5     Department of Justice

Agency Outline

The Department of Justice provides services that contribute to achieving a fair, just and safe Tasmania by providing an accessible system of justice, protecting and respecting rights, improving laws, influencing positive behaviour and enforcing legal and regulatory responsibilities.

The Department is responsible to the Attorney‑General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs, Hon Elise Archer MP; and the Minister for Planning, Hon Michael Ferguson MP.

The Department provides administrative support for: the Supreme and Magistrates Courts; Tasmanian Industrial Commission; Tasmania Legal Aid; Tasmanian Electoral Commission; Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal; WorkCover Tasmania Board; Asbestos Compensation Commissioner; Parole Board of Tasmania; and the Tasmanian Planning Commission. It also supports the statutory offices of the Solicitor‑General; Director of Public Prosecutions; Public Guardian; and the Anti‑Discrimination Commissioner. Each of these areas have separate accountability arrangements.

The Department comprises: Corrective Services (Tasmania Prison Service and Community Corrections); Crown Law; the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages; WorkSafe Tasmania; Consumer, Building and Occupational Services; Monetary Penalties Enforcement Service; Victims Support Services; Strategic Legislation and Policy; Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit; Safe at Home; and Corporate Support and Strategy.

By working closely with the community, other parts of government and relevant statutory bodies, the Department aims to:

·       support Ministers by providing honest, comprehensive, accurate and timely advice;

·       administer and develop courts, tribunals, statutory and regulatory bodies that promote, protect and enforce laws;

·       inform the community about laws, rights and responsibilities;

·       undertake law and policy development;

·       support the community to achieve effective outcomes in the justice system;

·       provide a sustainable, safe, secure, humane and effective corrections system; and

·       ensure all aspects of the Department’s activities are conducted effectively, efficiently and safely.

This chapter provides the Department’s financial information for 2023‑24 and over the Forward Estimates
(2024‑25 to 2026‑27). Further information about the Department is provided at www.justice.tas.gov.au.

 

 

Key Deliverables

Table 5.1 provides a summary of the Budget and Forward Estimates allocations for key deliverables being undertaken by the Department.

Table 5.1:         Key Deliverables Statement

 

2023‑24

 

Budget

2024‑25

Forward

Estimate

2025‑26

Forward

Estimate

2026‑27

Forward

Estimate

 

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

 

 

 

 

 

Acting Judges1

600

600

....

....

Alcohol and Drug Intervention Officers

375

375

375

375

Burnie Court Complex2

10 101

14 429

20 430

37 328

Civil Litigation Division

350

....

....

....

Family Violence Offender Intervention Programs

500

500

....

....

Increased Prison Therapeutic Staff3

500

500

....

....

Justice Connect ‑ CRIMES Replica Interface Replacement4

400

2 378

428

....

Legal Assistance Sector Support5

....

....

820

....

National Redress Scheme and associated Civil Claims Compensation

20 000

20 000

20 000

10 000

Office of the Crown Solicitor ‑ sustaining support for Government’s Infrastructure Program

150

....

....

....

PlanBuild Tasmania4

2 400

....

....

....

Reduce Re‑offending Program3

....

496

....

....

Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Engagement4

300

....

....

....

Risdon Prison Complex ‑ Additional Max Security Accommodation

1 250

7 140

26 520

15 090

Safe at Home Family Violence Service System

4 866

4 866

4 866

4 866

Serious Cases Fund ‑ Complex Criminal Trials

....

750

....

....

State of the Environment Report

400

....

....

....

Tasmania Prison Service ‑ Cost Pressures

10 000

....

....

....

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    This initiative includes judges’ pro‑rata salary costs of $50 000 per annum, which are provided for under the Supreme Court Act 1887.

2.    Additional capital funding of $46.5 million has been allocated for the Burnie Court Complex, taking total project funding to $86.5 million.

3.    This is an extension of the 2021 election commitment.

4.    Funding for this initiative is provided through the Digital Transformation Priority Expenditure Program in Finance‑General.

5.    This initiative replaces the 2021 election commitment for Legal Assistance Sector Support, which ceases in 2024‑25.

Acting Judges

Funding is provided over two years for additional salary and related costs of the acting judges as part of the Government’s plan to provide access to justice. Following the appointment of the seventh judge in November 2021 and a number of other legislative reforms aimed at reducing criminal court backlogs, acting judges will now only be required to deal with any matters that the existing judges are unable to manage due to conflicts of interest. This initiative includes funding for Tasmania Legal Aid, with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions receiving separate funding directly.

Alcohol and Drug Intervention Officers

Funding is provided for the Tasmania Prison Service to provide increased drug and alcohol intervention services to inmates.

Burnie Court Complex

The existing Burnie Court facilities are no longer fit for purpose. The Government has committed to providing contemporary court facilities in Burnie to ensure all Tasmanians have access to an efficient and effective justice system. Following public consultation, two CBD sites were identified from a targeted Expression of Interest process. Following public consultation, the Government announced that the replacement Burnie Court Complex would be built at 100‑106 Wilson Street, Burnie, and will include four courts. Additional funding of $46.5 million has been allocated due to the site relocation, increasing the total commitment for the project to $86.5 million.

Civil Litigation Division

As part of the Premier’s Keeping Children Safer project, a review of the structure and functions of the Civil Litigation Division of the Office of the Solicitor‑General identified the need to separate the Civil Litigation Division from the Advisings Division, by creating a new office within Crown Law to be overseen by a newly created prescribed officer. The creation of the new State Litigation Office will ensure that processes are more victim‑centric and trauma‑informed, implementing the anticipated findings and recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry. A one-off allocation of $350 000 is provided to establish the new office and deliver training to all staff.

Family Violence Offender Intervention Programs

Funding is provided for the Tasmania Prison Service to expand and prioritise the delivery of Family Violence Intervention Programs across the Corrections and Rehabilitation portfolio.

Increased Prison Therapeutic Staff

Additional funding is provided to extend the 2021 election commitment to four years, ending on 30 June 2025. This funding will extend five therapeutic staff to provide increased drug and alcohol intervention therapeutic support in Tasmania’s correctional facilities.

Justice Connect ‑ CRIMES Replica Interface Replacement

Funding will be provided from the Digital Transformation Priority Expenditure Program in Finance‑General for the Justice Connect project to replace the existing CRIMES interface and to enable the transfer of information between the courts and Tasmania Police, following the implementation of Astria.

Legal Assistance Sector Support

Additional funding is provided in 2025‑26 for the Legal Assistance Sector to continue to provide core legal services to vulnerable Tasmanians. This is an extension of the Government’s 2021 election commitment.


 

National Redress Scheme and associated Civil Claims Compensation

During 2018‑19 the Tasmanian Government agreed to participate in the Australian Government’s National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The Scheme allows for redress to be provided to individuals who suffered abuse (sexual abuse and related non-sexual abuse) which occurred when the person was a child while in the care of an institution. Applicants are able to lodge an application with the Scheme, including where they suffered abuse in more than one institution.

Applications for redress have been received from individuals who have suffered abuse under the Scheme. Additionally, civil claims have been made against various Government agencies relating to child sexual abuse in State care.

An additional $70 million is provided over the 2023‑24 Budget and Forward Estimates, bringing the total Government funding allocation for this purpose to almost $185 million.

Office of the Crown Solicitor ‑ sustaining support for Government’s Infrastructure Program

This initiative provides funding in 2023‑24 for Crown Law, through the Office of the Crown Solicitor, to continue to deliver services to agencies and support the delivery of the Government’s infrastructure investment program through a specialist infrastructure unit.

PlanBuild Tasmania

Additional funding will be provided in 2023‑24 from the Digital Transformation Priority Expenditure Program in Finance‑General to complete the PlanBuild Tasmania project. This funding will support the final phases of the development of the project and its roll out across the State and to local councils.

Reduce Re‑offending Program

Funding will be provided in 2024‑25 to continue the 2021 election commitment to deliver programs designed to reduce re‑offending by inmates, in partnership with key organisations, for a fourth year. The programs include:

·       Australian Red Cross Community Based Health First Aid program ‑ inmates will train to become Special Status Red Cross Volunteers, which will empower them to improve health, wellbeing and safety within the incarcerated population;

·       Connect 42 Just Time Prison Parenting program ‑ this program teaches parent‑child attachment skills to inmates and helps to break the cycle of offending; and

·       Dress for Success Hobart Welcome Back(pack) initiative ‑ this initiative supports women exiting custody by providing clothing, toiletries and support to write job applications and prepare for job interviews. This program aims to build women’s confidence and resilience in looking for employment post release.

Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Engagement

Funding will be provided in 2023‑24 from the Digital Transformation Priority Expenditure Program in Finance‑General to improve and enhance the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Information Management System. This funding allocation will enable system enhancements to support the expansion of the RWVP Scheme to provide greater protections to specific cohorts of vulnerable people.

Risdon Prison Complex ‑ Additional Max Security Accommodation

This initiative will deliver a new 52‑bed Maximum Security Offender Accommodation Unit and accompanying infrastructure to provide additional activity support and training spaces within the Risdon Prison Complex site. The new contemporary facility will alleviate the immediate and forecast bed pressure in the men’s Maximum Classification Accommodation units.

Safe at Home Family Violence Service System

Ongoing funding is provided to meet increased demand and to support the delivery of Safe at Home, which is Tasmania’s nationally recognised integrated criminal justice response to family violence. This funding includes an annual allocation of: $784 000 for the Department; $447 000 for Tasmania Legal Aid; $2.5 million for services provided by the Department of Health; $635 000 for services provided by the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management; and $488 000 for services provided by the Department for Education, Children and Young People.

