Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Hon Troy Buswell BEc MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Transport

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2012-13: Building the State; Supporting our Community - Funding boost to protect the WA community

    17/05/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Biggest budget in WA Police’s history for extra police, new & improved stations
    • Funding to clear court backlogs, monitor sex offenders in the community
    • $40million to FESA in response to Keelty recommendations

    The Liberal-National Government has boosted Western Australia Police’s budget by $78.6million this year. This will see the continuation of the Government’s commitment to provide 100 extra police officers, 30 police auxiliary officers and 30 support staff, as well as upgrades to existing police stations.

     

    Treasurer Christian Porter said WA Police had been allocated its highest funding allocation ever, with more than $1.2billion in this year’s State Budget to continue its police recruitment program and capital works projects.

     

    Mr Porter said the State Government had committed $29.6million over the forward estimates towards forensic services, which would support the introduction of new DNA technology in Western Australia this month.

     

    “This technology significantly increases the sensitivity and effectiveness of DNA testing procedures, allowing police to recover more samples from crime scenes,” he said.

     

    Police Minister Rob Johnson said the development of specialised analysis techniques for synthetic cannabis and other emerging illicit drugs would also receive funding.

     

    “The sophisticated chemical processes involved in the manufacture of synthetic cannabis and other substances require new testing processes, so we will support the WA Chemistry Centre in addressing this criminal trend,” he said.

     

    Mr Johnson said $16.18million had also been allocated in 2012-13 to continue major upgrades to police stations in Mirrabooka, Morley, Warwick and Scarborough, and to begin upgrades to Narrogin, Merredin and Midland police stations, Curtin House and Police Headquarters.

     

    Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell said the State Government would provide an additional $40million to the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) in response to the recommendations of the Keelty reviews into the Roleystone and Margaret River bushfires.

     

    This money is part of an overall $81.9million allocation the Government has made in response to the Keelty reports.

     

    Mr Buswell said $20million would provide for:

    • the operation of the Office of Bushfire Risk Management within FESA to ensure the appropriate management of bushfire risk mitigation measures
    • enhanced service delivery, including expanded gazetted fire districts in the Cape region in the South-West of the State
    • additional policy and secretariat support for the State Emergency Management Committee to ensure the State is well prepared to deal with all emergencies
    • increased training for staff and volunteers.

    An additional $20million will support the recommendations of the Keelty reviews, including increased community information and awareness in high risk areas, support for incident intelligence, governance and structural reform.

     

    “This significant funding boost is a continuation of this Government’s commitment to implementing a concerted program of reforms and changes to address the findings and recommendations of the Keelty reports,” Mr Buswell said.

     

    In accordance with recommendation 46 of the Keelty Review, the Government is progressing legislation to restructure FESA.

     

    Attorney General Christian Porter said $14.7million would be spent over five years to reduce the backlog of Coroner’s Court cases, with funding commencing in 2011-12 to meet the cost and demand increases for toxicology and forensic pathology services.

     

    He said this was in addition to interim funding for the Coroner’s Court of $509,000 for 2011-12 and $1.105million for 2012-13 which had allowed the appointment of two temporary coroners and the extension of the contract of another temporary coroner to help reduce the backlog.

     

    Corrective Services Minister Terry Redman said the Department of Corrective Services would receive $745million in 2012-13 to ensure the good management of offenders in the prison system and on community-based orders, as well as continue its crucial role in protecting the community, including the monitoring of dangerous sex offenders (DSOs).

               

    Mr Redman said $3.5million over four years had been allocated for ongoing DSO tracking and management. An additional $6million budget commitment over four years will fund the introduction of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking of dangerous sex offenders

     

    Mr Redman said the Liberal-National Government had also made a commitment to establish the Young Adults Facility to rehabilitate young men who want to turn away from crime, providing $52million over four years for the ongoing running of the converted Rangeview Remand Centre.

     

          Fact File

    • Funding in 2012-13 to recruit 100 extra police officers, 30 police auxiliary officers & 30 support staff, is in line with Government’s commitment to deliver an additional 500 police officers & police auxiliary officers & 200 public servants over 5 years
    • WA Budget statements are available at http://ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au

    Treasurer and Attorney General’s office - 6552 5600

    Police Minister’s office - 6552 5900

    Emergency Services Minister’s office - 6552 6400

    Corrective Services Minister’s office - 6552 6700