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2003-04 Budget

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Prime Minister and Cabinet

Australian Honours and Awards System - administration

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4

The Government will provide additional funding of $1.6 million over four years to the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor General to cover the additional expenses for processing an increased number of nominations and granting an increased number of Australian Honours and Awards.

Since 1998-99 there has been an increase of 53 per cent in the number of nominations received and processed and an increase of 55 per cent in the number of awards granted.

Commonwealth Ombudsman - maintaining services

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman 0.8 0.8 0.5 0.5
Australian Taxation Office -0.3 -0.3 - -

The Government will provide additional funding of $2.6 million over four years to the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman to meet an expected increase in law enforcement complaints arising and to manage complex tax related complaints. Funding of $0.3 million in 2003-04 and 2004-05 has been offset by a reduction in the appropriation for the Australian Taxation Office to assist meeting costs associated with this increased work load.

Policy advice and the coordination of government policy - increased capacity

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 4.2 3.6 3.6 3.7

The Government is providing additional funding of $15.1 million over four years to enable the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to provide high quality policy advice and coordination for the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The need for additional capacity primarily reflects the increased focus of Cabinet on strategic policy areas and the changed security environment.

The additional funding will also provide for enhanced building security arrangements and information technology services for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Women's Programme - funding

Expense ($m)
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 7.6 2.5 - -

The Government will provide funding of $10.1 million over two years from 2003-04 which includes funding of $5 million in 2003-04 and $2.5 million in 2004-05 to the Partnerships Against Domestic Violence programme and funding of $2.6 million in 2003-04 for the National Initiative to Combat Sexual Assault. This measure also extends the Partnerships Against Domestic Violence programme by one year to 2004-05.

This funding will ensure the Government maintains its high level of commitment to these programmes.

The prevention of domestic violence is a major part of the Government's strategy to strengthen families and to create healthy and safe communities. The current programme focuses on Indigenous communities, children, men who use violence, women's services and national community awareness.

The initiative to combat sexual assault aims to establish partnerships to develop, test and implement strategies to address the incidence of sexual assault in the community, including campaigns to promote community awareness.


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