Serious Cases Fund ‑ Complex Criminal Trials

This is an extension of the 2020‑21 initiative for Tasmania Legal Aid to reduce the backlog of complex criminal cases waiting to be processed through the Supreme Court.

State of the Environment Report

Funding is provided for the Tasmanian Planning Commission to prepare the State of the Environment Report by 30 June 2024 pursuant to section 7 of the Tasmanian Planning Commission Act 1997.

Tasmania Prison Service ‑ Cost Pressures

Funding is provided for increasing cost pressures at the Tasmania Prison Service. This funding will assist in addressing correctional staffing costs to maintain the safety and security of staff, inmates and facilities. The funding will also contribute towards other costs associated with increasing inmate numbers, including water, food, clothing, bedding and other inmate related consumables and non‑salary costs.


 

Output Information

Outputs of the Department of Justice are provided under the following Output Groups:

·       Output Group 1 ‑ Administration of Justice;

·       Output Group 2 ‑ Legal Services;

·       Output Group 3 ‑ Corrections, Rehabilitation and Enforcement; and

·       Output Group 4 ‑ Regulatory and Other Services.

Table 5.2 provides an Output Group Expense Summary for the Department.


 

Table 5.2:         Output Group Expense Summary

 

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 ‑ Administration of Justice

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Supreme Court Services1,2

16 808 

17 104 

18 668 

18 359 

18 675 

1.2 Magisterial Court Services2

20 802 

21 526 

23 168 

23 609 

24 031 

1.3 Births, Deaths and Marriages

1 957 

2 013 

2 044 

2 081 

2 114 

1.4 Support and Compensation for Victims of Crime

7 946 

8 278 

8 567 

8 866 

9 152 

1.5 Tasmania Legal Aid3

16 279 

16 199 

16 456 

9 325 

9 491 

1.6 Legal Assistance4

13 126 

13 357 

13 488 

1 255 

454 

1.7 Equal Opportunity Tasmania

1 814 

1 896 

1 935 

1 986 

2 032 

1.8 Elections and Referendums5

7 523 

5 030 

8 340 

5 279 

9 906 

1.9 Tasmanian Industrial Commission

1 507 

1 576 

1 612 

1 653 

1 691 

1.10 Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

9 817 

10 136 

10 279 

10 464 

10 620 

1.11 Office of the Public Guardian

1 383 

1 441 

1 447 

1 483 

1 511 

1.12 Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit6

13 642 

30 191 

30 234 

28 427 

16 458 

1.13 Safe at Home

7 202 

7 313 

7 379 

7 454 

7 525 

1.14 Commission of Inquiry7

8 982 

2 800 

 .... 

.... 

.... 

 

128 788 

138 860 

143 617 

120 241 

113 660 

Output Group 2 ‑ Legal Services

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Crown Law8

9 679 

10 592 

10 258 

10 482 

10 690 

2.2 Legislation Development and Review

2 276 

2 373 

2 414 

2 469 

2 514 

 

11 955 

12 965 

12 672 

12 951 

13 204 

Output Group 3 ‑ Corrections, Rehabilitation and Enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

3.3 Enforcement of Monetary Penalties

8 051 

8 217 

8 326 

8 448 

8 561 

 

8 051 

8 217 

8 326 

8 448 

8 561 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 3 ‑ Corrections, Rehabilitation and Enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

3.1 Prison Services9

116 116 

131 574 

124 518 

125 567 

127 946 

3.2 Community Corrective Services

19 314 

19 143 

19 518 

19 980 

20 400 

 

135 430 

150 717 

144 036 

145 547 

148 346 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Investment Program10

3 010 

3 510 

2 510 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 5.2:         Output Group Expense Summary (continued)

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Planning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 4 ‑ Regulatory and Other Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.2 Tasmanian Planning Commission11

5 277 

5 918 

5 626 

5 764 

5 895 

 

5 277 

5 918 

5 626 

5 764 

5 895 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 4 ‑ Regulatory and Other Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.1 WorkSafe Tasmania12

12 934 

12 632 

13 017 

12 631 

12 924 

4.4 Consumer, Building and Occupational Services

16 110 

17 175 

17 290 

17 426 

17 546 

 

29 044 

29 807 

30 307 

30 057 

30 470 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grants and Subsidies

17 744 

17 961 

18 220 

18 533 

18 542 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

339 299 

367 955 

365 314 

341 541 

338 678 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The decrease in Supreme Court Services in 2025‑26 reflects the fixed‑term funding profile for the Acting Judges initiative.

2.    The increase in Supreme Court Services and Magisterial Court Services in 2024‑25 primarily reflects the commencement of depreciation of the Justice Connect Program within the Courts.

3.    The decrease in Tasmania Legal Aid in 2025‑26 reflects the completion of the current National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020‑2025.

4.    The decrease in Legal Assistance in 2025‑26 reflects the completion of the current National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020‑2025. The decrease in 2026‑27 reflects the completion of funding for the Legal Assistance Sector Support.

5.    The variation in Elections and Referendums reflects the expenditure for Local Government Elections in 2022 and 2026, and the next scheduled State Election in 2025.

6.    The variation in Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit primarily reflects the funding profile for the National Redress Scheme and associated Civil Claim Compensation.

7.    The Commission of Inquiry reflects the costs and expenses of the conduct of the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings. The final report of the Inquiry is expected to be delivered by 31 August 2023.

8.    The increase in Crown Law in 2023‑24 reflects the Civil Litigation Division and Office of the Crown Solicitor ‑ sustaining support for Government’s Infrastructure Program initiatives.

9.    The increase in Prison Services in 2023‑24 reflects additional funding for Tasmania Prison Services ‑ Cost Pressures.

10.  The decrease in the Capital Investment Program in 2025‑26 reflects the completion of the Risdon Prison ‑ Critical Infrastructure Maintenance initiative.

11.  The increase in the Tasmanian Planning Commission in 2023‑24 reflects additional funding provided in this Budget to prepare the State of the Environment Report.

12.  The decrease in WorkSafe Tasmania primarily reflects the completion of fixed‑term funding for WorkSafe Inspectorate Capability in response to the COVID‑19 pandemic.


13.   

Output Group 1:    Administration of Justice

1.1 Supreme Court Services

This Output is responsible for supporting the Judiciary in the just and timely resolution of criminal and civil matters in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has unlimited jurisdiction in criminal and civil matters and acts as a court of review for the Magistrates Court and a range of other decision making bodies.

1.2 Magisterial Court Services

This Output is responsible for the operation of the Magistrates Court of Tasmania at registries in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, and several country courts on a regular circuit basis.

1.3 Births, Deaths and Marriages

This Output provides services involving the registration of a range of life events which legislation requires, or enables, to be registered. Through the provision of these services, it aims to preserve the rights of individuals including the right to a unique identity.

1.4 Support and Compensation for Victims of Crime

This Output manages services provided by the Department to support victims in their recovery from the impacts of crime. The Output includes administration of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

1.5 Tasmania Legal Aid

This Output provides universally available free legal information, advice, education and duty lawyer services, together with means tested ongoing representation. It operates under the Legal Aid Commission Act 1990 with joint State and Australian Government funding and provides services in accordance with an Australian Government‑State Government Agreement.

1.6 Legal Assistance

This Output provides State and Australian Government funding to various organisations within the Legal Assistance Sector that provide essential legal advice, education and representation services to the community.

1.7 Equal Opportunity Tasmania

Operating under the Anti‑Discrimination Act 1998, this Output supports the Anti‑Discrimination Commissioner’s functions, including: 

·       the investigation and conciliation of complaints regarding alleged discrimination and prohibited behaviour; 

·       advising Government on the Act and discrimination and related conduct; and 

·       education and promotion across Tasmania of equal opportunity, human rights, discrimination and how to comply with the Act.

The Commissioner must refer unresolved complaints to the Anti‑Discrimination Tribunal and can also grant exemptions, or reject applications for exemption, from the Act.

1.8 Elections and Referendums

This Output is responsible for the administration of State elections and referendums. Through these services, it contributes to the preservation of the State’s parliamentary democracy. It is also responsible for the management and maintenance of electoral rolls for State and local governments, administration of electoral and enrolment policy and systems and the implementation of electoral boundary redistributions.

The Electoral Commissioner also has statutory responsibility for the Aboriginal Land Council and Local Government Elections. The latter are conducted on a cost recovery basis.

1.9 Tasmanian Industrial Commission

The Tasmanian Industrial Commission is an independent tribunal established under the Industrial Relations Act 1984. The Commission exercises jurisdiction over the Tasmanian State Service for which it is to:

·       conciliate and arbitrate to resolve industrial disputes, including claims of unfair dismissal;

·       fix wage rates and set terms and conditions of employment by making industrial awards; and

·       approve enterprise and industrial agreements.

1.10 Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

The Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal commenced operations on 5 November 2021. TASCAT is a statutory independent body established to serve the Tasmanian community in resolving disputes and making decisions where required by law, under a broad range of legislative provisions. The work of TASCAT is arranged into Divisions and Streams to ensure efficient and effective decision‑making in accordance with relevant statutory requirements.

TASCAT’s objectives are set out in section 10(1) of the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act 2020. The scope of TASCAT’s decision‑making functions within each Division is broad‑ranging and includes: the Protective Division, comprising guardianship and mental health matters; and the General Division, comprising personal compensation, planning and resources, anti‑discrimination, forestry and health practitioner matters.

1.11 Office of the Public Guardian

The Public Guardian, when appointed by the TASCAT, makes lifestyle and personal decisions on behalf of people who lack the capacity to make reasonable decisions due to a disability such as mental illness, intellectual disability, an acquired brain injury or dementia; promotes and protects their interests, and provides education on the operation of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995. The Public Guardian also undertakes investigations when requested by TASCAT or in response to allegations or concerns about someone acting as a guardian, administrator or attorney under an enduring power of attorney.

