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Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally

Australian Government - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Advancing the interests of Australia and Australians internationally



OUTCOME 1: The advancement of Australia’s international strategic, security and economic interests including through bilateral, regional and multilateral engagement on Australian Government foreign and trade policy priorities

Program 1.4: Other administered items

Program 1.4 Objective

  • To advance the national interest by administering on behalf of the Commonwealth a range of programs, activities and services that promote Australia’s international political, security, economic and multilateral policy agenda.

Program 1.4 Deliverables

  • Administration of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) National Interest Account (under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997).
  • Services to diplomatic and consular representatives in Australia.
  • Preparations for the hosting of the 35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in 2012.
  • Management of cases of compensation for detriment caused by defective administration.

Program 1.4 Key performance indicator

  • The department’s management of administered programs, activities and services on behalf of the Commonwealth is efficient, effective, timely and accountable.

The department managed, in accordance with the national interest provisions of the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation Act 1991, whole-of-government coordination of National Interest Account (NIA) transactions. This involves assessing the risks and benefits of proposed transactions in consultation with other departments and EFIC. In 2009–10, the value of exports to be supported on the NIA increased compared with the previous year, due to the scale of the PNG LNG facility signed during the year. We also oversaw EFIC’s NIA reporting under the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997. The department managed efficiently, in liaison with the Department of Finance and Deregulation, national interest payments and receipts involving EFIC and the Commonwealth. More information on this is available in EFIC’s annual report.

We continued to provide high quality and timely services to members of the diplomatic and consular corps, placing a strong emphasis on security. We received positive feedback from the corps on the efficient delivery of services in relation to credentials ceremonies, diplomatic estate issues, support for dependant employment and privileges and immunities issues.

The department began preparations for hosting the 35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Hobart in 2012. This represents a timely start given the scale of the meeting, which is expected to be attended by more than 300 delegates from 48 treaty parties. Detailed project planning has enabled us to use resources efficiently and accountably over the life of the project. We identified a venue which will allow us to realise this opportunity to showcase Australia’s Antarctic credentials. We also commenced detailed discussions with the Tasmanian Government on how it can support this major event.

Thirty-two cases were lodged under the compensation scheme for detriment caused by defective administration. Twenty-one were resolved during the year (including six from previous financial years), resulting in 11 payments made from administered funds (two additional payments were processed in the subsequent financial year). In six cases, compensation under the scheme was found not to be warranted (including one from a previous year). Nineteen cases (including two from the previous years) remained in progress at the end of the financial year.

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