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Note 5.1: Appropriations

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5.1A: Annual appropriations (recoverable GST exclusive)

2016 Appropriations

  Appropriation Act  PGPA Act      
  Annual appropriation1 Advance to the Finance Minister Section 74 Section 752 Total appropriation Appropriation applied in 2016 (current and prior years) Variance3
  $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000 $'000
DEPARTMENTAL                     
Ordinary annual services 212,022 - 49,819 (18,008) 243,833 252,356 (8,253)
Capital budget4 17,522 - - (989) 16,533 11,557 4,976
Other services                     
Equity 29,786 - - - 29,786 35,256 (5,470)
Total departmental 259,330 - 49,819 (18,997) 290,152 299,169 (9,017)
               
ADMINISTERED                     
Ordinary annual services                     
Administered items – Outcome 1 502,839 - 1,911 - 504,750 441,141 63,609
Administered items – Outcome 2 212,330 - 35 (122,753) 89,612 89,678 (66)
Capital budget4 2,497 - - - 2,497 3,028 (531)
Payments to corporate Commonwealth entities 409,566 - - (143,893) 265,673 265,673 -
Other services              
States, ACT, NT and local governments 7,248 - - - 7,248 3,792 3,456
Administered assets and liabilities 6,949 - - - 6,949 931 6,018
Payments to corporate Commonwealth entities 31,177 - - (6,046) 25,131 25,131 -
Total administered 1,172,606 - 1,946 (272,692) 901,860 829,374 72,486

Notes

1 In 2015–16, departmental appropriations of $2.972m were withheld (section 51 of the PGPA Act) in accordance with a decision of the Government. Administered appropriations of $2.4m were also withheld (section 51 of the PGPA Act) in accordance with a decision of the Government. Administered appropriations of $0.747m were quarantined for administrative purposes.

2 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.

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

4 Departmental and administered capital budgets are appropriated through Appropriation Acts (Nos. 1 and 3). They form part of ordinary annual services, and are not separately identified in the Appropriation Acts.

Note: The following entities spend money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund on behalf of the Department:

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

2015 Appropriations

  Appropriation Act  PGPA Act      
  Annual appropriation1 Advance to the Finance Minister Section 74 Section 75 Total appropriation Appropriation applied in 2015 (current and prior years) Variance2
  $'000 $'000 $'000   $'000 $'000 $'000
DEPARTMENTAL              
Ordinary annual services 225,777 - 112,761 - 338,538 329,238 9,300
Capital budget3 15,614 - - - 15,614 12,910 2,704
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 1 471,975 - 1,915 - 473,890 464,024 9,866
Administered items – Outcome 2 209,503 - 183 - 209,686 205,088 4,599
Capital budget3 2,531 - - - 2,531 1,665 866
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

Notes

1 In 2014–15, departmental appropriations of $8.709m were withheld (section 51 of the PGPA Act) in accordance with a decision of the Government. Administered appropriations of $10.791m were also withheld (section 51 of the PGPA Act) as they had lapsed. Departmental appropriations of $0.001m were quarantined for administrative purposes.

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

3 Departmental and administered capital budgets are appropriated through Appropriation Acts (Nos. 1,3,5). They form part of ordinary annual services, and are not separately identified in the Appropriation Acts.

Note: The following entities spend money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund on behalf of the Department:

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

Note: The Australian Government continues to have regard to developments in case law, including the High Court's most recent decision on Commonwealth expenditure in Williams v Commonwealth [2014] HCA 23, as they contribute to the larger body of law relevant to the development of Commonwealth programs. In accordance with its general practice, the Government will continue to monitor and assess risk and decide on any appropriate actions to respond to risks of expenditure not being consistent with constitutional or other legal requirements.

