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Mitigating Environmental Hazards and Waste (M29)

Overarching Purpose Statement

The overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other support to Ministers focusing on reducing harm from natural, chemical and biological hazards and from waste through more effective management frameworks.

Scope of Appropriation

Departmental Output Expenses

Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to the risks posed by environmental hazards and waste, including international agreements, conventions and obligations.
Waste Management and Minimisation
This category is limited to operational advice, implementation of tools, frameworks and institutions, and support, information and guidance to stakeholders in relation to waste management and minimisation.

Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure

2015/16
Estimates
$000
Supplementary Estimates
$000
Total
$000

Total Appropriation

3,450(1,098)2,352

Departmental Output Expenses

Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice1,3653441,709
Waste Management and Minimisation2,085(1,442)643

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

Revenue from the Crown

3,450(1,200)2,250
Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice1,3653001,665
Waste Management and Minimisation2,085(1,500)585

Revenue from Others

-102102
Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice-4444
Waste Management and Minimisation-5858

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

2015/16
Assessment of Performance Estimates
Standard
Supplementary Estimates
Standard
Total
Standard

How performance will be assessed for the MCA as a whole

Technical quality of advice papers (assessed by a survey with a methodical robustness of 100%)

New measure70%70%

Changes in the incident data compiled by the Environmental Protection Authority and enforcement agencies under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act

Reduced number of incidents Measure withdrawnMeasure withdrawn

Trends in tonnage of waste disposed of at waste disposal facilities per unit of GDP

Downward trendMeasure withdrawnMeasure withdrawn

What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed

2015/16
Assessment of Performance Estimates
Standard
Supplementary Estimates
Standard
Total
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

Environmental Hazards and Waste Policy Advice

This category is intended to achieve quality policy advice to Ministers in relation to the hazardous substance management regime to help New Zealand businesses be safe, sustainable and successful. The framework deals with risk without creating barriers to innovation.

Number of EPA Notices developed and associated Regulations Amended or Revoked

New measure4 EPA notices developed4 EPA notices developed

Compliance with HNSO HS controls improves from a 2013/14 baseline (16% significant non-compliance identified in investigations)

New measureSignificant non-compliance reduces by 5%Significant non-compliance reduces by 5%

Percentage of agreed deliverables in relation to the chemical and biological risk management framework that are completed within agreed timelines

100%Measure withdrawnMeasure withdrawn

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This Multi-category appropriation decreased by $1.098 million to $2.352 million for 2015/16. This decrease is due to a reprioritisation of funding towards progressing work on water management reforms.

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