1.12 Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit

The Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit is responsible for coordinating the Tasmanian Government response to, and implementation of, recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and Tasmania’s role as a participating institution under the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

The Unit is also responsible for administering the three‑year Witness Intermediary Scheme Pilot and providing strategic advice on a range of policies and projects designed to address the impacts of child abuse.

Funding for redress and other claims against government agencies as a result of institutional responses to child sexual abuse are funded from this output.

1.13 Safe at Home

Safe at Home is Tasmania’s integrated criminal justice response to family violence and is underpinned by the Family Violence Act 2004. The objectives of the Safe at Home service system are to:

·       improve the safety and security of adult and child victims of family violence in the short and long‑term;

·       ensure that offenders are held accountable for family violence as a public crime and change their offending behaviour;

·       reduce the instance and severity of family violence in the longer‑term; and 

·       minimise the negative impacts of contact with the criminal justice system on adult and child victims.

1.14 Commission of Inquiry 

The Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings was established on 15 March 2021 by Order of the Governor of Tasmania.

The Commission’s inquiry will focus on the adequacy and appropriateness of the Tasmanian Government’s current response to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. The Commission is due to submit its report and recommendations to Her Excellency the Governor of Tasmania by 31 August 2023.


 

Table 5.3:           Performance Information ‑ Output Group 1

Performance Measure

Unit of

 Measure

2020‑21 Actual

2021‑22 Actual

2022‑23 Target

2023‑24 Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Court ‑ Criminal Jurisdiction1

 

 

 

 

 

Pending cases older than 12 months

%

44.0

53.8

40.0

40.0

Real net recurrent expenditure per finalisation2

$

17 511

18 525

19 000

19 000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Court ‑ Civil Jurisdiction1

 

 

 

 

 

Pending cases older than 12 months

%

43.8

43.2

40.0

40.0

Real net recurrent expenditure per finalisation2

$

5 730

6 733

7 000

7 000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magistrates Court ‑ Criminal Jurisdiction1

 

 

 

 

 

Pending cases older than six months

%

44.0

46.8

45.0

45.0

Real net recurrent expenditure per finalisation2

$

683

727

700

700

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magistrates Court ‑ Youth Justice Division1

 

 

 

 

 

Pending cases older than six months

%

21.1

25.5

25.0

25.0

Real net recurrent expenditure per finalisation2

$

872

858

850

850

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magistrates Court ‑ Civil Jurisdiction1

 

 

 

 

 

Pending cases older than six months

%

36.9

42.5

40.0

40.0

Real net recurrent expenditure per finalisation2

$

591

703

700

700

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magistrates Court ‑ Coronial Jurisdiction1

 

 

 

 

 

Pending cases older than 12 months2

%

44.1

44.6

45.0

45.0

Real net recurrent expenditure per finalisation

$

2 919

3 150

3 000

3 000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Births, Deaths and Marriages

 

 

 

 

 

Unit Cost per Transaction

$

20.75

20.30

20.50

20.50

Registration within seven days of receipt

%

95

93

90

90

Certificate within seven days of receipt

%

94

93

90

90

Registration Error Rate

%

<1

<1

<2

<2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasmania Legal Aid3

 

 

 

 

 

Duty Lawyer Service

Number

6 027

5 482

5 895

5 895

Legal Advice to Clients1

Number

3 786

3 943

4 500

4 500

Applications for Legal Aid Approved

Number

5 197

4 302

5 200

5 200

Telephone Advice Line Calls1

Number

22 746

18 218

22 000

22 000

Legal Talk

Number

2 628

2 690

3 500

3 500


Table 5.3:           Performance Information ‑ Output Group 1 (continued)

Performance Measure

Unit of

 Measure

2020‑21 Actual

2021‑22 Actual

2022‑23 Target

2023‑24 Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equal Opportunity Tasmania

 

 

 

 

 

Complaints received4

Number

190

184

180

180

Complaints accepted for investigation

Number

98

84

100

100

Accepted complaints resolved or part resolved through early investigation conciliation4,5

Number

36

43

60

60

 

%

48.6

58.1

70.0

70.0

Number of complaints finalised

Number

173

195

170

170

Complaints received and finalised within six months

 

%

78.0

72.0

70.0

70.0

Complaints received and finalised within nine months

 

%

92.0

89.0

90.0

90.0

Complaints received and finalised within 12 months

 

%

99.0

98.0

95.0

95.0

Training/education sessions delivered3

Number

256

170

300

300

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Council Elections

 

 

 

 

 

Legislative Council Participation Rate6

%

81.7

82.6

>85.0

>85.0

Legislative Council Rate of Informal Votes6

%

5.2

3.3

<5.0

<5.0

Legislative Council ‑ Election Cost Per enrolled Member7

$

na

 

17.71

 

na

 

na

Roll Maintenance Cost per Elector

$

1.2

1.25

na

na

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasmanian Industrial Commission

 

 

 

 

 

Clearance rate8

%

90

86

95

95

Proportion of matters finalised within three months8

%

61

 

69

 

75

 

75

 

 

 

 

 

 

TASCAT ‑ Guardianship Stream

 

 

 

 

 

Matters commenced within statutory time frame

%

99.9

 

100

 

99.0

 

99.0

Number of hearings per sitting1

Number

4.4

3.2

3.0

3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

TASCAT ‑ Mental Health Stream

 

 

 

 

 

Matters determined within statutory timeframe

%

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

Number of hearings per sitting

Number

4

4

5

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Table 5.3:           Performance Information ‑ Output Group 1 (continued)

Performance Measure

Unit of

 Measure

2020‑21 Actual

2021‑22 Actual

2022‑23 Target

2023‑24 Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

TASCAT ‑ Resource and Planning Stream

 

 

 

 

 

Proportion of substantive decisions resolved by mediation

%

74.5

 

69.0

 

78.0

 

78.0

Percentage of appeals resolved within 90 days without extension9

%

57.5

 

45.0

 

100

 

100

Percentage of appeals which did require extensions due to parties

%

96.0

 

90.0

 

95.0

 

95.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office of the Public Guardian10

 

 

 

 

 

Meet in person with represented person

%

100

100

100

100

Tribunal hearing attendance in substantive guardianship applications

%

98.0

 

96.0

 

90.0

 

90.0

Tribunal hearing attendance in Emergency Guardianship applications

%

na

 

98.9

 

90.0

 

90.0

Completion of referrals for investigation within timeframe set by Tribunal in accordance with section17(2) of the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995

%

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of National Redress Scheme claims addressed within the statutory time frame

%

97.0

 

97.0

 

100

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance Measure

Unit of

 Measure

2018

Actual

2021

Actual

2025 Target

2029 Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

House of Assembly Elections11

 

 

 

 

 

House of Assembly Election Participation Rate

%

92.4

91.2

95.0

95.0

House of Assembly Rate of Informal Votes

%

4.9

5.1

4.0

4.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The 2022‑23 targets have been revised to better reflect year to date performance and likely 2022‑23 outcomes.

2.    The 2020‑21 actual has been updated to reflect the Report on Government Services 2023. Historical financial data is adjusted to 2021‑22 dollars using the General Government Final Consumption Expenditure chain price deflator.

3.    The demand and provision of these services to clients in 2020‑21 and 2021‑22 have been impacted by the COVID‑19 pandemic.

4.    In 2021‑22, 111 of the 184 complaints were received through the online complaint form, and 33 of the 184 complaints concerned COVID‑19 related issues.

5.    The accepted complaints resolved or partly resolved through early investigation conciliation includes both pre and post investigation conciliations. This performance measure has been revised from the 2022‑23 Budget and the 2020‑21 Actual figures have been adjusted accordingly.

6.    The 2020 Legislative Council elections for Huon and Rosevears were delayed from May 2020 until August 2020 due to the COVID‑19 pandemic. The 2021 Legislative Council elections were undertaken in May 2021, also within 2020‑21. As a result, the 2020 Legislative Council elections are included in the 2019‑20 Actual figures, with the 2021 Legislative Council elections included in the 2020‑21 Actual figures to enable yearly comparisons.

7.    This measure only relates to the 2020 Legislative Council elections and includes an additional $5.78 per elector due to the delay of these elections and COVID‑19 measures. Costs for the 2021 Legislative Council elections are not clearly quantifiable and are inconsistent with other years due to the sharing of costs with the overlapping 2021 State election.

8.    The Clearance rate is the proportion of matters finalised during a reporting period expressed as a percentage of those lodged during the same period. Variations from 2020‑21 to 2021‑22 are due to increasing complexity of matters under industrial disputation. This is consistent with the national trend.

9.    The reduction in the percentage of appeals resolved within the 90 day timeframe is attributable to the nature and complexity of proceedings. The majority of timeframe extensions arise from parties to proceedings requiring additional time.

10.  Performance measures for the Office of the Public Guardian are being reported for the first time in this Budget.

11.  The House of Assembly Election Participation Rate and Informal Votes are measured by event.

Performance Information Comments

Table 5.3 reports actual and target data for efficiency and effectiveness indicators for the Administration of Justice Output Group.

Indicators for court services for 2020‑21 and 2021‑22 are sourced from chapter 7 Courts, of the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2023.

