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Monday, 4 September 2006
Page: 145

Senator Ludwig asked the Minister for Justice and Customs, upon notice, on 10 May 2006:

With reference to the statement on page 81 of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) 2004-05 annual report that the ACC’s budget for the 2005-06 financial year may cover an approved $2 million deficit to enable enhancements to infrastructure and to remedy a number of other issues relating to the transition to the ACC from three former agencies and that the ACC will fund the deficit from previously un-drawn appropriations:

(1)   What are the ‘enhancements to infrastructure’ referred to.

(2) (a)   What are the remaining outstanding issues relating to the formation of the ACC; and (b) when will they be finalised.

(3)   Is it normal to have $2 million in un-drawn appropriations; if so, can other instances be provided in which the ACC has had similar levels of un-drawn appropriations; if not, why is it so in this case.

Senator Ellison (Minister for Justice and Customs) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   The $2 million operating loss approved in November 2005 is enabling enhancements to accommodation, furniture and systems.

(2) (a)   Integration of some ACC systems remains outstanding. (b) July 2007. It is not unusual for Commonwealth agencies to have un-drawn appropriations. In the case of the ACC, these comprise unspent appropriations from previous years. The levels of un-drawn appropriations are shown in the Statements of Financial Position in each of the ACC’s Annual Reports.