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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 Heritage Commission

Section 1 - Additional Estimates Statements

Agency Overview

The Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) contributes to identifying, valuing and conserving heritage places through advising the Government on national estate matters, compiling an inventory of national estate places throughout Australia with natural and cultural heritage values and encouraging community appreciation of and concern for the National Estate.

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 will administer the new heritage regime and thus receive all related funds.

Due to these legislative changes, additional appropriation has been provided to the Department of the Environment and Heritage totalling $5.590 million at Additional Estimates. These funds represent the proportion of AHC departmental outputs appropriation for 2003-04 estimated to be unexpended at the date of proclamation of the new Australian Heritage Council (1 January 2004) ($3.481m) and a departmental equity injection ($2.109m) representing prior years' outputs appropriations. Forward year estimates for the AHC have been transferred to the Department (Refer page 13).

Additional Estimates and Variations to Sub-Outcome - Agency Level

There is no change to the 2003-04 departmental outputs appropriation of the Australian Heritage Commission. Whilst the AHC was abolished from 1 January 2004, the 2003-04 Budget for the AHC ($7.230m) cannot be reduced in accordance with the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975. Upon repeal of the Act, the Commission's funds have become void.

Measures Since the 2003-04 Budget

There have been no additional measures since the 2003-04 Budget for the Australian Heritage Commission.

Other Variations to Appropriations

Apart from the additional estimate described above, there have been no other variations since the 2003-04 Budget for the Australian Heritage Commission.


Table 1.1 - Sub-Outcome and Output Group
   

Revised
departmental
Total Price
of Outputs

Variation to departmental
Total Price
of Outputs

   

$'000

$'000

       

AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE COMMISSION

8,433

(1,117)

       

Outcome 1 - Sub-outcome

Australia's natural and cultural heritage places are valued and conserved

   
   

1.1

Heritage

8,433

(1,117)

 

Table 1.2 - Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2003-2004
     

2003-2004

2003-2004

2003-2004

 

2002-2003

2003-2004

Revised

Additional

Reduced

 

Actual

Budget

Budget

Estimates

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS

         
           

Sub-Outcome

         

Australia's natural and cultural heritage places are valued and conserved

6,935

7,230

7,230

0

0

           

TOTAL DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS

6,935

7,230

7,230

0

0

           

TOTAL APPROPRIATION BILL NO. 3

6,935

7,230

7,230

0

0

 

Table 1.3 -Staff Years - Average Staffing Level (ASL)
 

2003-04

2003-04

 
 

Budget

Revised

Variation

 

sy

sy

sy

Sub-Outcome

     

Australia's natural and cultural heritage places are valued and conserved *

68.0

34.0

(34.0)

       

TOTAL

68.0

34.0

(34.0)

* The Australian Heritage Commission was abolished on 31 December 2003. From that date, average staffing levels were attributable to the Department of the Environment and Heritage - Outcome 1 (refer page 21).

 

Table 1.4 - Changes to Net Annotated Appropriation (Section 31) Receipts
 
Price of outputs

Receipts from

Receipts from

 
 

Approp

Approp

Independent

Independent

Variation in

 

2003-04

2003-04

Sources

Sources

Non-Govt

 

(Budget)*

(Revised)*

(Budget)

(Revised)

Revenue

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

Sub-Outcome - Australia's natural and cultural heritage places are valued and conserved

         

7,230

7,230

2,320

1,203

(1,117)

TOTAL

7,230

7,230

2,320

1,203

(1,117)

* Appropriation Bills 1 and 3 included in the price of Departmental outputs.

 

Table 1.5 - Revenue From Independent Sources
 

2003-2004

2003-2004

 

Budget

Revised

 

Estimate

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

Interest on deposits

87

87

Revenue from sales of goods and services

0

0

Resources received free of charge

2,233

1,116

     

TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUE

2,320

1,203

 

Table 1.6 - Estimates of Expenses from Special Appropriations
There are no special appropriations for the Australian Heritage Commission in 2003-04.

 

Table 1.7 - Estimated Specieal Account Flows
There are no special accounts for the Australian Heritage Commission in 2003-04.