6. 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.
The 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 2012–13 is reported in Program 2.1.
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 Parliament, setting out details of the operation of the NRS Account. Tables 39 to 42 provide the annual report for the NRS and include key financial information in accordance with the NRS Act.
|Total balance carried to the next period||879||1 700|
|Balance brought forward from previous period||1 700||1 418|
|Appropriation for reporting period||175||826|
|Costs recovered||9 756||9 428|
|Other receipts||15 838||18 088|
|Total receipts||25 769||28 342|
|Payments made to employees||(1 952)||(1 989)|
|Payments made to suppliers||(9 974)||(10 115)|
|Payments made to grant recipients||(1 150)||(667)|
|Payments made to other||(14)||(289)|
|Investments made from the special account (FMA Act section 39)a||(13 500)||(15 000)|
|Total payments made||(26 590)||(28 060)|
a The NRS Special Account separately holds investments on behalf of the Commonwealth, which are disclosed in Note 27B of the DAFF Financial Statements. These have not been included in the balance carried forward. This reflects a change in reporting requirements from previous years.