Explanations of indicators are as follows:

·       a backlog indicator of pending cases older than a given time period, as an indicator of the timeliness of case processing. It is derived by comparing the age (in elapsed time) of a court’s pending caseload against time standards. The indicator recognises that case processing must take some time, and that this time does not necessarily equal delay. Timeliness is often affected by delays caused by factors outside the direct control of the court such as the preparedness and availability of the parties, prosecutors, legal representatives and witnesses; and

·       cost per finalisation or real net recurrent expenditure per finalisation, as an indicator of efficiency. This indicator is not a measure of the actual cost per case. It is derived by dividing the total net recurrent expenditure within each court for the financial year by the total number of finalisations for the same period (net recurrent expenditure refers to expenditure minus income, where income is derived from court fees and other revenue but excludes revenue from fines).

Supreme Court ‑ Criminal Jurisdiction

The Court continues to aim to achieve the national target of no more than 10 per cent of pending cases being older than 12 months. There were a total of 652 non‑appeal matters pending as at 30 June 2022, of which 225 (or 34.5 per cent) were between 12 months and 24 months old. However, it should be noted that no Australian jurisdiction achieved the 10 per cent target in 2021‑22, with the national average being 36.6 per cent of cases being older than 12 months.

Criminal lodgements in the Supreme Court in 2021‑22 were 420, compared with 539 the previous year, a decrease of 22 per cent. Criminal finalisations decreased by five per cent during the same period.

The Court is implementing a range of strategies to reduce the criminal backlog, such as:

·       allocating additional judicial sitting time; 

·       adopting more active case management, and focusing on older cases; 

·       streamlining processes for bail applications; and 

·       applying a more rigorous management of the appeals process.


 

Reduction of the criminal case backlog is also dependent on cases being prepared ready for trial, and the availability of counsel from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and defence counsel from Tasmania Legal Aid and the private legal profession. Management of caseloads and a further reduction in the criminal backlog has been assisted by the appointment of a seventh permanent judge, who commenced duties in November 2021. The appointment of the seventh judge provides an additional 14 per cent of judicial resources to manage the caseload, particularly in North West Tasmania where the new judge is predominantly based.

Supreme Court ‑ Civil Jurisdiction

The age of pending cases is managed according to the Court’s active case management processes, which focus on ensuring cases are ready for trial at the appropriate time. Once cases are ready for trial, there is minimal delay in listing them before a judge for a hearing. It should be noted that many external factors can affect the timeliness of finalisation of civil cases, including the time taken for injuries to stabilise, for negotiation and mediation between the parties, and the availability of parties, their counsel and witnesses. Total civil lodgements for 2021‑22 increased by 3 per cent to 447, and finalisations decreased by 7 per cent to 570.

Magistrates Court ‑ Criminal Jurisdiction and Youth Justice Division

Staff of the Magistrates Court provide support to the magistrates and work with court users to help ensure the timely and just resolution of the range of matters which are brought before the court.

Criminal lodgements in the adult criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates Court have decreased by 5 per cent from 2020‑21. Expenditure has remained fairly steady during this period, but the cost per finalisation has increased by 6.4 per cent. This is primarily due to a decrease in the number of finalisations of 7.2 per cent compared with 2020‑21, noting that the operations of the court were impacted by COVID‑19 in both years. As a result, since 2020‑21 the backlog indicator (the proportion of older cases in the pending caseload) has increased for pending cases older than six months from 44 per cent to 46.8 per cent, and for pending cases older than 12 months it increased from 19.3 per cent to 22.5 per cent.

The number of lodgements in the Youth Justice Division increased 15.6 per cent from 2020‑21 from 1 112 to 1 286. The number of finalisations reduced from 1 063 in 2020‑21 to 950, which has increased the pending cases older than six months from 21.1 to 25.5 per cent.

Magistrates Court ‑ Civil Jurisdiction 

Civil lodgements and finalisations have been trending down in recent years, although there was an increase in lodgements in 2021‑22 of 5.6 per cent. As a result, the percentage of older cases in the pending caseload and the overall size of the pending caseload have increased, although both are still significantly lower than they were in 2019‑20.

Magistrates Court ‑ Coronial Division

The Coronial Division caseload increased by 13.1 per cent in 2021‑22. There were 880 lodgements in 2021‑22, representing a steady increase over the past five years from 579 in 2016‑17. Finalisations also increased by 7.9 per cent to 829 in 2021‑22 compared with 763 in 2020‑21. The net operating expenditure per finalisation in the Coronial Division is sensitive and can fluctuate due to the number and size of significant coronial inquests held each year.

Births, Deaths and Marriages

The performance assessment for this Output focuses on efficiency and timeliness of this Output’s service delivery.

Unit cost per transaction represents the aggregation of a wide range of transaction types. These transaction types include: the registration and provision of certificates for births, deaths and marriages; changes of name; registration of gender; adoptions; and the registration of significant and caring relationships.

The cost of each type of transaction may vary significantly from the aggregate measure. The unit cost per transaction measure is sensitive to variations in demand, as the Output has a high proportion of fixed costs.

The registration and certificate processing time targets are based on recent averages across all Australian Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Registration error rate has been added as a measure of effectiveness, to ensure the public can have confidence that Registry records are accurate and reliable.

Tasmania Legal Aid

Tasmania Legal Aid, through its Grants Section, assesses requests by lawyers from the private profession, and its in‑house lawyers, for legal aid grants to represent clients in various matters. These grants of aid are subject to a means and merit test. The request process is online via the TLA website. TLA publishes guidelines relating to the types of matters where aid is granted. This indicator reflects the volume of work undertaken by TLA.

TLA provides duty lawyer services on a daily basis at the Magistrate Court in Burnie, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart to assist people appearing for the first time. This service ensures the efficient processing of unrepresented defendants through the court process. The Duty Lawyer will explain the options for a first appearance and represent the person in any bail application or assist with a plea, if required.

TLA runs free legal advice sessions in all four of its offices around the State. Lawyers provide face to face advice to clients in the Launceston and Hobart offices during advertised times and advice via video services to clients visiting the Burnie and Devonport offices. The lawyers providing this advice work in the telephone advice service in either the Launceston or Hobart office. TLA operates a free telephone advice service five days a week during business hours. Any member of the Tasmanian community can access this service. The staff providing this service are lawyers and are located in either Hobart or Launceston. Call centre technology provides the mechanism to queue and process these calls.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania

Complaints received and accepted for investigation indicate the level of complaint work undertaken by the Anti‑Discrimination Commissioner’s office and to some extent reflects levels of awareness of the Anti‑Discrimination Act as a means to deal with discrimination.

Complaints resolved provides a measure of the extent to which the Commissioner is successful in assisting the parties to complaints to reach a mutually acceptable resolution. Resolution of complaints through alternative dispute resolution is a key objective of the legislation and is of benefit not only to the parties, but to the legal system and community more broadly as it avoids disputes escalating and having to be litigated.

Increased finalisation numbers indicate improved timeliness and management of complaints.

The time taken to finalise complaints is important as delays in complaints being finalised can result in parties dropping out of the process and additional impacts on parties. Improvement in the number of complaints finalised within 12 months is an indication of improved focus on timely complaint management and resolution.

Training and education sessions delivered provides a measure of the extent to which the Commissioner is disseminating information about discrimination and prohibited conduct and the effects of discrimination and prohibited conduct and promoting acceptable attitudes, acts and practices relating to discrimination and prohibited conduct (functions under section 6(b) and (d) of the Anti‑Discrimination Act). Training and education are key functions of the Commissioner and are of benefit through promoting compliance and assisting people and organisations to avoid engaging in conduct that may be in breach of the Act, thereby avoiding the risk of being the subject of a complaint under the Act.

Elections and Referendums

The performance indicators for this Output focus on the effectiveness of the electoral process.

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission reports on participation rate (i.e. proportion of enrolled electors who voted) and whether voters cast their votes correctly (i.e. informal votes as a proportion of the total votes cast).

Tasmanian Industrial Commission

The clearance rate is a measure of the efficiency of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission and indicates whether the Commission is keeping up with its workload.

The proportion of matters finalised within three months is an indicator of timeliness of the resolution of disputes. Performance against this indicator is a measure of the effectiveness of the Commission’s case management, together with the preparation of the parties to the dispute. In the majority of cases, where matters take longer than three months to settle, the delay is at the instigation of the parties.

Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

The Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal commenced operation in November 2021 and integrates the former functions and responsibilities of nine tribunals. The establishment of TASCAT provides greater consistency in decision making, promotes alternative dispute resolution and enables seamless service delivery to a diverse range of clients, and is an important step to improving access to justice for all Tasmanians.

The General Division incorporates the former jurisdictions of: 

·       the Anti‑Discrimination Tribunal; 

·       the Forest Practices Tribunal; 

·       the Health Practitioners Tribunal; 

·       the Asbestos Compensation Tribunal;

·       the Motor Accidents Compensation Tribunal;

·       the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal; and

·       the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal.

The Tasmanian Government has committed to introducing further streams into the TASCAT framework, including building and construction disputes. This work will be progressed in consultation with key stakeholders.

The Protective Division incorporates the former jurisdictions of the Guardianship and Administration Board and the Mental Health Tribunal, and is responsible for reviewing orders and hearing applications relating to the rights of, and protections for, persons with decision‑making disabilities or incapacities. Due to the nature of the decisions, there are statutory requirements to perform the functions within a defined timeframe.

The percentage of matters determined within the statutory timeframe is an indicator of the effectiveness of the Division in managing caseloads within the defined timeframe. This Key Performance Indicator is impacted by the number of applications being lodged, orders made each year and the requirement for further review hearings. Other influences include the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and an ageing population with increasing cases of dementia, all of which increase the demand for services.

One of the significant costs of TASCAT is the payment of Sessional Members to preside over hearings. The number of hearings per sitting (or session) is an indicator of the efficiency of the hearing processes adopted by the Protective Division. However, too many hearings per sitting (i.e. less time for consideration) may undermine the quality of decision‑making by TASCAT members.

