Section 4 : Other Reporting Requirements
4.1 Purchaser-provider arrangements
Cross agency overview
The Department has a purchaser-provider arrangement with Tasmania Assistance Services Centrelink. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Centrelink and the Department was signed on 30 August 2002, and will conclude on 30 June 2007. Centrelink administers, on behalf of the Department, the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme, the Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme, and the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme. Each scheme operates under Ministerial Directions approved by the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads.
Under the current arrangements, Centrelink reports to the Department against an agreed set of Key Performance Indicators on a monthly basis. Centrelink lies within the Human Services portfolio. Centrelink, therefore, also reports on its outcomes and output structure, providing a full set of financial statements within the PBS for the Family and Community Services portfolio.
The MOU noted above specifies services purchased, resources, management arrangements and expected levels of performance. The Department and Centrelink hold quarterly business meetings where any issues arising from changes to policy or administration are discussed and responded to as appropriate.
Up to 30 June 2005, Centrelink received $0.8m per annum to administer the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme, Tasmanian Wheat Freight Scheme and the Bass Strait Passenger Vehicle Equalisation Scheme. For 2005-06 Centrelink will receive $0.85m to administer the schemes.
Performance against outcomes of purchased outputs
Performance of the services purchased from Centrelink relate to output 1.4.1 - Maritime and land transport, under Outcome 1 - Fostering an efficient, sustainable, competitive, safe and secure transport system.
4.2 Cost recovery arrangements
Since the 2005 06 PBS, the Department has not undertaken any assessments of its cost recovery arrangements against the Department of Finance and Administration's 'Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines for Information and Regulatory Agencies'. The latest Cost Recovery Impact Statements were reported in the 2005 06 PBS and are available on the Department's website at www.dotars.gov.au.
4.3 Australian Government Indigenous Expenditure
Table 4.1: Australian Government Indigenous Expenditure
Note: 2006-07 data is in plain text bolded with 2005-06 data in italics.