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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)

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Part C - Agency Additional Estimates Statements (continued)
Department of the Environment and Heritage (continued)

Section 2 - Revisions to Outcomes and Outputs

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

OUTPUT COST ATTRIBUTION

Direct costs incurred by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (salaries, suppliers and grants etc) are coded directly to appropriate activities within the agency's Financial Management Information System (FMIS). The individual activities are subsequently attributed to agency outputs based upon established, and regularly reviewed, parameters which match the activities of the individual agency cost centre to the relevant outputs.

The Department's overheads and activities that cut across all outputs, such as State of the Environment Reporting, are attributed to outputs in accordance with the most appropriate and sound basis of allocation that can be consistently and logically applied. The Department, in implementing the Budget Estimates and Framework Review (BEFR), changed the allocation of corporate overheads. Corporate overheads are allocated to outputs based on a model which includes the use of cost drivers such as the number of average staffing level, number of full time employees, number of workstations, wages and salaries, and Antarctic activity (for Outcome 2).

EXPLANATION OF VARIATIONS

Variations to Departmental Output Appropriation

The departmental outputs appropriation has been increased through Appropriation Bill (No.3) 2004–05 by $15.584m as represented by the following:

Securing Australia’s Energy Future – Advanced electricity storage technologies (Measure)
An increase of $0.345m in 2004–05. The Government will provide the Department of the Environment and Heritage $20.4m over five years to support the development of advanced storage systems for electricity from intermittent generation systems. $1.650m will be provided through the departmental outputs appropriation. $18.850m will be provided through the administered appropriations. The departmental outputs forward estimates have been increased by $0.353m in 2005–06, $0.321m in 2006-07, $0.324m in 2007–08 and $0.307m in 2008–09.

Securing Australia’s Energy Future – Wind forecasting capability (Measure)
An increase of $1.086m in 2004–05. The Government will provide the Department of the Environment and Heritage $14.0m over five years to support the development of a wind forecasting system and software for Australian conditions. $13.979m will be provided through the departmental outputs appropriation. The departmental outputs forward estimates have been increased by $4.425m in 2005–06, $3.991m in 2006–07, $3.210m in 2007–08 and $1.267m in 2008–09.

Securing Australia’s Energy Future – Solar Cities (Measure)
An increase of $1.456m in 2004–05. The Government will provide the Department of the Environment and Heritage $75.300m over nine years to fund a series of trials gauging the benefits flowing from the concerted use of solar and energy efficient technologies combined with interval metering. $8.400m will be provided through the departmental outputs appropriation. $66.850m will be provided through the administered appropriations.
The departmental outputs forward estimates have been increased by $1.360m in 2005–06, $1.169m in 2006–07, $1.093m in 2007–08 and $1.104m in 2008-09.

These trials will provide a working model of how sustainable energy systems can work in the future. They build on Australian leadership in solar technologies and will place value on the benefits of solar energy in reducing the need for peak generation and distribution infrastructure.

Securing Australia’s Energy Future – Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund (Measure)
An increase of $1.512m in 2004–05. The Government will provide $522.919m over sixteen years to establish a Low Emissions Technology Fund. The fund will support industry-led projects for the large scale demonstration of low emissions technologies that could reduce the cost of technologies with significant long-term abatement potential. The fund will leverage a further $1 billion or more in investment from industry. Of the total funding provided by the Government, $22.919m will be provided through the departmental outputs appropriation. $500.0m will be provided through the administered appropriations from 2006–07 to 2019–20. The departmental outputs forward estimates have been increased by $1.778m in 2005–06, $1.789m in 2006–07, $1.596m in 2007–08 and $2.259m in 2008-09.

Director of National Parks – additional funding (Measure)
An increase of $4.120m in 2004–05. The Government will provide $16.400m over four years to the Director of National Parks for the management of Kakadu National Park following the abolition of entry fees to the Park. This funding includes provision for annual payments to be made to the Park’s traditional owners as compensation for income foregone.
The departmental outputs forward estimates have been increased by $3.750m in 2005–06, $4.091m in 2006–07, $4.432m in 2007-08.