The General Division (Resource and Planning Stream) continues to undertake mediation to resolve disputes. The settlement of disputes through mediation (consent) provides a fair and cost effective way of resolving disputes. Targets have been set to maintain a high level of resolution of disputes by Alternative Dispute Resolution. All Resource and Planning Stream proceedings undergo pre mediation conferencing, which may begin ADR processes or further list the matter for extended ADR. Proceedings may be resolved by withdrawal or the filing of a consent agreement by the parties.

Within this Stream, TASCAT is obliged under its legislation to resolve matters within 90 days or such further period as may be granted (Schedule 2, Part 8, Clause 9 of the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act). The parties to proceedings may require additional time to the 90 day timeframe for a range of reasons. The figures disclose whether TASCAT or parties to proceedings required additional time beyond the 90 days.

Office of the Public Guardian

The National Guardianship standards require that guardians meet in person with represented persons every 12 months.

TASCAT hearing attendance for substantive guardianship applications has a target of 90 per cent in recognition that OPG may review hearing papers and determine that the provision of written submissions as opposed to attendance is sufficient. These situations would include where the proposed guardian is not the Public Guardian (i.e. a private guardian), or where OPG are able to participate to the extent necessary without diverting resources to hearing attendance in times of high demand. TASCAT hearing attendance for emergency applications has a target set at 90 per cent to allow for professional judgment to be applied in terms of the benefit and necessity for OPG to be in attendance, or where the hearing papers suggest that the application may be dismissed based on the criteria of urgency not being met. Prior to November 2021, there was no requirement for TASCAT to hold a hearing for emergency guardianship applications therefore the data from 2020‑21 is not reflective of data from 2021‑22 onwards and is not included.

Under Section 17(2) of the Guardianship and Administration Act, the Public Guardian can be requested by TASCAT to investigate and report to TASCAT in relation to a matter to which those proceedings relate. The timeframes for these investigations vary depending on the circumstances.

Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit

The Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit is responsible for coordinating the Tasmanian Government response to, and implementation of, recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and Tasmania’s role as a participating institution under the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

The Tasmanian Government’s Fourth Annual Progress Report and Action Plan 2022: Implementing the Recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, is an indicator of the effectiveness of the Service in meeting the Government’s commitments in the assigned timeframes.

The percentage of National Redress Scheme claims addressed within the statutory timeframe is an indicator of the effectiveness of the Service in coordinating and managing information requests from responsible agencies.

Output Group 2:    Legal Services

2.1 Crown Law

This Output aims to protect the interests of the Crown by providing legal services and advice.

2.2 Legislation Development and Review

This Output provides advice to assist the Attorney‑General and Minister for Justice, and other Ministers as required, with the formation of strategic policy and development of legislation that the Department administers. The Office also provides support to the Attorney‑General and Minister for Justice in the discharge of parliamentary, constitutional and legal duties, including participation in the Standing Council of Attorneys‑General and advice in relation to cooperative legislative schemes and administration of copyright.

Table 5.4:         Performance Information ‑ Output Group 2

Performance Measure

Unit of

 Measure

2020‑21 Actual

2021‑22 Actual

2022‑23 Target

2023‑24 Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crown Law

 

 

 

 

 

Notionally chargeable time1

%

75

66

60

60

Number of new matters2

File

1 649

1 766

1 900

1 900

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The 2020‑21 and 2021‑22 Actuals are estimates.

2.    The number of new matters is dictated by demand from Government agencies for legal services, which is subject to fluctuation over time.


 

Performance Information Comments

The performance indicators for this Output Group focus on the demand for the services provided and the effective use of legal practitioners’ time. The target of 60 per cent of practitioners’ time being chargeable is aspirational and based on the normal expectation in private practice. The target is based on notional chargeable hours. The number of new matters commenced provides a broad indication of demand for transactional legal services but does not reflect the varying complexity of individual matters.

Output Group 3:    Corrections, Rehabilitation and Enforcement

3.1 Prison Services

This Output aims to provide a safer Tasmania by ensuring the secure accommodation of inmates and offering them opportunities for rehabilitation and personal development through the provision of educational, therapeutic and criminogenic programs. It maintains facilities that provide care and custody, at various levels of security, for inmates and persons detained in custody. It also provides safe, secure transport between correctional facilities and courts, and to receive medical care, as required.

3.2 Community Corrective Services

This Output supports a variety of non‑custodial sentencing options. It is responsible for pre‑parole reporting to the Parole Board; pre‑sentence reporting to the courts; management of offenders subject to parole orders, community correction orders (supervision and community service), home detention orders, and drug treatment orders; the delivery of educational, therapeutic and criminogenic programs; and the delivery of the statewide electronic monitoring program. It provides these services in accordance with the Sentencing Act 1997, the Corrections Act 1997 and various other Acts that include sentencing provisions.

3.3 Enforcement of Monetary Penalties

This Output is responsible for the collection and enforcement of monetary penalties imposed by courts, police, local governments and other public sector bodies. Monetary penalties include fines, compensation orders, pecuniary penalty orders and costs. The collection of monetary penalties is a critical element of the justice system as it ensures that there are consequences for offending and acts as a deterrent for re‑offending. It also provides revenue to government, local governments and other creditors and compensation to victims of criminal acts.


 

Table 5.5:         Performance Information ‑ Output Group 3

Performance Measure

Unit of

 Measure

2020‑21 Actual

2021‑22 Actual

2022‑23 Target

2023‑24 Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prison Services

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of prisoners returning to corrective services within two years of release1

%

59.3

 

 

61.0

 

 

48.0

 

 

48.0

Prison Escape Rate ‑ Secure Perimeter

Number per 100 prisoners

.... 

 

0.32

.... 

.... 

Prison Escape Rate ‑ Open Perimeter

Number per 100 prisoners

.... 

.... 

 

<2

 

<2

Cost per prisoner per day2,3

$

393

432

445

470

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Corrective Services

 

 

 

 

 

Completion rate for community supervision orders2,4

%

78.9

 

81.8

 

86.0

 

86.0

Cost per Community Supervised Offender per day2,5

$

23.8

 

23.6

 

24.0

 

24.0

Percentage of Community Corrections offenders returning to corrective services within two years of discharge1

%

25.3

 

 

28.2

 

 

22.0

 

 

22.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enforcement of Monetary Penalties

 

 

 

 

 

Fine Collection Rate

%

115

95

95

95

Debt Finalisation Rate

%

144

107

100

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    This performance measure relates to inmates who completed their justice order two years before the reference period and returned to custody or community corrections.

2.    The 2020‑21 Actual has been updated to reflect the Report on Government Services 2023. Historical financial data is adjusted to 2021‑22 dollars using the General Government Financial Consumption Expenditure chain price deflator.

3.    The actual cost per inmate per day does not include inmate health costs borne by the Department of Health on behalf of corrective services. Due to the high fixed costs of operating a correctional facility, the cost per inmate per day is strongly affected by inmate numbers. The 2022‑23 target was increased to reflect additional costs associated with operating the Tasmania Prison Service. It should also be noted that the 2020‑21 and 2021‑22 Actual figures have increased as a result of the impact of the COVID‑19 pandemic.

4.    This indicator includes both supervision (Community Correction Orders with the relevant condition, Parole and Court Mandated Diversion), Community Service (Community Correction Orders with the relevant conditions, and Community Service Order) and Home Detention orders.

5.    The Cost per Community Supervised Offender per day is expected to increase from 2021‑22 due to the additional costs associated with Family Violence Electronic Monitoring and the expected increase in the use of the electronic monitoring condition being included as a sentencing option.

Performance Information Comments

Prison Services and Community Corrective Services

Table 5.5 reports actual and target data for efficiency and effectiveness indicators as reported in the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2023 chapter 8 Corrective Services and the Justice Sector overview.

Corrective Services agencies administer services and programs that aim to reduce inmates’ and offenders’ risk of re‑offending. Two indicators are provided, which show the return to corrections figures for prisoners and offenders released from prison or discharged from Community Corrections. These are drawn from the Report on Government Services 2023, and refer to offenders released from custody or completing sentences with Community Corrections in 2019‑20. Repeat offender data is difficult to interpret. A low proportion of repeat offenders may indicate an effective justice system discouraging repeat offending. However, a high proportion of repeat offenders may indicate more effective policing. The indicators are:

·       the effectiveness of the Outputs in ensuring the containment of inmates and the compliance of offenders with community based orders; and

·       the efficiency of the corrections system.

Enforcement of Monetary Penalties

The fine Collection Rate is an indicator of the effectiveness of the enforcement of Monetary Penalties and measures the collection of Monetary Penalties against the amount referred in the same period.

The commencement of the Monetary Penalties Enforcement Act 2005 in April 2008 provided a wider range of tools for enforcing Monetary Penalties and consequently improving the fine Collection Rate. These tools have enabled the Monetary Penalties Enforcement Service to achieve a high fine Collection Rate by effectively targeting and collecting fines that have been outstanding for long periods.

The debt finalisation rate measures the number of penalties finalised against the number referred in the same period. A finalisation rate greater than 100 per cent means that more penalties are being finalised than have been referred for collection.

Output Group 4:    Regulatory and Other Services

4.1 WorkSafe Tasmania

This Output focuses on improving workplace safety, health and return to work. WorkSafe Tasmania administers laws that regulate workplace relations, work health and safety and workers’ compensation.

WorkSafe Tasmania has a strong relationship with the WorkCover Tasmania Board, assisting the Board to fulfil its statutory functions in injury management, work health and safety, and workers’ compensation. Providing strategic policy advice to the Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs is another area of focus.