5.1B: Unspent annual appropriations (recoverable GST exclusive)

  2016 2015
Authority $'000 $'000
DEPARTMENTAL    
2013/14 Appropriation Act No. 1 - 21,659
2013/14 Appropriation Act No. 3 - 13,633
2013/14 Appropriation Act No. 3 – Capital Budget – Non-Operating - 811
2013/14 Act No. 4 – Non-Operating – Equity Injection Non-Operating – AG - 5,469
2013/14 Appropriation Act No. 5 - 1,995
2014/15 Act No. 2 – Non-Operating – Equity Injection Non-Operating – AG - 1
2014/15 Appropriation Act No. 1 19,978 23,373
2014/15 Appropriation Act No. 1 – Capital Budget – Non-Operating - 4,565
2015/16 Appropriation Act No. 1 13,426 -
2015/16 Appropriation Act No. 1 – Capital Budget – Non-Operating 7,952 -
Total departmental 41,356 71,505

  2016 2015
Authority $'000 $'000
ADMINISTERED    
2012/13 Appropriation Act No. 1 - 7,455
2012/13 Appropriation Act No. 3 - 17,822
2012/13 Appropriation Act No. 2 – Special Purpose Payments - 314
2012/13 Act No. 4 – Non-Operating – Administered Assets and Liabilities - 4,592
2013/14 Appropriation Act No. 1 – Outcome 1 - 6,654
2013/14 Appropriation Act No. 1 – Outcome 2 - 5
2013/14 Appropriation Act No. 1 – Capital Budget – Non-Operating - 527
2013/14 Act No. 2 – Non-Operating – Administered Assets and Liabilities - 14,529
2013/14 Appropriation Act No. 2 – Special Purpose Payments - 258
2013/14 Act No. 4 – Non-Operating Administered Assets and Liabilities - 581
2013/14 Act No. 6 – Non-Operating – Administered Assets and Liabilities - 5,043
2014/15 Appropriation Act No. 1 4,909 40,658
2014/15 Appropriation Act No. 1 – Capital Budget – Non-Operating 176 866
2014/15 Act No. 2 – Non-Operating – Administered Assets and Liabilities 24,957 27,402
2014/15 Appropriation Act No. 2 – Special Purpose Payments - 5,712
2014/15 Appropriation Act No. 3 319 2,811
2014/15 Act No. 4 – Non-Operating – Administered Assets and Liabilities 12,211 12,211
2015/16 Appropriation Act No. 1 67,900 -
2015/16 Appropriation Act No. 1 – Capital Budget – Non-Operating 159 -
2015/16 Act No. 2 – Non-Operating – Administered Assets and Liabilities 3,786 -
2015/16 Appropriation Act No. 2 – Special Purpose Payments 954 -
2015/16 Appropriation Act No. 3 15,481 -
2015/16 Act No. 4 – Non-Operating – Administered Assets and Liabilities 985 -
Total administered 131,837 147,440

5.1C: Special appropriations (recoverable GST exclusive)

Appropriation Applied

      2016 2015
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. 418 414
Social Security (Administration) Act 1999 Unlimited To enable the payment of income support payments. All transactions under this Act are recognised as administered items. 22,987 112,142
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. 27 33
Total special appropriation applied     23,432 113,562

Other Special Appropriations that had nil balances at the end of the 2015–16 financial year and where there were no transactions debited or credited to them during the 2015–16 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 programme
  • National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1997 – Purpose: Provide for financial assistance in connection with the implementation of the national firearms programme, and for related purposes
  • National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1998 – Purpose: Provide for financial assistance in connection with the implementation of the national firearms programme, 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

5.1D: 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 s 7(13) – Remuneration (including salary) or allowances Department of Finance Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 ss 11, 5(1)(b) and Parliamentary Entitlements Regulations 1997, Part 3 – Legal assistance to ministers
2016 $'000 $'000
Total receipts 3,791 368
Total payments 3,791 301
     
2015 $'000 $’000
Total receipts 3,748 1,465
Total payments 3,746 1,584

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