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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

Department of the Environment and Heritage

Section 1 - Additional Estimates Statements

Agency Overview

There have been no significant changes to the role of the Department since the 2003-2004 Budget. There has however been a significant change to the structure of the Department as a result of the anticipated abolition of the Australian Heritage Commission (AHC).

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.

Due to these legislative changes, additional appropriation has been provided to the Department (Outcome 1 Environment) 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.

Additional Estimates and Variations to Outcomes

Annual Appropriations

The Department is seeking additional estimates totalling $7.739m in Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2003-04 comprising:

The Department is also seeking an increase of $2.489m through Appropriation Bill (No 4) 2003-04 relating to the following appropriation items:

Further details of these additional appropriations are provided in Section 2.

Measures Since the 2003-04 Budget

Regional Natural Heritage Programme
 

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

Department of the Environment and Heritage

1,000

4,500

4,500

-

The Government will provide funding of $10.0 million over three years commencing in 2003-04, for the establishment of a Regional Natural Heritage Programme. This programme will enable Australia to play a broader international role in the protection of biodiversity in critically endangered places in South-East Asia and the Pacific region.

Rotterdam Convention and Convention - ratification
 

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

Department of the Environment and Heritage

-

-

-

-

The Government has agreed to ratify both the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Ratification of these conventions will promote shared responsibility and co-operative efforts amongst signatories in the international trade of certain hazardous chemicals and establish measures that reduce or eliminate the use of twelve persistent organic pollutants.

The cost of ratification and implementation will be met from within the existing resourcing of the Department of the Environment and Heritage, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of Health and Ageing.

Further details can be found in the joint press release of 29 August 2003 issued by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for the Environment and Heritage.

Environment and Heritage
Mandatory National Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme
 

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

Department of the Environment and Heritage

-

-

-

-

The Government has agreed to the development and implementation of a mandatory national water efficiency labelling and standards scheme. This will involve the development of performance standards and a consumer product labelling scheme for household products such as shower heads, dishwashers, washing machines and toilets.

The cost of this initiative, $2 million over five years, will be met from funding allocated in the 2003-04 Budget for Urban Environment Initiatives.

Further information can be found in the press release of 2 October 2003 issued by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage.

Budget Estimates and Framework Review

The Government will provide additional funding to agencies of $88.5 million over five years (including $0.1 million in 2007-08) to implement the Budget Estimates and Framework Review (BEFR) recommendations. This funding includes capital of $7.4 million over four years.

In the 2003-04 Budget the Government made provision for $78 million over five years to improve the accuracy, responsiveness and effectiveness of agencies' contribution to the Commonwealth's budget estimates and framework system and to assist agencies to drive improved financial management and reporting within their organisations. The Government has provided an extra $10.5 million over five years to fund agencies to implement the BEFR recommendations.

The Government will provide additional funding of $0.589m in 2003 04 and $0.389m from 2004 05 to the Department of the Environment and Heritage.

Other Variations to Appropriation

Additional Estimates and Variations – Other Variations to Appropriations
         

 

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

 

($'000)

($'000)

($'000)

($'000)

Outcome 1

       

Variations in administered appropriations

       
         

  Conservation of Rural and Regional Historic Hotels  Grants Programme

595

     

  Australian Biological Resources Study Participatory  Grants Programme

14

     

  Goondiwindi Serpentine Water Park

380

     

  Indexation

 

(14)

(21)

(27)

         

Variations in departmental appropriations

       
         

  Unexpended balance of AHC appropriation

3,481

     

  Forward estimates transferred to the Department from   the AHC

 

7,383

7,547

7,636

  Previous years' output appropriation from the AHC

2,109

     

  Supplementation for 2003-2004 Comcover premium   rates

47

     

  Cultural Heritage Projects Programme

391

     

  Wildlife Protection Import and Export Fees

258

     

  Diesel Vehicles Emissions National Environment Protection Programme

     

23

  Product Stewardship Arrangements for Waste Oil   Recycling

   

1,174

 

  Indexation

 

(372)

(642)

(783)

         

Outcome 2

       

Variations in departmental appropriations

       
         

  Supplementation for 2003-2004 Comcover premium

rates

1,364

     

  Indexation

 

115

244

440

 

Map 2 Outcomes and Output Groups for the Agency
   

DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS

ADMINISTERED APPROP

   

 

Revised Total Price of Outputs

(a) Variation to Price of Outputs

 

 

Revised Outputs Approp

 

2003-04 Additional Estimate

 

 

Revised Admin Approp

 

2003-04 Additional Estimate

   

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

               

TOTAL ENVIRONMENT & HERITAGE

246,454

10,632

222,143

6,358

161,374

1,761

               

Outcome 1 - The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved

           
           

1.1

Atmosphere

17,514

1,128

13,460

87

   

1.2

Biodiversity

31,052

2,529

23,174

323

   

1.3

Coasts and Oceans

11,904

189

9,705

37

   

1.4

Environmental Assessment and Approvals

11,012

66

10,880

47

   