4.2 Tasmanian Planning Commission

This Output has a range of statutory planning assessment and review responsibilities prescribed in the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 and other Resource Management and Planning System legislation including:

·       assessment of planning scheme amendments or combined permit and amendment applications;

·       assessment and advice on amendments to the State Planning Provisions part of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme;

·       assessment of draft Local Provision Schedules which are part of the Tasmanian Planning Scheme;

·       assessment and advice on Tasmanian Planning Policies;

·       establishing and maintaining a digital version of State Planning Provisions and Local Provision Schedules under the Tasmanian Planning Scheme;

·       assessment of major projects and projects of State significance;

·       review of reports on representations to park and water management plans;

·       reporting on the Tasmanian State of the Environment report; and

·       conduct of inquiries and reviews under other legislation.

This Output provides advice to the Minister for Planning and to local government related to its statutory functions.

4.4 Consumer, Building and Occupational Services

Consumer, Building and Occupational Services is Tasmania’s regulator for consumer protection, building standards and occupational licensing services. CBOS delivers efficient, effective and equitable regulation of these services. CBOS administers 37 Acts, 26 regulations and many subordinate rules, including codes, orders and determinations.

CBOS provides bond administration services for residential tenants, owners and property managers and licenses businesses and occupations: building services, electrical, plumbing, gas‑fitting, security and investigation agents, motor vehicle traders, and conveyancers. CBOS also undertakes a range of compliance activities in line with its regulatory roles and functions, including enforcing and ensuring compliance with consumer laws, building laws and gas and electricity safety standards.

CBOS also registers people to work with children and other vulnerable people and operates the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Scheme.


 

Table 5.6:         Performance Information ‑ Output Group 4

Performance Measure

Unit of

 Measure

2020‑21 Actual

2021‑22 Actual

2022‑23 Target

2023‑24 Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

WorkSafe Tasmania1

 

 

 

 

 

Safety of Workers ‑ rates of serious injury2

Claims per 1 000 employees

14.5

 

14.8

 

11.0

 

11.0

Returned to Work3

Rate

79

79

85

85

Workers’ Compensation Premium as a percentage of Wages4

Rate

2.07

 

2.17

 

1.75‑2.75

 

1.75‑2.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer, Building and Occupational Services

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer complaints resolved within 60 days

%

85.0

86.4

90.0

90.0

Rental bond claims paid within 30 days

%

89.2

89.1

90.0

90.0

Number of matters resolved before final compliance action

%

93.7

 

97.5

 

95.0

 

95.0

Number of occupation licence assessments made within 21 days5

%

81.8

 

82.0

 

95.0

 

95.0

New WWVP applications receive a decision within six weeks5

%

95.8

 

93.3

 

95.0

 

95.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The data stored in the WorkCover Information System can change over time as adjustments are made by insurers to the workers’ compensation data received. For example, changes or updates to reported worker numbers, changes to claim details and reported lost time.

2.    The Safety of Workers measure reflects the incidence rates of claims with lost time (time off work) of five days or more per 1 000 workers. The Safe Work Australia ‑ Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012‑2022 has a target to reduce the incidence of workplace injury by at least 30 per cent by 2022. Using 2011‑12 as the base period and WorkSafe Tasmania data, the target incidence rate for Tasmania is 10 claims per 1 000 workers by June 2022.  

3.    The Returned to Work rate is the proportion of injured workers with at least one day off work, who returned to work for any period of time since their first day off work and were working at the time of the survey. The national average RTW rate is 81 per cent. The survey that informs this rate was conducted in 2021. The 2022‑23 Target has been revised to better reflect previous outcomes.

4.    The Workers’ Compensation Premium as a percentage of Wages represents the total workers’ compensation insurance premiums paid as a percentage of the total wages paid.

5.    The reported percentages for 2020‑21 have been amended due to changes in data extraction methods.

Performance Information Comments

Table 5.6 reports actual and target data for efficiency and effectiveness indicators and is compiled from data sourced from the WorkCover Information System.

WorkSafe Tasmania

WorkSafe Tasmania is committed to the prevention of death, injury, illness and disease arising from work activities in all Tasmanian workplaces. The rate of serious injury is a key measure of performance used nationally by WHS Regulators and Safe Work Australia as the peak WHS policy Agency.

WorkSafe Tasmania aims for injured workers to return to safe and sustainable work as soon as possible. This results in increased productivity, reducing workers’ compensation insurance premiums, as well as reducing the financial, health and emotional impacts on the worker.

WorkSafe Tasmania aims to provide a fair and sustainable workers’ compensation system; the overall aim of a competitive workers’ compensation premium is to charge each employer a fair premium while still collecting an overall premium pool which is sufficient to cover claims costs and expenses, and provide insurers with a reasonable return on the capital required. A target range has been established that is optimal for providing sufficient funds to cover claim costs, returning an adequate return to insurers, and if exceeded would suggest the number or size of claims is at an unacceptably high level.

Consumer, Building and Occupational Services

The performance measures for consumer services focus on the disposition rate of complaints and rental bond claims.

The building and occupational services performance measures focus on ensuring the timely and accurate turnaround of licensing applications. As well as occupations within the building and construction industry, the performance indicators also relate to persons who are required to be registered under the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013. The Executive Director of CBOS is currently the Registrar of this Act.

The number of matters resolved before final compliance action relates to the resolution of disputes and complaints in a timely manner in accordance with the Building Act 2016, the Residential Building Work Contracts and Dispute Resolution Act 2016 and the Occupational Licensing Act 2005.

The number of assessments made relates to ensuring that all practitioners are appropriately licensed, and this is relevant to all occupations covered by the Occupational Licensing Act. The provision of fast and accurate processing of applications contributes to overall compliance by industry members.

The performance measure for new Working with Vulnerable People applicants’ receipt of decisions within six weeks relates to ensuring an accurate and robust system for applicants under this Act. The requirements under this Act can make the turnaround time for applicants longer than others. Setting a target time for applicants to receive a decision is both useful in staff compliance with the Act and in achieving a measurable estimate which applicants can respond to if they have not received a decision.


 

Capital Investment Program

Table 5.7 provides financial information for the Department’s Capital Investment Program. More information on the Capital Investment Program is provided in chapter 6 of The Budget Budget Paper No 1.

Table 5.7:         Capital Investment Program

 

Estimated 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

Total 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Cost 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Projects

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation

 

 

 

 

 

Risdon Prison Complex - Additional Max Security Accommodation1

50 000 

1 250 

7 140 

26 520 

15 090 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Existing Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice

 

 

 

 

 

Burnie Court Complex1,2

86 500 

10 101 

14 429 

20 430 

37 328 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation

 

 

 

 

 

Mobile Duress Alarm System Replacement3

3 600 

1 800 

1 800 

.... 

.... 

New Northern Correctional Facility2

270 000 

8 300 

32 600 

48 300 

35 000 

New Southern Remand Centre2

85 000

14 800 

2 200 

.... 

.... 

Prison Body Scanning Technology2

1 300 

400 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Risdon Prison - Critical Infrastructure Maintenance2

9 030 

3 510 

2 510 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total CIP Allocations

 

40 161 

60 679 

95 250 

87 418 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    Project descriptions are provided in the Key Deliverables section at the commencement of this chapter.

2.    The estimates for this project have been revised to reflect current project progress and expected timing of expenditure.

3.    Funding for the Mobile Duress Alarm System Replacement has been reclassified from operating expenditure to capital expenditure in the 2023-24 Budget.

Mobile Duress Alarm System Replacement

This initiative will replace the Mobile Duress Alarm System at the Risdon Prison Complex and Mary Hutchinson Women’s Prison and upgrade the security management system in MHWP.


 

New Northern Correctional Facility

This initiative provides for the construction of a new Northern Correctional Facility with accommodation for a variety of inmate classifications, remand facilities and a women’s facility. The new facility will relieve pressure on the Risdon facility and will be specifically designed to create increased opportunities for inmates to find meaningful work on release. Importantly, the new facility will have a specific focus on providing greater rehabilitation and reintegration prospects, reducing recidivism, and improving family connections for northern inmates.

New Southern Remand Centre

The Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation officially opened the new Southern Remand Centre on the Risdon Prison site on 6 July 2022. The final stage of this project is the construction of a new, state‑of‑the‑art kitchen with dedicated training facilities for inmates. The kitchen is currently in the planning stage, with construction expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Prison Body Scanning Technology

This initiative will introduce body scanning technology in correctional facilities across the State, including Ashley Youth Detention Centre (operated by the Department for Education, Children and Young People). The introduction of body scanning technology will minimise personal searches and stop potentially harmful items such as drugs and weapons from entering the corrections system.

Risdon Prison ‑ Critical Infrastructure Maintenance

This initiative will upgrade and allow for comprehensive maintenance of critical infrastructure at the Risdon Prison Complex, including equipment replacement. This program will be progressively rolled out over four years.


 

Detailed Budget Statements

Table 5.8:         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

259 060 

284 996 

279 338 

275 784 

274 775 

Appropriation revenue ‑ capital2

34 830 

39 761 

60 679 

95 250 

87 418 

Other revenue from government

1 750 

400 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Grants3

27 767 

27 497 

22 712 

428 

.... 

