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Our Performance

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Part 2 of the 2013–14 annual report covers our performance in areas for which activity is measured across the department, including:

  • services to ministers and parliament
  • our financial performance.

This annual report also responds to the programme deliverables and key performance indicators published in the Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements. Programme performance information includes:

  • achievements contributing to programme deliverables
  • evaluations and reviews
  • purchaser-provider arrangements (where relevant)
  • results set against key performance indicators.

Services to ministers and parliament

Ministerial correspondence

During the reporting period, we processed approximately 39,059 items of correspondence—an average of approximately 156 items per day. This is an increase of approximately 97 per cent from the previous financial year. Common topics and issues arising in ministerial correspondence included: the Human Rights Anti-Discrimination Bill, same-sex marriage, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and slavery and human trafficking.

Performance indicators

Table 1: Services to ministers and parliament 2013–14

Submissions to ministers
Responses to ministerial correspondence
Responses to questions on notice
Briefs
Speeches
1,460
3,387
32
349
71

Note: Approximate numbers of meeting briefs, question time briefs and parliamentary questions on notice (does not include updated briefs or briefs provided by portfolio agencies).

Our financial performance

Parliament, via the Appropriation Acts, provides the department with two types of funding: departmental and administered. We use departmental resources to deliver services (programmes). We also administer payments, revenues and other resources on behalf of the government, which controls how we use them and requires us to account for them separately. Our resources are outlined in Table 4 and the allocation of expenses to outcomes and administered items for 2013–14 is detailed in Table 5.

Analysis of financial performance

Under the Administrative Arrangements Order of 18 September 2013, responsibility for arts and culture functions (including payments to portfolio agency Commonwealth Authorities and Company Act 1997 (CAC Act) bodies) was transferred to the department from the former Department of Regional Australia, Local Government Arts and Sports. Responsibility for Indigenous justice programmes was also transferred from the department to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The departmental operating result for 2013–14 was a deficit of $18.213 million compared to a deficit of $19.779 million for 2012–13. The deficit is primarily attributable to unfunded depreciation and amortisation expenses of $25.753 million. Departmental expenses include $52.123 million relating to the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce and $30.814 million relating to the Ministry for the Arts. Departmental revenue includes $53.560 million relating to the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce and an increase in revenue from government of $32.002 million due to new measures and the effect of the machinery of government changes under the Administrative Arrangements Order of 18 September 2013.

The total administered expenses for 2013–14 was $952.795 million compared to $626.881 million in 2012–13. The 2013–14 expenses include $279.414 million in payments to portfolio agency CAC Act bodies, $129.444 million for arts programmes, $87.347 million for the royal commissions including legal assistance for witnesses and $27.234 million for Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas payments. In addition, the 2013–14 expenses include $2.442 million for Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments compared to $170.176 million in 2012–13.

Table 2: Department revenue and expenses

2013–14
2012–13
Revenues
$330.444 million
$242.242 million
Expenses
$352.197 million
$262.205 million

Table 3: Administered expenses

2013–14
2012–13
Administered expenses
$952.795 million
$626.881 million

Resource statement 2013–14

Table 4: Department resource statement

     
Actual available
appropriation
for 2013–14
$'000
Payments
made
2013–14
$'000
Balance remaining
2013–14
$'000
   
(A)
(B)
(A)–(B)
Ordinary annual services1
   Prior year departmental appropriation
45,000
37,839
7,161
   Departmental appropriation
239,369
191,101
48,268
   S 31 relevant agency receipts
89,689
89,689
-
   Total
374,058
318,629
55,429
Administered expenses
   Outcome 1
533,172
472,389
   Outcome 2
134,859
133,632
   Payments to CAC Act bodies
270,813
270,813
   Total
938,844
876,834
Total ordinary annual services
A
1,312,902
1,195,463
Other services2
Administered expenses
   Specific payments to states, Act, NT and local government
   Prior year administered appropriation
1,490
1,176
   Outcome 1
5,000
3,903
   Total
6,490
5,079
Departmental non-operating
   Prior year equity injections
2,064
2,064
-
   Equity injections
6,920
-
6,920
   Total
8,984
2,064
6,920
Administered non-operating
   Prior year administered appropriation
25,622
12,578
   Administered assets and liabilities
129,447
107,808
   Payments to CAC Act bodies
8,601
8,601
   Total
163,670
128,987
Total other services
B
179,144
136,130
Total Available Annual Appropriations and payments
1,492,046
1,331,593
Special appropriations
   Special appropriations limited by criteria/entitlement
   Law Officers Act 1964 s 16(13)—former Solicitors-General
450
414
   Judges (Long Leave Payments) Act 1979
89
89
   Social Security (Administration) Act 1999—Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas Payment
29,057
27,152
   Social Security (Administration) Act 1999
13,000
1,933
   Financial Management And Accountability Act 1997
27
27
Total special appropriations
C
42,623
29,615
Total appropriations excluding special accounts
1,534,669
1,361,208
Special accounts
   Opening balance
5,929
   Appropriation receipts
5,645
   Non-appropriation receipts to
      Special accounts
30,565
   Payments made
31,668
Total special account
D
42,139
31,668
10,471
Total resourcing and payments
A+B+C+D
1,576,808
1,392,876
Less appropriations drawn from annual or special appropriations above and credited to special accounts and/or CAC Act bodies through annual appropriations
279,414
279,414
Total net resourcing and payments for agency
1,297,394
1,113,462

1 Appropriation Bill (No 1) 2013–14, Appropriation Bill (No 3) 2013–14 and Appropriation Bill (No 5) 2013–14. This also includes
Prior Year departmental appropriation and section 31 relevant agency receipts.

