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Report on Performance

Regional outputs and programmes

Overview

Our national economic performance continues to rely on Australia's regions. One-third of Australians live and work in non-metropolitan areas and contribute two-thirds of our national export income.

Globalisation, population changes, skills shortages and natural disasters continue to challenge our regions. Partnership between the government and communities is the key to helping regions face these challenges through growth and diversification.

What we do

The department, on behalf of the government, contributes to the wellbeing of all Australians by assisting regions to manage their own futures. Among other things, the department,

  • provided advice to the Australian Government on a broad range of social and economic issues affecting regional Australia
  • delivered information to regional Australians on Australian Government programmes and services
  • collated and analysed data on regional Australia to inform policy development
  • worked with other agencies and governments to evaluate and improve their services to regional and Indigenous Australians
  • administered $1,619 million in financial assistance for local government, to meet community priorities (page 158)
  • administered $124 million in grants and subsidies for community initiatives that support regional development (page 129)
  • established a small taskforce to provide advice to the Australian Government and develop, manage and coordinate the policy response following the decision to consider the future governance arrangements for Norfolk Island (page 147)
  • facilitated a nationwide consultation process about the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra
  • administered a programme of awards highlighting the contribution of local government to its communities (page 157)
  • delivered health, education, water and other essential services to the 2,744 people who live in Australia's non-self governing territories, often through the Western Australian, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales governments (page 144)
  • administered $30 million in natural disaster mitigation funding and over $75 million in response and relief, in partnership with other government departments-including a $40 million advance in natural disaster relief funds and a $1 million contribution towards the Prime Minister's and Premier's Cyclone Larry Relief Appeal to assist Far North Queensland in its recovery from the impact of Cyclone Larry (page 163).

What this chapter covers

This chapter reports on the regional outputs and programmes the department was funded to deliver in 2005-06 (see Table 4.1). The chapter:

  • sets out our annual financial and other targets, as published in our 2005-06 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) or amended in the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES) and Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimate Statement (PSAES)
  • explains our actual results in 2005-06 and compares them with previous years' results where applicable
  • discusses factors that may be affecting or are likely to affect our results
  • summarises progress towards achievement of the indicators nominated for each output and programme using the following ratings:

    fully achieved mostly achieved partly achieved not achieved

Table 4.1 Regional outputs and programmes in 2005-06

Budget 2005-06a $'000

Actual 2005-06 $'000

Varianceb
(%)

Rating

Information

Output 2.1.1-Regional Services

39,655

40,092

1.1

Page 127

Administered programmes

Construction of the Bert Hinkler Hall of Aviation Museum

1,450

-

-100.0

Page 131

Regional Partnerships

111,625

83,710

-25.0

Page 132

Sustainable Regions

51,733

36,779

-28.9

Page 137

Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme

3,608

3,153

-12.6

Page 141

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

315

369

17.1

Page 142

Regional and Rural Research and Development Grants

228

183

-19.7

Page 143

Output 2.2.1-Services to Territories

18,074

18,064

-0.1

Page 144

Administered programmes

Services to Indian Ocean Territories

59,243

57,998

-2.1

Page 151

Norfolk Island

  • refurbishment of Kingston Pier

6,032

5,747

-4.7

Page 153

  • memorial for Minister Buffet (environmental trust fund)

322

234

-27.3

Page 154

Payments to the ACT

  • assistance for water and sewerage services

9,250

9,250

-

Page 154

  • compensation for the effects of national capital influence on the cost of providing municipal services

23,004

23,004

-

Page 155

Christmas Island rehabilitation

740

3,651

393.4

Page 155

Output 2.2.2-Local Government

2,234

2,474

10.7

Page 156

Administered programmes

Local Government Financial Assistance Grants

1,623,201

1,618,560

-0.3

Page 158

Supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads

9,000

9,000

-

Page 159

Output 2.2.3-Natural Disaster Relief

4,003

3,810

-4.8

Page 161

Administered programmes

Natural Disaster Mitigationc

31,053

26,003

-16.3

Page 163

Bushfire Mitigation

5,000

4,945

-1.1

Page 165

National Aerial Firefighting

5,500

5,500

-

Page 166

Natural Disaster Relief Arrangements

89,540

69,111

-22.8

Page 167

The Prime Minister's and Premier's Cyclone Larry Relief Appeal

-

1,000

-

Outcome 2-All outputs

Total price of departmental outputs

63,967

64,439

0.7

Less receipts from independent sources

922

1,148

24.5

Net price to government (appropriation)

63,045

63,292

0.4

Administered programmes summary

Total cost of administered programmes

2,030,844

1,958,197

-3.6

Plus depreciation, write down of assets etc.

14,310

15,514

8.4

Total administered operating expenses

2,045,154

1,973,711

-3.5

Less administered revenues

28,673

63,886

122.8

Net cost to government

2,016,481

1,909,825

-5.3

Average staffing level

361

353

-2.2

a The budget shown for both departmental outputs and administered programmes is the revised budget published in our 2005-06 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements updated for additional funding provided through the Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates. Departmental outputs include own source revenue
b The variance is the change in 2005-06 actuals over the revised 2005-06 Budget.
c Includes $7.8m for the Gawler River Flood Mitigation Scheme provided through the 2005-06 Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates.