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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)
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (continued)

Section 2 - Outcomes and Outputs Information

OVERVIEW

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

Sub-outcome and Output Groups
   
Total
Departmental 
   
Price
Outputs 
   
Outputs
Appropriation 
   
$'000
$'000 
       
GREAT BARRIER REEF MARINE PARK AUTHORITY
30,562
22,747
       
Sub-outcome - Protection, wise use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef
       
1.1 Conservation, Biodiversity and World Heritage
2,067
2,007
1.2 Water Quality and Coastal Development
2,138
2,075
1.3 Fisheries
1,205
1,167
1.4 Tourism and Recreation
1,049
1,016
1.5 Park Management
13,650
8,615
1.6 Information for Park Management
4,451
4,337
1.7 Reef Education and Communication (includes Reef HQ)
6,002
3,530
   
 TOTAL SUB-OUTCOME
30,562
22,747

The structure above and details on the following page shows the relationship between the Government's planned outcome and contributing outputs for the GBRMPA, presented here as output groups. Financial details for this Sub-outcome by outputs and output groups appear in Table 2.1 while non-financial information for the Sub-outcome appears in Table 2.2.

Output Cost Attribution

Costs for Corporate Management and Services have been allocated to the output groups based on staffing levels. Operational overheads for Reef HQ are allocated to Output 1.7 Reef Education and Communication.

Relationship Between Sub-outcome and Contributing Output

The following chart provides a diagrammatic representation of the output groups and individual outputs feeding into those groups, 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: Protection, wise use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef
         
1.1 Conservation, Biodiversity & World Heritage   1.1.1 Natural and cultural values of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protected and World Heritage obligations are met
1.2 Water Quality and Coastal Development   1.2.1 Protection of the Great Barrier Reef from the adverse effects of water pollution and coastal development
1.3 Fisheries   1.3.1 Ecologically sustainable fisheries in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area
1.4 Tourism and Recreation   1.4.1 Tourism and recreation opportunities in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park that are high quality and ecologically sustainable
1.5 Park Management   1.5.1 Field management of the Marine Park
      1.5.2 Planning and Impact Management of the Marine Park
      1.5.3 Liaison with indigenous groups and community involvement in management
1.6 Information for Park Management   1.6.1 Scientific and technical information available for Management
1.7 Reef Education & Communication   1.7.1 Improved Australia-wide profile and community understanding of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and its management
Note: Revenue from Government through appropriations contributes 74.4% to the total output price for this outcome for 2003-04.

CHANGES TO OUTCOME AND OUTPUTS

The grouping of outputs is primarily consistent with the 2002-2003 Budget. Since the 2002-03 Budget, planning outputs that are part of the Representative Areas Programme have been included under Output 1.1, Conservation, Biodiversity and World Heritage. Aquaculture has been included under Output 1.2, Water Quality and Coastal Development. Both outputs were previously under Output 1.5.2.

Outcome 1: The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved
Sub-outcome: Protection, wise use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef

The GBRMPA is the Commonwealth Statutory Authority responsible for the care and development of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Protection of the environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance is a major aim of the Government.

Conservation of the Great Barrier Reef is the GBRMPA's primary obligation. The Authority's challenge is to ensure that valuable tourist and commercial fishing industries worth, directly and indirectly, over $1 billion per annum and other important uses such as adjacent land use, shipping and recreational activities continue to operate on an ecologically sustainable basis.

MEASURES AFFECTING THE SUB-OUTCOME

There are no measures in the 2003-04 Budget for the GBRMPA.

TOTAL RESOURCES FOR THE SUB-OUTCOME

Table 2.1 provides details of the financial resources for the GBRMPA. It shows the expenses for each output within the output group, revenue from government appropriation, 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    
     
Output Group 1.1 - Conservation, Biodiversity & World Heritage  
Output 1.1.1 - Natural and cultural values of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protected and World Heritage obligations met
1,459
2,007
 
Output Group 1.2 - Water Quality & Coastal development
Output 1.2.1 - Protection of the Great Barrier Reef from the adverse effects of water pollution and coastal development
2,143
2,075
 
Output Group 1.3 - Fisheries
Output 1.3.1 - Ecologically sustainable fisheries in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park & World Heritage Area
1,243
1,167
 
Output Group 1.4 - Tourism & Recreation
Output 1.4.1 - Tourism and recreation opportunities in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park that are high quality and ecologically sustainable
1,234
1,016
 
Output Group 1.5 - Park Management
Output 1.5.1 - Field Management of the Marine Park
5,207
5,025
Output 1.5.2 - Planning & Impact Management of the Marine Park
2,576
2,659
Output 1.5.3 - Liaison with Indigenous groups and community involvement in management
982
931
 
