Appendix 6: National Residue Survey annual report

The National Residue Survey (NRS) monitors residues of pesticides and veterinary medicines  and environmental contaminants in Australian food commodities. This monitoring is fully industry funded, principally 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 and macadamia industries all participate in NRS testing.
The NRS grains programme 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 and lupin); and oilseeds (canola, sunflower, soybean, safflower and linseed).

Information about NRS activities in 2014–15 is reported in Programme 2.1​.

Under section 10 of the National Residue Survey Administration Act 1992 (the NRS Act), the Minister for Agriculture is required to provide an annual report to Parliament, setting out details of the operation of the NRS Special Account. Tables 40 to 43 provide the annual report for the NRS and include key financial information in accordance with the NRS Act.

Table 40 National Residue Survey—summary of results for all random monitoring programmes in 2014–15
Commodity Samples testedCompliance with
relevant Australian Standards (%)
Animal products (9 125 products sampled)
Meat, eggs, honey and aquatic species9 12599.73
Plant products (7 099 products sampled)

Grains

6 23999.21
Horticulture 86096.51
Table 41 National Residue Survey—revenue and expenses
  2014–15
$’000
2013–14
$’000
Revenue
Sale of goods and rendering of services
523293
Interest on investments
433540
Levies
10 98110 442
Revenue from government
62184
Other
Total revenue 11 999 11 459
Expenses
Employee benefits
1 8191 768
Analytical testing
6 1627 190
Other
2 7593 757
Total expenses 10 740 12 714
Surplus / (deficit) 1 259 (1 255)
Table 42 National Residue Survey—assets, liabilities and equity
  2014–15
$’000
2013–14
$’000
Assets
Trade and other receivables
1 837956
Investments
12 50012 500
Intangibles and other assets
2 3352 509
Total assets 16 672 15 965
Liabilities
Suppliers and other payables
7061 250
Employee provisions and other liabilities
840848
Total liabilities 1 546 2 098
Equity  
Reserves
14 58613 311
Other
540    556 

Total equity

15 126 13 867
Table 43 Transactions in and out of the National Residue Survey Account
  2014–15
$’000
   2013–14
$’000
Balance brought forward from previous period857879
Receipts
Appropriation for reporting period
61184
Costs recovered
11 34710 592
Other receipts
12 98914 111
Total receipts 24 397 24 887
Payments
Payments made to employees
(1 812)(1 781)
Payments made to suppliers
(8 850)(9 240)
Payments made to grant recipients
(366)(1 275)
Payments made to other
(3)(114)
Investments made from the Special Account (PGPA Act s. 58)
(12 500)(12 500)
Total payments made (23 531) (24 909)
Total balance carried to the next period 1 723 857

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