1001.0 - Annual Report - ABS Annual Report, 2001-02  
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Contents >> Section 1 - Summary of Operations >> Chapter 1 - Executive Summary - Financial Position

Within the context of the Portfolio Budget Statements, the ABS has two outputs: (i) Economic Statistics; and
(ii) Population and Social Statistics. The table below provides, for 2001-02, a financial summary of ABS outputs and price of outputs against the budgeted figures, and also provides details for 2002-03. 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 whole Commonwealth Budget.

Total output (equivalent to operating expenses plus capital use charge) for 2001-02, at $370.7m, was $0.3m (0.1%) higher than the budgeted amount of $370.4m as presented in the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements. Total price of outputs for 2001-02, at $374.5m, was $1.6m (0.4%) higher than the budgeted amount of $372.9m. The decrease of $90m in the budget for 2002-03 reflects the move back towards more normal operations after the cost of conducting and processing the 2001 Census of Population and Housing.

Table 1: FINANCIAL RESOURCES SUMMARY ($’000)

Budget
Actual
Budget
2001-02(a)
2001-02
Variance
2002-03(b)

Administered Expenses
Discretionary Grants(c)
-
-
-
-
Total Administered Expenses
-
-
-
-
Price of Departmental Outputs
Output group 1.1 - National Statistical Service
Output group 1.1.1 - Economic statistics
151,860
151,976
-116
146,539
Output group 1.1.2 - Population and social statistics
218,531
218,697
-166
133,152
Total output
370,391
370,673
-282
279,691
Revenue from Government appropriation
354,920
355,010
-90
253,104
Revenue from other sources
18,012
19,535
-1,523
29,519
Total Price of Outputs
372,932
374,545
-1,613
282,623
Total for Outcome 1
372,932
374,545
-1,613
282,623
Staff years (number)
3,524
3,550
-
2,902

(a) Budget 2001-02 - Full-year budget, including additional estimates.
(b) Budget 2002-03 - Budget prior to additional estimates.
(c) The ABS does not administer any discretionary grants.


The ABS commenced the year with a cash position much lower than desirable. We planned our activities to improve that situation. We were more successful than anticipated because the Census of Population and Housing came in under budget as did the fitout of ABS House.

In terms of revenue raised from other sources the ABS has again recorded a small reduction. The breakdown of revenue raised from other sources is shown below.

Table 2: REVENUE RAISED FROM OTHER SOURCES ($’000)

1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02

Revenue raised from statistics
Publications
Subscriptions
1,746
1,239
1,110
Other
1,226
684
487
Other Standard Products
2,553
2,949
2,619
Information Consultancy
4,394
4,198
3,591
Statistical Consultancy
1,208
947
1,955
User Funded Surveys
5,277
4,438
3,737
Other Products and Services
5,064
4,361
4,587
Total revenue raised from statistics
21,468
18,816
18,087
Other revenue
1,737
2,021
1,448
Total
23,205
20,837
19,535



The table shows that revenue in 2001-02 declined in most categories. A significant contributor to the decline has been the greater availability of data on the ABS web site and through libraries and other intermediaries. This result is consistent with the ABS policy of encouraging self-help facilities and intermediaries and reducing the costs of dissemination for the ABS. At the same time, the ABS has significantly increased revenue raised from statistical consultancy in 2001-02.


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