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Budget 2014-15
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Part 2: Staffing of Agencies

A Smaller Public Service and Smaller Government

The Government is committed to building a more sustainable public service that delivers better value for money for taxpayers.

It is anticipated that by 2016‑17, the Australian Public Service will reduce by 16,500 ASL from 2013‑14 levels. Some 14,500 of these reductions are the result of decisions in the 2013‑14 Budget, in the 2013 Economic Statement and as a result of preceding decisions and policy settings. Around 2,000 are the result of decisions taken in the 2014‑15 Budget.

Decisions taken in the 2014‑15 Budget, which impact staffing are primarily the result of deliberate decisions about functions, priorities and the proper scope of government.

Many of the reductions in staffing levels are related to the Smaller Government budget measures, which achieve savings as a result of ceasing the operations of particular government bodies and merging others to reduce duplication, improve coordination and increase efficiency in how public funds are used to deliver services to the community.

The largest reduction to public service jobs over the forward estimates is in the Australian Taxation Office. The Government has brought forward reductions previously planned for 2015‑16 by one year, which will assist with the broader effort to repair the Budget.

Other reductions in staffing levels in the Budget are the result of efficiencies in the back‑office operations of government. For example, overlap in corporate areas is removed and staffing efficiencies achieved in this Budget as a result of consolidating AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and consolidating the key parts of the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, the Arts and Sport into the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Some of the reductions in staffing levels are offset by temporary short term increases in particular areas to manage the early implementation of particular policy priorities.

In the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for example, there is a particular need to better manage the legacy of Illegal Maritime Arrivals in Australia inherited from the previous Government. Also, through the Department of Human Services, the Government is undertaking major structural reforms, including requiring young people with a capacity to work to earn, learn or Work for the Dole.

The Government has also adopted measures to better manage the 14,500 reduction in staffing levels as a result of decisions taken by the previous Government in 2013. Specifically, the Government has put in place a more methodical framework and provided funding for required redundancy payments to ensure that the day‑to‑day operations of government agencies are not compromised.

Interim recruitment arrangements the Government announced on 31 October 2013 are still continuing as a way of achieving the forecast reductions and ensuring that the size of the public service is managed based on deliberate whole‑of‑government choices about priorities.

As part of the Smaller Government Agenda, the Government will continue to identify additional areas where appropriate reductions in the number of government bodies and related staffing levels can be achieved.

Trends in average staffing levels

Trends in the estimated annual ASL for all agencies in the general government sector are reported in Table 2.1 below. The data provides a summary of people employed by the Australian Government, including all Defence Force personnel and those employed by statutory authorities. ASL figures reflect the average number of employees receiving salary or wages over the financial year, with adjustments for casual and part‑time staff, to show the average full time equivalent.

The ASL for 2013‑14, excluding military personnel and reserves, as reported in the 2013‑14 Budget papers (Budget Paper 1) was 178,691. The current estimate for 2013‑14 is 177,258 ASL in 2013‑14. The ASL estimated for 2014‑15 is 169,922, which is 7,336 lower than 2013‑14 as shown in Table 2.1 and 8,769 lower than the projected 2013‑14 ASL as at the 2013‑14 Budget.

The Budget forecasts for the 2014‑15 year will see total staffing in the general government sector return to the level last recorded in 2007‑08. Excluding military personnel and reserves, levels will return to the more efficient and effective levels last recorded in 2006‑07.

Table 2.1: Estimates of average staff levels in the general government sector
  2007‑08 2008‑09 2009‑10 2010‑11 2011‑12 2012‑13 2013‑14 2014‑15
Total ASL 248,217 250,566 258,321 261,891 261,637 256,631 253,853 249,261
Military and Reserves 72,686 75,144 79,351 80,873 79,132 76,678 76,595 79,339
ASL excluding Military and Reserves 175,531 175,422 178,970 181,018 182,505 179,953 177,258 169,922

*Figures in the table above are impacted by rounding.

Table 2.2 provides details of ASL at the portfolio and agency level. This year the table includes the ASL for 2013‑14 reported by agencies as at the time of the 2013‑14 Budget to enable a comparison with the 2013‑14 ASL reported by agencies as at the 2014‑15 Budget.

