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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3561


Mr Hockey asked the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Water, 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 Minister for Climate Change and Water has provided the following answer to the honourable member’s question:

In relation to my ministerial responsibilities:

(1)   The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts will not return money to budget in the 2008-09 financial year as a result of underspends for programs within the Minister’s portfolio in the 2007-08 financial year.

(2)   For the period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008 and for that part of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts that came within the Minister’s portfolio, the Department entered into agreements or arrangements requiring authorisation under Regulation 10 of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 (the Act) totalling $187,766,091.55. This amount includes expenditure in the 2007-08 financial year and future years. 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 level.

(3)   The table below identifies the sum of depreciation funding for that part of the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts that came within the Minister’s portfolio and portfolio agencies 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.

 Sum of Depreciation Funding:

available as at 30 June 2008.

spent in 2007-08. (1)

spent in 2007-08 to directly replace assets. (2)

 

$’000

$’000

$’000

Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (Water programs only) (3)

NIL

422

422

National Water Commission

71

410

57

Murray Darling Basin Commission

NIL

NIL

NIL

(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.