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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 534


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Social Inclusion, upon notice, on 3 December 2008:

(1) (a) For the period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, what funds has the Government committed to spend under regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (the Act) for each department and/or agency that operates under the Act in the Minister’s portfolio; and (b) how much of this commitment was approved: (i) at the department or agency level, and (ii) by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

(2) How much depreciation funding for each department or agency in the Minister’s portfolio: (a) was available as at 30 June 2008; (b) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year; and (c) was spent in the 2007-08 financial year to directly replace assets for which it was appropriated.


Senator Carr (Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research) —The Minister for Education, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for Social Inclusion has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a) For the period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008 my Portfolio committed to spending $601.497 million under Regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. The table below provides the commitment per agency and breaks the commitment down by approval mechanism.

 

Agency

1(b)(i) Commitment approved at the agency level $’000

1(b)(ii) Commitment approved by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation $’000

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

578,934

NIL

Australian Fair Pay Commission Secretariat

NIL

NIL

Australian Industrial Relations Commission / Australian Industrial Registry

7,415

NIL

Australian Learning and Teaching Council 1

NIL

NIL

Comcare 1

NIL

NIL

Office of the Australian Building and Constructions Commissioner

21

NIL

Teach Australia - Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership 1

NIL

NIL

Workplace Authority

11,251

NIL

Workplace Ombudsman

3,876

NIL

1 These bodies are incorporated under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997. Regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 does not apply to these bodies.

(2)   Since the introduction of accrual budgeting in 1999-2000, departments and agencies have been appropriated for some non cash items, including depreciation. The accumulated funds are included as ‘appropriation receivable’ in each agency’s balance sheet. These funds are available to the department and agencies to meet expenditure as required, including for the replacement of assets. The department and agencies do not separately identify funds held for the purchase of assets. The table below shows the estimated depreciation funding available for the 2008-09 financial year, depreciation spent in 2007-08 and the amount spent on assets in 2007-08.

 

Agency

2(a) Depreciation funding available as at 30 June 2008

$’000

2(b) Depreciation funding spent in the 2007-08 financial year

$’000

2(c) Amount spent in 2007-08 to replace assets for which it was appropriated.

$’000

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

78,067

72,561

74,437

Australian Fair Pay Commission Secretariat

526

56

2

Australian Industrial Relations Commission / Australian Industrial Registry

1,010

820

654

Australian Learning and Teaching Council1

NIL

NIL

NIL

Comcare1

NIL

NIL

NIL

Office of the Australian Building and Constructions Commissioner

1060

557

557

Teach Australia - Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership1

NIL

NIL

NIL

Workplace Authority

6,520

747

747

Workplace Ombudsman

7,693

6,241

NIL

1 These bodies are incorporated under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997. They do not receive direct appropriation; except for a small amount for Comcare which is not depreciation funding.