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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)
Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator

Section 1 - Additional Estimates Statements

Agency Overview

The Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) was established on 1 April 2001 as a separate statutory agency within the Environment and Heritage Portfolio to implement the government’s mandatory renewable energy target. The target is enacted through the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000, the Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Charge) Act 2000 and the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Regulations 2001.

Since the 2003-04 Portfolio Budget Statements, the ORER became a prescribed (1 July 2003) agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and now reports as an independent agency in these Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements. Prior to the 2003-04 Additional Estimates, the annual appropriations for ORER have been included in the appropriations for the Australian Greenhouse Office. During the same period, ORER’s separate financial statements have been published in the Department’s Annual Reports.

The 2003-2004 appropriation of $1.506m for the ORER was transferred out of the AGO under a Section 32 direction.

Additional Estimates and Variations to Sub-Outcome - Agency Level

The Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator is seeking an increase of $0.057m in departmental outputs appropriation in 2003-2004. This increase in departmental outputs relates to:

Measures Since the 2003-04 Budget

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 $0.022m per annum from 2003-04 to the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator.

Other Variations to Appropriations

Apart from the additional estimate described above, there have been no other variations since the 2003-04 Budget for the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator.


Table 1.1 - Summary of Measures Since the 2003-04 Budget
             
   

Output

Departmental Appropriations

 

Groups

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Measure

Outcome

Affected

     

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

             

Budget Estimates and Framework Review

1

all

22

22

22

22

 

Table 1.2 - Sub-Outcome and Output Groups
   

DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS

ADMINISTERED APPROP

   

Revised Total
Price of
Outputs

Variation
to
Price of
Outputs

Revised
Outputs
Approp

2003-04 Additional Estimate

Revised
Admin
Approp

2003-04
Additional
Estimates

   

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

   

Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator

1,563

57

1,563

57

0

0

   

Outcome 1 - Sub-Outcome

Increased Renewable Electricity Generation

1.1

Renewable energy certificate (REC) management

1,094

40

1,094

40

0

0

1.2

Managing compliance with legislation

469

17

469

17

0

0

TOTAL SUB-OUTCOME

1,563

57

1,563

57

0

0

 

Table 1.3 - 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

         

Increased Renewable Electricity Generation

(1) 1,668

1,506

1,563

57

0

           

TOTAL DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS

1,668

1,506

1,563

57

0

           

TOTAL APPROPRIATION BILL NO. 3

1,668

1,506

1,563

57

0

(1)Prior to 1 July 2003, the ORER reported as a statutory agency under the Australian Greenhouse Office.

 

Table 1.4 - Staff Years - Average Staffing Level (ASL)
 

2003-04

2003-04

 
 

Budget

Revised

Variation

Sub-Outcome

sy

sy

sy

Increased Renewable Electricity Generation

10.0

10.0

0.0

TOTAL

10.0

10.0

0.0

 

Table 1.5 - Changes to Net Annotated Appropriation (Section 31) Receipts

There are no Net Annotated Appropriations for the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator in 2003-2004.

Table 1.6 - Revenue From Independent Sources

There has been no change to revenue from independent sources for the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator since the 2003-04 Budget.

Table 1.7 - Estimates of Expenses from Special Appropriations

There are no special appropriations for the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator in 2003-04.

Table 1.8 - Estimated Special Account Flows

There are no special accounts for the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator in 2003-04.