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Note 5: Income and expenses administered on behalf of Government

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This section analyses the activities that the Attorney-General's Department does not control but administers on behalf of the Government. Unless otherwise noted, the accounting policies adopted are consistent with those applied for departmental reporting.

5.1 Administered – expenses

  2017
$'000
2016
$'000
5.1A: Suppliers    
Goods and services supplied or rendered    
Accommodation expenses 13,353 13,569
Consultants and contractors 6,677 8,124
Training and equipment purchases 18 107
Travel 5,843 4,553
Information technology and communications 9,426 11,386
Contribution to Family Court of Western Australia operations 14,208 13,425
Family Law Act payments to states and territories 1,150 1,115
Legal fees 14,309 15,867
Counselling expenses (Royal Commissions) 2,683 3,164
Advertising 403 9,401
Publication expenses 1,087 680
General office 11,875 12,654
Concessional loan discount 1,442
Payments and contributions to external bodies 13,848 13,993
Total goods and services supplied or rendered 96,322 108,038
 
Goods supplied 4,616 5,278
Services rendered 91,705 102,760
Total goods and services supplied or rendered 96,322 108,038
     
Other suppliers    
Operating lease rentals    
Minimum lease payments 5,368 4,672
Total other suppliers 5,368 4,672
Total suppliers 101,690 112,710

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. 

Operating lease commitments
Within 1 year 4,305 5,628
Between 1 to 5 years 3,866
Total operating lease commitments 4,305 9,494


5.1B: Subsidy to Law Courts Limited
  3,446 3,413


  2017
$'000
2016
$'000

5.1C: Personal benefits
   
Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payments 1 24,260 21,252
Payments to Australian Victims of Terror Overseas 2 749 1,489
Payment of victims of natural disasters 1 1,864 818
High Court Justices (Long Leave Payments) Act 1979 3 437
Former Solicitors-Generals' pensions - interest cost 153 199
Witness expenses 381 590
Other personal benefits 343 549
Total personal benefits 28,187 24,897
     

5.1D: Grants
   
Public sector    
Australian Government entities (related entities) 618 52,494
State and territory governments 23,031 25,466
Local governments 4,639 390
Private sector    
Non-profit organisations 114,357 142,732
Other private sector 127,914 8,033
Overseas 388 682
Other grants    
Family relationship support payments 156,653 155,403
Other grants 9,541 11,004
Total grants 437,141 396,204
     

5.1E: Write-down and impairment of assets and other expenses
   
Write-down of property, plant and equipment and computer software 79
Impairment on financial instruments (2) 114
Impairment on personal benefit recoveries (24) 201
Unwinding of makegood expense 13 62
Total write-down and impairment of assets and other expenses (13) 456

5.1F: Payments to corporate Commonwealth entities 4
   
Australia Council 135,000
Australian Film, Television and Radio School 10,024
Australian National Maritime Museum 14,881
National Film and Sound Archive 11,900
National Gallery of Australia 33,085
National Library of Australia 20,925
National Museum of Australia 23,140
National Portrait Gallery of Australia 6,000
Screen Australia 10,718
Total payments to corporate Commonwealth entities 265,673

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 – Appropriations.

1 Payments made to individuals under the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Program (AGDRP), Disaster Income Recovery Allowance (DRA) Program and ex-gratia payments to New Zealand residents in Australia in response to natural disaster events. During 2016-17 there were 3 natural disasters (2015-16: 5).
2 These are event driven payments to victims of overseas terrorist events that may include events from current and previous years that have been declared by the Commonwealth Government.
3 Long leave payment made to justices of the High Court in 2016-17.
4 In accordance with the Administrative Arrangement Orders 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 (DOCA) with effect from 1 November 2015.

5.2 Administered - income

2017
$'000
2016
$'000
5.2A: Rendering of services 1    
32,478 7,467

Accounting Policy

All administered revenues are revenues relating to ordinary activities performed by the department on behalf of the Australian Government. As such, administered appropriation are not revenues of the individual entity that oversees distribution or expenditure of the funds as directed.

5.2B: Interest from loans to state and territory governments    
  2,674 1,728

5.2C: Dividends - Australian Government Solicitor 2
   
  −  163

5.2D: Competitive neutrality - Australian Government Solicitor
   
  2,857 1,201

5.2E: Recoveries - personal benefit recoveries 3
   
  565 819

5.2F: Other non-taxation revenue
   
Recovery of unspent grant funding 411 308
Torres Strait Regional Authority receipts 800 800
Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 receipts 6,120 21,068
Other revenue 3,062 3,323
Total other revenue 10,393 25,499

1 Recognition of the Northern Territory Government’s contribution for the operation the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (RCDCNT).
2 In June 2016 the AGS paid a final dividend for 2014-15.
3 The department has an arrangement with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide claiming channels and claim processing arrangements in respect of disaster recovery payments. The amount of $0.565m (2016: $0.819m) represents the value of overpayments recovered by DHS.

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