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Part 2 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, the department processed approximately 18,380 items of correspondence, an average of more than 70 items per working day, some of which is reflected in Table 1. This is a decrease from the previous financial year.1 Common topics and issues arising in ministerial correspondence included the National Independent Redress Scheme, same-sex marriage, Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and slavery and human-trafficking.

The department commenced its transition to the whole-of-government Parliamentary Document Management Solution (PDMS) for the management of ministerial correspondence and submissions. It will complete the transition in the first half of 2015–16.

1 The trend information in the 2013–14 annual report was incorrectly reported due to a typographical error; the correct figure was a 7% increase.

Performance indicators

Table 1: Services to ministers and parliament 2014–15
Submissions to ministers Responses to ministerial correspondence Responses to questions on
notice
Briefs Speeches
1,456 4,379 65 513 120

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.

The department’s revenue and expenses are shown in Table 2 and administered expenses are shown in Table 3. Our resources are outlined in Table 4 and the allocation of expenses to outcomes and administered items for 2014–15 is detailed in Table 5.

Analysis of financial performance

The departmental operating result for 2014–15 was a deficit of $14.687m compared to a deficit of $18.213m for 2013–14. The deficit is primarily attributable to unfunded depreciation and amortisation expenses of $23.865m.

The total administered expenses for 2014–15 was $1,275.811m compared to $952.795m in 2013–14. The 2014–15 expenses include $471.068m in payments to portfolio agency corporate Commonwealth entities, $97.684m for royal commissions and $112.727m in personal benefits payments to individuals following the cyclones and floods in 2014–15 and for Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas payments.

Table 2: Department revenue and expenses2
  2014–15 2013–14
Revenues ($m) 336.532 328.868
Expenses ($m) 351.125 350.621

2 The department revenue and expense figures for the years prior to 2014–15 have been restated from those previously reported to reflect changes in accounting treatment.

Table 3: Administered expenses
  2014–15 2013–14
Administered expenses ($m) 1,275.811 952.795

Resource statement 2014–15

Table 4: Department resource statement
  Actual available appropriation for 2014–15 $’000 Payments
made
2014–15 $’000
Balance remaining 2014–15 $’000
(a) (b) (a) – (b)
Ordinary annual services 1
Departmental appropriation 2 413,926 342,148 71,778
Total 413,926 342,148 71,778
Administered expenses
Outcome 1 3 471,197 464,024
Outcome 2 4 205,812 206,753
Payments to corporate entities 5 439,556 439,556
Total 1,116,565 1,110,333
Total ordinary annual services (A) 1,530,491 1,452,481
Other services 6
Administered expenses
Specific payments to states,
Outcome 1 4,746 874
Total 4,746 874
Departmental non-operating
Equity injections 7 7,510 2,040 5,470
Total 7,510 2,040 5,470
Administered non-operating
Administered assets and liabilities 8 42,752 11,221
Payments to corporate entities 5 31,512 31,512
Total 74,264 42,733
Total other services (B) 86,520 45,647
Total available annual
appropriations and payments 1,617,011 1,498,128
Special appropriations
Special appropriations limited by criteria/entitlement
Law Officers Act 1964 s 16(13) – former Solicitors-General 450 414
High Court Justices (Long Leave Payments) Act 1979 973
Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 – Australian Victims of Terrorism Overseas Payment 7,060 5,952
Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 45,624 106,190
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 127 33
Total special appropriations (C) 53,261 113,572
Total appropriations excluding special accounts 1,670,272 1,611,700
Special accounts
Opening balance 9,718
Appropriation receipts 1,927
Non-appropriation receipts to special accounts 47,410
Payments made 20,704
Total special account (D) 59,055 20,704 38,351
Total resourcing and payments
A+B+C+D 1,729,327 1,632,404
Less appropriations drawn from annual or special appropriations above and credited to special accounts 9 1,927
Less payments to corporate entities through annual appropriations 471,068 471,068
Total net resourcing and payments for agency 1,256,332 1,160,028

1 Appropriation Act (No.1) 2014–15 and Appropriation Act (No.3) 2014–15. This may also include prior year departmental appropriation and section 74 Retained Revenue Receipts under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

2 This includes an amount of $15.614m in 2014–15 for the Departmental Capital Budget. For accounting purposes this amount has been designated as ‘contributions by owners’.

