Services to fishing industry – cost recovery

The commercial fishing industry in South Australia is required to meet the costs of all services to support the sector.

This includes:

  • assessment and research
  • fisheries policy and management
  • compliance:
    • communication
    • enforcement
    • monitoring
  • support services
    • legislation
    • licensing
    • business services.

Cost recovery documents are listed by financial year:

Cost recovery process

PIRSA’s cost recovery charges are calculated using Activity Based Costing, consistent with best practice as discussed in the Australian Cost Recovery Guidelines. This involves the apportionment of direct, indirect, corporate and capital costs to activities, which are then apportioned to cost recovered outputs. Capital costs comprise depreciation, which spreads the cost of assets over their useful lives, and cost of capital which recognises that funds could have been invested elsewhere in government and earned a return commensurate with the risk profile of the asset.

A range of carefully selected cost drivers, which approximate the resources used by activities, are used to apportion costs over the medium to long term using Microsoft Excel models. For example, some human resource services are apportioned based on headcount and some information technology costs are apportioned based on the number of logons. The models are reviewed annually and use forward looking expense estimates based on the latest available budgets and forward estimates.

The Fisheries cost recovery model includes direct employee expenses, supplies and services, capital costs and a share of corporate costs. Employee costs are apportioned to activities and industries based on hours spent as recorded.  The model calculates daily charge out rates for activities based on 200 chargeable days per Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employee. Industry charges are based on the daily rates and the number of days necessary for the agreed service delivery program.

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Page Last Reviewed: 14 Feb 2018
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