Machinery of Government changes and average staffing levels

Following the issuing of Administrative Arrangements Orders on 18 September 2013, there were a number of Machinery of Government changes including transfers of functions between agencies, movements of agencies between portfolios, mergers of agencies, and the establishment and abolition of agencies. Comparison of ASL at portfolio and agency level between years should take into consideration that the related ASL would have a part‑year effect in 2013‑14 and a full‑year effect in 2014‑15.

Estimates of average staffing level (ASL) of agencies in the Australian Government general government sector(a)
  Average staffing levels #  
  2013‑14 ASL
as reported at
the 2013‑14
Budget
(A)
2013‑14 ASL
as reported at
the 2014‑15
Budget
(B)
2014‑15 ASL
(C)
Change
(C)-(A)
Change
(C)-(B)
Agriculture          
Department of Agriculture(b) 4,258 4,397 4,165 -93 -232
Australian Fisheries Management Authority 189 185 185 -4 0
Australian Grape and Wine Authority(c) 0 0 55 55 55
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority 183 166 176 -7 10
Cotton Research and Development Corporation 14 13 14 0 1
Fisheries Research and Development Corporation 13 12 13 0 1
Grains Research and Development Corporation(d) 61 66 76 14 9
Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation(c) 11 11 0 -11 -11
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation 27 27 23 -4 -4
Sugar Research and Development Corporation(e) 8 2 0 -8 -2
Wine Australia Corporation(c) 49 45 0 -49 -45
Total 4,812 4,924 4,706 -107 -219
Attorney-General's          
Attorney-General's Department(f) 1,461 1,552 1,614 153 62
Australia Business Arts Foundation Limited(b) 33 30 18 -15 -13
Australia Council 124 128 127 3 -1
Australian Film, Television and Radio School 150 150 150 0 0
Australian National Maritime Museum 115 113 108 -7 -5
Administrative Appeals Tribunal 170 170 163 -7 -7
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity 34 36 38 4 2
Australian Crime Commission 504 536 515 11 -21
Australian Federal Police(g) 6,416 6,586 6,239 -177 -347
Australian Financial Security Authority(h) 420 450 450 30 0
Australian Human Rights Commission(i) 125 123 142 17 19
Australian Institute of Criminology 47 47 47 0 0
Australian Law Reform Commission(b) 16 14 13 -3 -1
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation 1,778 1,750 1,720 -58 -30
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre 274 268 259 -15 -9
Bundanon Trust 19 19 20 1 1
CrimTrac Agency 228 231 229 1 -2
Family Court and Federal Circuit Court 789 789 766 -23 -23
Federal Court of Australia 425 418 406 -19 -12
High Court of Australia 82 82 79 -3 -3
National Archives of Australia 429 416 412 -17 -4
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia(b) 211 206 178 -33 -28
National Gallery of Australia(j) 245 257 245 0 -12
National Library of Australia 434 423 412 -22 -11
National Museum of Australia 221 221 218 -3 -3
National Portrait Gallery of Australia 59 53 52 -7 0
Office of Parliamentary Counsel 113 105 99 -14 -6
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner(i) 80 77 39 -41 -38
Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions(b) 423 452 412 -11 -40
Old Parliament House 72 72 68 -4 -4
Screen Australia 112 115 108 -4 -7
Total 15,608 15,889 15,346 -262 -543
Communications          
Department of Communications(k) 585 530 430 -155 -100
Australian Broadcasting Corporation 4,619 4,650 4,642 23 -8
Australian Communications and Media Authority 523 512 468 -55 -44
Special Broadcasting Service Corporation 1,058 1,081 1,081 23 0
Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency(l) 17 15 0 -17 -15
Total 6,802 6,788 6,621 -181 -167
Defence          
Department of Defence — Civilian(b)(m) 15,547 15,268 14,883 -664 -385
Australian War Memorial 339 329 333 -6 4
Defence Housing Australia 614 679 673 59 -6
Defence Materiel Organisation(b)(m) 5,670 5,243 5,209 -461 -34
Department of Defence — Military(n) 58,235 56,395 58,839 604 2,444
Department of Defence — Reserves(o) 20,450 20,200 20,500 50 300
Department of Veterans' Affairs 1,924 1,924 1,870 -54 -54
