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Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Section 3: Explanatory tables and budgeted financial statements

Section 3 presents explanatory tables and budgeted financial statements which provide a comprehensive snapshot of agency finances for the Budget year 2010-11. It explains how budget plans are incorporated into the financial statements and provides further details of the reconciliation between appropriations and program expenses, movements in administered funds, special accounts and government indigenous expenditure.

3.1: Explanatory tables

3.1.1: Movement of administered funds between years

AMSA does not receive administered funds.

3.1.2: Special Accounts

AMSA does not maintain Special Accounts.

3.1.3: Australian Government Indigenous Expenditure

AMSA has no Australian Government Indigenous Expenditure to report.

3.2: Budgeted financial statements

3.2.1: Differences in agency resourcing and financial statements

AMSA does not have any significant differences between the resource information presented in the Budget Papers and Portfolio Budget Statements as a result of differences between Australian Accounting Standards (AAS) and Government Finance Statistics (GFS).

3.2.2: Analysis of budgeted financial statements

AMSA is budgeting for a zero operating result in 2010-11 after consecutive years of deficits. These previous deficits were in relation to the phasing in of the Australian Government's National Maritime Emergency Response Arrangements (2006-07 to 2008-09) and the recognition of costs in relation to the Pacific Adventurer marine pollution incident.

AMSA revenue

AMSA's main revenue source is from government funding. This includes levies collected from the shipping industry and appropriated under Section 48 of the AMSA Act as Special Appropriations to fund AMSA's ship safety and environment protection functions, Community Service Obligation funding for search and rescue functions and response and the funding of any new budget measures. AMSA has two lesser revenue sources from fees and charges and from interest. In 2010-11, AMSA estimates receiving total revenue of $149.3m compared to $121.1m in the 2009-10 Budget, as summarised in the table below.

AMSA revenue comparison

AMSA Revenue Sources 2010-11
Special Appropriations of levies collected from the shipping industry $87.5m $65.9m
Annual departmental appropriation for search and rescue functions $41.2m $40.5m
Annual departmental appropriation for search and rescue response $10.1m $9.8m
Revenue from budget measures $5.9m  -
Revenue from independent sources (fees and charges and interest) $4.6m $4.9m
Total Revenue: $149.3m $121.1m

Revenue from government: levy funding

AMSA has three levies corresponding to its ship safety and environment functions:

  • Regulatory Functions Levy funds regulation cost of ship safety and environment protection;
  • Marine Navigation Levy funds the national network of marine aids to navigation; and
  • Protection of the Sea Levy funds activities related to pollution and emergency response services.

In 2010-11, levy revenue is estimated to total $87.5m, which is $21.6m higher than 2009-10 Budget, mainly resulting from increased shipping activity driven by continued strong demand for commodity exports and an increase to the Protection of the Sea Levy required to recover the cost of reimbursing claims from the Pacific Adventurer incident. The increase to the levy rate from 11.25 to 14.25 cents per net registered ton came into effect from 1 April 2010. The 2009-10 Budget was framed amidst the backdrop of the Global Financial Crisis, with the expectation that reduced levels of shipping activity would result in lower levy revenue. Instead, strong commodity export performance throughout the year increased shipping activity and resulted in levy revenue performing well above budget. The trend of levies revenue growth driven by the continued strong demand for commodities is expected to continue into 2010-11. AMSA phased-in the final required increase in the Protection of the Sea Levy to recover the full cost of the National Maritime Emergency Response Arrangements on 1 July 2009.

Revenue from government

AMSA receives an annual departmental appropriation for providing a search and rescue co-ordination service to the community, which is estimated at $41.2m in 2010-11. AMSA also receives an annual departmental appropriation to cover the cost of search and rescue incidents (mainly aircraft/helicopter hire) estimated at $10.1m in 2010-11. For 2010-11 AMSA has also received revenue of $5.2m to fund the new budget measure 'Implementation of National Transport Regulators'. A further $0.7m has been provided to AMSA as payment from related entities (Infrastructure) in relation to the provision of transport safety assistance to Indonesia.

Appropriation comparison between 2010-11 and 2009-10

The table below compares the appropriations in the 2010-11 and the 2009-10 Budgets:

Appropriation Bill No. 1    
Departmental Outputs    
Australian Search and Rescue Function 41,209 40,473
Australian Search and Rescue Response 10,078 9,843
Implementation of the National Transport Regulators



Total 56,435 50,316
Special Appropriations    
Marine Navigation Levy 25,212 20,187
Regulatory Functions Levy 33,989 27,527
Protection of the Sea Levy 28,332 18,147
Total 87,533 65,861
Total Appropriations 143,968 116,177

Revenue from independent sources: sale of goods and services and interest

AMSA may make determinations fixing charges under section 47 of the AMSA Act, which requires these fees and charges to be reasonably related to the costs incurred by AMSA in their provision. AMSA has a range of services with charges based on the average cost of delivering a specific service or the time taken to deliver the service multiplied by a standard hourly rate and may include waiting time, travelling expenses and cancellation fees. These services include:

  • inspection of ships, cargo, and ships' safety equipment;
  • activities involved with issuing certificates of competency to seafarers, including 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 Australian Shipping Registration Office.

