Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Finance and Deregulation

BoardLinks — Improving gender balance on Australian Government boards

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

The Government will provide $4.3 million over five years starting in 2011‑12 (including capital funding of $0.1 million in 2011‑12 and $0.4 million in 2012‑13), to establish BoardLinks and AusGovBoards initiatives.

BoardLinks is a network established to form better connections between the Australian Government and women seeking board positions, in particular board ready women seeking their first board appointment. Australian women continue to be under represented on high level boards and decision‑making bodies.

Boardlinks provides support, training and opportuntites for board ready women to increase the pipeline of experienced women available for appointment to boards in all sectors and assist the Government in meeting its commitment to a minimum of forty per cent of women on Australian Government boards by 2015.

The Government is also establishing AusGov Boards to provide information on Australian Government boards, their role, membership and vacancies.

The financial implications for this measure were included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the 2012‑13 Budget and the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012‑13.

Further information can be found in the joint press releases of 7 November 2012 and 28 March 2013 issued by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation and the Minister for the Status of Women.

National Telepresence System — increased capacity

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Finance and Deregulation 2.7 2.9 3.1 3.2
Department of Finance and Deregulation 4.2 3.3

The Government will provide $19.3 million over five years (including capital funding of $4.2 million in 2012‑13 and $3.3 million in 2013‑14) to increase the size of the National Telepresence System, which is a high‑definition and secure video conferencing system connecting Commonwealth offices around the country, with further links to State and Territory facilities. This expansion will increase the number of concurrent meetings able to be held and the number of locations which can be connected to a meeting. This will reduce the need for public sector travel for meetings.

Funding for the establishment of the system was provided in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2008‑09.

Parliament — Senators and Members Insurance

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Finance and Deregulation nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will fund public liability, management liability and travel related insurance to senators and members through a commercially sourced group policy. Public liability insurance provides a mechanism for the management and settlement of claims made against senators and members for injury or damage caused to members of the public by senators and members arising from their respective roles and responsibilities. Management liability insurance provides a mechanism for the management and settlement of claims made against senators and members for loss resulting from acts as a manager or employer.

The expenditure for this measure is not for publication due to commercial sensitivities.

Pre‑Election Enrolment Stimulation and Information Campaign

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Electoral Commission 0.8 6.5

The Government will provide $7.3 million to enable the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to conduct an extended pre‑election enrolment stimulation and information campaign to maximise electoral participation at the 2013 federal election.

Public Sector Enterprise Resource Planning Systems — investigation study

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Finance and Deregulation 1.4 1.4

The Government will provide $2.8 million over two years to undertake a detailed study of the costs and benefits of rationalising the number and type of Enterprise Resource Planning systems used in the Australian Public Service. Enterprise Resource Planning systems are used to integrate management information for functions such as finance and accounting, human resource management and customer relationship management.

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