 June 2013.

Creative Australia — Creative Young Stars

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 4.1 3.9
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Total — Expense 4.1 3.9

The Government will provide $8.0 million over two years to provide financial assistance to young people up to 25 years of age to put toward the cost of representing their community in training, cultural, artistic, academic or community based activities and events.

Young people will be able to apply in their local electorate for financial assistance. Successful applicants will receive a grant of $500 for individuals or $3,000 for a group. There will be 23 individual grants and 4 group grants awarded each year in each federal electorate. Grants can be used to cover costs such as travel, accommodation, costumes or equipment.

Further information can be found in the Creative Australia policy statement released on 13 March 2013 issued by the then Minister for the Arts.

Disability Employment Services — assistance to employees of former service providers

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

The Government will provide $0.1 million in 2012‑13 to assist the staff of service providers that were unsuccessful in the recent Disability Employment Services — Employment Support Service tender.

The assistance will be used to connect affected staff with employment services providers in order to support the retention of skilled staff within the employment services industry. Affected staff will also have access to a telephone advice line that will provide information on employee entitlements and promote the use of existing support measures such as the Employment Services Industry Jobs Board.

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

Disability Employment Services — Moderate Intellectual Disability Loading — continuation and retargeting

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.4

The Government will provide $5.5 million over four years to continue the Moderate Intellectual Disability Loading component of the Disability Employment Services — Employment Support Service program.

Disability loading fees are available to providers who help job seekers with moderate intellectual disability. Under the revised program, to take effect from 1 July 2013, the loading will increase from 70 per cent to 88 per cent for job placement fees and for 13 and 26 week outcome fees. The loading will only be available to providers who achieve successful outcomes.

The trial of the Moderate Intellectual Disability Loading announced in the 2010‑11 Budget measure titled Disability Employment Services — assistance to job seekers with an intellectual disability, had previously been extended until 30 June 2013.

Early Childhood Education — National Partnership Agreement — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of the Treasury 14.7 406.0 234.9
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 3.0 1.5
Total — Expense 14.7 409.0 236.4

The Government will provide $660.1 million to continue the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education.

The new National Partnership will continue to enable all Australian children to have the opportunity to participate in quality early childhood education in the year before they commence school. The new agreement will ensure service delivery will continue through to 31 December 2014, including for vulnerable, disadvantaged and Indigenous children.

Funding of $4.5 million over two years will be provided to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations for evaluation, review and data development activities relating to the National Partnership.

The cost of this measure will be offset by a provision in the Contingency Reserve for a new National Partnership.

Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme — extension to non‑employees in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear Industry

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations .. 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3

The Government will provide $1.2 million over five years to extend the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) scheme to non‑employees in the Textiles, Footwear and Clothing Industry (TCF).

This extension is to accommodate the unique working arrangements of TCF contract outworkers, who are not classified as employees. It will enable FEG assistance to be provided where a TCF contract outworker has not been paid for their work and the person who engaged them to do the work enters into liquidation or bankruptcy.

Improving incentives to study — extension of the Pensioner Education Supplement for single parents

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 5.5 11.5 10.5 10.2
Department of Human Services 0.1 1.5 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total — Expense 0.1 7.0 11.7 10.6 10.3

The Government will extend the Pensioner Education Supplement (PES) of up to $62.40 a fortnight to all Newstart Allowance (NSA) single principal carer recipients. This is estimated to cost $39.7 million over five years.

This extension will help recipients with the costs of study while they gain an initial qualification to assist them to re‑enter the labour market. This expands current arrangements which limit access to the PES to single principal carer recipients of NSA who were receiving the supplement prior to transitioning off Parenting Payment Single. These recipients will continue to receive the supplement for the duration of their enrolled course. The new arrangements will take effect from 1 January 2014.

Improving incentives to work — extended Pensioner Concession Card entitlements for single parents

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Human Services .. 0.4 .. .. ..
Department of Health and Ageing 0.1 0.5 0.5 0.5
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.1
Total — Expense .. 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5

The Government will provide $2.2 million over four years to enable eligible single parents to retain eligibility for the Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) for a period of 12 weeks if they:

  • no longer qualify for Parenting Payment Single because their youngest child has turned eight; and
  • do not qualify for another social security benefit, pension or allowance due to earnings from employment.

