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Budget axe: the small government agencies abolished by Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott assured the nation that “business goes on” amid the siege situation in Sydney that caused the evacuation of New South Wales and Commonwealth agencies in Martin Place. The Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook — axing and consolidating 175 agencies — was no exception.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann would not quantify additional staff cuts to the Commonwealth public service, originally announced in the budget as 16,500.

“We’re still on track for that,” Cormann told the media conference in Parliament House today. “Our objective is to bring staffing levels across the public sector federally back to the same level as back in 2007-08.

“There will obviously be further efficiencies as a result of announcements reflected in MYEFO today, but that process is now to be gone through. Our objective ultimately, as it should be, is to ensure the administration and operations of government at a federal level are as efficient and effective as possible. Some of the decisions, of course, to merge bodies, to abolish bodies, to consolidate various functions will lead to further opportunities for efficiencies but they will be quantified as we go through those processes in an orderly and methodical fashion.”

MYEFO’s largest savings are $3.7 billion over four years in cuts to foreign aid and lengthening the budgeted lifespan of in-house computer software from four years to five years. The government estimates software efficiencies will save $420 million over the four years to 2017-18.

Other expenses are going up, notably redundancies and superannuation payouts. Some $280 million will be paid out in redundancy payouts this year, although with fewer predicted separations in the next three years they anticipate paying out a further $50 million each year until 2018. Superannuation costs have risen 67%, or an additional $2.47 billion, as staff retire.

Contestability, streamlining and targeting of program delivery remains a top priority of the government, as well as functional and efficiency reviews of major government bodies. The report fingers Health and Education for the first to be assessed:

“The government will commence in‑depth reviews of the functions and efficiency particularly of larger government agencies and departments. These reviews will determine whether the current resourcing and functions performed within an entity are aligned with the Government’s policy priorities and that they are being undertaken as efficiently as possible. The departments of Health and Education (other than higher education) will be the first bodies to be reviewed.

“The 2014‑15 MYEFO includes a further tranche of major rationalisation of government bodies, to ensure the public sector is as streamlined, effective and transparent as possible. Delivering a smaller and more rational government footprint is designed to clarify lines of accountability, to make the public sector more agile and better able to address changing pressures and government priorities.”

A further 175 government bodies will be cut, building on previous decisions to defund agencies in the 2014-15 budget, “taking the total reduction in the number of government bodies since the election to 251”.

In total 138 statutory bodies, advisory committees, councils and boards will be abolish. Another 15 bodies will be merged into line departments, and 26 bodies will be reduced to six but remain separate from their line department. Two bodies will have responsibilities transferred outside the Commonwealth.

Five bodies will consolidate their back office functions with shared service centres or supporting departments. The government says these measures will “further reduce the overheads from an excessive number of stand‑alone bodies, reducing inefficiencies and removing duplicated effort across the public sector”.

MYEFO also includes two new initiatives: the introduction of an Australian Government Governance Policy, to take effect from December 15, to impose new constraints on the establishment and design of new government bodies, and the launch of an Australian Government Organisations Register, to create the first complete online listing of all government bodies.

Cormann says the register reveals that at taking office there were 1252 separate government bodies. “Our goal is to get this well below a 1000 by the end of this term of Government,” he said in his MYEFO ministerial statement.

Nadine Flood, the Community and Public Sector Union national secretary, responded to the announcement with concern:

“The Abbott government has already cut at least 8000 jobs this year, the deepest cuts to the public service in over a decade. MYEFO confirms the government is on track to cut at least another 8700 jobs this year. On top of this is the introduction of so called ‘contestability’ for public services, which is nothing more than cover for massive outsourcing and privatisation programs that will see jobs and services sold off. The only contest will be which big business will pick up the contract.”

