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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)
Department of the Environment and Heritage (continued)

Section 2 - Outcomes and Outputs Information (continued)
Outcome 1 - Environment

OVERVIEW

The following section provides details of the budget implications for Outcome 1 (Environment). Specifically it provides:

Relationship Between Outcome 1 and Contributing Outputs

The following chart provides a diagrammatic representation of the individual outputs under Outcome 1 (Environment).

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

1.1 ATMOSPHERE

1.2 BIODIVERSITY

1.3 COASTS AND OCEANS

1.4 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND APPROVALS

1.5 HERITAGE

1.6 INDUSTRY

1.7 INLAND WATERS

1.8 LAND MANAGEMENT

1.9 PARKS AND RESERVES
Note: Revenue from Government through appropriations contributes 87.3% to the total output price for this outcome for 2003-04

CHANGES TO OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS

There are no changes to the output structure, from the previous year, for Outcome 1.

OUTCOME 1: The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved.

The Department of the Environment and Heritage advises on and implements policies and programmes for the protection and conservation of the environment. This includes assistance to the Australian community to appreciate and conserve Australia's natural and cultural (indigenous and historic) heritage places for current and future generations. The department also encourages, through leadership and cooperation, conservation and appreciation of our natural and cultural heritage, and ecologically sustainable management of Australia's coastal and marine resources. It provides independent advice through research, assessment and supervision on the protection and management of the Alligator Rivers Region.

MEASURES AFFECTING OUTCOME 1


Budget Measure: Distinctively Australian

Purpose

The Government will provide funding of $13.3 million over four years commencing in 2003-04, for the introduction and implementation of new protection arrangements for Australia’s cultural heritage. This includes funding for the establishment of the National Heritage List. The funding is contingent on the passage of the Australian Heritage Council Bill 2002.

Budget Measure: Great Barrier Reef Coastal Wetland Protection Programme

Purpose

The Government will provide funding of $8.0 million over five years (including $1 million in 2007-08) towards the permanent protection and restoration of wetlands in catchments adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. The Commonwealth has invited Queensland to match contributions.

Commonwealth funding for this project is additional to that being provided for environmental projects in Queensland through the Natural Heritage Trust and the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality.

Budget Measure: Biodiversity Policy

Purpose

Savings of $2 million per annum will result from absorbing ongoing costs associated with the development of biodiversity policy, including statutory obligations and obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity by the Department of the Environment and Heritage. These activities will continue to be funded from within existing resourcing.

Budget Measure: Environment Protection Policy

Purpose

The Government will provide additional funding of $4.1 million per annum from 2003-04 to 2005-06 and $3.5 million in 2006-07 to continue a range of environment protection policy activities undertaken by Environment Australia.

Funding will provide for activities that fulfil statutory and international obligations relating to air and fuel quality standards; chemicals management and State of the Environment reports.

This measure will be funded through a reprioritisation of funding from the Diesel Vehicles Emissions National Environment Protection programme and the Transitional Assistance component of the Product Stewardship Arrangements for Waste Oil Recycling. The reprioritisation will not adversely impact on the expected outcomes of these programmes.

Budget Measure: Urban Environment Initiatives

Purpose

The Government will provide funding of $24.2 million over five years commencing in 2003-04 for a range of urban environment initiatives.

The range of activities to be supported and specific funding levels for each activity are being developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders and will be announced after the Budget. The Government will give priority to initiatives addressing water quality, public information promotion, improved air quality and renewable energy, and chemicals and waste management.

This measure will be funded through a reprioritisation of funding from the Diesel Vehicles Emissions National Environment Protection programme and the Transitional Assistance component of the Product Stewardship Arrangements for Waste Oil Recycling. The reprioritisation will not adversely impact on the expected outcomes of these programmes.