Protecting Australia’s Biodiversity Hotspots (Measure)
An increase of $0.500m in 2004–05. The Government will provide funding of $36.0m over four years to protect and conserve Australia’s biodiversity hotspots – areas which are rich in animal and plant species and where habitats are under immediate threat. The programme will fund biodiversity stewardship and private land purchases, as a means of conserving and protecting native vegetation and endangered species. Of the total funding of $36.0m, $6.0m was provided in the contingency reserve for administered grant payments in 2003–04 and announced as part of the 2004–05 Budget. The departmental outputs forward estimates have been increased by $0.500m in each of the years 2005–06 and 2006-07.

Prime Ministers’ Memorial – reconstruction of commemorative wall (Measure)
The Government will provide $0.100m in 2004–05 from the Commemoration of Historic Events and Famous People programme to the Necropolis Springvale Trust for the reconstruction of the commemorative wall in the Prime Ministers’ Memorial Garden at Melbourne General Cemetery. The cost of this measure is being fully absorbed within the existing resourcing of the Department of the Environment and Heritage.

Australian Water Fund – Communities Programme (Measure)
An increase of $5.312m. The Government will provide funding of $200.0m over five years to promote wise water use through community engagement and awareness about saving and conserving water. The departmental appropriations will fund the administration of the programme and a communications campaign to raise awareness of the issue and what communities can do to save and protect water.

Of the total funding, $23.119m is through departmental outputs appropriations and $176.881m through administered appropriations. The departmental outputs forward estimates have been increased by $5.686m in 2005–06, $4.386m in 2006-07, $3.949m in 2007–08 and $3.786m in 2008–09.

Great Barrier Reef Structural Adjustment Package - enhancement
An increase of $1.020m representing administrative costs associated with the Business Restructuring Assistance component of the Structural Adjustment Package. The total increase includes an amount of $0.652m transferred from the Department’s Administered appropriations.

Wildlife Protection Import and Export Fees
In 2003–04 funds relating to wildlife protection import and export fees were collected and paid into the Official Public Account. The outputs appropriation increase in 2004–05 of $0.242m retrospectively reimburses the Department for the fees collected in 2003–04.

Product Stewardship Arrangements for Waste Oil Recycling – Movement of Funds from 2003–04
An increase of $0.120m to fund contractual commitments existing at 30 June 2004 for the Product Stewardship Arrangements for Waste Oil Recycling Programme.

Comcover Premium Supplementation Clawback
The departmental outputs appropriation has been reduced by $0.020m representing clawback of supplementation for Comcover premiums provided at the 2004–05 Budget relating to the Australian Greenhouse Office ($0.008m) and the National Oceans Office ($0.012m).

National Tidal Centre – additional funding (Measure)
A reduction of $0.109m to the departmental outputs appropriation representing the Department’s contribution to the Bureau of Meteorology to fund the operations of the National Tidal Centre.

Variations to Administered grant programmes

The administered expenses appropriation has been increased through Appropriation Bill (No.3) 2004–05 by $64.621m as represented by the following:

Securing Australia’s Energy Future – Advanced electricity storage technologies (Measure)
An increase of $0.500m in 2004–05. The Government will provide the Department of the Environment and Heritage $20.400m over five years to support the development of advanced storage systems for electricity from intermittent generation systems. $1.650m will be provided through the departmental outputs appropriation. $18.850m will be provided through the administered appropriations.
The administered expense forward estimates have been increased by $3.350m in 2005–06, $5.500m in each of the years 2006-07 and 2007–08 and $4.0m in 2008–09.

Securing Australia’s Energy Future – Solar Cities (Measure)
An increase of $0.600m in 2004–05. The Government will provide the Department of the Environment and Heritage $75.300m over nine years to fund a series of trials gauging the benefits flowing from the concerted use of solar and energy efficient technologies combined with interval metering. $8.400m will be provided through the departmental outputs appropriation. $66.850m will be provided through the administered appropriations. The administered expense forward estimates have been increased by $4.500m in 2005–06, $20.0m in 2006–07, $23.500m in 2007–08 and $18.250m in 2008-09.

These trials will provide a working model of how sustainable energy systems can work in the future. They build on Australian leadership in solar technologies and will place value on the benefits of solar energy in reducing the need for peak generation and distribution infrastructure.