Portfolio Body Reform Decision Five Year Total $m
AGD Artbank Advisory Committee Cease Cease the Artbank Advisory Committee, with Artbank to consult with external experts on a needs basis. *
AGD National Government Advisory Group on Chemicals (NGAG) Merge Merge the NGAG with the National Industry Reference Group on Chemicals and continue under the auspices of the Australian-New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee CBRN sub-committee. *
AGD National Industry Reference Group on Chemicals (NIRG) Merge Merge the NIRG with the National Government Advisory Group on Chemicals and continue under the auspices of the Australian-New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee CBRN sub-committee. *
AGD Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) Consolidate Consolidate the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) within the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD), to strengthen the flexibility within the department for officers to work across both legal advice and legal policy. Following the amalgamation, the Government will conduct a review of legal services to identify efficiencies that can be gained in government legal costs. +
AGD Business Government Advisory Group on National Security (BGAG) Ceased This body has been ceased and replaced by the Attorney-General’s Industry Consultation on National Security. *
AGD Committee on Taxation Incentives for the Arts Ceased This body has been ceased. *
AGD Information Advisory Committee (IAC – advises the Australian Information Commissioner) Cease This body is being ceased (legislation is in the parliament). *
AGD Privacy Advisory Committee (PAC) Cease This body is being ceased (legislation is in the parliament). *
AGD Intercountry Adoption Harmonisation Working Group Ceased This body has been ceased. Functions of this group now moved to the Central Authorities for Intercountry Adoption. *
Agriculture Animal Welfare Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Agriculture Australian and New Zealand Standard Diagnostic Procedures (ANZSDP) WG Cease Cease the body. Minister to review in 2015 to rationalise laboratory-related standard setting bodies and assess which relevant technical expertise can be brought into the department rather than posited with separate bodies. *
Agriculture Australian Landcare Council Transfer Out Cease the body as the function/activity is more suitably performed by an industry and community organisation convened representational forum. *
Agriculture Benchmarks Working Group (working group under the Intergovernmental agreement on National Biosecurity) Ceased This body has been ceased. 0.017
Agriculture Biosecurity Advisory Council Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Agriculture Department of Agriculture – Live Animal Export Division – Industry Government Implementation Group (IGIG) Cease Cease the body. *
Agriculture Forestry and Forest Products Committee Cease Maintain in the medium term, to implement an election commitment. Consistent with the Australian Government Governance Policy, a sunset date of less than five years will be determined. *
Agriculture National Rural Advisory Council Merge Merge the body into the Agricultural Industry Advisory Council. *
Agriculture National Surveillance and Diagnostics Working Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Agriculture Vertebrate Pests Committee (VPC) Merged VPC merged with the Invasive Plant and Animals Committee. 0.011
Agriculture Laboratories for Emergency Animal Disease Diagnosis and Response (LEADDR) Working Group Cease Cease the body. Minister to review in 2015 to rationalise laboratory-related standard setting bodies and assess which relevant technical expertise can be brought into the department rather than posited with separate bodies. *
Agriculture National Strategies Working Group (a sub-body under the Animal Health Committee) Cease Cease the body. Minister to review in 2015 to rationalise laboratory-related standard setting bodies and assess which relevant technical expertise can be brought into the department rather than posited with separate bodies. *
Agriculture New Test Evaluation Working Group (a sub-body under the Animal Health Committee) Cease Cease the body. Minister to review in 2015 to rationalise laboratory-related standard setting bodies and assess which relevant technical expertise can be brought into the department rather than posited with separate bodies. *
Agriculture Rabies Preparedness Working Group Cease Cease the body. *
Agriculture Subcommittee on Animal Health Laboratory Standards (SCAHLS) Cease Cease the body. Minister to review in 2015 to rationalise laboratory-related standard setting bodies and assess which relevant technical expertise can be brought into the department rather than posited with separate bodies. *
Agriculture Food Policy Working Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Agriculture High-Level Group on Drought Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Agriculture National Biosecurity Committee Stakeholder Engagement Consultative Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Agriculture Primary Industries Standing Committee (PISC) Ceased This body has been ceased and replaced by AGSOC. *
Agriculture Productivity and Regulatory Reform Committee Ceased This body has been ceased as part of ADMIN/AGSOC reforms. *
Agriculture Research, Development and Extension Working Group Ceased This body has been cease as part of ADMIN/AGSOC reforms. *
