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Budget | 2014-15

Budget 2014-15
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2014-15

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Attorney‑General's

Adelaide Festival Centre — support for Asian cultural activities — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department
Department of the Treasury ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5
Total — Expense ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5

The Government will achieve savings of $1.8 million over four years from 2013‑14 by ceasing the Adelaide Festival Centre — support for Asian cultural activities programme.

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

Arts programmes — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department ‑4.4 ‑5.0 ‑9.8 ‑14.6
Screen Australia ‑5.2 ‑5.3 ‑7.3 ‑7.3
Australia Council ‑9.6 ‑6.1 ‑6.2 ‑6.3
Total — Expense ‑19.3 ‑16.3 ‑23.3 ‑28.2

The Government will achieve savings of $87.1 million over four years by reducing uncommitted funding to arts programmes administered by the Attorney‑General's Department, the Australia Council and Screen Australia.

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

Australian Ballet School student residence

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department 1.0

The Government will provide $1.0 million in 2014‑15 to support the purchase of a residence for the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, which will provide boarding accommodation for students.

Australian Emergency Management Institute — establish as a Virtual Institute

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department 2.4 ‑1.1 ‑1.1 ‑1.1

The Government will achieve savings of $0.9 million over four years by transitioning the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) into a 'virtual' institute.

The AEMI will continue to be a Centre of Excellence for knowledge and capability development in the national emergency management sector providing a range of education, training, professional development, information, research and community awareness services to the nation and our region. The transition will allow AEMI greater flexibility to deliver emergency management training.

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

Australian Federal Police — savings from efficiencies

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Federal Police ‑0.9 ‑3.7 ‑3.7 ‑3.7
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police 0.3 .. .. ..

The Government will achieve savings of $11.7 million over four years through increased efficiencies in the Australian Federal Police.

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

Australian Federal Police officers — cessation of additional recruitment

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Federal Police ‑5.1 ‑11.6 ‑11.6 ‑11.7
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police ‑2.5

The Government will achieve savings of $42.5 million over four years from the remaining unspent funding for the measures Sworn Australian Federal Police officers — increase and Australian Federal Police — retention and recruitment programme announced in the 2008‑09 Budget.

The AFP received funding for these measures to operate for five years which has now ceased. The AFP will cease recruitment of additional sworn officers at the end of the 2013‑14 financial year.

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

Australian Human Rights Commission — reduction in appointments

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Human Rights Commission ‑0.4 ‑0.4 ‑0.4 ‑0.4

The Government will achieve savings of $1.7 million over four years by reducing the number of Human Rights Commissioners by one. An existing commissioner will take on a dual appointment, following the next vacancy in July 2014. This will achieve efficiencies within the Human Rights Commission.

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

Australian Interactive Games Fund — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department ‑10.0

The Government will achieve savings of $10.0 million in 2014‑15 by ceasing the Australian Interactive Games Fund from 1 July 2014.

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

Confiscated Assets Account — additional expenditure

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department 21.5 21.5 9.0 9.0

The Government will increase expenditure from the Confiscated Assets Account (CAA) under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by $61.0 million over four years. Expenditure from the CAA will be used to fund crime prevention initiatives.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

See also the related expense measure titled Safer Streets Programme — establishment and National Anti‑Gang Squad in the Attorney‑General's Portfolio.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy to Tackle Crime.

Creative Partnerships Australia — operational funding — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department ‑0.3 1.8 1.9 1.9

The Government will provide $5.4 million over four years to continue the operation of Creative Partnerships Australia (CPA). CPA generates private sector support for the arts through encouraging philanthropy, sponsorship and corporate volunteering.

Disaster Relief — New South Wales and Victorian fires

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department
Department of the Treasury 1.0
Total — Expense 1.0

The Government will provide up to $1.0 million for Personal Hardship Payments under a 50:50 cost‑sharing arrangement with the Victorian Government for those affected by the open cut coal mine fire that started on 9 February 2014. This is in addition to the $1.0 million in payments provided to victims of the September 2013 NSW bushfires through the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment Programme.

Payments to individuals suffering hardship from natural disasters are in addition to those made by the Commonwealth Government to the states for the reconstruction of roads and infrastructure destroyed by natural disasters.

The payment to Victoria will be made under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. Provision for the NSW bushfires has been met from within existing resources of the Attorney‑General's Department.

Get Reading! Programme — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department ‑1.6 ‑1.6 ‑1.6 ‑1.6

The Government will achieve savings of $6.4 million over four years by ceasing the Get Reading! Programme which duplicates activity in the media and publishing sector. The programme will cease from 1 July 2014.

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

Hobart Airport

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Federal Police ‑0.8 ‑4.8 ‑4.8 ‑4.8
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police ‑6.9

The Government will achieve savings of $22.0 million over four years by the Tasmanian Police Force assuming responsibility for security and policing activities at Hobart Airport.

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

Human Rights Education — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department ‑0.3 ‑0.3 ‑0.3 ‑0.8

The Government will achieve savings of $1.8 million over four years by ceasing the Commonwealth Human Rights Education Programme. The programme will cease from 1 July 2014.

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

Indigenous Languages Support Programme — reduced funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department ‑2.3 ‑2.3 ‑2.4 ‑2.5

The Government will achieve savings of $9.5 million over four years from the Indigenous Languages Support Programme (ILS). This saving reduces the additional funds provided in the 2013‑14 Budget measure Creative Australia — Indigenous Languages Support Programme expansion. The ILS will continue to receive funding of $11.1 million per year.