Total 102,779 100,038 102,307 -472 2,269
Departments of the Parliament          
Department of Parliamentary Services 705 711 708 3 -3
Department of the House of Representatives 158 155 154 -4 -1
Department of the Senate 155 147 150 -5 3
Parliamentary Budget Office 39 35 39 0 4
Total 1,057 1,048 1,051 -6 3
Education          
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations(p) 3,740 779 0 -3,740 -779
Department of Education(q) 0 1,417 1,823 1,823 406
Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority(b) 118 116 95 -23 -21
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies 118 134 134 16 0
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership Limited 68 62 62 -6 0
Australian Research Council 120 120 120 0 0
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency(b) 99 90 74 -25 -16
Total 4,263 2,718 2,308 -1,955 -410
Employment          
Department of Employment(r) 0 1,627 1,716 1,716 89
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency(s) 0 7 7 7 0
Comcare 637 675 674 37 -1
Fair Work Commission 353 330 336 -17 6
Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate(t) 100 131 155 55 24
Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman 693 723 709 16 -14
Safe Work Australia 104 101 101 -3 0
Workplace Gender Equality Agency 33 32 29 -4 -3
Total 1,920 3,626 3,727 1,807 101
Environment          
Department of the Environment(b)(u) 2,151 2,177 1,993 -158 -184
Bureau of Meteorology 1,536 1,508 1,450 -86 -58
Director of National Parks 275 270 275 0 5
Climate Change Authority(v) 35 29 0 -35 -29
Clean Energy Regulator 360 338 339 -21 1
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 205 218 210 5 -8
Low Carbon Australia Limited(v) 0 0 0 0 0
Murray-Darling Basin Authority 295 295 290 -5 -5
National Water Commission(w) 40 37 11 -29 -26
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust 57 53 58 1 5
Total 4,954 4,925 4,626 -328 -299
Finance          
Department of Finance(x) 1,468 1,395 1,369 -99 -26
Australian Electoral Commission(y) 878 1,084 858 -20 -226
Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation 72 70 81 9 11
ComSuper 445 452 410 -35 -42
Future Fund Management Agency 104 89 120 16 31
Total 2,967 3,090 2,838 -129 -252
Foreign Affairs and Trade          
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade(z) 3,981 6,175 5,640 1,659 -535
AusAID (Australian Agency for International Development)(aa) 1,982 0 0 -1,982 0
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 73 70 70 -3 0
Australian Secret Intelligence Service* * * * * *
Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)(ab) 930 1,013 996 66 -17
Export Finance Insurance Corporation - National Interest Account 7 5 5 -2 0
Tourism Australia 198 204 204 6 0
Total 7,171 7,467 6,915 -256 -552
Health          
Department of Health(b)(ac) 4,567 3,731 3,405 -1,162 -326
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care(ad) 58 68 77 19 9
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 315 306 294 -21 -12
Australian National Preventive Health Agency(ae) 40 33 0 -40 -33
Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority 28 28 28 0 0
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency 153 135 130 -23 -5
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority(b) 74 78 62 -12 -16
Australian Sports Commission (includes Australian Sports Foundation Limited)(af) 696 642 505 -191 -137
Cancer Australia 72 66 72 0 6
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand 118 115 107 -11 -8
General Practice Education and Training Limited(ag) 61 62 31 -31 -32
Health Workforce Australia(ah) 140 129 0 -140 -129
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority 59 55 59 0 4
National Blood Authority 53 54 53 0 -1
National Health and Medical Research Council 217 217 208 -9 -9
National Health Funding Body 21 19 19 -2 0
National Health Performance Authority 53 53 54 1 1
National Mental Health Commission 13 13 13 0 0
Private Health Insurance Administration Council 35 33 32 -3 -1
Private Health Insurance Ombudsman 12 12 12 0 0
Professional Services Review 23 17 17 -6 0