Agriculture Taskforce on national uniform standards for the voluntary microchipping of horses Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Communications Telework Advisory Panel (TAP) Consolidate Cease the body. The function will be performed as part of the department’s core advisory role. *
Communications Protection Zone Committees (PZC) Consolidate Cease the body and perform the function in-house, with external advice sought on a needs basis. *
Defence Australian Defence Force Financial Services Consumer Council Cease Cease the body, with the Department to continue the service by coordinating the provision of information. *
Defence Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee Merge Merge with DVA Human Research Ethics Committee in July 2017. *
Defence DMO Diversity Advisory Group Cease Sunset in 2015 after completion of a workforce diversity plan. Subsequent diversity strategies across the portfolio are to be managed by the Department. *
Defence Forces Entertainment Board Consolidate Cease the body. Function to be undertaken as part of the department’s core advisory role, drawing on external advice as required. *
Defence RIZZO Reform Implementation Committee Cease Cease the body. *
Defence DMO CEO Roundtable Cease Consistent with the Australian Government Governance Policy, set a sunset date of 2019 aligned to completion of medium term strategies. Note that future industry engagement will be considered in the White Paper and First Principles Review. *
Defence Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health (CMVH) Transferred Out The body is now run by the University of Queensland. *
Defence Principal War Gratuity Authority Merged The body has merged with the Australian Military Forces Relief Fund. *
Education Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) Joint Working Group to Provide Advice on Students with Disability (the Joint Working Group) Ceased Sunset in 2015 after work under current terms of reference completes. Cessation will require agreement of the states and territories. *
Education Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) Merge Merge the TEQSA Advisory Council and the HESP. *
Education Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Advisory Council Merge Merge the TEQSA Advisory Council and the HESP. *
Education Advancing Quality in Higher Education Reference Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Education Australian Youth Forum Steering Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Education Higher Education Research Data Advisory Committee (HERDAC) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Education Higher Education Research Reference Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Education International Education Advisory Council Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Education Strategic Cross-sectoral Data Committee (SCDC) for Early Childhood, Education and Training Ceased This body has been ceased. Some legacy work is being transferred to a departmental data strategy group. *
Education Y20 Planning Group Ceased Cease the body, as the Y20 has been completed. *
Education Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Council Ceased This body has been ceased with the agreement of state and territory Ministers. *
Education Education Investment Fund (EIF) Advisory Board Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Employment Fair Work Building and Construction Independent Assessor Cease Cease the body. 0.082
Employment Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate Advisory Board (Legislative name) Cease Cease the body. 0.021
Employment Seafarers’ Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (Seacare) Merge The Seacare Authority’s functions will be transferred to the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. 0.095
Employment COAG Select Council on Workplace Relations Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment Antarctic Research Assessment Committee (ARAC) Consolidate The Department of the Environment will absorb the functions of the Committee. *
Environment Australian Antarctic Names and Medals Committee Consolidate Cease the body. The Department of the Environment to absorb the functions of the Committee and provide advice on place names and medal recipients. *
Environment Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) Advisory Committee Consolidate Cease the body. Function to be performed as part of the department’s core advisory role. 0.036
Environment Biological Diversity Advisory Committee Consolidate Cease the body. Function to be performed as part of the department’s core advisory role. *
Environment Climate Adaptation Outlook Independent Expert Group Consolidate Cease the body. Function to be performed as part of the department’s core advisory role. *
Environment Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee (DOIC) Cease Body to be ceased and replaced with the Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee. *
Environment Expert Panel on a Declared Commercial Fishing Activity Cease Cease the two panels at the time of the sunset clauses at the end of October 2014 and mid April 2015. *
Environment Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board Cease Cease the body. *
Environment Oil Stewardship Advisory Council Cease Cease the body. The Department will coordinate alternative arrangements for consultation with stakeholders. 0.009
Environment Product Stewardship Advisory Group Cease Cease the body. The Department will coordinate alternative arrangements for consultation with stakeholders. 0.005
Environment World Parks Congress National Steering Committee Cease Cease the body when the sunset clause takes effect in December 2014. *
