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Annual Report 2008-09 Performance Reports - Outcome 3

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Chapter 8 Outcome 3

Assisting regions to manage their own futures

Overview

The Department contributes to the achievement of Outcome 3 by providing advice and assistance to Territories in managing their own futures. This includes the self-governing Territories—the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Norfolk Island; the non–self governing Territories—Indian Ocean Territories (Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands) and Jervis Bay Territory; and the uninhabited Territories—Ashmore–Cartier Islands and the Coral Sea Islands. The programs and policy development are designed to promote good governance and community wellbeing in Australia’s Territories.

In addition, through its relief and mitigation programs, the Department assists communities in recovering from the cost and social impact of natural disasters.

During 2008–09, we made significant and substantial progress towards achieving Outcome 3, by providing relief and recovery assistance relating to multiple natural disaster events across different jurisdictions including the Queensland monsoonal floods from January to February 2009; the New South Wales mid-north coast floods in March–April, and May 2009; and Victorian bushfires of February 2009. Other developments include the start of construction of the Freight and Passenger Facility at Rumah Baru on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, reforms to improve the accountability and transparency of decision making by the Norfolk Island Government and its Administration, and celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Christmas Island being an Australian Territory.

Performance reports for each output contributing to Outcome 3 are presented in this chapter.

Resource summary

Table 20: Resource summary, Outcome 3—Assisting regions to manage their own futures

  Budget*
2008–09
$’000
(a)
Actual expenses
2008–09
$’000
(b)
Variation
$’000
(a)–(b)

Output Group 3.1: Services to Territories

     

Administered items

     

Territories grants—Indian Ocean Territories

80,198

75,523

4,675

Norfolk Island—Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area

563

564

–1

Jervis Bay Territory—depreciation

519

462

57

Christmas Island administration—depreciation

155

160

–5

Office of the Administrator, Norfolk Island

609

594

15

Services to Jervis Bay Territory

7,093

5,501

1,592

Indian Ocean Territories—depreciation

16,091

15,130

961

ACT Government—National Capital influences

24,435

24,434

1

ACT Government—National Capital function

1,398

1,369

29

ACT Government—water and sewerage

9,827

9,827

Norfolk Island administration—depreciation

582

578

4

Office of the Administrator, Northern Territory

250

189

61

IOT infrastructure

30,526

6,213

24,313

Loss on revaluation of ACT Nolan Collection

305

–305

Departmental Outputs

7,650

7,724

–74

Revenues from other sources (s 31)

7

87

–80

Subtotal for Output 3.1

179,903

148,660

31,243

Output Group 3.2: Natural disaster relief and mitigation

     

Administered items

     

Natural disaster mitigation

15,160

8,801

6,359

National aerial fire fighting

14,220

14,220

Bushfire mitigation

1,565

1,403

162

Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements

58,675

58,546

129

Disaster Appeals Fund

3,000

3,000

0

Departmental Outputs

6,622

10,520

–3,898

Revenues from other sources (s 31)

130

–130

Subtotal for Output 3.2

99,242

96,620

2,622

Total for Outcome 3

279,145

245,280

33,865

Departmental

14,279

18,461

–4,182

Administered

264,866

226,819

38,047

 

 

 

 

Average staffing level (number)

 

65 

 

Notes:

* Full-year budget, including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2008–09 Budget

** Special Account receipts and payments are shown in Note 25 to the Financial Statements

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