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PROGRAM 1 – SUPPORT FOR THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL AND OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS

The program comprises two components:

  1. Support for of the Governor-General; and
  2. Administration of the Australian honours and awards system.

The objectives of this program are to:

  • provide high-level policy advice and administrative assistance to the Governor-General in support of official duties
  • manage and maintain the Governor-General’s official residences in Canberra and Sydney, including capital improvements, building and grounds maintenance and caretaking
  • administer, on behalf of the Governor-General, the Australian honours and awards system, including all civilian honours and awards for members of the Australian Defence Force
  • undertake research and prepare nominations for consideration by the Council for the Order of Australia, the Australian Bravery Decorations Council, and the National Emergency Medal Committee
  • provide efficient and effective secretariat support to the Australian honours advisory bodies
  • undertake the efficient procurement of Australian honours medals and insignia, warrants and investiture items.

TABLE 2: FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE FOR PROGRAM 1

Budget Estimate
2019–20
$ 000

Actual
2019–20
$ 000

Variation
2019–20
$ 000

Departmental appropriation – Cost of Components 1 and 2

14,459

14,177

282

Administered appropriation

2,018

1,938

80

Expenses not requiring appropriation

2,542

2,457

85

Total

19,019

18,573

446