Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

Active After‑School Communities program — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Sports Commission 19.5 19.9

The Government will provide $39.4 million over two years to continue the Active After‑School Communities program for one calendar year until December 2014. The Active After‑School Communities program provides funding to around 2,000 primary schools and 1,200 out‑of‑school‑hours care services to deliver quality sport and other structured physical activity programs.

Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority 0.4 0.9 0.5

The Government will provide $1.8 million over three years to increase the intelligence, investigative and results management capabilities of the Australian Sports Anti‑Doping Authority (ASADA).

This funding will help ensure the Government has appropriate resources in place to respond to the issues raised in the Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport report released by the Australian Crime Commission on 7 February 2013.

Further information can be found in the press release of 7 February 2013 issued by the Minister for Justice and the Minister for Sport.

Australian Sports Commission — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Sports Commission ‑0.3 ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5

The Government will achieve savings of $2.2 million over five years through efficiencies in the administration of the Australian Sports Commission.

Christmas Island Strategy — projects to support increased population — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 4.7

The Government will provide $4.7 million in 2013‑14 to extend by one year the 2010‑11 Budget measure titled Christmas Island Strategy — projects to support increased population. This funding will support essential health, policing, education and air transport services for residents on Christmas Island.

Community infrastructure projects in Armidale, Inverell and Werris Creek

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 0.5

The Government will provide $540,000 in 2013‑14 to support the improvement and construction of regional infrastructure for community sporting, automotive and youth associations in the New South Wales communities of Armidale, Inverell and Werris Creek.

Community infrastructure projects in Manning Valley, Port Macquarie and Hastings Valley

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 0.4

The Government will provide $412,500 in 2013‑14 to support the improvement and construction of regional infrastructure for youth, community and cultural projects in the New South Wales communities of Manning Valley, Port Macquarie and Hastings Valley.

Creative Australia — Arts Training Organisations — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 4.9 5.2 5.3 5.5

The Government will provide $20.8 million over four years from 2013‑14 to six of Australia's national elite arts training organisations.

The six training organisations are: the Australian Ballet School; the Australian Youth Orchestra; the Flying Fruit Fly Circus; the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association Dance College; the National Institute of Circus Arts and the National Institute of Dramatic Arts.

Funding will be provided to enable these organisations to continue to deliver elite training to Australian students pursuing careers in theatre, dance and music.

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

Creative Australia — ArtsReady — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 0.9 1.4 0.7 0.4

The Government will provide $3.4 million over four years from 2013‑14 to establish the ArtsReady program to support skills development in secondary schools and the arts industry.

ArtsReady will support skills development in the arts sector through clearly defined and accredited vocational training pathways, offering a mix of school‑based and full time traineeships to assist students in finding employment opportunities in the arts industry.

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

Creative Australia — ArtStart — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australia Council 2.4 2.4 2.4 2.5

The Government will provide $9.7 million over four years from 2013‑14 to the Australia Council for the Arts to continue the ArtStart program.

ArtStart, established in 2009‑10, provides start‑up financial assistance to recent art graduates to develop their professional art practice into a sustainable business. One‑off grants of up to $10,000 will continue to be provided to individual graduate artists to enable them to create a major work or event or build their portfolio.

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

Creative Australia — Australian Interactive Games Fund — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

The Government will provide $20.0 million over three years from 2012‑13 to Screen Australia to establish and administer an Australian Interactive Games Fund to help support the development of the interactive video gaming industry in Australia.

The fund will provide direct development and production support to games projects and assist independent games studios to enhance their creative output, develop projects that are investor ready and accommodate the increasing costs of games development across new technology platforms.

Further information can be found in the press release of 15 November 2012 issued by the then Minister for the Arts.

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

Creative Australia — enhancing the Australia Council for the Arts

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australia Council 18.3 18.6 19.0 19.4

The Government will provide $75.3 million over four years from 2013‑14 to the Australia Council for the Arts (the Council) in response to the recommendations of the 2012 Review of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Funding will be provided as follows:

  • $15.0 million per annum for arts organisations across a range of artforms to address the demand for high quality creative content from established, emerging and hybrid artforms;
  • $1.25 million per annum to establish a $2.5 million funding pool for major performing arts organisations to access on a competitive basis, subject to matched funding from State and Territory Governments;
  • $1.0 million per annum to build the professional capacity of the arts sector by assisting the Council to develop formal programs of professional development for arts sector managers and cultural leaders; and
  • $1.0 million per annum for the Council to develop a detailed and systematic program of data collection to produce an annual publication on the arts sector.

