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Our program

As agreed by the Council of Australian Governments in 2008, the OTA is tasked with delivering the Australian Government’s national program for increasing organ and tissue donation for transplantation.

We measure our success in achieving our outcomes in a number of ways. One of these measures is the reporting of our performance against the deliverables and the key performance indicators for Outcome 1 and Program 1.1 in the Health Portfolio Budget Statements:

Outcome 1

Improved access to organ and tissue transplants, including through a nationally consistent approach and system

Outcome 1.1

A nationally coordinated system for organ and tissue donation for transplantation

Organ and Tissue Authority Resource Statement 2019-20

Actual Available appropriation for 2019-20 ($) (a)

Payments 2019-20 ($) (b)

Balance remaining 2019-20 ($) (a-b)

Ordinary annual services1

Departmental appropriation2

7,934,414

5,760,199

2,174,215

Total

7,934,414

5,760,199

2,174,215

Administered expenses

Outcome 1

43,389,000

35,792,701

Total

43,389,000

35,792,701

Total ordinary annual services A

51,323,414

41,552,900

Total available annual appropriation and payments

51,323,414

41,552,900

Total resourcing and payments A

51,323,414

41,552,900

Total net resourcing and payment for Organ and Tissue Authority

51,323,414

41,552,900

1 Appropriation Act (No.1) 2019–20 and Appropriation Act (No.3) 2019–20. This may also include prior year departmental appropriation and section 74 retained revenue receipts.

2 Includes an amount of $0.250m in 2019–20 for the departmental capital budget. For accounting purposes this amount has been designated as ‘contributions by owners’.

Expenses for outcome 1

Budget* 2019–20 ($) (a)

Actual expenses 2019–20 ($) (b)

Variation 2019–20 ($) (a-b)

Program 1.1: A Nationally Coordinated System for Organ and Tissue Donation for Transplantation

Administered expenses

Ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act No. 1)

43,389,000

46,522,948

(3,133,948)

Departmental expenses

Departmental appropriation1

5,308,000

5,108,106

199,894

Expenses not requiring appropriation in the budget year

566,000

460,997

105,003

Total for Program 1.1

49,263,000

52,092,051

(2,829,051)

Total expenses for Outcome 1

49,263,000

52,092,051

(2,829,051)

2018-19

2019-20

Average staffing level (number)

22.19

24.06

* Full year budget, including any subsequent adjustment made to the 2019–20 budget at Additional Estimates.

1 Departmental appropriation combines ordinary annual services (Appropriation Act Nos. 1, 3 and 5) and retained revenue receipts under section 74 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Financial performance - departmental

Operating result - departmental

The OTA’s operating result for 2019–20 was a deficit of $0.153 million, compared with the forecast loss of $0.481 million for unfunded depreciation and amortisation expenses. The movements in expenses was mainly due to staffing movements and the impact of COVID-19 including reduced travel costs following travel restrictions during the pandemic. The OTA’s commitment to financial management is reflected in its financial performance and unqualified financial statements.

Income - departmental

The OTA received $5.308 million in revenue from Government in 2019–20, compared to $5.461 million in 2018–19. The significant decrease reflects the Whole of Government Property savings measure in addition to further efficiencies applied in relation to Government saves.

Expenses - departmental

The OTA’s expenses for 2019–20 amounted to $5.569 million, 8 per cent lower than in 2018–19.
The reduction in expenses compared with the prior year, is largely due to a decrease in travel costs following COVID-19 travel restrictions and property savings, noting that the prior year supplier expenditure also included one-off office relocation costs.

Net asset position - departmental

Net assets increased from 2018–19 to 2019–20, primarily due to the recognition of the right-of-use asset and a reduction to payables as a consequence of implementation of AASB16 Leases on 1 July 2019.

Total assets increased by $1.106 million to $4.733 million (2018–19 $3.627 million), largely due to the recognition of the right-of-use asset.

Total liabilities increased by $0.705 million to $2.525 million (2018–19 $1.820 million). The increase is due to the application of AASB 16 and the corresponding lease liability on the right-of-use asset. The OTA has applied AASB 16 using the modified retrospective approach and therefore the comparative information has not been restated.

Capital budget

In 2019–20, the OTA received a capital budget of $0.250 million. Capital expenditure during the year included enhancements to the Electronic Donor Record, the DonateLife Audit tool and the
Electronic Document and Records Management System.

Financial performance - administered

Administered income

Administered income was received of $3.140 million which represented contributions received from the Department of Health towards OrganMatch support.

Administered expenses

For 2019–20, the OTA reported supplier expenses of $1.652 million, primarily related to costs associated with:

  • Electronic Donor Record (EDR) licensing and support
  • increasing community awareness and education through creative material production, public relations and merchandise + delivery of the national Professional Education Package across Australia including delivery of eLearning modules to our health professionals and development of a web-based platform to host professional development sessions for
    Donation Specialist Donor Coordinators who participate in donor family conversations; and
  • additional donor family support resources as well as development of a web-based platform to host professional development sessions for Donation Specialist Donor Coordinators who
    participate in donor family conversations.

Grant expenses were $44.871 million. Funding was provided by the OTA to:

  • state and territory governments for dedicated organ donation specialists in hospitals and
    donation agencies as well as delivery of professional education
  • public and some private hospitals, contributing to the costs associated with organ donation
    activity based on actual and intended organ donors
  • deliver the Australian organ matching system – OrganMatch
  • partner with community organisation’s to promote family discussion, knowledge and registration on the AODR.

Administered assets

As at 30 June 2020, the OTA held total assets of $0.737 million which is $0.084 million higher than the previous year, resulting from recognition of prepaid EDR licences.

Administered liabilities

Total administered liabilities decreased by $0.762 million resulting from a reduction in grants payable at 30 June.

Financial statements

The OTA received an unqualified audit report from the Australian National Audit Office. The above section should be read in conjunction with the OTA’s 2019–20 audited financial statements, presented in part 6 and include the independent auditor’s report and statement by the Accountable Authority and Chief Financial Officer.