Scrutiny of Commonwealth expenditure

2019

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, Appendix D of each Delegated Legislation Monitor lists Commonwealth expenditure that is authorised by the FF(SP) Act and the IRD Act, and specified in delegated legislation made under those Acts.

The table below lists the expenditure specified by legislative instruments registered between 1 March 2019 and 20 November 2019, as reported on in Delegated Legislation Monitors 3 to 10 of 2019.

Instrument Program Amount
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture and Water Resources Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00345] Grant to Queensland Fruit & Vegetable Growers Ltd
$1.5 million over four years from 2018-19.
 Smart Fruit Fly Management $6.7 million over four years from 2018-19.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Attorney-General’s Portfolio Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00346]
Innovative Wrap-around Support in Domestic Violence Hotspots $31.8 million over three years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Communications and the Arts Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00562] Grant to Free TV Australian Ltd
$17.1 million over three years from 2019-20.
Regional Connectivity Program $57.6 million over two years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education and Training Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00347]

Grant to Educational Music Tour Bus Foundations Australia Ltd
$2.4 million for one year for 2018-19.
Development of vocational education and training (VET) packages (repeal and replace) Continuation of program within existing funding of $188.2 million over five years from 2019-19.
Delivery of an integrated information service for Australian Apprenticeships $5.4 million over three years from 2019-20, with $1.9 million per annum as ongoing funding after that period.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Foreign Affairs and Trade Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00351]
Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific
$500 million (grants component).
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Health Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00564]
Grants to Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
$13.5 million over three years from 1 July 2018; $9 million for two years from 1 July 2021.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Prime Minister and Cabinet Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00444]
Urgent assistance for eligible primary producers affected by floods in Northern Queensland
$1.75 billion (made available as part of a loans scheme).
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00565]

Overseas Adoption Services

$4.2 million over four years from 2018-19.
Continuity of Support—Community
Mental Health Services
$91.6 million over four years from 2018-19.
Social Impact Investing—Payment by

Outcomes Trials: 

  • Trial 1: supporting employment
    opportunities for unemployed or
    underemployed persons); and
  • Trials 2 and 3: supporting the
    development and wellbeing of
    children).
$15.7 million (total amount appropriated for Payment by Outcomes (PBO) Trials).
 Initiatives to reduce violence against

women and children under the Fourth
Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce
Violence against Women and their
children 2010-2022:

  • Safe places for women and children
    affected by domestic and family
    violence;
  • Specialised family violence services;
  • Conducting and disseminating
    research into domestic, family and
    sexual violence;
  • Support for Trafficked People
    Program; and 
  • Implementation of the Fourth Action
  • Plan to Reduce Violence against
    Women and Children.
$186.3 million over four years.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Treasury Portfolio Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00566]
Paying legacy unpaid external dispute resolution determinations
None specified. Treasury to administer a demand driven annual appropriation.
Industry Research and Development (Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L00684] Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Program
$10 million over four years from 2018-19.
Industry Research and Development (Business Energy Advice Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L00497]
Business Energy Advice Program
$11.7 million.
Industry Research and Development (Cooperative Research Centres Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L00419]
Cooperative Research Centres Program $731 million over four years.
Industry Research and Development (CopperString (Power Transmission) Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L00516]
CopperString (Power Transmission) Program
$4.7 million.
Industry Research and Development (Global Innovation Strategy—Strategic Funding Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L00628]
Global Innovation Strategy—Strategic Funding Program
$5.1 million.
Industry Research and Development (Mossman Mill Transition Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L00483]
Mossman Mill Transition Program $20 million over three years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L00935]
New Employment Services Trial
$176.8 million provided as part of the 'New Employment Services Model' for a period of five years, commencing in 2018-19.
Industry Research and Development (National Innovation Games Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L01029]
National Innovation Games
$3.5 million over two years, commencing in 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Communications and the Arts Measures No. 3) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01055]
Prime Minister's Literary Awards and Prize for Australian History
$2.6 million for the Literary Awards and the History Prize over 4 years from 2018-2019.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01053]
Grants to The Bell Shakespeare Company Limited
$1.3 million over four years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01052]
Skills Organisations
$41.7 million for 4 years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Environment and Energy Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01054]
Energy Efficient Communities Program
$50 million (one-off grant).
Australian Heritage Grants Program
$5.3 million per year from 2018-19
Communities Environment Program
$22.65 million in 2019-20
Environment Restoration Fund
$100 million over four years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Prime Minister and Cabinet Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01050]
Prevention of Financial Abuse of Women $2 million for 3 years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 3) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01051]
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability - advocacy and other support services.
$148.8 million for 3 years from 2019-20.
Industry Research and Development (Ferretti International Whyalla Transmission Towers Manufacturing Feasibility Study Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L01081]
Ferretti International Whyalla Transmission Towers Manufacturing Feasibility Study Program
$0.6 million (one-off grant).
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01156] Destination Australia Program
$93 million over four years from 2019-20
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Measures No. 3) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01157]
Foundation Skills for Your Future Program
$62.4 million over four years from 2019-20
Incentives for Australian Apprenticeships $1,809.5 million over four years from 2019-20
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Veterans’ Affairs Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01155]
Enhanced Employment Support for Veterans $16.2 million over four years from 2019-20
Industry Research and Development (Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L01305]
Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund Program $50.4 million between 2019-20 and 2023-24.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Agriculture Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01340] Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants Program $20 million over two years from 2019-20.
Agriculture Stewardship Package
$34 million over four years from 2019-20.
Educating Kids About Agriculture $10 million over three years from 2019-20.
National Farm Safety Education Fund $3.5 million over four years from 2019-20.
Grants to Dairy Australia Limited $0.5 million over two years from 2020-21.
Grants to Australian Dairy Farmers' Limited $1.01 million over two years from 2019-20.
Package Assisting Small Exporters $6.1 million over four years from 2019-20.
Starting Farm Cooperatives $3 million over two years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Communications and the Arts Measures No. 4) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01341]
International Cultural Diplomacy Arts Fund
$4.8 million over four years from 2019-2020.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Education Measures No. 3) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01342] Research, tools and strategies to boost Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages education $565,000 over three years from 2019-20
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Measures No. 4) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01343] Industry Training Hubs $41.7 million over four years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development Measures No. 1) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01344] Grants to improve road safety in Australia $15.3 million over four years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Veterans’ Affairs Measures No. 2) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01346] Veterans’ Wellbeing Centres Program $30 million over three years from 2019-20.
Financial Framework (Supplementary Powers) Amendment (Social Services Measures No. 5) Regulations 2019 [F2019L01462] National Orphanage Museum
$2 million one-off grant in 2019-20.
Industry Research and Development (Australian Made Export Campaign Program) Instrument 2019 [F2019L01420]
Australian Made Export Campaign Program
$5 million one-off grant in 2019-20.