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Budget | 2015-16

Budget 2015-16
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2015-16

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Communications

Digital Transformation Agenda — Portfolio Contributions

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Various Agencies ‑11.1 ‑44.7 ‑23.2 ‑22.1 ‑18.0
Various Agencies ‑0.8

The Government will direct savings of $120.0 million over five years from 2014‑15 from a range of portfolios to support the implementation of the Digital Transformation Agenda.

This measure includes financial contributions from agencies within portfolios that are involved in the digital delivery of services, and transfers of functions from the Department of Finance and the Department of Communications to the Digital Transformation Office.

See also the related expense measure titled Digital Transformation Agenda — Stage One and establishment of the Digital Transformation Office.

Digital Transformation Agenda — Stage One and establishment of the Digital Transformation Office

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Digital Transformation Office 28.6 25.7 22.4 20.9
Australian Taxation Office 13.8 3.1 3.1 2.0
Department of Social Services 10.9 12.2 5.6 1.8
Department of Human Services 10.7 2.3 0.4
Department of Finance 0.8 0.8 1.0 0.8
Department of Industry and Science 0.4
Total — Expense 65.3 44.1 32.5 25.4
Department of Social Services 34.2 26.4 8.2
Australian Taxation Office 14.8
Digital Transformation Office 2.2 0.2
Department of Industry and Science 1.2
Department of Human Services 0.3
Total — Capital 52.6 26.6 8.2

The Government will provide $254.7 million over four years from 2015‑16 to support the initial implementation of the Digital Transformation Agenda, which will deliver a better user experience for individuals and businesses engaging with government, reduce red tape and increase the efficiency of government service delivery.

This measure includes the provision of $95.4 million over four years from 2015‑16 to establish the Digital Transformation Office (DTO) as a new Executive Agency within the Communications portfolio.

This measure also includes funding for the implementation of projects that form Stage One of the Digital Transformation Agenda, including:

  • $106.8 million for streamlining government grants administration by adopting standard business processes, a common ICT platform, improved reporting arrangements and a single portal to search and apply for grant opportunities;
  • $33.3 million for the development of a trusted digital identity framework, which will provide individuals and businesses with easier ways to access government services;
  • $11.5 million for the enhancement of the tell us once service to enable users to update their contact information with government once and have this information transmitted to relevant linked agencies;
  • $7.1 million for the development of a whole‑of‑government digital mailbox solution to enable individuals and businesses to receive and transact with digital messages and documents from government in a seamless, secure environment; and
  • the development of a mandatory digital service standard to ensure government information and services are delivered in a simple, efficient, effective and consistent manner, with costs to be met within the core funding provided to the DTO.

See also the related savings measure titled Digital Transformation Agenda — Portfolio Contributions.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy for E‑Government and the Digital Economy and in the press release issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for Communications on 23 January 2015.

Smaller Government — Communications Portfolio

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The Government has further reduced the number of government bodies by abolishing the ABC Splash Strategic Advisory Group. This body is no longer necessary, following completion of its work to assist the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the development phase of ABC Splash.

This measure is part of the third phase of the Smaller Government reforms which reduce the size and complexity of government.

The Smaller Government reforms are eliminating duplication and waste, streamlining services and reducing the cost of government administration.