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Financial resources

Operating result

ACLEI's audited 2016–17 Financial Statements appear in Part Three of this Annual Report. Appendix 1 comprises additional financial tables which summarise the total resources available to ACLEI during the year, and the net cost of ACLEI's Outcome and Program.

In 2016–17, ACLEI recorded an operating surplus of $0.910 million (or 8 per cent of budget), primarily due to lower than expected employee expenses as a result of delays in recruitment and a small increase in staff turnover.

Financial data over time

2012–13

2013–14

2014–15

2015–16

2016–17

Total resources ($'000)

7,711

8,384

9,685

11,702*

11,374

Operating result—surplus/(deficit)

269

776

1,276

1,025

910

Budgeted staffing

29

36

38

52

52

Actual staffing (annualised average)

28.3

25.2

30.6

38.7

46.8

Actual staffing (end of year FTE)

26

25

29

40

44.5

* In 2015–16, departmental appropriations of $0.411 million were quarantined and/or withheld (section 51 of the PGPA Act) in accordance with a decision of Government.

Efficiency measures

The deployment of operations staff is overseen by the Executive Director Operations, based on advice from Operations Directors who manage these resources on a daily basis. Weekly reports on case prioritisation, workload and resource use are provided to the Integrity Commissioner for review.

ACLEI uses a range of supplier agreements—such as the purchase of surveillance resources from other agencies—to ensure timely and effective specialist operational capabilities are available to ACLEI that would not be cost effective for ACLEI to maintain itself. In 2016–17, ACLEI provided:

  • $1.425 million to the ACIC for physical surveillance support and related services, and
  • $0.383 million to the AFP for technical support for operations.

ACLEI also sources various corporate services from external suppliers—such as ICT services, records management and payroll—to ensure the efficient and economical use of resources. For travel and related services, ACLEI uses whole-of-government purchasing arrangements. Online self-service products are also increasingly being used within ACLEI, such as for credit card acquittal, to minimise administrative burden. The implementation of cost centre reporting during 2017–18 will further assist ACLEI to monitor efficiency measures.

Another efficiency measure introduced in the year relates to ACLEI's organisational structure. On 14 November 2016, ACLEI's structure changed to allow for the 'operationalisation' of the Corruption Prevention function. At the time, the Integrity Commissioner noted that the change "will enable ACLEI to use its corruption prevention credentials and relationships to pivot the focus of LEIC Act agencies from framework development to vulnerabilities identification and mitigation".

It is expected that ACLEI's proactive capability will provide longer-term benefits in assisting LEIC Act agencies to mitigate corruption risks, inform real-time vulnerabilities and bring greater efficiency and effectiveness to the collection of intelligence about the indications of corruption.