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)
(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.
|Total Administered Expenses|
|Price of Departmental Outputs|
|Output group 1.1 - National Statistical Service|
|Output group 1.1.1 - Economic statistics|
|Output group 1.1.2 - Population and social statistics|
|Revenue from Government appropriation|
|Revenue from other sources|
|Total Price of Outputs|
|Total for Outcome 1|
|Staff years (number)|
Table 2: REVENUE RAISED FROM OTHER SOURCES ($’000)
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.
|Revenue raised from statistics|
|Other Standard Products|
|User Funded Surveys|
|Other Products and Services|
|Total revenue raised from statistics|