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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3558


Mr Hockey asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, 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 Garrett (Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

In relation to my ministerial responsibilities:

(1)   The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts will return $12.1m in the 2008-09 financial year as a result of underspends in the 2007-08 financial year for programs in the Environment, Heritage and the Arts portfolio.

(2)   No other Agency within the portfolio will return unspent 2007-08 money to the budget in 2008-09. The table below identifies, for the period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, the total value of agreements or arrangements entered into by the department and agencies in the Environment, Heritage and the Arts portfolio subject to the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (the Act) requiring authorisation under regulation 10 of the Act. Note the values identified include expenditure in the 2007-2008 financial year and future financial years.

Agency

Total Value of Agreements

Department of the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

$166,364,122.32

Bureau of Meteorology

$33,770,913.00

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

$574,373.03

Total

$200,709,408.35

   Every agreement or arrangement requiring regulation 10 authorisation under the Act was authorised by a delegate of the Minister for Finance and Deregulation at the department or agency level.

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

(1)   Represents depreciation expense for the 2007-08 financial year.

(2)   Represents cash payments used for the purchase of capital assets.

(3)   Due to the fact that accurate records have not been held since the implementation of accrual accounting and the Machinery of Government changes to the structure of the Department, DEWHA has provided an estimate of cash available to replace assets as at 30 June 2008.