Statutory fees are charged to the public for various services provided by the department. These fees and charges are reviewed annually in accordance with the government’s policy on the costing and pricing of government services. A robust costing methodology is used to determine the projected costs of service delivery, with particular attention to the level of cost recovery being achieved. Any increases in fees and charges are limited to the extent of cost recovery.
The department’s fee changes for 2017–18 were published in the Government Gazette No. 122 and No. 124 on 23 June 2017 and came into effect on 1 July 2017. Details regarding the fees are available on the department’s website.
The department’s capital works program provides essential infrastructure support that allows it to implement a range of projects for service delivery. Table 7 identifies the projects completed or discontinued during 2017–18.
Table 7: Capital works projects completed during 2017–18
|Total capital projects completed during the year||Project Cost of Completion|
|Perth Core Library Expansion||$7,711,248.00|
|Mineral House Lift Upgrades||$2,798,852.24|
Both capital funded projects were completed during 2017–18. The Perth Core Library was completed in October, with completion of an upgrade to all seven lifts at the department’s Mineral House headquarters recognised in February 2018. Total cost for completion of both projects was within one per cent of the approved budget.
In response to Treasurer’s Instruction 319: Act of Grace Payments, all act of grace payments are to be disclosed in the annual report. Requests for an act of grace payment arise from many and varied situations and each request is assessed on the circumstances associated with that particular request. Act of grace payments are linked to the services delivered by the department.
During 2017–18, six act of grace payments totalling $5,895.04 were made.