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
Access to Bushfire Construction Standards ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Access to Bushfire Construction Standards Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00476]$132,000Maximum amount in 2019-20Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Adult Mental Health CentresFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00659]$93,500,000Over four years from 2020-21

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Health
Australia-China Agricultural Regulatory CooperationFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00657]$4,700,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
Australian Music Industry PackageFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00384]$30,900,000Over five years from 2019-20Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeInfrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Bankable Feasibility Study on High-Efficiency Low-Emissions Coal Plant in Collinsville ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Bankable Feasibility Study on High-Efficiency Low-Emissions Coal Plant in Collinsville Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00772]$4,000,000MaximumSenate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Bushfire Recovery Access ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00033]$14,700,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth
Bushfire trauma response coordinatorsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00033]$3,200,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth
Business Advice for Recovery and Resilience ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Strengthening Business — Business Advice for Recovery and Resilience Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00573]$12,800,000Until 2022Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young AustraliansFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Measures No. 5) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01637]$8,200,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Community Languages Multicultural Grants ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01632]$12,600,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation CommitteeHome Affairs
Community STEM Engagement Grants ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Maker Projects — Community STEM Engagement Grants Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00554]$1,000,000Maximum amount in 2019-20Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Continuity of Support Fund for Clients of Programs Transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00385]$9,700,000In 2020-21 (reduced funding in subsequent years)Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeSocial Services
Cross-jurisdictional mental health networkFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00033]$500,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth
Destination Australia Cheung Kong Exchange PilotFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00391]$250,000One-off payment in 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Disaster Risk Reduction PackageFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00781]$26,100,000Over five years from 2019-20Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation CommitteeHome Affairs
Donor Human Milk Bank ServiceFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00659]$2,000,000In 2019-20

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Health
Electromagnetic Energy Program—public communicationsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00105]$1,800,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeInfrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Empowering Businesses To Go Digital ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Empowering Business To Go Digital Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00731]$3,000,000One-off grant

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Environmental Education Centres ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Environmental Education Centres Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00771]$50,000,000MaximumSenate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Fisheries Habitat Restoration (FHR) ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01638]$8,000,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
Future Leaders ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education Measures No. 5) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01639]$7,500,000Over two years from 2020-21Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Grant to Anti Defamation Commission Incorporated—Click Against Hate ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00660]$3,000,000Over four years from 2019-20

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Grant to DemoDAIRY Foundation Limited—Powell Legacy FundFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00660]$100,000In 2019-20

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Grant to DP Jones Nursing HomeFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 3) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01642]$480,000To dateSenate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth
Grant to News Corp—Online Spelling BeeFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education Measures No. 5) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01639]$345,240One-off grant in 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Grant to QAL FinanceFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Measures No. 4) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00658]$8,400,000Over two years from 2020-21

