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Department of the Environment and Heritage Annual Report 2002-03

Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
ISSN 1441 9335

Reader's guide

This annual report on the Department of the Environment and Heritage for 2002-03 reports against the outcome-output structure of the Department's 2002-03 Portfolio Budget Statements.

The Environment and Heritage portfolio's role is to achieve three major outcomes for the Australian Government:

  1. The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved;
  2. Australia benefits from meteorological and related science and services; and
  3. Australia's interests in Antarctica are advanced.

The delivery of these outcomes is provided by:

On 1 July 2002, the Bureau of Meteorology was established as an executive agency under the Public Service Act 1999 within the Environment and Heritage portfolio and on 12 September 2002 was established as a prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. Prior to this, the Bureau was part of the Department of the Environment and Heritage.

Outcomes

Outcome one

The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved

The Department of the Environment and Heritage is working towards achieving Outcome one.

The Department has a thematic structure that covers the major areas of activity contributing to this outcome. Each theme is an individual output under Outcome one and the Department has reported against each of these themes.

The individual outputs are:

1.1 Atmosphere
1.2 Biodiversity
1.3 Coasts and oceans
1.4 Environmental assessment and approvals
1.5 Heritage
1.6 Industry
1.7 Inland waters
1.8 Land management
1.9 Parks and reserves

These thematic outputs define areas of activity that together form an integrated approach to the protection and conservation of Australia's environment.

Outcome two

Australia benefits from meteorological and related science and services

The Bureau of Meteorology is responsible for achieving this outcome. Following its establishment as an executive agency, the Bureau now reports as an agency in its own right. Therefore progress made in 2002-03 towards achieving the portfolio's Outcome Two can be found in the Bureau of Meteorology's annual report.

The Bureau's 2002-03 financial statements are apportioned between the Department of the Environment and Heritage and Outcome One - Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology, as the Bureau did not become a prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 until 12 September 2002. Comparisons between 2002-03 and other years may be unreliable.

Outcome three

Australia's interests in Antarctica are advanced

The Australian Antarctic Division is responsible for achieving this outcome.

There are four major outputs contributing to this outcome. These outputs are:

Review of performance

The Review of performance section reports on progress made towards achieving Outcomes one and three in 2002-03.

Summary information on the Department's administration of the Natural Heritage Trust is included in the Review of performance towards achieving Outcome one. A detailed Review of performance is contained in the Natural Heritage Trust annual report, as required under section 43 of the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997.

Summary resource tables

The summary resource tables for the three Outcomes, which report the actual expenditure of the Department against each output theme, are on pages 113, 117 and 134.

Reports

This section includes annual reports for the environment protection and biodiversity conservation, hazardous waste, movable cultural heritage and ozone protection legislation. For the first time the report also includes the Annual Report on the Operation of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 and the Annual Report on the Operation of the Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000.

The Australian Heritage Commission, Director of National Parks, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australian Greenhouse Office, Supervising Scientist and Bureau of Meteorology each publish their annual reports separately.

Although a separate statutory agency, the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) was not a prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 for the 2002-03 financial year. For this reason, ORER's 2002-03 financial statements, and information about other activities not included in the ORER annual report, are included in this annual report.

Compliance with reporting requirements

An index showing compliance with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's Requirements for Annual Reports is provided on page 418.

For more information

For more information about this report contact:

Director
Public Affairs
Department of the Environment and Heritage
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6274 1959

For copies of this report and all departmental publications contact:

Community Information Unit
Department of the Environment and Heritage
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: 1800 803 772

For more information about the Department visit the web site at: www.deh.gov.au.