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Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Attorney‑General's

Confiscated Assets Account — additional crime prevention activities

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Attorney‑General's Department 2.0 2.0
Australian Federal Police 1.2 1.9
Total — Expense 3.2 4.0
Australian Federal Police 0.1 0.1

The Government will provide $7.3 million over two years (including $0.1 million in capital funding in 2015‑16 and 2016‑17) from the Confiscated Assets Account under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to fund the following crime prevention initiatives:

  • $4.0 million for Victoria Police to implement Phase Two of the Trident Waterfront Taskforce to continue to combat serious and organised crime in the maritime sector; and
  • $3.3 million for the Australian Federal Police to establish a National Anti‑Gang Squad (NAGS) strike team in South Australia. The NAGS was established to provide the Government with a coordination capability to detect, deter and disrupt gang‑related crimes.

Further information regarding the Trident Waterfront Taskforce can be found in the press release of 16 February 2016 issued by the Minister for Justice.

Confiscated Assets Account — Fraud and Anti‑Corruption Centre — enhanced investigative capabilities

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Australian Federal Police 4.4 4.8 4.8
Australian Federal Police 0.5 0.1

The Government will provide $14.7 million over three years from 2016‑17 (including $0.6 million in capital funding in 2016‑17 and 2017‑18) from the Confiscated Assets Account under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to expand the foreign bribery investigative capability within the Australian Federal Police's Fraud and Anti‑Corruption Centre (FAC Centre).

This measure builds on the establishment of the FAC Centre which was announced by the Government in July 2014. The FAC Centre is a multi‑agency initiative that focuses on strengthening law enforcement capability to respond to serious and complex Commonwealth fraud, foreign bribery, corruption and complex identity crime.

Countering Violent Extremism — community support and advice services

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Attorney‑General's Department 4.0
Department of Communications and the Arts 1.0
Department of Social Services ‑5.0
Total — Expense ‑5.0 5.0

The Government will provide $5.0 million in 2016‑17 toward countering violent extremism initiatives, comprising:

  • $4.0 million for the Attorney‑General's Department to establish and trial community support and advice services in conjunction with the States and Territories; and
  • $1.0 million for the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner to develop and distribute online resources promoting digital resilience.

The cost of this measure will be offset by redirecting funding from the Department of Social Services.

CrimTrac National Order Reference System

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
CrimTrac Agency

The Government will contribute $9.9 million for the development of a Domestic Violence Order (DVO) sharing system, to be known as the National Order Reference System. This System will strengthen the identification and development of DVOs across State and Territory borders for police, partner agencies and the courts.

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

This measure builds on the 2015‑16 MYEFO measure titled Women's Safety Package.

Enhanced Protective Security Arrangements — law enforcement agencies

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Australian Federal Police 19.6 16.6 15.8 15.7
Australian Crime Commission 0.4 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.9
Total — Expense 0.4 20.5 17.5 16.7 16.6
Australian Federal Police 51.8 0.4
Australian Crime Commission 0.5 0.5 0.2
Total — Capital 0.5 52.3 0.6

The Government will provide $153.6 million over five years (including $65.2 million in capital funding) to enhance security arrangements for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) in light of the heightened threat environment for law enforcement agencies. The enhancements include:

  • $148.5 million over five years for the AFP for additional Protective Security Officers, upgraded physical and personnel security and a scoping study for enhanced protective technical capabilities; and
  • $5.1 million over five years for the ACC for upgraded physical and personnel security.

The cost of the AFP component will be partially met from within the existing resources of the AFP.

This measure builds on the 2014‑15 MYEFO measure titled National Security — Enhanced Protective Security Arrangements.

National Aerial Firefighting Centre

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Attorney‑General's Department

The Government provided an additional $0.5 million in 2015‑16 to the National Aerial Firefighting Centre. This funding boosts the aerial firefighting resources available to Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania over the fire season.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the Attorney‑General's Department.

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner — continuation

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner 9.3 9.3 9.3 9.4
Attorney‑General's Department ‑0.6 ‑0.6 ‑0.6 ‑0.6
Australian Human Rights Commission ‑6.7 ‑6.7 ‑6.7 ‑6.7
Total — Expense 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

The Government will provide $8.1 million over four years from 2016‑17 to continue the operations of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

Additionally, $6.7 million per year for privacy functions will be transferred to the OAIC from the Australian Human Rights Commission, and $0.6 million per year will be transferred from the Attorney‑General's Department for Freedom of Information functions.

Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption — continuation of the joint police taskforce

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Australian Federal Police 3.0 3.0
Attorney‑General's Department ‑2.5
Total — Expense 0.5 3.0
Attorney‑General's Department ‑0.5

The Government will provide funding of $6.0 million to 2016‑17 for the continuation of the joint police taskforce to investigate matters arising from the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (the Royal Commission).

The police taskforce will extend for a further 12 months until 31 December 2016 to allow the continuation of investigations of significant matters arising from the Royal Commission.

The cost of this measure will be met from within existing resources provided for the Royal Commission, including $3.0 million from 2014‑15.

This measure builds on the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption — establishment.

Further information can be found in the joint press release of 30 December 2015 issued by the Prime Minister, the Attorney‑General and the Minister for Employment.