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Budget 2012-2013 Budget Paper No.3 The Budget



Budget 2012-2013 Budget Paper No.3 The Budget

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Tabled By Delia Lawrie


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293 Revenue provided to facilitate initiatives (as an upfront payment) or paid on achievement of specified performance benchmarks or milestones. A limited number of NPs include reward payments and require performance benchmarks to be assessed by the COAG Reform Council, prior to any reward funding being paid by the Commonwealth. NPPs are also made for previous Commonwealth-tied funding streams which are yet to transition to an NP. The Territory has about 50 NPs (including PAs) agreed and about another 20 under development in the early childhood, education, skills and workforce development, law and order, community services, health, housing and environment sectors as well as to progress Indigenous reform, business regulation initiatives and infrastructure development. Significant Territory NPs are described below. Implementation plans (IP) are required for many, but not all, NPs. The Territory has over 65 IPs agreed or in development. Commonwealth Revenue Received by Territory Agencies Details of the significant SPPs and NPs received by Territory agencies are provided in the following section. Department of Business and Employment National Skills and Workforce Development Specific Purpose Payment The National Skills and Workforce Development SPP supports the achievement of objectives included in the Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD) National Agreement which was revised in April 2011. In 2012-13, the Territory expects to receive $14.5million for the National Skills and Workforce Development SPP. The revised NASWD aims to achieve a vocational education and training (VET) system that delivers a more productive and highly skilled workforce, enabling all working age Australians to participate effectively in the labour market and contribute to Australias economic future. While maintaining a broadly similar intent to the initial NASWD, the revised agreement has a stronger focus on VET reform and economic participation. National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform This new NP agreed by COAG in April 2012 provides funding for specific initiatives to implement some of the VET reforms articulated in the revised NASWD. These include increasing the accessibility of training for working aged Australians and increasing the transparency, quality, efficiency and responsiveness of the VET sector. Funding is also provided for the delivery of training outcomes consistent with the Productivity Places Program NP, which expires in 2011-12. In 2012-13, the Territory is estimated to receive $2.5million under the Skills Reform NP. Although funding for this NP is anticipated to increase over the forward estimates, the 2012-13 funding is less than that provided under the Productivity Places Program NP 2011-12 ($5.3million). Department of Education and Training National Schools Specific Purpose Payment The National Schools SPP assists the Territory to achieve the objectives of the National Education Agreement (NEA). In 2012-13, the Territory expects to receive SPP funding of $60.3million from the Commonwealth for government schools. Funding of $85.8million is