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Financial performance

For the financial year ending 30 June 2020, ARPANSA reported an operating deficit of $2.417 million. This deficit relates to depreciation and amortisation expenses not requiring appropriation.

Total operating revenue for the year was $25.833 million and consisted of:

  • government appropriation of $12.757 million
  • regulatory license fees and charges of $5.081 million
  • sale of goods and provision of services and other revenue of $7.995 million.

ARPANSA’s total operating expenses were $28.250 million and consisted of:

  • employee benefits of $17.662 million
  • supplier and other expenses of $7.151 million
  • depreciation and amortisation expenses of $3.437 million.

The agency will continue to review the efficiency and effectiveness by which it delivers its program, to ensure it operates within available resourcing.

Assets management

The Agency manages non-financial assets totalling $40.126 million and its asset management strategy emphasises whole-of-life asset management. The capital investment plan is reviewed annually to ensure appropriate prioritisation of building infrastructure and renovation investment and that laboratory equipment purchases and information technology infrastructure upgrades meet future research and operational requirements.

Purchasing

The Agency’s procurement policies and practices reflect the principles set out in the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs), and focus on encouraging competition, value for money, transparency and accountability as well as the efficient, effective and ethical use of Commonwealth resources. During 2019–2020, ARPANSA procurement activities complied with the CPRs.

Consultants

During 2019–20, 12 new consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $353 325. In addition, 4 ongoing consultancy contracts were active during the 2019–20 year, involving total actual expenditure of $65 333.

The Agency policy on selecting and engaging consultants is in accordance with the CPRs, based on the core rule of value for money and underpinned by:

  • encouraging competitive and non-discriminatory processes
  • using Commonwealth resources in an efficient, effective, economical and ethical manner that is not inconsistent with the policies of the Commonwealth
  • making decisions in an accountable and transparent manner
  • considering the risks
  • conducting a process commensurate with the scale and scope of the procurement.

ARPANSA engaged consultants where there was a requirement for specialist expertise that was not available within the Agency, or where an independent assessment was required. The selection process included selection from a panel or direct engagement of a recognised or pre-eminent expert.

The annual report contains information about actual expenditure on contracts for consultancies. Information on the value of contracts and consultancies is available on the AusTender website: www.tenders.gov.au.

Procurement initiatives to support small business

ARPANSA supports small business participation in the Commonwealth Government procurement market. Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) and Small Enterprise participation statistics are available on the Department of Finance website: finance.gov.au/government/procurement/statistics-australian-government-procurement-contracts-

ARPANSA’s engagement with SMEs is predicated on communicating in clear, simple language and presenting information in an accessible format. Additionally, ARPANSA has adopted the use of the Commonwealth Contracting Suite for low risk procurements valued under $200 000 to reduce the burden on SMEs entering into contractual relations with the Commonwealth.

Advertising and market research

Under Section 311A of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 ARPANSA is required to disclose details of payments of $14 000 or more (inclusive of GST) relating to advertising and market research.

During 2019–2020, expenditure on media advertising and public notices was below the threshold and ARPANSA did not undertake market research, conduct any advertising campaigns nor purchase any services from creative advertising agencies, polling or direct mail organisations.

ARPANSA resource statement 2019–2020

Actual available appropriation for 2019-20

Payment made

2019-20

Balance remaining

2019-20

$'000

$'000

$'000

(a)

(b)

(a)-(b)

Ordinary annual services1

Departmental appropriation

Prior year departmental appropriation2

1,303

1,303

0

Departmental appropriation3

14,706

11,650

3,056

Total

16,009

12,953

3,056

Total ordinary annual services

16,009

12,953

0

Special accounts4

Opening balance

1,346

0

0

Appropriation receipts5

12,953

0

0

Non-appropriation receipts to Special accounts

13,544

0

0

Payments made

0

26,651

0

Total Special account

27,843

26,651

1,192

Total resourcing

43,852

39,604

0

Less departmental appropriations and equity injections drawn from the above and credited to special accounts

(12,953)

(12,953)

0

Total net resourcing for ARPANSA

30,899

26,651

0

1. Appropriation Bill (No.1, 3) and Supply Bill (No.1) 2019–20.

2. Balance carried forward from previous year for annual appropriations.

3. Includes an amount of $1.949 million in 2019–20 for Departmental Capital Budget. For accounting purposes this amount has been designated as 'contributions by owners'

4. Does not include 'Special Public Money' held in accounts like Other Trust Monies accounts (OTM). Services for other Government and non-agency bodies accounts (SOG), or Services for Other Entities and Trust Moneys Special accounts (SOETM).

5. Appropriation receipts from ARPANSA's annual and special appropriations for 2019–20 included above.

ARPANSA expenses for outcome 1

Outcome 1: Protection of people and the environment through radiation protection and nuclear safety research, policy, advice, codes, standards, services and regulation

Budget*

Actual expenses

Variation

2019–20

2019–20

2019–20

$'000

$'000

$'000

(a)

(b)

(a)-(b)

Program 1.1: (Radiation protection and nuclear safety)

Departmental Expense

Ordinary annual services

Departmental appropriation

1

12,757

10,900

1,857

Special Accounts

12,614

14,153

(1,539)

Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year

2,805

3,197

(392)

Subtotal for Program 1.1

28,176

28,250

(74)

Total for Outcome

28,176

28,250

(74)

2018–19

2019–20

Average staffing level (number)

133

132

* Full year budget including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2019-20 budget

1. Appropriation Bill (No.1,3) and Supply Bill (No.1) 2019-20