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Chapter 11 - Grants and payments

Defence grants

Information on grants awarded by the Department of Defence during the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 is available here.

Table 11.1 - Grants paid, 2011-12 and 2012-13

Table 11.1 - Grants paid, 2011-12 and 2012-13
2011-12 Actual ¹ $'000 2012-13 Actual ¹ $'000
Grants Program
Army Military History Research Grants Scheme 71 82
Family Support Funding Program 1,171 1,278
Research Support for National Security 1,885 -
Other grants
Afghan National Army Trust Fund Contribution 38,692 38,700
Anglesea Barracks bicentenary book 15 -
Australian Defence Force Academy, University of NSW 130 -
Australian Member Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (multi-year grant) 50 52
ANU Centre for International Governance and Justice 133 -
ANU Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament - 400
ANU National Centre for Indigenous Studies - 300
Australian Strategic Policy Institute (multi-year grant) 3,051 3,118
Commando Welfare Trust 8,000 -
Fisher House Foundation (multi-year grant) 125 25
International Institute for Strategic Studies 77 84
Kokoda Foundation 95 100
Legacy Services Trust 14,000 -
Multinational Force and Observers - 494
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Office of Environment and Heritage - 525
Professor Jeffrey Grey (University College, ADFA) (multi-year grant) - 200
Royal United Services Institute of Australia (multi-year grant) 93 95
Strategic and Defence Centre Post Doctoral Fellowship (multi-year grant) 159 174
Sir Arthur Tange Defence PhD Scholarships (multi-year grant) 58 58
Sir Richard Williams Foundation Incorporated - 50
United Nations Trust Fund in Support of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali - 5,000
United Nations Trust Fund for the African Mission in Somalia 3,500 -
Total grants paid 71,305² 50,736²
Notes
  1. All figures are exclusive of GST.
  2. Total may not add up due to rounding.

DMO grants

HMAS Perth crashing through a large swell at high speed in the Western Australian Exercise Area.

A grants management system was developed to automate the process for lodgment and assessment of applications for grants. The grants management system provides secure access through the Chief Information Officer Group's Defence online systems domain. Implementation of the grants management system has already resulted in significant processing efficiencies for industry applicants and DMO staff.

Information on recipients of discretionary grants provided by the DMO during the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 is available online for the Skilling Australia's Defence Industry Program, the Industry Skilling Enhancement package, the Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program, and the New Air Combat 2012-13 Capability-Industry Support Program.

Tactical payment scheme

The tactical payment scheme was legislated on 1 July 2009 under sections 123H and J of the Defence Act 1903. The scheme was introduced in financial year 2009-10 to provide a means for making expeditious non-liability payments resulting from military actions by deployed forces. This scheme continues to provide mechanisms for maintaining local community support and thereby ensuring the safety of deployed forces.

In 2012-13, 802 individual payments totalling $67,235 were made under the scheme. Further information is outlined in Note 34 of the 2012-13 financial statements.

Payments of accounts

In 2012-13, Defence paid 1,675,847 or 98.9 per cent of all payment transactions by their due date. This result is ahead of the 90 per cent government benchmark. The volume of payments through Defence Purchase and Travel Cards represents more than 79 per cent (2011-12, 81 per cent) of all payments, which continues to have a positive effect on the paid-by due-date result.

Table 11.2 - Accounts paid by due date, 2010-11 to 2012-13
2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Number of accounts paid 2,012,530 2,269,781 1,694,617
Accounts paid by due date 1,910,906 2,160,900 1,675,847
Percentage of accounts paid by due date 95.0 95.2 98.9