18 Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Agency Outline

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions provides criminal law services to the State of Tasmania. The Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1973 details the role and functions of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Specifically, the Office undertakes:

       the conduct of all criminal prosecutions on indictment in the Supreme Court;

       the prosecution of serious offences in the Magistrates Court;

       investigations and proceedings for restraint orders, forfeiture orders, pecuniary penalty orders and unexplained wealth declarations pursuant to the Crime (Confiscation of Profits) Act 1993;

       the representation of government agencies in the prosecution of regulatory offences;

       the representation of government agencies in appeals from Magistrates Courts to the Supreme Court;

       the provision of Counsel to assist the Coroner;

       the conduct of all child safety proceedings under the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1997, on behalf of the Secretary of the Department of Communities Tasmania; and

       the representation of the Crown in relation to criminal matters, in appeals to the Full Court, Court of Criminal Appeal and the High Court.

This chapter provides financial information about the Output to be delivered by the Office in 2021‑22 and over the Forward Estimates (2022‑23 to 2024‑25). Further information about the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is provided at www.dpp.tas.gov.au.


 

Key Deliverables

Table 18.1 provides a summary of the Budget and Forward Estimates allocations for key deliverables within the Office.

Table 18.1: Key Deliverables Statement

 

2021-22

 

Budget

2022-23

Forward

Estimate

2023-24

Forward

Estimate

2024-25

Forward

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

 

Initiatives

 

 

 

 

Acting Judges

362 

362 

.... 

.... 

Dangerous Criminal and High Risk Offenders Bill Compliance Costs

409 

409 

409 

409 

Royal Commission and Commission of Inquiry Response Staffing

1 017 

1 017 

1 017 

1 017 

 

 

 

 

 

Acting Judges

This initiative will provide increased resourcing to assist in reducing the backlog of criminal prosecution matters pending in the Supreme Court. The additional judicial resourcing component of this initiative will be delivered through the Department of Justice.

Dangerous Criminal and High Risk Offenders Bill Compliance Costs

This initiative will enable the Office to undertake risk assessments of all offenders due for release, as required under the Dangerous Criminals and High Risk Offenders Act 2021.

Royal Commission and Commission of Inquiry Response Staffing

This initiative will provide additional staffing resources to respond to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse including appropriate resourcing to a Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit and a Witness Assistance Service. Increased staffing will also assist the Office to retrieve information and provide reports to the Commission of Inquiry into Tasmanian Government Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

 


 

Output Information

The Output for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is provided under:

       Output Group 1 ‑ The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Table 18.2 provides an Output Group Expense Summary for the Office.

Table 18.2: Output Group Expense Summary

 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attorney‑General and Minister for Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions1

11 041 

13 190 

13 413 

13 329 

12 693 

 

11 041 

13 190 

13 413 

13 329 

12 693 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

11 041 

13 190 

13 413 

13 329 

12 693 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The increase in The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2021‑22 reflects additional expenses funded through 2021‑22 Budget initiatives. The decrease in expenses from 2024‑25 reflects the completion of Funding to Support Increased Judicial Resourcing, which was provided in the 2020‑21 Budget.

Output Group 1: The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

1.1 The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

This Output provides criminal law services to the State of Tasmania in accordance with the requirements of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act.


 

Detailed Budget Statements

Table 18.3: Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue - operating1

10 130 

12 192 

12 428 

12 327 

11 691 

Sales of goods and services

837 

854 

871 

888 

888 

Total revenue

10 967 

13 046 

13 299 

13 215 

12 579 

Total income

10 967 

13 046 

13 299 

13 215 

12 579 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits1

9 094 

11 132 

11 352 

11 233 

10 628 

Depreciation and amortisation2

34 

104 

104 

104 

104 

Supplies and consumables

1 468 

1 498 

1 492 

1 518 

1 478 

Other expenses

445 

456 

465 

474 

483 

Total expenses

11 041 

13 190 

13 413 

13 329 

12 693 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

(74)

(144)

(114)

(114)

(114)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

(74)

(144)

(114)

(114)

(114)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The increase in Appropriation revenue ‑ operating and Employee benefits reflects additional funding and associated expenditure for 2021-22 Budget initiatives. The decrease in these items in 2024‑25 reflects the completion of Funding to Support Increased Judicial Resourcing, which was provided in the 2020‑21 Budget.

