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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 C - Agency Additional Estimates Statements (continued)
Australian Greenhouse Office (continued)

Section 2 - Revisions to Sub-Outcome and Outputs

Outcome 1:

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

Sub-Outcome:

Australians working together to meet the challenge of climate change

Output Cost Attribution

Individual programmes are attributed to agency outputs consistent with the programmes alignment to the output. The agency's overheads are attributed to outputs on a pro rata Average Staffing Level (ASL) basis.

Explanation of Variations

Comcover Supplementation

The departmental outputs appropriation has been increased by $0.017m representing supplementation for 2003-2004 Comcover premium rates.

Budget Estimates and Framework Review Supplementation

The departmental outputs appropriation has been increased by $0.108m for additional resources to implement the Budget Estimates and Framework Review recommendations.

Other Variations relating to Special Appropriations

The other variations in Departmental Special Appropriations reflect the movement of funds for programs relating to the Measures for a Better Environment. The funds underspent in 2002-03 were moved to forward years beyond 2004-05 to enable payments of the following programs:

The variation in Administered Special Appropriations reflects the movement of funds for the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program. The $3.109m expensed above the 2002-03 revised estimate has been offset by a reduction of $3.109m in appropriation for 2004-05.

Revised Performance Information and Level of Achievement for 2003-2004

The performance information that the AGO will use to assess the level of its achievement against the additional funding is shown below.

Table 2.1 - Performance Information for Outputs Affected by Additional Estimates

Output Group 1.1 Leading the Agenda

1.1.1 Developing the strategy for the future and broadening the commitment to greenhouse action


Effective forward policy development

Quality

Qualitative evaluation to assess:

  • clarity of analysis; and
  • coherence of framework.

Greenhouse investment delivering emissions abatement

Quality

  • Cost effectiveness of CO2 emission abatement; and
  • % change and MTs of CO2 reduced by AGO programmes.

Increased community awareness of:

  • climate change as a major
    environmental issue requiring action now;
  • effective actions that individuals can take; and
  • the priority of greenhouse for the government and of Commonwealth actions.

Quality

Qualitative evaluation using focus groups / surveys to assess whether members of the general community:

  • believe action of climate change issues is required;
  • could identify an effective action that an individual could take; and
  • are aware of the Commonwealth greenhouse agenda.
 

Quantity

  • number of policy initiatives delivered;
  • number and $ value of grants administered; and
  • number of consultation processes undertaken.
 

Price - Budget   

Price - Revised   

$7.817m

$7.818m

 

Output Group 1.2 Taking Early Action

1.2.1 Working with partners across Australia to take immediate action in reducing our national greenhouse emissions


Contributing to emissions abatement

Quality

  • % change and number of tonnes of emissions abated, categorised by type of organisation.
  • Cost effectiveness of CO2 emissions abatement.
   
  • Qualitative stakeholder evaluation using focus groups / surveys on effectiveness of engagement programme.
 

Quantity

  • % change and number of local government organisations participating in the City Climate Protection team (CCPtm).
  • Number of policy initiatives delivered.
  • Number and $ value of grants administered.
  • Number of consultation processes undertaken.
 

Price - Budget   

Price - Revised   

$52.923m

$52.039m

 

Output Group 1.3 Promoting Sustainable Energy

1.3.1 Reducing emissions for the energy sector while meeting the needs of the community and stakeholders for ecologically sustainable energy services


Significant greenhouse gas abatement realised by energy policies and measures

Quality

CO2 abatement realised, and projected in 2008-2012, compared with business as usual trends.

Significant uptake of sustainable energy options by target groups

 

Increased take up of sustainable energy products and services.

Barriers to sustainable energy uptake addressed.

 

Quantity

Qualitative stakeholder evaluation using focus groups/surveys on:

  • effectiveness of implementation of sustainable energy policies and programmes; and
  • responsiveness and quality of advice.

Number and $ value of grants administered.

 

Price - Budget   

Price - Revised   


*$36.751m

$36.997m

* The 2003-04 Budget and Revised Total Price of Outputs have been reduced to reflect the Section 32 transfer of $1.506m to the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator.

 

Output Group 1.4 Enhancing the Land

1.4.1 Enhance Australia's natural resources management by promoting greenhouse actions on the land


Facilitated greenhouse abatement through land activity

Quality

Client satisfaction with provision of information and guidance on incorporating greenhouse in forest and agricultural practices.


Strengthened coordination of greenhouse and natural resource management across government

 

Qualitative stakeholder evaluation using focus groups / surveys of coverage and significance of greenhouse within relevant government policies and programmes.

National carbon accounting system (NCAS) provides quality practical and timely outputs

 

Results of periodic international and other reviews.

Qualitative stakeholder evaluation using focus groups / surveys.


 

Quantity

Number of policy initiatives delivered.

Number and $ value of grants administered.

Number of consultation processes undertaken.


 

Price - Budget   

Price - Revised   

$2.672m

$2.673m

 

Output Group 1.5 Staying on Track

1.5.1 Evaluating the progress towards commitments under the convention and the Kyoto target, and improving the knowledge base on
climate change


Stakeholders have increased information on current emissions patterns

Quality

Qualitative stakeholder evaluation using focus groups / surveys on utility of National Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

Benchmark reports of international review bodies on timeliness and content of projections products.


Stakeholders have increased access to information on projected emissions levels

 

Qualitative stakeholder evaluation using focus groups / surveys on utility of modelling and projections work.

Benchmark reports of international review bodies on timeliness and content of inventory products.

International recognition of greenhouse science expertise

 

Number of peer reviewed papers published as a result of funded research, categorised by complexity.

Number of funded parties contributing to international conferences and Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

Qualitative stakeholder evaluation using focus groups / surveys on utility of products.


 

Quantity

Number and $ value of grants administered.

Number of consultation processes undertaken.


 

Price - Budget   

Price - Revised   

$6.629m

$6.630m

 

Performance Information

Achievement of planned performance will be reported in the Australian Greenhouse Office's 2003-04 Annual Report.