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Budget | 2015-16

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

Appendix A: Policy decisions taken since the 2015‑16 Budget (continued)

Capital Measures

Table 3: Capital measures since the 2015‑16 Budget(a)
  2014‑15
$m
2015‑16
$m
2016‑17
$m
2017‑18
$m
2018‑19
$m
AGRICULTURE AND WATER RESOURCES          
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources          
Stronger Farmers, Stronger Economy — improvements to access premium markets(b)
Portfolio total
ATTORNEY‑GENERAL'S          
Australian Crime Commission          
Confiscated Assets Account — crime prevention activities(b) 1.3 0.9
Australian Federal Police          
Australian Federal Police — Project Spectrum(b) ‑7.1 ‑7.0 ‑7.1 ‑7.1
Confiscated Assets Account — crime prevention activities(b) 3.0
National Security Awareness Campaign(b) ‑7.0
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation          
National Security Awareness Campaign(b) ‑3.0
Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis(b) 0.1
CrimTrac Agency          
National Firearms Interface(b) 1.8 0.3
Various Agencies          
Attorney‑General's — one‑off efficiency savings to specific agencies(b) ‑3.8 ‑5.9 ‑4.9 ‑0.2
Portfolio total ‑14.7 ‑11.7 ‑12.0 ‑7.3
COMMUNICATIONS AND THE ARTS          
Department of Communications and the Arts          
Communications and the Arts Portfolio — efficiencies(b) ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0
Screen Australia          
Funding for Two Major Film Projects(b) ‑35.0
Portfolio total ‑36.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0 ‑1.0
EDUCATION AND TRAINING          
Australian Research Council          
National Innovation and Science Agenda          
— ARC Linkage Grants reform(b)
— measuring research impact(b) 0.6 0.4
Department of Education and Training          
Streamlining Student Visa Processing(b) 0.3
VET FEE‑HELP — strengthened compliance(b) 0.2
Vocational Education and Training — new product development arrangements(b) nfp nfp nfp nfp
Portfolio total 0.6 0.6 0.4
EMPLOYMENT          
Department of Employment          
Addressing Welfare Reliance in Remote Communities(b) 0.4
Portfolio total 0.4
ENVIRONMENT          
Bureau of Meteorology          
Stronger Farmers, Stronger Economy — new drought management framework(b)
Department of the Environment          
Antarctica          
— acquisition of new icebreaker nfp nfp nfp nfp
Aurora Australis — Life Extension nfp
HMAS Platypus — site redevelopment
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust          
HMAS Platypus — site redevelopment 20.0
Portfolio total 20.0
FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE          
Australian Trade Commission          
National Innovation and Science Agenda — Global Innovation Strategy(b) 0.3 0.2
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade          
Refurbishment of the Paris Chancery
Savings from Overseas Property Repairs and Maintenance
Portfolio total 0.3 0.2
HEALTH          
Department of Health          
Aged Care Provider Funding — improved compliance(b) 10.7
Sixth Community Pharmacy Agreement and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Reforms(b)
Portfolio total 10.7
IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION          
Department of Immigration and Border Protection          
Biometric data platform — not proceeding ‑6.6
National Innovation and Science Agenda — enhanced visa arrangements(b) 0.3 0.5
Our North, Our Future          
— business, trade and investment gateway(b)
— workforce for growth(c)
Portfolio total ‑6.2 0.5
SOCIAL SERVICES          
Department of Human Services          
Addressing Welfare Reliance in Remote Communities(b) 7.7 0.2
Enhanced Welfare Payment Integrity — non‑employment income data matching(b) 13.4 8.1
National Disability Insurance Scheme — transition to full Scheme(b) 2.4 0.2
Portfolio total 10.1 13.8 8.1
TREASURY          
Australian Taxation Office          
Higher Education Loan Programme — strengthened compliance(c) 1.6 ..
National Innovation and Science Agenda — tax incentives for angel investors(c) 2.1
Reducing red tape — improvements to data and analytics infrastructure of the Australian Taxation Office(c) 11.4 0.8
Tax administration — Single Touch Payroll Reporting(c) 59.5 19.9 12.7 1.3
Department of the Treasury          
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Portfolio total 72.5 22.9 12.7 1.3
VETERANS' AFFAIRS          
Department of Veterans' Affairs          
Age Pension — aligning the pension means testing arrangements with residential aged care arrangements(b) 0.2
Portfolio total 0.2
Decisions taken but not yet announced 68.7 23.7 ‑56.6 ‑59.2
Depreciation expense 1.7 ‑3.4 ‑7.4 ‑9.3
Total capital measures(d) 127.7 46.0 ‑55.7 ‑75.3

* The nature of the measure is such that a reliable estimate cannot be provided.

