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Note 2.1: Administered – expenses

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2.1 Administered – expenses1

  Notes 2016 2015
  $'000 $'000

2.1A: Employee benefits

         
Wages and salaries   34,045 29,052
Leave and other entitlements   2,481 2,138
Superannuation        
Defined benefit plans   30 26
Defined contribution plans   3,814 2,892
Other employee benefits   904 1,403
Total employee benefits   41,274 35,511
         

2.1B: Suppliers
Goods and services supplied or rendered

       
Consultants and contractors   8,124 4,962
Training and equipment purchases   107 989
Travel   4,553 4,372
Information technology and communications   11,386 13,467
Royalty payments 1   21,605
Contribution to Family Court of Western Australia   13,425 13,278
Family Law Act payments to states and territories   1,115 1,627
Legal fees   15,867 20,227
General office   39,467 28,901
Payments and contributions to external bodies   13,993 9,033
Total goods and services supplied or rendered   108,038 118,461
         
Goods supplied   5,278 6,353
Services rendered   102,760 112,108
Total goods and services supplied or rendered   108,038 118,461
         
Other suppliers        
Operating lease rentals
       
Minimum lease payments   4,672 4,532
Total other suppliers   4,672 4,532
Total suppliers   112,710 122,993

Leasing commitments

The Department, in its capacity as lessee, has the following operating leases that are effectively non-cancellable and comprise leases for office accommodation. Each lease is individual and may be subject to automatic percentage increases depending on the terms of the agreement.


  Notes 2016 2015
  $'000 $'000

Operating lease commitments

       
Within 1 year   5,628 6,687
Between 1 to 5 years   3,866 3,965
Total operating lease commitments   9,494 10,652
         

2.1.C: Subsidies to Law Courts Limited

  3,413 3,381
         

2.1D: Personal benefits

       
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments 2   21,252 104,765
Australian Victims of Terror Overseas Payments 3   1,489 5,997
Payment of victims of natural disasters 2   818 1,965
High Court Justices (Long Leave Payments) Act 1979 4   973
Former Solicitors-General pension – interest cost   199 200
Witness expenses   590 468
Other personal benefits   549 (4)
Total personal benefits   24,897 114,364
         

2.1E: Grants

       
Public sector        
Australian Government entities (related entities)   52,494 82,182
State and territory governments   25,466 31,759
Local governments   390 1,826
Private sector 1        
Non-profit organisations   142,732 207,262
Other private sector   8,033 30,679
Overseas   682 740
Other grants        
Family relationship support payments   155,403 155,441
Other grants   11,004 7,958
Total grants   396,204 517,847
         

2.1F: Write-down and impairment of assets andother expenses

       
Write-down of property, plant and equipment and computer software   79 5
Impairment on financial instruments   114 69
Impairment on personal benefit recoveries   201 443
Unwinding of make-good expense   62
Total write-down and impairment of assets and other expenses   456 517
         

2.1G: Payments to corporate Commonwealth entities 1

       
Australia Council   135,000 211,764
Australian Film, Television and Radio School   10,024 24,335
Australian National Maritime Museum   14,881 24,038
National Film and Sound Archive   11,900 26,753
National Gallery of Australia   33,085 50,822
National Library of Australia   20,925 60,160
National Museum of Australia   23,140 43,554
National Portrait Gallery   6,000 11,686
Screen Australia   10,718 17,956
Total payments to corporate Commonwealth entities   265,673 471,068

Accounting policy

Payments to corporate Commonwealth entities from amounts appropriated for that purpose are classified as administered expenses, equity injections or loans of the Department. The appropriation to the Department is disclosed under the 'Funding' section (refer Note 5.1 – Appropriations).

1 In accordance with the Administrative Arrangements Order of 21 September 2015, the Classification, Copyright and Arts and Cultural Development programs and functions were transferred to the Department of Communications and the Arts with effect from 1 November 2015. Accordingly, amounts shown for 2015–16 include expenditure for these functions to 31 October 2015 and may be materially different to the comparative shown in the 2014–15 financial year.

2 Payments made to individuals under the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Program, the Disaster Income Recovery Allowance Program, and ex gratia payments to New Zealand residents in Australia in response to natural disaster events. During 2015–16, there were 5 natural disasters (2014–15: 4).

3 These are event-driven payments to victims of overseas terrorist events that may include events from current and previous years that havebeen declared by the Australian Government.

4 Long leave payments made to Justices of the High Court in 2014–15.

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