Output Group 1.6 - Information for Park Management
Output 1.6.1 - Scientific and technical information available for management
4,532
4,337
 
Output Group 1.7 - Reef Education & Communication
Output 1.7.1 - Improved Australia-wide profile and community understanding of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and its management (includes Reef HQ)
4,691
3,530
TOTAL REVENUE FROM GOVERNMENT (Appropriations)
24,069
22,747
  Contributing to Price of Departmental Output
71.0%
74.4%
REVENUE FROM OTHER SOURCES
 
Output 1.1.1 - Natural and cultural values of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protected and World Heritage obligations met
828
60
 
Output 1.2.2 - Protection of the Great Barrier Reef from the adverse effects of water pollution and coastal development
75
63
 
Output 1.3.1 - Ecologically sustainable fisheries in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park & World Heritage Area
21
38
 
Output 1.4.1 - Tourism and recreation opportunities in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park that are high quality and ecologically sustainable
19
33
 
Output 1.5.1 - Field management of the Marine Park
4,949
4,659
Output 1.5.2 - Planning & Impact Management of the Marine Park
1,336
351
Output 1.5.3 - Liaison with Indigenous groups and community involvement in management
14
25
 
Output 1.6.1 - Scientific and technical information available for management
59
114
 
Output 1.7.1 - Improved Australia-wide profile and community understanding of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and its management (includes Reef HQ)
2,547
2,472
     
TOTAL REVENUE FROM OTHER SOURCES
9,848
7,815
TOTAL PRICE OF DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS
33,917
30,562
DEPARTMENTAL SPECIAL ACCOUNTS
0
0
TOTAL ESTIMATED RESOURCING
33,917
30,562
     
 
2002-2003
2003-2004
  AVERAGE STAFFING LEVEL (NUMBER)
165.0
165.0

CONTRIBUTION OF OUTPUTS

The key outputs for appropriate protection and management of use of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area are:

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FOR THE SUB-OUTCOME

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

  1. overall achievement - planned performance information for the outcome overall;
  2. performance information for Departmental Outputs - quantitative, qualitative and price for each output.
Table 2.2 - Performance Information for the Sub-Outcome
(A) Effectiveness - Overall Achievement of the Outcome 
  The natural and cultural values of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are clearly identified and protected.
  The water quality objectives for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are identified in the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan; and Actions undertaken through the development of effective partnerships with other agencies to counteract water quality decline are reviewed and reported.
  There are ecologically sustainable fisheries in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the World Heritage Area.
  There is sustainable growth of tourism and recreation on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
  Diverse opportunities for users of the Great Barrier Reef have been maintained or enhanced and displacement of users minimised.
  Community support is improved through understanding and awareness of the natural, cultural and other values of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
(B) Performance Information for Departmental Outputs 
OUTPUT GROUP 1.1 - CONSERVATION, BIODIVERSITY AND WORLD HERITAGE 
1.1.1 Natural and cultural values of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park protected and World Heritage obligations are met Quality Key species and habitats identified and protected whilst minimising any social-economic-cultural impacts. Effective communication with key stakeholders through the Conservation Reef Advisory Committee.
    Quantity Improved management for key threatened species. Representatives areas programme progressed including involvement of stakeholders and high level of public consultation in finalising the zoning plan for consideration by Parliament.
      Improved understanding of social-economic-cultural characteristics/values in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
      Consideration of relevant species and habitat conservation matters in permit/approval deliberations affecting World Heritage values.
      Increased public awareness of World Heritage values/obligations.
    Price $2.067m
OUTPUT GROUP 1.2 - WATER QUALITY AND COASTAL DEVELOPMENT 
1.2.1 Protection of the Great Barrier Reef from the adverse effects of water pollution and coastal development Quality Sound scientific methods used to manage impacts of pollutants and develop management standards. Quality technical input into environmental assessment and cooperative arrangements in the management of water quality and coastal development. Effective communication with key stakeholders through the Water Quality Reef Advisory Committee.
    Quantity Implementation of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. Great Barrier Reef (GBR) shipping review recommendations implemented through the Shipping Management Plan. Regulations enforced protecting the GBR from aquaculture wastes.
    Price $2.138m
OUTPUT GROUP 1.3 - FISHERIES 
1.3.1 Ecologically sustainable fisheries in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area Quality Management arrangements for fisheries in the GBR and World Heritage Area which are based on the best available scientific information, and which ensure sustainability of fisheries resources and the ecosystem on which they depend and whose performance can be audited. Effective communication with key stakeholders through the Fisheries Reef Advisory Committee.
    Quantity GBRMPA auditing performance of new management arrangements for the coral reef finfish fishery (key issues include removal of latent effort, management of effort/catch of commercial fishers remaining in fishery, and spawning season closures). Auditing performance of trawl fishery and the marine aquarium fish, sea cucumber, trochus and tropical rock lobster fisheries.
 
