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Annex H - ASPI by the numbers

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute is a wholly owned Commonwealth company formed in 2001 as an independent, non-partisan think tank. ASPI receives funding from Australian and overseas governments, industry and civil society groups for sponsorship, research and project support. ASPI remains independent in the content of our research and in all editorial judgements and employs a rigorous internal and external peer review process.

ASPI’s sources of funding are identified in our annual report, online at www.aspi.org.au and in the ‘Acknowledgements’ section of individual publications.

For the 2019–20 financial year, this funding is broken down as shown in Table 14 and Figure 9.

Table 14: Revenue, 2019–20

Funding source

Amount

% of total

Department of Defence core funding

$4,000,000.00

35%

Federal government agencies

$3,636,542.91

32%

State and territory government agencies

$121,525.00

1%

Overseas government agencies

$1,891,206.43

17%

Defence industries

$369,924.91

3%

Private sector

$1,241,364.20

11%

Civil society and universities

$151,533.26

1%

Total

$11,412,096.71

* In addition, ASPI received a total of $148,218.00 from events and miscellaneous income.

Figure 9: Sources of revenue, 2019–20

Sources of revenue, 2019–20
2019–20 Funding breakdown, by sector

1: Australian Department of Defence

The Australian Department of Defence makes a single annual core funding payment of $4,000,000.

2: Other Australian federal government agencies

In addition to the core funding provided by the Department of Defence, the following Australian federal government departments and agencies provided funding, as shown in Table 15.

Table 15: Australian federal government funding (non-Defence), 2019–20

Department or agency

Purpose

Amount

.au Domain Administration Ltd

.auDA test tool project

$276,969.66

Attorney-General’s Department

Counterterrorism and ICPC sponsorship

$205,000.00

Australian Civil-Military Centre

Pacific Peacekeeping project

$90,724.55

Department of Defence

ICPC sponsorship

$105,645.13

Australian Mission to the UN

Protection of Civilians in UN Peacekeeping project

$11,444.00

Australian Office Taipei

Taiwan track dialogue sponsorship

$12,000.00

Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre Limited

ICPC sponsorship

$40,000.00

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

ASPI advisory service

$25,000.00

Defence Portfolio

Professional development: Symposium and Better Policy Program

$341,183.78

Defence Portfolio

NA Think Tank Symposium, IKAHAN Fellows

$111,100.00

Defence Portfolio

Sydney Quadrilateral Dialogue

$210,000.00

Defence Portfolio

Professional development: Senior Executive program

$9,000.00

Defence Portfolio

Professional development: Executive program

$334,000.00

Defence Portfolio

ICPC project

$253,950.00

Defence Portfolio

ASPI–CASG Austeyr rifle book

$65,000.00

Defence Portfolio

ASPI–CASG Bushmaster book

$45,454.55

Defence Portfolio

Skilling Northern Australia project

$8,455.85

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

e-Governance workshops Indo-Pacific, UNGGE ASEAN project, critical technology project

$477,153.83

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Risk and Resilience Pacific project

$40,000.00

Department of Home Affairs

Media project

$150,000.00

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

ICPC sponsorship

$50,000.00

Federal government

ASPI research and projects

$198,863.64

National Archives of Australia

ICPC sponsorship

$20,833.33

Services Australia

ICPC sponsorship and professional development Strategic Framework project 2.1

$554,764.59

Total

$3,636,542.91

3: Australian state and territory government agencies

The following funding was received from Australian state and territory government departments and agencies, as shown in Table 16.

Table 16: Australian state and territory governments, funding, 2019–20

Department or agency

Purpose

Amount

Northern Territory Government

North of 26 degrees south project

$112,000.00

Queensland Police Service

Counterterrorism workshop

$9,525.00

Total

$121,525.00

4: Overseas government agencies

The following funding was received from overseas government agencies, as shown in Table 17. Where appropriate, ASPI reports funding under the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme at https://www.ag.gov.au/integrity/foreign-influence-transparency-scheme.