2.    The increase in Depreciation and amortisation from 2021‑22 reflects revised estimates of the lease arrangements for the Office.


 

Table 18.4: Statement of Comprehensive Income - Administered

 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Other revenue1

500 

500 

500 

500 

500 

Total administered revenue

500 

500 

500 

500 

500 

Total administered income

500 

500 

500 

500 

500 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers to the Public Account1

500 

500 

500 

500 

500 

Total administered expenses

500 

500 

500 

500 

500 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered net result

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered comprehensive result

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    Other revenue reflects monies recovered under the Unexplained Wealth initiative that are transferred to the Public Account.


 

Table 18.5: Revenue from Appropriation by Output

 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 1 - The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions1

9 590 

11 642 

11 868 

11 757 

11 111 

 

9 590 

11 642 

11 868 

11 757 

11 111 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Services

9 590 

11 642 

11 868 

11 757 

11 111 

 

9 590 

11 642 

11 868 

11 757 

11 111 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserved by Law

 

 

 

 

 

Salary, Travel and Other Allowances, Director of Public Prosecutions (Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1973)

540 

550 

560 

570 

580 

 

540 

550 

560 

570 

580 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

10 130 

12 192 

12 428 

12 327 

11 691 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

10 130 

12 192 

12 428 

12 327 

11 691 

 

10 130 

12 192 

12 428 

12 327 

11 691 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The increase in The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions reflects additional funding for 2021-22 Budget initiatives. The decrease in appropriation in 2024‑25 reflects the completion of Funding to Support Increased Judicial Resourcing, which was provided in the 2020‑21 Budget.


 

Table 18.6: Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2021 

2022 

2023 

2024 

2025 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits1

644 

1 086 

1 086 

1 086 

1 086 

Receivables1

92 

141 

141 

141 

141 

 

736 

1 227 

1 227 

1 227 

1 227 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment2

1 051 

416 

346 

276 

206 

Other assets2

196 

155 

121 

87 

53 

 

1 247 

571 

467 

363 

259 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

1 983 

1 798 

1 694 

1 590 

1 486 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables1

225 

71 

71 

71 

71 

Interest bearing liabilities3

51 

154 

124 

94 

64 

Employee benefits1

1 925 

2 285 

2 325 

2 365 

2 405 

Total liabilities

2 201 

2 510 

2 520 

2 530 

2 540 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

(218)

(712)

(826)

(940)

(1 054)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated funds

(218)

(712)

(826)

(940)

(1 054)

Total equity

(218)

(712)

(826)

(940)

(1 054)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The increase in Cash and deposits, Receivables and Employee benefits, and decrease in Payables in 2022 reflects revised estimates based on 30 June 2020 actuals.

2.    The decrease in Property, plant and equipment and Other assets from 2022 reflects revised estimates based on 30 June 2020 actuals and a reclassification between asset classes.

3.    The variation in Interest bearing liabilities reflects revised lease arrangements for the Office.


 

Table 18.7: Statement of Cash Flows

 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts - operating

10 130 

12 192 

12 428 

12 327 

11 691 

Sales of goods and services

837 

854 

871 

888 

888 

GST receipts

Total cash inflows

10 971 

13 050 

13 303 

13 219 

12 583 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(8 106)

(9 870)

(10 034)

(9 902)

(9 342)

Superannuation

(948)

(1 222)

(1 278)

(1 291)

(1 246)

GST payments

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

Supplies and consumables

(1 468)

(1 498)

(1 492)

(1 518)

(1 478)

Other cash payments

(445)

(456)

(465)

(474)

(483)

Total cash outflows

(10 971)

(13 050)

(13 273)

(13 189)

(12 553)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

.... 

.... 

30 

30 

30 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net borrowings

.... 

.... 

(30)

(30)

(30)

Net cash from (used by) financing activities

.... 

.... 

(30)

(30)

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

644 

1 086 

1 086 

1 086 

1 086 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

644 

1 086 

1 086 

1 086 

1 086 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 18.8: Statement of Cash Flows - Administered

 

2020‑21 

2021‑22 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Other cash receipts

500 

500 

500 

500 

500 

Total cash inflows

500 

500 

500 

500 

500 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Transfer to the Public Account

(500)

(500)

(500)

(500)

(500)

Total cash outflows

(500)

(500)

(500)

(500)

(500)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

....