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Budget | 2015-16

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

Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Prime Minister and Cabinet

A New Remote Indigenous Housing Strategy

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Department of the Treasury
Total — Expense

The Government will replace the existing National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing with a new Remote Indigenous Housing Strategy over three years from 2015—16 totalling $1.1 billion.

Funding will be provided to the New South Wales, Western Australian, South Australian, Queensland and Northern Territory governments to build new houses and refurbish existing houses in remote Indigenous communities. Funding will also be provided to build employment—related accommodation in urban and regional areas for Indigenous Australians who relocate from remote communities for work or training.

Funding will also focus on achieving agreed outcomes, including increased Indigenous home ownership and employment, and improved property and tenancy management.

Funding of $95 million associated with the existing National Partnership Agreement has been redirected to the Reform of the Remote Jobs and Communities Programme measure announced in the Mid‑Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2014—15.

Australia hosting the Group of 20 — savings

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑26.6

The Government has achieved savings of $26.6 million in 2014‑15 through a concerted effort to lower the cost of hosting the G20 Leaders' Summit.

The budget for the G20 Leaders' Summit was committed by the previous government. Upon forming Government, the Prime Minister asked that his Department look for increased efficiencies in relation to Australia hosting the 2014 G20 Leaders' meeting in Brisbane. This has resulted in $33.6 million being returned to the Budget, a 10 per cent saving to the amount committed by the former Labor Government.

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

Australian Honours and Awards System — additional funding

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor‑General 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6

The Government will provide an additional $2.4 million over four years for the Australian Honours and Awards System. The additional funding will support the increasing number of Australians recognised each year for their outstanding achievements and contributions to society and the introduction of new medals such as the National Police Service Medal.

Indigenous Advancement Strategy — indexation of funding

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 4.8

The Government will provide $4.8 million in 2018‑19 to ensure a consistent rate of indexation applies across all elements of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy when regular indexation resumes at that time.

Indigenous Advancement Strategy — remote Indigenous internet training

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 2.2 2.2 2.3
Department of the Treasury ‑2.2 ‑2.2 ‑2.3
Total — Expense

The Government will redirect funding of $6.7 million over three years from 1 July 2015 to the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to provide remote Indigenous internet training. This will replace the existing National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Public Internet Access.

The funding will provide essential infrastructure such as computers, printers and internet access points to improve internet literacy and educational outcomes for children and adults in around 75 remote communities. This measure will help ensure that Indigenous people in remote communities have similar opportunities as other Australians to take advantage of the benefits associated with internet access.

Municipal and Essential Services — transition arrangements for South Australia

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑15.0
Department of the Treasury 15.0
Total — Expense

The Government will provide $15.0 million in 2014‑15 to support the South Australian Government to take on full responsibility for the delivery of municipal and essential services in Indigenous communities except for the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands from 1 July 2015.

Municipal and essential services are a state and territory responsibility and include the operation and maintenance of power, water and sewage services, garbage collection and disposal, roads, landscaping and dust control, and animal and environmental health programmes.

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

Further information can be found in the press release of 13 April 2015 issued by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

National Partnership Agreement on Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Treasury 147.7 ‑10.3 ‑11.9 ‑12.6
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet ‑15.6 ‑12.8 ‑11.7 ‑11.5
Total — Expense 132.1 ‑23.1 ‑23.6 ‑24.1

The Government will redirect funding of $988.2 million over eight years to establish a new National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment. The new NPA will replace the existing NPA on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory, at a net additional cost of $61.3 million over four years from 2015‑16. The new NPA will prioritise schooling, community safety and employment.

The new NPA includes funding of $154.8 million in 2015‑16 for the Northern Territory Government to take on full responsibility for delivering municipal and essential services in remote Indigenous communities.

Commonwealth administered funding of $1.4 billion, currently part of the NPA on Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory, will not be included in the new NPA. This funding will continue outside of the NPA framework and be administered by the departments of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Social Services and Health to provide services and support for Indigenous Australians.

National Security — Independent National Security Legislation Monitor

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3

The Government will provide $1.3 million over four years to fund the position of National Security Legislation Monitor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. This measure recognises the scope and complexity of counter‑terrorism legislation that the Government is pursuing to strengthen Australia's national security.

The impact on the Budget of this measure is a result of outcomes from negotiations with the Senate. The Government is committed to putting the Budget on a sustainable trajectory.

The measure follows the Government's decision not to proceed with the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Repeal Bill 2014.

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

National Security — The Office of National Assessments and the Office of the Inspector‑General of Intelligence and Security resourcing

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Office of National Assessments 0.8 1.6 2.0 2.4
Office of the Inspector‑General of Intelligence and Security 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2
Total — Expense 0.8 1.8 2.2 2.7
Office of National Assessments 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3
Office of the Inspector‑General of Intelligence and Security
Total — Capital 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.3

The Government will provide an additional $7.6 million over four years from 2015‑16 to the Office of National Assessments (ONA) and an additional $0.7 million over four years to the Office of the Inspector‑General of Intelligence and Security (OIGIS) by exempting the agencies from the Efficiency Dividend.

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

Remote Indigenous Home Loans

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Indigenous Business Australia

The Government will reform the delivery of Indigenous home loans to improve home ownership rates in remote areas.

To ensure home ownership does not create a barrier to accessing employment or education in other areas, home loans and financial supports will be portable for Indigenous Australians living in remote communities who choose to move to another location to take up a job or undertake education.

Additionally, Indigenous Australians will be supported in the transition from renting to home ownership by extending financial support grants to cover start‑up and ongoing home ownership expenses (such as repairs and maintenance).

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of Indigenous Business Australia's Indigenous Home Ownership Programme.

Smaller Government — Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio

Expense ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Indigenous Business Australia

The National Indigenous Participation Trust, Indigenous Investment Trust, Scarborough House Office Trust, Scarborough House Investment Trust, National Indigenous Property Trust and Indigenous Property Trust will cease operations. As a result this measure has no financial impact. A number of older trust accounts are being consolidated into the Indigenous Real Estate Investment Trust to simplify arrangements.

This measure is part of the fourth phase of the Smaller Government reforms which reduce the size and complexity of government.

The Smaller Government reforms are eliminating duplication and waste, streamlining services and reducing the cost of government administration.