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Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

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Department of the Environment and Heritage Annual Report 2002-03

Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
ISSN 1441 9335

Management and accountability (continued)

Assets management

Work continued on the 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 within the Department.

The threshold for such software was moved from $2000 to $10 000, resulting in a need to write down the value of this class of asset.

With the Bureau of Meteorology becoming a prescribed agency in September 2002, infrastructure, plant and equipment valued at $391 347 was transferred from the Department to the Bureau.

The fitout of the new Darwin office for the Supervising Scientist Division was completed. Co-location of the Department's Darwin staff has been an important objective for some time. The scientists of the Supervising Scientist Division have moved from Jabiru to Darwin, while Parks Australia staff moved from elsewhere in Darwin. Locating scientific staff in Darwin will enable the Department to attract and retain high quality staff, which is difficult to achieve in Jabiru. Staff will also have greater access to the scientific community at large.

The Department commenced the fitout of the Communication Centre in the John Gorton Building.

All server infrastructure was replaced to provide software upgrades and more electronic storage space . The existing servers were five years old which is the extent of the useful life of equipment of this nature. The new servers have provided a more stable network.

The AAD enhanced its asset management capability through a new Fixed Asset Register linked to the Financial Management Information System. To better manage plant, equipment and building assets in Antarctica a programmed maintenance planning system will continue to be implemented during 2003-04.