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Section 2: Outcomes and planned performance

2.1: Outcomes and performance information (continued)

Programme 3.2: Local government
Programme 3.2 Objective

The local government programme contributes to Outcome 3 through providing direct financial support and promoting better practice through the National Local Government Awards.

Administered items
  • Local Government Financial Assistance Grants
  • Local Government Reform Fund1
  • Referendum on the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution
  • Supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads

Notes:

  1. The Department of the Treasury is appropriated for payments to and through states and territories for National Partnership payments. Further information on these programmes can be found in Budget Paper 3 or the Treasury's Portfolio Budget Statements (Programme 1.10).
Programme 3.2 Expenses

The increase in expenses from 2013–14 to 2014–15 is due to the bring-forward of funds from 2013–14 to 2012–13 for the Local Government Financial Assistance Grants administered item.
2013-14
Estimated
Actual1
$'000
2014-15
Budget

$'000
2015-16
Forward
estimate
$'000
2016-17
Forward
estimate
$'000
2017-18
Forward
estimate
$'000
Annual administered expenses2          
Referendum on the recognition of local government in the Australian Constitution 6 - - - -
Supplementary funding to South Australian councils for local roads 13,361 - - - -
Special Appropriation expenses          
Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 865,312 2,286,737 2,286,737 2,286,737 2,385,295
Programme support 2,146 2,316 2,005 1,929 1,869
Total programme expenses1 880,825 2,289,053 2,288,742 2,288,666 2,387,164

Notes:

  1. 2013-14 estimated actuals appear lower in comparison to the 2014-15 estimates primarily because it excludes actuals incurred prior to the transfer of functions from DRALGAS in the AAO of 18 September 2013.
  2. Excludes expenses relating to payments made to and through the states and territories by the Department of the Treasury for the Local Government Reform Fund administered item.
Programme 3.2 Deliverables

The following deliverables represent the goods and services produced and delivered by the programme in meeting its objective.
Deliverables Year Target
1. Administer the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995. 2013–14 Estimated actual Funding delivered in accordance with relevant legislation.
2014–15 Budget Funding delivered in accordance with relevant legislation and in a manner that reflects the outcomes of the Financial Assistance Grants review.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2. Prepare the annual Local Government National Report in accordance with financial assistance grants legislation. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Deliver the annual Local Government National Report in accordance with financial assistance grants legislation.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
3. Conduct the National Awards for Local Government. 2013–14 Estimated actual Awards conducted.
2014–15 Budget Awards are conducted subject to the receipt of sponsorship.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
Programme 3.2 Key performance indicators

The following key performance indicators, addressing key features of the programme, measure the effectiveness of the programme in meeting its objective.
Key performance indicators Year Target
1. Participation in National Awards for Local Government is used as a tool for promoting innovation and best-practice service delivery. 2013–14 Estimated actual Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2014–15 Budget Awards are delivered as part of the ALGA General Assembly programme.
2015–16 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2016–17 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.
2017–18 Forward estimate Ongoing—refer to 2014–15 Budget target.

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