Sales of goods and services

4 666 

4 734 

4 735 

4 737 

4 739 

Fees and fines

9 610 

9 620 

9 620 

9 622 

9 622 

Interest

968 

987 

987 

990 

992 

Other revenue4

12 060 

9 450 

9 770 

9 980 

14 471 

Total revenue

350 711 

377 445 

387 841 

396 791 

392 017 

Total income

350 711 

377 445 

387 841 

396 791 

392 017 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits5

180 441 

190 258 

188 009 

187 833 

193 638 

Depreciation and amortisation6

13 220 

14 420 

17 512 

17 512 

17 512 

Supplies and consumables7

62 962 

59 413 

57 968 

54 977 

58 651 

Grants and subsidies8

34 656 

34 673 

34 565 

15 201 

14 566 

Borrowing costs

661 

655 

646 

637 

627 

Other expenses9

27 115 

48 075 

45 894 

44 350 

32 646 

Total expenses

319 055 

347 494 

344 594 

320 510 

317 640 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net result

31 656 

29 951 

43 247 

76 281 

74 377 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive result

31 656 

29 951 

43 247 

76 281 

74 377 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The increase in Appropriation revenue ‑ operating in 2023-24 primarily reflects additional funding for 2023‑24 Budget initiatives.

2.    The variation in Appropriation revenue ‑ capital reflects timing of funding for projects in the Department’s Capital Investment Program.

3.    The decrease in Grants revenue in 2024‑25 reflects the completion of the Justice Connect Program. The decreases in 2025‑26 and 2026‑27 reflect completion of the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020‑2025.

4.    The variation in Other revenue reflects funds collected from councils for administering the Local Government Elections in 2022 and 2026.

5.    The variation in Employee benefits primarily reflects the additional expenses relating to 2023‑24 Budget initiatives, together with supplementary funding to support wage agreement outcomes.  

6.    The increase in Depreciation and amortisation from 2023‑24 is attributable to the New Southern Remand Centre kitchen, Justice Connect and PlanBuild Tasmania projects.

7.    The decrease in Supplies and consumables in 2023‑24 primarily reflects the completion of the Commission of Inquiry in August 2023.

8.    The decrease in Grants and subsidies from 2025‑26 reflects completion of the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020‑2025.

9.    The increase in Other expenses from 2023‑24 primarily reflects the funding profile for the National Redress Scheme and associated Civil Claims Compensation.

Table 5.9:         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

 

 

 

 

 

Sales of goods and services

10 

10 

10 

10 

10 

Fees and fines

25 424 

25 428 

25 432 

25 436 

25 440 

Interest

158 

160 

162 

164 

165 

Other revenue

18 022 

18 561 

18 843 

19 152 

19 158 

Total administered revenue

43 614 

44 159 

44 447 

44 762 

44 773 

Total administered income

43 614 

44 159 

44 447 

44 762 

44 773 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered expenses

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

3 805 

3 893 

3 979 

4 067 

4 081 

Depreciation and amortisation

101 

24 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Supplies and consumables

3 178 

3 188 

3 211 

3 244 

3 245 

Grants and subsidies

282 

472 

482 

492 

492 

Transfers to the Public Account

22 914 

22 918 

22 922 

22 926 

22 930 

Other expenses

12 878 

12 884 

13 048 

13 228 

13 220 

Total administered expenses

43 158 

43 379 

43 642 

43 957 

43 968 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered net result

456 

780 

805 

805 

805 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administered comprehensive result

456 

780 

805 

805 

805 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 5.10:       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 - Administration of Justice

 

 

 

 

 

1.1 Supreme Court Services1

8 907 

9 394 

9 590 

9 217 

9 627 

1.2 Magisterial Court Services

12 744 

13 235 

13 479 

13 763 

14 316 

1.3 Births, Deaths and Marriages

1 325 

1 381 

1 412 

1 449 

1 520 

1.4 Support and Compensation for Victims of Crime

3 738 

3 870 

3 959 

4 058 

4 205 

1.5 Tasmania Legal Aid2

9 530 

9 307 

9 418 

9 323 

9 489 

1.6 Legal Assistance3

3 106 

3 150 

3 190 

1 255 

454 

1.7 Equal Opportunity Tasmania

1 610 

1 692 

1 731 

1 782 

1 891 

1.8 Elections and Referendums

819 

858 

874 

898 

946 

1.9 Tasmanian Industrial Commission

1 366 

1 435 

1 471 

1 512 

1 599 

1.10 Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal

7 618 

7 936 

8 079 

8 254 

8 613 

1.11 Office of the Public Guardian

1 261 

1 319 

1 342 

1 377 

1 447 

1.12 Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit4

13 082 

29 941 

29 967 

28 160 

16 235 

1.13 Safe at Home

7 080 

7 191 

7 257 

7 332 

7 472 

 

72 186 

90 709 

91 769 

88 380 

77 814 

Output Group 2 - Legal Services

 

 

 

 

 

2.1 Crown Law5

8 577 

9 465 

9 119 

9 328 

9 790 

2.2 Legislation Development and Review

2 223 

2 320 

2 361 

2 416 

2 525 

 

10 800 

11 785 

11 480 

11 744 

12 315 

Output Group 3 - Corrections, Rehabilitation and Enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

3.3 Enforcement of Monetary Penalties

4 437 

4 603 

4 712 

4 834 

5 031 

 

4 437 

4 603 

4 712 

4 834 

5 031 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Investment Program6

9 220 

10 101 

14 429 

20 430 

37 328 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Services

87 423 

107 097 

107 961 

104 958 

95 160 

Capital Services

9 220 

10 101 

14 429 

20 430 

37 328 

 

96 643 

117 198 

122 390 

125 388 

132 488 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 3 - Corrections, Rehabilitation and Enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

3.1 Prison Services7

105 383 

117 191 

109 274 

110 323 

115 608 

3.2 Community Corrective Services

19 307 

19 136 

19 511 

19 974 

20 995 

 

124 690 

136 327 

128 785 

130 297 

136 603 


 

Table 5.10:       Revenue from Appropriation by Output (continued)

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate1

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Investment Program6

25 610 

29 660 

46 250 

74 820 

50 090 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Services

124 690 

136 327 

128 785 

130 297 

136 603 

Capital Services

25 610 

29 660 

46 250 

74 820 

50 090 

 

150 300 

165 987 

175 035 

205 117 

186 693 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Planning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 4 - Regulatory and Other Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.2 Tasmanian Planning Commission8

4 671 

5 312 

5 020 

5 158 

5 454 

 

4 671 

5 312 

5 020 

5 158 

5 454 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Services

4 671 

5 312 

5 020 

5 158 

5 454 

 

4 671 

5 312 

5 020 

5 158 

5 454 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Output Group 4 - Regulatory and Other Services

 

 

 

 

 

4.1 WorkSafe Tasmania9

10 915 

10 523 

10 788 

11 103 

11 759 

4.4 Consumer, Building and Occupational Services

3 006 

3 147 

3 262 

3 396 

3 662 

 

13 921 

13 670 

14 050 

14 499 

15 421 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Services

13 921 

13 670 

14 050 

14 499 

15 421 

 

13 921 

13 670 

14 050 

14 499 

15 421 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Justice

 

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Services

230 705 

262 406 

255 816 

254 912 

252 638 

Total Capital Services

34 830 

39 761 

60 679 

95 250 

87 418 

 

265 535 

302 167 

316 495 

350 162 

340 056 

 

 


 

Table 5.10:       Revenue from Appropriation by Output (continued)

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate1

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reserved by Law

 

 

 

 

 

Costs and expenses of Commissions (Commissions of Inquiry Act 1995)

8 982 

2 800 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Expenses of Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania Elections (Aboriginal Lands Act 1995, Section 17)

Expenses of Parliamentary Elections and Referendums (Electoral Act 2004 and Referendum Procedures Act 2004)10

3 571 

3 739 

7 033 

3 948 

4 249 

Expenses under the Legislative Council Electoral Boundaries Act 1995

Salaries of Judges (Supreme Court Act 1887)

4 478 

4 257 

4 344 

4 395 

4 672 

Salaries of Magistrates (Magistrates Court Act 1987)

6 257 

6 488 

6 616 

6 773 

7 189 

Salary and Travel Allowances, Solicitor-General (Solicitor-General Act 1983)

570 

591 

603 

618 

657 

Salary and Travelling Allowance, Associate Judge of the Supreme Court (Supreme Court Act 1959)

487 

505 

516 

528 

560 

Victims of Crime Assistance Act 1976

4 000 

4 200 

4 400 

4 600 

4 800 

 

28 355 

22 590 

23 522 

20 872 

22 137 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appropriation Rollover

1 750 

400 

.... 

.... 

.... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue from Appropriation

295 640 

325 157 

340 017 

371 034 

362 193 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controlled Revenue from Appropriation

295 640 

325 157 

340 017 

371 034 

362 193 

 

295 640 

325 157 

340 017 

371 034 

362 193 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

1.    The decrease in Supreme Court Services in 2025‑26 primarily reflects the completion of funding for the Acting Judges initiative.

2.    The decrease in Tasmania Legal Aid in 2025‑26 reflects the profile of funding for the Serious Cases Fund ‑ Complex Criminal Trials initiative.

3.    The variation in Legal Assistance reflects the profile of the Legal Assistance Sector Support funding.

4.    The variation in Child Abuse Royal Commission Response Unit reflects the funding profile for the National Redress Scheme and associated Civil Claims Compensation.  

5.    The increase in Crown Law in 2023‑24 reflects the Civil Litigation Division and Office of the Crown Solicitor ‑ sustaining support for Government’s Infrastructure Program initiatives.

6.    The variation in the Capital Investment Program in 2022‑23 reflects timing of funding for projects in the Department’s Capital Investment Program.

7.    The increase in Prison Services in 2023‑24 reflects funding in this Budget for Tasmania Prison Services ‑ Cost pressures.

8.    The increase in the Tasmanian Planning Commission in 2023‑24 reflects the additional funding provided to prepare the State of the Environment Report.

