Appendix 12: National Residue Survey annual report

​The National Residue Survey (NRS) monitors residues of agricultural and veterinary chemicals and environmental contaminants in Australian food commodities. This monitoring is largely industry funded, through levies on the commodities that are tested.

NRS tests animal commodities including cattle, sheep and pigs; camels; deer; goats; horses; kangaroos; poultry; ratites (emus and ostriches); wild boars; honey; eggs; and aquatic species (both aquaculture and wild-caught seafood). In horticulture, the apple, pear, citrus, almond, macadamia and onion industries all participate in NRS testing. The NRS grains program covers cereals (wheat, barley, oat, maize, sorghum and triticale); pulses (chickpea, cow pea, pigeon pea, field pea, faba bean, lentil, vetch, navy bean, mung bean, lupin); and oilseeds (canola, sunflower, soybean, safflower, linseed).

Information about NRS activities in 2011–12 is reported in Part 3: Report on performance.

Under section 10 of the National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 (the NRS Act), the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is required to provide an annual report to the parliament, setting out details of the operation of the NRS Account. During 2011–12, NRS was disestablished as a business operation under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997 and is no longer required to have a set of financial statements prepared in accordance with the Finance Minister's Orders.

Tables 50 to 53 provide the annual report for NRS and include key financial information in accordance with the NRS Act.

Table 50 National Residue Survey–summary of results for all random monitoring programs
Commodity Samples tested Compliance with relevant
Australian Standards (%)

Animal products (30 products sampled)
Meat, eggs, honey and aquatic species
15 520
99.7

Plant products (27 products sampled)
Grains
5 636
99.6
Horticulture
991
96.8
 
Table 51 National Residue Survey–Revenue and expenses
  2011–12
$'000
2010–11
$'000

Revenue
Sale of goods and rendering of services
219
141
Interest on investments
979
1 110
Levies
9 134
9 411
Revenue from government
826
559
Other
637
Total revenue
11 158
11 858

Expenses
Employee benefits
2 120
1 938
Analytical testing
7 015
8 294
Other
4 274
2 109
Total expenses
13 409
12 341
Surplus / (deficit)
(2 251)
(483)
 
Table 52 National Residue Survey–assets, liabilities and equity
  2011–12
$'000
2010–11
$'000

Assets
Trade and other receivables
1 805
1 548
Investments
15 000
17 000
Intangibles and other assets
2 888
2 999
Total assets
19 693
21 547

Liabilities
Suppliers and other payables
1 328
1 082
Employee provisions and other liabilities
921
767
Total liabilities
2 249
1 848

Equity
Reserves
16 879
19 130
Other
566
569
Total equity
17 445
19 699
 
Table 53 Transactions in and out of the National Residue Survey Account
  2011–12
$'000
2010–11
$'000
Balance brought forward from previous period
18 418
19 755

Receipts
Appropriation for reporting period
826
559
Costs recovered
9 428
9 543
Other receipts
16 088
11 061
Total receipts
26 342
21 163

Payments
Payments made to employees
(1 989)
(1 964)
Payments made to suppliers
(10 115)
(9 385)
Payments made to grant recipients
(667)
Payments made to other
(289)
(1 151)

Investments made from the special account (FMA Act section 39)
(15 000)
(10 000)
Total payments made
(28 060)
(22 500)
Total balance carried to the next period
16 700
18 418
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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