Environment Antarctic Science Advisory Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment Bureau of Meteorology Water Accounting Standards Board Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment Commonwealth Environmental Water Stakeholder Reference Panel Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment Emissions Intensive – Trade Exposed (EITE) Expert Advisory Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment Fuel Standards Consultative Committee Cease This body is being ceased (legislation is in the parliament). *
Environment Iconic Sites Taskforce Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment Indigenous Water Advisory Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment National Landscapes Reference Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment National Marine Mammal Advisory Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Environment National Marine Mammal Scientific Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Finance Authentication Governance Committee (AGC – responsible for online authentication) Cease Cease the body. *
Finance Chief Information Officer Committee (CIOC) Merge Merge the CIOF and the CIOC into a less formal ‘community of practice’ with Finance as the organiser, to ensure continued input into whole of government ICT policy. *
Finance Chief Information Officer Forum (CIOF) Merge Merge the CIOF and the CIOC into a less formal ‘community of practice’ with Finance as the organiser, to ensure continued input into whole of government ICT policy. *
Finance Comcover Advisory Council Cease Cease the body. *
Finance Cross Jurisdictional Chief Information Officers’ Committee (CJCIOC) Cease Cease the body and manage cross-jurisdictional issues through a less formal ‘community of practice’, with the organiser alternating annually between the Commonwealth (lead taken by the newly merged CIOC/CIOF) and a State/Territory. *
Finance Secretaries’ ICT Governance Board (SIGB) Cease Cease the body. Cross Government ICT matters to be considered instead by the Ministerial Taskforce on Single Service Delivery or Secretaries’ Board, where appropriate. *
Finance Intragovernment Communications Network (ICON) Scoping Studies Scoping study to be completed by Finance in 2015. *
Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia International Cultural Council (AICC) Cease Abolish the body with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Arts to jointly agree funding and arrangements for a new streamlined advisory body within the Arts portfolio. *
Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia Awards Board Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia-Malaysia Institute Merged This body has been amalgamated with the Australia-Thailand Institute to form the Australia-ASEAN Institute. *
Foreign Affairs and Trade Australia-Thailand Institute Merged This body has been amalgamated with the Australia-Malaysia Institute to form the Australia-ASEAN Institute. *
Foreign Affairs and Trade Tourism Quality Council of Australia Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Health Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) Advisory Group Consolidate Cease the body. Advice on detection, deterence and enforcement is a core role for the agency and the department. *
Health Cancer Australia Back-office Merger Cancer Australia to be part of a shared services rollout, sharing the Department of Health’s corporate services. 0.754
Health Diabetes Advisory Group Cease Cease the body. *
Health Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Advisory Committee Cease Cease the body. *
Health Expert Panel – to review Elective Surgery and Emergency Access Targets under the NPA on IPHS Cease Sunset from July 2015. *
Health Health and Hospitals Fund Advisory Board Consolidate Cease the body. Uncommitted HHF funding will transfer to the Medical Research Future Fund. *
Health Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) Back-office Merger ASADA to be part of a shared services rollout, sharing the Department of Health’s corporate services. 1.327
Health Professional Services Review (PSR) Back-office Merger PSR to be part of a shared services rollout, sharing the Department of Health’s corporate services. 0.601
Health General Practice Recognition Appeal Committee (GPRAC) Merge Merge with and utilise data from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for DHS determinations. *
Health General Practice Recognition Eligibility Committee (GPREC) Merge Merge with and utilise data from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for DHS determinations. *
Health National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Back-office Merger NHMRC to be part of a shared services rollout, sharing the Department of Health’s corporate services. 3.026
Health Anti-Doping Research Panel Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Human Services National Student Services Partnership Group Cease Cease the body. *
Human Services Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service (CRS) Australia Cease Cease the body. *
Human Services Department of Human Services Council on Strategy and Innovation Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Human Services Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Working Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Human Services National Place-Based Advisory Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) Merge Merge with IP Australia. External advice can be sourced by IP Australia or the department on a needs basis. *
