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Environment Australia Annual Report 2001-02

Environment Australia, 2002
ISSN 1441-9335

Management and accountability (continued)
Assets Management

During the year Environment Australia commenced development of a long-term capital budget that will be used to manage, among other things, the replacement of existing assets and the purchase of new assets. This budget will be linked to existing cash forecasting systems to enhance long-term cash profiling.

A review of assets management responsibilities within Environment Australia was conducted and outcomes reflected in the new Chief Executive Instructions. A new policy for the recognition of intangibles is being developed and will be put in place during 2002-03.

The Information Technology Contract Management Unit has worked closely with Ipex since handover in June 2000 to ensure the accuracy of the assets database, upon which Ipex billing is mostly based. Divisional information technology coordinators played a key role in this process. During the year, Ipex in conjunction with the Information Technology Contract Management Unit completely replaced all Environment Australia's desktop computers.

Environment Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology and the AAD buildings, infrastructure, plant and equipment were revalued during 2001-02 in accordance with the deprival method of valuation.

With the National Oceans Office becoming a prescribed agency on 1 July 2001 and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust becoming a statutory authority on 19 September 2001, infrastructure, plant and equipment valued at $518 000 was transferred from Environment Australia to these Commonwealth entities.

With the introduction of accrual budgeting and other associated accrual management and appropriation reforms, the Bureau of Meteorology has adopted a more strategic approach to the management of its extensive equipment and property assets. In order to achieve these goals, early attention was focused on updating and extending asset management support systems, including links to the Bureau's overall Financial Management System and Management Information System. Work was also done on the establishment of an appropriate assets management policy framework encompassing issues such as valuation guidelines, intellectual property definitions, asset retirement and disposal procedures and the application of relevant accounting standards. The Bureau has asset management systems in place to capture data related to acquisitions, disposals, calculation of depreciation and attribution to programmes.

The AAD undertook a risk assessment of the likely impact of outsourcing its information technology infrastructure. Consultants prepared a report based on their review of in-scope information technology infrastructure using AS4360 risk assessment standards, as required by the Humphrey review.

The findings of the risk assessment indicated that the AAD would face a number of significant risks in outsourcing information technology infrastructure for the prospect of some moderate benefits. The report also acknowledged that the AAD had to a large extent already outsourced its information technology services to a number of local small enterprises.

The AAD approach for the future is to look for opportunities to expand the services provided under the existing contract strategy, to continue to test the market in those areas that provide low risk and to continue to foster local Tasmanian industry.