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Departmental Overview

Role and functions

The department is responsible for advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally. The department's staff in Canberra, in our state and territory offices and around the world work to achieve the department's four outcomes, outlined in our Portfolio Budget Statements 2005–06 and presented in Figure 4 on page 20:

To support the achievement of these outcomes in a challenging international environment, the department deployed its staff and other resources in a targeted and flexible manner (see Section 3: Corporate management and accountability for more information).

Organisational structure

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Senior Executive of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (as at 30 June 2006). Front centre: Mr Michael L’Estrange, Secretary. From left: Deputy Secretaries Dr Geoff Raby (sitting); Mr David J Ritchie AO (standing); Mr David Spencer (standing); Mr Doug Chester (standing) and Ms Gillian Bird (sitting). Photo: Michael Jensen
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The Secretary, Mr Michael L'Estrange, and five deputy secretaries constitute the department's Senior Executive. Supported by the department's Senior Executive Service, they manage the department and provide leadership on foreign and trade policy, consular and corporate issues. The Senior Executive shapes the values and culture of the department, promotes the highest professional standards of service to the Government and to Australia, and provides a fair and professionally rewarding working environment for staff.

The department's organisational structure is outlined in Figure 2. In Canberra, as at 30 June 2006, the department was made up of eleven divisions, as well as the Executive, Planning and Evaluation Branch, the Protocol Branch, the Global Issues Branch, the Overseas Property Office, the Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office and the Economic Analytical Unit. The department also has an Iraq Task Force, China Free Trade Agreement Task Force and Asia Trade Task Force.

The department manages an overseas network of 87 embassies, high commissions, consulates-general and multilateral missions (for more information see Appendix 12: Summary of the overseas network). Each overseas post is attached to a parent division in Canberra. In addition to headquarters in Canberra, the department maintains offices in all Australian state and territory capital cities. These offices provide consular and passports services to the Australian community and liaison services to state and territory governments and Australian business. We also maintain a Passports Office in Newcastle and a Liaison Office on Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Contact details of our offices in Australia are provided inside the back cover of this report.

FIGURE 1. LOCATION OF STAFF

FIGURE 1. LOCATION OF STAFF

The department also engages people overseas to act as honorary consuls. Honorary consuls provide consular assistance on behalf of the department to Australian travellers in locations where the Australian Government does not maintain other representation (see Appendix 12 for more information).

FIGURE 2. SENIOR EXECUTIVE STRUCTURE (AS AT 30 JUNE 2006)

FIGURE 2. SENIOR EXECUTIVE STRUCTURE (AS AT 30 JUNE 2006)

Structure of the foreign affairs and trade portfolio

In 2005–06 the foreign affairs and trade portfolio supported the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade in the conduct of Australia's foreign and trade policy. Seven agencies make up the portfolio:

Figure 3 outlines the portfolio structure and each agency's outcomes.

FIGURE 3. STRUCTURE OF PORTFOLIO OUTCOMES—FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PORTFOLIO AS AT 30 JUNE 2006

FIGURE 3. STRUCTURE OF PORTFOLIO OUTCOMES—FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PORTFOLIO AS AT 30 JUNE 2006

FIGURE 4. OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS FRAMEWORK 2005–06

FIGURE 4. OUTCOMES AND OUTPUTS FRAMEWORK 2005–06

Resources summary

TABLE 1. FINANCIAL AND STAFFING RESOURCES SUMMARY
  2004–05 Actual ($'000) 2005–06 Budget and Supplementary Additional Estimates ($'000) 2005–06 Actual ($'000)
Administered items
Administered expenses 266 136 258 756 246 945
Departmental outputs
Revenue from government (appropriation)* 703 624 734 901 733 965
Revenue from other sources** 118 506 89 705 98 244
Total price of departmental outputs 822 130 824 606 832 209
Total resourcing of outputs 
Administered expenses and total price of departmental outputs 1 088 266 1 083 362 1 079 154
  2004–05 Actual 2005–06 Budget and Supplementary Additional Estimates 2005–06 Actual
Average staffing level (number)*** 3 165 3 199 3 231

* In 2005–06 the department received additional budget funding for:

** 2004–2005 actual figure includes gross revenue from sale of assets. 2005–06 figures include net gains from the sale of assets.

*** Includes overseas locally engaged staff.

TABLE 2. PRICE OF DEPARTMENTAL OUTPUTS BY OUTCOME
  Description 2004–05 Actual ($'000) 2005–06 Actual ($'000)
Outcome 1 Australia's national interests protected and advanced through contributions to international security, national economic and trade performance and global cooperation 552 201 573 671
Outcome 2 Australians informed about and provided access to consular and passport services in Australia and overseas 150 224 156 702
Outcome 3 Public understanding in Australia and overseas of Australia's foreign and trade policy and a positive image of Australia internationally 50 842 52 999
Outcome 4 Efficient management of the Commonwealth overseas owned estate 68 863 48 837
Total price of departmental outputs 822 130 832 209

 

TABLE 3. RECONCILIATION OF OUTCOMES AGAINST APPROPRIATION AND REVENUE ELEMENTS
  Outcome 1 ($'000) Outcome 2 ($'000) Outcome 3 ($'000) Outcome 4 ($'000) Total ($'000)
Total administered appropriations as per Portfolio Budget Statements 2005–06 including any adjustments from Supplementary Additional Estimates 215 601 2 324 40 831 0 258 756
Administered expenses by outcome 195 800 1 784 40 489 0 238 073
Foreign exchange (unrealised) 0 0 0 0 0
EFIC administration costs funded by revenue offset 2 584 0 0 0 2 584
Pension schemes 6 288 0 0 0 6 288
Total administered expenses as per the Financial Statements 204 672 1 784 40 489 0 246 945
Total departmental appropriation as per Portfolio Budget Statements 2005–06 including any adjustments from Supplementary Additional Estimates 511 276 172 733 50 892 0 734 901
Revenues from government 525 005 156 702 52 258 0 733 965
Revenue from other sources 48 666 0 741 48 837 98 244
Total price of departmental outputs as per the Financial Statements 573 671 156 702 52 999 48 837 832 209

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