In 2010-11, AMSA's total estimated revenue from independent sources is $4.6m ($4.9m in 2009-10). This includes the sale of goods and services amounting to $3.5m ($3.9m in 2009-10) and interest of $1.1m ($1.0m in 2009-10).

Resources for AMSA's output groups

Chart 3.2.1 shows the resources allocated to AMSA's two subprograms since 2005-06:

Chart 3.2.1: Trends in resources for AMSA Subprograms

Chart 3.2.1: Trends in resources for AMSA Subprograms

Revenue/expense comparison

Chart 3.2.2 shows the overall trend in AMSA's revenue and expenses since 2005-06. The rise in revenue and expenses since 2005-06 results from two influences. The first is the Budget measures in 2004-05 and 2005-06 allocating additional funding to enhance AMSA's search and rescue capability. Revenue in 2010-11 includes a new budget measure for the 'Implementation of National Transport Regulators'. The second is the rise in levy revenue required to fully recover the costs of AMSA's functions in providing emergency response services under the National Maritime Emergency Response Arrangements over 2006-07 to 2009-10 and a further increase to the Protection of the Sea Levy in 2009-10 required to recover the cost of reimbursing claims from the Pacific Adventurer incident AMSA budgeted for a deficit in 2006-07 to 2009-10 to support the proposed staged increase in the levy revenue required to fund the National Maritime Emergency Response Arrangements and due to an expected decline in the collection of Marine Navigation, Regulatory Functions and Protection of the Sea levies from reduced shipping activity from the Global Financial Crisis. AMSA has drawn upon its accumulated surplus and cash reserves to cover the deficit years.

Chart 3.2.2: AMSA revenue and expenses

Chart 3.2.2: AMSA revenue and expenses

3.2.3: Budgeted financial statements tables

Table 3.2.1: Comprehensive income statement (showing net cost of services) (for the period ended 30 June)

Table 3.2.2: Budgeted departmental balance sheet (as at 30 June)

Table 3.2.3: Departmental statement of changes in equity - summary of movement (Budget year 2010-11)

Table 3.2.4: Budgeted departmental statement of cash flows (for the period ended 30 June)

Table 3.2.5: Departmental capital budget statement

Table 3.2.6: Statement of asset movements (2010-11)

3.2.4: Notes to the financial statements

1. Accounting policy

The budgeted financial statements have been prepared on an accrual accounting basis, having regard to Statements of Accounting Concepts, and in accordance with:

  • the Finance Minister's Orders;
  • Australian Accounting Standards;
  • other authoritative pronouncements of the Australian Accounting Standards Board; and
  • the Consensus Views of the Urgent Issues Group.

2. Departmental and administered items

Agency assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses are those items that are controlled by AMSA that are used in producing its outcomes and include:

  • infrastructure, plant and equipment used in providing goods and services;
  • liabilities for employee entitlements;
  • revenue from appropriations or independent sources in payment for outcomes; and
  • employee, supplier and depreciation expenses incurred in providing agency outcomes.

AMSA has no administered items.

3. Departmental expenses - employees

Payments and net increases in entitlements to employees for services rendered in the financial year.

4. Departmental expenses - suppliers

Payments to suppliers for goods and services used in providing agency outcomes.

5. Departmental expenses - depreciation and amortisation

Depreciable property plant and equipment, buildings and intangible assets are written-off to their estimated residual values over their estimated useful life to AMSA, using the straight-line calculation method.

6. Departmental revenue

Revenue from government represents the purchase of outcomes from AMSA by the government and is recognised to the extent that it has been received into AMSA's bank account.

Revenue from other sources, representing sales from goods and services, is recognised when:

  • the risks and rewards of ownership have been transferred to the buyer;
  • the seller retains no managerial involvement nor effective control over the goods;
  • the revenue and transaction costs incurred can be reliably measured; and
  • it is probable that the economic benefits associated with the transaction will flow to the entity.

7. Departmental assets - financial assets

The primary financial asset relates to receivables. Financial assets are used to fund AMSA's capital program, employee entitlements, creditors and to provide working capital.

8. Departmental assets - non-financial assets

These items represent future economic benefits that AMSA will consume in producing outcomes. The reported value represents the purchase price paid less depreciation incurred to date in using the asset.

9. Departmental liabilities - provisions and payables

Provision has been made for AMSA's liability for employee entitlements arising from services rendered by employees. This liability includes unpaid annual leave and long service leave.

Provision has also been made for unpaid supplier expenses as at balance date.

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