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Financial performance

For the financial year ending 30 June 2021, ARPANSA reported an operating deficit of $2.655 million. This deficit relates to depreciation and amortisation expenses not requiring appropriation.

Total operating revenue for the year was $26.752million and consisted of:

  • government appropriation of $13.869 million
  • regulatory license fees and charges of $5.260 million
  • sale of goods and provision of services and other revenue of $7.623 million.
  • ARPANSA’s total operating expenses were $29.407 million and consisted of:
  • employee benefits of $18.486 million
  • supplier and other expenses of $7.585 million
  • depreciation and amortisation expenses of $3.336 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 totaling $40.907 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 IT 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 2020–21, ARPANSA procurement activities complied with the CPRs.

Consultants

Expenditure on reportable consultancy contracts

Reportable consultancy contracts 2020-21

Number

Expenditure $

New contracts entered into during the reporting period

10

$161,854

Ongoing contracts entered into during a previous reporting period

1

$19,800

Total

11

$181,654

Organisations receiving a share of reportable consultancy contract expenditure 2020-21

Expenditure $

RMIT University

$44,000

Edith Cowan University

$33,000

People Foundations Consulting Group P/L

$32,230

Pamela Mitchell

$19,800

Antares Solutions Pty Ltd

$18,040

During 2020-21, 10 new reportable consultancy contracts were entered into involving total actual expenditure of $161,854. In addition, one ongoing reportable consultancy contract was active during the period, involving total actual expenditure of $19,800.

Decisions to engage consultants during 2020-21 were made in accordance with the PGPA Act and related regulations including the Commonwealth Procurement Rules and relevant internal policies.

ARPANSA engages consultants where there is a requirement for specialist expertise that is not available within the Agency, or where an independent assessment is required. The Agency selects consultants through the use of panel arrangements, by making an open approach to market, or direct engagement of a recognised or pre-eminent expert.

Expenditure on reportable non-consultancy contracts

Reportable non-consultancy contracts 2020-21

Number

Expenditure $

New contracts entered into during the reporting period

82

$2,294,408

Ongoing contracts entered into during a previous reporting period

36

$2,613,039

Total

118

$4,907,447

Organisations receiving a share of reportable non-consultancy contract expenditure 2020-21

Expenditure $

Hays Specialist Recruitment (Australia) Pty Ltd

$543,067

Paras and Partners Pty Ltd

$402,071

AARNET Pty Ltd

$372,802

Dosimetrics GmbH

$290,463

Data#3 Limited

$206,913

Annual reports contain information about actual expenditure on reportable non-consultancy contracts. Information on the reportable non-consultancy contracts’ value is available on the AusTender website.

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.

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 $14,300 or more (inclusive of GST) relating to advertising and market research.

During 2020-21, 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 2020–2021

Resource Statement 2020-21

Actual Available Appropriation for 2020-21

Payments Made 2020-21

Balance Remaining 2020-21

$'000

$'000

$'000

(a)

(b)

(a)-(b)

Ordinary annual service1

Departmental appropriation

Prior year departmental appropriation2

3,056

3,056

-

Departmental appropriation3

15,904

12,600

3,304

Total

18,960

15,656

3,304

Total ordinary annual services

18,960

15,656

Other services

Departmental non-operating

Equity injection4

1,987

-

1,987

Total

1,987

-

1,987

Total other services

1,987

-

Special account5

Opening balance

1,192

Appropriation receipt6

15,656

Non-Appropriation receipts to

Special accounts

13,329

Payments made

28,969

Total Special account

30,177

28,969

1,208

Total resourcing

51,124

44,625

Less departmental appropriations and equity

injections drawn from the above

(15,656)

(15,656)

and credited to special accounts

Total net resourcing for ARPANSA

35,468

28,969

1 Appropriation Bill (No.1,3) and Supply Bill (No.1) 2020-21

2 Balance carried forward from previous year for annual appropriations

3 Includes an amount of $2.035 million in 2020-21 for Departmental Capital Budget. For accounting purposes this amount has been designated as 'contributions by owners

4 Appropriation Bill (No.2) and Supply Bill (No.2) 2020-21 does not include 'Special Public Money' held in accounts like Other Trust Monies accounts (OTM).

5 Services for other Government and Non-agency Bodies accounts (SOG), or Services for Other Entities and Trust Moneys Special accounts (SOETM)

6 Appropriation receipts from ARPANSA's annual and special appropriations for 2020-21 included above,

ARPANSA expenses for outcome 1

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* 2020-21

Actual Expenses 2020-21

Variation 2020-21

$'000

$'000

$'000

(a)

(b)

(a)-(b)

Program 1.1: (Radiation protection and nuclear safety)

Departmental Expense

Ordinary annual services

Departmental appropriation1

13,869

12,200

1,669

Special Accounts

12,720

14,063

(1,343)

Expenses not requiring appropriation in the Budget year

2,578

3,144

(566)

Subtotal for Program 1.1

29,167

29,407

(240)

Total for Outcome

29,167

29,407

(240)

2019-20

2020-21

Average staffing level (number)

132

138

* Full year budget including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2020-21 budget

1 Appropriation Bill (No.1,3) and Supply Bill (No.1) 2020-21