Budget Measure: Australian Biological Resources Study

Purpose

The Government will continue to fund the Australian Biological Resources Study at the current level of $3.1 million per annum over the next four years to maintain the currency of Australia’s extensive biodiversity knowledge base. This measure will improve knowledge of micro-organisms, enhance the retention of taxonomic expertise through training and disseminate biodiversity knowledge to land managers. Provision for this funding has been already included in the forward estimates.

OUTCOME 1 - RESOURCING

Table 2.1.1 shows how the 2003-04 Budget appropriations translate to total resourcing for outcome 1, including administered expenses, revenue from Government (appropriation), revenue from other sources, and the total price of outputs.

TABLE 2.1.1 - TOTAL RESOURCES FOR OUTCOME 1
  Estimated Actuals Budget Estimate
  2002-03 2003-04
  $'000 $'000
ADMINISTERED APPROPRIATIONS    
     
Special Appropriation    
Ozone Protection (2) 412 746
Natural Heritage Trust (Trust) Interest (1) 48,940 19,097
Sub-total Special Appropriations 49,352 19,843
     
Annual appropriations    
Bill 1 Grants and other payments    
Grants-in-Aid - National Trust 816 821
NEPC Service Corporation 429 429
Australian Biological Resources Study Participatory Grants 1,892 1,825
Natural Heritage Trust Appropriation Revenue (1) 17 134,777
Conservation of Rural and Regional Historic Hotels 3,519 543
St Paul's Anglican Cathedral 1,250 50
Payment to National Cultural Heritage Account (1) 308 175
Sub-total Appropriation Bill 1 8,231 138,620
     
Bill 2 Specific Payments to the States and Territories    
Goondiwindi Serpentine Water Park 700 150
Boat Harbour and Sisters Beach Sewerage Scheme 1,000 1,000
Sub-total Appropriation Bill 2 1,700 1,150
     
TOTAL ADMINISTERED APPROPRIATIONS 59,283 159,613
Estimated payments from Special Account balances (2)    
Natural Heritage Trust of Australia 250,000 250,000
Ozone Protection Reserve 412 746
National Cultural Heritage Account 308 175
Total estimated payments from Special Accounts 250,720 250,921
     
DEPARTMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS    
     
Output 1.1 - Atmosphere 11,770 13,373
Output 1.2 - Biodiversity 25,289 22,851
Output 1.3 - Coasts and Oceans 8,784 9,668
Output 1.4 - Environmental Assessment and Approvals 11,435 10,832
Output 1.5 - Heritage 8,311 9,204
Output 1.6 - Industry 29,069 25,281
Output 1.7 - Inland Waters 4,424 4,696
Output 1.8 - Land Management 2,474 1,731
Output 1.9 - Parks and Reserves 45,916 34,267
     
TOTAL REVENUE FROM GOVERNMENT (Appropriations) 147,472 131,903
Contributing to Price of Departmental Outputs 85.4% 87.3%
     
REVENUE FROM OTHER SOURCES *    
Output 1.1 - Atmosphere 4,706 3,013
Output 1.2 - Biodiversity 7,312 5,672
Output 1.3 - Coasts and Oceans 2,863 2,047
Output 1.4 - Environmental Assessment and Approvals 172 114
Output 1.5 - Heritage 930 527
Output 1.6 - Industry 4,495 3,890
Output 1.7 - Inland Waters 2,002 1,713
Output 1.8 - Land Management 2,157 1,515
Output 1.9 - Parks and Reserves 586 627
 
TOTAL REVENUE FROM OTHER SOURCES 25,223 19,118
TOTAL PRICE OF DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS 172,695 151,021
DEPARTMENTAL SPECIAL ACCOUNTS 0 0
TOTAL ESTIMATED RESOURCING FOR OUTCOME 1
(Total price of outputs and administered appropriations)
231,978 310,634
1. Administered appropriation revenue relating to special accounts is reflected as receipts in Table 1.5 Estimates of Special Account Flows and Balances. In 2002-03 the Trust received no direct annual appropriation.

2. Administered payments from special accounts are reflected as expenses in Table 1.5 Estimates of Special Account Flows and Balances.

