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Departmental activities

Departmental activities involve the use of assets, liabilities, income and expenses controlled or incurred by the Commission in its own right.

Total income for 2018–19 was $43.8 million. Government appropriation accounted for 49 per cent; non–appropriation income accounted for the remainder. Table 19 shows income since 2016–17, and Table 20 details income sources since 2016–17.

Appropriation funding reduced from $22.8 million in 2017–18 to $21.3 million in 2018–19. This decrease was the result of temporary budget funding for building digital capability in partnership with the Digital Transformation Agency, reducing from $2.8 million in 2017–18 to $1.4 million in 2018–19.

Table 19: Total income, by source, 2016–17 to 2018–19

Source

2016–17

($ million

2017–18

($ million)

2018–19

($ million)

Appropriation

20.3

22.8

21.3

Non–appropriation

20.8

20.9

22.5

Total

41.1

43.7

43.8

Table 20: Proportion of total income, by source, 2016–17 to 2018–19

Source

2016–17

(per cent)

2017–18

(per cent)

2018–19

(per cent)

Appropriation

49.4

52.2

48.7

Non–appropriation

50.6

47.8

51.3

Table 21 shows the non–appropriation income received from sales of goods and the rendering of services in 2017–18 and 2018–19, while Table 22 shows the proportion of non–appropriation income received from sales of goods and services in 2017–18 and 2018–19.

Table 21: Non–appropriation income received, by source, 2017–18 and 2018–19

Source

2017–18 actual

($ million)

2018–19 estimate

($ million)

2018–19 actual

($ million)

Learning and development

12.4

12.6

14.8

Employment services

1.7

1.9

1.6

International assistance

2.3

2.8

1.8

Workplace relations

2.0

1.6

1.8

Better practice and evaluation

1.9

2.0

2.0

Other

0.6

0.0

0.5

Total

20.9

20.9

22.5

Table 22: Proportion of non–appropriation income received, by source, 2017–18 and 2018–19

Source

2017–18

(%)

2018–19

(%)

Learning and development

60

66

Employment services

8

7

International assistance

11

8

Workplace relations

9

8

Better practice and evaluation

9

9

Other

3

2

Income from learning and development programs amounted to $14.8 million in 2018–19 and accounted for 34 per cent of total income from all sources. This compares with $12.4 million (28 per cent) in 2017–18.

The majority of income is earned in a competitive market, in which entities can choose service providers and determine the level of service they require. Demand can fluctuate, so the Commission has management strategies to ensure that resources devoted to this area are in keeping with the revenue earned.

This year was the third year of a multi–year funding agreement to support leadership and learning services, and the annual remuneration survey. The Commission received $3.4 million from 43 government entities, accounting for 15 per cent of non–appropriation income. This compares with $3.4 million from 48 government entities in 2017–18, accounting for 16 per cent of non–appropriation income for that year.

The Commission recorded an operating deficit of $2.4 million in 2018–19, compared with a deficit of $1.2 million in 2017–18.

In 2018–19, the Commission incurred expenses of $0.9 million due to the impairment of software.

Excluding the impact of unfunded depreciation expenses and the impairment of software, the Commission’s underlying operating result in 2018–19 was a balanced budget.