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FINALREPORT 2017 - Research Library


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The Department of Policy and Strategy is responsible for leading the development and coordination of Western Australian regional development policy at both State and Commonwealth level. Leads the development of policy and planning capabilities that support economic and regional development outcomes in Western Australia.

Regional Services Reform Unit

Office of the Director General

Organisational structure

Organisational chart

Ralph was founding CEO of the Wunan Foundation, an Aboriginal Development Corporation established in the East Kimberley in 1997. Ralph is a Chartered Accountant, has a Masters in Economic Studies and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Senior officers

His development experience includes post-conflict reconstruction and job creation in the Solomon Islands as part of the regional aid mission. Melissa also has extensive private sector experience and has been involved in leading supply chain restructuring for major commodities, including in regional Western Australia.


Enabling Legislation

Responsible Minister

Administered legislation

Other key legislation impacting on the Department’s activities

Performance management framework

Outcome based management framework

Average cost per funded initiative administered

Average internal cost per satellite site supported

Government goal

Changes to outcome based management framework

Shared responsibilities with other agencies

Regional Development Commissions

The Western Australian Regional Development Trust

The Regional Development Council

2 Agency performance

Report on operations

Royalties for Regions investment

He outlined major reforms to the provision of housing, education, employment and human services for Aboriginal people living in regional and remote Western Australia. Close engagement with Aboriginal people continued throughout the year, with the Reform Unit visiting almost all of the 274 remote communities that have permanent residents.

Actual results versus budget targets

Financial summary

Summary of key performance indicators


Current and emerging issues

Disclosures and legal compliance

Auditor General

I undertook the engagement of reasonable assurance on key performance indicators of the Ministry of Regional Development for the year ended 30 June 2017. Matters relating to the electronic publication of audited financial statements and key performance indicators.

Financial statements

Certification of financial statements

Statement of comprehensive income

Statement of financial position

Statement of changes in equity

Statement of cash flows

Schedule of income and expenses by service

Schedule of assets and liabilities by service

Summary of consolidated account appropriations and income estimates

Notes to the Financial Statements

Australian Accounting Standards

Summary of significant accounting policies

Service credits are recognized as revenue at fair value in the period in which the department obtains control over the designated resources. The Department gains control of the funds when the funds are deposited into the Department's bank account. Software that is an integral part of the related hardware is recognized as property, plant and equipment.

All annual leave and long service leave provisions are in respect of employees' services up to the end of the reporting period.

Judgements made by management in applying accounting policies

Reimbursement costs are included as part of 'Other costs' and not as part of the 'Personnel costs' department. The pension cost is recognized in the income statement of the statement of comprehensive income and includes employer contributions paid to the GSS (concurrent contributions), the WSS, the GESBS or other pension funds. Assets or services received from other state government entities are disclosed separately under State government revenue in the statement of comprehensive income.

Comparative figures are reclassified, where relevant, to be comparable to the figures presented in the current financial year.

Key sources of estimation uncertainty

The employer's contribution paid to GESB in relation to GSS is returned by GESB to the collection account. u) Assets and services received free of charge or for a nominal cost. Assets or services received free of charge or for a nominal cost that would otherwise have been purchased by the Department if they had not been donated are recognized as revenue at the fair value of the asset or services if they can be obtained. reliably measured.

Disclosure of changes in accounting policy and estimates

AASB 2014-3 Changes to Australian Accounting Standards - Accounting of Acquisitions of Interest in Joint Operations [AASB 1 & 11]. AASB 2014-4 Changes to Australian Accounting Standards - Clarifying acceptable methods of depreciation and amortization [AASB 116 & 138]. AASB 2015-6 Changes to Australian Accounting Standards - Expanding Related Party Disclosures to Public Sector Non-Profit Entities [AASB 10, 124 & 1049].

This standard gives effect to subsequent amendments to Australian Accounting Standards (including Interpretations) resulting from the issuance of AASB 9 (December 2014).

Employee benefits expense

Compensation of key management personnel

Supplies and services

Depreciation and amortisation expense

Finance costs

Accommodation expenses

Grants and subsidies

Other expenses

Related party transactions

User charges and fees

Commonwealth grants and contributions

Other revenue

Income from State Government

Restricted cash and cash equivalents


Amounts receivable for services (Holding Account)

Other assets

Property, plant and equipment

Reconciliations of the carrying amounts of plant and equipment at the beginning and end of the reporting period are set out in the table below. a) Is recognized in the Statement of Comprehensive Income as there was no previously recognized revaluation surplus. Where a previously revalued asset is written down to recoverable amount, the loss is recognized as a revaluation reduction in other comprehensive income.

Fair value measurements

Level 2 Level 3 Fair Value at end of

Fair value for land with limited use is based on a comparison with market evidence for land with a low level of utility (land with high limited use). Fair value measurement is sensitive to comparable land values, with higher comparative land values ​​being associated with higher estimated fair land values. The fair value for the existing use of specialized buildings and infrastructure assets is determined based on the cost of replacing the remaining future economic benefits embodied in the asset, i.e.

The fair value measurement is sensitive to the assessment of consumption/obsolescence, with higher assessment values ​​correlating with a lower estimated fair value of buildings and infrastructure.

