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Budget | 2015-16

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

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Environment

Antarctica — maintaining Australia's presence

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Environment 9.4

The Government will provide $9.4 million in 2015‑16 to maintain functions that support Australia's presence in Antarctica. The funding will contribute to the maintenance of station operations and Antarctic science projects.

Climate Change Authority — extension

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Climate Change Authority 3.6 2.6
Department of the Environment ‑3.8 ‑1.6 ‑0.8
Total — Expense ‑3.8 2.0 1.8

To give effect to the agreement on the Emissions Reduction Fund, the Government will provide $6.1 million over two years from 2015‑16 from within the existing resources of the Department of the Environment to extend the Climate Change Authority until 31 December 2016.

Government Response to the Home Insulation Program Royal Commission — act of grace payments

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Environment nfp

The Government provided act of grace payments in 2014‑15 to the next of kin of the four deceased insulation installers as part of its final response to the Report of the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program.

The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) for privacy reasons.

Further information can be found in the press release of 23 December 2014 issued by the Minister for the Environment.

Green Army — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Social Services 3.4
Department of Human Services 0.3
Department of the Environment ‑6.6 ‑13.8 ‑45.6 ‑7.2
Total — Expense ‑6.6 ‑13.8 ‑41.9 ‑7.2

The Government will achieve savings of $73.2 million over four years from 2015‑16 from efficiencies in the Green Army programme. The Government will continue to provide $701.9 million over four years from 2015‑16 for Green Army projects and will deliver on its election commitment of 1,500 projects in 2018‑19.

The savings from the Green Army programme will be partly offset by an increase in income support payments in the Social Services Portfolio.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to fund policy priorities including supporting the Reef Trust.

National Landcare Programme — funding adjustment

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Environment ‑2.2 ‑10.2

The Government will achieve savings of $12.3 million over five years from 2014‑15 from the Natural Heritage Trust component of the National Landcare Programme. The Government will continue to provide $853.9 million over four years from 2015‑16 for the Natural Heritage Trust.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to fund policy priorities including supporting the Reef Trust.

National Urban Water and Desalination Plan — savings

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Environment ‑1.2

The Government will achieve savings of $1.2 million in 2014‑15 from the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan.

Funding of $21.2 million in 2014‑15 and $7.7 million in 2015‑16 has been allocated to nine projects under the National Urban Water and Desalination Plan.

The savings from this measure will be redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Reef Trust — additional contribution

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Environment 5.5 25.0 30.0 39.5

The Government will provide an additional $100.0 million over four years from 2015‑16 to the Reef Trust to support the delivery of priority projects in the Great Barrier Reef, bringing the total contribution to the Reef Trust to $140.0 million.

This measure extends the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Reef 2050 Plan — establishment.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 21 March 2015 issued by the Prime Minister, the Premier of Queensland, the Minister for the Environment and the Queensland Minister for the Environment.

Smaller Government — Environment Portfolio

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Environment

The Government will further reduce the number of government bodies by abolishing the Water Act Expert Panel following the completion of its review of the Water Act 2007, the report of which was tabled on 19 December 2014.

Additionally, the following bodies have ceased operations:

  • the Emissions Reduction Fund Expert Reference Group — following the completion of consultations leading to the implementation of the Emissions Reduction Fund; and
  • the River Murray Water Committee — with its residual functions to be performed by the River Murray Operations Committee.

This measure is part of the fourth 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.

Tasmanian Irrigation Tranche II — contribution

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Treasury 34.4 18.0 7.6
Department of the Environment
Total — Expense 34.4 18.0 7.6

The Government will provide $60.0 million over four years from 2015‑16 towards the development of four irrigation projects in Tasmania. The projects aim to deliver reliable irrigation water to landholders and a secure drinking water supply for the town of Bothwell. The projects will be collaboratively funded with the Tasmanian Government and through the sale of irrigation water rights to the private sector.

Further information can be found in the press release of 19 February 2015 issued by the Prime Minister.