Karijini National Park. Photo by Shem Bisluk/DBCA
Karijini National Park. Photo by Shem Bisluk/DBCA

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) works with the community to ensure that Western Australia’s environment is valued, protected and conserved, for its intrinsic value, and for the appreciation and benefit of present and future generations.

DBCA supports Government goals with more specific desired outcomes, achieved via delivery across 10 services. Funding is provided by DBCA to the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Rottnest Island Authority and Zoological Parks Authority for the delivery of visitor services and public programs respectively at Kings Park and Bold Park, Rottnest Island and Perth Zoo.

Consistent with reporting arrangements, four separate annual reports are produced across DBCA; one for the department and one for each of the statutory authorities.  

Service 1: Visitor Services and Public Programs Provided at Kings Park and Bold Park (reported separately)

Service 2: Visitor Services and Public Programs Provided at Rottnest Island (reported separately)

Service 3: Visitor Services and Public Programs Provided at Perth Zoo (reported separately)

Service 4: Visitor Services and Public Programs Provided in the Swan and Canning Riverpark*

Service 5: Visitor Services and Public Programs Provided in National Parks and Other Lands and Waters

Service 6: Conserving Habitats, Species and Ecological Communities

Service 7: Research and Conservation Partnerships

Service 8: Implementation of the Forest Management Plan

Service 9: Prescribed Burning and Fire Management

Service 10: Bushfire Suppression

*For the purpose of reporting against the Outcome-Based Management Structure and for consistency with Budget Papers, Service 4 refers to the 'Swan and Canning Riverpark'. However, the legal name of the area that was established under the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006 is the 'Swan Canning Riverpark'.

Performance summary

Table 1: Actual financial results versus budget targets

Financial targets

2020–21 target(1) ($000)

2020–21 actual ($000)

Variation(2) ($000)

Statutory authorities(3) 
($000)
Variation(4) 
($000)

Total cost of services (expense limit) 
(Statement of Comprehensive 
Income)

324,394

 359,516

 35,122

(35,419)(a) (297)

Net cost of services 
(Statement of Comprehensive 
Income)

269,152  155,104  (114,048) (35,419)(a) (149,467)(a)

Total equity 
(Statement of Financial 
Position)

2,930,619

 3,073,146

 142,527(a)  

0 142,527

Net increase / (decrease) in cash held 
(Statement of Cash Flows)

(6,282)  2,872  9,154(b)  0 9,154

Approved salary expense level 

154,796

 161,850

 7,054(c)

(91) 6,963(b)

Working cash limit

14,662  16,305  1,643 (1,770)(a) (127)

 

(1) The target refers to the department’s (excluding Zoological Parks Authority, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and Rottnest Island Authority) budget estimates. Net cost of services has been adjusted to reflect the re-categorisation of transactions with State Government entities to ‘Income from State Government’ in the Statement of Comprehensive Income. 

(2) Actuals contains transactions with statutory authorities within the DBCA reporting group that aren’t reflected in target figures. Those variances are displayed with the removal of those transactions. 

a. A $151.74 million surplus was realised against a target of $0.22 million with $145.53 million of that result attributed to a gain on the revaluation of land. In the 2020–21 financial year there was increased revenue from the issue of park passes and camping revenue and lower drawdowns on Royalties for Regions (capital) than expected. 

b. Cash increased due to additional Commonwealth grants received during the year. 

c. Additional salary expense as part of additional bushfire suppression supplementary funding. 

(3)     

a. Mainly service appropriation for the statutory authorities that is expensed 
    as a grant. 

(4)     

a. Net cost of services exceeded target due to gain on revaluation of land and    
    increased level of park passes and camping revenue. 

b. Additional salary expense as part of additional bushfire suppression supplementary funding. 

Page reviewed 20 Sep 2021