1.5

Heritage

14,191

4,460

13,398

4,194

   

1.6

Industry

29,798

627

25,429

148

   

1.7

Inland Waters

6,492

83

4,709

14

   

1.8

Land Management

3,263

17

1,734

3

   

1.9

Parks and Reserves

35,009

115

34,354

87

   

TOTAL OUTCOME 1

160,235

9,214

136,843

4,940

-

-

               

Outcome 2 - Australia's interests in Antarctica are advanced

           
               

2.1

Influence in Antarctic Treaty System

13,546

214

13,402

214

   

2.2

Protection of Antarctic Environment

33,948

537

33,586

537

   

2.3

Understanding Global Climate System

21,081

334

20,856

334

   

2.4

Science of practical, economic or national significance

17,644

333

17,456

333

   

TOTAL OUTCOME 2

86,219

1,418

85,300

1,418

-

-

(a) Difference between Variation to Price of Outputs and Additional Estimates relates to external revenue variations.

 

Table 1.1 Summary of measures since the 2003-2004 Budget

TABLE 1.1 SUMMARY OF MEASURES SINCE THE 2003-2004 BUDGET

         
     

Appropriations ($'000)

Appropriations ($'000)

Appropriations ($'000)

Appropriations ($'000)

   

Output

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

   

Groups

Admin

Dept

 

Admin

Dept

 

Admin

Dept

 

Admin

Dept

 

MEASURE

Outcome

Affected

Expenses

Outputs

Total

Expenses

Outputs

Total

Expenses

Outputs

Total

Expenses

Outputs

Total

Regional Natural Heritage Programme

1

1.5

772

228

1,000

4,228

272

4,500

4,192

308

4,500

-

-

-

Ratification of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure and the Ratification of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (1)

1

1.6

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Implement ation of a Mandatory National Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme (2)

1

1.6

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Budget Estimates and Framework Review

1

All

-

535

535

-

335

335

-

335

335

-

335

335

Budget Estimates and Framework Review

2

2.4

-

54

54

-

54

54

-

54

54

-

54

54

(1) The cost of ratification and implementation will be met through a reprioritisation of funding within the Department of the Environment and Heritage, Department of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Forestry and the Department of Health and Ageing.

(2) The cost of this initiative ($2 million over 5 years) will be met from funding of $24.2 million over five years allocated in the 2003-04 Budget for Urban Environment Initiatives.

 

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

2003-2004

2003-2004

 

2002-2003

2003-2004

2003-2004

Additional

Reduced

 

Available Approp

Budget

Revised

Estimates

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

           

ADMINISTERED ITEMS

         
           

Outcome 1 - The environment, especially those

         

aspects that are matters of national environmental

         

significance, is protected and conserved

7,231

138,620

140,001

1,381

0

           

Outcome 2 - Australia's interests in Antarctica

         

are advanced

0

0

0

0

0

           

TOTAL ADMINISTERED ITEMS

7,231

138,620

140,001

1,381

0

           
           

DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS

         
           

Outcome 1 - The environment, especially those

         

aspects that are matters of national environmental

         

significance, is protected and conserved

132,472

121,403

126,343

4,940

0

           

Outcome 2 - Australia's interests in Antarctica

         

are advance

109,893

83,882

85,300

1,418

0

           

Meteorology *

39,267

0

0

0

0

           

TOTAL DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS

281,632

205,285

211,643

6,358

0

 
           

TOTAL APPROPRIATION BILL NO. 3

288,863

343,905

351,644

7,739

0

* Actual figures for 2002-03 include revenues for the period 1 July up to 11 September 2002 for the Bureau of Meteorology. The Bureau became a Prescribed Agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 on 12 September 2002 and now reports as an agency in its own right. Prior to 12 September 2002, the Bureau reported as Outcome 2 under the Department of the Environment and Heritage.

 

Table 1.3 Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2003-04
     

2003-2004

2003-2004

2003-2004

 

2002-2003

2003-2004

Revised

Additional

Reduced

 

Available Approp

Budget

Budget

Estimates

Estimate

   

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

SPECIFIC PAYMENTS TO THE STATES AND TERRITORIES

         
           

Outcome 1 - The environment, especially those

         

aspects that are matters of national environmental

         

significance, is protected and conserved

1,320

1,150

1,530

380

0

           

Outcome 2 - Australia's interests in Antarctica

         

are advanced

0

0

0

0

0

           

TOTAL

1,320

1,150

1,530

380

0

           

Non-Operating

         
           

Loans

 

0

0

0

0

Previous Year's Outputs

 

2,224

4,333

2,109

0

           

TOTAL CAPITAL

0

2,224

4,333

2,109

0

           

TOTAL APPROPRIATION BILL NO. 4

1,320

3,374

5,863

2,489

0

 

Table 1.4 Staff Years – Average Staffing Level (ASL)
   

2003-04

2003-04

 
   

Budget

Revised

Variation

   

sy

sy

sy

Outcome 1 - The environment, especially those

       

aspects that are matters of national environmental

 

759.0

793.0

34.0

significance, is protected and conserved (*)

       
         

Outcome 2 - Australia's interests in Antarctica

 

404.0

404.0

0.0

are advanced

       
         

TOTAL

 

1,163.0

1,197.0

34.0

* Staff seconded to the Director of National Parks (278.0) are not included in departmental staff numbers. The increase relates to staff from the Australian Heritage Commission being transferred to the Department of the Environment and Heritage for the period 1 January to 30 June 2004 following abolition of the Commission on 31 December 2003.

