Within the context of the Portfolio Budget Statements, the ABS has two outputs: (i) Economic Statistics; and (ii) Population and Social Statistics. Table 1 below provides, for 2004–05, a financial summary of ABS outputs and price of outputs against the budgeted figures, and also provides budgeted figures for 2005–06. The full financial statements are provided in Chapter 8, while a detailed summary of outputs by program component is provided in Appendix 2. The ABS budget is prepared under an accrual framework, consistent with the Australian Government Budget requirements.
There was an operating surplus of $2.984 million in 2004–05. This was a better outcome than the balanced result anticipated at the time of the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements. The surplus in 2004–05 primarily relates to increased revenue due to stronger demand for ABS standard products and information consultancies, and delays in recruitment associated with labour market constraints.
TABLE 1: FINANCIAL RESOURCES SUMMARY ($’000)
(a) Budget 2004–05 — full year budget, including additional estimates.
(b) Budget 2005–06 — budget prior to additional estimates.
(c) The ABS does not administer any discretionary grants.
|Total administered expenses|
|Price of ABS outputs|
|Output Group 1.1 — ABS — national statistical service|
|Output 1.1.1 — Economic statistics|
|Output 1.1.2 — Population and social statistics|
|Total ABS output|
|Revenue from government appropriation|
|Revenue from other sources|
|Total price of outputs|
|Total for outcome 1|
|Staff years (number)|
The breakdown of revenue raised from other sources is shown in Table 2.
TABLE 2: REVENUE RAISED FROM OTHER SOURCES ($’000)
The ABS recorded a 2.5 per cent increase in revenue raised from statistics in 2004–05. The slight increase in total revenue raised was pleasing despite an expectation that total revenue would decline due to the cyclical pattern of revenue from census products.
|Revenue raised from statistics|
|Other standard products|
|User funded surveys|
|Other products and services|
|Total revenue raised from statistics|
The increase in user funded surveys and information consultancy revenue reflects the ABS commitment to increasing its engagement with statistical users. Revenue from publications increased for web-based publications and decreased for paper-based publications, reflecting an ABS decision to reduce the number of paper-based products.
Revenue declined from other standard products, such as CDATA add-on products, as did revenue from outposted ABS officers, international consultancies and statistical unit funding.
It is expected there will be a decline in revenue from statistics in future years. This will be as a result of: free access to many statistics on the ABS web site from 1 July 2005; the ABS policy of encouraging self-help facilities; the increasing data availability on the ABS web site; and the increasing use of intermediaries.