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

Creative Australia — Indigenous Languages Support — expansion

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 3.4 3.5 3.5 3.6
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑1.6 ‑1.6 ‑1.7 ‑1.7
Total — Expense 1.8 1.8 1.9 1.9

The Government will provide an additional $14.0 million over four years to expand the existing Indigenous Languages Support program and to enable applications for funding from projects based in the Torres Strait Islands.

The Indigenous Languages Support program supports the maintenance, revival and transmission of Australian Indigenous languages.

The provision of additional funding was recommended in the 2012 Our Land, Our Languages report on language learning in Indigenous communities.

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs will contribute $6.6 million over four years from 2013‑14 toward the cost of this measure from existing resources within the Indigenous Communities Strategic Investment Program.

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

Creative Australia — Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.9
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ‑1.4 ‑1.4 ‑1.4 ‑1.5
Total — Expense 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.5

The Government will provide an additional $11.3 million over four years from 2013‑14 to continue the 2009‑10 Closing the Gap component of the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program.

This additional funding will allow the IVAIS program to continue supporting the professional development of Indigenous art workers and managers through operational funding for Indigenous art centres and industry service organisations. In addition, this funding will support the following initiatives:

  • the development of a tailored governance program by the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations;
  • the development of print and online training resources through Innovation and Business Skills Australia; and
  • the delivery of targeted training for Indigenous art workers engaged through the Indigenous Employment Initiative.

The Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs will contribute $5.6 million over four years from 2013‑14 toward the cost of this measure from existing resources within the Indigenous Communities Strategic Investment Program.

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

Creative Australia — location incentive for international film and television productions

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 20.0

The Government will provide $20.0 million to provide financial incentives to increase Australia's attractiveness as a world‑class filming destination.

The $20.0 million incentive will help attract large budget international film and television productions to Australia, resulting in jobs and opportunities for the Australian screen industry.

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

Creative Australia — Major Performing Arts — increased base funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australia Council 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.4

The Government will provide $9.3 million over four years from 2013‑14 to the Australia Council for the Arts to provide additional base funding to six state based Major Performing Arts companies.

The six companies are: Bangarra Dance Theatre (NSW); Belvoir — Company B (NSW); Black Swan State Theatre Company (WA); Malthouse Theatre (VIC); Circus Oz (VIC) and the West Australian Ballet (WA).

Funding will ensure that these six companies are able to continue to meet international standards of excellence, creativity and innovation.

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

Creative Australia — Private Sector Support for the Arts

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 3.8 4.8

The Government will provide $8.6 million over two years to Creative Partnerships Australia in response to the 2011 Review of Private Sector Support for the Arts (the Mitchell Review).

The Government will:

  • provide additional funding to support a matched funding initiative ($7.1 million over two years), a crowd sourcing initiative ($1.0 million over two years) and a micro loans scheme for the arts sector ($0.5 million over two years); and
  • transfer a number of private sector support programs to the Australian Taxation Office and implementation of new programs related to the recognition of donors to the arts, awareness raising and advisory services.

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

Creative Australia — supporting Australian digital productions

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Screen Australia 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5

The Government will provide $10.0 million over four years to Screen Australia to support the Australian screen production industry across a range of digital platforms, including television.

This funding will supplement Screen Australia's existing multi‑platform programs to extend the reach of Australian content and to support the production industry in developing innovative Australian work.

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

Crescent Head Surf Club — contribution

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 2.2

The Government will provide a contribution of $2.2 million in 2013‑14 to support the construction of the Crescent Head Surf Club in New South Wales.

