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FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

Northern Territory land councils are funded on a cash basis, with annual estimates of revenue less expenditure forecasts approved on a ‘break-even’ basis. The actual surplus for the financial year ended 30 June 2020 was $6.283 million, compared to a surplus of $0.503 million in the previous year. Operational sources of revenue are portrayed in figure 1. The significant improvement was solely attributable to COVID-19, largely as a result of the receipt of an additional $4 million approved by the minister to support remote communities. As at 30 June, the overwhelming majority of the projects had been committed and in progress. However, by the end of the financial year, most projects were incomplete and payments had not been made. The program will be fully-expended in 2020–21. The other major delay was the implementation of a number of infrastructure projects (staff housing and office accommodation), partly because of COVID-19 restrictions preventing working in remote communities, but also obtaining building approvals. For example, major projects in Mutitjulu were delayed because of utility service approvals. All building projects will proceed in 2020–21.

Expenditure of $11.0 million, or 25% of total expenditure for 2019–20, classified under natural resource management output group, was the largest of the output groups and was less than the expenditure level of the previous year ($11.2 million, 27%). As well as achieving land management objectives, significant program elements relate to employment, education and training (Output 3.2). Funding for the ranger program is only approved until 2021, but the Minister for Indigenous Australians has approved the funding until 2028 (consultation on the funding agreement occurring in 2020–21).

The next largest output group for expenditure was economic development and commercial services, $9.8 million (22% of total expenditure), incorporating expenditure related to land use agreements; employment, education and training; mining; and commercial assistance. This output group includes statutory mining and land use agreement assistance functions, applications for consent to explore on Aboriginal land, employment unit costs, tourism development, and pastoral development projects.

Advocacy and community development expenditure was $9.0 million, or 20%. There continues to be an unmet and increasing demand for community development resources. Further details of work performed within the output groups is described in this report (see OUTPUT 4.4. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT).

Cost-recovery opportunities are actively identified to lessen the effect of any reduction in the level or quality of service delivery. Productivity improvements, which have been proposed during the enterprise bargaining process, are being progressively implemented and will improve organisational effectiveness.

The financial statements adhere to Australian accounting standards. Annual funding is not provided for non-financial asset depreciation, nor leave liabilities accrued. The commitments detailed in the financial statements are the obligations against recognised revenue, which will be met in future years. Net comprehensive income is attributable to the Australian Government.

Figure 2. Sources of revenue chart, 2015–20

Table 2. Annual performance statement: actual v target

Strategic goal

Performance criteria

Key performance indicators – description

Strategy Ref. (4)

2018–19

2019–20

Target

Actual

Variance

Rights

Successful communication of CLC's 'Rights and Interests' advocacy activities to Aboriginal constituents and key stakeholders.

Number of external publications produced

A9

40

40

19

(21)

CLC web page access rate (visits) – by constituents and stakeholders (000)

A9

120

120

109

(11)

Land

ALRA land claims & native title claims - recognition of Aboriginal constituents' interests in land by successfully (in compliance with ALRA and Native Title legislation) negotiating & obtaining land rights and native title determinations.

Land claims finalised (ALRA) (Note 1)

B1

-

2

-

(2)

Ownership (square km) achieved

B1

418,548

423,378

418,548

(4,830)

CLC – total region size (square km)

B1

776,549

776,549

776,549

-

Native title meetings and consultations – post determination

B10

50

60

40

(20)

Anthropological advice issued – determines relevant traditional owners (claims and interests)

B12

455

455

624

169

Native title claims finalised – consent determination handed down

B2

1

2

1

(1)

Post land & native title claim negotiation & administration - administering ALRA permit access to Aboriginal land & negotiating post claim 'use-of-land' outcomes (leasing consents, mining consents, other future acts requests).

Total permits Issued – access to Aboriginal land

B11

7,965

8,249

8,305

56

Leasing – consents obtained – all

B11

37

37

400

363

Leasing – current leases and licences – all

B11

2,492

2,500

2,844

344

Native title non-mining ILUA (Note 2) – negotiated and registered

B3

3

6

1

(5)

Mining/non mining – future act meetings – NT holder identification field trips

B5

10

-

2

2

Culture

Activities protecting Aboriginal land & culturally significant sites & to maintain Aboriginal cultural heritage & languages by supporting traditional Aboriginal ceremony & funeral customs & development of heritage management plans.

