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Grants since Jan 2018
Coalition [23,521]
ALP [21,424]
LIBS [12,003]
LNP [7,080]
NATS [4,438]
GREENS [2,241]
IND [1,279]
KATTER [771]
CA [380]
OVERSEAS [147]
NONE [100]

Who gets government grants?

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Official portrait of Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison
Prime Minister, Minister for the Public Service

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Official portrait of Michael McCormack
Michael McCormack
Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Regional Development

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Select a portfolio from this Ministry to drill down

$5,924,468,666
Greg Hunt

Official portrait of Greg Hunt
Health
$3,466,991,040
Anne Ruston

Official portrait of Anne Ruston
Social Services
$1,773,317,526
Dan Tehan

Official portrait of Dan Tehan
Education and Training
$1,716,030,812
Ken Wyatt

Official portrait of Ken Wyatt
Prime Minister and Cabinet
$754,771,320
Michael McCormack

Official portrait of Michael McCormack
Infrastructure and Regional Development
$432,678,288
Karen Andrews

Official portrait of Karen Andrews
Industry, Innovation and Science
$313,133,198
Paul Fletcher

Official portrait of Paul Fletcher
Communications and the Arts
$297,756,590
Michaelia Cash

Official portrait of Michaelia Cash
Employment
$159,774,936
Peter Dutton

Official portrait of Peter Dutton
Home Affairs
$95,903,892
Marise Payne

Official portrait of Marise Payne
Foreign Affairs and Trade
$83,479,492
Christian Porter

Official portrait of Christian Porter
Attorney-Generals
$52,895,537
Bridget McKenzie

Official portrait of Bridget McKenzie
Agriculture and Water Resources
$31,405,894
Sussan Ley

Official portrait of Sussan Ley
Environment and Energy
$23,902,228
Josh Frydenberg

Official portrait of Josh Frydenberg
Treasury
$12,299,366
Linda Reynolds

Official portrait of Linda Reynolds
Defence

With new Ministers announced literally every other month, this project maps each Minister against the grants made during their tenure in any given position. A new Minister (or occasionally an entire Ministry) is 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 constitute each agency claims are coming out of each 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 budget documents on budget night or the MYEFO updates each December.

Portfolio names vary from one year to the next 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 Jobs and Innovation Portfolio was established by the 20 December 2017 and subsumed within it the Industry, Innovation and Science Portfolio. The Industry, Innovation and Science Portfolio was re-established under an AAO on May 2018 and 28 August 2018 (agency PBS). The Immigration and Citizenship Portfolio became the Home Affairs Portfolio during the 17-18 financial year. The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison recently announced significant changes to the Portfolios from January 1, 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 being half complete 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 $487,633,300
Address 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA
Portfolio Environment and Energy
Agency Department of the Environment and Energy
Program Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and the Environment
Component Reef Trust
CategoryNatural Resources - Conservation and Protection
PurposeThe 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
Area QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
20 Jun 201812 July 201827 Jun 201830 Jun 2024 2017-18

Select a Minister to view Portfolio

Official portrait of Michael Sukkar
Treasury
Michael Sukkar
Member for Deakin

Assistant Treasurer, Minister for Housing from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Christian Porter
Attorney-Generals
Christian Porter
Member for Pearce

Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations,
Leader of the House from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Michael McCormack
Infrastructure & Regional Development
Michael McCormack
Member for Riverina

Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Regional Development from 04 Feb 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Richard Colbeck
Health
Richard Colbeck
Senator for TAS

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Minister for Youth and Sport from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Bridget McKenzie
Agriculture & Water Resources
Bridget McKenzie
Senator for VIC

Minister for Agriculture, Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 29 May 2019 to 02 Feb 2020
Official portrait of Paul Fletcher
Communications & the Arts
Paul Fletcher
Member for Bradfield

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Linda Reynolds
Defence
Linda Reynolds
Senator for WA

Minister for Defence from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Melissa Price
Defence
Melissa Price
Member for Durack

Minister for Defence Industry from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Dan Tehan
Education & Training
Dan Tehan
Member for Wannon

Minister for Education from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Michaelia Cash
Employment
Michaelia Cash
Senator for WA

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Angus Taylor
Environment & Energy
Angus Taylor
Member for Hume