Total 6,808 5,866 5,177 -1,631 -689
Immigration and Border Protection          
Department of Immigration and Border Protection(ai) 9,080 9,304 8,904 -176 -400
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service(aj) 5,000 5,000 4,920 -80 -80
Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal 420 420 420 0 0
Total 14,500 14,724 14,244 -256 -480
Industry          
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism(ak) 655 0 0 -655 0
Department of Industry(b)(al) 3,630 3,715 2,983 -647 -732
Australian Institute of Marine Science 202 204 202 0 -2
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation(b) 1,276 1,267 1,204 -72 -63
Australian Renewable Energy Agency(am) 2 2 0 -2 -2
Australian Skills Quality Authority 211 197 197 -14 0
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation(an) 5,550 5,523 5,034 -516 -489
Geoscience Australia(b) 720 716 620 -100 -96
IP Australia 1,067 1,066 1,048 -19 -18
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority 121 111 135 14 24
Total 13,434 12,801 11,423 -2,011 -1,378
Infrastructure and Regional Development          
Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport(ao) 482 100 0 -482 -100
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development(ap) 994 1,110 1,164 170 54
Australian Maritime Safety Authority 358 358 367 9 9
Australian Transport Safety Bureau(b) 118 110 104 -14 -6
Civil Aviation Safety Authority 855 855 833 -22 -22
National Capital Authority 56 54 56 0 2
National Transport Commission 45 43 40 -5 -3
Total 2,908 2,630 2,564 -344 -66
Prime Minister and Cabinet          
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet(aq) 771 1,720 2,314 1,543 594
Aboriginal Hostels Limited 445 406 396 -49 -10
Anindilyakwa Land Council(ar) 48 38 21 -27 -17
Australian National Audit Office 348 349 349 1 0
Australian Public Service Commission 254 248 226 -28 -22
Central Land Council 231 231 228 -3 -3
Indigenous Business Australia 227 232 236 9 4
Indigenous Land Corporation 265 265 265 0 0
National Australia Day Council Limited 11 12 13 2 1
Northern Land Council 329 226 226 -103 0
Office of National Assessments 148 135 130 -18 -5
Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman 136 136 129 -8 -8
Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security 12 12 11 -1 -1
Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General 86 82 80 -6 -2
Outback Stores Pty Ltd 150 143 152 2 9
Tiwi Land Council 11 5 5 -6 0
Torres Strait Regional Authority 139 137 146 7 10
Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council 32 30 30 -2 0
Total 3,643 4,407 4,957 1,314 550
Social Services          
Department of Human Services(as) 30,707 29,989 30,150 -557 161
Department of Social Services(at) 3,278 3,467 3,305 27 -162
Australian Aged Care Quality Agency(au) 220 208 236 16 28
Australian Institute of Family Studies 81 81 83 2 2
National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Transition Agency(av) 0 489 798 798 309
Total 34,286 34,234 34,572 286 338
Treasury          
Department of the Treasury(aw) 886 899 884 -2 -15
Australian Bureau of Statistics(b) 2,685 2,600 2,500 -185 -100
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission(b) 802 790 735 -67 -55
Australian Office of Financial Management 45 42 43 -2 1
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority 609 600 590 -19 -10
Australian Securities and Investments Commission(ax) 1,834 1,782 1,573 -261 -209
Australian Taxation Office(ax) 22,022 21,397 19,068 -2,954 -2,329
Clean Energy Finance Corporation(v) 50 48 0 -50 -48
Commonwealth Grants Commission 40 40 40 0 0
Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee 3 3 3 0 0
Inspector-General of Taxation 10 9 14 4 5
National Competition Council(ay) 12 12 4 -8 -8
Office of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board 8 7 7 -1 0
Office of the Australian Accounting Standards Board 24 23 22 -2 -1
Productivity Commission 193 185 170 -23 -15
Royal Australian Mint 241 241 228 -13 -13
Total 29,464 28,678 25,881 -3,583 -2,797
TOTAL (for all general government sector agencies) 257,376 253,853 249,261 -8,115 -4,591

