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Budget | 2014-15

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

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Immigration and Border Protection

Asylum Seeker Support — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 27.8

The Government will provide $27.8 million in 2014‑15 to fund the Asylum Seeker Assistance Scheme and the Community Assistance Support Programme to provide eligible asylum seekers with support while their immigration status is being resolved.

This measure will be offset by redirecting funding from the Migration Programme — allocation of places for 2014‑15 measure.

Combating people smuggling — international engagement

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 3.7

The Government will provide $3.7 million in 2014‑15 for international engagement activities to prevent and disrupt maritime people smuggling.

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officials will be stationed in Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka to coordinate Commonwealth agency efforts to sustain the prevention of maritime people smuggling.

This measure will be offset by redirecting funding from the Migration Programme —allocation of places for 2014‑15 measure.

Displaced Persons Programme — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‑9.4 ‑7.0 ‑7.4 ‑7.4 ‑7.2

The Government will achieve savings of $38.4 million over five years by ceasing the Displaced Persons Programme from 2013‑14.

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

Donation of Bay Class vessels — Malaysia

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

The Government will provide $1.2 million over four years to donate two retired Bay Class vessels to Malaysia in 2015‑16 to assist regional efforts to combat people smuggling. Pre‑delivery maintenance and vessel training will be provided to Malaysia prior to the vessels being donated.

Funding for this measure was included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14.

Further information can be found in the press release of 6 February 2014 issued by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

Education Services for Illegal Maritime Arrivals on Christmas Island

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 2.6

The Government will provide $2.6 million in 2014‑15 to fund access to full‑time school education for all school aged Illegal Maritime Arrivals on Christmas Island. Education will be delivered through the local school system under an arrangement with the Western Australian Department of Education.

This measure will be offset by redirecting funding from the Migration Programme — allocation of places for 201415 measure.

Managing the Legacy of Illegal Maritime Arrivals in Australia

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‑117.5 ‑288.1 529.1 ‑6.9 ‑7.0

The Government will provide $149.9 million over five years to fund a range of reforms to compliance, removal and network management arrangements for Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) who have remained in Australia.

This measure will increase the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's removal and compliance capability by extending mainstream compliance and removal functions to the IMA legacy caseload.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

The cost of this measure is partially funded from a 'decision taken but not yet announced' included in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14.

For further information see the Coalition's Policy to Clear Labor's 30,000 Border Failure Backlog.

Migration Programme — allocation of places for 2014‑15

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Taxation Office
Department of Employment ‑0.2 ‑0.6 ‑0.9
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet .. .. .. ..
Department of Human Services ‑0.6 ‑1.1 ‑1.2 ‑1.7 ‑2.3
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‑1.1 ‑1.3 ‑1.5 ‑1.5 ‑1.5
Department of the Treasury ‑1.8 ‑6.0 ‑11.3 ‑17.0 ‑22.8
Department of Education ‑1.9 ‑6.8 ‑13.0 ‑20.0 ‑28.0
Department of Health ‑2.1 ‑7.8 ‑14.1 ‑21.0 ‑27.9
Department of Industry ‑3.8 ‑8.6 ‑10.8 ‑11.3 ‑11.4
Department of Social Services ‑2.4 ‑10.7 ‑19.7 ‑34.6 ‑54.7
Total — Expense ‑13.7 ‑42.2 ‑71.8 ‑107.8 ‑149.7
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Social Services ..
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‑2.9 ‑0.6 ‑0.6 ‑0.6 ‑0.7
Australian Taxation Office ‑2.4 ‑10.6 ‑20.4 ‑31.8 ‑42.2
Total — Revenue ‑5.3 ‑11.3 ‑21.0 ‑32.4 ‑42.9
Related capital ($m)
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ..

The Government will achieve savings of $305.2 million (including a reduction in revenue of $112.9 million) over five years, by modifying the size and composition of the 2014‑15 Migration Programme.

