As usual, a number of government programs have been axed in the 2018 federal budget.
The efficiencies across portfolios will see savings redirected to improving the bottom line and funding other policy priorities in Treasurer Scott Morrison’s spending program.
Here’s what was scrapped, as outlined in the budget papers.
Child Care Early Learning Projects
The government will achieve savings of $6 million over three years from 2019-20 by returning uncommitted funding for the Child Care Early Learning Projects program.
Projects currently funded under the program will continue until their completion.
Funding of $9.6 million over four years from 2018-19 will remain available to fund activities under the program, which focuses on data collection and analysis to support policy development, evaluation and compliance activities.
Endeavour Leadership Program
The government will save $62.9 million over four years from 2018-19 by amalgamating the Endeavour Mobility Grants and Scholarships and Fellowships programs into a new single merit-based Endeavour Leadership Program, commencing in 2019.
Funding of $119 million over four years from 2018-19 will continue to be provided under the new program to support Australians, international students and institutions to pursue research and mobility opportunities.
Industry Workforce Training program
The government will save $21.2 million over four years from 2018-19 by cutting the competitive funding stream of the Industry Workforce Training program.
Funding of $152.8 million over four years from 2018-19 will continue to be provided to support Skills Service Organisations in developing and maintaining nationally recognised qualifications in the Vocational Education and Training sector, along with support for the Australian Training Awards and Adult Learners’ Week.
National Training System — Commonwealth Own Purpose Expenses program
The government will save $8.3 million over four years from 2018-19 by closing the competitive funding stream of the National Training System — Commonwealth Own Purpose Expenses (NTS-COPE) program.
Funding of $111.6 million over four years from 2018-19 will continue to be provided from the NTS-COPE program to support the national training system, including the national vocational education and training (VET) data collection and research program, the National Register of VET and the Performance Information for VET initiative.
Australian Trade and Investment Commission
The government will save $6.6 million over five years from the Australian Trade and Investment Commission through cuts in departmental costs and a reduction to the Australian Tropical Medicine Commercialisation grants program.
The government will save $30 million over two years by returning uncommitted funding to the Budget from the Industry Growth Centres Initiative and the Cooperative Research Centres Program.
Savings of $10 million have already been provided for by the government.
Bilateral Asset Recycling Agreement with South Australia
The government will achieve savings of $36.6 million in 2018-19 by terminating the 2017-18 Budget measure titled Energy for the Future — Bilateral Asset Recycling agreement with South Australia.
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