2 Appropriation Bill (No 2) 2013–14, Appropriation Bill (No 4) 2013–14 and Appropriation Bill (No 6) 2013–14.

Resource summaries

Table 5: Resource summaries

Expenses for Outcome 1

Outcome 1: A just and secure society through the maintenance and improvement of Australia's law and justice framework and its national security and emergency management system
Budget*
2013–14
$'000
Actual
Expenses
2013–14
$'000
Variation
2013–14
$'000
(A)
(B)
(A)–(B)
Programme 1.1: Attorney-General's Department operating expenses—civil justice and legal services
Departmental expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
95,698
91,973
3,725
   Revenues from independent sources (Section 31)
59,779
59,779
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
10,922
11,688
(766)
Total for Programme 1.1
166,399
163,440
2,959
Programme 1.2: Attorney-General's Department operating expenses—national security and criminal justice
Departmental expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
118,367
114,603
3,764
   Revenues from independent sources (Section 31)
32,611
32,611
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
11,153
10,730
423
Total for Programme 1.2
162,131
157,944
4,187
Programme 1.3: Justice services
Administered expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
112,627
97,376
15,251
   Special appropriations
539
289
250
Total for Programme 1.3
113,166
97,665
15,501
Programme 1.4: Family relationships
Administered expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
161,405
161,225
180
Total for Programme 1.4
161,405
161,225
180
Programme 1.5: Indigenous law and justice
Administered expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
107,220
106,815
405
Total for Programme 1.5
107,220
106,815
405
Programme 1.6: National security and criminal justice
Administered expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
42,176
41,444
732
   Other services (Appropriation Bill No 2)
5,000
4,814
186
   Special appropriations
29,057
27,234
1,823
   Special accounts
11,593
11,593
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
1,872
1,796
76
Total for Programme 1.6
89,698
86,881
2,817
   Programme 1.7: Australian Government Disaster Financial Support Payments
Administered expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
2,000
506
1,494
   Special appropriations
13,000
2,507
10,493
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
14,880
8,471
6,409
Total for Programme 1.7
29,880
11,484
18,396
Programme 1.8: Royal commissions
Administered expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
97,096
77,284
19,812
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
7,016
2,584
4,432
Total for Programme 1.8
104,112
79,868
24,244
Outcome 1 Totals by appropriation type
Administered Expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
522,524
484,650
37,874
   Other services (Appropriation Bill No 2)
5,000
4,814
186
   Special appropriations
42,596
30,030
12,566
   Special accounts
11,593
11,593
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
23,768
12,851
10,917
Departmental expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
214,066
206,576
7,490
   Revenues from independent sources (Section 31)
92,389
92,389
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
22,075
22,418
(344)
Total expenses for Outcome 1
934,011
865,321
68,689
Average Staffing Level (number)
1,419
1,394

* Full year budget, including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2013–14 Budget.

1 Departmental Appropriation combines Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) and Revenue from independent sources (section 31).

Expenses for Outcome 2

Outcome : Participation in, and access to, Australia's arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression
Budget*
2013–14
$'000
Actual
Expenses
2013–14
$'000
Variation
2013–14
$'000
(A)
(B)
(A)–(B)
Programme 2.1: Arts and cultural development
Administered expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
131,930
127,775
4,155
   Special accounts
500
479
21
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
2,390
1,190
1,200
Departmental expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
16,637
16,613
24
   Revenues from independent sources (Section 31)
4,624
4,624
   Special accounts
3,672
2,102
1,570
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
5,231
7,475
(2,245)
Total for Programme 2.1
164,984
160,258
4,726
Outcome 2 Totals by appropriation type
Administered Expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
131,930
127,775
4,155
   Special accounts
500
479
21
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
2,390
1,190
1,200
Departmental expenses
   Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1)
16,637
16,613
24
   Revenues from independent sources (Section 31)
4,624
4,624
   Special Accounts
3,672
2,102
1,570
   Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year
5,231
7,475
(2,245)
Total expenses for Outcome 2
164,984
160,258
4,726
Average staffing level (number)
133
133

* Full year budget, including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2013–14 Budget.

1 Departmental Appropriation combines Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) and Revenue from independent sources (section 31).

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