1001.0 - Annual Report - ABS Annual Report, 2002-03  
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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 2002-03, a financial summary of ABS outputs and price of outputs against the budgeted figures, and also provides details for 2003-04. 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 Commonwealth Government Budget requirements.

There was a small operating surplus after capital use charge, of $7,000. This was less than the surplus presented in the Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements, of $2.9 million. A surplus was originally provided to generate cash for loan repayments. However the cash position of the agency was such that it was determined that this was not required.

Table 1: FINANCIAL RESOURCES SUMMARY ($’000)

 
Budget 2002-03(a)
Actual 2002-03
Variance
Budget 2003-04(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
13,177
133,110
-1,933
126,595
Output group 1.1.2 - Population and social statistics
144,404
146,532
-2,128
139,361
Total output
275,581
279,642
-4,061
265,956
Revenue from Government appropriation
253,501
253,591
-90
250,441
Revenue from other sources
25,011
26,058
-1,047
18,604
Total Price of Outputs
278,512
279,649
-1,137
269,045
Total for Outcome 1
278,512
279,649
-1,137
269,045
Staff years (number)
3,050
2,985
-
2,825

(a) Budget 2002-03 - Full-year budget, including additional estimates.
(b) Budget 2003-04 - Budget prior to additional estimates.
(c) The ABS does not administer any discretionary grants.

In terms of revenue raised from statistics, the ABS recorded more than a one-third improvement over 2001-02. The breakdown of revenue raised from various sources is shown below.

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

 
2000-01
2001-02
2002-03

Revenue raised from statistics    
Publications    
Subscriptions
1,239
1,110
922
Other
684
487
628
Other Standard Products
2,949
2,619
8,270
Information Consultancy
4,198
3,591
6,388
Statistical Consultancy
947
1,955
892
User Funded Surveys
4,438
3,737
3,441
Other Products and Services
4,361
4,587
4,066
Total revenue raised from statistics
18,816
18,087
24,607
Other revenue
2,021
1,448
1,451
Total
20,837
19,535
26,058


The table shows that the increase in revenue during 2002-03 can be attributed to the release of 2001 Census of Population and Housing data at the end of June 2002. Substantial increases were recorded against the Other Standard Products (notably, CDATA), Information Consultancy and Other Publications product groups. However, offsetting these gains were significant decreases in revenue from the Statistical Consultancy and Other Products and Services groups, together with smaller decreases in Publication Subscriptions and User Funded Surveys. Much of these decreases are consistent with the ABS policy of encouraging self-help facilities and intermediaries.


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