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Anne Ruston
Social Services
Anne Ruston
Senator for SA

Minister for Families and Social Services, Manager of Government Business in the Senate from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Mathias Cormann
Finance
Mathias Cormann
Senator for WA

Minister for Finance, Vice-President of the Executive Council, Leader of the Government in the Senate from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Marise Payne
Foreign Affairs & Trade
Marise Payne
Senator for NSW

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Greg Hunt
Health
Greg Hunt
Member for Flinders

Minister for Health, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service and Cabinet from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Peter Dutton
Home Affairs
Peter Dutton
Member for Dickson

Minister for Home Affairs from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of David Coleman
Home Affairs
David Coleman
Member for Banks

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs from 29 May 2019 to 13 Dec 2019
Official portrait of Ken Wyatt
Prime Minister & Cabinet
Ken Wyatt
Member for Hasluck

Minister for Indigenous Australians from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Karen Andrews
Industry, Innovation & Science
Karen Andrews
Member for McPherson

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Alex Hawke
Foreign Affairs & Trade
Alex Hawke
Member for Mitchell

Minister for International Development and the Pacific Assistant Minister for Defence from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Alan Tudge
Infrastructure & Regional Development
Alan Tudge
Member for Aston

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Matthew Canavan
Infrastructure & Regional Development
Matthew Canavan
Senator for QLD

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate from 13 Dec 2019 to 13 Dec 2019
Official portrait of Sussan Ley
Environment & Energy
Sussan Ley
Member for Farrer

Minister for the Environment from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Stuart Robert
Social Services
Stuart Robert
Member for Fadden

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Minister for Government Services from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Simon Birmingham
Foreign Affairs & Trade
Simon Birmingham
Senator for SA

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Darren Chester
Defence
Darren Chester
Member for Gippsland

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, Deputy
Leader of the House from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of David Littleproud
Agriculture & Water Resources
David Littleproud
Member for Maranoa

Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020
Official portrait of Josh Frydenberg
Treasury
Josh Frydenberg
Member for Kooyong

Treasurer from 13 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2020

Appropriations for the 2019-20 financial year total $586,694,207,000

Please note that the apprpriations figures are for all government spending to which grants contribute. See table at foot of page for grant totals to date.

Portfolio 2019-20 budget %
1 Treasury $185,138,397,000 31.56
2 Social Services $151,358,521,000 25.80
3 Health $76,086,768,000 12.97
4 Defence $65,525,998,000 11.17
5 Education and Training $43,179,337,000 7.36
6 Foreign Affairs and Trade $12,326,501,000 2.10
7 Finance $12,108,732,000 2.06
8 Infrastructure and Regional Development $9,776,936,000 1.67
9 Home Affairs $7,071,248,000 1.21
10 Communications and the Arts $5,685,272,000 0.97
11 Industry, Innovation and Science $5,406,125,000 0.92
12 Prime Minister and Cabinet $2,981,611,000 0.51
13 Employment $2,781,668,000 0.47
14 Environment and Energy $2,619,878,000 0.45
15 Agriculture and Water Resources $2,460,465,000 0.42
16 Attorney-Generals $1,889,757,000 0.32

Grants outlayed during the 2019-20 financial year total $7,474,748,287

Grants can be approved in different years to the budget they are drawn from. This total is based on approval date not publication date. Please note there have not yet been a full twelve months of grants awarded for the current financial year.

Portfolio 2019-20 outlays %
1 Health $2,962,234,333 39.630
2 Social Services $1,733,495,520 23.191
3 Education and Training $886,658,763 11.862
4 Prime Minister and Cabinet $858,015,406 11.479
5 Infrastructure and Regional Development $251,590,440 3.366
6 Industry, Innovation and Science $216,339,144 2.894
7 Communications and the Arts $156,566,599 2.095
8 Employment $148,878,295 1.992
9 Home Affairs $79,887,468 1.069
10 Agriculture and Water Resources $52,895,537 0.708
11 Foreign Affairs and Trade $47,951,946 0.642
12 Attorney-Generals $41,739,746 0.558
13 Environment and Energy $15,702,947 0.210
14 Treasury $11,951,114 0.160
15 Defence $6,149,683 0.082
16 Immigration and Border Protection=>Home Affairs $4,615,028 0.062
17 $76,318 0.001