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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2483..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

Pursuant to section 17-Instruments varying appropriation related to Commonwealth funding and a statement of reasons.

Pursuant to section 18, a statement of reasons for expenditure against the Treasurer's Advance.

Pursuant to section 19B-Instruments of authorisation of expenditure and a statement of reasons.

I ask for leave to make two short statements.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I have tabled a copy of the authorisations under section 18 of the act and a statement of reasons relating to the expenditure. Section 18 of the act allows the Treasurer to authorise expenditure from the Treasurer's Advance. The authorisation may be to provide for expenditure in excess of an amount already specifically appropriated or an expenditure for which there is no appropriation.

The act states that, where the Treasurer has authorised expenditure under section 18, a copy of the authorisation and a statement of reasons relating to the expenditure is to be laid before the Legislative Assembly as soon as practical after the end of the financial year. The 2000-01 Appropriation Act provided $16.4 million to the Treasurer's Advance. The final expenditure against the Treasurer's Advance for the 2000-01 financial year totalled $8.022 million, leaving $8.378 million unallocated. I commend these papers to the Assembly.

As required under the Financial Management Act 1996, I have tabled nine instruments issued under sections 14, 15, 17 and 19B of the act. A statement of the reasons for the transfer of funds between appropriations and a variation in appropriation by direction of the executive is also being tabled. These instruments relate to the 2000-01 financial year. The section 14 instruments provide for the transfer of funds between appropriations. These transfers and the related departments are: $745,000 from the Department of Urban Services to ACT Forests to assist in the ACT forest restructure program and provide extra working capital for the forests commercial business plan and $289,000 from the departmental capital injection to the territorial capital injection to fund the purchase of equipment for the mounted police team.

The section 15 instrument represents the transfer of function between output classifications within the Chief Minister's Department. The transfer is a consequence of the creation of Canberra Connect through the administrative arrangements orders of 20 October 2000. Section 17 of the act allows for the appropriation of any increases received for the existing Commonwealth specific purpose payments, the SPPs. The amounts and the departments affected are: $4.733 million of SPPs to the Department of Education and Community Services for a number of government and non-government education programs that were included in the 2000-01 budget; $13,000 to the Department of Urban Services under the interstate road transport program; and $25,000 to the Department of Treasury for an increase in funding from the Commonwealth covering the assistance for water and sewerage grant.


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