The 2014‑15 Migration Programme will have 190,000 places and maintain the composition of 128,550 Skilled Stream places, 60,885 Family Stream places and 565 Special Eligibility Stream places.

The Skilled Stream will continue to focus on Australia's longer term skills needs, including addressing skills shortages in regional Australia.

The Family Stream will refocus on meeting the increasing demand for close family reunions. The additional partner and child places will be made available as a result of the cessation of new applications from the other family and parent (non‑contributory) places. This cessation will also enable faster processing of existing applications.

The Government will reverse the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2012‑13 measure titled Response to the expert panel — Permanent migration programme — additional family stream places and remove 4,000 places allocated to Illegal Maritime Arrivals in the Family Stream (not previously accounted for in total programme numbers).

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

Offshore Biometrics Programme — expansion

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‑4.8 ‑4.7 ‑4.5 ‑4.6
Related capital ($m)
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 1.5 0.5

The Government will achieve savings of $18.6 million over four years by expanding the Offshore Biometrics Programme beyond the 20 countries where it currently operates and introducing user‑pays arrangements for visa services and biometric collection services with third‑party service delivery partners.

The Government will provide $2.0 million in capital funding over two years for biometric systems software and equipment to expand the programme.

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

Offshore Processing Centres — renegotiating major service provider contracts

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 6.8 ‑37.6 ‑27.0 ‑11.1 ‑8.6

The Government will achieve savings of $77.5 million over five years from 2013‑14 by renegotiating and consolidating offshore processing centre service provider contracts.

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

Onshore Immigration Detention Network — estate management plan

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 1.1 ‑24.4 ‑24.1 ‑52.4 ‑64.9
Related capital ($m)
Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The Government will achieve savings of $283.3 million over four years by consolidating the onshore immigration detention network by closing nine detention facilities (Aqua and Lilac; Curtin; Darwin Airport Lodge; Inverbrackie; Leonora; Northern; Pontville; Port Augusta; and Scherger), extending the leases for Blaydin and Wickham Point facilities and upgrading some remaining facilities. Savings are partially offset by expenditure associated with increasing cooperation between the Commonwealth and the Australian Federal Police and State and Territory Police services.

Part of the funding for this measure was included as a 'decision taken but not yet announced' in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14.

Operation Sovereign Borders — Special Envoy

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 0.5 0.5

The Government will provide $1.0 million over two years for the activities of the Special Envoy for Operation Sovereign Borders. The Special Envoy was appointed on 27 September 2013 and will engage with regional governments on issues relating to Operation Sovereign Borders.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Policy for a Regional Deterrence Framework to Combat People Smuggling.

Outreach Officer Programme — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‑2.8 ‑2.8 ‑2.8 ‑2.8

The Government will achieve savings of $11.2 million over four years by ceasing the Outreach Officer Programme from 1 July 2014.

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

Reducing Access to the Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme for Onshore Protection Visa Applicants

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5 ‑0.5

The Government will achieve savings of $2.1 million over four years by removing Immigration Advice and Application Assistance Scheme (IAAAS) support for non‑Illegal Maritime Arrival (IMA) onshore applicants who seek a merits review of their negative primary protection decision. IAAAS would remain in place for non‑IMA onshore applicants during their primary processing.

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

This measure builds on the Government's decision to remove IAAAS access for IMAs. Further information can be found in the press release of 31 March 2014, issued by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

Regional Cooperation Arrangements — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 1.3 22.0 49.0

The Government will provide $86.8 million over three years from 2013‑14 to fund Regional Cooperation Arrangements (RCA) in Indonesia. The RCA supports regional partners to manage their asylum seeker populations.

The cost of this measure is partially funded from a 'decision taken but not yet announced' included in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14, and will be partially offset by redirecting funding from the 2014‑15 Budget measure Migration Programme — allocation of places for 2014‑15.

