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Budget | 2015-16

Budget 2015-16
Australian Government Coat of Arms, Budget 2015-16

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia Week Events

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Trade Commission 0.8 2.8 2.8 2.8
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Tourism Australia
Total — Expense 0.8 2.8 2.8 2.8

The Government will provide $18.0 million over four years from 2015‑16 to Austrade to expand its current programme of Australia Week events. The events will be held in China, India, ASEAN countries and the United States to build Australia's reputation as a tourism destination and as a trade and investment partner.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Trade Commission and Tourism Australia will redirect $8.8 million of existing funding over four years to support these events.

Australian embassy in Baghdad — continuation

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 46.4 48.3
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 11.0 0.2

The Government will provide $106.0 million over two years to maintain Australia's diplomatic presence and security arrangements in Baghdad.

The funding will enable Australia's continued standalone presence in Baghdad, which is crucial for our growing diplomatic, political and operational needs in Iraq as we assist the Iraqi Government to disrupt, degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.

This measure extends the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Baghdad Embassy — relocation.

Australia's diplomatic engagement in Afghanistan — continuation

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 64.1 68.0
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 5.0 1.3

The Government will provide $138.4 million (including $6.3 million in capital funding) over two years to continue Australia's diplomatic engagement in Afghanistan. The funding will provide for embassy operating costs and security.

This measure extends on the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Australia's diplomatic engagement in Afghanistan — continuation.

Cadbury — redirection of grant funding

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ‑4.0 ‑8.0 ‑4.0

The Government will achieve savings of $16.0 million over three years following the withdrawal by Cadbury of its grant application regarding the upgrade of its chocolate factory in Claremont, Tasmania.

The savings from this measure will be redirected to fund other priorities in Tasmania.

Expanding Australia's Diplomatic Footprint

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 10.7 16.3 17.8 16.9
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 20.7 15.5 0.2 0.2

The Government will provide $98.3 million over four years to boost the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's overseas network by opening new diplomatic posts in Buka (Papua New Guinea), Doha (Qatar), Makassar (Indonesia), Phuket (Thailand), and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), and providing increased resources for Houston (United States). This measure includes capital funding of $36.6 million.

This increase in Australia's diplomatic presence will promote Australia's foreign policy, aid and trade interests.

Free Trade Agreement Promotion

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Trade Commission 13.4 8.2
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 1.2 1.4
Total — Expense 14.6 9.6

The Government will provide $24.6 million over two years from 2015‑16 to promote business understanding of the recently concluded Free Trade Agreements in North Asia and to assist businesses to access and maximise their benefits under these agreements. Advocacy and outreach activities will take place in both Australia and in target offshore markets.

Funding of $0.3 million will be met from within the existing resources of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Match Australia — continuation and expansion

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Trade Commission 0.2 ‑0.2

The Government will provide $5.2 million over four years from 2015‑16 to expand the Match Australia sports business programme. Match Australia establishes business networking events aimed at linking Australian firms with business partners by leveraging major sporting events in Australia and overseas.

The cost of this measure will be met by ceasing the Asian Business Engagement Plan grants programme.

National Security — Australian Secret Intelligence Service — strengthening capabilities

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Secret Intelligence Service 10.6 14.3 20.3 24.1
Department of Finance 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
Total — Expense 10.7 14.4 20.4 24.2
Australian Secret Intelligence Service 6.9 46.8 53.1 30.8
Department of Finance
Total — Capital 6.9 46.8 53.1 30.8

The Government will provide $295.8 million over six years to strengthen capabilities of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) including upgrading its ICT systems. This measure includes capital funding of $172.5 million over six years and operational funding of $123.4 million over six years. In addition, from 2021‑22, the Government will provide ongoing funding of $47.1 million per year.

The Government will provide $0.6 million over six years from 2015‑16 to the Department of Finance to apply the Gateway Review Process to this programme.

This national security measure underlines the Government's commitment to a safe and secure Australia.

Strengthening Australia's ability to attract foreign investment

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Australian Trade Commission 5.9 8.2 8.1 7.9

The Government will provide $30.0 million over four years to attract major job creating investment in each of the Government's five investment priority areas: infrastructure; tourism; resources and energy; agribusiness and food; and advanced manufacturing, services and technology.

This funding will establish five senior investment specialists posted offshore, and a new investment promotion and attraction office in Boston, United States of America. This funding will also provide for investment attraction events, detailed market research and analysis to support attracting investment, and provide additional staff dedicated to investment promotion within Australia and overseas.