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Performance information for Outcome 1

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Effectiveness indicators-Overall achievement of the Outcome

Indicators to assist in assessing the success of the department's contribution to the achievement of this outcome are:

  • Enhancement of Australia's security.
    • Contribution to national, regional and international efforts to promote a more stable regional and global security environment.
    • Strengthened and/or well-maintained security links with our allies; strengthened and/or well-maintained security-related dialogue and cooperation with other countries both bilaterally and in regional forums.
    • Contribution to the development and implementation of international arms control agreements to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Contribution to national prosperity.
    • Improved access to overseas markets for Australian exports and investment pursued through bilateral, regional and multilateral means.
    • Contribution to efforts to maintain and strengthen the multilateral trading system and effective use of the WTO to protect and pursue Australia's trade interests.
    • Effective participation in APEC and other regional forums to build support for freer trade, make practical improvements in the business environment and encourage economic reform in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Contribution to strengthening global cooperation in ways that advance Australia's interests.
    • Effective participation in multilateral organisations such as the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and in related multilateral and regional cooperation mechanisms.
    • Promotion of outcomes to international deliberations on global environmental issues consistent with Australian policy positions.
    • Contribution to the development of a strong international legal framework.
    • Encouragement of wider international application of universal human rights standards, democratic principles and good governance.

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Outcome 1: Financial and staffing resources summary (Table 4)

Australia's national interests protected and advanced through contributions to international security, national economic and trade performance and global cooperation.

  Budget[*] 2001-2002 ($'000) Actual expenses 2001-2002 ($'000) Variation (expenses less budget) ($'000) Budget[**] 2002-2003 ($'000)
Administered expenses
Contributions to international organisations 106 610 [Note 1] 147 126 40 516 146 290
Export Finance and Insurance Corporation 21 130 26 897 5 767 [Note 3] 21 100
Compensation for detriment caused by defective administration 54 0 (54) 54
Rates for foreign government missions 250 217 (33) 250
Pension payments under the North American Pension Scheme 37 293 [Note 2] 39 480 2 187 2 857
Total administered expenses 165 337 213 720 48 383 170 551
Price of departmental outputs
Output 1.1-Protection and advocacy of Australia's international interests through the provision of policy advice to ministers and overseas diplomatic activity 303 900 300 775 (3 125) 301 315
Output 1.2-Secure government communications and security of overseas missions 103 190 98 635 (4 555) 101 909
Output 1.3-Services to other agencies in Australia and overseas (including Parliament, state representatives, business and other organisations) 77 700 92 187 14 487 77 104
Output 1.4-Services to diplomatic and consular representatives in Australia 3 622 3 704 82 3 546
Revenue from government (appropriation) for departmental outputs 488 412 495 301 6 889 483 874
Revenue from other sources 57 920 30 416 (27 504) 29 801
Total price of departmental outputs 546 332 525 717 (20 615) 513 675
Total resourcing for Outcome1 
(Price of departmental outputs plus administered expenses)
711 669 739 437 27 768 684 226

* Full-year budget, including additional estimates.
** Budget prior to additional estimates.

1. Contributions to international organisations includes payments to UN peacekeeping operations and to the Solomon Islands International Peace Monitoring Team. This figure is the accrued expenses figure for 2001-02 as reported in the financial statements. The figures shown for payments to international organisations in administered items for Outcome 1 and Appendix 12 have been prepared on a cash basis.

2. This figure includes a one-off expense of $37.5m related to recognition for the first time of the North American Pension Scheme in the department's administered financial statements. It represents the estimated total Commonwealth liability transferred from agency departmental balance sheets with effect from 1 July 2001.

3. See Administered Expenses Portfolio Budget Statements 2002-03 (page 70 of PBS).

2001-2002
 (Actual)
2002-2003
 (Estimate)

Average Staffing Level (number) [*]

2 392.8

2 367.0

* Includes overseas locally engaged staff.

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