This document provides an overview of Federal Government Budget 2011 topics which may affect Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) members and their organisations, including: the National Broadband Network, internet filtering, cyber-safety, education and early childhood development, adult literacy.
Budget highlights for library and information professionals include: new school resourcing standards will include school libraries; $180m allocated to university research infrastructure; continued emphasis on the NBN, including digital hubs and cybersecurity; copyright reform remains on the agenda; open access policy a priority for the Australian Research Council.
This summary for the library and information includes the defunding of the Get Ready program; consolidation of back office functions of collection agencies; enchancing online safety for children; Australian Insitute for Teachng and School Leadership funding; university fees; community heritage program; Medical Research Future fund; industry skills fund; restart programme to encourage the employment of older Australians.
This summary for the library and information sector, including GST on digital products; public service; arts; communications; education; health; infrastructure and regional development; Prime Minister and Cabinet.
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