Cricket World Cup — assistance

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Various Agencies
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
Total — Expense
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Australian Federal Police
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Total — Capital

The Government will provide $14.5 million over five years to help ensure the successful staging of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, with funding allocated as follows:

  • the Australian Federal Police will receive $9.0 million to provide security and protection services;
  • the Attorney‑General's Department will receive $3.6 million to oversee security operations;
  • the Department of Immigration and Citizenship will receive $2.0 million to issue and process visas and will collect revenue of $2.9 million from visa issuing fees;
  • the Australian Taxation Office will receive $1.4 million to manage taxation issues for the event;
  • the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation will receive $1.2 million to provide security services; and
  • IP Australia will receive $0.2 million to protect property rights associated with the event.

The cost of this measure will be offset against a provision in the Contingency Reserve included in the 2012‑13 Budget.

This measure builds on the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012‑13 measure Major Sporting Events Taskforce — additional funding.

Filming of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo — contribution

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 21.6

The Government will provide $21.6 million to attract production of the feature film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo to Australia.

This measure is expected to provide a boost to the film production industry in Australia, creating an estimated 2,000 jobs in the screen production sector. It will also create further jobs and economic activity by engaging more than 1,000 suppliers that provide services such as transport, catering and hospitality.

The Australian Government's contribution is in addition to the Location Offset, which provides a 16.5 per cent refundable tax offset for the production of large‑budget international film and television projects shot in Australia.

Indian Ocean Territories — essential air services

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport nfp

The Government will provide funding in 2012‑13 to meet its commitments to Virgin Australia under an agreement for underwriting essential air services to the Indian Ocean Territories. The Government awarded the contract to Virgin Australia in December 2009 to provide air services to the the Indian Ocean Territories.

Funding for this measure is not for publication in 2012‑13 as negotiations with the service provider are commercial‑in‑confidence.

Local Government Financial Assistance Grants — accelerating payments

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 1,136.6 ‑1,136.6

The Government will pay the first two instalments of the expected 2013‑14 local government financial assistance grants to local councils in 2012‑13 so they have immediate use of these funds.

This will provide flexibility and support to local governments, including as they continue to manage reconstruction efforts in light of recent natural disaster events.

Major Sporting Events Taskforce — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport

The Government will provide $3.0 million over three years to further strengthen the Major Sporting Events Taskforce within the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, to help ensure the successful staging of the 2015 Cricket World Cup and the Asian Football Cup.

The cost of this measure will be offset against a provision previously included in the Contingency Reserve in the 2012‑13 Budget.

This measure builds on the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012‑13 measure titled Major Sporting Events Taskforce — additional funding.

Murray‑Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Total — Expense

The Government will provide $100.0 million over five years from 2012‑13 for the Murray‑Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification program.

The program will provide grants to assist those communities that are most affected by the implementation of the Murray‑Darling Basin Plan. The program will comprise two streams of funding designed to support community driven regional economic diversification projects and building diversification opportunities.

The cost of this measure will be met through a reallocation of $100.0 million from the Strengthening Basin Communities program in the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

Departmental funding of $2.3 million will be provided from within the $100.0 million provided to the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport to administer the program.

National Disaster Recovery Taskforce — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 0.3 5.3 4.3
Attorney‑General's Department ‑1.0
Total — Expense 0.3 4.3 4.3

The Government will provide $8.9 million over three years from 2012‑13 to extend the operations of the National Disaster Recovery Taskforce to 30 June 2015. A further $1.0 million will be transferred from the Attorney‑General's Department to the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport in 2013‑14 to support the Taskforce.

The Taskforce will continue its role in assisting the Australian Government Reconstruction Inspectorate achieve value for money in reconstruction and recovery efforts following natural disaster events in Queensland and Victoria from 2010‑11 to 2012‑13.

The extension of the Taskforce is consistent with the National Partnership Agreement signed between the Commonwealth and the State of Queensland on 8 February 2013.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 8 February 2013 issued by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer and the Minister Assisting on Queensland Floods Recovery.

National Integrity of Sport Unit — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 0.9 0.9

The Government will provide $1.7 million over two years from 2013‑14 to expand the capabilities of the National Integrity of Sport Unit (NISU) within the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.

Additional funding will allow the NISU to enhance its ability to assess and respond to information about drugs and corruption in sport through developing specialist information management and gathering capabilities.

