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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3551


Mr Hockey asked the Prime Minister, 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 Rudd (Prime Minister) —I am advised that the answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   The following agencies and departments in my portfolio (excluding the Department of Climate Change and their related agency who will respond separately) will return money to budget in the 2008-09 financial year as a result of underspends in the 2007-08 financial year:

Department/ Agency

Administered (Section 8)

$’000

Departmental (no win no loss) $’000

Total

$’000

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

1,820

5,658

7,479

Australian Public Service Commission

300

Nil

300

Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General

160

Nil

160

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

Nil

100

100

TOTAL

2,280

5,758

8,038

 

(2) (a)   For the period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, the following amounts were committed under Regulation 10 of the FMA Act by each FMA agency in the Portfolio (excluding the Department of Climate Change and their related agency who will respond separately):

Department/Agency

Amount $’000

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

2,101

Australian Public Service Commission

597

Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor General

Nil

Australian National Audit Office

5,012

Office of Inspector-General of intelligence & Security

Nil

Australian Institute of Family Studies

388

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Nil

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

665

National Archives of Australia

6,588

Office of National Assessments

296

TOTAL

15,647

       

         

(b)   For the period 1 December 2007 to 30 June 2008, all the expenditure committed under Regulation 10 was approved at the department or agency level.  No Regulation 10 approval was sought from the Minister of Finance and Deregulation.

(3) (a)   and (b) The Departmental depreciation expense and asset purchases as published in the 2007-08 financial statements by each FMA agency in the Portfolio (excluding the Department of Climate Change and their related agency who will respond separately) were as follows:

Department/Agency

Depreciation Expense

$’000

Asset Purchases

$’000

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

4,383

3,091

Australian Public Service Commission

1,478

1,702

Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor General

203

1,936

Australian National Audit Office

1,591

1,860

Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security

17

59

Australian Institute of Family Studies

297

122

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

30

76

Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

783

286

National Archives of Australia

12,680

3,171

Office of National Assessments

2,945

1,669

Old Parliament House

Established as a legal entity on 1 July 2008

TOTAL

24,407

13,972

       

         

(c)   The budget is allocated to priorities on the basis of need and the Government does not try to allocate funding from particular sources to particular assets and programs.