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Grants for support relating to stillbirth, miscarriage and newborn deathFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01640]$1,300,000Over two years from 2019-20Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth
Grants to General Sir John Monash Foundation to administer the Bob Hawke John Monash Scholarships and the Tim Fischer John Monash ScholarshipsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education Measures No. 4) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01536]$10,000,000Two one-off grants in 2019-20n/aEducation, Skills and Employment
Grants to University of Technology Sydney for Anti‑Slavery Australia—Complex Violence Intervention (Forced Marriage) ProjectFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00792]$400,000Maximum in 2020-21Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeSocial Services
Harvest Trail Service—Collaborating with IndustryFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Measures No. 5) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01637]$1,000,000Over two years from 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Hinkler Regional Deal Agricultural Technology Facility ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Hinkler Regional Deal Agricultural Technology Facility Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00472]$5,000,000Maximum amount in 2019-20Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Imparja TelevisionFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00384]$800,000In 2019-20Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeInfrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Initiatives to reduce regulatory and auditing burdens in the dairy export supply chain, and to support Dairy RegTech 2022Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00390]$14,800,000Over six years from 2019-20Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
International Space Investment Initiative ProgramIndustry Research and Development (International Space Investment Initiative Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00089]$15,000,000(initial funding)Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Jobs and Education Data Infrastructure (JEDI)Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Measures No. 5) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01637]$28,200,000Over four years from 2018-19Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Manufacturing Modernisation Fund ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Manufacturing Modernisation Fund Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L01538]$50,000,000In 2019-20n/aIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Mid-Career CheckpointFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00233]$75,000,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Multicultural Community Amenities Grants in the Northern TerritoryFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00781]$2,000,000Maximum in 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeHome Affairs
National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment ServicesFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00385]$1,000,000In 2020-21 (and the same amount in subsequent years)Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeSocial Services
National Careers Institute (NCI) Grants ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Measures No. 5) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01637]$36,300,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
National Centre for the Prevention of Child Sexual AbuseFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00792]$22,500,000Over five years from 2020-21Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeSocial Services
National Communications Campaign to Support Small Business ProgramIndustry Research and Development (National Communications Campaign to Support Small Business Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00607]$5,000,000In 2019-20 and 2020-21Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
National Environmental Science ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 4) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00816]$149,000,000Over seven years from 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
National Product Stewardship Investment Fund (NPSIF)Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Environment and Energy Measures No. 3) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01630]$20,000,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
National Radioactive Waste Management Facility New Community Benefit ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00817]$4,000,000Over two years from 2020-21Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Northern Endeavour Temporary Operations ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Northern Endeavour Temporary Operations Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00125]$10,000,000(initial funding)Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Online resources and professional development for mathematics teachersFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00233]$9,500,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Online Tertiary Learning Repository (TLR) servicesFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education Measures No. 5) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01639]$2,500,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Pacific Secondary School Scholarships (PSSS) ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Foreign Affairs and Trade Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01631]$66,000,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation CommitteeForeign Affairs and Trade
Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00659]$43,900,000Over seven years from 2018-19

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Health
Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00659]$16,000,000Over three years from 2020-21

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Health
Phonics Targeted Assistance Program for Disadvantaged SchoolsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 3) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00660]$2,800,000Over two years from 2020-21

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Pre-feasibility Study on a Proposed Pumped Hydro-electric Power Plant in Central Queensland ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Pre-feasibility Study on a Proposed Pumped Hydro-electric Power Plant in Central Queensland Program) Instrument 2020 [F2020L00774]$2,000,000MaximumSenate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Promoting Sustainable Fisheries and Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in Southeast Asia and Pacific IslandsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01638]$14,400,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
Public Interest News Gathering (PING) ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Measures No. 4) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00658]$50,000,000Over two years from 2019-20

Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Regional Airport ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01629]$100,000,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeInfrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Rural Inspire ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education Measures No. 5) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01639]$2,000,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Education and Employment Legislation CommitteeEducation, Skills and Employment
Seniors Connected—Phone SupportFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 6) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01628]$4,000,000Over four years from 2019-20 (approximately)Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeSocial Services
Small business bushfire financial support lineFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Treasury Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00101]$3,500,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Economics Legislation CommitteeTreasury
Space Infrastructure Fund ProgramIndustry Research and Development (Space Infrastructure Fund Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L01504]$19,500,000Over three years from 2019-20n/aIndustry, Science, Energy and Resources
Support for the Cook IslandsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Foreign Affairs and Trade Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00661]$8,000,000Over four years from 2020-21

Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Foreign Affairs and Trade
Support services for post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses—emergency services workers involved in the 2019-20 bushfire seasons and support and mental health literacy network for emergency services workers—pilot programFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00104]$11,500,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation CommitteeHome Affairs
Support to communities affected by bushfires—payments for childrenFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00032]$10,000,000In 2019-20 (uncapped)Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation CommitteeHome Affairs
Supporting communities in recoveryFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00033]$2,700,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth
Telecommunications Emergency Resilience PackageFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Measures No. 5) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00818]$37,100,000Over two years from 2020-21Senate Environment and Communications Legislation CommitteeInfrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Traceability Grants ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00102]$7,000,000Over four years from 2019-20Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeAgriculture, Water and the Environment
Training for front-line personnelFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 1) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00033]$2,000,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth
Youth Action Support Project Grants SchemeFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 2) Regulations 2020 [F2020L00392]$500,000Over three years from 2019-20Senate Community Affairs Legislation CommitteeHealth

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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