Intangible assets

Impairment of assets




Other liabilities


Notes to the Statement of Cash Flows

Services or other contributions provided free of charge


The Department entered into a property lease which is a non-cancelable lease with a term of five years, with rent payable monthly in advance. Conditional lease provisions within the lease agreement require the minimum lease payments to be increased by the lower of CPI or 4% per annum. An option exists to renew the lease at the end of the five-year term for an additional five-year term.

Contingent liabilities and contingent assets

Events occurring after the end of the reporting period

Explanatory statement

Grants and subsidies were below estimates by $4.2 million (12%) primarily due to budget reallocations of various initiatives approved at the mid-year review. Purchases GST payments were below estimates by $5.4 million (50%) due to lower than expected trade payables in June 2017. Other payments were below estimates by $2.6 million (89%). mainly due to the many expense items reported under supplies and services.

Other payments decreased by $3.6 million (92%) primarily due to a $3.7 million refund of Regions Fund license fees to the Department of Finance.

Financial instruments

The table below details the Department's maximum exposure to credit risk and the aging analysis of financial assets. The Department's maximum exposure to credit risk at the end of the reporting period is the book value of financial assets as shown below. The table below details the Department's interest rate exposure and contractual maturity analysis of financial assets and liabilities.

None of the institute's financial assets and financial liabilities at the end of the reporting period are sensitive to changes in interest rates (fixed interest rates), so movements in interest rates have no bottom-line effect on the institute's profit or equity.

Remuneration of auditor

None of the institute's financial assets and financial liabilities at the end of the reporting period are not sensitive to changes in interest rates, which is why movements in interest rates have no bottom-line effect on the institute's profit or equity. All financial assets and liabilities recognized in the statement of financial position, regardless of whether they are recognized at cost or fair value, are recognized at amounts that represent a reasonable approximation of fair value, unless otherwise stated in the relevant notes.

Related bodies

Affiliated bodies

Special purpose account (administered)

Supplementary financial information

Administered assets and liabilities

Explanatory Statement for Administered Items

Disclosure of administered income and expenses by service

Certification of key performance indicators

Performance management framework

Outcome based management framework

Regional Investment 2. Regional Policy

Changes to outcome based management framework

Detailed information in support of key performance indicators

Desired outcome

Effectiveness indicator

Efficiency indicators

Regional Investment

Regional Policy

Ministerial directives

Other financial disclosures

Pricing policies of services provided

Capital Works

Employment and industrial relations

Staff development

The department ensures that it has a capable and efficient workforce that supports the achievement of our strategic priorities. Staff continue to receive recognition for “living the values” at management and staff meetings and through the Department's recognition and awards program. The department is committed to the ideals behind the statement of values ​​and ensures that it and its day-to-day operations are conducted in the "DRD way".

During the reporting period, the department has given one candidate an internship on the program and permanent employment to another.

Workers compensation

In 2016-2017, the Ministry continued to support youth employment through a number of strategies that enabled the Ministry to further grow diversity in the workplace. The department participated in a joint initiative postgraduate programme, alongside the departments of Mining and Petroleum and State Development. The Ministry continued to support the Internship in the Public Sector program, which offers internships to young people up to the age of 25, and provided employment to one person.

As part of the school-based traineeship programme, which provides work experience for two days a week over a period of eighteen months, the department has recruited one school-based trainee.

Governance disclosures

The DRD Way' is to be professional in everything we do, act with confidence and courage, connect with each other, our customers and the community, and show appreciation and appreciation. This award-winning program provides successful university graduates with meaningful internships as part of an eighteen-month program.

Contracts with senior officers

Unauthorised use of credit cards

Board and committee remuneration

Other legal requirements

Advertising under the Electoral Act 1907

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Statement of compliance with Public Sector Standards and Code

The Department has a Conflict of Interest policy and procedure to ensure that potential conflicts of interest are considered within an ethical framework and managed accordingly. The Department's human resource management practices and policies are regularly reviewed to ensure that legislative and governance responsibilities are met in relation to people management. The Department's Work Plan and Professional Development Program encourages open and honest discussion between managers and employees, not only about work performance and development needs, but also about acceptable and ethical behavior in the workplace.

During 2016-17 there was one review request under the Public Sector Human Resource Management Standards.

Record keeping plan

This policy has recently been revised to ensure compliance with public sector requirements and guidance from the Crime and Corruption Commission. During this reporting period, the Department has supported participation in leadership development and relevant workshops, events and conferences.

Government Policy Requirements

Occupational safety, health and injury management

These audits consider various factors to determine the level of associated risks to the Department's operations, the effectiveness of the existing systems, their ability to achieve established objectives, and the consequences for the Department. Lost time injury and/or illness (LTI/D) incident rate 0 0 0 or 10% improvement on the previous three years. Lost time injury and/or illness severity rate 0 0 0 or 10% improvement on the previous three years reduction.

Refresher sessions will be organized in the second half of 2017 for employees who have not attended this training for more than three years.

Government Building Training Policy

The Human Resources Officer, in consultation with VZD representatives, provides regular audits to assess the effectiveness of VZD management systems. Due to departmental restructuring and turnover rates during the reporting period, the number of supervisors required to provide occupational health and safety training for managers increased slightly.


Related documents

Managers responsibilities: to ensure that staff are aware of the Public Interest Disclosures Act 1994 and that any report of corrupt conduct or maladministration and serious and