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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3387..


Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) & (2) The funds identified as an 'Injection for Operation' in the Capital Injection table on page 187 of Budget Paper No.4 represent an adjustment to the Comparative Pricing Framework adopted by the previous Government. The adjustment to the framework was based on a benchmarking process undertaken by DUS.

As a result of these adjustments the total 'Injection for Operation' funding is shown against the line item "Reallocation of injection for operations".

During the development of the 2002-03 and forward years budgets, it was considered appropriate to show this funding as a Government Payment for Outputs - to reflect the true cost of providing outputs to the community. The total 'Injection for Operations' funds are therefore backed out of the Capital Injection table and added into the Government Payment for Outputs table at page 186 of Budget Paper No.4.

The funding will be expended on the full range of outputs provided to the community.

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Department of Urban Services

(Question No 288)

Mr Humphries asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to 2002-03 Budget Paper No. 4, estimates are provided for the impact of indexation for 2002-03 and future years within the Department of Urban Services:

1. On what basis have the estimates for revised indexation parameters for the Department been prepared.

2. What is the reason for the indexation parameter for the Department increasing by around 430 per cent to $4.0 million between 2004-OS and 2005-06.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

1. The indexation built into the budget for salaries is 1.3% and has not changed. Non-salary operating costs have been adjusted by the change in the estimated CPI rate for the period 2002-03 to 2004-OS (CPI in the previous budget and forward estimates was 2.25%. This has been revised to 2.5%).

2. The large increase in the final outwear (2005-06) represents the full take-up of the operating cost indexation adjustment of 2.5% and the 1.3% salaries indexation. These indexation amounts are added to the final year estimates on an annual basis.


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