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Part 2 of the 2012–13 Annual Report covers our performance in areas for which activity is measured across the department. This includes:

  • the department resource statement for 2012–13 showing available resources to the department reconciled with actual payments made
  • services provided to ministers and parliament
  • detailed performance reports based on the outcome and programs framework and performance information set out in the 2012–13 Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.

Performance reports are structured to demonstrate a clear relationship between the performance standards for each outcome and program, as set out in the Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements, and the actual results achieved for the department in 2012–13. The department has one outcome against which it reports in the 2012–13 Annual Report:

Outcome 1 — A just and secure society through the maintenance and improvement of Australia's law and justice framework and its national security and emergency management system.

Each program performance report provides:

  • key achievements contributing to the programs
  • results of evaluations or reviews
  • purchaser/provider arrangements, where relevant
  • reporting against the key performance indicators for the program and related administered items.

Discussion and analysis of financial performance

Analysis of financial performance

The departmental operating result for 2012–13 was a deficit of $19,779 million compared to a deficit of $78,181 million for 2011–12.

The deficit is primarily attributable to non-appropriated depreciation and amortisation expenses of $21,020 million.

Administered expenses for 2012-13 totalled $620,018 million compared to $510,241 million in 2011-12. The 2012-13 expenses included $175,351 million in personal benefits payments to individuals following the floods and bushfire events that occurred early in 2013.

Table 2.1: Departmental revenues and expenses, 2011–12 and 2012–13
2011–12 2012–13
Revenues 242,601 million 242,242 million
Expenses 320,392 million 262,205 million

 

Table 2.2: Administered expenses, 2011–12 and 2012–13
2011–12 2012–13
Administered expenses 510,241 million 620,018 million

 

2012–13 Resource Statement

Table 2.3: Department resource statement
Actual Available
Appropriations
for 2012–13
Payments made
2012–13
Balance
remaining
($'000) ($'000) ($’000)
ORDINARY ANNUAL SERVICES1
Prior year departmental appropriation 68,692 3,826 64,866
Departmental appropriation 205,303 202,703 2,600
S 31 relevant agency receipts 47,112 43,440 3,672
Total 321,107 249,969 71,138
Administered expenses
Outcome 1 462,233 435,770 26,463
Total 462,233 435,770 26,463
Total ordinary annual services A 783,340 685,739 97,601
OTHER SERVICES2
Administered expenses
Specific payments to states, ACT, NT 
  and local government
Outcome 1 2,812 2,812 0
Total 2,812 2,812 0
Departmental non-operating
Prior year departmental appropriation 6,942 4,978 1,964
Equity injections 234 134 100
Total 7,176 5,112 2,064
Administered non-operating
Prior year administered appropriation 76,405 76,405
Administered assets and liabilities 21,068 777 20,291
Total 97,473 777 96,696
Total other services B 107,461 8,701 98,760
Total available annual appropriations and payments 890,801 694,440 196,361
SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS
Special appropriations limited by 
  criteria/entitlement
Law Officers Act 1964 s 16(13) — former Solicitors-General 450 200 250
National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1996 75 0 75
Social Security (Administration) Act 212,258 170,176 42,082
Total special appropriations C 212,783 170,376 42,407
SPECIAL ACCOUNTS
Opening balance 10,524 10,524
Appropriation receipts - 0
Appropriation receipts — other agencies D - 0
Non-appropriation receipts to special accounts 2,098 2,098
Payments made - 6,569 6,569
Total special accounts 12,622 6,569 6,053
Total Resourcing and Payments (A+B+C+D) 1,116,206 871,385 244,821
Total net resourcing and payments for agency 1,116,206 871,385 244,821

 

CAC Act = Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997

All figures are GST exclusive

Notes:
1. Appropriation Bill (No 1) 2012–13 and Appropriation Bill (No 3) 2012–13
2. Appropriation Bill (No 2) 2012–13 and Appropriation Bill (No 4) 2012≠13.

