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Section 2 : Agency Resources for 2005-06

2.1 Appropriations and other resources

The total appropriation and other revenue to be received by the Authority in 2005-06 is $83.6m, comprising:

  • $49.2m in special appropriations representing levies collected from the shipping industry to fund AMSA's ship safety and environment protection functions and appropriated under Section 48 of the AMSA Act as special appropriations

  • $23.0m as an annual departmental appropriation for provision of AMSA's search and rescue coordination functions

  • $6.2m as an annual administered appropriation to cover the cost to AMSA of responding to search and rescue incidents (mainly comprising aircraft/helicopter hire)

  • $3.7m in departmental revenue from independent sources, including $2.2m from fees and charges for providing a range of marine services and $1.5m from interest, and

  • $1.5m departmental capital (equity injections).

Details of these appropriations in 2005-06 are provided at Table 2.1. Undernoted is a comparison with the 2004-05 budget and 2004-05 projected actual figures:

Figure 2.1: Appropriation comparison

Figure 2.1: Appropriation comparison

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AMSA's administered and departmental appropriations in 2005-06 increase by $6.4m from the estimated actual for 2004-05 because of ongoing measures from the 2004-05 Budget and new measures announced in the 2005-06 Budget relating to strengthening AMSA's search and rescue capability (as detailed in Budget Paper No. 2 and summarised in Table 2.2).

AMSA's expected total levy collection of $49.2m in 2005-06 is $3.3m higher than the projected total in 2004-05 of $45.9m resulting from growth in the overall levy revenue in 2005-06 in line with higher levels of shipping activity flowing from continued strong demand forecast in commodity exports.

Table 2.1: Appropriations and other revenue 2005-06(a)


  1. This table has been redesigned to correspond with Budget Paper No.4 'Agency Resourcing'. It now includes (where appropriate) administered revenue from other sources.
  2. Under the appropriation structure, Bill No.2 includes Specific Purpose Payments (SPPs), new agency Outcomes (NAOs), administered capital and departmental capital via departmental injections and loans.
  3. Estimated expenses from individual Special Appropriations are shown at Section 2, Table 2.5.
  4. Total appropriations = Bill No.1 + Bill No.2 + Special appropriations.
  5. Revenue from other sources includes CAC body revenues that are available to be expensed, special accounts (non appropriation revenues) and resources received free of charge.
  6. Percentage figures indicate the percentage contribution of Revenue from Government (Departmental Appropriations) to the total price of outputs, by outcome, and the percentage contribution of Revenue from other sources (Departmental) to the total price of outputs, by outcome.
  7. Total resources = Total appropriations + Revenue from other sources.

2.2 Budget measures

Budget measures relating to AMSA as explained in Budget Paper No.2 are summarised in Table 2.2.

Table 2.2: Summary of measures disclosed in the 2005-06 Budget


  1. The figures for expense measures reflects the impact on the underlying cash balance and may differ from the actual resources to be received by the Department due to the treatment of accrual adjustments, such as depreciation.

Further details of the measures listed are published in Budget Paper No.2.

2.3 Other receipts available to be used

Table 2.3 provides details of other receipts available to be used and include CAC body receipts that are available to be spent, special accounts (non-appropriation receipts) and resources received free of charge. These estimates are exclusive of GST.

These estimates include revenue from cost recovery arrangements within AMSA. For further explanation of AMSA's cost recovery arrangements, refer to 'Section 4.2 Cost recovery arrangements'.

Table 2.3: Other receipts available to be used1

1 This amount may differ from the amount shown as revenue from other sources at Table 2.1, which reports accrued revenues, as opposed to Table 2.3, which reports cash receipts.

AMSA may make determinations fixing charges for its services under section 47 of the AMSA Act, which requires these charges to be reasonably related to the costs incurred. AMSA provides a range of marine services for which it makes a charge based on the average cost of delivering a specific service or the time taken to deliver the service multiplied by a standard hourly rate. Charges may also include waiting time, travelling expenses and cancellation fees associated with particular services.

AMSA marine services include: inspection of ships, cargo, and ships' safety equipment; activities involved with issuing qualifications (certificates of competency) to seafarers (conducting oral practical examinations for navigating and engineering officers and assessing sea time prerequisites for qualifications); issuing and renewing coastal pilot licences; and services provided by the Shipping Registration Office.

2.4 Movement of administered funds between years

Table 2.4: Movement of administered funds between years

AMSA did not move administered funds between years.

2.5 Special Appropriations

Table 2.5: Estimates of expenses from special appropriations

AMSA is largely self-funded through three levies on the commercial shipping industry corresponding to its marine safety, regulatory and environment protection services:

  • The Marine Navigation Levy is imposed under the Marine Navigation Levy Collection Act 1989 and funds maintenance and management of Australia's national network of aids to navigation for commercial shipping

  • The Regulatory Functions Levy is imposed under the Marine Navigation (Regulatory Functions) Levy Collection Act 1991 and funds the regulation and surveillance of the shipping industry to ensure seaworthiness and safe operation of vessels in Australian waters and enhancing maritime safety and environment protection standards

  • The Protection of the Sea Levy is imposed under the Protection of the Sea (Shipping Levy) Collection Act 1981 and funds the operation of Australia's National Plan to Combat Pollution of the Sea by Oil and Other Noxious and Hazardous Substances.

The Australian Government receives levy payments from the shipping industry imposed by the levy legislation and these funds are appropriated under Section 48 of the AMSA Act as special appropriations.

2.6 Special Accounts

Table 2.6: Estimates of special account flows and balances

AMSA does not maintain special accounts.

2.7 Administered capital and departmental equity injections and loans

Administered capital

AMSA did not receive administered capital in 2005-06.

Departmental Equity Injections

The total appropriation for departmental equity injections to be received by AMSA in 2005-06 is $1.5m. The equity injections relate to ongoing measures in the 2004-05 Budget and new measures announced in the 2005-06 Budget to enhance AMSA's search and rescue capability.

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