Scrutiny of Commonwealth expenditure

The Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Act 1997 (FF(SP) Act) and the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 (IRD Act) authorise the Commonwealth to spend public money on grants and programs specified in instruments made under those Acts. The scrutiny of such instruments is a key aspect of parliamentary scrutiny and control of Commonwealth expenditure.

To facilitate such scrutiny, chapter 3 of each Delegated Legislation Monitor outlines the nature and extent of Commonwealth expenditure that is authorised by the FF(SP) Act and the IRD Act, and specified in delegated legislation made under those Acts.

The committee will write to relevant legislation committees under Senate standing order 23(4) to alert those committees to the instruments related to the portfolios allocated to them.

Information on the total amount and duration of expenditure for a grant or program is based on descriptions provided in the explanatory statements to the instruments. This may not reflect the final amount or duration of actual Commonwealth expenditure on the grant or program.

Please note that instruments will only appear on the above pages once they have been considered and reported on by the committee. As a result, the instruments listed are those registered on the Federal Register of Legislation between 21 November 2019 and 28 May 2020.

For a complete, up-to-date list of all instruments specifying Commonwealth expenditure under the FF(SP) Act or IRD Act, please see the Federal Register of Legislation.

Grant or Program Instrument Total amount Duration Portfolio Committee Portfolio Department
Australian Training AwardsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01310]$1.1 millionPer financial year, with current funding levels in place until 2023-24Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Boosting Female Founders Initiative ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Boosting Female Founders Initiative Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01467]$54 millionOver five years from 2020–21 to 2024–25Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Building Energy Efficiency ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01573]$39.1 millionOver five years from 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Bushfire Recovery for Species and Landscapes—Tranche 2 Emergency Intervention FundFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01309]$149.7 millionOver two years from 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
Agriculture, Water and the Environment
BusinessBalance ProgramIndustry Research and Development (BusinessBalance Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01345]$6.5 million, comprised of a grant to Beyond Blue of up to $4.26 million and a grant to Deakin University of up to $2.24 millionMaximumSenate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Coronavirus economic response—pandemic leave disaster paymentsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 1) Regulations 2021 [F2021L00129]$34.3 millionIn 2020-21Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
Home Affairs
COVID‑19 Consumer Travel Support ProgramIndustry Research and Development (COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01594]$128 millionIn 2020-21Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation CommitteeForeign Affairs and Trade
Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01438]$8.3 millionOver two years from 2020-21Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Digital Directors ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Digital Directors Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01554]Not specifiedNot specifiedSenate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Digital Readiness Assessment Tool ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Digital Readiness Assessment Tool Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01439]$2.4 millionIn 2020-21Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Digital Skills Finder Platform ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Digital Skills Finder Platform Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01463]$2.5 millionIn 2020-21Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Disability Royal Commission and Other Support ServicesFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 4) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01314]$117 millionOver three years from 2019-20Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeSocial Services
Exploring for the Future ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Exploring for the Future Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01299]$124.5 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Extended New Enterprise Incentive Scheme—COVID‑19 responseFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 7) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01360]$5.7 millionOver two years from 2020-21Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
Education, Skills and Employment
Ferretti International Whyalla Steel Processing and Galvanising Plant ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Ferretti International Whyalla Steel Processing and Galvanising Plant Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01618]$15 millionIn 2020-21Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Financial counselling for small regional businesses affected by drought, bushfires or COVID‑19Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01309]$12.8 millionOver two years from 2019-20Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Grant for national food waste governance entityFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01309]Up to $4 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Hotel Energy Uplift ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Hotel Energy Uplift Program) Instrument 2021 [F2021L00095]$12 millionIn 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Hydrogen Export Hub ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01573]$73.9 millionOver six years from 2019-20Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program—Sustainment GrantsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Defence Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01564]$4 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation CommitteeDefence
Moon to Mars ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Moon to Mars Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01558]$150 millionOver five years from 2020-21Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Motor Vehicle Service and Repair Information Sharing—Online ResourcesFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Treasury Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01575]$0.25 millionIn 2020-21Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeTreasury
Murray‑Darling Basin Water Information PlatformFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 7) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01574]$5.4 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
National Action Plan to Combat Modern SlaveryFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01589]$10.6 millionOver five years from 2020-21Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation CommitteeHome Affairs
National Careers Institute—Digital PlatformFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01310]$9.4 millionOver five years from 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
National Forest Industries Plan—Online ResourcesFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 7) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01574]$0.5 millionIn 2020-21Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
National identity crime and cybercrime support serviceFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 5) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01313]$6.1 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation CommitteeHome Affairs
National Microcredentials MarketplaceFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 8) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01585]$4.3 millionOver three years from 2020-21Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
National Training System Commonwealth Own Purpose Expenditure ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01310]$107.1 millionOver three years from 2020-21Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Northern Endeavour Temporary Operations ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Northern Endeavour Temporary Operations Program) Amendment Instrument 2020 [F2020L01611]$75.4 millionOver two years from 2019-20Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Online toolkit to promote the financial capability of young AustraliansFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Treasury Measures No. 4) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01578]$10 millionOver two years from 2020-21Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeTreasury
Pacific Labour Mobility: Safeguarding Welfare of Workers (Community Connections)Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 8) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01585]$1 millionOver three years from 2020-21Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Home Care Transition FundFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01587]$5.3 millionOver two years from 2020-21Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth
PaTH Business Placement PartnershipsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01310]$11.9 millionOver three years from 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Powering Communities ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01573]$12 millionOver three years from 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Reef Builder—the coastal communities recovery projectFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 7) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01574]$20 millionIn 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 7) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01360]$17.4 millionOver two years from 2020-21 for the program, including $15.4 million for the program modificationSenate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
Education, Skills and Employment
Restoring native aquatic animals in the Murray‑Darling Basin and providing employment for Indigenous AustraliansFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 7) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01574]$10 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
Seniors Connected—Village HubsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 4) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01314]$4.7 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeSocial Services
Support for Australia’s Thalidomide SurvivorsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 5) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01312]$44.9 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth
Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01401]$39.025 millionIn 2020-21Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Supporting Small Business to Go Digital Post-COVID-19 ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Supporting Small Business to Go Digital Post-COVID-19 Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01413]$7.47 millionIn 2020–21Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
Education, Skills and Employment
Technology Co‑Investment FundFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01573]$20.1 millionOver six years from 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Tertiary Access Payment for Outer Regional and Remote School LeaversFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 8) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01585]$177.8 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Grants to support a company established to strengthen the national education evidence base for school and early childhood educationFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 5) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01280]$25 million (Commonwealth government contribution)Over three years from 2020-21Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Thermochemical Conversion Technology Trial Facility ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Thermochemical Conversion Technology Trial Facility Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L01425]$8 millionIn 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Tracking Waste ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 6) Regulations 2020 [F2020L01309]$24.6 millionOver four years from 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
Agriculture, Water and the Environment

About this committee

The Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation assesses delegated legislation against a set of scrutiny principles that focus on compliance with statutory requirements, the protection of individual rights and liberties, and principles of parliamentary oversight.

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