* Includes revenue from other sources (sales of goods and services)
 
STAFF YEARS (NUMBER) 2002-2003 2003-2004
Outcome 1 - Environment 822.0 759.0
** Staff supporting the Director of National Parks not included in 294.0** 278.0**
departmental staff numbers    

CONTRIBUTION OF OUTPUTS

The Department’s outputs will contribute to achieving the outcome of protecting and conserving the environment, especially aspects of national significance, by the following outputs:

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FOR OUTCOME 1

The following Table 2.2.1 lists the performance information that the Department will use to assess the level of its achievement of Outcome 1 during 2003 04. It comprises three parts:

  1. overall achievement - planned performance information for the outcome overall;
  2. performance information for administered items - qualitative and quantitative information for each administered item; and
  3. performance information for departmental outputs - quantitative, qualitative and, where relevant, the unit price for each output.
Table 2.2.1 - Performance Information for Outcome 1
(A) Effectiveness - Overall Achievement of the Outcome
1.1 Atmosphere The atmosphere is protected.
1.2 Biodiversity Australia's biological diversity is conserved.
1.3 Coasts and Oceans Australia's coasts and oceans are protected and managed in an ecologically sustainable way.
1.4 Environmental Assessment and Approvals Environmental assessments and approvals protect the environment, especially matters of national environmental significance.
1.5 Heritage Australia's natural and cultural heritage places are protected and conserved.
1.6 Industry The environmental performance of Australian industry is improved.
1.7 Inland Waters Australia's inland waters managed in an ecologically sustainable way and Australia's commitments to the Ramsar Convention are met.
1.8 Land Management Australia's land resources are managed in an ecologically sustainable way.
1.9 Parks and Reserves Commonwealth national parks and reserves are effectively managed.

(B) Performance Information for Administered Items
Commonwealth Contribution to the National Environment Protection Council (NEPC) Service Corporation Quality The Commonwealth's financial obligation to the NEPC Service Corporation is met.
Quantity Commonwealth's contribution to the operating costs of the NEPC Service Corporation is paid on time.
Ozone Protection Quality The Commonwealth's obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, including administration of the Ozone Protection Act 1989 are met.
Quantity Percentage of licences issued within statutory timeframes.
St Paul's Anglican
Cathedral
Quality Remaining project (St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Melbourne) completed and fully acquitted by 31 August 2003.
Quantity 1 contract.
Goondiwindi Serpentine Water Park Quality Project design is consistent with Government objectives.
Quantity Remaining works are completed by 30 September 2003 and project fully acquitted by 31 December 2003.
Conservation of Rural and Regional Historic Hotels Quality All projects funded on a matching basis and managed in accordance with agreed criteria.
Quantity All remaining projects funded are completed by 30 June 2004.
Grants-in-Aid - National Trust Quality Payments made to support National Trust heritage initiatives in accordance with agreed performance requirements.
Quantity 9 agreements finalised by December 2003.
Australian Biological Resources Study Participatory Grants Programme Quality The Australian Biological Resources Study administered and managed according to best practice, and supporting taxonomic investigations into species/ecosystems of national priority.
Quantity Number and value of grants and contracts offered, funded and financially audited by 30 June 2004.
Development of Sewerage Schemes for Boat Harbour and Sisters Beach, Tasmania Quality Extent to which project will achieve Government objectives.
Quantity Number of milestones achieved compared with those specified in the contract.
The Natural Heritage Trust (the Trust) was established under the Natural Heritage Trust of Australia Act 1997. The Government has provided over $1 billion to extend the Trust for a further five years from 2002-03 to 2006-07. The Trust has been refocussed to implement the recommendations of the Mid-term Review and the Australian National Audit Office Performance Audit of Performance Information.

Within its primary legislative objective “to conserve, repair and replenish Australia’s natural capital infrastructure”, the Trust will focus on specific objectives of Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, and Community Capacity Building and Institutional Change. New features of the Trust from 2002-03 onwards include a stronger focus on long-term strategic outcomes; delivery of a substantial proportion of the funds through devolved regional planning; a greater emphasis on planning and scientific modelling; and an adaptive management approach requiring continuous review of objectives, strategies and timelines.

