Australian Government, 2012‑13 Budget

Part 1: Revenue Measures (Continued)


Australian Federal Police — partial cost recovery of airport policing

Revenue ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16
Australian Federal Police 38.2 39.3 40.5

The Government will partially recover the costs of aviation security services that are provided by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) at Australia's major international airports, consistent with the Australian Government's Cost Recovery policy. The charging relates only to the cost of the AFP's community policing role which supports commercial enterprises at major airports. Other aspects of the AFP's role at airports, including counter‑terrorism activities, will not be affected by this arrangement.

The charging arrangement will commence on 1 July 2013 and will apply to operators of the 10 airports to which the AFP provides a community policing function (Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney).

The measure will generate revenue of $118.1 million over four years.

Court fee increases

Revenue ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16
Various Agencies 10.9 22.0 22.0 22.0
Attorney‑General's Department
Total — Revenue 10.9 22.0 22.0 22.0
Various Agencies 1.7 0.9 0.9 0.9
Attorney‑General's Department
Total — Expense 1.7 0.9 0.9 0.9

The Government will reform court fees to better reflect the capacity of different types of litigants to pay, with an overall increase to court fee revenue of $76.9 million over four years. The reforms will send more appropriate price signals to court users to encourage them to utilise alternative dispute processes where appropriate, and will focus particularly on fees for corporations and resource intensive matters.

These changes form part of the Government's wider court reform package that focuses on improving judicial transparency, accessibility, and timely resolution of disputes.

Extension of the South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement — Textile, Clothing and Footwear Scheme

Revenue ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

The Government is providing for continued duty free entry of certain textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) from Forum Island Countries that are covered by the South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement (SPARTECA) by extending the SPARTECA (TCF provisions) Scheme until 31 December 2014. This measure is estimated to have no revenue impact over the forward estimates period. Operating costs for the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education will be met from within existing resources.

Under SPARTECA, certain goods manufactured in Forum Island Countries may enter Australia duty free. The SPARTECA (TCF Provisions) Scheme allows TCF manufacturers to access duty free entry to Australia, promoting economic development in the Pacific.

The new Scheme end date of 31 December 2014 links with the TCF tariff reduction to five per cent from 1 January 2015.

Passenger movement charge — increase

Revenue ($m)
2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15 2015‑16
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 85.0 140.0 175.0 210.0

The Government will increase the passenger movement charge by $8 to $55 per passenger with effect from 1 July 2012, with the charge to be indexed annually by movements in the Consumer Price Index thereafter. The measure is estimated to increase revenue by $610.0 million over the forward estimates period.

The passenger movement charge was last increased in 2008.

See the related expense measure Asia Marketing Fund — establishment.

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