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Note 30: Appropriations

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Table A: Annual appropriations ('recoverable GST exclusive')

2015 Appropriations
Appropriation Act PGPA Act 1 Total appropriation Appropriation applied in 2015 (current and prior years) Variance 3 Section 51 determinations 4
Annual Appropriation 2 AFM Section 74 Section 75
$'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000
DEPARTMENTAL
Ordinary annual services 241,391 112,761 354,152 342,148 12,004
Other services
Equity 590 590 2,040 (1,450)
Total departmental 241,981 112,761 354,742 344,188 10,554
ADMINISTERED
Ordinary annual services
Administered items - Outcome 1 472,841 1,915 474,756 464,024 10,732 (2,350)
Administered items - Outcome 2 211,168 183 211,351 206,753 4,598
Payments to corporate Commonwealth entities 439,556 439,556 439,556
Other services
States, ACT, NT and Local Governments 5,712 35 5,747 874 4,873
Administered assets and liabilities 40,897 40,897 11,221 29,676
Payments to corporate Commonwealth entities 31,512 31,512 31,512
Total administered 1,201,686 2,133 1,203,819 1,153,940 49,879 (2,350)

Notes:

1 From 1 July 2014, the Department was governed by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act 2013. Sections 74 and 75 are equivalent of sections 30, 31 and 32 of the FMA Act.

2 In 2014-15, no departmental appropriations of $1.397m were quarantined. Administered appropriation of $0.037m were quarantined which related to the grants indexation pause.

3 The variances reflect drawdowns of prior year appropriation and timing differences between expenses and cash outflows.

4 In 2014-15, $2.350m of administered appropriations were extinguished under s51 of the PGPA Act.

  2014 Appropriations Appropriation applied in 2014 (current and prior years) Variance 3
Appropriation Act FMA Act Total appropriation
Annual Appropriation Appropriations reduced 1 AFM Section 30 Section 31 Section 32 2
$'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000
DEPARTMENTAL
Ordinary annual services 239,369 89,689 329,058 318,629 10,429
Other services
Equity 6,920 6,920 2,064 4,856
Total departmental 246,289 89,689 335,978 320,693 15,285
ADMINISTERED
Ordinary annual services
Administered items - Outcome 1 532,730 (39,513) 442 493,659 472,389 21,270
Administered items - Outcome 2 914 (392) 1,244 132,701 134,467 133,632 835
Payments to CAC Act bodies 270,813 270,813 270,813
Other services
States, ACT, NT and Local Governments 5,000 5,000 5,079 (79)
Administered assets and liabilities 129,447 129,447 120,386 9,061
Payments to CAC Act bodies 8,601 8,601 8,601
Total administered 668,091 (39,905) 1,686 412,115 1,041,987 1,010,900 31,087

Notes:

1 Appropriations reduced under Appropriation Acts (No 1 & 3) 2013-14: sections 10,11, 12 and 15 and under Appropriation Acts (No 2 & 4 ) 2013-14: sections 12, 13, 14 and 17.

2 As a result of 18 September 2013 Administrative arrangements, the Department assumed responsibility for the Arts and Culture functions from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport with effect from 19 September 2013 (Note 11B refers).

3 The variances reflect drawdowns of prior year appropriation and timing differences between expenses and cash outflows.

Table B: Departmental and administered capital budgets ('recoverable GST exclusive')

  2015 Capital Budget Appropriations Capital Budget Appropriation applied in 2015 (current and prior years) Variance
Appropriation Act PGPA Act 1 Total Capital Budget Appropriations Payments for non-financial assets 2 Payments for other purposes Total payments
Annual Capital Budget Section 75
$'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000
DEPARTMENTAL
Ordinary annual services - Departmental Capital Budget 3 15,614 15,614 12,910 12,910 2,704
ADMINISTERED
Ordinary annual services -Administered Capital Budget 3 2,531 2,531 1,665 1,665 866

Notes:

1 From 1 July 2014, the Department was governed by the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (PGPA) Act 2013. Sections 74 and 75 are equivalent of sections 30, 31 and 32 of the FMA Act.

2 Payments made on non-financial assets include purchase of assets, expenditure on assets that have been capitalised, and costs to make good an asset to its original condition.

3 Departmental and Administered Capital Budgets are appropriated through Appropriation Acts (No 1 & 3). They form part of ordinary annual services, and are not separately identified in the Appropriation Acts. For more information on ordinary annual appropriations Note 30A: Annual Appropriations refers.

2014 Capital Budget Appropriations Capital Budget Appropriation applied in 2014 (current and prior years) Variance
Appropriation Act FMA Act Total Capital Budget Appropriations Payments for non-financial assets 1 Payments for other purposes Total payments
Annual Capital Budget Section 32
$'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000
DEPARTMENTAL
Ordinary annual services - Departmental Capital Budget 2 8,666 8,666 8,385 8,385 281
ADMINISTERED
Ordinary annual services - Administered Capital Budget 2 2,769 1,685 4,454 3,704 3,704 750

Notes:

1 Payments made on non-financial assets include purchase of assets, expenditure on assets that have been capitalised, costs to make good an asset to its original condition, and the capital repayment component of finance leases.

2 Departmental and Administered Capital Budgets are appropriated through Appropriation Acts (No 1, 3 & 5). They form part of ordinary annual services, and are not separately identified in the Appropriation Acts.