Trust outputs in 2003-04 will be in the areas of knowledge generation, capacity building and support for regional planning, as well as on-ground outputs delivered through priority regional projects and the Australian Government Envirofund.
Bushcare Programme
Coastcare Programme
Rivercare Programme
Landcare Programme
Quality Investments are approved in accordance with agreed guidelines.

Bilateral Agreements signed with the states and territories reflect agreed priorities and delivery arrangements for the Natural Heritage Trust.

Integrated Natural Resource Management Regional Plans meet agreed accreditation criteria.
Quantity

All investments approved by Ministers in 2003-04 are provided with funding, in accordance with Trust accountability and acquittal procedures, to meet Trust objectives. Bilateral agreements signed with each State/Territory.

Number of investment strategies prepared and evaluated for which funding is agreed and specified in Partnership Agreements.

Number of individuals/community groups supported through Australian Government Envirofund grants.

Quantity Number of on-ground actions by type funded by the Trust.

(C) Performance Information for Departmental Outputs
OUTPUT 1.1 - ATMOSPHERE
Fuel and Air Quality Standards and Ozone Protection Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on fuel and air quality standards and ozone protection.
  Quantity Number of projects approved under the Diesel National Environment Protection Measure.
    Number of enforcement actions completed and fuel samples completed per annum under the National Fuel Quality Standards ACT 2000. Number of fuel samples tested per annum under the Act.
    Percentage of Environment Australia's written pre-meeting objectives at Montreal Protocol international meetings achieved.
    Percentage of requests for supply of Halon for essential use met within the customer's requested timeframes.
    The number of inspections of Halon storage tanks meets the established target.
Total Price Output 1.1 $16.386m
OUTPUT 1.2 - BIODIVERSITY
Biodiversity Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on biodiversity matters.
Extent to which new information and studies oriented to biodiversity content are instigated, commissioned and communicated.
Extent that biodiversity conservation objectives and requirements are included in the Natural Heritage Trust projects, Commonwealth Natural Resource Management (NRM) policies and Commonwealth/State Agreements/Arrangements.
Extent to which international agreements and national strategies are implemented through domestic programmes.
Extent to which conservation and recovery activities funded, contribute to the recovery of listed threatened species and communities.
Extent to which Australia's strategic objectives are achieved at international fora.
Information about biodiversity strategies and conventions is readily accessible to the Australian community.
Extent to which bilateral and regional agreements for the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality include targets and standards for biodiversity and natural resource management.
Behavioural change in communities and uptake of native vegetation management best practice.
  Quantity Number of covenants and management agreements in place protecting remnant vegetation as a result of Natural Heritage Division programmes.
Range and scope of education and information products relating to biodiversity.
Native vegetation management and restoration training activities undertaken under Natural Heritage Division programmes:
  • number held
  • number of participants.
  Price $18.713m
Wildlife Protection and Trade Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on wildlife protection and trade.
Extent to which international agreements and national strategies related to wildlife are implemented through domestic programmes.
Extent to which Australia's strategic wildlife objectives are achieved at international Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) meetings.
The information about species and wildlife legislation, strategies and conventions, that is readily accessible to the Australian community.
  Quantity Number of species and ecological communities considered for listing or change of status by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee.
Number and types of education and information products relating to wildlife protection and conservation.
Level of usage by clients and stakeholders of information provided on the Wildlife website.
Number of wildlife trade permits granted and refused under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
  Price $9.810m
Total Price Output 1.2 $28.523m
OUTPUT 1.3 - COASTS AND OCEANS
Conservation and sustainable use of coasts, oceans, estuaries and coastal wetlands Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on the conservation and sustainable use of coasts and oceans.
Extent to which significant marine and estuarine ecosystems are protected and restored.
Extent to the habitat of threatened marine species, ecological communities and migratory birds is protected and restored.
Extent to which fisheries assessed under the EPBC Act move towards ecologically sustainable fisheries management practices.
