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4.13 Industry Portfolio

The Industry Portfolio brings together industry, energy, resources, science and skills policy and programme delivery.

Matters dealt with by the portfolio extend across issues such as marine science, anti‑dumping, intellectual property, manufacturing policy, apprenticeships and resource economics. The portfolio administers 120 separate programmes.

The minister administers 78 pieces of legislation ranging from the Patents Act 1990, to the Skilling Australia’s Workforce Act 2005 and the Uranium Royalty (Northern Territory) Act 2009.

The Industry Portfolio receives total resourcing of $11.0 billion of which $3.0 billion is departmental funding and $8.0 billion is administered funding. Around 12,400 people are employed in the portfolio.


Table 4.13.1: Portfolio resourcing: Industry
 

Funding ($'000)

Staffing

Entity

Departmental

Administered

Total

ASL

Department of Industry

680,040

7,743,515

8,423,554

3,078

Australian Institute of Marine Science

50,884

-

50,884

202

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

296,105

-

296,105

1,276

CSIRO

1,305,313

-

1,305,313

5,550

IP Australia

2,578

190,331

192,909

1,067

National Vocational Education and Training Regulator

37,783

-

37,783

211

Australian Renewable Energy Agency

508,869

-

508,869

153

Geoscience Australia

134,888

877

135,765

720

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

150

27,772

27,922

121

PORTFOLIO (1)

3,016,610

7,962,495

10,979,104

12,378

Source: Department of Finance. 201314 Budget updated for machinery of government changes.
(1) As individual entity resourcing includes inter-agency transfers and payments, total resourcing for the portfolio may be overstated by this amount.

 

The Department of Industry encompasses key policy development across a range of issues, as well as programme delivery.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s national science and research agency. CSIRO receives funding of around $1.3 billion per year, including both Commonwealth and private sector support, and employs over 5,500 scientists and support staff.

IP Australia is the prescribed government agency responsible for administering Australia’s intellectual property (IP) system in the form of patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeder’s rights and contributes to bilateral and multilateral negotiations to improve IP protection internationally. IP Australia broadly cost recovers its own expenses.

Geoscience Australia is Australia’s national geosciences agency. It works with other areas of the Commonwealth Government, with the States and with the private sector on issues such as responsible resource management, mitigating the impact of natural disasters and marine planning and protection. Geoscience Australia receives part of its funding from other government agencies, and cost-recovers another part from the private sector.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is an independent agency with an annual budget of around $500 million to fund renewable energy projects, support research and development activities, and support activities to capture and share knowledge.

Chart 4.13.1 is a graphical representation of the relative size of bodies within the Industry Portfolio.

 

Chart 4.13.1: Industry

This chart shows the Department and Portfolio agencies, as described above, diagrammatically.

This chart shows the Department and Portfolio agencies, as described above, diagrammatically.