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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3557


Mr Hockey asked the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change, 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 Swan (Treasurer) —The Minister for Climate Change has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

(1)   The Department of Climate Change returned $4,649,649 as a result of administered program underspends in the 2007-08 financial year at 30 June 2008 when the funding lapsed. No funding was returned in the 2008-09 Budget.

(2)  

(a)   For the period of 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008:

  • the Department of Climate Change has committed to spend $25,196,494.00 under Regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. This amount includes the 2008-09 financial year and future years.

 All of these commitments under Regulation 10 were authorised by a delegate of the Minister for Finance and Deregulation at the department level.

  • the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator (ORER) has not committed any expenditure under regulation 10.

(3)   Both the Department of Climate Change and the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator:

(a)   did not have any depreciation funding available as at 30 June 2008;

(b)   did not spend any depreciation funding in the 2007-08 financial year; and

(c)   did not spend any depreciation funding in the 2007-08 financial year to directly replace assets.