Extent to which the introduction and spread of introduced marine pests are prevented or controlled.
Extent to which Environment Australia (EA) supports effective global and regional protection for biodiversity.
Extent to which EA supports international efforts for the conservation and sustainable development of the oceans.
Extent to which the protection of coastal wetlands and migratory waterbirds is enhanced in Australia.
Extent to which the objectives of the Migratory Waterbird Conservation Strategy are achieved.
  Quantity The number of Commonwealth marine protected areas and conservation zones, and the proportion of those for which management plans are in place or being developed.
Number of coastal water quality protection plans prepared and/or implemented.
The proportion of listed species, communities and threatening processes for which plans and/or projects have been developed.
Numbers of fisheries management plans and arrangements assessed under the EPBC Act.
Number of control plans developed for established introduced marine pests.
Number of EPBC referral, assessment and permit actions completed.
Number of sea dumping permits completed.
  Price $11.715m
OUTPUT 1.4 - ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND APPROVALS
Managing the Environment Protection Process Under the EPBC Act and Other Relevant Environmental Legislation Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister under the EPBC Act.
Quantity Percentage of statutory timeframes met. Number of referrals under the EPBC Act. Number of decisions made on referrals, assessment approaches and approvals under the EPBC Act. Number of recommendations made in relation to environmental assessments under other relevant legislation.
  Price $7.923m
Understanding of the EPBC Act within industry, non-Government organisations and the community Quality The provision of useful and timely information that increases stakeholder and public awareness about environmental assessment and approval requirements, resulting in more effective application and administration of the EPBC Act.
Quantity Number of training sessions and presentations conducted for external clients and stakeholders. Level of usage by external clients and stakeholders of information prepared by the Department, including the EPBC Act homepage.
  Price $3.023m
Total Price Output 1.4 $10.946m
OUTPUT 1.5 - HERITAGE
Administer legislation protecting Australia's heritage Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister for the:
  • Heritage component of the EPBC Act;
  • World Heritage Convention;
  • Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984; and
  • Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.
Quantity Number of referrals received and amount of advice provided.
Promote community involvement with Australian heritage Quality Degree to which target audiences are reached and engaged.
Quantity Degree of public participation including nominations of places, changes in public attitude, and regional economic benefits from increased heritage tourism.
Identify and manage Australia's heritage Quality Degree to which the Australian Heritage Council and Minister are satisfied with the accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of assessments of heritage significance.
Degree to which management plans improve the condition of properties.
All heritage assistance projects (including Natural Heritage Trust grants) are assessed, managed and evaluated in accordance with Australian National Audit Office better practice guidelines, including appropriate monitoring of risk.
Quantity Number of properties assessed and management plans developed.
Total Price Output 1.5 $9.731m*
  * Includes $1.3m that is contingent on the passage of legislation currently before Parliament.
OUTPUT 1.6 - INDUSTRY
Sustainable Industry Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on improving the environmental performance of Australian industry.
Quantity Statutory timeframes relating to the management of hazardous wastes are met.
Emissions data (collected by states and territories from industrial facilities and submitted to the Commonwealth) under the National Pollutant Inventory National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) is posted on the website by 31 January each year.
Percentage of projects under National Dioxins Programme meeting key milestones.
Percentage of advices to Government and regulators on applications to release genetically modified organisms into the environment that met the statutory timeframes under the Gene Technology Act 2000.
Percentage of risk assessments for National Registration Authority and National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme that meet the statutory timeframe.
Number of businesses covered by Industry/Government environmental agreements.
Percentage of total waste oil recycled nationally.
  Price $21.147m
Supervision and Research on the Environmental Impact of Uranium Mining in the Alligator Rivers Region Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on the environmental impact of uranium mining in the Alligator Rivers Region.
Extent to which environmental research on the effects of uranium mining provides the Supervising Scientist with the information required to undertake his role. Extent to which the Commonwealth Environmental Requirements are met.
