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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)
National Oceans Office (continued)

Section 2 - Outcomes and Outputs Information

OVERVIEW

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

Sub-outcome and Output Groups
     
Total
Departmental
     
Price of
Outputs
     
Outputs
Appropriation
     
$'000
$'000
         
  NATIONAL OCEANS OFFICE
9,109
9,093
         
   Sub-outcome - Australians working together towards    
  the ecologically sustainable management of the oceans    
         
  1.1 Regional Marine Planning
7,287
7,274
  1.2 Oceans Policy
1,822
1,819
         
  TOTAL SUB-OUTCOME
9,109
9,093

This structure shows the relationship between the Government sub-outcome and contributing outputs for the National Oceans Office, presented here as output groups. Financial details for this Sub-outcome by outputs and output group appears in Table 2.1 while non-financial information for the Sub-outcome appears in Table 2.2.

OUTPUT COST ATTRIBUTION

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

Relationship Between Sub-outcome and Contributing Outputs

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 - Australians working together towards the ecologically sustainable management of the oceans
1.1 Regional Marine Planning     Contribution to the development of Regional Marine Plans
1.2 Oceans Policy     Contribution to the implementation and further development of Australia's Oceans Policy

CHANGES TO OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS

There are no changes to National Oceans Office outcome from the previous year.

The following changes have occurred to the outputs contributing to the National Oceans Office Outcome:

Outcome 1 - The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved
Sub-outcome - Australians working together towards the ecologically sustainable management of the oceans

Australia's Oceans Policy sets in place a framework for integrated and ecosystem-based planning and management of Australia's marine jurisdictions. The Policy promotes the ecologically sustainable development of the resources of Australia's oceans and the encouragement of internationally competitive marine industries, while ensuring the protection of marine biological diversity.

The National Oceans Office is a key element of the institutional arrangements for implementing Australia's Oceans Policy. The institutional arrangements emphasise ministerial responsibility, consultation and stakeholder participation, and well-coordinated government support.

The National Oceans Office:

MEASURES AFFECTING THE SUB-OUTCOME

Budget Measure: National Oceans Office

Purpose
The Government will provide funding of $9.1 million per annum in 2003-04 and 2004-05 to the National Oceans Office. Funding will provide for the implementation of the South-East Regional Marine Plan and further development of other Regional Marine Plans and related activities as part of Australia's Oceans Policy. Provision for this funding has already been included in the forward estimates.

TOTAL RESOURCES FOR THE SUB-OUTCOME

The following Table 2.1 provides details of the financial resources for the National Oceans Office. It shows the expenditure for each output group, 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    
Output 1.1 - Regional Marine Planning
7,152
7,274
Output 1.1.2 - Regional Marine Planning
100
0
Output 1.2 - Oceans Policy
1,814
1,819
TOTAL REVENUE FROM GOVERNMENT (Appropriations)
9,066
9,093
  Contributing to Price of Departmental Output
99.8%
99.8%
     
REVENUE FROM OTHER SOURCES    
Output 1.1 - Regional Marine Planning
13
13
Output 1.2 - Oceans Policy
3
3
TOTAL REVENUE FROM OTHER SOURCES
16
16
     
TOTAL PRICE OF DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS
9,082
9,109
DEPARTMENTAL SPECIAL ACCOUNTS
0
0
TOTAL ESTIMATED RESOURCING
9,082
9,109
     
 
2002-2003
2003-2004
  AVERAGE STAFFING LEVEL (NUMBER)
39.0
40.0

CONTRIBUTION OF OUTPUTS

The National Oceans Office outputs are targeted towards improving the ecologically sustainable management of Australia's oceans through:

The outputs will be delivered in a way that:

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FOR THE SUB-OUTCOME

The following Table 2.2 lists the performance information that the National Oceans Office 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 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 
Australians working together towards the ecologically sustainable management of the oceans. All National Oceans Office initiatives will be developed and implemented in close consultation with all stakeholders to facilitate a coordinated approach to ecosystem based planning and management of Australia's oceans.

(B) Performance Information for Departmental Outputs 
OUTPUT GROUP 1.1 REGIONAL MARINE PLANNING 
Contribution to the development of Regional Marine Plans Quality 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.
  Quantity 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 $7.287m
OUTPUT GROUP 1.2 OCEANS POLICY 
Contribution to the implementation and further development of Australia's Oceans Policy Quality 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.
  Quantity 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 $1.822m

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Achievement of planned performance will be reported in the National Oceans Office's 2003 04 Annual Report.

EVALUATIONS

The National Oceans Office is committed to putting in place more cost-effective ways of delivering outputs. During 2003 04, more cost-effective ways of delivering regional marine planning processes and conducting marine science research will be put in place based on an independent review of the implementation of Oceans Policy completed in 2002 03.