Parents affected by this proposal have taken the important step of participating in the labour market and will no longer immediately lose access to the PCC because they earn too much to qualify for another payment.

This expanded eligibility will commence from 1 January 2014.

Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Total — Expense

The Government will provide $800.0 million over six years to extend funding for programs previously funded under the Indigenous Education (Targeted Assistance) Act 2000 (IETA). These programs provide targeted financial assistance to advance the education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. From 1 January 2014, programs previously funded under IETA will move to an annual appropriation. This will provide greater transparency of funding available for Indigenous schools programs.

Funded programs include:

  • Indigenous Boarding Facilities;
  • Indigenous Youth Leadership Program;
  • Indigenous Youth Mobility Program;
  • Parental and Community Engagement;
  • Schools Nutrition Program;
  • Sporting Chance Program;
  • Student Education Trusts — Cape York Institute Welfare Reform Trial; and
  • Teach Remote Stage 2.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Indigenous Education Scholarships — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 10.0 2.1 4.1 3.3 2.5

The Government will provide $21.9 million over five years to provide for Indigenous education scholarships delivered through the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) and the Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP).

The Government will provide $10.0 million in 2012‑13 to the AIEF. The AIEF supports Indigenous children in financial need to build a future through quality education and career pathways at Australia's leading schools, universities and companies. Funding will support the provision of scholarships and a program that connects year 12 school leavers with future education and employment opportunities.

The Government will also provide $11.9 million over four years for the IYLP to provide scholarships to students entering Years 7, 8 and 11 in 2013 and 2014, recognising that these are key transition years for engaging students. This measure also varies the 2012‑13 Budget measure titled Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Indigenous Youth Leadership Program — suspension which targeted students in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Job Services Australia — changed payment arrangements for volunteer job seekers

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations ‑5.0 ‑16.9 ‑14.4 ‑13.1
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 0.2

The Government will change the arrangements under which payments are made to Job Services Australia (JSA) providers for volunteer job seekers. Volunteer job seekers are those who do not have a participation requirement as a result of an income support payment.

From 1 January 2014, JSA providers will not receive fees or outcome payments for volunteer job seekers who:

  • have not attended an appointment with their provider in the last three months; or
  • choose not to participate in an activity during the work experience phase.

The measure is estimated to provide savings of $49.3 million over four years.

Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance — continuation of bridging and foundation courses

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 4.2 5.8 7.2 8.7
Department of Human Services 0.8 0.5
Total — Expense 0.8 4.7 5.8 7.2 8.7

The Government will provide $27.2 million over five years to continue the eligibility for bridging and foundation courses as approved courses for the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFA) program.

JETCCFA provides eligible parents with extra financial assistance to help with the cost of approved child care while they look for work, or undertake study, training or rehabilitation to enter or re‑enter the workforce.

The additional funding will allow ongoing support for Year 12 and equivalent courses for parents over 20 years of age, and will also allow the inclusion of non accredited university enabling courses, also known as bridging courses.

MyChild website — enhancement

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

The Government will improve the quality, responsiveness, and relevance of child care information available to families through an enhancement of the MyChild website. The enhancement will make it easier for families to access relevant information, improve the ability of the website to display quality ratings for the purposes of the National Quality Framework, and better align desktop and mobile site functionality.

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

National workplace relations system — funding for the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman 6.4 6.4 6.5 6.5

The Government will provide $25.7 million over four years to the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman (OFWO) to provide compliance, education and advisory services in support of the national workplace relations system.

The OFWO received funding in the 2010‑11 Budget to implement a national workplace relations system for the private sector. This followed the referral by all states except Western Australia of their workplace relations powers to the Commonwealth. This funding expires on 30 June 2013.

The OFWO will achieve operational efficiencies from a range of measures including online education services and expanded mediation functions. The new funding will allow the OFWO to continue to deliver services for both employers and employees as set out in the Fair Work Act 2009.

Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate — operational efficiencies

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate ‑6.0 ‑6.0 ‑6.0 ‑6.0

The Government will achieve savings of $24.0 million over four years through efficiencies in the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate.

Savings will be achieved by implementing streamlined administrative and procedural practices, reducing travel and training costs and outsourcing some of the administrative functions currently carried out by the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate.

Savings from this measure will be redirected to support the Government's investment in the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, further funding to the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman and funding for the workplace bullying individuals right of recourse.