Extent to which routine minesite inspections and environmental audits are completed consistent with the requirements of the ISO14000 series of standards and are supported by an environmental monitoring programme.
  Quantity Extent to which local standards for water quality and radiation levels are met.
Number of reports including peer reviewed articles and presentations on standards, practices and procedures developed to protect the environment and people from the effects of uranium mining.
Number of reports including peer reviewed articles and presentations on measures developed for the rehabilitation of the environment following uranium mining activities.
  Price $8.024m
Total Price Output 1.6 $29.171m
OUTPUT 1.7 - INLAND WATERS
Conservation and sustainable use of inland waters including rivers, groundwater and wetlands Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on the conservation and sustainable use of inland waters.
Extent to which significant freshwater ecosystems are protected and restored.
Extent to which the condition of freshwater resources is improved.
Extent to which the protection of inland wetlands is enhanced in Australia.
Extent to which Environment Australia supports international efforts for the conservation and sustainable development of inland waters.
Quantity Number of projects to protect and restore significant freshwater ecosystems are implemented or being developed.
Number of EPBC referral, assessment and permit actions completed.
  Price $5.763m
Wetland Ecology and Conservation Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on wetland ecology and conservation.
Extent to which threats to tropical wetlands are identified and assessed.
Extent to which the Environmental Research Institute of the Supervising Scientist (ERISS) contributes to requirements of international agreements and national policies on the wise use of wetlands and methods of assessment.
Extent to which managers and users of tropical wetlands are provided with information and expertise to enable the wise use of wetlands through sustainable practices.
Quantity Number of reports, including peer reviewed articles and presentations, on techniques developed for mapping wetlands distribution and monitoring change (including that caused by climate change and sea level rise).
  Price $0.646m
Total Price Output 1.7 $6.409m
OUTPUT 1.8 - LAND MANAGEMENT
    Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on sustainable land management.
New national strategies and projects developed and implemented.
Extent to which bilateral and regional agreements reflect the objectives of the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality.
The number of jurisdictions which have in place institutional and legal regimes to prohibit land clearing in areas which would lead to unacceptable land and water degradation, in accordance with and within the required timetable under the Intergovernmental Agreement for the National Action Plan.
Quantity Number of National Action Plan bilateral and regional agreements signed.
Number of accredited Regional plans in place under the National Action Plan.
Number of capacity building initiatives for natural resource management under the National Action Plan, and feedback on their effectiveness.
Price $3.246m
OUTPUT 1.9 - PARKS AND RESERVES
Managing protected areas   Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on managing protected areas.
Extent to which the Commonwealth's reserves are managed as required by the EPBC Act, relevant leases and other contractual arrangements.
Quantity Extent to which best practice management is demonstrated through:
  • number of parks with current management plans;
  • number of parks with implementation plans;
  • progress on development of a park management effectiveness programme; and
  • progressive improvement in our performance information.
Extent to which the Director meets his obligations under park leases through:
  • management of the cultural heritage of the parks;
  • timely payment of monies due under the lease; and
  • growth in employment opportunities for Traditional Owners through direct or indirect employment.
  Price $34.267m
Enhancing the national reserve system Quality Accuracy, timeliness and comprehensiveness of advice provided to the Minister on enhancing the national reserve system.
The comprehensiveness, adequacy and representativeness of the National Reserve System is enhanced.
Quantity Extent to which new reserves protect ecosystems which have been poorly represented in the national system:
  • increase in area of the reserve system.
Extent to which best practice management is demonstrated through:
  • number of reserves with current management plans; and
  • development of agreements for joint/cooperative management arrangements with Aboriginal people and other government agencies.
  Price $0.627m
Total Price Output 1.9 34.894m

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Achievement of planned performance will be reported in the Department of the Environment and Heritage's 2003-04 Annual Report.

EVALUATIONS

The following evaluations are expected to be completed during 2003-04: