Department of the Environment

About us | Contact us | Publications

About us header images - leftAbout us header images - centreAbout us header images - right

Publications archive - Budget statements


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

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)
National Oceans Office (continued)

Section 2 - Revisions to Outcome and Outputs

The National Oceans Office has made no changes to the output structure since the last Budget.

Outcome 1

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


Australians working together towards the ecologically sustainable management of the oceans

Output Cost Attribution

The National Oceans Office allocates corporate overheads on the basis of direct employee costs attributed to each sub outcome.

Explanation of Variations

Comcover Supplementation

The departmental outputs appropriation has been increased by $0.027m representing supplementation for 2003-2004 Comcover premium rates.

Budget Estimates and Framework Review Supplementation

The departmental outputs appropriation has been increased by $0.022m for additional resources to implement the Budget Estimates and Framework Review recommendations.

Revised Performance Information and Level of Achievement for 2003-2004

The performance information that the National Oceans Office 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 - Regional Marine Planning

Contribution to the development of Regional Marine Plans


Objectives, management strategies and actions address key issues in the South-east Marine Region.

Collaboration on key issues in regional marine planning processes further refines Commonwealth Framework for Integrated Oceans Management.

Agreement by governments to the Northern Planning process Scoping Report and related recommendations.

Mechanisms for integrated marine planning in the Torres Strait are agreed.

Valued and timely papers are prepared for the Regional Planning and Advisory Groups.

Frameworks for soundly based regional marine planning processes are agreed with relevant States.

Marine science and data management supports regional marine planning processes.



Final South-East Regional Marine Plan.

Scoping Agreement for the Northern Marine Planning process and number of Assessment streams for the Northern Marine Planning process.

Amount of marine scientific, economic and social research conducted and data collected and managed.

Number of forums and meetings to facilitate stakeholder participation.

Number of meetings of specialist working groups.

Number of meetings of Regional Planning and Advisory Groups.


Price Budget

Price Revised




Output Group 1.2 - Oceans Policy

Contribution to the implementation and further development of Australia's Oceans Policy


Advice to Ministers will be timely and canvass all relevant stakeholders.

Valued and timely papers prepared for the National Oceans Ministerial Board (NOMB), Oceans Board of Management (OBOM) and National Oceans Advisory Group (NOAG) meetings and input to other relevant policy issues.

Mechanisms for integrated oceans management in the Commonwealth are agreed, and progress is made toward appropriate inter-governmental mechanisms.

National Oceans Office Annual Report.



Ministerial advice – number of briefs, ministerials, questions on notice, committees.

Coordination requests and input to other policy issues.

Commonwealth guidelines for integrated oceans management.

Number of forums for stakeholder participation.

Number of meetings of specialist working groups.

Number of meetings of NOMB and NOAG.

Annual Report and input to evaluations.


Price Budget

Price Revised