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
Agricultural innovation hubs program Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 5) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01822]

$21.7 million

Over two years from 2021-22

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Assisted Passage Program Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01824]

$132.7 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Home Affairs
Australasian Recycling Label Program Industry Research and Development (Australasian Recycling Label Program) Instrument 2021 [F2021L01693]

$5 million

Over three years from 2021-22

Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Australia Day Celebrations Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Prime Minister and Cabinet Measures No. 10) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01609]

$26.7 million

In 2021-22
Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation CommitteePrime Minister and Cabinet
Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies Program Industry Research and Development (Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Hubs and Technologies Program) Instrument 2021 [F2021L01593]

$250 million

Not specified

Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Care and Support Workforce National Campaign Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01498]

$26.7 million

In 2021-22
Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation CommitteeSocial Services
Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01824]

$8.6 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Home Affairs
Consumer Data Right—AEMO Concessional Loan Program Industry Research and Development (Consumer Data Right—AEMO Concessional Loan Program) Instrument 2022 [F2022L00044]$6.153 millionNot specified

Senate Economics Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Coronavirus economic response—pandemic leave disaster payments (continuation) Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Prime Minister and Cabinet Measures No. 1) Regulations 2022 [F2022L00037]Not specifiedNot specified

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee
Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

Prime Minister and Cabinet
Economic Pathways to Refugee Integration Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01824]

$24.6 million

Over three years from 2021-22

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Home Affairs
Emerging Aviation Technologies Partnerships Program Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Measures No. 5) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01507]

$32.6 million

Over two years from 2021-22
Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation CommitteeInfrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Explicit Instruction Teaching ProgramFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01494]

$9.9 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Golden Beach Gas Storage Acceleration Program Industry Research and Development (Golden Beach Gas Storage Acceleration Program) Instrument 2022 [F2022L00156]Up to $32 millionNot specified

Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Grant to MultiLit Pty LimitedFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01494]

$8 million  

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Grant to the Australian Olympic Committee Inc. Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 8) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01834]

$2.1 million

In 2021-22

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Health
Grant to Together for Humanity Foundation LimitedFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01494]

$8.1 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Grants to improve apprenticeships Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 5) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01799]

$10.5 million

Over three years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Initiatives addressing child sexual abuse, such as those under the National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Prime Minister and Cabinet Measures No. 8) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01499]

$146 million

Over four years from 2021-22
Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation CommitteePrime Minister and Cabinet
Innovation Development Fund (ELICOS) Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 1) Regulations 2022 [F2022L00109]

$9.4 million

In 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
International Climate Action Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Industry, Science, Energy and Resources Measures No. 1) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01495]

$103.9 million

• $59.9 million over five years from 2021-22; and
• $44 million over ten years from 2021-22

Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Market Information for Care and Support Providers Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 5) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01826]

$2.4 million

Over two years from 2021-22

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Social Services
Migrant Skills Incentives Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01494]

$19.7 million

Over three years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
mRNA vaccines and treatments Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 9) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01823]

Not specified

Not specified

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee
Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

Finance
National Cybercrime Capability Fund Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Home Affairs Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01824]

$30.9 million

Over three years from 2021-22

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee

Home Affairs
National Intermodal Corporation Limited Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Measures No. 6) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01800]

Not specified

Not specified

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Innovation Development Fund (ELICOS) Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications Measures No. 1) Regulations 2022 [F2022L00110]

$80 million

Over three years from 2021-22

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Northern Australia Development Program Industry Research and Development (Northern Australia Development Program) Instrument 2021 [F2021L01508]

$119.9 million

Over five years from 2021-22

Senate Economics Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Online Formative Assessment InitiativeFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01494]

$35 million

Over two years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Online measures to improve price transparency in perishable goods industries Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 5) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01822]

$5.4 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Preparing Australian Communities Program—Projects of Local Significance Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Prime Minister and Cabinet Measures No. 11) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01825]

$150 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Prime Minister and Cabinet
Safeguarding the Integrity of Australian Sport - Australia's international anti-doping commitments Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 7) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01500]

$1.8 million

Over two years from 2021-22

Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Health
School Leavers Information Service Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 5) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01799]

$10.5 million

Over two years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
School Partnerships to Improve Educational Outcomes for Indigenous Students in Remote SchoolsFinancial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01494]

$25.9 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Schools Pathways Program Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Defence Measures No. 3) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01798]

$2.8 million

Over two years from 2021-22

Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Legislation Committee

Defence 
Skills for Education and Employment Program Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01494]

$512.5 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Soil Program Industry Research and Development (Soil Program) Instrument 2021 [F2021L01509]

$96.7 million

Not specified

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Supporting Agricultural Showmen and Women Program Industry Research and Development (Supporting Agricultural Showmen and Women Program) Instrument 2021 [F2021L01558]

$4.3 million

In 2021-22

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture, Water and the Environment Measures No. 1) Regulations 2022 [F2022L00108]

US$500,000

Over two years from 2021-22

Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Prime Minister and Cabinet Measures No. 11) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01825]

$378.6 million

Over five years from 2021-22

Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee

Prime Minister and Cabinet
Tertiary Access Payment for Regional and Remote School Leavers Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 5) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01799]

$175 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment
Underwriting New Generation Investments Program Industry Research and Development (Underwriting New Generation Investments Program) Instrument 2021 [F2021L01708]

Not specified

Not specified

Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
VET system improvements Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education, Skills and Employment Measures No. 4) Regulations 2021 [F2021L01494]

$292.5 million

Over four years from 2021-22

Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Education, Skills and Employment

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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