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.

Table 39 National Residue Survey—summary of results for all random monitoring programs in 2012–13
Commodity Samples tested Compliance with relevant Australian Standards (%)
Animal products (30 products sampled)
Meat, eggs, honey and aquatic species 15 602 99.55
Plant products (27 products sampled)
Grains 5 836 99.20
Horticulture 840 99.80

Table 40 National Residue Survey—revenue and expenses
2012–13 2011–12
$’000 $’000
Surplus / (deficit) (2 322) (2 251)
Revenue
Sale of goods and rendering of services 210 219
Interest on investments 700 979
Levies 9 553 9 134
Revenue from government 175 826
Other
Total revenue 10 638 11 158
Expenses
Employee benefits 1 888 2 120
Analytical testing 6 828 7 015
Other 4 244 4 274
Total expenses 12 960 13 409

Table 41 National Residue Survey—assets, liabilities and equity
2012–13 2011–12
$’000 $’000
Total equity 15 123 17 445
Assets
Trade and other receivables 1 039 1 805
Investments 13 500 15 000
Intangibles and other assets 2 547 2 888
Total assets 17 086 19 693
Liabilities
Suppliers and other payables 1 101 1 328
Employee provisions and other liabilities 862 921
Total liabilities 1 963 2 249
Equity
Reserves 14 569 16 879
Other 554 566

Table 42 Transactions in and out of the National Residue Survey Account
2012–13 2011–12
$’000 $’000
Total balance carried to the next period 879 1 700
Balance brought forward from previous period 1 700 1 418
Receipts
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
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.

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