Sacred site clearance certificates / other advice issued

C1

112

120

172

52

Cultural heritage management plans /projects completed, progressed, supported

C2

31

31

2

(29)

Ceremony activity – regional payments – ABA – section 64(4) funded

C2

64,585

90,000

154,365

64,365

Total funerals assisted – ABA and community funded

C8

340

450

326

(124)

Funeral payments – ABA section 64(4) funded ($)

C8

319,385

310,000

329,553

19,553

Economic

Activities supporting economic development (including mining and agricultural interests) of Aboriginal land and the effective management of income derived from the use of the land.

Exploration (mining) titles applications – completed (includes those withdrawn during the negotiating period)

D1

15

10

16

6

Exploration agreements (licences and permits)

D1

69

71

51

(20)

Mining agreements – ALRA

D1

12

10

11

1

Native title – mining agreements

D1

3

6

2

(4)

Pursuing & negotiating employment opportunities derived from the use of
the land.

Employment placements (mining, exploration, road construction, rail line maintenance, remote employment services, pastoral industry)

D5

48

38

10

(28)

Rangers

Performance measures related to achieving the requirements of this grant funded program - improving employment & training outcomes, ranger program staff retention.

Ranger program – rangers employed – fulltime equivalent

F1

71

75

76

1

Ranger program – turnover (annual/trend) %

F1

26%

21%

27%

6%

Ranger program – training – certificates awarded

F4

17

16

19

3

Ranger Program land management activities.

Ranger program – fire management burns

F8

15

15

14

(1)

Strategic goal

Performance criteria

Key performance indicators – description

Strategy Ref. (4)

2018–19

2019–20

Target

Actual

Variance

Communities

Actions to support the development of strong communities & outstations.

Community Development expenditure - 5 year lease money ($000)

E4

34

253

34

(219)

Granites Mines Affected Areas compensation community development - annual value committed ($000)

E4

4,641

8,082

7,710

(372)

Community development project expenditure - CLC region - Total ($000)

E4

13,385

13,214

16,610

3,396

Homelands/outstations (no.) consulted - ABA funding approved by Minister of IA (Note 3)

E1

20

-

(20)

Using land

Activities to remove feral animals from Aboriginal land.

Feral animals culled

G

5,293

2,000

2,992

992

Governance

Governance meetings held to administer the requirements of the ALRA & Native Title Act, and to provide council members with regular cultural engagement opportunities.

Council meetings held

H

3

3

2

(1)

Executive Committee meetings held

H

9

8

9

1

Effective & sustainable management of CLC operational assets.

Vehicles in operation

H

108

110

111

1

Vehicle resale - proceeds as a % of purchase price

H

45.3%

40.0%

47.4%

7.4%

Human resources planning, capability & health/safety.

Total staff Working Days in field (remote working measure)

H

7,686

7,898

5,740

(2,158)

Staff Turnover (Terminations/Average Staff) (%) - Ranger program

H

26

21

21

-

Staff Turnover (Terminations/Average Staff) (%) - Other

H

28

26

24

(2)

Leadership program (Aboriginal) participants (from 2016/17)

H

14

14

14

-

New staff study agreements

H

8

10

8

(2)

Lost Days - injury

H

221

110

189

79

Health & safety representatives

H

-

5

-

(5)

ICT capability

Information systems - user roles supported

H

250

250

260

10

Maps produced for meetings & logistics

H

749

750

731

(19)

Records (move to electronic) - new files added (paper)

H

655

-

511

511

Investments to increase utilisation of renewable energy for operations and reduce carbon emissions.

Renewable energy - solar electricity produced (kWh)

H

46,831

292,000

97,146

(194,854)

Renewable energy - Co2 savings (tonnes)

H

32

201

67

(134)

Effective and compliant administration of Aboriginal Corporations (CLC engaged under ALRA) in accordance with CATSI Act.

AAMC meetings held - AGMs

H

27

27

28

1

Office of Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) - general reports lodged

H

31

31

31

-