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Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2003-2004

Environment and Heritage Portfolio
Explanation of Additional Estimates 2003-2004
Commonwealth of Australia 2004
ISSN 1448-9058

Part B - Portfolio Overview

Role of the Portfolio

There have been no significant changes to the role of the Portfolio since the 2003 2004 Budget. There have however been two significant changes to the structure of the Portfolio since the 2003-04 Budget – these changes were foreshadowed in the 2003-04 Portfolio Budget Statements.

On 8 September 2003, Parliament passed a package of legislation which abolished the Australian Heritage Commission on 31 December 2003, replaced it with an Australian Heritage Council and incorporates a new heritage regime into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. These legislative changes take effect from a proclamation date of 1 January 2004. From this date onwards, the Department of the Environment and Heritage will administer the new heritage regime and thus receive all related funds.

The Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) became a prescribed agency under the Financial Management and Accountability (FMA Act) 1997 on 1 July 2003 and reports independently from that date. Prior to the 2003-04 Additional Estimates, the annual appropriations for ORER have been included in the appropriations for the Australian Greenhouse Office. During the same period, ORER's separate financial statements have been published in the Department's Annual Reports.

Additional Estimates and Variations for the Portfolio

Overall the Portfolio is seeking a total increase of $15.790m in government appropriations consisting of a $13.301 increase through Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2003-04 and a $2.489m increase through Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2003-04.

Of the total increase in appropriation, the Department of the Environment and Heritage is seeking $7.739m through Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2003-04. This represents 49% of the Portfolio's total additional estimates. The increase relates primarily to additional appropriation the Department (Outcome 1 – Environment) is receiving as a result of the impending abolition of the AHC. The increase also includes Comcover supplementation of $1.364m to the Australian Antarctic Division (Outcome 2 – Antarctica).

The Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology is also seeking $5.234m through Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2003-04, representing 33% of the Portfolio's total additional estimates. The increase primarily relates to the bringing forward of departmental appropriation from 2004-05 to accommodate additional expenses associated with the relocation of the Bureau's Head Office.

Additional departmental funding of $0.328m representing 2% of the Portfolio's total additional estimates has been provided through Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2003-04 for the Australian Greenhouse Office and remaining Portfolio Small Agencies for increases in the 2003-04 Comcover premiums and Budget Estimates and Framework Review supplementation.

The remaining 16% of the total Portfolio's additional estimates represents an increase of $2.489m for the Department of the Environment and Heritage through Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2003-04 comprising $0.380m in Administered appropriations for the Goondiwindi Serpentine Water Park and an increase in departmental equity of $2.109m representing appropriations from previous years' outputs for the Australian Heritage Commission.

Cross Portfolio measure Since the 2003-04 Budget

Budget Estimates and Framework Review

The Government will provide the Environment and Heritage Portfolio funding of $3.056m over four years for the Budget Estimates and Framework Review. A total of $0.914m will be received through Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2003-04 in the Additional Estimates and a further $0.714m ongoing from 2004-05.

The Budget Estimates and Framework Review (the Review) was a thorough review of the Budget estimates and advice system. The recommendations of the Review seek to improve the accuracy, responsiveness and effectiveness of the Commonwealth's budget estimates and framework system. The Government endorsed the recommendations of the Review in late 2002 and agreed that agencies could seek additional resourcing required to implement the recommendations of the Review and to improve financial management and reporting.

Further details of the additional estimates and measures since the 2003-04 Budget are provided at Part C of each Portfolio agency's statements.

The following table provides the revised appropriation sought for the Portfolio.

Revised Portfolio Appropriations and Other Revenue for 2003-04
OUTCOMES
DEPARTMENTAL (Price of Outputs)
ADMINISTERED
TOTAL
APPROP
 
Revenue from Government
(appropriations)
Revenue from other sources (1)
Total Price of Outputs
Annual Appropriations
Special Approps
Total
Administered Approp
Bill Nos.1 & 3
Bill Nos.2 & 4 (SPPs & NAOs) (2)
Bill Nos. 1 & 3
Special Approps
Total
A
B
(C=A+B)
(D)
(E=C+D)
F
G
H
(I =F+G+H)
(J =C+I)
Outcome 1 - The environment, especially thoseaspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protectedand conserved                    
- Department of the Environment and Heritage (3)
126,343
10,500
136,843
23,392
160,235
140,001
1,530
19,843
161,374
298,217
- Australian Greenhouse Office (4)
3,231
103,926
107,157
0
107,157
0
0
14,337
14,337
121,494
- Australian Heritage Commission
7,230
0
7,230
1,203
8,433
0
0
0
0
7,230
- Director of National Parks
0
0
0
52,681
52,681
0
0
0
0
0
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
16,117
6,700
22,817
7,815
30,632
0
0
0
0
22,817
- National Oceans Office
9,142
 
9,142
16
9,158
0
0
0
0
9,142
- Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (4)
1,563
0
1,563
0
1,563
0
0
0
0
1,563
- Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
6,027
0
6,027
2,500
8,527
0
0
0
0
6,027
Sub-total Outcome 1
169,653
121,126
290,779
87,607
378,386
140,001
1,530
34,180
175,711
466,490
Outcome 2 – Australia's interests in Antarctica
85,300
0
85,300
919
86,219
0
0
0
0
85,300
are advanced                    
                     
Outcome 1 – Australia benefits from
197,664
0
197,664
15,799
213,463
0
0
0
0
197,664
Meteorological and related science and services                    
TOTALS
452,617
121,126
573,743
104,325
678,068
140,001
1,530
34,180
175,711
749,454
Departmental Capital (Equity Injections and Loans) (3)  
19,633
Administered Capital  
0
TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS  
769,087

  1. Revenue from other sources includes other revenue from both government (eg. Resources free of charge) and other sources (eg. Sales of goods and services).
  2. Under the Appropriation Structure, Bill 2 includes Specific Purpose Payments (SPPs) New Agency Outcomes (NAOs), administered capital and departmental capital via departmental injections and loans.
  3. The price of outputs appropriation for the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) includes appropriation from the Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) for the period 1 January to 30 June 2004. Departmental Capital (Equity Injections and Loans) includes an additional $2.109m relating to previous years' outputs appropriation for the AHC provided to DEH.
  4. The Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) became a prescribed agency under the Financial Management & Accountability Act 1997 on 1 July 2003 and reports independently from that date. The AGO's departmental outputs appropriation has been reduced by $1.506m and transferred to ORER at the Additional Estimates.

In 2003-04 the Natural Heritage Trust expenses of $250.0m will be met from appropriations and existing Special Account funds (refer Table 1.8 Estimated Special Account Flows)