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Friday, September 14, 2018

It Seems South Australia Has Better Things To Do Than To Send Money To The ADHA.

This appeared last week:

South Australia seeks to lure space agency

State budget funds Australian Space Innovation Precinct
Rohan Pearce (Computerworld) 04 September, 2018 19:51
South Australia’s government has set aside funding to develop the ‘Australian Space Innovation Precinct’ at Lot Fourteen (the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site) as part its efforts to lure the Australian Space Agency to the state.
The state budget, handed down today provides $200,000 in 2018-19 and a further $356,000 a year over three years from 2019-20.
The site will be developed to make it “a perfect location to house the Australian Space Agency, as well as other key space sector organisations,” budget documents state.
The federal government in September announced it would establish a national space agency as part of a push to boost the domestic space industry.
This year’s federal budget included $41 million over four years from 2018-19 to “grow the Australian space industry,” including  $26 million to help launch the agency which will “coordinate domestic space activities for Australia”.
Other budget measures include:
• $4.2 million over two years to upgrade the SA Computer Aided Dispatch system (SACAD).
• $9 million over two years to upgrade security systems at the Northfield Prison site to digital electronic security systems.
• $950,000 for a mobile phone jamming pilot targeting prisons.
• $5.5 million in 2019-20, and $1 million a from 2020-21 for real-time prescription monitoring, and a $6.9 million over three years in support for the Australian Digital Health Agency.
• $2.6 million in 2018-19 and ongoing funding of $866 000 a year from 2019-20 for a replacement to Alert SA.
• $190,000 in 2018-19 to equip surf life saving clubs with drones for shark spotting.
The full article is here:
So the ADHA gets $3.3M per year from SA.
Pro-rata based on an SA population of 1.75M that means the ADHA is up for about $47M in total per annum.
That, with nothing else is hardly 1/3 of the opt-out marketing budget they talk about of $114M.
Here is the link:
It seems likely the new SA Government (Liberal) are not big time committed supporters of the ADHA with such a measly contribution.


Anonymous said...

They would be better off giving the money to the life savers, that saves more lives and delivers more real benefits the the ADHA.

Anonymous said...

Might cover their travel bill.

Anonymous said...

Is the Governments HR system not usually funded separately? The ADHA is also now Federal Agency the majority of it revenue will be provided by the department surely? Not sure ADHA adds any value to the Jurisdictions.

Dr David G More MB PhD said...

The ADHA is COAG authorised and funded so all are meant to pick up a decent amount of the cost.


Anonymous said...

That may well be true David. However if you look closely at ADHA, it has become an extension of the Department of Health, with all the trimmings of a Federal Agency. Take recent job adds - only Australian citizens need apply, the remuneration and role types are all APS. The ADHA is bound by so much that is APS.
Not commenting if this is a good thing or not, many Federal Agencies operate well and have a thriving culture, can be engaging and open.