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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)
Bureau of Meteorology (continued)

Section 2 - Revisions to Outcome and Outputs

The Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology has made no changes to the output structure since the last Budget.

Outcome 1

Australia benefits from meteorological and related science and services

Output Cost Attribution

Direct costs incurred by the Bureau (salaries, suppliers etc) are coded directly to appropriate cost centres within the Financial Management System. These individual cost centres are subsequently attributed to Outputs based upon established, and regularly reviewed, matching of the activities of the individual cost centre to the relevant Outputs.

Indirect costs, that is overheads and activities that cut across all Outputs, are attributed to Outputs on the basis of pro-rata allocation against the most appropriate cost driver that can be consistently and logically applied.

Explanation of Variations

Comcover Supplementation

The Bureau’s departmental outputs appropriation has been increased by $0.503m representing supplementation for 2003-2004 Comcover premium rates.

Capital Use Charge Supplementation

Funding of $0.123m being for the CUC overpayment in 2002-03 financial results.

Appropriation Advance

Movement of departmental outputs appropriation of $4.500m from 2004-05 Budget year to 2003-04 Budget year associated with additional rental payments and "make-good" settlement payments for 150 Lonsdale Street resulting from delays in the completion of the Bureau’s new premises at 700 Collins Street Melbourne.

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.

Revenue from Independent Sources
Sale of Assets

Recognition of sale of assets of $0.325m within the Statement of Financial Performance.

Revised Performance Information and Level of Achievement for 2003-2004

The performance information that the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology 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 Meteorological and Related Data and Products


95% of scheduled regular surface, space-based and upper air (radiosonde and upper wind) observations received on time and within prescribed error limits.

Field equipment outages not greater than 24 hours for essential equipment, 7 working days for operationally backed-up infrastructure, and 22 days for other field equipment.

90% of users surveyed are satisfied with the functional capacity and availability of mission critical communications system components.

90% of users surveyed are satisfied with the functional capacity and availability of mission critical computing system components.

Accuracy of centralized analysis and forecast guidance products as measured by statistical evaluation procedures: S1 skill score of 30 points less than persistence in 24-hour predictions over the Australian region; annual average root mean square [rms] error in the 24-hour statistical guidance for maximum temperature of 3 degrees (2.5 degrees for minimum temperature) averaged over all States; anomaly correlations for 72, 120 and 168-hour sea level pressure predictions for 20 to 60o S from the global prediction system of 75%, 55% and 40% respectively; and annual average rms error of 0.7m in the 24-hour sea state predictions averaged over all available Australian instrumental wave observations.

95% of numerical guidance products are delivered before the scheduled deadlines for dissemination.

90% of users surveyed are satisfied with the value of forecast guidance product components.


Numbers of fully operational observing stations – 50 upper-air, 900 synoptic (including automatic weather), 7,500 rainfall, 12 drifting buoys, 100 voluntary observing ships, 745 river height, 60 weather watch radars, 15 satellite ground, 17 solar & terrestrial radiation; 5 total ozone; 2 ozone profile and one Baseline.

98 inter-office communications links operational, 910 automated data collection links operational and 12 international communications circuits operational.

7 Regional Forecasting Centres, 28 AIFS (Australian Integrated Forecast System) equipped offices, 2,400 numerical guidance products issued by the National Meteorological and Oceanographic Operations Centre (NMOC) with 10 systems providing distinctive guidance products.

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(Installation, operation and maintenance of operational observational data networks $89.511m;
operation of processed data and products systems $40.148m).


Output Group 1.2 Meteorological and Related Research


Bureau of Meteorology Research Centre (BMRC) scientists invited to serve on 65 external advisory committees etc.

At least 15 invitations received to present papers at external conferences and workshops.

The annual report and all workshop and contract project reports produced in good time.

Five system changes, developed by the BMRC, accepted for implementation by operational units (the National Meteorological and Oceanographic Operations Centre and the National Climate Centre).


6 viable research groups focussed on priority research issues.

110 research publications including refereed journals, articles, book chapters, conference papers and miscellaneous reports, and missions.