Protecting Australia’s Biodiversity Hotspots (Measure)
An increase of $11.0m in 2004–05. The Government will provide funding of $36.0m over four years to protect and conserve Australia’s biodiversity hotspots – areas which are rich in animal and plant species and where habitats are under immediate threat. The programme will fund biodiversity stewardship and private land purchases, as a means of conserving and protecting native vegetation and endangered species. Of the total funding of $36.0m, $6.0m was provided for in the contingency reserve for administered grant payments in 2003–04 and announced as part of the 2004–05 Budget. The $11.0m increase in 2004-05 comprises an amount of $1.500m not spent in 2003–04 which will now apply in 2004–05. $30.0m will be provided in Administered appropriations. The administered expenses forward estimates have been increased by $9.500m in each of the years 2005–06 and 2006-07.

Australian Water Fund – Communities Programme (Measure)
An increase of $1.0m in 2004–05. The Government will provide funding of $200.0m over five years to 2008–09. $23.119m through departmental outputs appropriations and $176.881m through administered appropriations. The administered expenses forward estimates have been increased by $48.210m in 2005–06, $50.510m in 2006-07, $50.947m in 2007–08 and $26.214m in 2008–09. The administered appropriations will provide grants to community groups to undertake practical on-ground projects in the areas of water savings and efficiency, water re-use and recycling and river and groundwater health.

Great Barrier Reef Structural Adjustment Package – enhancement (part Measure)
An increase of $41.120m in 2004–05 for the Great Barrier Reef Structural Adjustment Package announced in the 2004–05 Budget. The additional funds will assist eligible commercial fishers and others adversely affected by the implementation of the Representative Areas Programme for the Great Barrier Reef which came into effect from 1 July 2004. The administered expenses forward estimates have been increased by $4.0m in 2005–06. In addition, an amount of $0.652m from the Department’s Administered appropriations has been transferred to the Department’s departmental outputs appropriations in 2004-05 representing administrative costs associated with the Business Restructuring Assistance component of the Structural Adjustment Package.

Regional Natural Heritage Programme – movement of funds
An increase of $0.551m to fund contractual commitments existing at 30 June 2004 for the Regional Natural Heritage grant programme.

Acquisition of Leases and Legal Costs
An increase of $9.850m representing settlement and legal costs associated with acquisition of leases.

The administered expenses appropriation has been increased through Appropriation Bill (No.4) 2004–05 by $0.550m as represented by the following:

Strengthening Tasmania (Measure)
An increase of $0.550m representing specific grant payments to Tasmania for the upgrading of the harbour infrastructure for the Low Head Precinct ($0.050m) and new pylons to improve the infrastructure of the North Esk River edge (0.500m). The administered expense forward estimates have been increased by $1.100m in 2005-06, $0.850m in 2006-07 and $0.750m in 2007-08 for these measures.

Revised Performance Information and Level of Achievement for 2004-05

The performance information that the Department of the Environment and Heritage will use to assess the level of its achievement against the additional funding is shown below.

