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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 7 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2092..


Fines

(Question No 172)

Mr Humphries asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 4 June 2002:

(1) What is the quantum of fines collected in the ACT for the current financial year as at 31 March 2002?

(2) Is the quantum of fines collected as at 31 March 2002 greater or less than the estimates prepared for the 2001 ACT Budget?

(3) What has been the trend in the payment of fines during the period between 1 October 2001 and 31 March 2002?

(4) How has this pattern of payment of fines varied from the same period in the previous financial year?

(5) What has been the basis for any changes in the pattern of payments of fines between this and the previous financial year?

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The total amount of fines collected in the ACT, as at 31 March 2002, was $13.7m.

(2) The 2001 ACT Budget forecasted fines totalling $19.5m to be collected during the 2001-02 financial year. As at 31 March 2002, collections of $13.7m represented 70% of the original budget estimate (75% of the estimated outcome).

(3) Total fines as at 1 October 2001 was $4.6m. The average collection, per month, during the period 1 October 2001 to 31 March 2002 was $1.5m.

(4)

Fines

Oct

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

$'000

2000-01

Month

1,416

1,321

1,015

1,624

1,197

1,509

YTD

5,231

6,552

7,567

9,191

10,388

11,897

% of Audited Outcome

24%

31%

35%

43%

49%

56%

2001-02

Month

1,542

1,518

946

1,873

1,666

1,573

YTD

6,113

7,631

8,577

10,450

12,115

13,688

% of Est Out

34%

42%

47%

57%

66%

75%

The table above shows a pattern of revenue for 2001-02, which is broadly consistent with that of the previous year, however, there has been more emphasis on recording revenue throughout 2001-02.

(5) There have been no significant changes in the pattern of collection of fines between this and the previous financial year, other than an increase in monthly collections for Traffic Infringement Fines, due to a budgeted increase in red light/speed cameras.


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