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Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Environment

20 Million Trees Program — extension

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of the Environment

The Government will provide an additional $20.0 million over two years from 2018‑19 to support the planting of native trees and associated understorey species to re‑establish green corridors and urban forests.

The cost of this measure will be met from within the existing resources of the National Landcare Program.

This measure extends the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled 20 Million Trees — commencement.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

Antarctic Traverse and Year‑Round Aviation Access

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of the Environment
Department of Finance
Total — Expense
Department of Finance
Department of the Environment
Total — Capital

The Government will provide $55.0 million over 10 years from 2016‑17 to undertake scoping studies and commence delivery of enhanced infrastructure capabilities in the Australian Antarctic Territory. This includes support for an over‑ice traverse science capability and preliminary work to develop year‑round aviation access to Antarctica.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

Antarctica — maintaining Australia's presence

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of the Environment
Department of Defence
Total — Expense

The Government will provide $83.1 million over four years from 2016‑17 and further funding of $413.1 million over 29 years from 2020‑21 with $10.3 million per annum ongoing from 2049‑50, to support Australia's presence in Antarctica. The funding will contribute to maintaining a sustainable level of operations to protect Australia's environmental, economic, scientific, security and strategic interests in Antarctica.

A provision for part of this funding has already been included in the forward estimates, and the remaining cost of this measure will be offset by redirecting funding from within the Environment and Defence portfolios.

Bureau of Meteorology — improved data and services supporting supercomputer capability

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Bureau of Meteorology nfp nfp nfp
Bureau of Meteorology nfp nfp nfp

The Government will provide funding to improve the data and services supporting the Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM) supercomputer capability. This will ensure the BOM is well positioned to continue to improve its forecasting capabilities and better meet the changing information needs of government and the public.

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

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

Clean and Renewable Energy Innovation — Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Clean Energy Finance Corporation 2.0 50.9 61.4 64.7 68.1
Australian Renewable Energy Agency 5.3 4.9 7.7 5.4
Department of the Environment 0.9 2.8 2.6 1.8
Total — Expense 2.0 57.1 69.1 74.9 75.2
Clean Energy Finance Corporation 3.0 10.1 26.3 63.0 106.1
Clean Energy Finance Corporation 0.1 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.0

The Government will retain the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and refocus part of their activities towards the Government's innovation agenda.

The CEFC's investment mandate will be revised to allocate $1.0 billion in existing CEFC funding over 10 years to establish a Clean Energy Innovation Fund under the CEFC, to be jointly managed with ARENA. The Clean Energy Innovation Fund will provide debt and equity financing to assist emerging clean energy technologies make the leap from demonstration to commercial deployment. ARENA will also continue to manage its existing portfolio of grants within the $1.0 billion envelope of funding made available for this purpose in the 2014‑15 Budget.

Both the fiscal and underlying cash impacts progressively improve over the medium and longer term due to increasing net investment earnings.

Further information can be found in the press release of 23 March 2016 issued by the Prime Minister and the Minister for the Environment.

Commonwealth Environmental Water Office

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of the Environment 8.5 ‑8.5
Department of the Environment 0.2 ‑0.2

The Government will provide $8.7 million in 2016‑17 to better align the funding of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office with the other elements of the Government's water functions.

This measure has been funded by re‑profiling funds within the Environment portfolio.

Commonwealth Marine Reserves — implementation

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of the Environment
Director of National Parks
Total — Expense
Director of National Parks
Department of the Environment
Total — Capital

The Government will provide $56.1 million over four years from 2016‑17, and $5.3 million annually from 2020‑21, to implement management of the Commonwealth Marine Reserves, following the release of the Government's response to the independent review for public consultation in the second half of 2016. This measure includes funds for fisheries adjustment assistance, marine user engagement and the ongoing management of the reserves.

Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates. The funding of $5.3 million ongoing from 2020‑21 will be offset by an equivalent reduction to the Natural Heritage Trust component of the National Landcare Program.

This measure delivers on the Government's election commitment.

National Landcare Program — emerging priorities

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of the Environment 8.0 10.6 ‑6.0 ‑12.6

The Government will provide $22.6 million over three years from 2016‑17 (including $4.0 million in 2018‑19) to the Natural Heritage Trust component of the National Landcare Program to support activities under the Australian Government's Plan for a Cleaner Environment. The measure will address priority areas and projects supporting environment protection and natural resource management.

While a provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates, the expenditure profile varies this provision as shown.

Reef 2050 Plan and Reef Trust — additional contribution

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of the Environment 8.9 8.9 ‑17.8

The Government will provide $171.0 million to the Reef Trust and Reef 2050 Plan. The measure includes:

  • $101.0 million over six years from 2016‑17 (including $32.7 million in 2020‑21 and $32.7 million in 2021‑22) to support the implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan; and
  • $70.0 million contribution over three years from 2019‑20 (including $15.0 million in 2020‑21 and $15.0 million in 2021‑22) to the Reef Trust.

The cost of the Reef 2050 Plan component of this measure will be met from the existing resources of the National Landcare Program. Provision for the Reef Trust component has already been included in the forward estimates.

This measure extends the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Reef 2050 Plan — establishment and the 2015‑16 Budget measure titled Reef Trust — additional contribution bringing the Government's investment in the Reef Trust to $210.0 million since establishment.

Regulatory Workflow Systems — improvements

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of the Environment
Department of the Environment

The Government will provide $3.5 million over two years from 2016‑17 for the Department of the Environment to upgrade critical regulatory workflow systems, including data management platforms and the threatened species database. This will result in improved regulatory compliance and enforcement.

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