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Summary of Financial Performance

DPS receives departmental and administered operating and capital funding, as well as funds through third-party drawing rights.

Details of our appropriations and programs, and an explanation of the results, are provided below:

Table 1: Resource statement 2019–20

Actual Available appropriation - current year (a)

Payments made (b)

Balance remaining (a)-(b)

$'000

$'000

$'000

Ordinary annual services1

Departmental appropriations2

Annual appropriations – ordinary annual services

186,480

161,988

24,492

Annual appropriations – other services – non-operating

0

0

0

Total departmental annual appropriations

186,480

161,988

24,492

Departmental special appropriations

0

0

0

Total special appropriations

0

0

0

Special accounts

0

0

0

Total special accounts

0

0

0

less departmental appropriations drawn from annual/special appropriations and credited to special accounts

0

0

0

Total departmental resourcing (A)

186,480

161,988

24,492

Administered

Annual appropriations – ordinary annual services

16,240

3,228

13,012

Annual appropriations – other services – non-operating3

101,274

68,558

32,716

Annual appropriations – other services – specific payments to states, ACT, NT and local government

0

0

0

Annual appropriations – other services – new administered expense

0

0

0

Total administered annual appropriations

117,514

71,786

45,728

Administered special appropriations

0

0

0

Total administered special appropriations

0

0

0

Special accounts

0

0

0

Total special accounts receipts

0

0

0

less administered appropriations drawn from annual/special appropriations and credited to special accounts

0

0

0

less payments to corporate entities from annual/special appropriations

0

0

0

Total administered resourcing (B)

117,514

71,786

45,728

Total resourcing and payments for entity X (A + B)

303,994

233,774

70,220

1 Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No.1) 2019-20 and Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No.1) 2019-20. This includes prior year unspent departmental appropriation, capital and section 74 relevant agency receipts.

2 Includes an amount of $17.1 million in 2019-20 for the Departmental Capital Budget. For accounting purposes this has been designated as ‘contributions by owners’.

3 Appropriation (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No.1) 2019-20 and Supply (Parliamentary Departments) Act (No.1) 2019-20. This includes unspent prior year administered appropriation.

Table 2: Expenses by outcome 2019–20

Outcome 1: Support the functions of Parliament and parliamentarians through the provision of professional services, advice and facilities and maintain Australian Parliament House.

Budget1

Actual expenses

Variation

$'000

$'000

$'000

(a)

(b)

(a)-(b)

Program 1.1: Parliamentary Services

Departmental expenses

Departmental annual appropriations2,4

139,696

147,032

-7,336

Expenses not requiring appropriation3

23,124

21,555

1,569

Total for Program 1.1

162,820

168,587

-5,767

Program 1.2: Parliament House Works Program

Administered expenses

Administered annual appropriations4

11,565

12,277

-712

Expenses not requiring appropriation3

33,018

40,850

-7,832

Total for Program 1.2

44,583

53,127

-8,544

Total expenses for Outcome 1

207,403

221,714

-14,311

1 Full year budget, including any subsequent adjustment made to 2019-20 at Additional Estimates.

2 Departmental appropriation combines ordinary annual services and retained revenue receipts under section 74 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

3 Expenses not requiring appropriation are made up of depreciation expenses, amortisation expenses and write-down and impairment of assets.

4 Actual spend was greater than budget as a result of spending against prior year appropriations.

Departmental operating and capital results

DPS’ operating result for 2019–20 was a deficit of $9.1 million. This result excludes the impacts of depreciation and amortisation ($21.5 million) for which the department is not funded. The deficit is a combination of DPS experiencing growth in demand for services at Parliament House, impacts from bushfire smoke and COVID-19. The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in reduced own-source revenue and additional expenses including enhanced hygiene, cleaning and enabling building occupants to work remotely.

The total departmental expenses excluding unfunded depreciation and amortisation were $147.1 million. This consisted of $96.8 million in employee expenses, $49.3 million in supplier costs and $1.0 million in funded depreciation for leases. This was funded by $124.7 million in revenue from government and $13.3 million in own-source revenue.

Figure 1: Departmental Operating Expenses by Function Area

Figure 1 Departmental Operating Expenses by Function Area A pie chart showing the department’s operating expenses by function area
Departmental capital is used to deliver a program of work in support of the work of parliamentarians, building occupants and visitors to Parliament House. It incorporates activities relating to technology, the Parliamentary Library and the parliamentary experience.

The departmental capital spend for 2019–20 was $17.0 million against 2019-20 Departmental Capital Budget funding of $17.1 million.

Financial Sustainability

No issues, events or conditions have been identified that would indicate that DPS will not be able to meet its financial obligations over the next 12 months.

Administered operating and capital results

The administered activities of the department deliver a building works program that maintains Parliament House as a safe and accessible workplace and public building. It incorporates activities relating to the building or art within the building.

The administered program also includes the Parliament House security upgrade project budget measure, which was originally appropriated in 2014–15.

DPS spent $72.2 million in administered capital and $15.0 million in administered operating in 2019–20 (excluding depreciation and amortisation). The administered capital expenditure was $21.6 million higher than estimates in the 2019-20 budget, relating to projects funded from prior year appropriations.

Third-party drawing rights

DPS has access to the Department of Finance’s appropriation for the purposes of providing information and communications technology services to electorate offices and former Prime Ministers, and photographic services to Parliament. DPS drew down $22.5 million from the Department of Finance’s appropriation to deliver these services. This access is in accordance with the Parliamentary Business Resources Act 2017 (PBR Act).