Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)

Resources, Energy and Tourism

Australia in the Asian Century — Resources and Energy Counsellor in Beijing

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism

The Government will provide $6.0 million over five years to appoint a Resources and Energy Counsellor in Beijing, China.

This measure forms part of the Government's strategy to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Asian century.

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 Australia in the Asian Century White Paper of
28 October 2012 issued by the Prime Minister.

Australia Week in China

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 1.8

The Government will provide $1.8 million in 2014‑15 to hold an Australia Week in China in Shanghai in 2014. The event is aimed at broadening and strengthening Australia's relationship with China, consistent with the Australia in the Asian Century White Paper and Tourism 2020 strategy. Tourism Australia will lead the coordination of the event.

Further information can be found in the press release of 8 April 2013 issued by the Prime Minister.

Australian Renewable Energy Agency — deferral of funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Australian Renewable Energy Agency ‑70.0 ‑150.0 ‑150.0

The Government will rephase funding of $370.0 million over three years from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to beyond the forward estimates and extend the program by two years to 2021‑22. Total funding for ARENA will be over $3 billion.

ARENA provides grants and other financial assistance for the research and development, demonstration and commercialisation of renewable energy and related technologies.

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

Australian Renewable Energy Agency support — additional departmental funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 6.1

The Government will provide an additional $6.1 million in 2013‑14 to the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism to assist in the delivery of Australian Renewable Energy Agency programs. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency provides grants and other financial assistance for the research and development, demonstration and commercialisation of renewable energy and related technologies.

Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships — reduction in funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism ‑100.0 ‑200.0 ‑200.0

The Government will reduce funding by $500.0 million over three years for the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Program.

Funding of $1.0 billion over seven years will continue to be provided from 2013‑14 to support the development of large scale integrated carbon capture and storage projects in Australia. This funding will enable at least one project to proceed beyond the feasibility stage with Government support.

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

Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package — reduction in funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism ‑14.5 ‑14.5

The Government will reduce funding by $29.0 million over two years from 2015‑16 for the Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support package.

The remaining program funding of $38.0 million over two years from 2013‑14 will continue to be available to support the research, development and deployment of abatement technologies in the coal industry.

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

Coal Sector Jobs Package — reduction in funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism ‑160.7 ‑113.4

The Government will reduce funding by $274.2 million over two years from 2015‑16 for the Coal Sector Jobs package to reflect the projected carbon price.

The program will now provide funding of $763.5 million over four years from 2013‑14 to support the transition of the most emissions intensive coal mines following the introduction of the carbon price. Assistance will be reviewed in line with any changes to the carbon price.

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

Geoscience Australia — supplementary departmental funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Geoscience Australia 34.0 40.0 40.0 40.0

The Government will provide $154.0 million over four years in supplementary funding to Geoscience Australia to support priority activities. The majority of the funding is for investment in pre‑competitive information, with the remaining funding allocated to custodianship of geographic and geological data, the operation of the Australian Tsunami Warning System, and groundwater research and information services.

Pre‑competitive information informs the Government's decision making on which areas within a region or basin are viable to offer for private exploration. The information is then also used in promoting the exploration potential of those areas, with the aim of achieving the most favourable terms for the release of exploration permits to industry.

Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute — cessation of funding agreement

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism ‑20.0 ‑20.0 ‑2.5 ‑2.5

The Government will cease its funding agreement with the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute following a request from the Institute. The Institute requested that the funding agreement be terminated to allow it to diversify its funding base while continuing to encourage the take‑up of carbon capture and storage technology by facilitating demonstration projects and identifying and supporting necessary research. This change allows the Institute to begin the transition to a fully member‑funded organisation as set out in its 2013 five‑year strategic plan.

This measure will provide savings of $45.0 million over four years.

Household electricity consumption — consumer energy data access

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism

The Government will provide $6.8 million over four years ($1.7 million in 2013‑14, $3.1 million in 2014‑15, $1.7 million in 2015‑16 and $0.3 million in 2016‑17) to design, develop and implement a consumer energy data system. The system will enable a range of service providers to assist energy consumers to better manage their energy usage and costs, including by comparing different retail supply offers.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

International Energy Agency International Energy Program Treaty — stockholding obligation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 0.6 1.0

The Government will provide $1.5 million over two years to enable the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism to assess policy options and conduct consultations regarding Australia's compliance with the International Energy Agency International Energy Program Treaty's 90‑day oil stockholding obligation.

Further information can be found in the Energy White Paper — Australia's Energy Transformation released by the Minister for Resources and Energy on 8 November 2012.

Low Carbon Communities — concluding rounds

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism ‑5.7 ‑17.6 ‑49.0 ‑25.9

The Government will not proceed with further funding rounds for the Community Energy Efficiency program and the Low Income Energy Efficiency program. Program funding of $178.0 million over four years from 2012‑13 will remain available to support agreed projects. Existing Round Two applications will be considered in accordance with the relevant program guidelines and funding will continue to be provided for previously agreed projects. This will provide savings of $98.3 million over four years from 2012‑13.

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

Mandatory industry petroleum statistics reporting — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 1.1 1.0 0.7 0.7

The Government will provide $3.6 million over four years to introduce mandatory petroleum statistics reporting by industry in order to provide more accurate information on domestic oil stockholdings. The measure includes funding for the design and implementation of the required regulatory framework.

National Low Emissions Coal Initiative — reduction in funding

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism ‑32.8 ‑55.4

The Government will reduce funding by $88.2 million over two years for the National Low Emissions Coal Initiative.

The program will now provide funding of $108.9 million over three years from 2013‑14 to support the development and deployment of technologies that aim to reduce emissions from coal use.

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

National Radioactive Waste Management — securing a site and First Stage business case

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 13.6 3.0 4.0 15.0
Department of Finance and Deregulation 0.1
Total — Expense 13.7 3.0 4.0 15.0

The Government will provide $35.7 million over four years to secure a suitable volunteer site and undertake initial scoping and design work required to address Australia's future radioactive waste management requirements as set out in the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012. The measure includes funding to conduct site characterisation studies, establish a Regional Consultative Committee and develop a First Stage business case in accordance with the Two Stage Approval Process for Australian Government Construction Projects.

This measure also provides funding of $50,000 in 2013‑14 to the Department of Finance and Deregulation for the Gateway Review Process.

Resources, Energy and Tourism Counsellor in New Delhi — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.9

The Government will provide $3.1 million over four years to continue posting a Resources, Energy and Tourism Counsellor in New Delhi, India. The counsellor promotes strategic cooperative arrangements and coordinates key engagements with India.

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