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Financial performance overview

The DTA recorded an operating surplus of $10.1 million in 2017-18, driven by lower than anticipated employee costs, contractor resources and other supplier expenses associated with the Public Service Modernisation measures, namely Platforms and Building Digital Capability. This compares with a surplus of $6.4 million in 2016-17.

In 2017-18 the balance of the Department of Finance’s (Finance) Coordinated Procurement Contracting Special Account relating to ICT procurement functions was transferred to the DTA’s ICT Procurement Special Account established in June 2017.

This transfer has resulted in significant increases to income, expenses, assets and liabilities reported in the 2017-18 financial statements. This will be the final transfer under the Administrative Arrangements Order (AAO) of 27 October 2016, where responsibilities for the whole of government ICT and ICT procurement policy and services transferred from Finance to the DTA.

The DTA’s 2017-18 financial statements are presented on pages 99-127.

The Australian National Audit Office issued an unmodified audit report on 24 September 2018.

Table 1 Resource statement

Actual available appropriation

for 2017-18

$’000 (a)

Payments made

for 2017-18

$’000 (b)

Remaining balance

2017-18

$’000 (a) - (b)

Ordinary annual services1

Prior year departmental appropriation

15,724

15,724

-

Departmental appropriation2

71,431

36,401

35,030

s. 74 retained revenue receipts

12,249

12,249

-

s. 75 transfers

714

714

-

Total

100,118

65,088

35,030

Total ordinary annual services A

100,118

65,088

Special Accounts3

Opening balance

-

Balance transfer from Department of Finance

96,063

Non appropriation receipts to Special Account

127,188

Payments made

163,987

Closing balance

59,264

Total Special Accounts B

223,251

163,987

Total resourcing and payments for DTA A+B

323,369

229,075

  1. Appropriation Act (No.1) 2017-18.
  2. Departmental appropriation combines ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act No 1) and retained revenue receipts under section 74 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.
  3. Does not include ‘special public money’ held in accounts like ‘services for other entities and trust moneys’ special accounts.

Table 2 Expenses for Outcome 1

Outcome 1: To improve the user experience for all Australians accessing government information and services by leading the design, development and continual enhancement of whole-of-government service delivery policies and standards, platforms and joined-up services.

Budget1

2017-18

$'000 (a)

Actual expenses

2017-18

$’000 (a)

Variation

2017-18

$’000 (a) - (b)

Program 1.1: The Digital Transformation Agency

Departmental expenses

Departmental appropriation2

75,051

65,785

9,266

Special Accounts

124,450

74,957

-50,507

Expenses not requiring appropriation in the budget year

633

1,465

-832

Total for Program 1.1

200,134

242,207

-42,073

Total expenses for Outcome 1

200,134

242,207

-42,073

2016–17

2017–18

Average staffing level (number)

109

215

  1. Appropriation Act (No.1) 2017-18.
  2. Departmental appropriation combines ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act No 1) and retained revenue receipts under section 74 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.