Appendix 6: Explanation of Programme Budget Variance

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This appendix is in reference to the appropriation programme expenditure 2013 - 2014. Table 2-2 on page 24 provides additional information on the reason for the variances for each programme area's expenditure as compared to budget allocations.

During 2013 - 2014, the TSRA operated under a programme structure which was focused on the delivery of outcomes and realisation of measurable benefits against the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area Regional Plan (2009 - 2029) and the Torres Strait Development Plan (2009 - 2013).

Table 2-2 on page 24 provides actual programme spend for 2013 - 2014 compared to budget allocations from appropriation. The actual 2013 - 2014 programme spend from appropriation totalled $51.624 million compared to a budget allocation of $52.087 million, resulting in a variance ($0.463 million).

No material variances were recorded against appropriation expenditure at 30 June 2014. Where possible, program, underspends were identified early, and reallocated to priority projects that could not be funded earlier in the year.

The following programs recorded variances against budget for the financial year 2013 - 2014.

Table 6-4 Programme Budget Variance (unaudited)

Program Variance
$'000
Culture, Arts and Heritage 144
Economic Development 61
Environmental Management1 202
Governance & Leadership -29
Native Title Office 61
Healthy Communities 52
Safe Communities -28
1 Includes Fisheries