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Budget | 2015-16

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

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Industry and Science

Australian Synchrotron — contribution to operational funding — extension

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation 13.0

The Government will provide $20.5 million in 2016‑17 to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation to meet part of the $30.0 million cost of operating the Australian Synchrotron in 2016‑17. The remaining operating costs will be met through contributions from the Victorian Government and the New Zealand Synchrotron Group Ltd.

The cost of this measure will be partly met from within the existing resources of the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Defence.

Automotive Transformation Scheme — revised implementation

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Industry and Science 100.0 175.0 150.0 183.4 175.0

The Government will not progress the Automotive Transformation Scheme — reduction in funding measure announced in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14, and the Automotive Assistance — reduced funding measure announced in the 2014‑15 Budget, as most of the savings will be realised as a result of decisions taken by car manufacturers.

The net impact of this measure is $105.0 million (from 2014‑15 to 2020‑21) when the related estimates variation, as a result of market developments, is taken into account.

This reflects the reality that the decisions taken by motor vehicle manufacturers to cease production in Australia by the end of 2017 have reduced demand for the Automotive Transformation Scheme by $795.0 million over seven years from 2014‑15.

Cooperative Research Centres — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Industry and Science ‑1.6 ‑5.7 ‑7.0 ‑12.5

The Government will achieve savings of $26.8 million over four years from 2015‑16 by reducing funding for the Cooperative Research Centres programme.

The Government will continue to provide $732.4 million over the forward estimates for the programme pending the outcome of a review announced by the Minister for Industry and Science on 16 September 2014.

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

Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Programme — savings

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Industry and Science ‑23.0 ‑1.3 ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0

The Government will achieve savings of $27.3 million over five years from 2014‑15 from the Entrepreneurs' Infrastructure Programme. The saving will be achieved in part by changing the implementation of elements of the Single Business Service and Business Management initiatives. Funding of $526.4 million over four years from 2015‑16 will remain available to support programme objectives.

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

Home Insulation Program Industry Payment Scheme — establishment

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Industry and Science nfp nfp

The Government will provide funding for payments to pre‑existing home insulation businesses adversely affected by the Home Insulation Program which ran from 2009 to 2010. The Home Insulation Program Industry Payment Scheme is part of the Government's response to the Royal Commission into the Home Insulation Program.

The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) due to commercial‑in‑confidence considerations.

Industry grant programmes — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Industry and Science ‑17.6 ‑12.1 ‑2.0

The Government will achieve savings of $31.7 million over three years from 2014‑15 by reducing funding for the following programmes which were closed to new applications on 1 January 2015:

  • Commercialisation Australia;
  • Enterprise Connect; and
  • Industry Innovation Precincts.

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

National Low Emissions Coal Initiative — funding adjustment

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Industry and Science ‑3.4

The Government will achieve savings of $3.4 million in 2014‑15 from the National Low Emissions Coal Initiative (NLECI) by reducing funding for the Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research and Development Project. Funding of $17.5 million over two years from 2015‑16 will remain available for NLECI to support the development and deployment of technologies that aim to reduce emissions from coal use.

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

Smaller Government — Industry and Science Portfolio

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

The Government will further reduce the number of government bodies by abolishing the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Environment Strategic Advisory Committee, as the function has been reallocated by CSIRO to the relevant flagship advisory committee. IIF Investments Pty Ltd, and its assets, have been transferred to the Department of Industry and Science.

In addition, the CSIRO Marine National Facility Steering Committee will become a subcommittee under the CSIRO Board, to strengthen the Board's oversight of the facility.

Additionally, the following bodies have ceased operations: the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) (with its functions performed by the Department of Industry and Science and its work published under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Economist); and the Consumer Advocacy Panel (with its functions transferred from the Commonwealth to Energy Consumers Australia established by the South Australian Government on behalf of the Council of Australian Governments' Energy Council).

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.