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Grants, Ministers and Portfolios in this data relate to the period prior to the 30 March resuffle. If my work receives adequate funding, grants awarded after that period will be added after those decisions are made & as time permits. Ministry & Portfolio names will be updated at that time.


Commonwealth Grants by Marginality

Grants

MarginalityValue
SAFE 25.14 Billion
MARGINAL 15.99 Billion
FAIRLY SAFE 12.24 Billion
Unknown 2.16 Billion

Electorates

MarginalityElectorates
SAFE 133
MARGINAL 102
FAIRLY SAFE 74

'Unknown' are grants to recipients with overseas addresses, or grants which are published without recipient information for privacy/secrecy reasons or because only aggregate information is provided. Click on the Portfolio below or use menu above to filter grants.

90.3 5.8 2.3 1.7
63.6 27.8 8.7
39.7 38.7 21.5 0.0
39.2 38.2 21.8 0.8
49.9 33.7 16.1 0.3
38.3 31.7 29.8 0.2
46.8 31.3 22.0 0.0
47.2 30.0 22.7 0.0
33.7 26.0 25.5 14.9
34.2 22.8 21.6 21.5
65.2 20.0 14.7 0.1
55.8 21.7 19.6 2.8
63.5 19.7 16.7 0.1
44.7 24.2 15.7 15.3
47.0 25.4 15.7 11.9
77.7 15.0 7.3 0.0
54.1 29.5 9.1 7.3
59.4 30.5 7.2 2.9
88.7 7.8 2.0 1.5

In the annual budget, Treasury lists government funding to agencies in the Portfolio Budget Statements across over 400 programs. Of the 400+ programs announced in the budget each year, grants are awarded under almost half of those. Government is divided into 'Portfolios' or areas of responsibility which provide a line of oversight between Ministers and the agencies for which they are responsible.

PM => Cabinet => Portfolios => Ministers => Agencies => Programs => Grants & Tenders

Where agencies allocate funding to sources outside the government, they do so through either as grants governed by the Commonwealth Grants Guidelines or as tenders under the Commonwealth Procurement Rules. The Department of Finance provides useful advice to the public on how to interpret Commonwealth Grant Guidelines in respect of your local member or Ministers.

The Commonwealth government also refers to the GST it collects and passes to the states and territories as 'grants' however these payments have their own rules and are not part of this analysis.

While whole-of-government Commonwealth tenders have been published in a central repository since 2007, and prior that in the Gazette Publishing System (GaPS) for the years 1999 to 2007, it took until 2018 for a central repository to be published for Commonwealth grants.

Prior to 2018, grants were published at each agency site with different schemas and data formats making analysis across all grants limited and prohibitively time-consuming. Between January 2018 and April 2021, $55.5 billion in grants has been spent by the Commonwealth government compared with over $159 billion in tenders.

Ministry and grant data in this project covers the period beginning January 1, 2018 to 24th March 2021. Grants prior to this period are excluded because it was not until January 2018 that the government launched the whole-of-government grants reporting repository, Grants.gov.au requiring all non-Corporate Commonwealth Entities to publish grant decisions in the same format at the same site, making this research possible.

This is still a problem for grants allocated by Corporate Commonwealth Entities (CCEs) such as Sport Australia, because the Commonwealth Grant Guidelines exclude CCEs from the requirement to publish their grants to Grants.gov.au. It is for this reason that grants made by CCEs such as Sport Australia are excluded from this analysis.

In recent events, as a result of the sports rorts scandal, reportng rules were amended requiring that from December 2020, grants by Corporate Commonwealth Entities- that are the result of Ministerial discretion- must now be published at Grants.gov.au. Tenders and grants that are made by CCEs but without Ministerial discretion over-riding the agency recommendations will still be excluded from Grants.gov.au and also from this analysis.

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2 Senior Ministry positions have been held by Karen Andrews since January 2018

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