9.    The decrease in WorkSafe Tasmania reflects the completion of fixed‑term funding for WorkSafe Inspectorate Capability in response to the COVID‑19 pandemic.

10.  The increase in Expenses of Parliamentary Elections and Referendums (Electoral Act 2004 and Referendum Procedures Act 2004) in 2024‑25 reflects the next scheduled State Election in 2025.

Table 5.11:       Administered Revenue

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue Collected on Behalf of the Public Account

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Affairs Office Regulatory Fees

234 

235 

236 

237 

238 

Fines

18 125 

18 125 

18 125 

18 125 

18 125 

Magisterial Courts Regulatory Fees

594 

594 

594 

594 

594 

Other Regulatory Fees

853 

856 

859 

862 

865 

Other Revenue

40 

40 

40 

40 

40 

Registrar‑General Regulatory Fees

1 981 

1 981 

1 981 

1 981 

1 981 

Supreme Court Regulatory Fees

1 087 

1 087 

1 087 

1 087 

1 087 

 

22 914 

22 918 

22 922 

22 926 

22 930 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agency Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

Fines

2 550 

2 550 

2 550 

2 550 

2 550 

Interest income

158 

160 

162 

164 

165 

Other Revenue

17 982 

18 521 

18 803 

19 112 

19 118 

Other Sales of Services

10 

10 

10 

10 

10 

 

20 700 

21 241 

21 525 

21 836 

21 843 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Administered Revenue

43 614 

44 159 

44 447 

44 762 

44 773 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 5.12:       Administered Expenses

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grants and Subsidies

 

 

 

 

 

Asbestos Compensation Fund

7 582 

7 686 

7 790 

7 896 

7 900 

Workcover Tasmania Board

10 162 

10 275 

10 430 

10 635 

10 638 

 

17 744 

17 961 

18 220 

18 531 

18 538 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transfers to the Public Account

22 914 

22 918 

22 922 

22 926 

22 930 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Administered Expenses

2 500 

2 500 

2 500 

2 500 

2 500 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Administered Expenses

43 158 

43 379 

43 642 

43 957 

43 968 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asbestos Compensation Fund

The Asbestos Compensation Fund was established in accordance with the Asbestos‑Related Diseases (Occupational Exposure) Compensation Act 2011. The fund is established for the payment of compensation and certain other expenses, related to the contraction of asbestos related diseases by workers who are exposed to asbestos in the course of their employment. The Fund is overseen by the Asbestos Compensation Commissioner, who is responsible for making determinations regarding a worker’s application for compensation and managing all monies in relation to the Fund.

WorkCover Tasmania Board

The WorkCover Tasmania Board oversees, promotes, reviews and ensures the efficient operation of worker’s rehabilitation and compensation procedures in accordance with the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988. Integral to this role, it advises the Minister on matters relating to worker’s rehabilitation and compensation in the State. Other major functions include reviewing the performance of licensed insurers and self‑insurers and the operation of the Nominal Insurer, and managing the Worker’s Rehabilitation and Compensation Fund.

Table 5.13:       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

25 785 

29 528 

27 134 

25 640 

24 146 

Receivables1

4 567 

3 046 

3 071 

3 096 

3 121 

 

30 352 

32 574 

30 205 

28 736 

27 267 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Inventories1

806 

1 022 

1 039 

1 056 

1 073 

Property, plant and equipment2

370 548 

395 509 

440 676 

522 924 

597 340 

Intangibles3

40 782 

37 989 

38 907 

34 875 

30 415 

Other assets

12 692 

11 449 

11 399 

11 349 

11 299 

 

424 828 

445 969 

492 021 

570 204 

640 127 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

455 180 

478 543 

522 226 

598 940 

667 394 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables1

6 527 

11 421 

11 535 

11 649 

11 763 

Interest bearing liabilities

13 291 

13 241 

13 147 

13 050 

12 952 

Employee benefits1,4

38 512 

40 845 

41 261 

41 677 

35 738 

Total liabilities

58 330 

65 507 

65 943 

66 376 

60 453 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

396 850 

413 036 

456 283 

532 564 

606 941 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Reserves

179 479 

210 814 

210 814 

210 814 

210 814 

Accumulated funds

217 371 

202 222 

245 469 

321 750 

396 127 

Total equity

396 850 

413 036 

456 283 

532 564 

606 941 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

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

2.    The increase in Property, plant and equipment reflects the timing of projects in the Department’s Capital Investment Program, partially offset by annual depreciation charges.

3.    The variation in Intangibles reflects the timing of the Justice Connect and PlanBuild programs and the impact of amortisation.

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

 


 

Table 5.14:       Statement of Financial Position as at 30 June ‑ Administered

 

2023 

2024 

2025 

2026 

2027 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits1

29 689 

34 180 

34 995 

35 810 

36 625 

Receivables2

95 758 

87 094 

82 108 

77 122 

72 136 

 

125 447 

121 274 

117 103 

112 932 

108 761 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non‑financial assets

 

 

 

 

 

Intangibles

24 

25 

25 

25 

25 

 

24 

25 

25 

25 

25 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

125 471 

121 299 

117 128 

112 957 

108 786 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Payables1

2 625 

5 062 

5 066 

5 070 

5 074 

Provisions2

70 787 

64 998 

60 012 

55 026 

50 040 

Employee benefits1

966 

1 207 

1 213 

1 219 

1 225 

Total liabilities

74 378 

71 267 

66 291 

61 315 

56 339 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net assets (liabilities)

51 093 

50 032 

50 837 

51 642 

52 447 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated funds

51 093 

50 032 

50 837 

51 642 

52 447 

Total equity

51 093 

50 032 

50 837 

51 642 

52 447 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes:

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

2.    The decrease in Receivables and Provisions in 2024 reflects reassessments of future fees receivable and future compensation payable, from the Asbestos Compensation Fund by the Fund’s actuary in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards.

 


 

Table 5.15:       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

259 060 

284 996 

279 338 

275 784 

274 775 

Appropriation receipts ‑ capital

34 830 

39 761 

60 679 

95 250 

87 418 

Appropriation receipts ‑ other

1 750 

400 

.... 

.... 

.... 

Grants

27 767 

27 497 

22 712 

428 

.... 

Sales of goods and services

4 641 

4 709 

4 710 

4 712 

4 714 

Fees and fines

9 610 

9 620 

9 620 

9 622 

9 622 

GST receipts

14 460 

14 490 

14 520 

14 550 

14 580 

Interest received

968 

987 

987 

990 

992 

Other cash receipts

12 060 

9 450 

9 770 

9 980 

14 471 

Total cash inflows

365 146 

391 910 

402 336 

411 316 

406 572 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(159 547)

(167 840)

(165 389)

(164 660)

(175 327)

Superannuation

(20 444)

(21 968)

(22 170)

(22 723)

(24 216)

Borrowing costs

(661)

(655)

(646)

(637)

(627)

GST payments

(14 460)

(14 490)

(14 520)

(14 550)

(14 580)

Grants and subsidies

(34 656)

(34 673)

(34 565)

(15 201)

(14 566)

Supplies and consumables

(62 862)

(59 313)

(57 868)

(54 877)

(58 551)

Other cash payments

(27 152)

(48 112)

(45 931)

(44 387)

(32 683)

Total cash outflows

(319 782)

(347 051)

(341 089)

(317 035)

(320 550)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

45 364 

44 859 

61 247 

94 281 

86 022 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Payments for acquisition of non‑financial assets

(47 570)

(47 051)

(63 547)

(95 678)

(87 418)

Net cash from (used by) investing activities

(47 570)

(47 051)

(63 547)

(95 678)

(87 418)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Net borrowings

(188)

(202)

(94)

(97)

(98)

Net cash from (used by) financing activities

(188)

(202)

(94)

(97)

(98)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 5.15:       Statement of Cash Flows (continued)

 

2022‑23 

2023‑24 

2024‑25 

2025‑26 

2026‑27 

 

 

 

Forward 

Forward 

Forward 

 

Budget 

Budget 

Estimate 

Estimate 

Estimate 

 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

$'000 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

(2 394)

(2 394)

(2 394)

(1 494)

(1 494)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

28 179 

31 922 

29 528 

27 134 

25 640 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

25 785 

29 528 

27 134 

25 640 

24 146 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Table 5.16:       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

 

 

 

 

 

Sales of goods and services

10 

10 

10 

10 

10 

Fees and fines

25 424 

25 428 

25 432 

25 436 

25 440 

Interest received

158 

160 

162 

164 

165 

Other cash receipts

18 022 

18 561 

18 843 

19 152 

19 158 

Total cash inflows

43 614 

44 159 

44 447 

44 762 

44 773 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash outflows

 

 

 

 

 

Employee benefits

(3 348)

(3 415)

(3 479)

(3 540)

(3 551)

Superannuation

(451)

(472)

(494)

(521)

(524)

Grants and subsidies

(282)

(472)

(482)

(492)

(492)

Transfers to the Public Account

(22 914)

(22 918)

(22 922)

(22 926)

(22 930)

Supplies and consumables

(3 175)

(3 185)

(3 208)

(3 241)

(3 242)

Other cash payments

(12 877)

(12 883)

(13 047)

(13 227)

(13 219)

Total cash outflows

(43 047)

(43 345)

(43 632)

(43 947)

(43 958)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash from (used by) operating activities

567 

814 

815 

815 

815 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents held

567 

814 

815 

815 

815 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and deposits at the beginning of the reporting period

29 122 

33 366 

34 180 

34 995 

35 810 

Cash and deposits at the end of the reporting period

29 689 

34 180 

34 995 

35 810 

36 625