Smaller Government — strengthen and enhance Australia's border protection services

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 30.2 33.8 9.1 15.5
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity 1.0
Department of Finance 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total — Expense 31.3 33.9 9.2 15.6
Related revenue ($m)
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service 17.0 52.8 69.2 69.2
Related capital ($m)
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ‑2.7 43.0 43.5 36.5

The Government will provide $480.5 million over four years ($711.9 million over six years, including $438.7 million in capital funding) to strengthen Australia's border protection services.

From 1 July 2015, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service will be consolidated into the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to create a single agency.

Enhancements to Australia's border protection services will commence in 2014‑15 within the existing Australian Customs and Border Protection Service including through:

  • improved trade and passenger facilitation by implementing more efficient processes;
  • better targeting and interception of illegal trade and travellers through enhanced Information Communication Technology systems, intelligence and enforcement capability; and
  • strengthened integrity and capability of the border workforce.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Immigration and Border Protection portfolio and improved revenue collection of $208.2 million over four years ($346.6 million over six years) through the use of analytics and detailed data modelling, new processes for revenue collection and targeted campaigns to improve compliance.

The Government will provide $0.5 million over four years to the Department of Finance to apply the Gateway Review Process to this programme.

Support Services and Mutual Obligations Arrangements for Illegal Maritime Arrivals

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Social Services 54.6 88.9 125.8 165.7
Department of Human Services 1.5 10.2 9.3 12.3 14.2
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 8.3 0.7
Department of Health 1.3 7.4 9.9 15.1 19.4
Department of Employment 4.5 6.1 8.5 10.2
Total — Expense 2.8 85.2 115.0 161.6 209.5

The Government will provide $574.1 million over five years from 2013‑14 to provide support services to Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMAs) found to be owed protection, and to strengthen mutual obligation arrangements for IMAs.

In addition to the range of services agreed for Temporary Protection Visa holders in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14, this measure will provide temporary visa holders with access to Torture and Trauma Support and Complex Case Support where appropriate, and will provide the full range of employment services support through Job Services Australia to assist them in gaining employment.

In return for receiving income support, temporary visa holders will be subject to mutual obligation requirements, such as Job Search or Work for the Dole.

The Government will also introduce a Mutual Obligations Community Engagement Activities Pilot for 300 to 400 IMAs who hold a Bridging Visa. The Pilot is intended to provide participants with skills to enhance work readiness if they are found to be owed protection and will be delivered in three streams: workplace readiness activities; community improvement activities; and community volunteering activities.

This measure builds on the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14 measures titled Addressing the Backlog and Reintroducing Temporary Protection Visas and Mutual Obligations Arrangements — Phase One.

Supporting Rapid Transfers and Operation Sovereign Borders

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Related capital ($m)
Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The Government will provide $217.6 million over five years, (including $28.3 million in capital), to upgrade essential infrastructure on Christmas Island which will support the rapid transfer of Illegal Maritime Arrivals to Offshore Processing Centres within 48 hours. This measure includes funding for health infrastructure which will reduce the need to transfer detainees to the Australian mainland for assessment and treatment of health issues.

Funding for this measure was 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 a Regional Deterrence Framework to Combat People Smuggling.

Unaccompanied humanitarian minors — additional funding

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 15.2 12.1

The Government will provide $27.3 million over two years for the supervision and welfare of unaccompanied humanitarian minors (UHMs).

The UHM programme provides settlement services to non‑citizens under the age of 18 years who arrive in Australia without a guardian, and who are the recipient of a Humanitarian visa.

This measure will be offset by redirecting funding from the Migration Programme — allocation of places for 2014‑15 measure.

Visa simplification to support the vocational education and training sector

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.5
Related revenue ($m)
Department of Immigration and Border Protection 1.3 2.4 3.1
Related capital ($m)
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ..

The Government will provide $1.3 million over four years to extend the streamlined visa processing arrangements currently available to students enrolled in bachelor, masters or doctoral degrees at participating universities to students enrolled in Advanced Diploma level Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses at eligible TAFEs and other education providers.

This measure will support the growth of Australia's international VET sector and increase revenue by an estimated $6.7 million over three years from 2015‑16.