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Portfolio Budget Statements 2003-2004

Environment and Heritage Portfolio
Budget Initiatives and Explanations of Appropriations 2003-2004
Budget Related Paper No. 1.7
Commonwealth of Australia 2003
ISSN 1448 - 1219 (Online), 1448 - 1200 (Print)

Part C - Agency Budget Statements (continued)
Australian Heritage Commission (continued)

Section 2 - Outcomes and Outputs Information

OVERVIEW

The following section provides details of the budget implications for the Australian Heritage Commission. Specifically it provides in the following order:

Sub-outcome and Output
   
Total
Departmental
   
Price
Outputs
   
Outputs
Appropriation
   
$'000
$'000
       
     
 AUSTRALIAN HERITAGE COMMISSION
9,550
7,230
       
       
       
 Sub-outcome - Australia's natural and cultural heritage places are valued and conserved    
     
1 Heritage
9,550
7,230

This structure shows the relationship between the Government outcome and contributing output for the Australian Heritage Commission (AHC). The financial details for this Sub-outcome and output appear in Table 2.1 while non-financial information for the Sub-outcome appears in table 2.2.

OUTPUT COST ATTRIBUTION

The AHC has only one output, all overheads are therefore fully included in the cost of the output.

Relationship Between Sub-outcome and Contributing Output

The following chart provides a diagrammatic representation of the output contributing to Outcome 1 (Environment).

Outcome 1 - The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved
Sub-outcome - Australia's natural and cultural heritage places are valued and conserved
Output 1 Heritage

CHANGES TO OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS

There are no changes to the output structure, from 2002-03, for the Australian Heritage Commission.

Outcome 1 - The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved
Sub-outcome - Australia's natural and cultural heritage places are valued and conserved

The Australian Heritage Commission is a Commonwealth Statutory Authority, which is primarily responsible for identifying and conserving the National Estate. The National Estate consists of those places, being components of the natural environment of Australia or the cultural environment of Australia, that have aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance or other special value for future generations as well as for the present community. The Commission maintains a register of all places that have been nominated and assessed under the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975 as being part of the National Estate.

Under legislation introduced into Parliament during 2003 an Australian Heritage Council will be established and the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975 will be repealed.

MEASURES AFFECTING THE SUB-OUTCOME

There are no measures for the Australian Heritage Commission in the 2003-04 Budget.

TOTAL RESOURCES FOR THE SUB-OUTCOME

The following Table 2.1 provides details of the financial resources for the Australian Heritage Commission. It shows the expenditure for the output, revenue from Government, revenue from other sources and the total price of outputs. The average staffing level for this Sub-outcome also appears at the end of the table.

TABLE 2.1 - TOTAL RESOURCES FOR THE SUB-OUTCOME
 
Estimated
 
 
Actuals
Budget
 
2002-03
2003-04
 
$'000
$'000
     
ADMINISTERED APPROPRIATIONS
0
0
     
ADMINISTERED SPECIAL ACCOUNTS
0
0
     
DEPARTMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS (Revenue from Government)  
Output 1 - Heritage
6,935
7,230
     
REVENUE FROM OTHER SOURCES    
Output 1 - Heritage
2,321
2,320
     
TOTAL PRICE OF DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS
9,256
9,550
Departmental Appropriations contribution to Price of Outputs
74.9%
75.7%
DEPARTMENTAL SPECIAL ACCOUNTS
0
0
TOTAL ESTIMATED RESOURCING
9,256
9,550
     
 
2002-2003
2003-2004
  AVERAGE STAFFING LEVEL (NUMBER)
69.0
68.0

CONTRIBUTION OF OUTPUTS

The Australian Heritage Commission's output reflects its statutory responsibilities for identifying and conserving the National Estate as a key element of the Government's outcome to ensure that Australia's natural and cultural heritage places are valued and conserved. The Commission maintains the Register of the National Estate, which lists all places that have been nominated and assessed as having significant Australian heritage value. The Commission disseminates information on places on the Register and maintains links with other heritage organisations and stakeholder groups.

The output to achieve this Sub-outcome contributes to the protection of the National Estate as an important element of Australia's environment.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FOR THE SUB-OUTCOME

The following Table 2.2 lists the performance information that the Australian Heritage Commission will use to assess the level of its achievement of the Sub-outcome during 2003-04. It is comprised of two parts:

  1. overall achievement - performance information for the outcome overall;
  2. performance information for the Departmental Output - quantitative, qualitative and price.
Table 2.2 -Performance Information for the Sub-Outcome
(A) Effectiveness - Overall Achievement of the Sub-outcome 
Places nominated or identified as being of prima facie National Estate significance are assessed against criteria and, if accepted, are entered in the Register of the National Estate.
Public interest and involvement in the identification and conservation of the National Estate is enhanced through Australian Heritage Commission activities, assessed by:
  • feedback from Commonwealth, State, Territory and local government bodies, academic institutions, National Trusts and professional and community organisations;
  • extent of media coverage and support for heritage conservation; and
  • level of sponsorship and support provided by private and public sector sources for national heritage activities.
Australia is recognised by international agencies for work done in identifying and conserving places of heritage significance.
The services of the Australian Heritage Commission are accessible to the public including through the internet.
The decision-making processes of the Australian Heritage Commission allow for consultation with conservation organisations, community groups and the general public where relevant.
(B) Performance Information for the Departmental Output 
OUTPUT 1 - HERITAGE 
1 Heritage Quality The Minister and Executive are satisfied with the quality and timeliness of the implementation and advice provided under the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975.
    Quantity Number of additions and upgrades to the Register of the National Estate, and amount of advice provided on heritage impacts. Effective outreach to key stakeholders as measured by the number of enquiries, publications distributed, seminars and workshops held and the amount of public involvement in key projects.
  Price $9.550m

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Achievement of planned performance will be reported in the Australian Heritage Commission's 2003-04 Annual Report.

EVALUATIONS

Apart from the Australian Heritage Commission's internal audit and evaluation programme which monitors the efficiency and effectiveness of its programmes and activities, no major evaluations are planned for 2003-04.