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Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements 2004–2005

Environment and Heritage Portfolio
Explanation of Additional Estimates 2004–2005
Commonwealth of Australia 2005
ISSN 1448 – 9058 (Online)

Part B - Portfolio Overview

ROLE OF THE PORTFOLIO

There have been two significant changes to the structure of the Portfolio since the 2004–05 Budget.

The first of these changes was the transfer of Indigenous programme functions to the Department of the Environment and Heritage ( Outcome 1 – Environment) from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, following the Government decision on 20
June 2004 to abolish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and cease the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services functions.

The second major change was the abolition of the Australian Greenhouse Office and the National Oceans Office as executive agencies under the Public Service Act 1999 on 26 October 2004 and as prescribed agencies under the Financial Management and Accountability Act (FMA Act) 1997 on 3 November 2004. These agencies were incorporated into the Department of the Environment and Heritage following the Administrative Arrangements Order changes announced after the recent election. Prior to the 2004–05 Additional Estimates, both agencies received annual appropriations and published their own Annual Reports.

ADDITIONAL ESTIMATES AND VARIATIONS FOR THE PORTFOLIO

Additional Estimates

Overall, the Portfolio is seeking a total increase of $80.710m in government appropriations consisting of a $79.860m increase through Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2004–05 and $0.850m increase through Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2004–05.

Of the total increase in appropriations, the Department of the Environment and Heritage is seeking $79.552m through Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2004–05. This represents 99% of the Portfolio's total additional estimates. The increase relates primarily to additional appropriations the Department (Outcome 1 – Environment) is receiving for: the Great Barrier Reef Structural Adjustment Package Enhancement; Protecting Australia's Biodiversity Hotspots; Securing Australia's Energy Future; the Australian Water Fund – Communities Programme; and the Director of National Parks for the management of Kakadu National Park following the abolition of entry fees to the Park.

The Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology is seeking $0.308m through Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2004–05 for funding for the National Tidal Centre and the Australian–United States Free Trade Agreement. In addition, the Bureau will receive an equity injection of $0.300m through Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2004–05 to fund the operations of the National Tidal Centre.

The remaining Portfolio's additional estimates represent an increase of $0.550m for the Department of the Environment and Heritage through Appropriation Bill (No. 4) 2004–05 representing Administered appropriations for the Strengthening Tasmania additional estimates measure.

Variations – Administrative Arrangements Order Changes

Under Section 32 Directions (FMA Act), the following 2004–05 annual appropriations have been transferred to the Department of the Environment and Heritage – Outcome 1 Environment:

Departmental Output Appropriation through Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2004–05

$1.322m from the Department of the Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
$6.108m from the National Oceans Office
$39.406m from the Australian Greenhouse Office

Administered Expenses Appropriation through Appropriations Bill (No. 1) 2004–05

$1.934m from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
$41.012m from the Australian Greenhouse Office

Specific Payments to the States and Territories Appropriation throughAppropriation Bill (No. 2) 2004–05

$26.525m from the Australian Greenhouse Office

MAP 1 – STRUCTURE OF PORTFOLIO OUTCOMES – ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE PORTFOLIO

MAP1 - STRUCTURE OF PORTFOLIO OUTCOMES - ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE PORTFOLIO
Revised appropriations and other revenue for 2004–05 ($'000)
OUTCOMES
DEPARTMENTAL  (Price of Outputs)
ADMINISTERED
 
Revenue from Government
(appropriations)
Revenue
from other
Sources (2)
Total Price
of Outputs
Annual Appropriations
Special
Approp
Total
Administered
Approps
TOTAL
APPROP
Bill Nos.
1 & 3(4)
Bill Nos.
2 & 4
(SPPs &
NAOs)(1)
Bill Nos.
1 & 3
Special
Approp
Total
A B (C =A+B) (D) (E=C+D) F G H (I =F+G+H) (J =C+I)
Outcome 1 – The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved
                   
- Environment (3) *
207,975 0 207,975 25,022 232,997 425,670 28,075 20,050 473,795 681,770
- Australian Greenhouse Office (3)
5,313 0 5,313 0 5,313 2,445 1,863 0 4,308 9,621
- Director of National Parks
0 0 0 55,860 55,860 0 0 0 0 0
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
16,394 7,400 23,794 15,227 39,021 0 0 0 0 23,794
- National Oceans Office (3)
3,234 0 3,234 46 3,280 0 0 0 0 3,234
- Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator
2,646 0 2,646 0 2,646 0 0 502 502 3,148
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
5,137 0 5,137 3,500 8,637 0 0 0 0 5,137
Sub–total Outcome 1
240,699 7,400 248,099 99,655 347,754 428,115 29,938 20,552 478,605 726,704
Outcome 2 – Australia's interests in Antarctica
 are advanced  *
86,472 0 86,472 919 87,391 0 0 0 0 86,472
Outcome 1 – Australia benefits from meteorological and related science and services
190,755 0 190,755 17,242 207,997 0 0 0 0 190,755
TOTALS
517,926 7,400 525,326 117,816 643,142 428,115 29,938 20,552 478,605 1,003,931
          Departmental Capital (Equity Injections)(1)      25,900
Administered Capital 
 
TOTAL APPROPRIATIONS 
1,029,831

1. Under the Appropriation Structure, Bill 2 includes Specific Purpose Payments (SPP) and departmental capital via departmental equity injections.
2. Revenue from other sources includes other revenue from Government agencies. Refer Table 1.6 Revenue from Independent Sources.
3. Appropriations reflect funding transfers following Administrative Arrangements Order changes for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, the National Oceans Office and the Australian Greenhouse Office.
4. Natural Heritage Trust of Australia expenses of $310 million will be met from appropriations and existing Special Account funds (refer Table 1.8 Estimates of Special Accounts Flows and Balances) for the Department of the Environment and Heritage Outcome 1. Portfolio revenue estimates do not show any funding that may be provided in the contingency reserve.
* The combined estimates for Environment and Antarctic comprise the total estimates for the agency - Department of the Environment and Heritage.

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