Industry Business Design Reference Group (BDRG) Merge Merge the Business Design reference group (BDRG) into the Business Online Service (BOS) Management Committee. *
Industry Central Trades Committee Cease Cease the body. *
Industry Innovation Australia – Commercialisation Australia Board Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry National Precincts Board Cease Cease the body. *
Industry Pharmaceutical Industry Working Group (PIWG) Cease Cease the body. *
Industry Plant Breeder’s Rights Advisory Committee Merge Cease body and merge with IP Australia. External advice can be sourced by the department on a needs basis. *
Industry Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) Advisory Board Cease Cease the body from September 2015 following expiration of the MoU with the ABARE. *
Industry Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) Ceased This body has been ceased, with advice to the Government on skills and workforce development needs provided by the Department of Industry. 3.605
Industry CSIRO – Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF) Steering Committee (also referred to as: the Australia Telescope Steering Committee) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Multi-stakeholder Group (EITI MSG) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Innovation Australia – Clean Technology Food and Foundries Investment Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Innovation Australia – Clean Technology Innovation Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Innovation Australia – Clean Technology Investment Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Innovation Australia – Innovation Grants Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Innovation Australia – R&D Tax Incentive Advisory Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Innovation Australia – Venture Capital Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Manufacturing Leaders Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATSESE) Consolidated The body has ceased. Functions have been brought into the Department. *
Industry National Senior Officials Committee (NSOC) Ceased This body has been ceased and cross-jurisdictional skills issues are dealt with by officials on a needs basis. *
Industry National Skills Standards Council Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry National VET Equity Advisory Council Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Services Leaders Group (consults business, unions and the research sector) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Smart Grid Smart City – Strategic Policy and Regulatory Steering Committee Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Study on the Eastern Australian Domestic Gas Market – Industry Reference Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Industry Technical Advisory Committee for the Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package (CMATSP) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Infrastructure Accessible Public Transport National Advisory Committee (APTNAC) Merge Merge the Accessible Public Transport Jurisdictional Committee (APTJC) with the Accessible Public Transport National Advisory Committee (APTNAC). *
Infrastructure Inspector of Transport Security Consolidate Consolidate specialist support staff for the Inspector into the department and appoint the Inspector on a retainer basis, supported by a panel of pre-qualified professional expertise that can be drawn upon when the Minister initiates a review of a security incident. These reforms will remove overheads associated with a full-time office. *
Infrastructure Inter-Jurisdictional Working Group (IJWG – considers referrals from Local Government Ministers’ Forum) Cease Cease the body. *
Infrastructure Local Government Ministers’ Forum (LGMF) Cease Cease the body. *
Infrastructure National Disaster Recovery Taskforce Cease Cease the body. *
Infrastructure Urban Policy Forum (UPF) Cease Cease the body. *
Infrastructure Australian Council of Local Government Cease Cease the body. The function overlaps and duplicates functions of the separate Australian Local Government Association. *
Infrastructure Reconstruction Inspectorate Consolidate Cease the body and transfer any residual functions to Emergency Management Australia and the Attorney-General’s Department. *
Infrastructure Accessible Public Transport National Jurisdictional Committee (APTNJC) Merge Merge the Accessible Public Transport Jurisdictional Committee (APTJC) with the Accessible Public Transport National Advisory Committee (APTNAC). *
Infrastructure Infrastructure Coordinator Ceased This body has been ceased following announcement of the new IA Board on 1 September 2014. *
Infrastructure Northern Australia Indigenous Experts Forum on sustainable Economic Development Ceased This body has been ceased on 28 February 2014 with the announcement of the creation of the Northern Australia strategic partnership. *
Infrastructure Expert Advisory Panel on Northern Australia Ceased This body has been ceased on 28 February 2014 with the announcement of the creation of the Northern Australia strategic partnership. *
Infrastructure Marine Council Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Infrastructure Northern Australia Ministerial Forum Ceased This body has been ceased on 28 February 2014 with the announcement of the creation of the Northern Australia strategic partnership. *
Infrastructure Regional Australia Standing Council (RASC) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
PM&C Official Establishments Trust Cease Cease the body. 0.078
PM&C Australia in the Asian Century Advisory Board Ceased This body has been ceased. *