Performance Information for Departmental Outputs
Table  2.1.1 – Performance information for outputs affected by additional estimates for Outcome 1
Output 1.1  Atmosphere
Programme administration Quantity Number of projects/activities approved under each programme.
Quality Accurate and timely approval, payment and acquittal of grants in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Quality Accurate and timely payment of monies.
Quality Degree to which projects, activities, agreements/plans contribute to the output.
Statutory administration Quantity Extent to which statutory timeframes are met under legislation. 
Quantity Number of permits considered (granted and refused) under legislation. 
Quality Extent to which stakeholders meet legislative requirements.
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
International Quantity Percentage of written pre–meeting objectives at international meetings achieved.
Quality Extent to which Australia’s strategic objectives is achieved through international fora.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Research, analysis and evaluation Quantity Number of research reports, articles and papers prepared and publicly released.
Total Price Output 1.1– Budget
$14.723m
Total Price Output 1.1 – Revised
$14.723m
Output 1.2 Biodiversity
Sub–output Biodiversity
Programme administration Quantity Number of projects/activities approved under each programme.
Quantity Number of agreements, plans and management arrangements put in place.
Quality Extent to which (self-imposed, Ministerial or external) timeframes are met.
Quality Accurate and timely approval, payment and acquittal of grants in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Quality Accurate and timely payment of monies.
Quality Degree to which projects, activities, agreements/plans contribute to the output.
Statutory administration Quantity Extent to which statutory timeframes are met under legislation. 
Quantity Number of permits considered (granted and refused) under legislation. 
Quantity Number of referrals considered under legislation.
Quantity Number of plans/arrangements assessed under legislation. 
Quality Extent to which stakeholders meet legislative requirements.
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
International Quantity Percentage of written pre–meeting objectives at international meetings achieved.
Quality Extent to which Australia’s strategic objectives is achieved through international fora.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Research, analysis and evaluation Quantity Number of research reports, articles and papers prepared and publicly released.
Price – Biodiversity – Budget
$10.640m
Price – Biodiversity – Revised
$11.415m
Sub–output Wildlife protection and trade
Statutory administration Quantity Number of permits considered (granted and refused) under legislation. 
Quantity Number of plans/arrangements assessed under legislation. 
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
International Quantity Extent to which Australia’s strategic objectives is achieved through international fora.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Price  - Wildlife protection and trade – Budget
$13.848m
Price  - Wildlife protection and trade – Revised
$14.106m
Total Price Output 1.2 – Budget
$24.488m
Total Price Output 1.2 – Revised
$25.521m
Sub–output Coasts, oceans, estuaries and coastal wetlands
Programme administration Quantity Number of projects/activities approved under each programme.
Quantity Number of agreements, plans and management arrangements put in place.
Quality Extent to which (self-imposed, Ministerial or external) timeframes are met.
Quality Accurate and timely approval, payment and acquittal of grants in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Quality Accurate and timely payment of monies.
Quality Degree to which projects, activities, agreements/plans contribute to the output.
Statutory administration Quantity Extent to which statutory timeframes are met under legislation. 
Quantity Number of referrals considered under legislation. 
Quality Extent to which stakeholders meet legislative requirements.
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Research, analysis and evaluation Quantity Number of research reports, articles and papers prepared and publicly released.
Price – Coasts, oceans, estuaries and coastal wetlands – Budget
$8.992m
Price – Coasts, oceans, estuaries and coastal wetlands – Revised
$10.181m
Sub–output Regional Marine Planning
Contribution to the development of Regional Marine Plans Quality Initial implementation of key South-east Regional Marine Plan actions are progressed to the satisfaction of the National Oceans Ministerial Board. Agreement by Governments to the Northern Planning process, Scoping Report and related recommendations. Mechanisms for integrated marine planning in the Torres Strait are agreed by Governments. Valued and timely papers are prepared for the Regional Planning and Advisory Groups. Agreement by Governments to a collaborative approach to a planning process for the South-west marine area. National marine spatial data infrastructure and marine research are effectively supporting regional marine planning processes.
  Quantity Area of Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone covered by regional marine planing processes. Completion of the priority action items in the
South-East Regional Marine Plan. Scoping Agreement for the Northern Marine Planning process and the number of Assessment streams arising from the process. Memorandum of Understanding with South and Western Australian Governments on the
South- western regional marine planning process.  Snapshot of the South–West region. Amount of marine scientific, economic and social research conducted and data collected and managed. Completion of the National Marine Bioregionalisation Report and the National Marine Atlas. Oceans portal project completed and a marine registry linked to national data providers. 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 –Regional Marine Planning – Budget
$0.000m
Price – Regional Marine Planning – Revised
* $4.877m
Sub–output Oceans Policy
