Australia and Malaysia are still negotiating over the bill for the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
Malaysian deputy defence minister Abdul Rahim has reportedly said the costs will be split 50-50.
But Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre head Angus Houston says negotiations over costs are still going on.
‘We’re still to negotiate the burden-sharing with, for example, Malaysia,’ the former defence chief told ABC TV today.
The federal government allocated $90 million for the search in its recent budget.
Malaysia has spent $A9.3 million on fuel and food for equipment and personnel in the search, its transport minister told reporters.
‘The cost that we had to bear is relatively small compared to the other assets given by other countries used in the search,’he said.
Malaysian officials will be in Canberra today to discuss the next phase of the search.