# Any discrepancies in totals are due to rounding of partial ASL.

* Not disclosed.

(a) This table includes estimates of ASL provided by general government sector agencies. ASL figures reflect the average number of employees receiving salary or wages over the financial year, with adjustments for casual and part‑time staff to show the full‑time equivalent. It also includes uniformed staff and overseas personnel. The ASL figures exclude contractors.

(b) The projected decrease reflects alignment of staffing to operate within the allocated budget following implementation of efficiency measures.

(c) The functions of the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation and the Wine Australia Corporation are being transferred to the Australian Grape and Wine Authority, which will commence operations on 1 July 2014.

(d) The projected increase reflects additional resources required to achieve the strategies as detailed in Grains Research and Development Corporation's Strategic Research and Development Plan 2012‑17.

(e) Sugar Research and Development Corporation ceased as an entity as at 30 September 2013.

(f) Core ongoing ASL will decrease by 29, from 1,261 to 1,232 in 2014‑15. The projected ASL in 2014‑15 will increase as a result of 56 ASL for Royal Commissions, 12 ASL for the Defence Abuse Response Task Force, 14 ASL for Security at Special Events and 9 ASL for the Schools Security and Safer Suburbs programme. The projected increase also includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013 with staff transferred from the former Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; and to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

(g) The projected decrease reflects Budget measures and alignment of staffing to operate within the allocated budget following implementation of efficiency measures.

(h) The Australian Financial Security Authority was previously named Insolvency and Trustee Services Australia.

(i) Privacy functions will be undertaken by the Privacy Commissioner as an independent statutory position within the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and as a result staff will transfer from the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to the AHRC. More information can be found in the Budget Measure: Privacy and Freedom of Information functions — new arrangement.

(j) The projected decrease reflects a reduction in casual and non‑ongoing staff.

(k) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; and from the Department of Industry. The projected decrease also reflects staffing reductions from the winding down or termination of programmes or initiatives including Digital Switchover, NBN Implementation, Satellite Phone Subsidy and Digital Productivity Programmes and the alignment of staffing to operate within the allocated budget following implementation of efficiency measures. The Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency will transfer into the Department and is included in the ASL for 2014‑15. More information can be found in the Budget measure: Smaller Government — Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency — abolition and transfer to the Department.

(l) It is anticipated that the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency (TUSMA) will cease as an entity as at 30 June 2015. Prior to that, however, the functions of TUSMA will be transferred to the Department of Communications. More information can be found in the Budget measure: Smaller Government — Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency — abolition and transfer to the Department.

(m) The ASL figures exclude contractors. Contractor numbers for Defence are 346 in 2013‑14 and projected to be 445 in 2014‑15. Contractor numbers for DMO are 22 in 2013‑14 and projected to be 48 in 2014‑15.

(n) The projected increase reflects the increase required to achieve the budgeted workforce in 2014‑15 after a period of workforce shortfalls. These workforce shortfalls were due to reduced recruiting targets following a period of growth over the 2007‑11 periods, and an increase in ADF separation rates.

(o) The projected increase reflects planned increases in the use of Reservists.

(p) The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) was abolished on 18 September 2013 and two new departments were created: the Department of Education and the Department of Employment. Also certain functions of the former DEEWR were transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Social Services.

(q) The Department of Education commenced operating on 18 September 2013 following the Machinery of Government changes. ASL for 2013‑14 reflects the operations of the Department for 9.5 months.

(r) The Department of Employment commenced operating on 18 September 2013 following the Machinery of Government changes. ASL for 2013‑14 reflects the operations of the Department for 9.5 months.

(s) The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency was established on 1 July 2013.

(t) The higher ASL in 2014‑15 is due to re‑establishing the Australian Building Construction Commission.

(u) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred from the Department of Industry; and to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

(v) The agency will cease to exist as an entity when the relevant legislation is repealed. No ASL is therefore recorded in 2014‑15.

(w) The agency will cease as an entity on 31 December 2014. The 2014‑15 ASL reflects estimated staffing requirements until 31 December 2014. More information can be found in the Budget Measure: Smaller Government — National Water Commission — Cessation.