Contribution to the implementation and further development of Australia’s Oceans Policy Quality Advice to Ministers will be comprehensive, timely and canvass all relevant stakeholders. Valued and timely papers prepared for the National Oceans Ministerial Board (NOMB), Oceans Board of Management (OBOM), Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group (OPSAG) and National Oceans Advisory Group (NOAG) meetings and input to other relevant policy issues. Timely, valued contributions to relevant international meetings and processes. Mechanisms for integrated oceans management in the Commonwealth are further developed and progress made on appropriate inter-governmental mechanisms. Substantial progress is made towards an agreement on principles and elements for national integrated oceans management appropriate inter-governmental mechanisms.
  Quantity Ministerial advice – number of briefs, ministerials, questions on notice, committees. Coordination requests and input to other policy issues. Acceptance of Australia’s international policy on oceans management. Commonwealth guidelines for integrated oceans management. Number of forums for stakeholder participation. Number of meetings of specialist working groups. Number of meetings of NOMB, OBOM, OPSAG and NOAG.
Price – Oceans Policy– Budget
$0.000m
Price – Oceans Policy – Revised
* $1.219m
Output 1.3 Coasts and oceans (continued)
Total price Output 1.3–- Budget
$8.992m
Total price Output 1.3 – Revised
$16.277m
*   The 2004-05 Budget estimates for these sub-outputs were reflected against the National Oceans Office prior to the Administrative Arrangements Order changes.
Output 1.4  Environmental Assessment and Approvals
Statutory administration Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department to assist his statutory
decision-making. 
Quality Stakeholders are satisfied that the administration of assessment and approvals under the EPBC Act is fair and in accordance with statutory provisions.
Quantity Number of times matters of national environmental significance have been protected. 
Quantity Extent to which statutory timeframes are met under legislation. 
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Total Price 1.4 – Budget
$12.405m
Total Price 1.4 – Revised
$12.405m
Output 1.5  Heritage
Programme administration Quantity Number of projects/activities approved under each programme.
Quantity Number of agreements, plans and management arrangements put in place.
Quality Extent to which (self-imposed, Ministerial or external) timeframes are met.
Quality Accurate and timely approval, payment and acquittal of grants in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Quality Accurate and timely payment of monies.
Statutory administration Quantity Extent to which statutory timeframes are met under legislation. 
Quantity Number of referrals considered under legislation. 
Quantity Number of plans/arrangements assessed under legislation. 
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
International Quality Extent to which Australia’s strategic objectives is achieved through international fora.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Heritage conservation – Budget
$17.678m
Heritage conservation – Revised
$19.009m
Australian Heritage Council – Budget
$5.577m
Australian Heritage Council – Revised
$5.577m
Total Price Output 1.5 – Budget
$23.255m
Total Price Output 1.5 – Revised
$24.586m
Output 1.6  Human settlements
Sub–output Human Settlements
Programme administration Quantity Number of projects/activities approved under each programme.
Quality Extent to which (self-imposed, Ministerial or external) timeframes are met.
Quality Accurate and timely approval, payment and acquittal of grants in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Quality Accurate and timely payment of monies.
Quality Degree to which projects, activities, agreements/plans contribute to the output.
Statutory administration Quantity Extent to which statutory timeframes are met under legislation. 
Quantity Number of permits considered (granted and refused) under legislation. 
Quality Extent to which stakeholders meet legislative requirements.
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
International Quantity Percentage of written pre-meeting objectives at international meetings achieved.
Quality Extent to which Australia’s strategic objectives is achieved through international for a.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Research, analysis and evaluation Quantity Number of research reports, articles and papers prepared and publicly released.
Price – Human settlements – Budget
$19.543m
Price – Human settlements – Revised
$24.109m
Sub–output Environmental protection at uranium mines in the Alligator Rivers Region
Statutory administration Quantity Extent to which statutory timeframes are met under legislation. 
Quantity Number of permits/applications considered (granted and refused) under legislation. 
Quantity Number of plans/arrangements assessed under legislation. 
Quality Extent to which stakeholders meet legislative requirements.
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
International Quantity Percentage of written pre-meeting objectives at international meetings achieved.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Research, analysis and evaluation Quantity Number of research reports, articles and papers prepared and publicly released.
Price – Environmental protection at uranium mines in the Alligator Rivers Region – Budget
$7.426m
Price – Environmental protection at uranium mines in the Alligator Rivers Region – Revised
$7.488m
Total Price Output 1.6 – Budget
$26.969m
Total Price Output 1.6 – Revised
$31.597m
Output 1.7  Inland waters
Programme administration Quantity Number of projects/activities approved under each programme.
Quantity Number of agreements, plans and management arrangements put in place.
Quality Extent to which (self-imposed, Ministerial or external) timeframes are met.
Quality Accurate and timely approval, payment and acquittal of grants in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Quality Accurate and timely payment of monies.
Quality Degree to which projects, activities, agreements/plans contribute to the output.
Statutory administration Quantity Extent to which statutory timeframes are met under legislation. 
Quantity Number of referrals considered under legislation. 
Quantity Number of plans/arrangements assessed under legislation. 
Quality Extent to which stakeholders meet legislative requirements.
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
International Quantity Percentage of written pre-meeting objectives at international meetings achieved.