Priority Employment Area Initiatives — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 15.7

The Government will provide $15.7 million to extend the Priority Employment Area Initiative for one year to 30 June 2014.

Funding of $9.6 million will be provided to continue the engagement of 20 Local Employment Coordinators and support staff. The Coordinators manage and drive local responses to unemployment.

A $4.0 million Flexible Funding Pool will be available to Local Employment Coordinators to implement and support locally driven initiatives that create or facilitate employment, education and training opportunities, and increase the participation of local communities in productive activities.

A further $2.1 million will be provided to conduct approximately 10 Jobs and Skills Expos across the Priority Employment Areas.

The Priority Employment Area Initiative was implemented in the 2009‑10 Budget as part of the Jobs and Training Compact, with initial funding of $20.0 million over three years. A further $45.2 million was provided in the 2011‑12 Budget and the initiative was extended to 30 June 2013.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 9 May 2013 issued by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Employment Participation.

Queensland Working Women's Service — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman

The Government will provide $0.8 million over three years to the Queensland Working Women's Service to allow the centre to continue to deliver workplace relations advisory services to disadvantaged and vulnerable workers.

Services delivered by the Queensland Working Women's Service include self‑help information sessions for people representing themselves before the Fair Work Commission and community legal education and research services.

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

Support for the Child Care System Program — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 71.1

The Government will provide an additional $71.1 million to the Support for the Child Care System (SCCS) program, comprising:

  • $29.0 million for Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance: a program which provides eligible parents with additional financial assistance to help with the cost of approved child care, while they look for work, or undertake study, training or rehabilitation to enter or re‑enter the workforce;
  • $22.1 million for the Community Support Program — Family Day Care: a program which provides funding to organisations that provide administrative support for family day care centres; and
  • $20.0 million for the Inclusion Support Subsidy, which provides additional financial assistance to child care centres that provide child care for vulnerable children who require additional care, including children with special needs and children from marginalised backgrounds.

This funding is being provided to cater for higher than expected demand for these programs now forecast for 2013.

The SCCS program supports access to quality early childhood education and child care services.

Supporting jobseekers in the transition to work — increase and index the income free area for eligible income support recipients

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 20.9 76.9 77.2 81.7
Department of Human Services 1.2 0.1 .. ..
Total — Expense 22.1 76.9 77.3 81.7

The Government will increase the income free area for eligible income support recipients from $62 per fortnight to $100 per fortnight from 20 March 2014. This will be the first increase in more than a decade. The Government will also commence annual indexation of the income free area from 1 July 2015. For the first time, the income free area will increase in line with movements in the Consumer Price Index. These reforms are estimated to cost $258.0 million over four years.

The higher income free area will encourage greater labour market participation by increasing the capacity of recipients to earn income before it starts reducing their support payments, of paid employment. The annual indexation of the income free area will help ensure the benefits of the increase are not eroded over time.

The payments affected by this change are Newstart Allowance, Sickness Allowance, Parenting Payment Partnered, Widow Allowance, Partner Allowance Benefit and Partner Allowance Pension.

Workplace Bullying — individual right of recourse

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Fair Work Commission 5.3 5.3 5.4 5.4

The Government will provide $21.4 million over four years to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to provide a legal remedy for victims of workplace bullying.

The FWC will work with relevant parties to resolve complaints of workplace bullying. Where a worker has been bullied and the matter cannot be resolved between the parties, the FWC will have the power to make an order to prevent bullying in the workplace in the future.

Further information can be found in the press release of 12 February 2013 issued by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

Youth Attainment and Transitions — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 62.7 64.7
Department of Human Services 0.2 ..
Total — Expense 62.9 64.7

The Government will provide $127.7 million over two years to extend programs currently funded through the Youth Attainment and Transitions National Partnership for 12 months until the end of 2014. The Youth Connections, School Business Community Partnership Brokers programs and initiatives under the National Career Development (NCD) Strategy will be extended under this proposal.

Youth Connections provides flexible and personal support to help disengaged young people re‑engage with education or employment and make positive life choices. The School Business Community Partnership Brokers program builds partnerships between schools, business and the broader community to implement local solutions to support young people to complete school and make a successful transition to further education, training and employment. The initiatives under the NCD Strategy that will be extended are the myfuture career website, the Job Guide and the national leadership body.

The extension of these programs will allow support to continue pending a broader review of services for young people that will be considered in the 2014‑15 Budget.

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