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|Grants since Jan 2018|
With new Ministers announced regularly, this Commonwealth Grants project maps each Minister against the grants made during their tenure in any given position. A new Minister (or occasionally an entire Ministry) has been published on average every eight weeks since the beginning of the 2017-18 financial year (mid 2017). I've created a new dataset with these positions and dates to map both budget data (which operates on a financial year) and Commonwealth the grants that each agency claims are coming out of annual budget appropriations.
Portfolios are the administrative lines drawn between specific agencies and responsible Ministers. Each Portfolio administers specific agencies and those agencies can only spend funding appropriated through Parliament and documented in the Portfolio Budget Statements published on budget night or the MYEFO updates each December or Portfolio Additional Estimate Statements published in February.
Portfolio names change when Administrative Arragement Orders are made by the presiding government. This can change the portfolio to which an agency is attributed or the Minister responsible. The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison announced significant changes to the Portfolios and agencies they administed which came into effect on 1, February 2020.
At launch, only grants published since GrantsConnect went live in January 2018 are included in the data. This means that only one full financial year is covered in the data, with the 2019-20 financial year still unfolding at this point. Commonwealth grants data contains agency and program names as per the budget documents published in budget night. I have integrated these datasets despite the challenges posed by Administrative Arrangement Orders made after budget night. Given the intention of this project is to link grant decisions with resposnible Ministers, queries are based on the approval date in each grant notice as opposed to the publication date.
Publication date is based on start date of the grant and can vary substantially from the approval date. Grants are republished at a later date where variations have been made. If there is a significant time difference between grant approval and variation, different Ministers and governments can be responsible for those variations.
Commonwealth grants data has been published at GrantsConnect since Jan 2018 under the CC By 3.0 licence.
There are several dates in Commonwealth grants data: approval date, publication date, start-end dates and the budget/financial year from which each grant is appropriated. According to Department of Finance media, publication is required by the approving agency on GrantConnect 'no later than twenty-one calendar days after the grant agreement takes effect '.
The date of effect [start date] will depend on the particular arrangement. It can be the date on which a grant agreement is executed or a specified starting date. Where there is no grant agreement, the date of effect can be for example, the date of first payment or the announcement of a successful grantee.
The approval date for reporting purposes is the date that the decision-maker makes a decision to award a grant. Where, for example, negotiating a grant agreement takes some time, there may be a delay between the approval date and the date that the grant award information is published.
Where approval, publication and budget years vary significantly this is likely due to the grant being republished in a later year with a variation or delays in the start of the grant. Variation status and reason is not included in GrantConnect download data but is published at the source (GrantConnect) if you click on the button in the Grants tab.
In order to match with budget data, drill-down at this site is based on the financial year (year of budget appropriations) from which the grant was taken, not the year of grant publication. Budget year can vary from approval and publication years.
Example grant result
| GREAT BARRIER REEF FOUNDATION
|Address||Brisbane 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 82090616443|
|Portfolio||Environment and Energy|
|Agency||Department of the Environment and Energy|
|Program||Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and the Environment|
|Category||Natural Resources - Conservation and Protection|
|Purpose||The project will deliver activities which are consistent with the purposes of the Reef Trust Special Account Determination to achieve the Reef Trust Objectives and assist to protect the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.|
|Activity||Reef Trust grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation|
|Delivery Area||QLD AUSTRALIA|
|20 Jun 2018||12 Jul 2018||27 Jun 2018||30 Jun 2024||2017-18|
On behalf of the The Nationals, Sitting Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie declared 84 interests
Minister for Agriculture, Leader of The Nationals in the Senate
|Infrastructure & Regional Development Portfolio|
|Agriculture & Water Resources Portfolio|
Ministers bear responsibilities under the PGPA Act associated instrument, the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines (PDF) both for grant decisions in their portfolios and their electorate. Click on the Portfolio to see all grants made while Bridget McKenzie was Minister or click on a month in the chart below to see grants for that month for the electorate held by Bridget McKenzie
|3||SERVICES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES||$438,770,739||431|
|4||PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES||$414,985,607||89|
|7||SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) RESEARCH||$312,313,518||463|
|8||CARERS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES||$234,646,275||19|
|11||HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH||$187,492,975||196|
|12||HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (HASS) RESEARCH||$120,393,563||194|
|18||VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND APPRENTICESHIPS||$78,282,984||4|
|19||INDIGENOUS EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS||$70,943,958||49|
|21||BROADCASTING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS||$59,106,988||17|
|26||HEALTH PROMOTION AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS||$33,972,032||29|
|28||FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE||$26,233,100||15|
|31||RECREATION AND SPORT||$21,408,640||34|
|32||ADDICTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE||$20,834,388||11|
|43||MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS||$6,411,132||41|
|44||RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY BASED SERVICES||$6,352,900||3|
|45||NATURAL RESOURCES - CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION||$6,225,031||293|
|46||PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS||$6,049,020||5|
|52||PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY||$3,503,751||10|
|61||MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES||$1,831,929||3|
|63||TRADE AND TOURISM||$1,708,045||10|
|65||INDIGENOUS ARTS AND CULTURE||$1,362,874||56|
|66||TRANSITION TO WORK||$947,422||8|
|68||ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION||$429,000||2|
|72||LITERACY AND NUMERACY SUPPORT||$345,240||1|
|77||INTERNATIONAL AID AND DEVELOPMENT||$100,000||1|
Click on the agency name to display grants
|Department of Health|
|National Mental Health Commission|
|Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development|
|Organ and Tissue Authority|
|Department of Agriculture|
|Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities|
|National Health and Medical Research Council|
|National Blood Authority|
|Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development|