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Budget | 2014-15

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

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Communications

Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Special Broadcasting Service Corporation — efficiency savings

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation ‑2.0 ‑2.0 ‑2.0 ‑2.0
Australian Broadcasting Corporation ‑8.8 ‑9.0 ‑8.8 ‑8.9
Total — Expense ‑10.8 ‑11.0 ‑10.8 ‑10.9

As a down payment on the ABC and SBS Efficiency Study, the Government will achieve savings of $43.5 million over four years through a one per cent reduction in the base funding of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service Corporation.

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

Further information can be found in the press release of 31 January 2014 issued by the Minister for Communications.

Australian Communications and Media Authority — efficiency saving

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Communications and Media Authority ‑0.9 ‑0.8 ‑0.8 ‑0.8

The Government will achieve savings of $3.3 million over four years from a one‑off one per cent efficiency saving from the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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

Enhancing Online Safety for Children

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Communications 1.3 3.2 3.1 2.2
Related capital ($m)
Department of Communications 0.2

The Government will provide $10.0 million over four years to improve the protection of children online. Funding will be provided in three parts: $7.5 million to provide online safety programmes for schools; $0.1 million to support Australian‑based research and information campaigns on online safety; and $2.4 million to establish and operate the Office of the Children's e‑Safety Commissioner.

The independent Commissioner will provide a national leadership role for online safety issues for industry, families and groups responsible for the wellbeing of children.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children.

Mobile Black Spot Programme

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Communications 10.0 30.0 30.0 30.0

The Government will provide $100.0 million over four years to improve the coverage and competition in the provision of terrestrial mobile voice and wireless broadband services in regional areas of Australia.

Co‑contributions to match the grant funding provided will be sought from industry, state, territory and local governments and local communities with the implementation details of the programme to be determined after consultation with these stakeholders.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Mobile Black Spot Programme policy document.

Office of Spatial Policy — transfer of functions

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Communications 1.3 1.3 1.2 1.2
Department of Industry ‑1.3 ‑1.3 ‑1.2 ‑1.2
Total — Expense

The Government will transfer the functions of the Office of Spatial Policy from the Department of Industry to the Department of Communications. Relocating these functions for facilitating and coordinating spatial data management across Australian Government agencies within the Department of Communications will better support both the Government's e‑Government agenda and the Department's rollout of the National Broadband Network.

The transfer will be achieved with no impact on the Budget.

Smaller Government — Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency — abolition and transfer to the Department of Communications

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Communications 351.6 331.6 331.6
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency ‑1.0 ‑352.6 ‑332.6 ‑332.6
Total — Expense ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0
Related revenue ($m)
Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency
Department of Communications
Australian Communications and Media Authority ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0
Total — Revenue ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0

The Government will abolish the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency and transfer its functions to the Department of Communications. These functions include the administration of the telecommunications universal service obligation which provides for services such as public payphones and the National Relay Service for the hearing impaired. The efficiencies from the merger will result in a saving to the telecommunications industry, which, in addition to an annual appropriation of $100 million from the Government, funds the universal service obligation via a levy.

The transfer will be achieved with no impact on the Budget.