Report on performance
Outcome 3-Regional Development and Local Government Outputs and Programs
During 2007-08, the Department advised on and led national efforts to address regional and local government issues by:
- delivering a range of administered programs and policy advice to support the sustainable development of self-reliant and resilient communities; and
- delivering Financial Assistance Grants to local governments.
Outcome and outputs
Figure 5.1 shows the relationships between Outcome 3 and its two outputs, as published in the 2008-09 Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), and identifies the responsible business division. The figure also relates each of the current outputs to the corresponding output under the previous outcome and output structure.
Under the Administrative Arrangements Order made in December 2007, responsibility for services to territories and natural disaster relief functions, and the associated administered programs, was transferred from the Department to the Attorney-General's Department.
What this chapter covers
Revised outcome and output structure
When the Department was restructured during 2007-08 to reflect the new Australian Government's priorities, the outcome and output structure was revised. The structure of the performance chapters of this report reflects the new outcome and output structure, which was published in the 2008-09 PBS. Refer Appendix L whcih shows both the current and previous structures.
This chapter describes the Department's performance against the performance indicators (excluding price and cost) published in the 2007-08 PBS or modified in the 2007-08 Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES).
Financial performance indicators - price (for outputs) and cost (for administered programs) - are on an accrual expense basis as published in the 2007-08 PAES and have been adjusted to reflect the revised outcome and output structure.
In most cases, the effectiveness, quantity, quality and location performance indicators are as originally published in the 2007-08 PBS. Exceptions occur because:
- several new programs and their accompanying performance indicators were first published in the 2007-08 PAES; and
- the performance indicators for any new or modified programs announced in the Portfolio Supplementary Additional Estimates Statements (PSAES) are not published until the following year's PBS, even if the new or modified programs have implications for the current financial year. Refer Appendix K for a list of new or modified performance indicators.
The chapter begins with a table summarising the attributed budgeted and actual resources of Outcome 3 and the overall performance achieved in 2007-08.
This is followed by the reports on performance for individual outputs. Each output report includes:
- an overview of the output's functions and how they are delivered;
- a cross-reference to the applicable 2007-08 PBS output;
- a summary of the output's results against the performance indicators;
- a more detailed report on the output's performance against each indicator; and
- if the output has administered programs, a report on performance against the indicators for each program.
Each output and administered summary report also includes a rating of progress towards achievement of the performance indicators using the following ratings:
These ratings are an overall assessment of performance for 2007-08, taking into account both financial and non-financial aspects.
Resources and performance - Outcome 3
|Outcome 3 - Regional development and local government|
|Output 3.1.1 - Regional development policy and programs||40,631||41,675||2.6||181|
|Area Consultative Committeesc||17,424||16,869||-3.2||191|
|Construction of the Bert Hinkler Hall of Aviation Museum||1,450||1,450||0.0||194|
|Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal||500||500||0.0||194|
|Improving regional women's representation in decision makinge||618||0||-100.0||195|
|Regional and Rural Research and Development Grants||228||228||0.0||195|
|Remote Air Services Subsidy Scheme||4,398||4,260||-3.1||199|
|Young District Medical Centre||140||127||-9.3||204|
|Output 3.2.1 - Local government policy and programs||2,606||4,383||68.2||205|
|Local Government Financial Assistance Grants||1,761,241||1,780,805||1.1||209|
|Supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads||13,592||13,592||0.0||210|
|Local government amalgamation - plebiscites in Queensland||1,542||1,542||0.0||211|
|Outcome 3 - All outputs|
|Total price of departmental outputs||43,237||46,058||6.5|
|Less receipts from independent sources||701||601||14.3|
|Net price to government||42,536||45,457||6.9|
|Administered programs summary|
|Total cost of administered programs||1,906,667||1,882,039||1.3|
|Plus depreciation, write-down of assets etc.||0||0||0.0|
|Total administered operating expenses||1,906,667||1,882,039||1.3|
|Less administered revenues||4,923||4,931||0.2|
|Net cost to government||1,901,744||1,877,108||-1.3|
|Average staffing level||243||271||11.4|
a The budget shown for departmental outputs is the attributed budget for the Department's revised outcome and output structure as first published in the 2008-09 PBS, and reflects the final budget as per the 2007-08 PAES. Appendix M shows the output budgets and actuals in accordance with the Department's previous outcome and output structure as published in the 2007-08 PAES. The budget shown for administered programs is the revised budget published in the 2007-08 PAES updated for measures announced in the 2007-08 PSAES. Departmental outputs include the Department's own source revenue.
b The variance is the change in the Department's 2007-08 actuals over its revised 2007-08 budget.
c This program has now been renamed 'Regional Development Australia committees' and was first reported as such in the 2008-09 PBS.
d The Better Regions Guidelines will be considered by the Australian Government early in 2008-09 to enable program commencement and expenditure.
e In December 2007 the Australian Government decided not to proceed with this program.
f The underspend is a result of the decision by the Australian Government to close the Regional Partnerships program to new and uncontracted projects.
g The underspend is a result of the decision by the Australian Government to close the Sustainable Regions program to new and uncontracted projects.