Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2008
Executive summary (continued)
The department’s outcomes and outputs structure as set out in the 2007-2008 Portfolio Budget Statements is as follows:
|The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved||1.1: Response to climate change|
|1.2: Conservation of the land and inland waters||1.2.1 Land and water strategies|
|1.2.2 Land and water investments|
|1.2.3 Terrestrial parks and reserves|
|1.2.4 Tropical wetlands research|
|1.3: Conservation of the coasts and oceans||1.3.1 Coastal strategies|
|1.3.2 Coastal investments|
|1.3.3 Marine conservation|
|1.4: Conservation of natural, Indigenous and historic heritage|
|1.5: Response to the impacts of human settlements||1.5.1 Environmental assessments|
|1.5.2 Pollution prevention strategies|
|1.5.3 Supervision of uranium mines|
|1.5.4 Wildlife protection|
|Australia’s interests in Antarctica are advanced
||2.1: Antarctic policy|
|2.2: Antarctic science|
|More efficient and sustainable use of Australia’s water resources||3.1: Sustainable management of water resources|
|3.2: Achieving efficiencies in water use|
|Development of a rich and stimulating cultural sector for all Australians||4.1: Policy advice, program management and agency support which promotes excellence in, preservation and maintenance of, and access to Australia’s cultural activities, national cultural collections and buildings, and Indigenous languages|
The department changed its outcomes and outputs structure during the year after the Administrative Arrangements Order was issued on 3 December 2007. The department has two additional Outcomes covering Water and the Arts.
Next year the department will move to a new Outcome structure for the department that better aligns with the objectives of the government.
In 2007–08 the department administered a total expense budget of $1.751 billion to support the Australian Government in delivering its environment, water, heritage and arts objectives.
The department performed well against this budget in 2007–08 with minor variances attributable to unspent advertising to be returned to the Budget as well as minor timing issues in the Administered Climate Change programs.
|Budget $ million||Actual $ million||Variation $ million|
*After additional estimates
The departments budget increased by 72.6% due to an increase in appropriations in the 2007–08 Budget to deliver the Australian Governments ongoing environment programmes and to reflect funding associated with programs that transferred to the Department as a result of the Administrative Arrangement Orders announced on 3 December 2007.
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