Resource summaries

Table 2.4: Resource summary — Outcome 1
Budget
2012–13
$'000
Actual
Expenses
2012–13
$'000
Variation
$'000
(a) (b) (a)-(b)
Program 1.1: Attorney-General's Department 
  Operating Expenses — Civil Justice and Legal Services
Departmental expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 81,024 82,566 -1,532
Revenues from independent sources (Section 31) 20,662 17,134 3,528
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 9,549 8,573 976
Total for Program 1.1 111,235 108,273 2,972
Program 1.2: Attorney-General's Department Operating
Expenses — National Security and Criminal Justice
Departmental expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 117,632 115,831 1,801
Revenues from independent sources (Section 31) 26,450 26,306 144
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 11,276 11,795 -519
Total for Program 1.2 155,358 153,932 1,426
Program 1.3: Justice Services
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 83,473 82,796 677
Special appropriations 450 200 250
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 2 -2
Total for Program 1.3 83,923 82,998 925
Program 1.4: Family Relationships
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 163,140 162,174 966
Total for Program 1.4 163,140 162,174 966
Program 1.5: Indigenous Law and Justice
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 130,881 130,779 102
Total for Program 1.5 130,881 130,779 102
Program 1.6: National Security and Criminal Justice
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 45,958 41,348 4,610
Other services (Appropriation Bill No 2) 2,812 2,812 0
Special appropriations 75 0 75
Special accounts 11,990 6,569 5,421
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 2,380 4,135 -1,755
Total for Program 1.6 63,215 54,864 8,351
Program 1.7: Australian Government Disaster 
  Financial Support Payments
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 10,784 5,175 5,609
Special appropriations 212,258 170,176 42,082
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 440 350 90
Total for Program 1.7 223,482 175,701 47,781
Program 1.8: Royal Commission into Institutional
Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 30,997 13,500 17,497
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 5 -5
Total for Program 1.8 30,997 13,505 17,492
Outcomes 1 totals by appropriation type
Administered expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 465,233 435,770 29,463
Other services (Appropriation Bill No 2) 2,812 2,812 0
Special appropriations 212,783 170,376 42,407
Special accounts 11,990 6,569 5,421
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 2,820 4,491 -1,671
Departmental expenses
Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Bill No 1) 198,656 198,397 259
Revenues from independent sources (Section 31) 47,112 43,440 3,672
Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year 20,825 20,368 457
Total expenses for Outcome 1 962,231 882,223 80,008
Average Staffing level (number) 1,332 1,316

Spatial reporting

Table 2.5: Spatial reporting
Program Social inclusion
Actual expenditure
2012–13
Access to Justice
Actual expenditure
2012–13
Total
Actual expenditure
2012–13
Program $m $m $m
Program 1.3: Justice Services
Financial Assistance Towards Legal Costs and Related Expenses
Regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-specific 4.2 0.0 4.2
Payments for the Provision of Legal Aid — legal aid commissions
Regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-specific 14.4 0.0 14.4
Payments for the Provision of Community Legal Services
Regional 12.7 0.0 12.7
Non-regional 23.0 0.0 23.0
Non-specific 7.8 0.0 7.8
Payments for Grants to Australian Organisations Regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-specific 0.8 0.0 0.8
Payments for the Provision of Community Legal Services — Legal Advice Service Supporting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-specific 3.0 0.0 3.0
Total Program 1.3
Regional 12.7 0.0 12.7
Non-regional 23.0 0.0 23.0
Non-specific 30.2 0.0 30.2
Program 1.4: Family Relationships
Family Support Program — Family Law Services Regional 0.0 65.8 65.8
Non-regional 0.0 79.2 79.2
Non-specific 0.0 17.2 17.2
Total Program 1.4
Regional 0.0 65.8 65.8
Non-regional 0.0 79.2 79.2
Non-specific 0.0 17.2 17.2
Program 1.5: Indigenous Law and Justice
Payments for the provision of Family Violence Prevention Legal Services for Indigenous Australia
Regional 19.1 0.0 19.1
Non-regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-specific 0.0 0.0 0.0
Indigenous Legal Aid and Policy Reform Program
Regional 54.5 0.0 54.5
Non-regional 14.0 0.0 14.0
Non-specific 0.0 0.0 0.0
Payments under the Indigenous Justice Program
Regional 9.0 0.0 9.0
Non-regional 1.5 0.0 1.5
Non-specific 2.1 0.0 2.1
Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory — Community Safety and Justice
Regional 28.8 0.0 28.8
Non-regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-specific 0.0 0.0 0.0
Payments for Indigenous Interpreter Services in the Northern Territory
Regional 1.3 0.0 1.3
Non-regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-specific 0.0 0.0 0.0
Native Title System
Regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-regional 0.0 0.0 0.0
Non-specific 0.5 0.0 0.5
Total Program 1.5
Regional 112.7 0.0 112.7
Non-regional 15.5 0.0 15.5
Non-specific 2.6 0.0 2.6
Portfolio Grand Total
Regional 125.4 65.8 191.2
Non-regional 38.5 79.2 117.7
Non-specific 32.8 17.2 50.0

Services to ministers and parliament

Ministerial correspondence

During the reporting period, the Department received approximately 36,441 items of correspondence addressed to the Attorney-General, the Minister for Home Affairs and Justice and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General — an average of 139 a day. This is an increase of 29% per cent from the previous financial year.

Common topics and issues arising in ministerial correspondence included: human rights; the Family Court and family law; same sex marriage; people trafficking and deaths in custody. The Department also processed several large scale correspondence campaigns in relation to the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 and people trafficking.

The Department's parliamentary workflow solution, ExecCorro for Government, has assisted in delivering efficiencies in the processing of ministerial correspondence items through electronic processing and clearances.

Performance indicators

Table 2.6: Services to ministers and parliament, 2012–13
Outcome/Output Submissions
to ministers
Cabinet
submissions
lodged
Responses
provided to
ministerial
correspondence
Responses to
questions on
notice
Briefs* Speeches

Outcome 1: A just and secure society through the maintenance and improvement of Australia's law and justice framework and its national security and emergency management system.

 

2,333 23 3,755 32 354 7

* Approximate number of meeting briefs, possible parliamentary questions and ministers' office briefs (does not include updated briefs or briefs provided by portfolio agencies)

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