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;

       the provision of advice to WorkSafe Tasmania, Tasmania Police and other government agencies in respect of serious criminal or regulatory offences;

       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 for Education, Children and Young People;

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

       the consideration and making of applications pursuant to the Dangerous Criminals and High Risk Offenders Act 2021.

This chapter provides financial information about the Output to be delivered by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2023‑24 and over the Forward Estimates (2024‑25 to 2026‑27). Further information about the Office 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

 

2023‑24

 

Budget

2024‑25

Forward

Estimate

2025‑26

Forward

Estimate

2026‑27

Forward

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

 

Acting Judges

362

362

....

....

DPP Additional Funding

....

750

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

Acting Judges

This initiative will provide additional funding 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.

DPP Additional Funding

Additional funding is provided in 2024‑25 to further support the Office to reduce the backlog of cases and to assist with other workload pressures.

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

 

2022‑23

2023‑24

2024‑25

2025‑26

2026‑27

 

Budget

Budget

Forward Estimate

Forward Estimate

Forward 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

13 507 

13 980 

14 179 

13 306 

13 550 

 

13 507 

13 980 

14 179 

13 306 

13 550 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

13 507 

13 980 

14 179 

13 306 

13 550 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The variation in this Output reflects the profile of expenditure for the Acting Judges and DPP Additional Funding initiatives.

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

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue and other income

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation revenue ‑ operating1,2

12 592 

13 048 

13 228 

12 344 

12 897 

Sales of goods and services

871 

888 

888 

888 

888 

Total revenue

13 463 

13 936 

14 116 

13 232 

13 785 

Total income

13 463 

13 936 

14 116 

13 232 

13 785 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits1

11 506 

11 943 

12 095 

11 238 

11 443 

Depreciation and amortisation

34 

34 

34 

34 

34 

Supplies and consumables

1 500 

1 527 

1 565 

1 540 

1 569 

Other expenses

467 

476 

485 

494 

504 

Total expenses

13 507 

13 980 

14 179 

13 306 

13 550 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

(44)

(44)

(63)

(74)

235 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

(44)

(44)

(63)

(74)

235 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The variation in Appropriation revenue ‑ operating and Employee benefits reflects the profile of funding for the Acting Judges and DPP Additional Funding initiatives.

2.    The increase in Appropriation revenue - operating in 2026-27 reflects additional appropriation for expenditure associated with the 27th pay occurring in that financial year.


 

Table 18.4: Statement of Comprehensive Income ‑ Administered

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

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

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

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

12 032 

12 478 

12 648 

11 754 

12 297 

 

12 032 

12 478 

12 648 

11 754 

12 297 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Services

12 032 

12 478 

12 648 

11 754 

12 297 

 

12 032 

12 478 

12 648 

11 754 

12 297 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserved by Law

 

 

 

 

 

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

560 

570 

580 

590 

600 

 

560 

570 

580 

590 

600 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

12 592 

13 048 

13 228 

12 344 

12 897 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

12 592 

13 048 

13 228 

12 344 

12 897 

 

12 592 

13 048 

13 228 

12 344 

12 897 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note:

1.    The variation in this Output reflects the profile of expenditure for the Acting Judges and DPP Additional Funding initiatives. The 2026‑27 Budget estimate includes an additional appropriation for expenditure associated with the 27th pay occurring in that financial year.

 

 


 

Table 18.6: Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June

 

2023 

2024 

2025 

2026 

2027 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits1

1 968 

2 335 

2 335 

2 335 

2 335 

Receivables1

102 

 

2 070 

2 338 

2 338 

2 338 

2 338 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non‑financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Other assets1

348 

571 

548 

514 

480 

 

348 

571 

548 

514 

480 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

2 418 

2 909 

2 886 

2 852 

2 818 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables1

24 

36 

36 

36 

36 

Interest bearing liabilities1

41 

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Employee benefits2

2 448 

2 514 

2 554 

2 594 

2 325 

Total liabilities

2 513 

2 550 

2 590 

2 630 

2 361 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

(95)

359 

296 

222 

457 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated funds

(95)

359 

296 

222 

457 

Total equity

(95)

359 

296 

222 

457 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The variation in this item in 2024 reflects revised estimates based on 30 June 2022 actuals.

2.    The decrease in Employee benefits in 2027 recognises the payment of the 27th pay in 2026‑27 and the reduction in the associated liability accrued over prior years for this purpose.

Table 18.7: Statement of Cash Flows

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

Cash inflows

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation receipts ‑ operating

12 592 

13 048 

13 228 

12 344 

12 897 

Sales of goods and services

871 

888 

888 

888 

888 

GST receipts

Total cash inflows

13 467 

13 940 

14 120 

13 236 

13 789 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(10 170)

(10 533)

(10 642)

(9 854)

(10 303)

Superannuation

(1 296)

(1 370)

(1 413)

(1 344)

(1 409)

GST payments

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

(4)

Supplies and consumables

(1 500)

(1 527)

(1 546)

(1 540)

(1 569)

Other cash payments

(467)

(476)

(485)

(494)

(504)

Total cash outflows

(13 437)

(13 910)

(14 090)

(13 236)

(13 789)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

1 968 

2 335 

2 335 

2 335 

2 335 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

1 968 

2 335 

2 335 

2 335 

2 335 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 18.8: Statement of Cash Flows ‑ Administered

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers 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

.... 

.... 

.... 

.... 

....