      Working with fisheries managers and stakeholders to establish new management arrangements for coral collection; to review net fishery regulations and to develop new management arrangements for the net fishery.
    Price $1.205m
OUTPUT GROUP 1.4 - TOURISM AND RECREATION 
1.4.1 Tourism and recreation opportunities in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park that are high quality and ecologically sustainable Quality Reef-wide policies on key issues developed in consultation with stakeholders. Planning and regulatory systems that provide transparency and certainty. Effective communication with key stakeholders through the Tourism and Recreation Reef Advisory Committee. Tourism and recreation opportunities in the Marine Park provided in an efficient and equitable manner.
    Quantity Policies in relation to permit allocation, latency and tenure for tourism developed or reviewed.
      Tourism and recreation input into regulation review and zoning, management and site plans.
      Liaison programme with tourism industry and recreation representatives.
      Improved understanding of tourism and recreation users and patterns of use.
      Information and training for industry and other stakeholders.
    Price $1.049m
OUTPUT GROUP 1.5 - PARK MANAGEMENT 
1.5.1 Field management of the Marine Park Quality Targeted and strategic enforcement with infringements dealt with promptly.
      Impact of visitors on reefs and resources kept within sustainable limits.
      Visitor and management facilities installed and maintained to a high standard.
    Quantity Regular patrols of high use areas and targeted enforcement of trawl, line fishing and dugong protection area controls.
      Public relations contact with users in major activity areas.
    Price $9.684m (ie. $28 per square kilometre of Marine Park)
1.5.2 Planning and Impact Management of the Marine Park Quality All plans effectively maintain or enhance natural and cultural values while providing for wise use.
      All significant proposals for use of the Marine Park undergo impact assessment.
    Quantity Implementation of site plans for 6 key sites completed, Hinchinbrook Plan of Management completed.
      Approximately 700 assessments conducted and decisions made, including 30 major projects.
    Price $3.010m
1.5.3 Liaison with Indigenous groups and community involvement in management Quality Effective participation by Indigenous people and the broader community in the development of key policies and management strategies.
    Quantity Initial Agreements on traditional use of marine resources developed for 4 Traditional Owner groups. 10 Local Marine Advisory Committees and a general Consultative Committee maintained.
    Price $0.956m
  Total Price 1.5 $13.650m
OUTPUT GROUP 1.6 - INFORMATION FOR PARK MANAGEMENT 
1.6.1 Scientific & technical information available for management Quality Effective co-ordination and delivery of information required for park management.
    Quantity Effective scientific and technical information is available for park management. Effective information technology systems and services for park management. Effective library and information management services available for park management. Effective storage, analysis and presentation of spatial information for park management.
    Price $4.451m including a $1.9m contribution to the CRC for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
OUTPUT GROUP 1.7 - REEF EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION 
1.7.1 Improved Australia-wide profile and community understanding of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and its management (includes Reef HQ) Quality Sound communication and education marketing methods used to profile issues and achievements. Informed public debate on significant issues. Reef HQ provides high quality educational focus.
    Quantity Regional and national education programmes developed and use in schools in excess of benchmark year 2000.
      Measure of community understanding of significant reef issues against previous research benchmark.
      Communication and education 3 year operation plan in place.
      Reef HQ operating effectively as the reef education facility with net cost minimised.
    Price $6.002m

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

The GBRMPA has a Strategic Work Programme which clearly sets out, at a more detailed level, Objectives, Strategies, Outputs and relevant performance indicators and targets. The GBRMPA will use the Strategic Work Programme to assess and report on the level of achievement of its overall outcome. Information shown in Table 2.2 is both quantitative and qualitative. Targets for effectiveness have been included where they are applicable and appropriate for performance information for the outcome of the GBRMPA's programmes.

Over a short time frame (one financial year) it is difficult to objectively assess the GBRMPA's effectiveness in protecting the Great Barrier Reef. Therefore, a number of performance measures are listed which indicate milestones in the progress towards achieving the GBRMPA's long term goal.

Achievement of planned performance will be reported in GBRMPA's 2003-04 Annual Report.

EVALUATIONS

In 1998 the Authority published The State of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area 1998. That report was the first ever attempt to synthesis information on the condition of the environment, human pressures on the environment and management responses to those pressures for the whole World Heritage Area. The GBRMPA is developing a web site that will be used to provide an up-to-date "State of the Reef" information.

The Australian National Audit Office has commenced a follow up audit to Auditor General Report No. 33 1997-98 Commonwealth Management of the Great Barrier Reef. It is anticipated that their report will be published in 2003-04.