Quality Extent to which Australia’s strategic objectives is achieved through international fora.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Research, analysis and evaluation Quantity Number of research reports, articles and papers prepared and publicly released.
Price – Rivers, groundwater and wetlands – Budget
$8.736m
Price – Rivers, groundwater and wetlands – Revised
$9.113m
Price – Tropical wetland ecology and conservation – Budget
$4.457m
Price – Tropical wetland ecology and conservation – Revised
$4.719m
Price – Total Price Output 1.7 – Budget
$13.193m
Price – Total Price Output 1.7 – Revised
$13.832m
Output 1.8  Land management
Programme administration Quantity Number of projects/activities approved under each programme.
Quantity Number of agreements, plans and management arrangements put in place.
Quality Extent to which (self-imposed, Ministerial or external) timeframes are met.
Quality Accurate and timely approval, payment and acquittal of grants in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Quality Accurate and timely payment of monies.
Quality Degree to which projects, activities, agreements/plans contribute to the output.
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
International Quantity Percentage of written pre-meeting objectives at international meetings achieved.
Quality Extent to which Australia’s strategic objectives is achieved through international fora.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Research, analysis and evaluation Quantity Number of research reports, articles and papers prepared and publicly released.
Total Price Output 1.8 – Budget
$6.754m
Total Price Output 1.8 – Revised
$7.047m
Output 1.9  Parks and reserves
Programme administration Quantity Number of projects/activities approved under each programme.
Quantity Number of agreements, plans and management arrangements put in place.
Quality Extent to which (self-imposed, Ministerial or external) timeframes are met.
Quality Accurate and timely approval, payment and acquittal of grants in accordance with legislation and guidelines.
Policy advising, ministerial and parliamentary Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of briefs provided by the Department.
Quality Minister is satisfied with the timeliness and quality of draft ministerial correspondence by the Department.
Stakeholder awareness Quantity Information and education products distributed to stakeholders (measured by website hits, information material distributed, etc).
Price – Protected areas – Budget
$38.765m
* Price – Protected areas – Revised
$42.885m
* Price – National Reserve System – Budget
$0.360m
Price – National Reserve System – Revised
$0.327m
Total Price Output 1.9 – Budget
$39.125m
Total Price Output 1.9 – Revised
$43.212m
*  Reporting of performance against Sub-output Protected Areas (which is the statutory responsibility of the Director of National Parks and includes the management of Commonwealth Reserves) is presented at Part C Section 2 Director of National Parks
Output group 1.10  Climate change
Sub–output International Engagement
Informing international and domestic policy outcomes Quality Effectiveness in key international, regional and bilateral climate change processes on issues for which the Australian Greenhouse Office has lead responsibility.
Quantity The number of initiatives delivered through key international, regional and bilateral processes.
Price – International Engagement– Budget
$0.000m 
Price – International Engagement– Revised
* $2.842m
Sub–output Emissions Management
Deliver programmes that:       –  integrate greenhouse issues into business and community decision making –   reduce greenhouse emissions – accelerate uptake of energy efficiency and low emission technologies Deliver programmes that engage government, business and the community and build capacity for greenhouse action Quality Reporting systems are appropriately targeted and high quality. Implementation of consistent measurement of abatement across programmes. Risks to programme delivery identified and managed. Effectiveness of support for greenhouse response within sectors. Measurable behaviour change within sectors. Effectiveness in relevant interjurisdictional processes on issues for which the Australian Greenhouse Office has lead responsibility. Effectiveness of financial administration.
Quantity Reported abatement activity including emissions reductions and/or energy savings. Estimated cost (Government funds) of greenhouse abatement ($/tonne). Investment dollars (or contributory funding) leveraged from other parties by projects and programmes. Extent of engagement of key stakeholders. Extent of support for long-term low emission technology uptake.
Price –Emissions Management – Budget
$0.000m
Price – Emissions Management – Revised
* $24.540m
Sub–output Foundation
Informing national policy outcomes Engagement with stakeholders/ Capacity building Reporting Quality Effectiveness in relevant and inter-jurisdictional processes on issues for which the Australian Greenhouse Office has the lead responsibility. Extent to which climate change policy is integrated in national policies and programmes across key sectors. Trends in community responses to key policy issues. Suitability of climate change publications to meet targeted stakeholder needs. Comprehensiveness, timeliness and quality of monitoring and public reporting on the implementation of the programmes. Risks to outputs and outcomes identified and managed. Delivery of a credible, high quality, annual projection of Australia’s greenhouse emissions trends. Development of consistent measurement of abatement across programmes.
Quantity Number of gaps in climate change policy and emerging policy issues identified and managed. Investment dollars (or in-kind contribution) leveraged from other parties for Australian Greenhouse Office climate change science priorities. Number of reports and submissions made in accordance with national and international commitments and level of user interest. Number of partnership initiatives developed to address impacts and/or adaptation.
Price –Foundation – Budget
$0.000m
Price –Foundation – Revised
*$16.415m
Total Price Output 1.10 – Budget
$0.000m
Total Price Output 1.10 – Revised
$43.797m
*      The 2004-05 Budget estimates for these sub-outputs were reflected against the Australian Greenhouse Office prior to the Administrative Arrangements Order changes.

