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Budget | 2014-15

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

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Australia hosting the Group of 20 — reduced funding requirement

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑7.0

The Government will achieve savings of $7.0 million in 2014‑15 by aligning the funding provided to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for the hosting of meetings related to the Group of 20 Leaders Summit in 2014, with two scheduled preparatory ministerial meetings.

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

Clontarf Foundation Academy — expansion

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.1 2.8 4.7 4.8

The Government will provide $13.4 million over four years to the Clontarf Foundation Academy to fund an additional 3,000 places for boys to participate in the Sporting Chance Programme, which seeks to improve the health, education, training and employment outcomes of Indigenous boys.

This measure includes $0.3 million over two years from 2014‑15 for an independent evaluation of the Foundation's Academy Expansion.

Community Engagement Police Officers in the Northern Territory

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5

The Government will provide $2.5 million over four years to the Northern Territory police to engage up to eight Community Engagement Police Officers in 2014‑15 and four officers in 2015‑16.

The primary role of the officers is to train, mentor and support other general duties police officers to build trust and improve communication with communities.

Indigenous Affairs Programmes — rationalisation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Torres Strait Regional Authority ‑1.2 ‑0.9 ‑0.8 ‑0.6
Department of Health ‑40.7 ‑67.3 ‑46.0 ‑11.8 44.0
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑94.5 ‑98.8 ‑105.5 ‑110.4
Total — Expense ‑40.7 ‑163.0 ‑145.6 ‑118.1 ‑67.0

The Government will achieve net savings of $534.4 million over five years through efficiencies resulting from the rationalisation of Indigenous programmes, grants and activities administered by the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Health portfolios.

Over 150 Indigenous programmes and activities which recently transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet will be consolidated into a new Indigenous Advancement Strategy which is comprised of five programmes focusing on Jobs, Land and the Economy; Children and Schooling; Safety and Wellbeing; Culture and Capability; and Remote Australia Strategies. This rationalisation will eliminate waste and duplication. Funding provided to the Torres Strait Regional Authority will also be reduced to achieve similar efficiencies in its administration of grants. A new Remote Community Advancement Network will be established in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Health funding for Indigenous programmes, grants and activities will be refocused under the Indigenous Australians Health Programme to address the priority health needs of Indigenous Australians.

Health portfolio savings from this measure will be invested by the Government in the Medical Research Future Fund, with the other savings redirected by the Government to repair the Budget and fund policy priorities.

Further information can be found in the Coalition's Real Solutions for all Australians.

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑5.0 ‑5.0 ‑5.0

The Government will achieve savings of $15.0 million over three years by ceasing funding for the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples from 1 July 2014.

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

Outback Power

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2.6 2.6 2.7 2.7

The Government will provide $10.6 million over four years to service up to 250 existing renewable energy systems in remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Permanent Police Presence in Remote Indigenous Communities

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 6.9 13.2 13.5 20.5

The Government will provide $54.1 million over four years to construct police infrastructure in up to seven remote Indigenous communities in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. An additional six police complexes will be constructed in the Northern Territory from existing funding of $48.7 million allocated under the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement.

The Government will focus on Indigenous communities with populations of greater than 300 that do not currently have a permanent police presence or are not located within a reasonable distance of the nearest police station.

Government support will be contingent upon the States and the Northern Territory committing to provide sufficient ongoing policing resources to use the facilities.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Remote School Attendance Strategy — extension

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Government will provide an additional $18.1 million over two calendar years from 1 April 2014 to extend the Remote School Attendance Strategy to a further 30 remote Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.

The Strategy will improve school attendance by supporting families and communities to make sure children attend school. The Strategy commenced in the second school term of 2014 and will conclude at the end of the 2015 school year.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

This proposal builds on the measure titled Remote School Attendance Strategy announced in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013‑14.

Further information can be found in the press release of 4 April 2014 issued by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

Smaller Government — Council of Australian Governments Reform Council — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑4.2 ‑4.8 ‑4.7 ‑4.7
Related revenue ($m)
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑2.6 ‑2.6 ‑2.5 ‑2.5

The Government will achieve savings of $8.3 million over four years by ceasing the operations of the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council (CRC). The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet will no longer receive funding from the States and Territories of $10.2 million over four years to partially fund the CRC.

This measure is consistent with the Council of Australian Governments decision to reduce bureaucracy and red tape.

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

Smaller Government — National Security Legislation Monitor — cessation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑0.3 ‑0.3 ‑0.3 ‑0.3

The Government will achieve savings of $1.3 million over four years by ceasing the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor function.

This proposal is consistent with the Government's commitment to streamlining Government.

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

Support for the Northern Territory Child Abuse Taskforce — continuation

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Australian Federal Police 1.3 0.8 0.9 0.8
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Total — Expense 1.3 0.8 0.9 0.8

The Government will provide $3.8 million over four years to continue the presence of Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers on the Northern Territory Child Abuse Taskforce.

The Child Abuse Taskforce was established in 2006. The AFP will continue to contribute five officers to the Taskforce in 2014‑15, before drawing down to three officers in 2015‑16.

Women's Leadership and Development Strategy — savings

Expense ($m)
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑0.4 ‑0.4 ‑0.4 ‑0.4

The Government will achieve savings of $1.6 million over four years by reducing funding to the Women's Leadership and Development Strategy.

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