75 external collaborative projects undertaken.

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(Resources committed to Pure Research $1.118m;
Strategic Research $2.360m;
Applied Research $6.604m)


Output Group 1.3 Meteorological and Related Services


90% of users surveyed indicate that public weather forecasts and warnings are partly or completely accurate.

90% of users surveyed indicate that public weather forecasts and warnings are becoming more accurate or are maintaining current levels of accuracy.

90% of users surveyed indicate that they are ‘satisfied' or ‘very satisfied' with weather forecast, warning and information services.

90% of users surveyed indicate that weather forecasts, warnings and information services are received in time for them to make their decisions.

96% of regular observation entries into the national climate data base successfully completed within preset quality control standards.

85% of users surveyed are ‘satisfied' or ‘very satisfied' with climate data services.

85% of users surveyed are ‘satisfied' or ‘very satisfied' with consultative meteorological services.

85% of users surveyed are ‘satisfied' or ‘very satisfied' with hydrological data, information, advisory and flood warning services.

0.1% downtime for Internet access services.

90% of commercial contracts are completed on time.

90% of existing clients renew commercial contracts.


15,000 to 20,000 public weather warnings issued.

400,000 to 450,000 public weather forecast and information bulletins issued.

430,000 climate data, information, monitoring, prediction and advisory services provided.

600,000 hydrological data, information, advisory and flood warning services issued.

7,500 consultative services provided.

5 to 7 million accesses by telephone/facsimile and 1.5 to 2.0 billion accesses by the Internet for automated weather service delivery systems.

1.4 million telephone, facsimile and Internet accesses to automated climate service delivery systems.

400,000 Internet accesses to automated hydrological service delivery systems.

5% growth in revenues of the Special Services Unit (SSU) and 5% increase in the number of SSU employees as measures of the level of commercial service provision.

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(Severe Weather Warning Services $5.204m
Public Weather Services $14.747m
Marine Weather Services $1.465m
Aviation Weather Services $15.052m
Defence Weather Services $3.361m
Special Weather Services $4.047m
Climate Data Service $4.742m
Climate Monitoring Service $3.052m
Meteorological Advisory Service $0.172m
Special Investigation $7.528m
Flood Warning Service $4.986m
Hydrometeorological Advisory Service $1.257m
High Seas Oceanographic Services $0.027m
Coastal Oceanographic Services $0.075m
Maintenance of Climate Data Bank $4.768m
Water Resources Assessment activities $0.567m


Output Group 1.4 International Meteorological Activities


Australian influence is maintained through occupancy of important senior positions in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The value achieved from scientific exchange visits and cooperative projects undertaken with other countries is maintained.

The flow of accurate observational data to Australia is increased through provision of technical assistance and meteorological training to the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of developing countries.

100% of the formal obligations of roles for the Melbourne World Meteorological Centre (WMC) and the Melbourne and Darwin Regional Specialised Meteorological Centres (RSMCs), as designated by the WMO, are fulfilled.

A high level of demand for Australian officers to participate in WMO activities is maintained.

A high level of satisfaction of regional developing NMHSs with Australian technical cooperation is maintained.


Australia is represented in all WMO constituent bodies (viz. Congress, Executive Council, Regional Association V, all Technical Commissions).

Three major international meteorological meetings are hosted in Australia.

Active bilateral cooperative programmes are maintained with the eight countries (China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Vietnam) with which a Memorandum of Understanding or treaty has been signed.

All AusAID projects offering training courses by the Bureau of Meteorology Training Centre in Melbourne to help develop meteorology in developing countries are supported.

WMC Melbourne, RSMCs Melbourne and Darwin and the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanographic and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) Specialised Oceanographic Centre, Melbourne, are maintained.

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($1.161m to meet Australia's assessed contribution to the WMO regular budget in 2003-04;
participation in the scientific and technical programmes of the WMO and related international
exchange activities $1.357m; and
Bureau participation in the WMO Voluntary Cooperation Programme and bilateral technical cooperation activities $0.154m)