(x) The projected decrease includes the impact of the Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

(y) The higher ASL in 2013‑14 is due to the use of irregular and intermittent APS staff to meet the workload of the 2013 Federal Election.

(z) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013 resulting in the integration of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AusAID. Staff also transferred from the Department of Industry. The ASL numbers include locally engaged staff at posts of 2,296 in 2013‑14 and 2,256 in 2014‑15. The projected decrease is the result of Budget measures and other efficiency measures.

(aa) AusAID functions and staff were transferred to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade following the Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. The ASL for the period that the agency was in operation is included in the ASL figures of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. After this date the ASL impact is included in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Refer to note (z).

(ab) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

(ac) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred from the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport; and to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Social Services.

(ad) The projected increase reflects additional staff to develop and implement four major project streams within the Commonwealth Program area.

(ae) The agency will cease as an entity as at 30 June 2014. More information can be found in the Budget Measure: Smaller Government — Australian National Preventive Health Agency.

(af) The projected decrease reflects alignment of staffing to operate within the allocated budget following implementation of efficiency measures. More information can be found in the Budget Measure: Australian Sports Commission.

(ag) The agency will cease as an entity as at 1 January 2015. More information can be found in the Budget Measure: Rebuilding General Practice Education and Training to Deliver more General Practitioners.

(ah) The agency will cease as an entity as at 1 July 2014. More information can be found in the Budget Measure: Smaller Government — More Efficient Health Workforce Development.

(ai) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred to the Department of Industry and the Department of Social Services. The projected decrease also reflects the decline in the number of Illegal Maritime Arrivals (IMA) reducing the level of staffing required to support IMA onshore and offshore management and the alignment of staffing to operate within the allocated budget.

(aj) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred to the Department of Industry.

(ak) The functions and the staff were transferred to the Department of Industry following the Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. The ASL for the period that the agency was in operation is included in the ASL figures of the Department of Industry. See also note (al).

(al) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred to the Department of Education, the Department of Social Services, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of the Environment, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade and the Department of Communications; and from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the former Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and Customs.

(am) The agency will cease to exist as an entity when the relevant legislation is repealed. No ASL is therefore recorded in 2014‑15 and the legacy functions will transfer into the Department of Industry.

(an) The projected decrease reflects alignment of staffing to operate within the allocated budget following implementation of efficiency measures and declining external revenue projections.

(ao) The Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (DRALGAS) ceased to exist following Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. The ASL in 2013‑14 is an estimate for the time DRALGAS was in operation. The ASL for the remainder of the year and the full year impact for 2014‑15 are included in the figures for the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Department of Health, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Attorney‑General's Department.

(ap) The projected increase includes the impact of staff that transferred from the former Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport following Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013.

(aq) A number of functions moved into the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet following the Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred from the Attorney‑General's Department, Department of Finance, Department of Communications, the former Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations, Department of the Environment, Department of Health, Department of Industry, Department of Social Services, the former Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sports; and to the Department of Social Services.

(ar) The projected decrease is a result of the extensive review of activities undertaken by the Council.

(as) The projected increase represents the impact of new measures announced in the 2014‑15 Budget.

(at) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes of 18 September 2013. Staff transferred from the Department of Health, the Department of Employment, the Department of Industry, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; and to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The projected decrease reflects the alignment of staffing to operate within the allocated budget following implementation of efficiency measures which is partly offset by the impact of new measures announced in the 2014‑15 Budget.

(au) The projected increase is to resource the three year peak in accreditation activity that will occur during 2014‑15.

(av) The projected increase is due to the trial of the scheme in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory from 1 July 2014 and expansion of existing trial sites in several other States, in line with Intergovernmental Agreements.

(aw) The projected decrease includes the impact of Machinery of Government changes on 18 September 2013. Staff transferred from the Department of Industry.

(ax) The projected decrease is due to a number of terminating measures and the alignment of staffing to operate within the allocated budget following implementation of efficiency measures.

(ay) From 1 July 2014 the National Competition Council (NCC) will replace its secretariat staff with an arrangement under which the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will provide the NCC with secretariat services as required.