 

Summary of Agency Administered Savings 2003-04

There are no savings for the Administered items of the Department of the Environment and Heritage in 2003-04.

Table 1.5 Changes to Net Annotated Appropriations (Section 31) Receipts
 

Price of outputs

Receipts

Receipts

 
 

Approp

Approp

from Independent

from Independent

Variation in

 

2003-04

2003-04

Sources

Sources

Non-Govt

 

(Budget)*

(Revised)*

(Budget)

(Revised)

Revenue

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

           

Outcome 1 - The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved

         
         

131,903

136,843

19,118

23,392

4,274

           

Outcome 2 - Australia's interests in Antarctica are advanced

         

83,882

85,300

919

919

0

           

TOTAL

215,785

222,143

20,037

24,311

4,274

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

 

Table 1.6 Revenue from Independent Sources
 

2003-2004

2003-2004

 

Budget
Estimate

Revised
Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

DEPARTMENTAL REVENUE

   

Sales of goods and services

19,997

24,271

Other

40

40

Total non-appropriation departmental revenue

20,037

24,311

     

ADMINISTERED REVENUE

   

Environment - Miscellaneous Revenue

500

500

Captains Flat (Abatement of Pollution) Agreement - Interest

   

and principal repayments

13

13

Ozone Protection Act 1989 - Licence, fees and penalties

572

572

Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 – fees

30

30

Wildlife protection - Export/import fees

390

300

Great Barrier Reef environmental management charge

6,700

6,700

Total non-appropriation administered revenue

8,205

8,115

     

TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUE

28,242

32,426

 

Table 1.7 Estimates of Expenses from Special Appropriations
   

2003-2004

2003-2004

 

Outcome Affected

Budget

Estimate

Revised

Estimate

   

$'000

$'000

DEPARTMENTAL SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS

     

Diesel National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM)

1

4,100

4,100

Oil Recycling – transitional assistance

1

6,400

6,400

SUB-TOTAL

 

10,500

10,500

       

ADMINISTERED SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS

     

Ozone Protection Act 1989 - Payments to the Ozone Protection Trust Fund

1

746

746

Natural Heritage Trust Interest

1

19,097

19,097

SUB-TOTAL

 

19,843

19,843

       

TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENSE

 

30,343

30,343

 

Table 1.8 - Estimated Special Account Flows
Department of the Environment and Heritage
Estimate - 2003-04, Heavy Figures
Actual - 2002-03, Light figures (1)
 

Opening

Appropriation

Other

Expenditure

Closing

 

Balance

Receipts

Receipts (2)

(3)

Balance

 

2003-04

2003-04

2003-04

2003-04

2003-04

 

2002-03

2002-03

2002-03

2002-03

2002-03

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

   

 

 

 

 

NATURAL HERITAGE TRUST OF AUSTRALIA - Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997, Section 4

484,147

153,874

10,090

250,000

398,111

 

611,741

106,972

10,090

244,656

484,147

ENVIRONMENT FEDERATION FUND – Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, Section 20

31,043

0

0

0

31,043

 

843

30,200

0

0

31,043

OZONE PROTECTION RESERVE - Ozone Protection Act 1989, Section 65B

1,765

0

572

746

1,591

 

1,741

0

426

402

1,765

NATIONAL CULTURAL HERITAGE ACCOUNT - Protection of Moveable Cultural Heritage Act 1986, Section 25

357

175

0

175

357

 

192

308

14

157

357

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION COUNCIL FUND TRUST ACCOUNT*

12

0

0

0

12

- Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, Section 20

24

0

0

12

12

ENVIRONMENT – SERVICES FOR OTHER GOVERNMENTS AND NON-AGENCY BODIES RESERVE* – Financial

3,424

0

730

492

3,662

Management and Accountability Act 1997, Section 20

3,186

0

730

492

3,424

OTHER TRUST MONEYS RESERVE* – Financial

11

0

0

0

11

Management and Accountability Act 1997, Section 20

37

0

0

26

11

TOTAL SPECIAL ACCOUNTS 

520,759

154,049

11,392

251,413

434,787

617,763

137,480

11,260

245,745

520,759

(1) 2002-03 actuals are as reported in the Department of the Environment and Heritage 2002-03 Annual Report (refer pp 376-380)
(2) includes GST credits
(3) estimates for 2003-04 Special Account items reflect expenses
* Special Public Monies Accounts