As the designated Lead Agency under the Lead Agency Framework, the department is responsible for the management of application approvals within agreed timelines. The department fulfils this responsibility through facilitating and managing access to mineral and petroleum deposits by providing a consistent, equitable and secure titles system.
The measure demonstrates financial stewardship in application determination services in relation to economic demand. Increased demand impacts on the average weighted cost of services by identifying potential efficiencies and reducing public sector red tape.
This measure is calculated as the total cost of all determinations for facilitating and managing access to mineral and petroleum deposits across the department divided by the total number of weighted determinations for facilitating and managing access to mineral and petroleum deposits.
In 2017–18, 42,383 weighted determination services were undertaken by the department. This is substantially higher than in 2016–17 and slightly lower than the target.
The average weighted cost of application determination services is 10 per cent higher than 2016–17 and 14 per cent higher than the target. This is due largely to fluctuations in demand. The workload in 2017–18 was for lower numbers of relatively higher-weighted assessments such as indicative assessments, Native Title (Future Act) applications and State acreage releases. Conversely, volume of relatively lower weighted activities was higher than forecast, including Environment Program of Works and Environment Plans.
Table 43: Key efficiency indicator S6.1: Average weighted cost of application determination services