OUTCOME 2
Australia’s interests in Antarctica are advanced

Explanation of Variations

Comcover Premium Supplementation Clawback
The departmental outputs appropriation has been reduced by $0.653m representing clawback of supplementation for Comcover premiums provided at the 2004–05 Budget.

Revised Performance Information and Level of Achievement for 2004–05

The performance information that the Australian Antarctic Division will use to assess the level of its achievement against the additional funding is shown below.

Table 2.1.2 – Performance information for outputs affected by additional estimates for Outcome 2
Output 2.1  Influence in antarctic treaty system
To maintain the Antarctic Treaty System and enhance Australia’s influence within the System Quality Australia’s positions are advanced in the decisions of the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS).
Quantity Number of policy proposals and briefings completed for and participation in international forums.
Quality Provide Chair and other support for the Committee for Environmental Protection.
Quality Influence, by directed research, the decisions of ATS.
Quantity Report on technical and practical measures to minimise environmental impacts in the Antarctic region.
Quality Effective administration of the Australian Antarctic Territory and the Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands in accordance with Australian legislation and international obligations.
Quantity Number of permits issued or administered under Antarctic environmental protection legislation
Quality All new activities subjected to prior environmental impact assessment in accordance with legislation and relevant management plans.
Price – Output 2.1 – Budget
$13.842m
Price – Output 2.1 – Revised
$13.739m
Output 2.2  Protecting the antarctic environment
To protect the Antarctic Environment Quality Environmental impact assessments completed for all relevant activities in Antarctica.
Quantity Number of environmental impact assessments reviewed or completed.
Quality Australia’s obligations under the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty are met.
Quantity Number of environmental policy proposals and briefings completed for ATCM and CEP.
Quantity Extent of the collection of scientific data and/or modelling of natural phenomena and/or development of scientific instrumentation to be used in further scientific research or operational planning.
Quality Extent to which environmental management practices in Antarctica are improved as a result of initiatives promulgated by AAD.
Quality Extent of advice provided to industry, national agencies and Government.
Quality Successful completion of relevant projects in accordance with the Antarctic Science Strategy 2004–05 – 2008–09.
Price – Output 2.2 – Budget
$34.689m
Price – Output 2.2 – Revised
$34.431m
Output 2.3  Understanding global climate system
To understand the role of Antarctica in the global climate system Quality Successful completion of relevant projects in accordance with Australia’s Antarctic Science Programme Strategic Plan 2000–2005.
Quality External assessment of the quality of the outputs of the research programme.
Quantity Number of research reports, articles and papers prepared and publicly released.
Quantity Extent to which information, data and research findings of an informative or educational nature are distributed to outside parties (measured by website hits, printed material distributed, presentations etc).
Quantity Extent of the collection of scientific data and/or modelling of natural phenomena and/or development of scientific instrumentation to be used in further scientific research or operational planning.
Price – Output 2.3 – Budget
$21.540m
Price – Output 2.3 – Revised
$21.381m
Output 2.4  Undertake scientific work of practical, economic or national significance
To undertake scientific work of practical, economic and national significance Quality Successful completion of relevant projects in accordance with Australia’s Antarctic Science Programme Strategic Plan 2000–2005.
Quality External assessment of the quality of the outputs of the research programme.
Quality Extent to which fisheries management practices are improved as a result of initiatives promulgated by AAD.
Quantity Number of research reports, articles and papers prepared and publicly released.
Quantity Extent to which information, data and research findings of an informative or educational nature are distributed to outside parties (measured by website hits, printed material distributed, presentations etc).
Quantity Extent of advice provided to industry, national agencies and Government.
Quantity Extent of the collection of scientific data and/or modelling of natural phenomena and/or development of scientific instrumentation to be used in further scientific research or operational planning.
Price – Output 2.4 – Budget
$17.973m
Price – Output 2.4 – Revised
$17.840m

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