Table C: Unspent annual appropriations ('recoverable GST exclusive')

2015 2014
Authority $'000 $'000
DEPARTMENTAL
2012/13 Appropriation Act 1 7,161
2013/14 Appropriation Act 1 21,659 24,088
2013/14 Appropriation Act 1 - Capital Budget (DCB) - - Non Operating 7,626
2013/14 Act 2 - Non Operating - Equity Injection 1,451
2013/14 Appropriation Act 3 13,633 13,633
2013/14 Appropriation Act 3 - Capital Budget (DCB) - - Non Operating 811 926
2013/14 Act 4 - Non Operating - Equity Injection Non Operating - AG 5,469 5,469
2013/14 Appropriation Act 5 1,995 1,995
2014/15 Act 2 - Non Operating - Equity Injection Non Operating - AG 1
2014/15 Appropriation Act 1 23,373
2014/15 Appropriation Act 1 - Capital Budget (DCB) - - Non Operating 4,565
Total 71,505 62,349
ADMINISTERED
2012/13 Appropriation Act 1 7,455 7,455
2012/13 Appropriation Act 3 17,822 17,822
2012/13 Appropriation Act 2 - SPP 314 314
2012/13 Act 4 - Non Operating - Administered Assets and Liabilities 4,592 13,044
2013/14 Appropriation Act 1 Outcome 1 6,654 74,450
2013/14 Appropriation Act 1 Outcome 2 5 1,227
2013/14 Appropriation Act 1 - Capital Budget (DCB) - - Non Operating 527 2,769
2013/14 Act 2 - Non Operating - Administered Assets and Liabilities 14,529 15,315
2013/14 Appropriation Act 2 - SPP 258 1,097
2013/14 Act 4 - Non Operating - Administered Assets and Liabilities 581 1,281
2013/14 Act 6 - Non Operating - Administered Assets and Liabilities 5,043 5,043
2014/15 Appropriation Act 1 40,658
2014/15 Appropriation Act 1 - Capital Budget (DCB) - - Non Operating 866
2014/15 Act 2 - Non Operating - Administered Assets and Liabilities 27,402
2014/15 Appropriation Act 2 - SPP 5,712
2014/15 Appropriation Act 3 2,811
2014/15 Act 4 - Non Operating - Administered Assets and Liabilities 12,211
Total 147,440 139,817

Table D: Special appropriations ('recoverable GST exclusive')

Appropriation Applied
2015 2014
Authority Type Purpose $'000 $'000
High Court Justices (Long Leave Payments) Act 1979 Unlimited To make provisions for long leave payments for Justices of the High Court. 973
Law Officers Act 1964 Unlimited To make payments of pensions and benefits to former Solicitors General. All transactions under this Act are recognised as Administered items. 414 414
Judges (Long Leave Payments) Act 1979 Unlimited To make provisions for long leave payments for Judges. 89
Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 Unlimited To enable the payment of income support payments. All transactions under this Act are recognised as Administered items.1 112,142 29,085
Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 Refund To provide for payments under Section 28 of the FMA Act. All transactions under this Act are recognised as Administered items. 27
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 Refund To provide for payments under Section 77 of the PGPA Act. All transactions under this Act are recognised as Administered items. 33
Total 113,562 29,615

The following entities spend money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) on behalf of the Department:

  • Australian Financial Security Authority;
  • Department of Finance;
  • Department of Human Services; and
  • Department of Social Services.

Table E: Disclosure by agent in relation to annual and special appropriations ('recoverable GST exclusive')

Australian Public Service Commission Payments in relation to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 s7(13) Remuneration (including salary) or allowances Department of Finance Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 s11, 5 (1)(b) and Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997, Part 3 - Legal assistance to ministers
2015 $'000 $'000
Total receipts 3,748 1,465
Total payments 3,746 1,584
Australian Public Service Commission Payments in relation to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973 s7(13) Remuneration (including salary) or allowances Department of Finance Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 s11, 5 (1)(b) and Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997, Part 3 - Legal assistance to ministers
2014 $'000 $'000
Total receipts 3,726 99
Total payments 3,727 124

Other Special Appropriations that had nil balances at the end of the 2014-15 financial year and where there were no transactions debited or credited to them during the 2014-15 financial year are:

  • Native Title Act 1993 Purpose: Payment of successful Native Title compensation claims
  • National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1996 Purpose: Provide financial assistance and other expenditure in connection with the implementation of the national firearms program
  • National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1997 Purpose: Provide for financial assistance in connection with the implementation of the national firearms program, and for related purposes
  • National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1998 Purpose: Provide for financial assistance in connection with the implementation of the national firearms program, and for related purposes
  • National Handgun Buyback Act 2003 Purpose: Provide financial assistance for qualifying payments made by the States and other expenditure in connection with the implementation of the handgun buyback and related purposes
  • High Court of Australia Act 1979 Purpose: Salary and Allowances of Judges
  • Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 Purpose: Salary and allowances of Judges
  • Family Law Act 1975 Purpose: Salary and allowances of Judges
  • Crimes (Superannuation Benefits) Act 1989 Purpose: Superannuation benefits paid or payable to or in respect of certain persons convicted of corruption offences, and for related purposes
  • Commonwealth Places (Application of Laws) Act 1970 Purpose: Application and administration of laws in places acquired by the Commonwealth for public purposes
  • Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 Purpose: Payments to the States regarding costs of administering the scheme

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