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Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission



Annual Report 2010-2011 Northern Territory Electoral Commission

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32 6 FINANCIAL REPORT Financial performance During the year, the agencys expenditure budget moved from $1.900 million to $2.721 million as a result of the following major expense increases: $216 000 approved by a carry-over request, representing funds received in previous financial years but not expended due to high operational activity: funds approved for the redevelopment of the NTECs website, development of an improved election management system (EMS), and associated software training $232 000 adjustment to the goods and services received free of charge to more accurately reflect the reliance on DBE services due to the new electoral climate and increased electoral activity $50 000 increase to grants and subsidies to record Commonwealth funding received from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), representing their contribution to the resources available in the Alice Springs office (MyVote Central), to deliver electoral services to the public in Central Australia and $340 000 increase in goods and services income to accurately account for the increased income (and therefore expenditure), of expected elections that are not funded through Treasury but through external councils and agencies. Overall income for the year was $2.656 million and expenses incurred were $2.978 million. With approval granted to increase expenditure by $239 000, an operating deficit of $322 000 was the eventual outcome. The main events contributing to the budget deficit result were due to a Legislative Assembly by-election for the division of Araluen (>$40k), the NT Redistribution of electoral boundaries (>$50k) and a rushed and ongoing Darwin office relocation, none of which were funded for prior to execution. Reimbursement was not sought prior to the financial year end. The graph below shows the fluctuations in revenue and expenditure over an electoral cycle, with the peak in 2008-09 coinciding with the LA and inaugural shire and rural council elections in 2008. The appropriation for 2011-12 is $1.774 million and anticipated expenditure is $3.899 million. The difference is largely due to $432k of notional DBE costs, e.g. payroll processing, plus up to $1.80 million for the conduct of local government elections in March 2012. Any conjoint election will increase that estimated expenditure.

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