3 This includes an amount of $2.286m in 2014–15 for the Administered Capital Budget. For accounting purposes this amount has been designated as ‘contributions by owners’.

4 This includes an amount of $1.665m in 2014–15 for the Administered Capital Budget. For accounting purposes this amount has been designated as ‘contributions by owners’.

5 ‘Corporate entities’ are corporate Commonwealth entities and Commonwealth companies as defined under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

6 Appropriation Act (No.2) 2014–15 and Appropriation Act (No.4) 2014–15.

7 This may also include prior year equity injections.

8 This may also include prior year administered assets and liabilities.

9 Appropriation receipts credited to special accounts.

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* 2014–15 $’000 (a) Actual Expenses 2014–15 $’000 (b) Variation 2014–15 $’000 (a) – (b)
Programme 1.1: Attorney-General’s Department operating expenses—Civil justice and legal services
Departmental expenses
Departmental appropriation 1 172,582 147,992 24,590
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 13,601 10,422 3,179
Total for Programme 1.1 186,183 158,414 27,769
Programme 1.2: Attorney-General’s Department operating expenses—National security and criminal justice
Departmental expenses
Departmental appropriation 1 145,866 148,914 (3,048)
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 10,554 11,118 (564)
Total for Programme 1.2 156,420 160,032 (3,612)
Programme 1.3: Justice services
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) 87,480 85,114 2,366
Special appropriations 567 200 367
Total for Programme 1.3 88,047 85,314 2,733
Programme 1.4: Family relationships
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) 161,162 161,144 18
Total for Programme 1.4 161,162 161,144 18
Programme 1.5: Indigenous law and justice
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) 75,743 75,743
Total for Programme 1.5 75,743 75,743
Programme 1.6: National security and criminal justice
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) 44,675 43,777 898
Other services (Appropriation Act Nos. 2 and 4) 4,746 (124) 4,870
Special appropriations 7,060 5,997 1,063
Special accounts 41,459 15,026 26,433
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 1,470 1,412 58
Total for Programme 1.6 99,410 66,088 33,322
Programme 1.7: Australian Government disaster financial support payments
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) 234 129 105
Special appropriations 45,624 106,491 (60,867)
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 312 312
Total for Programme 1.7 46,170 106,620 (60,450)
Programme 1.8: Royal commissions
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) 99,617 90,177 9,440
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 6,959 7,032 (73)
Total for Programme 1.8 106,576 97,209 9,367
Outcome 1 Totals by appropriation type
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) 468,911 456,084 12,827
Other services (Appropriation Act Nos. 2 and 4) 4,746 (124) 4,870
Special appropriations 53,251 112,687 (59,436)
Special accounts 41,459 15,026 26,433
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 8,741 8,443 298
Departmental expenses
Departmental appropriation 1 318,448 296,906 21,542
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 24,155 21,540 2,615
Total expenses for Outcome 1 919,711 910,562 9,149
2014–15 Budget 2014–15 Actual
Average Staffing Level 1,493 1,489 4
Expenses for Outcome 2
Outcome 2: Participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression Budget* 2014–15 $’000 (a) Actual Expenses 2014–15 $’000 (b) Variation 2014–15 $’000 (a) – (b)
Programme 2.1: Arts and cultural development
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) 203,647 204,081 (434)
Special appropriations 10 10
Special accounts 500 499 1
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 1,489 1,489
Payments to corporate entities 439,556 439,556
Departmental expenses
Departmental appropriation 1 22,736 24,882 (2,146)
Special accounts 5,287 3,721 1,566
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 55 2,299 (2,244)
Total for Programme 2.1 673,280 676,527 (3,247)
Outcome 2 Totals by appropriation type
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) 203,647 204,081 (434)
Special appropriations 10 10
Special accounts 500 499 1
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 1,489 1,489
Payments to corporate entities 439,556 439,556
Departmental expenses
Departmental appropriation 1 22,736 24,882 (2,146)
Special accounts 5,287 3,721 1,566
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 55 2,299 (2,244)
Total expenses for Outcome 2 673,280 676,527 (3,247)
2014–15 Budget 2014–15 Actual
Average Staffing Level 148 148

* Full year budget, including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2014–15 Budget.

1 Departmental Appropriation combines Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1 and 3) and Retained Revenue Receipts under section 74 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

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