Table 17: Overseas government agencies, funding, 2019–20

Department or agency

Purpose

Amount

Embassy of Israel

Beersheba Dialogue preparation meeting

$909.09

Embassy of Japan

Defence and Strategy Pacific project

$39,364.96

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Support for ‘The party speaks for you’ research project

$20,000.00

Foreign and Commonwealth Office—UK Embassy in China

Support for ‘Uyghurs for sale’ research project

$18,334.00

US State Department (via Institute for War and Peace Reporting)

Multiple research projects, including ‘Mapping China’s technology giants’

$762,559.52

US Department of Defense

(via Alion Science and Technology Corporation)

Smart tech project

$201,136.68

NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence

Social media research project

$5,799.12

Department or agency

Purpose

Amount

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Multi-year UNGGE ASEAN cyber capacity-building project

$437,026.04

US Department of State

Travel sponsorship

$5,500.26

US Embassy, Canberra

Project support for research, including the ‘China defence universities tracker

$400,576.76

Total

$1,891,206.43

5: Defence industries

The following funding was received from defence-related private-sector organisations, as shown in Table 18.

Table 18: Defence-related private sector organisations, funding, 2019–20

Organisation

Purpose

Amount

Lockheed Martin

The Strategist sponsorship

$25,000.00

Naval Group Australia

ASPI sponsorship

$100,000.00

Northrop Grumman

ASPI sponsorship

$67,500.00

Rafael

Bersheeba Dialogue sponsorship

$20,000.00

Raytheon

ASPI Sponsorship

$19,090.91

Saab Australia

ASPI sponsorship

$25,000.00

Thales Australia

ASPI conference, ICPC and The Strategist

sponsorship

$113,334.00

Total

$369,924.91

6: Private sector

The following funding was received from private-sector organisations, as shown in Table 19.

Table 19: Private-sector organisations, funding, 2019–20

Organisation

Purpose

Amount

Amazon Web Services Australia Pty Ltd

ICPC sponsorship

$125,000.00

Cisco Systems Australia Pty Ltd

ICPC sponsorship

$50,000.00

CT Intelligence and Insights

Speakers’ fees

$569.02

Engineers Australia

Risk and Resilience project

$32,272.73

Facebook Australia Pty Ltd

ICPC sponsorship

$100,000.00

Fortinet

ICPC sponsorship

$50,000.00

Google Australia Pty Limited

ICPC sponsorship

$75,000.00

IQPC Ltd

Travel sponsorship

$4,409.95

Jacobs Australia

ICPC sponsorship

$40,000.00

Kiah Consulting

Professional development: workshop

$45,000.00

Lendlease

ASPI sponsorship

$10,000.00

Macquarie Telecom Pty Ltd

Cyber policy brief and report launch

$70,000.00

Microsoft Pty Ltd

ICPC sponsorship

$158,272.74

Northern Territory Airports Pty Ltd

Fuel Reserve project

$45,000.00

Omni Executive

Risk and Resilience Project

$19,520.53

Oracle Australia

National Security research project and podcast sponsorship

$70,000.00

Palo Alto Networks (Australia) Pty Ltd

ICPC sponsorship

$80,000.00

Senetas Corporation Limited

ICPC sponsorship

$25,000.00

Splunk Technology

ICPC sponsorship

$50,000.00

Twitter Inc.

ICPC research support and sponsorship

$147,319.23

UpGuard, Inc

ICPC sponsorship

$44,000.00

Total

$1,241,364.20

7: Civil society and universities

The following funding was received from civil society organisations and Australian and overseas universities, as shown in Table 20.

Table 20: Civil society organisations and universities, funding, 2019–20

Organisation

Purpose

Amount

Australian Computer Society

ICPC project

$39,000.00

Australian National University

ICPC staff secondment fee

$3,030.30

Bond University

Travel sponsorship

$366.36

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Research collaboration

$11,119.96

German Marshall Fund

Travel sponsorship

$1,801.09

German Marshall Fund

Travel sponsorship

$2,393.28

Japan Institute of International Affairs

Travel sponsorship to participate in Japan Track 1.5 dialogue

$5,603.79

The Pratt Foundation

Bersheeba dialogue sponsorship

$70,000.00

The University of Melbourne

Travel sponsorship to participate in counterterrorism workshop in Brussels

$1,857.26

University of British Columbia

Workshop in Vancouver

$16,361.22

Total

$151,533.26