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Part 2: Expense Measures (continued)

Industry, Innovation and Science

Australian Astronomical Observatory — extension

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 12.6

The Government will provide $12.6 million in 2019‑20 for the operating costs of the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO). The AAO, a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, operates the Anglo‑Australian and UK Schmidt telescopes providing observing facilities for Australian optical astronomers.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation — spent fuel management plan

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

The Government will redirect funding of $39.4 million over three years from 2016‑17 to allow for the reprocessing of spent fuel from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation's (ANSTO) Open Pool Australian Lightwater Reactor in France rather than in the United States of America as previously planned. The processed fuel will eventually be returned to Australia for storage at the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility which is expected to be operational from 2020.

This measure builds on the 2014‑15 Budget measure titled Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) — permanent disposal of used nuclear fuel.

Country of Origin Labelling — information and compliance

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission 0.4 0.4 1.5 1.2
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 3.4
Total — Expense 3.4 0.4 0.4 1.5 1.2
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Government will provide $19.4 million over six years from 2015‑16 (including $0.7 million in 2020‑21) to implement changes to the Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) framework for food. This measure includes an information campaign to inform consumers and producers of the new framework, and funding for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to deliver a compliance and enforcement strategy.

Funding of $11.8 million in 2015‑16 has already been provisioned by the Government.

Further information on the changes to the CoOL framework can be found in the joint press release of 31 March 2016 issued by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, the Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, and the Minister for Regional Development, Regional Communications and Rural Health.

Establishment of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility 8.1 8.5 9.5 10.3
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ‑0.7 ‑1.2 ‑1.2 ‑1.2
Total — Expense 7.4 7.3 8.3 9.1
Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility 10.1 10.1 10.1 10.1

The Government will provide $43.8 million over five years (including $11.7 million in 2020‑21) to establish the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) as a corporate Commonwealth entity.

The NAIF will deliver up to $5.0 billion in financing over five years (from 2016‑17) to support economic infrastructure in northern Australia. The NAIF will be administered by a Board which will be guided by an investment mandate to be issued by the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia.

The cost of administering the NAIF will be met by fees levied on applicants for, and recipients of, financial assistance.

Industry Programs — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ‑17.7 ‑2.5

The Government will achieve savings of $20.2 million over two years from 2015‑16 in order to extend funding for the Australian Astronomical Observatory and partially fund a communications and compliance campaign for the new Country of Origin Labelling framework.

The efficiencies will come from the communications campaign for the National Innovation and Science Agenda package, the Entrepreneurs' Programme and the Cooperative Research Centres program.

International Energy Agency's Oil Stockholding Requirements

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 2.5 2.5 3.2 3.3

The Government will provide $23.8 million over four years from 2016‑17 to support Australia working to meet the International Energy Agency's (IEA) oil stockholding requirements. The funding includes a Collective Action Response Mechanism, the establishment of an Energy Security Office in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the establishment of a counsellor position to represent Australia's interests at the IEA in Paris.

Funding of $6.2 million in both 2018‑19 and 2019‑20 has already been provided for by the Government.

National Carp Control Plan

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources 4.3 3.9 2.0
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 0.2 0.2 3.8
Department of the Environment 0.2 0.2 0.1
Total — Expense 4.7 4.4 5.9

The Government will provide $15.0 million over three years from 2016‑17 for the development and initial implementation of a National Carp Control Plan. This funding will enable the coordinated release of a carp bio‑control agent (Cyprinid Herpesvirus 3) into the Murray‑Darling Basin by the end of 2018.

National Radioactive Waste Management Project — community benefits package

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 2.5 2.4 ‑4.9

The Government will provide funding of $7.5 million over three years from 2016‑17 to provide a benefits package to the shortlisted communities selected for consideration under the National Radioactive Waste Management Project.

This measure builds on the 2013‑14 Budget measure titled National Radioactive Waste Management — securing a site and First Stage business case.

Further information can be found in the press release of 29 April 2016 issued by the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia.

National Resources Development Strategy — exploring for the future

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Geoscience Australia 21.1 20.4 30.8 24.9
Geoscience Australia 3.4

The Government will provide $100.5 million over four years from 2016‑17 to produce geographical modelling of mineral, petroleum and groundwater resources in targeted areas across northern Australia and South Australia. This program of data acquisition and analysis will allow Australia to identify new greenfield exploration sites for future development.

Resources and Energy Programs — efficiencies

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ‑22.9 ‑4.5

The Government will achieve efficiencies of $27.4 million over two years from 2015‑16 from the Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships Programme and the National Low Emissions Coal Initiative.

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

Rum Jungle Rehabilitation Project — extension

Expense ($m)
2015‑16 2016‑17 2017‑18 2018‑19 2019‑20
Department of the Treasury 10.0
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science 0.7
Department of Finance 0.1
Total — Expense 10.8

The Government will provide an additional $10.8 million in 2016‑17 to extend Stage 2 of the former Rum Jungle uranium mine site rehabilitation project, which includes the finalisation of a detailed business case for the environmental rehabilitation of the site and continuation of site management and maintenance activities.

Funding of $10.0 million will be provided through a National Partnership Agreement with the Northern Territory Government, which will continue to coordinate and administer the Rum Jungle rehabilitation project.