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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 201


Senator Ronaldson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 24 November 2008:

For the 2008 calendar year, can lists be provided for: (a) the department’s top 5 program overspends and their costs; and (b) the department’s top 5 program underspends and their costs.


Senator Ludwig (Minister for Human Services) —The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The Department manages estimates and expenditure on a Financial Year basis. For the 2007-08 financial year the answer is as follows:

Program

Budget ($’000)

Actual

($’000)

Variation

($’000)

Programs over budget

School General Recurrent Grants

7,113,639

7,186,138

72,499

Support for Australian Apprenticeships

677,097

725,033

47,936

Literacy, Numeracy and Special Learning Needs

478,009

524,369

46,360

Commonwealth Grant Scheme

3,595,910

3,620,012

24,102

Capital Development Pool

93,513

113,739

20,226

Programs under budget

Australian Apprenticeship Workforce Skills Development

376,502

301,940

-74,562

Youth Allowance (School Students)

545,880

475,308

-70,572

Schools Capital Grants

477,793

433,089

-44,704

Youth Allowance (Tertiary Students)

971,955

934,772

-37,183

Job Network

1,177,390

1,141,346

-36,044

Note: Programs which include a significant actuarial assessment in relation to the total expenses have not been included. These are the Higher Education Loan Program and Unfunded University Superannuation. Due to the nature of the programs, variations from budget in respect of non-cash transactions occur.