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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 8 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2983..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: I thank you, Mr Speaker. As required by the Financial Management Act 1996, I table instruments issued under sections 14, 15, 16, 16A, 17 and 19B of the act.

Section 14 allows for appropriations to be varied by a transfer of funds between appropriations, to be authorised by the Treasurer and signed by another minister. The transfer must not reduce appropriations by more than three per cent.

This package includes six instruments signed under section 14, authorising transfers of $360,000 from government payment for outputs to departmental capital injection within the Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water for the construction of observation and abstraction or monitoring bores to implement the recommendations from the National Water Commission's report on strategic management of the groundwater resources of the ACT; the fit-out of levels 2 and 3 of the annexe at Macarthur House and the purchase of two air monitoring devices in compliance with the national environment protection measure and ambient air quality monitoring obligations; $50,000 from the Department of Education and Training to DECCEW to meet the fit-out and relocation cost associated with the consolidation of staff at Macarthur House; $154,000 from capital injection to GPO within the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services for the procurement of a range of equipment valued at $5,000 or less per item; $896,000 from expenses on behalf of the territory to GPO within the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services to meet costs associated with staff in Disability ACT; $90,000 from the Chief Minister's Department to DECCEW for an adviser regarding the proposed ACT solar power facility; $300,000 of capital injection for the Nightlink taxi scheme to GPO within the Department of Territory and Municipal Services for the light rail consultancy project; and the permanent site for Floriade feasibility project.

Section 16 provides that the Treasurer may, by instrument, transfer the responsibility for a service or function from an entity for which an appropriation is made to another entity. Following the administrative arrangements announced on 10 November, TAMS is transferring the function and appropriation of $888,000 for the renewable technology showcase to DECCEW.

Section 16A allows for additional appropriation to be authorised by the Treasurer when the amount of employee entitlements paid by a department in a financial year exceeds the amount appropriated for employee entitlements for that year. The Department of Education and Training has been provided with an increase in appropriation of $759,000 to meet costs associated with an increase in employee entitlements.

Section 17 of the FMA enables variations to appropriations to be amended for any increases in existing commonwealth payments by direction of the Treasurer. DET has been appropriated an additional $1.078 million for the digital divide project and $5.468 million for the government schools expenditure. ACTPLA has been


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