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Budget | 2015-16

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

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Finance

Central Budget Management System — further redevelopment

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
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The Government will further redevelop the Central Budget Management System (CBMS) underpinning the budget and financial management of the Australian Government. The redeveloped CBMS will deliver a stable technology platform that supports business process improvements and delivers functional efficiencies. The high level customisation required has increased the development effort necessary to complete the project.

This measure extends the 2010‑11 Budget measure titled Central Budget Management System — comprehensive redevelopment.

For commercial confidentiality reasons, the financial impact of this measure is not for publication.

Defence Housing Australia — reform

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Finance 3.5 0.5

The Government will provide $4.0 million over two years from 2015‑16 to undertake a reform of Defence Housing Australia (DHA). This will include a review of DHA's accounting, information technology and business reporting systems to improve transparency of the cost of providing DHA's services, as well as a review of DHA's business plans to support the sustainable delivery of quality and accessible housing and accommodation services.

The reform will better position DHA to continue to meet the needs of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families. There will be no change to the entitlements of ADF members.

Simplifying Parliamentary Budgets

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Comcare 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2
Department of Finance 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total — Expense 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3

The Government will simplify parliamentary entitlements by streamlining office budgets and better aligning travel provisions with the purpose of travel.

Current office budgets will be streamlined into two separate budgets, office and electorate support, to provide greater efficiency and flexibility for parliamentarians. The value of the two budgets will be equivalent to the present entitlement. The realignment of travel provisions will provide greater clarity in assessing travel entitlements and will also include a value for money assessment.

The Government will also provide $1.4 million over four years to implement a parliamentarians' injury compensation scheme beginning 1 January 2016. The scheme will provide a senator or member with an entitlement to compensation in respect of an injury that arises out of, or in the course of the performance of, his or her duties as a parliamentarian.

Smaller Government — Australian Rail Track Corporation Limited — scoping study

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

The Government will undertake a scoping study in 2015‑16 on options for the future management, operations and ownership of the Australian Rail Track Corporation Ltd. The cost of the scoping study will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Finance.

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.

Smaller Government — Australian Securities and Investments Commission Registry Function — commercialisation

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Finance 11.6
Australian Securities and Investments Commission 1.0
Total — Expense 12.6

The Government will provide $11.6 million in 2015‑16 to the Department of Finance to undertake a competitive tender process to market test the capacity of a private provider to upgrade and operate the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) Registry and to develop value added products.

In addition, the Government will provide $1.0 million in 2015‑16 to ASIC to assist with preparations.

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.

Smaller Government — Finance Portfolio

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

The Albury‑Wodonga Development Corporation (AWDC) Hume Gardens Estate joint venture, a subsidiary body of the AWDC, has ceased operations as part of the implementation of the 2014‑15 Budget measures to abolish the AWDC.

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.

See also the related 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Smaller Government — additional reductions in the number of Australian Government bodies.

Whole‑of‑government procurement arrangements — Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) products and services

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Finance 3.4 3.3 4.5 4.4
Various Agencies ‑5.8 ‑8.8 ‑14.8
Total — Expense 3.4 ‑2.5 ‑4.2 ‑10.4

The Government will expand coordinated procurement arrangements to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of procurement of ICT products and services, including software licensing by Non Corporate Commonwealth Entities that are subject to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

This is estimated to result in whole‑of‑government savings of $13.7 million over four years from 2015‑16.

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