PM&C First Peoples Education Advisory Group (FPEAG) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
PM&C Indigenous Development effectiveness Initiative Steering Committee (IDEISC) Ceased This body has been ceased. *
PM&C National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee (NIDAC) Cease Cease the body, with the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs to deal with these matters. *
Social Services Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Ltd Ceased This body has been ceased. Quality assurance is now dealt with by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency. *
Social Services Aged Care Planning Advisory Committee Cease This mechanism is being ceased and a streamlined consultation process will be developed for the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round. *
Social Services Aged Care Reform Implementation Council Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Social Services Healthy Life Better Ageing Committee Ceased Plans to establish this body have been ceased, due to the establishment of the Aged Care Sector Committee which provides broad stakeholder policy input and engagement. *
Social Services Minister’s Dementia Advisory Group Ceased Body ceased on 30 November 2013. These issues are dealt with through the Aged Care Sector Committee and time-limited Dementia Advisory Forum. *
Social Services National Children and Family Roundtable Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Social Services National People with Disabilities and Carer Council Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Treasury Australian Office of Financial Management Back-office Merger Consolidation of back-office functions with Treasury is underway. *
Treasury Development Allowance Authority Consolidate Formally fully consolidate the function of dealing with the legacy members of the schemes into the ATO, primarily to manage any changes to conditions during the eight remaining years of the scheme. Assign duties to the Commissioner of Taxation. *
Treasury National Injury Insurance Scheme Advisory Group Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Treasury Australian Financial Centre Taskforce Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Veterans’ Affairs Anzac Centenary Public Fund Board Cease Sunset by 1 May 2019. *
Veterans’ Affairs Australian National Memorial New Zealand Advisory Panel Cease Sunset by 1 July 2015. *
Veterans’ Affairs Community Nursing Clinical Advisory committee Cease Cease the body. *
Veterans’ Affairs Dental Advisory committee Merge Merge its functions into the Allied Health Advisory Committee. *
Veterans’ Affairs DVA Human Research Ethics Committee Merge Merge with the Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee in July 2017. *
Veterans’ Affairs eHealth Technical Advisory Group Cease Sunset by 1 July 2015. *
Veterans’ Affairs Gulf War Study Advisory Committee Cease Sunset by 1 July 2015. *
Veterans’ Affairs Local Medical Officer Advisory Committee Merge Merge the Local Medical Officer Advisory Committee into the Health Innovation – Clinical Reference Group *
Veterans’ Affairs Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (MATES) Practitioner Reference Group Merge Cease the body on 30 June 2015 when contracts are due to expire. Future arrangements will be informed by an independent review which is presently underway. *
Veterans’ Affairs Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (MATES) Veterans Reference Group Merge Cease the body on 30 June 2015 when contracts are due to expire. Future arrangements will be informed by an independent review which is presently underway. *
Veterans’ Affairs Medicines Advice and Therapeutics Education Services (MATES) Writing Group Merge Cease the body on 30 June 2015 when contracts are due to expire. Future arrangements will be informed by an independent review which is presently underway. *
Veterans’ Affairs Optical Advisory committee Merge Merge its functions into the Allied Health Advisory Committee. *
Veterans’ Affairs Peacekeepers Study Advisory Committee Cease Sunset by 1 July 2015. *
Veterans’ Affairs Rehabilitation Appliances Program Reference Committee Merge Merge its functions into the Allied Health Advisory Committee. *
Veterans’ Affairs Research Working Group (oversights DVA research) Cease Cease the body. *
Veterans’ Affairs Vietnam Veterans Education Centre Advisory Panel Cease Sunset by 1 July 2015. *
Veterans’ Affairs Vietnam Veterans Family Study Consultative Forum Cease Sunset following report of the Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study. *
Veterans’ Affairs Allied Health Advisory Committee (AHAC) Merge Merge the functions of the Rehabilitation Appliances Program Reference Committee into the Allied Health Advisory Committee. *
Veterans’ Affairs Current and Former Members of the ADF Emerging Issues Forum Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Veterans’ Affairs National Health, Aged and Community Care Forum Ceased This body has been ceased. *
Veterans’ Affairs DVA Operational Working Party Ceased This body has been ceased. *

* = Not quantified and no save returned to Budget.

+ = The savings from the merger of the Australian Government Solicitor into the Attorney-General’s Department will be quantified in 2015, following a review of legal services to identify efficiencies.

Author Bio

Harley Dennett

Harley Dennett is editor at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's held communications roles in the New South Wales public sector and Defence, and been a staff reporter for newspapers in Sydney and Washington DC.