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

Legal Aid — withdrawal of additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department ‑15.0

The Government will achieve savings of $15.0 million in 2014‑15 by partially reducing funding to legal aid commissions as announced in the 2013‑14 Budget measure titled Legal assistance — expansion of funding. The National Partnership for Legal Services Assistance will provide $204.4 million for legal aid in 2014‑15.

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

Matthew Flinders' Chart

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department .. 0.2

The Government will provide $0.2 million over two years from 2014‑15 to work with the United Kingdom Government to transfer to Australia on long‑term loan, Captain Matthew Flinders' original 1804 Chart of Australia, from his 1801‑03 circumnavigation of the continent.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

National Anti‑Gang Squad

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Federal Police 3.6 3.1 3.2
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police 0.2

The Government will provide $10.2 million over three years from 2014‑15 for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to establish a dedicated Western Australian (WA) Anti‑Gangs Squad to fight organised crime at a local level with the support of national tools, resources and intelligence.

The Anti‑Gangs Squad will include officers from the AFP, Western Australia Police and the Australian Taxation Office, with access to the full suite of federal intelligence and operational resource

This measure will be funded from the Confiscated Assets Account which contains seized proceeds of crime.

This measure delivers upon the Government's election commitment that the proceeds of crime be used to fight crime.

Further information can be found in the press release of 1 April 2014 issued by the Prime Minister.

National Bushfire Mitigation Programme

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Treasury 5.0 5.0 5.0
Attorney‑General's Department
Total — Expense 5.0 5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $15.0 million over three years from 2014‑15 to states and territories to implement long term bushfire mitigation strategies and better fuel reduction programmes. This will contribute to safer, more resilient communities, which are better able to prepare for, respond to and withstand the impacts and effects of bushfires.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Election Policy for a Strong and Sustainable Forestry Industry.

National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services — extension

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department

The Government will provide $204.4 million in 2014‑15 to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Legal Assistance Services by one year to 30 June 2015.

Funding under this agreement is provided to legal aid commissions through State and Territory governments to support the provision of legal services to disadvantaged Australians.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department 18.4 29.6
Related capital ($m)
Attorney‑General's Department 5.0 0.3

The Government will provide $53.3 million over two years (including $5.3 million in capital funding) to establish a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

The Royal Commission will inquire into the governance arrangements and alleged financial irregularities associated with the affairs of employee associations, including trade unions, and the adequacy of existing laws as they relate to the governance and financial management arrangements of these entities.

The Royal Commission is expected to report by 31 December 2014.

The cost of this measure will be offset by redirecting funding from the Employment, Industry and Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolios.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 14 March 2014 issued by the Attorney‑General and the Minister for Employment.

Safer Streets Programme — establishment

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department 0.3 18.5 14.7 14.9 0.2

The Government will provide $50.0 million over four years to establish the Safer Streets Programme.

Local communities will be eligible to apply for grants to fund crime prevention programmes such as the installation of CCTV cameras and better lighting in known crime hotspots.

The cost of this measure will be partially offset by ceasing the 2013‑14 Budget measure titled Addressing gang violence and organised crime — National Crime Prevention Fund which was included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14. $1.5 million will be met from within existing resources.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy to Tackle Crime.

Schools Security Programme

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Attorney‑General's Department 6.0 6.0 6.0
Department of the Treasury
Total — Expense 6.0 6.0 6.0

The Government will provide $18.0 million over three years from 2014‑15 to establish the Schools Security Programme. The Programme aims to protect schools and pre‑schools facing a unique risk of attack, harassment or violence stemming from racial or religious intolerance.

Funding of $10.0 million will be redirected from the previous government's Secure Schools Programme to support this measure. The savings from not proceeding with this measure were included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy for Schools: Students First.

Smaller Government — collection agencies — consolidation of back office functions

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Various Agencies 1.0 ‑0.2 ‑1.6 ‑1.6

The Government will achieve savings of $2.4 million over four years from 2014‑15 by consolidating the back office functions of the following Canberra‑based collection agencies: National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, Old Parliament House, National Film and Sound Archive, National Museum of Australia and the National Archives of Australia.

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

Smaller Government — Privacy and Freedom of Information functions — new arrangements

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Human Rights Commission 2.7 5.5 5.4 5.5
Attorney‑General's Department 0.5 0.9 0.9 0.9
Administrative Appeals Tribunal 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.5
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner ‑3.3 ‑10.4 ‑10.3 ‑10.4
Total — Expense 0.1 ‑3.6 ‑3.6 ‑3.6
Related capital ($m)
Attorney‑General's Department 0.4
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Total — Capital 0.4

The Government will achieve savings of $10.2 million over four years by establishing new arrangements to deliver privacy and Freedom of Information (FOI) functions.

Privacy functions will be undertaken by the Privacy Commissioner as an independent statutory position within the Australian Human Rights Commission. External merits review of FOI decisions will be undertaken by the Administrative Affairs Tribunal, while responsibility for handling FOI complaints will be combined with the Commonwealth Ombudsman function. The Attorney‑General's Department will take responsibility for the issuance of FOI guidelines, collection of statistics and provision of explanatory material on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

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

Timor‑Leste Police Development Programme — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Federal Police 7.9 8.0 7.0 6.0
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ‑8.0 ‑8.0 ‑7.0 ‑6.0
Total — Expense ‑0.1 ..
Related capital ($m)
Australian Federal Police 0.1 ..
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Total — Capital 0.1 ..

The Government will provide $29.0 million over four years to continue the Timor‑Leste Police Development Programme which provides support to the Timor‑Leste police force. Funding from this measure will focus on developing sustained capability in Timor‑Leste as the first phase of a drawdown and exit strategy.

This measure forms part of the Government's Official Development Assistance Programme.