Australian Government, 2013-14 Budget
Budget

Part 3: Capital Measures (Continued)

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Afghanistan — Australian Embassy

Capital ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 9.5 26.6 16.5

The Government will provide $52.6 million over three years to lease properties and construct a purpose built residential compound for Australian Government representatives working at the Australian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. The new facilities will support continued Australian Government engagement with Afghanistan after the transition of security responsibilities to the Afghan Government. Construction of the compound will commence in 2013‑14 and is due for completion by 2016‑17.

International Communications Network — upgrade

Capital ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 10.2 13.5 8.5 4.7
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 3.6 7.2 10.2 10.3
Department of Finance and Deregulation .. 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total — Expense .. 3.7 7.3 10.3 10.3

The Government will provide $215.9 million between 2012‑13 and 2018‑19 (including $18.5 million in 2017‑18 and operating costs of $11.5 million in 2018‑19) to upgrade the Australia's International Communications Network (ICN) operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This measure also includes funding of $0.3 million over four years for the Department of Finance and Deregulation for the Gateway Review Process.

The ICN supports the transmission and exchange of unclassified through to top secret information through over 140 sites in Australia and around the globe operating 24 hours a day. The upgraded ICN will strengthen classified connectivity and information sharing, increase protection against cyber threats, strengthen coordination and decision‑making through improved connectivity, and improve productivity by addressing limitations of the current system.

Funding for this measure includes $117.4 million from within the existing resources of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Nairobi Chancery — construction

Capital ($m)
  2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 0.2 1.4 2.2 17.3
AusAID .. 0.1 .. 0.4
Department of Immigration and Citizenship .. .. .. ..
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research .. .. ..
Australian Trade Commission
Total — Capital 0.2 1.5 2.2 17.7
Department of Immigration and Citizenship ..
AusAID
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Total — Expense ..

The Government will provide $50.6 million over seven years, (including $17.6 million in 2017‑18, $9.7 million in 2018‑19, and $1.6 million in 2019‑20) to construct a new Australian Chancery in Nairobi, Kenya. The new Chancery will be purpose built to address security concerns with the existing Chancery, and to alleviate capacity constraints from increases in Australian Government representation.

This measure includes funding of $0.7 million for the Australian Trade Commission that will be met from within the agencies' existing resourcing.

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