.. Not zero, but rounded to zero.

‑ Nil.

nfp not for publication.

(a) A minus sign before an estimate indicates a reduction in capital, no sign before an estimate indicates increased capital.

(b) These measures can also be found in the expense measures summary table.

(c) These measures can also be found in the revenue measures summary table.

(d) Measures may not add due to rounding.

Environment

Antarctica — acquisition of new icebreaker

Capital ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Environment nfp nfp nfp nfp

The Government will replace the Australian Antarctic Division's existing multi‑purpose icebreaker, the Aurora Australis, which is nearing the end of its operational life. This measure provides for the design, build, operation and maintenance of the new vessel and the modernisation of essential supporting infrastructure and equipment.

The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) due to commercial‑in‑confidence considerations. Components of funding for this measure have already been provided for by the Government.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 29 October 2015 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for the Environment.

Antarctica — Aurora Australis — Life Extension

Capital ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Environment nfp

The Government will undertake life extension works during 2017‑18 on the Aurora Australis, the multi‑purpose icebreaking vessel used to support the Australian Antarctic program. The works are expected to extend the operational life of the vessel until the planned delivery of the program's new icebreaker in 2019.

Funding for this measure has already been provided for by the Government.

The expenditure for this measure is not for publication (nfp) due to commercial‑in‑confidence considerations.

HMAS Platypus — site redevelopment

Capital ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust 20.0
Department of the Environment
Total — Capital 20.0

The Government will provide $20.0 million in 2015‑16 to contribute to the redevelopment of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust's HMAS Platypus site in North Sydney.

Further information can be found in the press release of 23 November 2015, issued by the Minister for Cities and the Built Environment.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Refurbishment of the Paris Chancery

Capital ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Related revenue ($m)          
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Government will provide $27.7 million over three years to refurbish sections of the Australian embassy in Paris currently tenanted by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Rental revenues of $3.7 million will be foregone while the IEA vacate to allow for the refurbishment. Once refurbishment is complete, a new 12 year lease with the IEA will commence.

Funding for this measure has already been provided for by the Government.

Savings from Overseas Property Repairs and Maintenance

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

The Government will achieve savings of $7.2 million in 2018‑19 from a reduction in non‑critical repairs and maintenance on Australia's overseas property estate.

Savings from this measure have already been allocated to fund other Government priorities.

Immigration and Border Protection

Biometric data platform — not proceeding

Capital ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‑6.6
Related expense ($m)          
Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‑2.3

The Government will achieve savings of $8.9 million in 2015‑16 by not proceeding with design and scoping work for new Information Communications Technology platforms to manage travellers' biometric data. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is undertaking further analysis of the current biometric platform and exploring opportunities for future solution designs.

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

Treasury

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Capital ($m)
2014‑15 2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19
Department of the Treasury
Related expense ($m)          
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 1.3 1.3 0.4 0.4
Department of the Treasury 1.2 1.2 0.9 1.0
Total — Expense 2.5 2.4 1.4 1.4

Australia will become a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which will fund major infrastructure projects throughout the region. Australia's initial shareholding in the AIIB will total US$3.7 billion (approximately A$5.2 billion), including US$738.2 million (approximately A$1.0 billion) in paid‑in capital over five years from 2015‑16 and the remaining US$3.0 billion (approximately A$4.2 billion) as callable capital that will be held as a contingent liability against the Commonwealth.

Australia's contribution has no direct impact on net debt, as Australia is purchasing a shareholding in the AIIB which constitutes a change in the composition of the Australian Government's assets.

The Government will also provide $9.1 million over five years to support Australia's membership of, and engagement with AIIB.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 24 June 2015 issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the former Treasurer.