This funding will help ensure the Government has appropriate resources in place to respond to the issues raised in the Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport report released by the Australian Crime Commission on 7 February 2013.

Norfolk Island — essential air services

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport nfp

The Government will provide funding in 2012‑13 to meet its commitments to Air New Zealand under an agreement for underwriting essential air services to Norfolk Island. The Government awarded the contract to Air New Zealand in December 2011 to provide air services to Norfolk Island.

Funding for this measure is not for publication in 2012‑13 as negotiations with the service provider are commercial‑in‑confidence.

Norfolk Island Government — financial assistance

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 5.4

The Government will provide $5.4 million in 2013‑14 to the Norfolk Island Government. The funding consists of $4.4 million to help support the continued operation of the Norfolk Island Administration, $0.5 million to strengthen Norfolk Island's governance arrangements, and $0.5 million to provide additional short term services for child protection, family support, aged care assessments and an apprenticeship program targeting Norfolk Island's youth.

Northern Australia Sustainable Futures — extension

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 1.1 1.3

The Government will provide $2.4 million over two years to continue the Northern Australia Sustainable Futures (NASF) program. The NASF program supports activities that enhance Indigenous and community engagement in policy and planning, improve water management, promote carbon farming and facilitate the opportunities outlined in the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper. The NASF program will also support the Northern Australia Ministerial Forum and will be managed by the Office of Northern Australia in the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport.

Parliament House Walk — contribution

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Department of the Treasury
Total — Expense

The Government will provide $0.1 million in 2012‑13 to the ACT Government, as a contribution toward the cost of constructing the Parliament House Walk between the Civic Centre and Parliament House in Canberra.

The cost of this measure will be met by redirecting funding from the Parliament House Walk — feasibility study measure announced in the 2012‑13 Budget.

Pentland Power Feasibility Study — contribution

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 0.3 2.3

The Government will provide up to $2.5 million as a contribution towards a feasibility study to examine both the electricity generation capacity required to drive future economic development in North Queensland and the potential to develop land for sugarcane production, milling, ethanol and cogeneration infrastructure in the Pentland region.

The Commonwealth contribution will be contingent on the feasibility study's scope being agreed by a steering committee made up of representatives from the local community, industry and the Commonwealth.

Further information can be found in the press release of 5 April 2013 issued by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer.

Rebuilding of the Dunalley Community Hall — contribution

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 0.3

The Government will provide $250,000 in 2013‑14 as a contribution towards the rebuilding of the community hall in Dunalley, Tasmania, which was destroyed by the Tasmanian bushfires in January 2013.

The funding will be provided through the Community Infrastructure Grants Program.

Further information can be found in the press release of 1 March 2013 issued by the Prime Minister.

Referendum on the financial recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Electoral Commission 3.0 40.8
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 1.1 10.5
Total — Expense 4.1 51.3
Australian Electoral Commission 0.2

The Government will provide $55.6 million over two years to conduct a referendum on the financial recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution.

The referendum will be held on the same date as the 2013 federal election. The Australian Electoral Commission will receive $44.0 million over two years to conduct the referendum and the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, the Arts and Sport will receive $11.6 million to undertake a national civics education campaign to provide information to the general public on the referendum and reform process.

Regional Structural Adjustment Assistance package — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport .. ‑43.6 ‑5.4 ‑57.4 ‑28.6

The Government will achieve savings of $179.3 million over six years (including $27.0 million in 2017‑18 and $17.2 million in 2018‑19) by ceasing the Clean Energy Future — Regional Structural Adjustment Assistance package.

The $200.0 million Clean Energy Future — Regional Structural Adjustment Assistance package was primarily established to provide structural adjustment assistance to regions strongly affected by the Government's Contracts for Closure program. This assistance is no longer required as the Government is not proceeding with the Contracts for Closure program.

This measure is part of the reforms to the Clean Energy Future package due to the lower projected carbon price estimates.

Townsville Convention and Entertainment Centre — contribution

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport 5.0

The Government will provide $5.0 million in 2013‑14 to contribute to the upgrade and repair of the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.

The Townsville City Council will also provide $2.0 million toward the upgrade project.

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