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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3553


Mr Hockey asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, in writing, on 1 December 2008:

(1)   Which agencies and departments in the Minister’s portfolio will return money to budget in the 2008-09 financial year as a result of underspends in the 2007-08 financial year; and what sum of money will be returned to budget from these programs.

(2)   From 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, what sum of money has the Government committed to spending under Regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 for applicable departments and agencies under the Minister’s portfolio; and how much of this commitment was approved: (a) at the department and agency level; and (b) by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation.

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


Mr McClelland (Attorney-General) —The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)

(1)   The 2007-08 surplus as reported in DIAC’s Annual Report is $35.4 million. The Department operates under a funding agreement which is reconciled every year, based on activity and cost movements. The actual amount to be returned to budget has not yet been finalised with the Department of Finance and Deregulation.

(2) (a)   $375 million at departmental level. (b) nil.

(3) (a)   The Department does not segregate the appropriation receivable balance for specific items. Tracking of depreciation funding has not been undertaken since the implementation of accrual accounting and Machinery of Government changes to the structure of departments. (b) $94.722 million was reported as depreciation and amortisation expense in the 2007-08 financial statements. (c) The Department does not record separately purchases of assets that are replacement assets. The department spent $32.042 million of corporate funding on assets which would include replacement of assets.

Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal

(1)   The Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal will not be returning money to budget in the 2008-09 financial year as a result of underspends in the 2007-08 financial year.

(2) (a)   nil. (b) nil.

(3) (a)   The Tribunals do not segregate the appropriation receivable balance for specific items. Tracking of depreciation funding has not been undertaken since the implementation of accrual accounting and Machinery of Government changes to the structure of departments. (b) $1.687 million was reported as depreciation and amortisation expense in the 2007-08 financial statements. (c) The Tribunals do not record separately purchases of assets that are replacement assets. The Tribunals spent $1.689 million on capital expenditure in the 2007-08 financial year, all of which was internally funded.